ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq mile Further thoughts

To: 'martin cachard' <>, "'Donald G. Kimball'" <>, "" <>
Subject: ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq mile Further thoughts
From: IROE <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:16:46 +0000
Hi Don and Martin

The old saying about life was not meant to be easy really applies to
birding!  I never said it would be easy for Varied Lorikeets around Laura!
Martins thanks for confirming they had been seen on the Cape - it was when I
was working up there on tenure resolution stuff and I thought I had seen
them.  So I'm not going crazy.  Phew!  And Don the road up to Iron Range is
in good condition (well compared to how it was) so there some more parrots
up there for your visit!

Good luck.

Ian Sinclair

From: martin cachard 
Sent: Friday, 5 June 2015 6:43 AM
To: Ian Sinclair; 'Donald G. Kimball'; 
Subject: ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq
mile Further thoughts

Hi Ian & Don,

I wouldn't say that seeing Varied Lorikeets around Laura, on southern Cape
York Peninsula, would be easy.

The last trip that I made up that way was on 15/12/14 - it was on a HUGE day
trip out of Cairns with my mate Kev Bartram, when I was introducing him to
some of my little spots in that Laura-Musgrave-Lakefield-Cooktown area that
I've been hitting quietly over the last 19 years.

I recall that it was about 7:30-ish am on that day, somewhere between the
Morehead River crossing & the Artemis Stn turn-off on the main road, when a
small flock of half a dozen or so Varied Lorikeets whizzed by at a zillion
miles an hour across the road at treetop height, and never to be seen

That sighting of Varied Lorikeets would be one of only a handful of times
that I have seen this species in that general area - being such a highly
nomadic blossom-seeking species, Varied Lorikeets would be a difficult bird
to actually target around that neck of the woods... But of course, on the
other hand, they would always be some kind of chance there too, because of
this. It's just that the Laura area would probably be on the very
south-eastern edge of their range up here.

Which reminds me of something else... Over the years there have been a few
erroneous (in my opinion) reports of Little Lorikeets in that Laura-Morehead
River area. I believe pretty confidently that such reports would have been
of mis-identified Varied Lorikeets.

Don, I've found some more good spots for fig-parrots in the Cairns metro
area for you too...

Have a nice day everyone!!

martin cachard,
trinity beach (another awesome sun-rise right at this moment too!!),

> From: 
> To: ; 
> Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 19:11:16 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per
sq mile Further thoughts
> Hi Don
> And if you miss Little Lorikeet down south you can get it on the Atherton
> Tablelands. And then maybe Varied Lorikeet on the Cape - around Laura way
> I seem to recall they have been seen - can anyone help out there? It is
> bitumen all the way now to Laura.
> Cheers
> Ian Sinclair
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf
> Donald G. Kimball
> Sent: Thursday, 4 June 2015 6:33 PM
> To: birding-aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq
> mile Further thoughts
> Okay!!!!!!!!!! This is way way fun! I love the imput here folks!
> I am reading and digesting all of this since you folks get to live there
> the longest I have been in Aus was 6 months while filming in 2008 and
> So Some important parameters and confessions here about how I came about a
> route for accessing the most parrots per sq mile. Also I need to add I do
> drift in Victoria some as well.
> First off the areas have to be reliable since I will be taking up to 8
> people from overseas to enjoy parrots. Also it needs to be reasonable day
> travel so not to wear everyone out! Of course to take in some amazing
> scenery we fly to different habitats like desert in NT and rainforest in
> etc. This is based primarily on my research in Sept 2014 so I traveled
> of this myself already.
> 1. Land in Adeliade and have staked out Rock Parrots on the Penninsula
> 2. Drive inland for Elegant Parrots. (found several easily) 3. Search
> Adelaide Parks and CBD for Eastern Rosellas, Galah, Long-billed Corellas,
> Little Corellas, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Musk and Purple-crowned
> Lorikeets.
> 4. Waikerie and Glue Pot - Crimson Rosella (Adelaide version)
> Scarlet-chested parrot (remote possible) Mallee Ringneck, Blue Bonnet,
> Parrot. Major Mitchells a possibility. Cockatiel possible, Budgerigar
> possible.
> 5. Off to Wyperfeld National Park in Western Victoria for Regent Parrots,
> reliable Major Mitchells. of course red-rumped parrot.
> 6. Drive to Grampians and Halls Gap area for Gang-gang Cockatoos potential
> Blue-winged Parrots, potential Little Lorikeet 7.Fly to Alice Springs and
> surrounds for solid looks at budgerigar and cockatiel, bourke's parrot 8.
> Fly to Cairns and Atherton Tablelands and Surrounds for Double-eyed Fig
> Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Pale-headed Rosellas,
> Red-winged Parrot, Australian King-Parrot and Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos.
> That's about 30 species.
> The trick is to gather as many parrots per sq KM but also not wear people
> out with travel as they see different habitats. The time frame had to be
> Sept/Oct with as little driving and flying as possible. This is what I
> up with and am pretty excited about it. However I am always up for
> suggestions! With being teachable I can't help but do better with this
> Thanks so much and I was so impressed by the detail you guys provided.
> the suggestions coming!
> Don
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