Scarlet-chested and Orange-bellied Parrots in 24 hrs

To: "'Peter Waanders'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Scarlet-chested and Orange-bellied Parrots in 24 hrs
From: "Paul G Dodd" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:59:41 +1100
Good one Peter. Arguably the two hardest to see neophemas in just over 24
hours. I wonder how many other similar achievements have been accomplished
by others in the past. I know that when Ruth and I were in central Australia
with Tim Dolby in 2010 we figured, over a beer or two, that to see both
Princess Parrot and Grey Falcon in the same day would be the pinnacle of
Australian birding achievements - alas, it was not to be! Ruth and I managed
to see all three bitterns in Victoria in the same week in December 2010,
starting with Little Bittern at Reedy Lake near Geelong, followed by Aussie
Bittern in Terrick Terrick a day or two later, and then Black Bittern at
Gipsy Point two days after that. I know that Tim Bawden noted that he saw
all six neophema parrots in a calendar year in 2011 - a feat that has
probably only been accomplished by a few birders in the past (Dools, Kevin
Bartram and a few others that have attempted Australian Big Years). Ruth and
I have also been on a pelagic in which all on the boat, including two very
experienced experts got a tick - but I am sure that probably happens every
other year or so.

I would be really interested to hear anyone else's achievements.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Waanders
Sent: Wednesday, 25 January 2012 1:44 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Scarlet-chested and Orange-bellied Parrots in 24 hrs

Hi all,

Last Saturday morning myself and two clients observed 2 Scarlet-chested
Parrots at Gluepot at around 8:15am. The following morning with Helga
Kieskamp I observed 2 Orange-bellied Parrots at Melaleuca at around 9:15am.
Later I realised that both sightings were just over 24 hours apart
(allowing for the 30 mins time difference). We flew to Melaleuca with
TasAir, who I can recommend as they were very flexible and accommodating of
birders' needs. Once at Melaleuca we had excellent weather for two days and
observed Orange-bellied Parrots many times (highest count was a flock of
6), also a recently fledged juvenile. Other good birds seen were Ground
Parrot, Striated Fieldwren, Southern Emuwren, Dusky Robin, Beautiful
Firetail and a Latham's Snipe.

Photos in my webalbum:


Peter Waanders
Southern Birding Services
PO Box 420, Waikerie SA 5330  Australia
mob.: +61 (0)409 763172
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