I just wanted to add to Alan's post re finches near Georgetown...
i'm not going on this trip but I've been birding that area around
Cumberland-Green Hills very regularly since 1996 - other finch species likely
on this imminent trip include the locally common Masked Finch (white-eared race
'leucotis'), abundant Zebras & Double-barreds, regular Pictorella Mannikin, &
the irregular Plum-headed Finch & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.
I personally have never seen a Gouldian in that area as yet, but I've seen all
the others plus Black-throateds more often than not, so it's worth making the
other very notable species to watch for which I've seen personally in this area
include Spotted Bowerbird (only once further east at Newcastle Range),
Spinifex Pigeon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper,
Black-breasted Buzzard, & other more common good birds like Squatter Pigeon,
Banded Honeyeater, Paperbark Flycatcher (western limit of range here),
Red-chested B-quail, Spotted Nightjar, Red-backed Kingfisher, Cotton
Pygmy-Goose (rare this far north), Brown Treecreeper (vulnerable northern Black
race 'melanotus'), etc etc...
in over 100 trips to the area I've never seen Grey-fronted Honeyeaters there
but they must be there as they often get reported by competent observers...
good luck everyone who makes the trip!!
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:54:53 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible Gouldians,
> Georgetown Qld
> Flat Creek Station near Georgetown has numbers of finches, including a fairly
> recent sighting of Gouldians, and regular sightings of black-throated finches
> A count will be held over the weekend of 20th & 21st September
> There will be free camping available for 19th/20th/21st
> If you would like to join in please contact Peter or Adam on 07 40 62 53 04
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
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