#197 for the home block and a few other interesting North Qld sightings

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Subject: #197 for the home block and a few other interesting North Qld sightings
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:01:54 +1000
On Sunday afternoon I saw my second new crake for the home block in three 
months. This time it was a Spotless Crake seen flying across Spring Creek. 
Interestingly this year I have two new species already, last year I added one, 
the year before two, in 2010 no new species for the home block but two each for 
09, 08 and 07. At this rate I might hit 200 in 2015.

There is a Red-backed Kingfisher 6.3 Kilometres from Malanda on the road to 
Atherton and this bird has been there for at least a week and was seen there 
earlier in the year too. Other western birds still around out of their normal 
season are Black Kites in hundreds, Sarus Cranes at least five as of last week 
and 27 last month, Pink-eared Ducks in tens at Hasties Swamp, Tinaroo Dam and 
Innot Hot Springs.

At Hasties Swamp there are three Freckled Duck which have been there for three 
weeks though on most days only two are visible. Also tens of Grey Teal and some 
Hardheads which are both usually gone by now. Aussie Little Grebes are breeding 
there again and so are Bush Hen.

At least one Golden Bowerbird is still placing sticks on his bower though he 
has not been around while I was watching.

Blue-faced Parrot-Finch numbers are slowly building on the southern Tablelands, 
rather late in the season as while the grasses flowered well, they did not set 
much seed last year.

I have now had three independent reports of White-plumed Honeyeaters at 
Wondecla but have not been able to see them myself.

Alan Gillanders

Alan's Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

Phone 07 4095 3784
Mobile 0408 953 786

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