RFI Rufous Scrubbird

To: robert morris <>, birding aus <>
Subject: RFI Rufous Scrubbird
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 15:20:30 -0700 (PDT)
The Gloucester Tops road is open (it was closed earlier in the year and 
re-opened just before Easter but to 4wd only - however it is fine now). It 
pay to call the local parks office (6538 5300) for an update before setting off 
though. You would be doing very well to find one in winter though as they 
generally don't call then. We'd be very interested to know if you do though.

There hasn't been a Regent Honeyeater reported in the Hunter Valley since a 
'lost' immature bird turned up in a garden near Maitland a few months ago. 
Having said that, the Swamp Mahoganies are firing up and we've had a few 
of Swift Parrots, so keep an eye here or Birdline for reported sightings (I too 
will be away in Indonesia at the time so won't be able to give specific help). 
The survey weekend is coming up so maybe some sightings in the Capertee might 

Around here you could try The Basin Campground (Watagan Mountains) for Glossy 
Blacks, or anywhere else in the Watagans. Crowdy Bay NP also good form them 
(Kylie's Beach campground). You'll be tripping over Bell Miners as you progress 
up the coast.

Hope this helps

From: robert morris <>
To: ; birding aus <>
Sent: Fri, 13 May, 2011 7:55:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RFI Rufous Scrubbird

Hi Joris
I would love to help you when you are here but I am in PNG 2 weeks then Canada 
weeks then PNG 2 weeks in that period!
1) OK - I have heard Barrington Tops is closed. Now the wet season is finishing 
the roads may be repaired. I have only been there once (its 800km south of 
Brisbane). Send a note to birding aus:  to ask for up 
to date details.
2) Lamington is a completely different place to Barrington Tops. It is in SEQ 
700km north of Barrington tops and only 100km south of me. There are several 
well documented sites to see Rufous scrub-bird here - e.g. get a copy of the 
Thomas, Thomas and McBride.You do not have to camp in the forest to see them. I 
have seen them in the open at noon! But walk up as early as possible.3) Glossy 
Black Cockatoos - wide spread but scarce. Duck creek road (O'Reillys - in 
Lamington) is somewhere I have seen them a few times. You have to fine the 
kind of Casurina trees in valley floors.Also - Noosa Heads National Park is a 
good area.4)I Don't know much about Glen Davis - what species are you looking 
for? You won't see Regent Honeyeater there in June unless you are 
expectationally lucky. Again try posting for info on Biridng Aus. I have seen 
all the species in the Glen Davis area in SEQ except Regent Honeyeater. The 
inland areas of Newcastle are the current best area for these. You need to 
monitor recent reports for these.5) Bell Miners are locally very common. Mount 
Glorious, Mount Nebo, Mount Coot-tha, Duck Creek Rd. Just learn the call.6) I 
have never seen Buff-breasted Button-quail. I am in regular contact with the 
survey team. No records this wet season as it was too wet. The last confirmed 
record was over 3 years ago. There are no confirmed winter rceords in FNQ. Most 
people tick Painted Buttonquails.7. Check eremaea for rarities: ; I run the Queensland rarity line so I can let you know 
if there is anything about.
I will be here until 24th June when I get back from PNG on this trip - I leave 
on Sunday

Rob Morris 

Brisbane, Australia 

Subject: RFI Rufous Scrubbird
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 17:44:00 +0200

Dear Rob, My name is Joris Elst and i’m a belgian birder, i’ve got your 
e-mailadress from Mark Van Beirs, a good friend of mine. I’m planning a trip to 
Australia in june – july this year.  I still have some questions about specific 
species.  Mark said, that you might help me out. I will travel up the east 
from Sydney to Cairns and then further on to Iron Range and Darwin via Mount 
Isa.Recently I heard that Barrington Tops is unreachable for the Rufous 
Scrubbird… IS this still the case and if yes do you know another good spot for 
this species, away from Lamington?  Or are there good spots in Lamington that 
are reachable without camping out in the forest…? Do you know good spots for 
Glossy Black-Cockatoo?  I was planning to try for it at Dharug … Do you know a 
good spot for Bell Miner?  I don’t have any spots for that species. I’m also 
planning to spend 1 or 2 days in the Blue Mountains in the Glenn Davis area.  
the bird finding guides there is no specific spots mentioned, do you know this 
area and can you suggest specific spots? Mark also suggested to ask you about 
rarities that might be around at the moment?  Also if you had news about 
Buff-breasted Buttonquail this year…? J I might get more questions in the weeks 
to come, I’ll leave for Australia on the 18th of june, can I ask more questions 
as they arise? Many thanks allready!! JorisBelgium                         


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