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

To: Ian Sinclair <>, "" <>
Subject: ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq mile Further thoughts
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:44:18 +0000
Hi Ian,

I never said that YOU said that Varied Lorikeet would be easy to see around 

Maybe if you read that very first line in my post again, you will see that all 
I said was that they wouldn't be an easy bird to see in the Laura area.  (FULL 

I was NOT implying anything at all, and I apologise if you took it this way - I 
was merely responding to your call for help on this with regard to Varied's 
occurring on the Cape...

cheers  :-)

martin cachard

To: ; ; 
Subject: ADVERTISEMENT? continued... Parrot species per sq mile Further thoughts
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:16:46 +1000

Hi Don and MartinThe 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 again!!

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 Of
> 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 and
> the longest I have been in Aus was 6 months while filming in 2008 and 2009.
> 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 aussie
> scenery we fly to different habitats like desert in NT and rainforest in QLD
> etc. This is based primarily on my research in Sept 2014 so I traveled most
> of this myself already.
> 1. Land in Adeliade and have staked out Rock Parrots on the Penninsula etc.
> 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, Mulga
> 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 came
> 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 one!
> Thanks so much and I was so impressed by the detail you guys provided. Keep
> the suggestions coming!
> Don
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