Message for John Tongue

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Subject: Message for John Tongue
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:37:13 +1000
Sorry to do this to the rest of you but John’s server and mine seem to be 
refusing to talk to each other. 


This is what I have sent you a couple of times.

G'day John,
Hope things are treating you well down there in Tassie.

Golden Bowerbirds will be fine from June onwards until Christmas. Blue-faced
Parrot Finches are harder to predict. This year the grass seed failed on the
southern Tablelands and they only built up in numbers in February. They are
around all year but finding them when they are feeding on insects in the
canopy is nearly impossible. December to February is the most reliable time
for them. The Riflebirds are usually displaying from late July/ early August to 
September/ early October but over recent years have been starting earlier
and displaying for shorter periods. Not sure what is happening there. Murray
Hunt has some Great-billed Herons which are becoming used to his boat. It is
best to find them before they start breeding. I would think that August is
the best month for you but that is the least likely time to find the

I am going to be away for the next two months but when home would be happy
to help you plan.


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