Rarities at Ashmore Reef and elsewhere in the Browse Basin

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Rarities at Ashmore Reef and elsewhere in the Browse Basin
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:15:34 +1000
Yes, there is that Carl, 
but you must remember 
like the proverbial port in a storm
Islands are magnets for terrestrial birds lost over water.


On 8 Nov 2014, at 8:02 pm, Carl Clifford <> wrote:

> Google Earth shows an airport on Browse Is. That would be convenient for 
> birders. Looking at the island on GE, I don't think I would like to land 
> there.
> If birds like these are being found on Browse Is., surely there must be 
> similar reaching the mainland. I suppose that the main reason there are few 
> mainland sightings is there are too few observers and too much ground.
> Carl Clifford
>> On 8 Nov 2014, at 16:08, Rohan Clarke <> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> A team from Monash University are currently working in the Browse Basin off 
>> north-western Australia. On Thursday morning at Browse Island (about 70 km 
>> off the Kimberley coast and in the state of Western Australia) they had a 
>> Tiger Shrike, 3 Arctic-type Warblers and a Grey Wagtail. At least one of the 
>> Arctic-types was heard to utter the diagnostic contact call of Arctic 
>> Warbler (not Kamchatka Warbler which appears near-identical)
>> They arrived at Ashmore Reef yesterday and have already had an Asian Brown 
>> Flycatcher, Pechora Pipit, several Oriental Reed Warblers and several 
>> Arctic-type Warblers (amongst a few other bits and pieces).
>> They have 10 more days in the Browse Basin doing seabird and shorebird 
>> surveys so no doubt there will be a few more goodies found before the trip 
>> ends!
>> Cheers,
>> Rohan
>> -- 
>> Rohan Clarke

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