Hoopoe still at Broome - Sunday afternoon

Subject: Hoopoe still at Broome - Sunday afternoon
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:22:47 +0800

The Eurasian Hoopoe was still showing well on Sunday afternoon when I left the Roebuck Roadhouse at about 1415. It seems to spend a lot of time roosting up in the shade. The best way to find it is to just park in the bay at the corner (closest to the Port Hedland road) and wait for it to come into one of the trees or the watered grass area. The staff at the roadhouse think it is more likely to be seen in the afternoon.

I first found it at 11:50 on Saturday after an hour's wait (great relief!). It fairly quickly moved on but reappeared on the lawn at 13:15 and was still there at 13:45 went I went back to Broome to pick up Barbara Harvey from Sydney. We returned at about 15:00. Alex Watson had just seen it. It took until about 15:45 before Richard Baxter relocated it at the back of the dongas as he was checking in.

We returned again Sunday afternoon and quite quickly relocated it at about 14:00 or so. It flew across the road.

A great bird. I am surprised that so few people have gone for it. Mike Carter, Rohan Clarke and George Swann are due to return to Broome from Ashmore on Monday, so I am certain they will go for it, so there should be further updates.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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