Cape York Bird week

To: Sonja Ross <>,
Subject: Cape York Bird week
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:20:08 +1100

Can only, concur with previous posts. We were in Bamaga early Jan 2008 and
caught the end of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf. Klaus and back then he
had Keith Fisher and Lloyd Nielsen to help and were all fantastic, in not
only finding birds but sharing their immense knowledge. We saw all the
endemics and FIFO's. The weather was - apart from the cyclone - fine.
Rained in brief but heavy showers. Plenty of sun. Humidity high yet
surprisingly bearable but your optics will take some adjusting when leaving
your air conditioned cabin. Lots of fogging up and carry plastic bags.
Can't remember mozzies but some were troubled by sand flies.

Do go to Parau Island for Pale White-eye and other goodies. My wife also
took a flight to Boigu, off PNG, and picked up some others. Personally I
think that's cheating but she won't listen. On the way home stopped at
Kingfisher Park and that was something special in the wet but much cooler.

It's different but you will enjoy it.

Chris Gregory
On 29 November 2012 19:39, Peter Madvig <> wrote:

> Hi Sonja,
> I went in Jan 2010 for the Bird Week, with Klaus.
> I was in a super group and loved being with Klaus - lots of fun and
> special birds. Can't think of any "dips" off the top of my head.
> The temp and humidity was bearable, and we'd get wet from short and swift
> showers now and again - nice cooling effect :-) BUT, have protective bag
> for camera, binos, etc.
> What you have to decide is, HOW important is the wildlife to you, and can
> you cope with warm climes in casual gear. And, yes, you can "do your own
> thing" with friends, for instance - but Birding Week is a concentrated week
> with expert help. At that time of year, no option but to fly in to Bamaga.
> Sonja, mossies were not too bad, and sandflies on the coast occasionally
> bothersome. Check for suitable deterrents. Wear quick-drying light-weight
> gear, longs if necessary.
> You can also see some of the birdlife in Iron Range at a different time,
> including the 3 species not usually seen further north.
> Read the company website, including the bird-lists.
> Good luck and regards,
> Peter Madvig,
> Sydney

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