Christmas Island -short trip report

Subject: Christmas Island -short trip report
From: Deb Colbourne <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 19:52:56 -0700 (PDT)
We&#39;re currently sat at the international terminal at Xmas Island airport 
kicking our heels so we thought we&#39;d jot a few notes on our week here. We 
decided to come in the Dry to get Ju away from the Hobart winter for a few days 
and so missed out on the peak migration season. 

We stayed in a self contained house which had everything going for it apart 
from the location behind the port loading facility but at least it was close to 
Smith&#39;s Point and had close views of Golden Tropicbirds from the verandah. 

We saw everything that we set out to, although the hardest birds to locate 
turned out to be the introductions, Waterhen and Java Sparrow. We spent far 
more time than is reasonable at the tip on a holiday looking for Waterhen. We 
decided that we have been to better classes of tip around the place but as Ju 
reasonably pointed out, it probably improves in the Wet!

Java Sparrow, much searching only produced two birds outside the dive shop next 
to VQ3 Lodge. We did look in all likely habitat without success elsewhere. 

White Breasted Waterhen, another one we had to search for extensively and only 
had a brief view of one bird in some leguminous weed opposite the entrance to 
the Phosphate Hill Cemetery on Quarry Road. 

CI Goshawk, some excellent views of juveniles and adults, at the tip and on 
several roadsides. We had an extremely close encounter on the Dales walk when a 
juv landed in a tree about 2 foot above Ju&#39;s head affording some excellent 

CI Hawk Owl, we had help from Lisa for this one and caught up with one 
spotlighting near the airport. We did check out the golf course without success.

Abbotts Booby, again we saw a few nesting but there weren&#39;t huge numbers 
and the lookouts recommended were generally overgrown as the reveg was growing 

We saw 3 Great and one Intermediate Egret at the golf course but other than 
that no other migrants, not a surprise given the time of year.

Plenty of crabs around for further photo opportunities and lovely coastal 
scenery. There is extensive baiting for cats and rats on the island so maybe it 
will give some of the birds a chance to recover their numbers in time.


Deb and Ju

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