Status of Paradise Shelduck

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Status of Paradise Shelduck
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 02:04:43 +0000
Hi Martin et al,
I believe inclusion on the birddata atlas relies upon an atlasser being there 
at the right time to record a species's presence.  I'm aware of a number if 
species that occur in various locations, but don't show up on the atlas at that 
location because no atlasser has ever recorded them there.  Rpesumably, no 
atlasser was recording on Lord Howe Island when the Shelducks were there.

John Tongue
Devonport, Tas.

On 03/01/2016, at 10:08 AM, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

> It appears that the Lake Wollumboola bird is the first to be recorded
> outside New Zealand by that facility.  However the species is on a Birds
> Australia checklist of Australian birds, implying records this side of the
> ditch sometime.  However when I check with Birdata
> <> the cupboard appears to be bare.
> Presumably the inclusion on the BA list refers to the 5 birds on Lord Howe
> Island (LHI) for a few days in 1950, as reported in HANZAB.
> If all of that is correct this would seem to be the first time the species
> has made it to the mainland.  Have I interpreted the situation correctly?
> If so its a pity the Birdata map doesn't show the LHI record.
> Martin Butterfield
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