Any birding tips for Parkes, NSW?

Subject: Any birding tips for Parkes, NSW?
From: Harry Nyström <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:11:21 +0200
Hello again,

Just to let you know: it is now confirmed that Markku will have a car to
his use on Sunday 2nd and would like to know if there are any good birding
spots within a 200-300 km radius on Parkes - especially thinking from a
photography point-of-view?

If he doesn't come up with a good spot, he'll go to Forbes Gum Swamp for
the 4th time in a row. He's got around 200 ticks in NSW so far, but I
reckon not many inland species. Any good pinpoint spots for example for
White-winged Fairy Wren, Crimson Chat, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo or
Turquoise Parrot etc. (just to name a few missing ticks)? His latest new
ticks include e.g. a Superb Parrot and an Australian Ringneck in Forbes Gum
Swamp a month ago. And are Freckled Ducks possible from anywhere else
"nearby" than Forbes Gum Swamp? He hasn't been able to spot one there
although he has tried and tried.


2012/11/29 Harry Nyström <>

> Hello from wintery Finland,
> Another work trip brings our company back to Oz this weekend for a week
> and a half. It will be a welcome change to travel from the cold Finland
> (-12 Centigrade) to the Summer of Australia (+40 Centigrade?).
> Unfortunately I am unable to participate on this trip, but my colleaque
> Markku will be there and is yet again eager to do some birding in the area
> (although Markku prefers to do bird photography rather than just birding).
> Sydney is out of the question on his way there (connecting flight leaves
> too soon), and the returning flights are still a mystery. But it is certain
> that he will have some spare time in Parkes. Unfortunately, due to some
> mistake, he does not have a car for travelling at the moment (this might
> change - I'll keep you posted), so his birding is limited in and around
> Parkes. If you have any tips for him, I would be thrilled to pass the
> information along. His English isn't as fluent as mine, so I'll be his
> interpreter.
> Markku will have at least the following days free: Saturday 1st
> (afternoon), Sunday 2nd (whole day) and probably from Saturday 8th to
> Sunday 9th (whole day) of December.
> Just to let you know that I have already tried to find some information
> from Eremaea, but the information for just Parkes is very limited. If he
> managed to get a rental car, he'd be able to travel more freely in a  ~200
> km radius, which would improve his possibilities greatly. But as I said,
> I'll keep you posted if that plays out well.
> Cheers,
> -Harry

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