Any birding tips for Parkes, NSW?

Subject: Any birding tips for Parkes, NSW?
From: Harry Nyström <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 06:49:19 +0200
Hello yet again,

Just a quick update regarding my query about birding sites in/around
Parkes, NSW. As it happens, no particular places in or just around Parkes
were suggested, which didn't come as a surprise (there might not be
anything to recommend?).

But when it came to birding further away (200-300 km radius) from Parkes,
things changed. Markku managed to get a car for the past Sunday and had two
recommended options: either to Capertee Valley or towards the Leeton area.
In the end, the decision was easy: if Markku drove to Leeton, he would have
a personal bird guide with him! The trip was agreed upon and it was a
success: Markku ticked at least a dozen new species in the
Leeton-Griffith-Binya SF area! And the icing on the cake? If Markku will
have free days on the following weekend, they will do it again and retry
all the dipped species.

That is just great! A huge public thank you to Max for your information and
help and to Chris for your information!

So, yet again I am in your gratitude fellow birders in Australia. Your
hospitality on average surpasses anything I've encountered before - and I
salute you. It is difficult enough trying to help Markku from the other
side of the globe, so every bit of help is welcome. Thus, I will continue
to ask for your help if such work trips emerge in the future. It is only up
to you, if you want or even can provide me with any information or help.

By the way, Markku finally saw and photographed some Freckled Ducks in
Forbes Gum Swamp on Saturday. Don't know the exact amount yet, but I'll ask


2012/11/29 Harry Nyström <>

> 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.
> Cheers,
> -Harry
> 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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