Trip Report: Australia, June 23 - July 31, 1997

Tony Clarke, AUSTRALIAN BIRDFINDER, C/ República Dominicana, Nº 61, Barrio de Fátima, 38500 Güimar, Tenerife, Canary Islands, SPAIN; Tel: +34 22 524291;

It should be stated here that this trip was organised to find 29 species which my travelling companion, Phoebe Snetsinger, had not seen on her previous visits to this country. She hired me as I was highly recommended to her as the man for the job. Hence many of the more usual sites were not visited and we did not try to record as many species as possible so there are many fairly common species missing from our final species list. Also I did some birding around Sydney and Cairns before Phoebe arrived, and I have included those species as well as the species recorded by both of us. Anything seen by Phoebe and not by myself has also been included so as to give a complete picture of what was seen on the trip.

The itinerary was carefully planned by me to maximise our time available and to give at least two chances, all be it on consecutive days, at each of the target species. The target species included some of the hardest to see in Australia, but also a few easier ones which should have been recorded on previous trips. As our travels covered a large part of northern Australia we also recorded many highly sought-after species which can be very difficult to find or observe. The 29 target species were as follows: Red Goshawk, Grey Falcon, Buff-breasted Button-quail, Red-necked Crake, Banded Fruit-Dove, Flock Bronzewing, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Princess Parrot, Golden-shouldered Parrot, Hooded Parrot, Rufous Owl, Lesser Sooty Owl, Spotted Quail-thrush, Purple-crowned Fairy-Wren, Black Grasswren, Carpentarian Grasswren, Rock Warbler, Tropical Scrubwren, Dusky Gerygone, Regent Honeyeater, Eungella Honeyeater, Mangrove Honeyeater, White-streaked Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Grey Honeyeater, Yellow Chat and Plum-headed Finch. Apart from these species we were also concentrating efforts on seeing many of the different subspecies within the areas we visited in case the phylogenetic species concept becomes more widely accepted for world listing.

Day 1 -- 23rd June

Phoebe arrives on time at Cairns international airport having flown from Los Angeles via Aukland, New Zealand. After checking in at the Trade Winds Esplanade hotel she goes with Andy Anderson to look for Rufous Owl whilst I collected the 4-wheel drive and did some last minute purchases of camping equipment for the harder parts of our trip. In the afternoon we both went with Andy to try for better views of Rufous Owl and then after a brief stop for a cup of tea with Dawn and Arnold Magarry (local birders) we made an attempt for Red-necked Crake along the rainforest walk in Centennial Lakes. The result of which was one bird heard very close but not seen.

Day 2 -- 24th June

An early start from Cairns as we were expected at John Squires house near Kuranda to look for Red-necked Crake at 07.30. Unfortunately we dipped on the crake but we were compensated with excellent views of a female Cassowary with two chicks as well as superb views of some of the commoner rainforest species that visit Johns' garden. We then met up with Lloyd Nielson at Mount Malloy to try for Buff-breasted Button-quail. This was perhaps the most fortunate event of the whole trip as after a short drive we parked the vehicle and flushed a Buff-breasted Button-quail within 20 metres. Not only did we flush it once but we managed to flush it again. We continued to look in this spot for another few hours but we did not flush another quail. We also tried another site, along Bakers Road, but the length of the grass here was far too long for Buff-breasted Button-quail, and so we gave up. We then drove on to Kingfisher Caravan Park at Julatten where we had reserved a chalet for the night, and we still had time to look for Red-necked Crake just before dark. I saw one on the first pool but unfortunately Phoebe was on the second pool, and by the time I had got her attention it was too late, my bird had gone. After a brief try at dusk at Kingfisher Park for Lesser Sooty Owl and a good meal at the Homestead Tavern on the corner of the Mount Lewis road we started our first long search for Lesser Sooty Owl. The weather was not good for spotlighting, with rain, mist and wind, but we tried on Mount Lewis road, without luck, until about 1 a.m. before retiring to bed.

Day 3 -- 25th June

Phoebe started early in another vain attempt for Red-necked Crake, whilst I had the chance to get a couple of hours extra sleep. The rest of the day was spent getting supplies for the next few days with a little bit of birding thrown in. The evening was a success for Phoebe with Red-necked Crake and then we went spotlighting with Sandra around Kingfisher Park. After another good meal in the tavern we tried Mount Lewis again for owls. Both Kingfisher Park and Mount Lewis failed to produce views of Lesser Sooty Owl except for a brief fly over which I saw at Kingfisher Park. However we did see a Papuan Frogmouth at Kingfisher Park and the 'Red' Boobook on Mount Lewis road. This 'Red' Boobook, race lurida, is a bird which is likely to be split in the future and is confined to the rainforest areas of NE Queensland.

Day 4 -- 26th June

Another early attempt for Lesser Sooty Owl and another failure!!!! For what is supposed to be a fairly easy bird to find it has really given us some problems. So after a brief chat with Phil Maher, who had arrived the previous night whilst we were on Mount Lewis, we left Kingfisher Park and headed north on the Peninsula Developmental Road towards our next port of call, Windmill Creek, for Golden-shouldered Parrot. We stopped on the way at Laura and rang Sue Shepherd at Artemis Station to arrange to be taken to see the parrots. (This was purely to save a little time.) On our arrival at Artemis Station we were informed by Sue that there was no point in looking before 15.30 as the birds would be roosting so we birded a little around the station in order to kill the remaining half hour or so. At about 15.45 Sue took us out to a recently burnt area near to Windmill Creek, and sure enough there were the parrots, 17 including 3 stunning males. Phoebe offered Sue something for her trouble, and once Sue was out of ear shot declared "that's the best ten dollars I've ever spent." This quote was the basis of some amusement for the rest of the trip. We left the parrots after about half an hour and continued north to Coen. It was here that we stayed the night in the Exchange Hotel.

Day 5 -- 27th June

By breakfast time we were at the Archer River Roadhouse and then continued on towards our next destination which was the heathland areas between Archer River and Iron Range National Park. Our target species for this area being White-streaked Honeyeater which is endemic to the Cape York Peninsula. Having crossed the rather deep Pascoe River we stopped in the first area of good looking habitat and played the tape. We got an immediate response and although the bird did not come in to the tape we were able to locate the species only about 50 metres or so into the vegetation. So onwards to Iron Range and what should be an easy-to-find target species, Tropical Scrubwren. Having pitched camp on the West Claudie River we drove to the large Mango tree on the right of the road to Portland Roads just before Gordon River and explored the trails in this area. After about half an hour we found a pair of Tropical Scrubwrens and returned to our vehicle for a drink. Whilst at the vehicle Phoebe tried the tape of Tropical Scrubwren, and we soon had at least 4 birds in the trees above our heads. We did some general birding in the area and then went to the junction of the Portland Roads road with the Coen road at dusk to look for parrots flying over. We saw Eclectus Parrot but not the one we really wanted, which was Palm Cockatoo. We had both seen this species before but agreed that it was a bird that we should really try to see again as it is so impressive. Still tomorrow would be another day. Just before dusk we recorded White-throated and Large-tailed Nightjars, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, and three and a half hours of hard work after dinner eventually gave us superb views of the marmoratus race of Marbled Frogmouth.

Day 6 -- 28th June

Although scheduled for a two day stay we had no target species remaining in the area and so decided to spend the morning birding around the Iron Range/Portland Roads area and then to return to Coen for the night. This would give us an extra day to try again for the Lesser Sooty Owl on the Atherton Tablelands. Highlights of the day included superb views of Palm Cockatoo at Lockhardt River Aboriginal community, a Pacific Swallow at Portland Roads and hearing White-streaked Honeyeater in numerous places on our drive out from Iron Range to the Pascoe River. We spent the night back at the Exchange Hotel in Coen.

Day 7 -- 29th June

Drove from Coen back to Atherton with a brief stop at Windmill Creek for another look a Golden-shouldered Parrot. It was not a good time of day but we did find 2 immature birds in the vegetation near the dam. We booked into a motel in Atherton and then went to The Crater (Mt. Hypipamee National Park) and prepared for spotlighting for Lesser Sooty Owl in a different area to where we had tried before. Unfortunately it was the same story as Julatten, not a sign of a Lesser Sooty Owl, so we moved onto Wongabel State Forest and at last a response. However the response was close but brief and we were unable to locate the bird with our torches. We returned to Atherton rather depressed but decided to get up early in order to try again before dawn.

Day 8 -- 30th June

Up at 04.00, and immediately I heard a Lesser Sooty Owl calling from a small patch of roadside forest near our motel. It did not respond so off we went back to Wongabel and The Crater. It was the same old story: not a squeak out of a Lesser Sooty Owl. We returned to the area near the motel for the last few minutes of darkness but failed yet again. After breakfast and catching up on a little sleep we went to the area known as Plath Road to look for White-cheeked Honeyeater which was a new subspecies for Phoebe. We saw this species easily and then drove to Julatten for our final attempt at the Lesser Sooty Owl. Despite a big effort by Geoff (Sandra's husband) going around many areas where he had recorded the bird before we missed for the final time and drove back to Cairns for a short sleep before catching the flight to Mackay in the morning.

Day 9 -- 1st July

We checked in at Cairns airport and the flight to Mackay departed on schedule at 06.45. There was one minor problem, and that was the carrier was not Ansett as expected but Flight West who use small aircraft and have a baggage allowance to match, 16kg. Excess is charged at a % of the full adult fare and only carried if the space is available, but we were lucky as we were not charged excess, and the bags were carried with us. We picked up a car from Avis, which had been reserved in advance, and headed out to Eungella. As you can probably guess our target species here was the relatively recently described Eungella Honeyeater, and we began our search at the traditional site at the end of Dalrymple Road. After about an hour of total failure we decided it was time to try elsewhere, and so we headed back down Dalrymple Road and turned off into Chelmans Road. We drove 3.5km to where Chelmans Road finishes at a forestry gate and within 5 minutes had seen Eungella Honeyeater. We then went to Eungella township to get ourselves some accommodation, but for some reason everything was fully booked. So we drove back down the range to Finch Hatton and got an on-site caravan for the night. The late afternoon was spent looking for Duck-billed Platypus from the observation platform at Broken River. All I can say is that mammals are just as unreliable as birds because this particular afternoon/evening they didn't show. A good meal and a few beers in the Criterion hotel in Finch Hatton were a good end to another successful day.

Day 10 -- 2nd July

A phone call to Tess Brickhill in Mackay last night gave us a site for our target species today, Mangrove Honeyeater. So after breakfast we headed for the mangroves at Mc Ewans Beach to the south of Mackay. The Honeyeater was one of the first species we saw in the area, so we did some general birding around the mangroves and the swamps by the side of the road just before Mc Ewans Beach before going back to Mackay to get some accommodation. We booked into the Boomerang Motel and had the rest of the day free. This proved to be a good opportunity to get some laundry done and to catch up on a bit of sleep.

Day 11 -- 3rd July

The morning was used up with flying from Mackay to Mt. Isa via Brisbane. Upon arrival at Mt. Isa we picked up our car from Avis and booked into a motel for two nights before driving out to the Lady Loretta Project road and beginning our search for our next, and one of the most difficult, species: the Carpentarian Grasswren. As we approached the site, we met Phil Maher who had just seen two of these birds with his group, so with high hopes for success we reached the area in which the birds had been seen. After a rather frustrating half an hour or more we located one which gave very brief but acceptable views. We continued to search the area for the rest of the afternoon hoping for better views, but all we got were flight views of another individual. Perhaps they would perform better in the morning. So with that thought in mind we went back to the motel, had another excellent dinner and retired very contented to bed.

Day 12 -- 4th July

Dawn saw us back at the grasswren site, and we started walking through the spinifex grass with a new sense of hope. How foolish can you get? I for one should know how difficult grasswrens can be to see and particularly Carpentarian. We tried for about 3 hours to find these birds but had to give up without any improvement on the views we had yesterday. After some lunch we went to the Mica Creek area to the south of Mt. Isa to look for the ballarae subspecies of the Dusky Grasswren. As with the morning search for Carpentarian the afternoon search for Dusky was just as successful, total number of grasswrens seen was 0. This had certainly been the worst day of the trip, and all this on American independence day. Let's hope we don't get any more days like this one.

Day 13 -- 5th July

Due to the timing of the flight we had some time to go birding in the morning, and so we went out to Lake Moondarra. The rest of the day was spent getting from Mt. Isa to Alice Springs. Both flights were delayed as the whole airline computer system crashed, and when we finally got to Alice Springs Territory Rent-a-Car were not waiting for us at the airport as we would have expected. Still after a not particularly polite phone call to them it was arranged that we make our own way to the Mount Nancy Motel, where we were staying, and they would bring the car to us and refund our taxi fare. Next problem, no taxis anywhere to be seen at the airport so we used the airport shuttle bus and eventually got to where we were staying. Phoebe went straight to bed, but I sorted out the car hire and then went for a meal and a few beers to relax after what had been a rather stressful last couple of hours.

Day 14 -- 6th July

Dawn found us on the road to Hamilton Downs Youth Camp, just after Kunoth Bore on the Tanami Road. You can take it from me that it was cold compared to the temperatures we had got used to earlier in the trip. The actual temperature just before dawn was -20°C and we needed to put on virtually all the clothing we had in order to keep warm. We were searching for Grey Honeyeater but we did not have a tape of this species, so it was back to traditional methods for finding birds. We checked everything that moved and after about 1 1/2 hours we were rewarded with some superb views of what is probably one of Australia's hardest-to-see species. After about 09.00 activity really died off, so we went back to Alice and thought about what to do for the rest of the day. It was decided that birding around Simpson's Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole National Parks would be the best thing to do as we had an outside chance of Grey Falcon and White-fronted Honeyeater which were both wanted species. We didn't see either of these, but we did get excellent views of Dusky Grasswrens and Painted Firetails at Simpson's Gap. As usual the evening meal was excellent and the beers went down well.

Day 15 -- 7th July

Again we were on the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road at dawn, and today after about an hour we saw two Grey Honeyeaters, but just like yesterday the activity died off very rapidly at about 09.00. The rest of the day was used up with a bit of free time and visits to Simpson's Gap National Park and the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds area.

Day 16 -- 8th July

Because of the problems we could possibly have experienced with Flight West we decided to get to the airport in plenty of time for our flight to Tennant Creek in case of problems with our baggage. We need not have bothered as the check-in desk for Air North was not going to be attended until 1 hour before the flight. Phoebe stayed at the airport with the bags, and I went and had a quick look at the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds. Air North have a baggage restriction of 13kg per person, and we had about 30kg each!! We anticipated having to redirect one bag straight to Darwin and to pick it up later, however we were informed that as we were international passengers then we would be allowed 20kg but would have to pay an excess kilo charge of $2 per kilo. We paid the extra, and that was that -- no more problems with the bags. This time when we arrived at Tennant Creek the Territory Rent-a-Car representative was waiting for us, so we were able to get underway very quickly. We were heading for the Barkly Tablelands and our next target species, Flock Pigeon. We made a couple of stops en route before getting to the Barkly Homestead Roadhouse. Here we tried unsuccessfully to get accommodation for the night, so we paid for the camp site and headed for the Playford River crossing on the Tablelands Highway. Just as it was beginning to get dark, a Flock Pigeon decided to fly around quite close to us. The bird was a female/immature, but as Phoebe did not see any real features apart from the distinctive shape we would have to try for better views in the morning.

Day 17 -- 9th July

Sunrise found us at the bore on the east side of the road 21km north of the Playford River. The first half hour or so was unproductive so I decided to walk around the bore and see what I could find. This took all of about five minutes, but as I returned to where Phoebe was standing I picked up four very distant Flock Pigeons. Having made careful note of where exactly they had landed I went to give Phoebe the good news. As we set off in the direction of the birds I had seen, Phoebe noticed a Flock Pigeon on the ground only a few metres in front of us. Obviously this bird had been here all the time and we had not managed to see it until we disturbed it. In fact there were two, both females, but excellent views, and then a few minutes later two males flew in briefly just as a bonus.

We drove back to the Barkly Homestead and then 50km west to an area of flowering trees which we had looked at the day before. We were hoping for a White-fronted Honeyeater but it was not to be. So back to the Tablelands Highway and the north again but this time as far as Cape Crawford after a brief stop at McArthur River. We had already reserved our accommodation here, and so after yet another good meal and the customary few beers we retired to bed. Our plans for tomorrow have been changed as whilst birding around the gardens of the Heartbreak Hotel at Cape Crawford, Phoebe was given a site for Purple-crowned Fairy-Wren at the Borroloola Boat Ramp, so we are going to try this before driving to Katherine.

Day 18 -- 10th July

Another early start as we had to get to Borroloola for dawn. Mind you it all seemed worth it when we located our first Purple-crowned Fairy-Wren along the creek near the boat ramp, even if it was only a female. Also along the creek we found an eclipse male and another couple of females plus a surprise encounter with a group of Blue-breasted Quails that we flushed. Happy with our rapid success with the wrens we headed back to our vehicle but decided to try another final time for the wrens in a different area. We attracted a small group of about 8 individuals that responded well to the tape, and in this group was a male but not in completely full breeding attire, still better than one in eclipse. Most of the rest of the day was taken up with the drive to Katherine but we did have time to try Chinamans Creek for Hooded Parrot in the evening. Admittedly this is not the best time of day to look, and not surprisingly we did not see any. Still our best chance for this species would be in the morning at Fergusson River. On the drive back to Katherine I saw a pair of Hooded Parrots fly up from the roadside, but we were unable to relocate them due to failing light. We were joined for our meal this evening by Phil Gregory of Sicklebill Safaris and a friend of mine from way back in the UK. We all had a very entertaining evening but had to wind things up relatively early as it turned out that we were all heading for Kakadu National Park early in the morning.

Day 19 -- 11th July

Today dawn found us at the Fergusson River crossing on the Stuart Highway. The pools of water in the river bed were numerous and quite extensive, and I was a little worried that the Hooded Parrots may have too many pools to choose from for drinking. We walked east along the river and positioned ourselves on the old bridge over the river as this was a good vantage point to see the birds flying in, if they came. My worries were unfounded as about half an hour after sunrise I picked up two Hooded Parrots which flew in and perched in a dead tree. Over the next hour we watched many birds come and go, but they did not drink from the pool we were watching. The maximum I counted at one time was a flock of about 45 birds although we must have seen quite a few more during our observation period.

Content with yet another success we drove on to Kakadu and our first stop at Gunlom, better known as Waterfall Creek or UDP Falls. As we were here in the middle of the day we had no intention of walking up the escarpment to look for Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon but instead did a little birding around the pool hoping that a Banded Fruit-Dove might fly over. As we were about to leave, Phil Maher appeared with his group having returned from the escarpment where they had seen both the pigeon and White-throated Grasswren. We made a mental note of where they had seen the pigeon just in case we failed at the more easily accessible site, Nourlangie Rock. After making sure of some accommodation at the Kakadu Frontier Lodge in Jabiru we went back to Nourlangie Rock for the last couple of hours daylight. Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon did not reveal itself to us, but from the lookout we did see two Banded Fruit-Doves perched in a distant tree. We had seen another of our target species but the Rock Pigeon looked like it might be surprisingly difficult to get to grips with.

Day 20 -- 12th July

Nourlangie Rock is not supposed to be open before 08.30 so our efforts at first light were concentrated around the Bowali Visitors Centre south of Jabiru. It was here that we connected with another one of our target species, Partridge Pigeon, before going out to Nourlangie Rock to try for the second time for Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon. We arrived at the gate at 08.15 but it was already open and so we proceeded straight to the car park at Nourlangie. After the early morning success our hopes were high, but after an hour or so we resigned ourselves to the fact that Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon is not as easy to find as other people would have you believe or as I had found it in the past. We looked at our options and decided that a change of location could be a good idea.

Phil Gregory had told us last night that he had seen the pigeon at Ubirr, so that was where we were to try next. The results here were the same as at Nourlangie, and by now it was the middle of the day and not a good time to look for anything. We did see the Lavender-flanked form of the Variegated Fairy-Wren, and although this was a new subspecies for Phoebe it did not really make up for dipping yet again on the pigeon. All was not lost though, on the drive in to Ubirr I had noticed an escarpment that came very close to the road and thought that it looked as good a place as any to have another go for the pigeon. In a rather subdued mood we drove back to this escarpment, and no sooner had Phoebe got out of the car there they were. A small flock of about 8 Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeons that were quite obliging and gave us the opportunity to get them in the 'scope.

The pressure was off, and so we drove to Kakadu Holiday Village at South Alligator, with a brief stop en route at Mamukala Billabong to try to add a few species to the trip list. After the vain hope of finding a Red Goshawk by patrolling the Arnhem Highway we spent the last hour of daylight at the boat ramp on the South Alligator where the highlight was good views, fortunately at a distance, of two or three Estuarine Crocodiles.

Day 21 -- 13th July

Most of today was spent travelling. Firstly with the drive to Darwin and then the flight to Kununurra, but we did manage to squeeze in a quick look at Fogg Dam and the Botanic Gardens in Darwin. The birding highlight of the day was undoubtedly a roosting Rufous Owl in the Botanic Gardens although it is always nice to see the spectacle of so many waterbirds at Fogg Dam. Little did we know, but we actually drove past three Letter-winged Kites that had been present in the Fogg Dam area for some time. Still that's the way it goes sometimes. It was already dark when we arrived in Kununurra, and after sorting out the 4-wheel drive for the most adventurous part of our whole trip we checked-in to the Kununurra Hotel.

Day 22 -- 14th July

This morning we took Golden Gate Road to the northern shore of Lake Argyle where we began our search for Yellow Chat. After a good 2 hours of scouring the vegetation around the lake shore we admitted defeat and headed back to Kununurra. The rest of the day was taken up with buying supplies and whatever equipment we thought necessary for forthcoming trips into the Kimberley and along the Canning Stock Route. In the evening Phoebe birded Lake Kununurra, mainly looking for Black-backed Bittern which has been split by some authors. She failed to see this species but was slightly compensated with good views of 2 White-browed Crakes.

Day 23 -- 15th July

We started early as we wanted to get to Parrys Lagoon in order to try for Yellow Chat again before driving in the direction of the Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberley. We spent at least three hours searching both the shore of Parrys Lagoon and the surrounding flood plain, but it was the same story as the northern shore of Lake Argyle, no Yellow Chats. Rather disappointed we left Parrys Lagoon and after a long, and at times rough, ride we arrived at the Drysdale River about 16.00 hours. This river crossing is a site for the Purple-crowned Fairy-Wren and after a short time we located a pair, the male was in full breeding plumage -- a real stunner. We continued driving until we reached the turning off the Kalumburu Road to the Mitchell Falls about 100km north of Drysdale River. It was here where we camped for the night.

Day 24 -- 16th July

Another early start but this time it was because we wanted to reach the Mitchell Falls area as soon as possible, so we could begin our search for our next target species, the very localised Black Grasswren. After about two hours of climbing over boulders and through spinifex we decided that the time of day was no longer in our favour, and so we decided to try another area where the species was reported to be common. This second area is called Surveyors Pool, and according to both Bransbury and Thomas & Thomas it is reached by driving north from the Mitchell Falls turn off on the Warrender Road for about 19km and then taking a rough track for 6km. What neither of these references point out is that even if you could drive to the car park, we couldn't as the track was washed out about 1km before the car park. It is then a 4km walk to Surveyors Pool and the surrounding spinifex-covered escarpment and boulders. Bransbury also states that if you can't find the grasswrens here then it is time to hang up your binoculars. Well I guess that Phoebe and I should give up birding because despite our effort to get to the area we dipped all except for a fleeting glimpse that I had of one bird. Still we both agreed that the setting was one of the most beautiful, and spectacular, that either of us had seen in Australia. As you can imagine, the walk back to the vehicle was not quite as much fun as the walk out, and we had to set back before the best time for the grasswrens, otherwise we could have got very lost trying to walk back in the dark. We drove back to the Mitchell Falls and camped there for the night. Tomorrow would be an all out spinifex bash and boulder jumping to find our target.

Day 25 -- 17th July

Soon after dawn we were scrambling over rocks and through spinifex whilst playing a tape in an attempt to provoke a response from a Black Grasswren. It was beginning to look as though we were going to miss what was supposed to be one of the easier-to-see grasswrens when I heard a distant call which I recognised as a grasswren-type contact call. As I was not 100% certain I did not say anything to Phoebe but suggested that we headed in that general direction. As we got closer I was convinced that it was indeed a grasswren contact call, and then suddenly it gave a more recognisable call. By now we were only a few metres from the bird but still could not see it. Then there it was dashing between two clumps of spinifex and out in the open running across a rock. Phoebe missed it but a few seconds later it appeared again and was joined by a second individual. Both birds were females, and we got good views as they ran around the boulders for the next minute or so before disappearing into the spinifex. What a relief, and somehow yesterday's efforts all seem worthwhile.

It was with a great feeling of success that we returned to the vehicle, packed up camp, and started the drive out. Little did we know that the biggest surprise of the trip was going to happen this afternoon. Just about 1km north of the turning to Doongan there is an unnamed dry creek crossing and it was here that I needed to stop to make a call of nature. As we drove off Phoebe asked me to stop as she had seen a perched raptor which was probably only yet another Whistling Kite, but it was worth checking just in case. I hadn't even raised my binoculars when Phoebe said that she wasn't certain what this raptor was. Jokingly I said that it must be a Red Goshawk, as any raptor that can not be immediately identified is a Red Goshawk. Imagine my surprise when a couple of seconds later I did raise my binoculars, and there staring back at me was a Red Goshawk!!!!! It remained in full view for at least five minutes before flying off low through the trees. The whole of this time we had the bird in the scope, and you could not have asked for better views. The rest of the drive back as far as Home Valley Homestead seemed to pass so quickly, as all we could think about was the Red Goshawk, and how lucky we had been to see such a rarely observed bird. We stayed the night at the Home Valley Homestead where the people were very friendly and so were the frogs!!!!!

Day 26 -- 18th July

Just behind the homestead is a surprisingly large pool which is an obvious attraction for birds in the surrounding area and a fairly regular haunt of Gouldian Finch. We did not have all that much time, as we needed to get to Halls Creek to replenish our supplies, but still we were able to have a quick look at what birds were coming to drink. The highlight was a Golden-backed Honeyeater, as this was another of our target 'species' which had eluded us for a long time. Personally, my highlight was an immature Gouldian Finch which decided to come into the homestead garden whilst we were saying goodbye. Unfortunately the visit was too brief for Phoebe to see this bird. We drove onwards towards Halls Creek but made a brief stop at Emma Gorge as the escarpment looked good enough for an occasional Grey Falcon. I am sure they have occurred here but not for us in the half an hour or so that we were looking.

So onwards. We arrived in Halls Creek with enough time to spare, which was fortunate as I noticed that we were loosing air from one of the tyres. Can you believe it, hundreds of kilometres on rough dirt roads, and we get a puncture on the main highway just out of Halls Creek? Still it was a good thing that I noticed it now and not tonight or first thing in the morning. Whilst I was fixing the tyre Phoebe did some last minute shopping. We returned to the motel and then had what was probably the best meal of the trip. Phoebe retired to bed, but I waited up in order to meet David Andrew off the bus from Darwin. David would be joining us on the next section of our trip -- the Canning Stock Route.

Day 27 -- 19th July

Up early in order to pack the vehicle and then the easy drive to Billiluna, which is an Aboriginal community at the northern end of the Canning Stock Route (CSR) and the last place to buy fuel. We took with us 100 litres of water and 80 litres of fuel, plus our vehicle was a Land Cruiser P.C. which had a dual fuel tank and total capacity of 180 litres. A diesel vehicle is essential as a petrol one would use up the fuel too quickly, and you would have to carry a lot of extra fuel which obviously increases the overall weight and drops the fuel consumption even lower!! So onto the CSR. The first 100km as far as the turn off to well 50 is in pretty good condition, and speeds of 80km per hour or faster are possible but then the driving becomes more difficult. We got as far as well 46 where we camped for the night having driven the last 20km or more in the dark. The birding highlights of the day included excellent views of Pied Honeyeater, a new bird for David, Black Honeyeater, and a White-fronted Honeyeater which would have been a new bird for Phoebe but unfortunately her views were not good enough. Today we managed to cover 425km from Halls Creek, 252km of which were actually on the CSR, and what sand dunes we encountered were no trouble to get over. Mind you, the biggest ones are still to come.

Day 28 -- 20th July

Our intention today was to get as far as well 40 which was only a distance of 200km, but it was over the highest dunes and would certainly be the hardest driving of our trip. As it turned out, the dunes were not as difficult to handle as I had anticipated but we did have to deflate our tyres in order to get some extra grip for conquering the biggest ones. However, we did meet some people who were still using virtually normal tyre pressure and successfully getting over the dunes. We stopped for a lunch break at well 42, Guli Tank, and it was here that we had a chance encounter with one of our target birds, Grey Falcon. We had just stopped at the well and were admiring the flocks of Budgerigars and Zebra Finches that were coming down to drink, when I noticed a large falcon coming to make a pass at these small birds. I had no hesitation, even without getting bins on the bird, to shout 'Grey Falcon'. Phoebe and Dave spun round, and we were all treated to excellent flight views of this very widespread but also very scarce species. It circled the area a couple of times before slowly disappearing and becoming nothing more than a dot in the scope. All of a sudden the rather normal lunch stop turned into a celebration rather than a necessity. Filled with euphoria and adrenaline we continued on our way.

Further down the track I stopped for yet another call of nature, and David got onto a White-fronted Honeyeater. Eventually Phoebe got some good scope views, and another target bird bit the dust. After a couple more stops just before well 40 in search of our main quarry, Princess Parrot, we arrived at the well in time to do a little birding as it was getting dark. We then set up camp, cooked ourselves a basic meal of spam, eggs and noodles, washed it down with a few beers and retired to bed. Tomorrow would be our first major search for Princess Parrot ,but from what everybody has told us they should not be too hard to find, as they go around in conspicuous and noisy flocks.

Day 29 -- 21st July

At dawn we drove out to the junction of the CSR and the turn-off to well 40 which was one area where the Princess Parrots had been seen in previous years. On this short drive we were surprised to get unbelievably close views, on the ground and in the open, of a pair of Red-chested Button-quails. We waited around the well 40 junction for about half an hour, and there was no sign of any parrots; this factor plus the cold temperature made us decide to try another area. This time it was the southern shore of Lake Tobin, so we drove across the dry lake and parked in the stand of Desert Oaks. As this was an extensive area of habitat, we split up and went in three different directions having agreed to meet back at the vehicle in half an hour. As I returned to the vehicle my heart sank as I could see Phoebe standing with David. One or both of them had seen the parrots. It turned out that both of them had seen Princess Parrot, David had seen two perched briefly, and Phoebe had seen six fly passed her but not very well and only briefly. Still they had seen them, and I hadn't. The rest of the morning was spent searching the area in a fruitless attempt to relocate the birds.

We returned to camp at mid day for lunch and to catch up on a little sleep before going back to the southern shore in the afternoon. The afternoon's search of the same area produced nothing, and we had a rather subdued drive back to camp for dinner. Apparently I was looking decidedly suicidal, but we had got the whole of the next day and if necessary the following morning to continue our search. One thing that had become clear to us was that this year the birds were not going around in conspicuous and noisy flocks or even groups, as the birds seen by David and Phoebe had been silent.

Day 30 -- 22nd July

This morning we awoke with a new sense of enthusiasm, especially me, and decided that the best thing to do was to concentrate our efforts on the area where the birds had been seen the day before. If this didn't work then we would have to decide whether or not to try some different areas later in the day. The first hour produced nothing, but then as I was doing some distant scanning I got onto a flock of Budgies and behind them another bird. The extremely long tail and distinctive flight action gave away the birds identity, it was a Princess Parrot. I immediately told the others that I had seen one, but now to get better views. Phoebe and I went back to the ridge on which I had been standing but no sign of my bird. We then went across to the top of the next dune, and within a few minutes a group of five Princess Parrots flew passed us. The birds kept very low, and although we heard them call, if we had been on another dune we would not have seen or heard them. It was with great relief that I returned to the vehicle; we had succeeded in seeing one of Australia's most difficult-to-see species. Unfortunately today it was David who did not see any Princess Parrots but as he said, it was not important for him to have seen them. After packing up camp we discussed our possible options and decided to head back to Halls Creek as this meant we had gained a day which could be of use to Phoebe and I later on in the trip. The long journey back to Halls Creek started with us all in excellent spirits, and the driving was a lot easier than it would have been if I hadn't seen the Princess Parrots. We got back as far as well 46 and camped there for the night.

Day 31 -- 23rd July

Today was a day for travelling from well 46 back to Halls Creek. This was achieved and we also managed to fit in a brief look at Wolf Creek Crater which is the second largest meteorite crater in the world. David tried to change his bus ticket to be able to join us for tomorrow's drive to Derby, but he was unable to do so and will just have to hang around Halls Creek for a day.

Day 32 -- 24th July

After some early but non-productive birding around China Wall we returned to Halls Creek. Next came breakfast and filling up with diesel: we had used 190 litres on the CSR trip. We then said our goodbyes to David and we were off to Derby and another target species, Dusky Gerygone. We made one stop on the way at Mary Pool which, although a very pleasant spot, was rather crowded and seemed a little low on bird life. Our arrival in Derby could not have been timed better, and we had time to check-in to a motel before going to the Derby Jetty/Boat Ramp area to begin our quest. It must be pointed out here that this is probably one of the dullest birds in Australia but it is confined to the NW coastal strip of WA. We got out of the car, Phoebe played the tape and within seconds we were watching a Dusky Gerygone. The bird had obviously responded to the tape but it disappeared as quickly as it appeared, and this was the only sighting we had this evening.

Day 33 -- 25th July

We were at the mangroves by the boat ramp for dawn and again tried the tape for Dusky Gerygone, nothing happened. We were a bit surprised and so kept trying, but to no avail and had to make do with the views we had the previous evening. We did find three Kimberley Flycatchers, the local race of the Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, a very distinct looking bird which has been considered a separate species by some authors. Then it was time to move on again to keep the advantage of the spare day we still had up our sleeves. As we left Derby I suggested that we have a quick look at the Boab Prison Tree which was used for holding Aboriginal prisoners on their way for trial. This was a pure tourist stop, so you can imagine our surprise to see two Princess Parrots fly past us. This location is outside the normal range of the species, but as with other nomadic species they could and do get seen almost anywhere, within reason. After we had realised that we had not been dreaming, we continued on our way joking about if the effort on the CSR had been worth it, or if we should have spent the time at the Boab Prison Tree instead. We had lunch at Fitzroy Crossing and got back to Halls Creek later in the afternoon.

Day 34 -- 26th July

Today was again spent mostly travelling, this time back to Wyndham. We checked-in to the Wyndham Hotel and then returned to Parrys Lagoon to look for Yellow Chat yet again. The result was the same as our previous searches, no Yellow Chats, and so we drove back to Wyndham realising that only a miracle would produce this species. Later that night, whilst packing, I came across some information on a site near Parrys Lagoon that we had not tried. So with my mind set on this site I retired to bed knowing that all was not lost, and we had another chance to see this species in the morning.

Day 35 -- 27th July

As we had already decided the night before to spend the first hour or so of daylight around Three Mile Caravan Park we stuck to our plans. Unfortunately there were no sprinklers in operation, and there was no water in the pools behind the park, so we were confused as to where we should go to look for finches. As we birded near to the Boab tree, a young girl, about 10 years old, approached us and too our surprise informed us that she had seen a Gouldian Finch yesterday only a few metres from where we were standing. She showed us a small fountain that was being used by finches for drinking, so we sat down and waited to see what happened. Sure enough, after about 20 minutes I noticed a male, black faced, Gouldian Finch in the tree near the fountain. It proceeded to come down to drink and gave us some memorable views of yet another highly sought Australian species and a big thrill for us even though we had both seen the species before at Georgetown in Queensland.

This early morning success fuelled our spirits and renewed our enthusiasm for another Yellow Chat hunt. The first problem we encountered was that the directions to this new site were not very accurate, and we could not find the first track that was mentioned. However we had a good idea of the area we needed to look at and managed to find a track that was heading in the right direction. Eventually we found the area we were looking for, a few obvious patches of reeds on the flood plain. The first two areas of reeds were dried out and held no chats, but the third patch of reeds did have some surrounding water and so with high hopes we headed of to check this patch. As with all the other areas we had tried, no sign of a Yellow Chat. Somewhat disappointed we carried on to the fourth patch of reeds and the nearby small lagoon where yet again we failed. We had now done just about all we could to find this species and had resigned ourselves to the fact that we had missed a second species on the trip. We began the rather long and silent walk back to our vehicle, when suddenly there in the third patch of reeds was a stunning male Yellow Chat. The miracle had happened, our moods changed, and the walk did not seem as far as it did before.

We then drove back to Kununurra where we had already reserved our rooms at the Kununurra Hotel and got some rest before a bit of birding around Lake Kununurra in the evening. The highlight was again a White-browed Crake, but this was eclipsed by the views of a Freshwater Crocodile. This was the fitting end to what was probably one of the best days of the trip. Just because we had put in so much effort for Yellow Chat it was so good to finally connect.

Day 36 -- 28th July

We had a little time this morning for birding before our mid morning flight to Darwin. This was the first time on the trip that we birded in different areas. Phoebe tried a different part of Lake Kununurra whilst I went into Hidden Valley, now called Mirima National Park, and checked a site in the irrigation area for finches. Phoebe failed to see Black-backed Bittern, but I succeeded in finding my three target species -- White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and Yellow-rumped Mannikin. So back to Darwin, staying in the Airport Hotel.

We spent the heat of the day in the hotel and went birding later in the afternoon. After a quick chat to local birder Niven McCree I discovered about the Letter-winged Kites near Fogg Dam and got some directions to a Chestnut Rail site in Darwin. We decided to try for the Chestnut Rail, but once at the site it became all too clear that in order to increase your chances of seeing the bird you would have to get very muddy. Neither of us were prepared to do this for a species we had already seen, and so we gave up and went to Buffalo Creek for some general birding. We had only been there a few minutes when Phoebe commented that a Chestnut Rail was visible on the bank opposite the boat ramp. Another stroke of luck, and another excellent species for our trip list. I spent the evening with Niven chatting about old times etc. before retiring to bed reasonably early, as we had to be at the airport at 05.20 for our flight to Sydney.

Day 37 -- 29th July

It really is horrible getting flights at this time in the morning. Still the flight left on time, and with the in-flight entertainment the time to Sydney passed quickly. Tony Palliser had left us a tape, which had been put together by Alan McBride, and made a reservation for a car with Avis, so we were soon on our way westwards. Our destination was on the far side of the Blue Mountains and about three hours drive from the airport, the Glen Davis road. I had been here with the Sydney birders before starting on the trip with Phoebe, and so I knew exactly where to look for our three target species -- Regent Honeyeater, Plum-headed Finch and Glossy Black Cockatoo. Regent Honeyeater took us about two minutes to find, and Plum-headed Finch was even quicker. The problem was going to be the Glossy Black Cockatoos, so we started to play the tape and hope. After 20 minutes or so of nothing we were getting a little frustrated when I heard a distant call. It was Glossy Black and it was coming in our direction a few seconds later, and there they were, a pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos. They were most obliging as they chose to perch in a dead tree and gave us some really good views. Then they flew again and again in our direction, Phoebe played the tape again and sure enough they responded by landing in a tree no more that 10 metres from us and began to display. They kept our attention for about 10 minutes before they finally flew off and were soon out of sight. All three target species had been seen in less than an hour, so we drove back to the Blue Mountains and stopped for the night at the Kurrajong Heights Hotel. This situation gave us easy access to Wollemi National Park which was our destination for the morning.

Day 38 -- 30th July

We were at the junction of the road to Upper Colo and the track to Bilpin as it was here we were looking for our next, and penultimate, target species -- Spotted Quail-thrush. We played the tape and there was an immediate response. A minute or so later there was a male in full view on the side of the road. So very pleased with ourselves we began the search for our final species -- Rock Warbler (Origma). We spent the next two hours searching the sandstone escarpments along the Upper Colo road but without any success, so we decided to go to Pierces Pass, which is a site where I had seen the species in the past. We walked from the car park down the steep track to the picnic area but could not find any Rock Warblers, and after about half an hour around the picnic area it was still the same negative result. I offered to go back to get the car as the track was in a driveable condition, and it would save Phoebe having to walk back up the hill. It took me a little longer than anticipated to get back to the car, as the hill was tougher to get up than I thought it would be. Still I got there and drove back down to collect Phoebe. When I got back to where she was waiting I was greeted with the thumbs up sign. She had seen a Rock Warbler, and what's more, good views out in the open. That was it, out of 29 target species we had seen 28 of them, and so we headed back to Sydney. Phoebe got herself a room at the Airport Motel and I went back to stay with Gerry and Lucy Richards. That evening Phoebe, myself, Gerry and Lucy and Tony and Michelle Palliser all went out for a meal and a marvellous time was had by all. I had thought that this would be the end of the trip as Phoebe was returning to the USA tomorrow. How wrong could I be.

Day 39 -- 31st July

Although it wasn't dawn we set off early to beat the city traffic and get to Dee Why lagoon. Tony Palliser had mentioned that it was possible to see Lewin's Rail here, and so we thought we would give it a go. The first area we tried was a total failure, but in a second area, whilst we were discussing the amount of habitat and the numbers of Lewin's Rails that must be here, I suddenly noticed a movement only inches from my feet. It was either a rat or a Lewin's Rail that had been attracted by the tape. Then it made a noise, it was a Lewin's Rail. We saw the bird's back, but it was not easy to see as the vegetation was very thick. Quickly we moved our position, and by using the tape we were able to get a good view of the bird for a short period and so close you did not need to use binoculars. After breakfast in a nearby pie shop we went out to Long Reef and did some seawatching for an hour or so before going back to Brookvale McDonalds for lunch. Then it was to the airport and the end of the trip.

I spent an extra couple of days in Sydney but I didn't do any more birding and certainly didn't see anything extra for the trip list.

Species List

  1. SOUTHERN CASSOWARY (Casuarius casuarius) -- 3, an adult with 2 large chicks, seen at Cassowary House near Kuranda on 24/6.
  2. AUSTRALASIAN GREBE (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) -- recorded on about 10 dates but never in large numbers. Identification problems with this and the next species, in non-breeding plumage, meant that many birds were left unidentified as we did not have the time to identify all the small grebes we saw.
  3. HOARY-HEADED GREBE (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) -- rather surprisingly only recorded on 3 dates.
  4. GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus) -- 2 at Mamukala on 12/7.
  5. BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS (Diomedea melanophrys) -- 2 off Sydney on 14/6 and 3+ from Long Reef on 31/7.
  6. YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS (Diomedea chlororhynchos) -- common off Sydney on 14/6 and 2 from Long Reef on 31/7.
  7. GIANT PETREL sp. (Macronectes sp.) -- 1 off Sydney on 14/6.
  8. KERGUELEN PETREL (Lugensa brevirostris) -- 1 off Sydney on 14/6.**
  9. PROVIDENCE PETREL (Pterodroma solandri) -- common off Sydney on 14/6.
  10. GREAT-WINGED PETREL (Pterodroma macroptera) -- c5 off Sydney on 14/6.
  11. FLUTTERING SHEARWATER (Puffinus gavia) -- 20+ off Sydney on 14/6.
  12. HUTTON'S SHEARWATER (Puffinus huttoni) -- 1 off Sydney on 14/6 and 1 from Long Reef on 31/7.
  13. WILSON'S STORM PETREL (Oceanites oceanicus) -- 1 off Sydney on 14/6.
  14. STORM PETREL SP. (Fregetta sp.) -- 1 off Sydney on 14/6.
  15. GREAT FRIGATEBIRD (Fregata minor) -- 2 at Portland Roads and 1 over Iron Range on 28/6.
  16. AUSTRALIAN GANNET (Morus serrator) -- c5 off Sydney on 14/6 and c20 from Long Reef on 31/7.
  17. LITTLE PIED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) -- regularly encountered on rivers and lakes during the whole trip.
  18. LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) -- seen on 8 dates.
  19. GREAT CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo) -- 1 at Long Reef on 31/7.
  20. AUSTRALIAN DARTER (Anhinga novaehollandiae) -- recorded on 6 dates the maximum being 4 at Mamukala Billabong on 12/7.
  21. AUSTRALIAN PELICAN (Pelecanus conspicillatus) -- recorded on 11 dates, frequently encountered on lakes, rivers and coastal lagoons.
  22. MAGPIE GOOSE (Anseranas semipalmata) -- recorded from Mc Ewans Beach Road, Mamukala Billabong, Fogg Dam and Parrys Lagoon.
  23. PLUMED WHISTLING DUCK (Dendrocygna eytoni) -- c20 at Alice Springs Sewage Ponds on 7/7 and recorded at Parrys Lagoon on 26/7.
  24. WANDERING WHISTLING DUCK (Dendrocygna arcuata) -- seen at Mamukala Billabong, Lake Argyle, Lake Kununurra and Parrys Lagoon.
  25. BLACK SWAN (Cygnus atratus) -- recorded at Nardellos Lagoon, Mc Ewans Beach Road and Alice Springs Sewage Ponds.
  26. RADJAH SHELDUCK (Tadorna radja) -- seen at Mc Ewans Beach Road, Mamukala Billabong, Fogg Dam, Lake Argyle and Parrys Lagoon.
  27. GREEN PYGMY GOOSE (Nettapus pulchellus) -- 300+ at Mamukala Billabong on 12/7 and c20 at Parrys Lagoon on 26/7.
  28. MANED DUCK (Chenonetta jubata) -- c10 at Alice Springs Sewage Ponds on 7/7.
  29. GREY TEAL (Anas gracilis) -- the most frequently recorded duck.
  30. PACIFIC BLACK DUCK (Anas superciliosa) -- the second most frequently recorded duck species.
  31. PINK-EARED DUCK (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) -- 6 at Alice Springs Sewage Ponds on 7/7 and 2 at the Playford River crossing on the Barkly Tablelands on 9/7.
  32. WHITE-EYED DUCK (Aythya australis) -- recorded on 6 dates
  33. WHITE-FACED HERON (Egretta novaehollandiae) -- seen on 8 dates
  34. LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta) -- surprisingly only recorded on 5 dates.
  35. PACIFIC REEF EGRET (Egretta sacra) -- I recorded this species at Cairns before Phoebe arrived.
  36. INTERMEDIATE EGRET (Mesophoyx intermedia) -- a widespread species recorded on at least 9 dates.
  37. PACIFIC HERON (Ardea pacifica) -- recorded on 10 dates.
  38. PIED HERON (Ardea picata) -- only recorded from South Alligator, Fogg Dam, Lake Argyle and Parrys Lagoon.
  39. GREAT EGRET (Casmerodius albus) -- fairly common, recorded on 10 dates.
  40. CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis) -- only recorded on 3 dates.
  41. STRIATED HERON (Butorides striatus) -- 4 seen at the South Alligator on 12/7 but recorded by me as fairly common on the esplanade at Cairns.
  42. RUFOUS NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax caledonicus) -- seen on only 3 dates.
  43. BLACK BITTERN (Ixobrychus flavicollis) -- 1 on the Drysdale River on 15/7.
  44. GLOSSY IBIS (Plegadis falcinellus) -- seen on 5 dates.
  45. AUSTRALIAN IBIS (Threskiornis molucca) -- seen on 8 dates.
  46. STRAW-NECKED IBIS (Threskiornis spinicollis) -- the most frequently recorded ibis, seen on 11 dates.
  47. ROYAL SPOONBILL (Platalea regia) -- recorded along Mc Ewans Beach Road and at Parrys Lagoon.
  48. BLACK-NECKED STORK (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) -- recorded on 4 dates and flying over the Cairns esplanade.
  49. OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus) -- seen at Cairns esplanade and at Lake Argyle on 14/7 and Lake Kununurra on 28/7.
  50. AUSTRALIAN KITE (Elanus axillaris) -- only seen on 4 dates.
  51. BLACK-BREASTED BUZZARD (Hamirostra melanosternon) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  52. BLACK KITE (Milvus migrans) -- common.
  53. WHISTLING KITE (Haliastur sphenurus) -- common.
  54. BRAHMINY KITE (Haliastur indus) -- seen on 5 dates.
  55. WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE (Haliaeetus leucogaster) -- only seen twice a juv. At Lake Moondarra on 5/7 and an adult at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  56. SWAMP HARRIER (Circus approximans) -- only recorded on 2 dates.
  57. SPOTTED HARRIER (Circus assimilis) -- seen on 4 dates including good views of two together on 23/7 on the CSR.
  58. GREY GOSHAWK (Accipiter novaehollandiae) -- seen on 3 dates. Including one white phase bird at Eungella on 1/7.
  59. COLLARED SPARROWHAWK (Accipiter cirrocephalus) -- fairly common, recorded on 11 dates.
  60. RED GOSHAWK (Erythrotriorchis radiatus) -- one seen exceptionally well at the creek crossing north of the Doongan turn off on the Kalumburu Road on 17/7.
  61. WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE (Aquila audax) -- fairly common, seen on 14 dates.
  62. LITTLE EAGLE (Hieraaetus morphnoides) -- individuals seen on 5 dates.
  63. BROWN FALCON (Falco berigora) -- recorded on 20 dates and very common in certain areas.
  64. AUSTRALIAN KESTREL (Falco cenchroides) -- recorded on 16 dates.
  65. AUSTRALIAN HOBBY (Falco longipennis) -- one near Mt. Malloy on 24/6, one at Kakadu Holiday Village on 13/7, one at Parrys Lagoon on 15/7, two at Wyndham on 27/7 and one at Kununurra on 28/7 were the only records.
  66. GREY FALCON (Falco hypoleucos) -- one seen at well 42 on the CSR on 20/7.
  67. BLACK FALCON (Falco subniger) -- one at Kunoth Bore on 7/7 and one on 8/7 were our only records.
  68. ORANGE-FOOTED SCRUBFOWL (Megapodius reinwardt) -- seen on 6 dates in NE Queensland and around Darwin.
  69. AUSTRALIAN BRUSH-TURKEY (Alectura lathami) -- seen on 8 dates all in NE Queensland.
  70. BROWN QUAIL (Coturnix ypsilophora) -- seen on 2 dates, 4 on 15/7 and 6 on 26/7.
  71. BLUE-BREASTED QUAIL (Coturnix chinensis) -- 3 seen on the Atherton Tablelands on 30/6 and 5+ at Borroloola Boat Ramp on 10/7.
  72. PAINTED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix varia) -- 1 on Bakers Road, Mt. Malloy on 24/6.
  73. CHESTNUT-BACKED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix castanota) -- c8 on the Gibb River Road on 17/7.
  74. BUFF-BREASTED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix olivii) -- 1 near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6.
  75. RED-CHESTED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix pyrrhothorax) -- seen on the CSR on 20, 21 and 23/7.
  76. LITTLE BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix velox) -- one seen on Lady Loretta Project Road on 3/7.
  77. RED-NECKED CRAKE (Rallina tricolor) -- I saw two in John Squire's garden before Phoebe arrived, and then we recorded it heard only in Centennial Lakes, Cairns and seen on 24 and 25/6 at Kingfisher Park, Julatten.
  78. LEWIN'S RAIL (Rallus pectoralis) -- one seen at Dee Why Lagoon on 31/7.
  79. WHITE-BROWED CRAKE (Porzana cinerea) -- seen at Lake Kununurra on 14 and 27/7.
  80. CHESTNUT RAIL (Eulabeornis castaneoventris) -- one seen at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  81. PURPLE SWAMPHEN (Porphyrio porphyrio) -- only recorded on 4 dates.
  82. DUSKY MOORHEN (Gallinula tenebrosa) -- the only ones we saw were at Broken River, Eungella on 1/7.
  83. EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  84. BROLGA (Grus rubicunda) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  85. AUSTRALIAN BUSTARD (Ardeotis australis) -- recorded on 6 dates with a maximum of 8 on the northern shore of Lake Argyle on 14/7.
  86. COMB-CRESTED JACANA (Irediparra gallinacea) -- recorded on 9 dates.
  87. BLACK-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa limosa) -- seen on the Cairns esplanade.
  88. BAR-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa lapponica) -- recorded only from Mc Ewans Beach Road on 2/7.
  89. WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns but afterwards was recorded only on 2 dates.
  90. FAR EASTERN CURLEW (Numenius madagascariensis) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns, on Mc Ewans Beach Road on 2/7 and at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  91. COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia) -- recorded on only 2 dates.
  92. COMMON SANDPIPER (Tringa hypoleucos) -- 3 at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  93. GREY-TAILED TATTLER (Tringa brevipes) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns.
  94. RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and one at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  95. GREAT KNOT (Calidris tenuirostris) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns.
  96. RUFOUS-NECKED STINT (Calidris ruficollis) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and c20 on the flood plain near Parrys Lagoon on 27/7.
  97. BUSH THICK-KNEE (Burhinus grallarius) -- 1 then 2 seen at Kingfisher Caravan Park, Julatten on 24 and 25/6, c15 seen along Plath Road on 30/6 and heard in the Kimberley.
  98. BEACH THICK-KNEE (Burhinus giganteus) -- 1 seen on the esplanade at Cairns.
  99. PIED OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus longirostris) -- only recorded from Mc Ewans Beach Road on 2/7.
  100. WHITE-HEADED STILT (Himantopus leucocephalus) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  101. RED-NECKED AVOCET (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) -- 2 at Alice Springs Sewage Ponds on 8/7.
  102. AUSTRALIAN PRATINCOLE (Stiltia isabella) -- recorded on 8 dates, particularly common on the Barkly Tablelands and the Parrys Lagoon area.
  103. PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER (Pluvialis fulva) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns.
  104. RED-CAPPED PLOVER (Charadrius ruficapillus) -- only recorded on 3 dates, near Parrys Lagoon and at Buffalo Creek.
  105. DOUBLE-BANDED PLOVER (Charadrius bicinctus) -- c10 at Long Reef on 31/7.
  106. LESSER SANDPLOVER (Charadrius mongolus) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and 1+ at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  107. GREATER SANDPLOVER (Charadrius leschenaultii) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and 2+ at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  108. RED-KNEED DOTTEREL (Erythrogonys cinctus) -- 1 on the Barkly Tablelands on 9/7 was our only record.
  109. BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL (Elseyornis melanops) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  110. MASKED LAPWING (Vanellus miles) -- relatively common, recorded on 12 dates.
  111. KELP GULL (Larus dominicanus) -- 2 seen off Sydey on 14/6.
  112. SILVER GULL (Larus novaehollandiae) -- only recorded on 7 dates but was common around Cairns and Sydney.
  113. WHISKERED TERN (Chlidonias hybridus) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  114. GULL-BILLED TERN (Sterna nilotica) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and then recorded on another 7 dates.
  115. CASPIAN TERN (Sterna caspia) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns and then recorded on another 4 dates.
  116. GREAT-CRESTED TERN (Sterna bergii) -- seen on the esplanade at Cairns but only recorded on another 2 dates.
  117. WHITE-FRONTED TERN (Sterna striata) -- 2 off Sydney on 14/6.
  118. BROWN SKUA (Catharacta lonnbergi) -- seen off Sydney on 14/6 and 2 off Long Reef on 31/7.
  119. ROCK DOVE/FERAL PIGEON (Columba livia) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  120. WHITE-HEADED PIGEON (Columba leucomela) -- 1 in Sydney suburbs on 15/6.
  121. BROWN CUCKOO-DOVE (Macropygia phasianella) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  122. EMERALD DOVE (Chalcophaps indica) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  123. COMMON BRONZEWING (Phaps chalcoptera) -- recorded on 3 dates maximum of c10 on 29/7.
  124. FLOCK BRONZEWING (Phaps histrionica) -- 1 at the Playford River on 8/7 and 4 at the bore 21km north of the Playford River on 9/7.
  125. CRESTED PIGEON (Geophaps lophotes) -- common in drier areas, recorded on 15 dates.
  126. SPINIFEX PIGEON (Geophaps plumifera) -- recorded on 5 dates, the maximum being a flock of c50 birds on the Golden Gate Road about 2km from Lake Argyle.
  127. SQUATTER PIGEON (Geophaps scripta) -- I saw 3 along Bakers Road, Mt. Malloy before Phoebe arrived.
  128. PARTRIDGE PIGEON (Geophaps smithii) -- 1 at Bowali Visitors Centre on 12/7 and 3 on the edge of the Mitchell Falls camp ground on 16/7.
  129. WHITE-QUILLED ROCK-PIGEON (Petrophassa albipennis) -- 10+ at Mitchell Falls ans Surveyors Pool on 16/7 and 2 at Hidden Valley N.P. on 28/7
  130. CHESTNUT-QUILLED ROCK-PIGEON (Petrophassa rufipennis) -- c8 at the base of the escarpment c25km north of the Arnhem Highway on the road to Ubirr on 12/7.
  131. SPOTTED DOVE (Streptopelia chinensis) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  132. DIAMOND DOVE (Geopelia cuneata) -- recorded on 11 dates.
  133. PEACEFUL DOVE (Geopelia placida) -- recorded on at least 13 dates.
  134. BAR-SHOULDERED DOVE (Geopelia humeralis) -- recorded on 13 dates.
  135. BLACK-BANDED FRUIT-DOVE (Ptilinopus alligator) -- 2 seen perched from the lookout at Nourlangie Rock on 11/7.
  136. WOMPOO FRUIT-DOVE (Ptilinopus magnificus) -- heard more often that seen and recorded on 5 dates.
  137. TORRESION IMPERIAL-PIGEON (Ducula spilorrhoa) -- seen in the garden of the Airport Hotel, Darwin on 28/7.
  138. TOPKNOT PIGEON (Lopholaimus antarcticus) -- only recorded from Eungella on 1/7 where it was fairly common.
  139. DOUBLE-EYED FIG-PARROT (Opopsitta diopthalma) -- recorded on 4 dates all in NE Queensland.
  140. RED-CHEEKED PARROT (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) -- only recorded at Iron Range on 27 and 28/6.
  141. ECLECTUS PARROT (Eclectus roratus) -- also only recorded from Iron Range, c10 on 27/6.
  142. RED-WINGED PARROT (Aprosmictus erythropterus) -- recorded on 9 dates.
  143. PRINCESS PARROT (Polytelis alexandrae) -- recorded on 3 dates. 21 and 22/7 on the southern shore of Lake Tobin on the CSR, 6 birds each morning, and 2 seen near Derby on 25/7.
  144. PORT LINCOLN PARROT (Barnardius zonarius) -- recorded on both days around Kunoth Bore, the 6 and 7/7.
  145. MALLEE RINGNECK (Barnardius barnardi) -- the distinctive and isolated subspecies commonly called Cloncurry Parrot was recorded on 2 dates around Mt. Isa, the 3 and 4/7.
  146. CRIMSON ROSELLA (Platycercus elegans) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  147. NORTHERN ROSELLA (Platycercus venustus) -- 2 at the Fergusson River on 11/7.
  148. PALE-HEADED ROSELLA (Platycercus adscitus) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  149. EASTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus eximius) -- only recorded on 29/7.
  150. RED-RUMPED PARROT (Psephotus haematonotus) -- 40+ on 29/7.
  151. MULGA PARROT (Psephotus varius) -- 2 near Kunoth Bore on 7/7.
  152. HOODED PARROT (Psephotus dissimilis) -- 2 seen my me on 10/7 near Katherine and 40+ at the Fergusson River on 11/7.
  153. GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROT (Psephotos chrysopterygius) -- 17 on 26/6 and 2 on 29/6 both times at or near Windmill Creek.
  154. BOURKE'S PARROT (Neophema bourkii) -- 6 along the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on 6/7.
  155. TURQUOISE PARROT (Neophema pulchella) -- 2 on Glen Davis road on 15/6.
  156. SWIFT PARROT (Lathamus discolor) -- 2 on Glen Davis road on 15/6.
  157. BUDGERIGAR (Melopsittacus undulatus) -- recorded on 15 dates the largest flocks being at the Barkly Homestead on 9/7.
  158. PALM COCKATOO (Probosciger aterrimus) -- 4 at Lockhardt River on 28/6.
  159. YELLOW-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus funereus) -- 1 seen on 15/6.
  160. RED-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus banksii) -- recorded on 8 dates.
  161. GLOSSY BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus lathami) -- a pair on Glen Davis road on 15/6 and 29/7.
  162. GANG-GANG COCKATOO (Callocephalon fimbriatum) -- a pair on Glen Davis road on 15/6.
  163. GALAH (Eolophus roseicapillus) -- fairly common, recorded on 19 dates and often in large numbers.
  164. SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO (Cacatua galerita) -- recorded on 15 dates often in large flocks.
  165. LITTLE CORELLA (Cacatua sanguinea) -- recorded on 12 dates, including two large roosts at Jabiru and South Alligator.
  166. COCKATIEL (Nymphicus hollandicus) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  167. RAINBOW LORIKEET (Trichoglossus haematodus) -- recorded on 13 dates.
  168. SCALY-BREASTED LORIKEET (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) -- only seen on 24 and 26/6.
  169. VARIED LORIKEET (Psitteuteles versicolor) -- seen on 4 dates but commonest around Mt. Isa.
  170. LITTLE LORIKEET (Glossopsitta pusilla) -- numerous on the Glen Davis road on 15/6 and 29/7.
  171. PALLID CUCKOO (Cuculus pallidus) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  172. BRUSH CUCKOO (Cacomantis variolosus) -- 1 at Mitchell Falls on 17/7.
  173. FAN-TAILED CUCKOO (Cacomantis flabelliformis) -- this species was only heard on 2/7.
  174. SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx lucidus) -- 1 seen at Mc Ewans Beach on 2/7.
  175. PHEASANT COUCAL (Centropus phasianinus) -- seen on 5 dates.
  176. LESSER SOOTY OWL (Tyto multipunctata) -- 1 seen briefly in flight my me on 25 and heard on 29 and 30/6.
  177. BARN OWL (Tyto alba) -- recorded as heard on 25 and seen on 30/6.
  178. RUFOUS OWL (Ninox rufa) -- 2 in Cairns on 23/6 and 1 in the Darwin Botanic Gardens on 13/7.
  179. SOUTHERN BOOBOOK (Ninox boobook) -- 1 of the distinctive race lurida seen on the Mt. Lewis road on 25/6. Also recorded heard on 2 other dates.
  180. TAWNY FROGMOUTH (Podargus strigoides) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  181. PAPUAN FROGMOUTH (Podargus papuensis) -- 1 seen at Kingfisher Park, Julatten on 25/6.
  182. MARBLED FROGMOUTH (Podargus ocellatus) -- 1 of the northern subspecies marmoratus seen at Iron Range on 27/6.
  183. AUSTRALIAN OWLET-NIGHTJAR (Aegotheles cristatus) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  184. SPOTTED NIGHTJAR (Eurostopodus argus) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  185. WHITE-THROATED NIGHTJAR (Eurostopodus mystacalis) -- 1 at Iron Range on 27/6.
  186. LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Caprimulgus macrurus) -- 1 at Iron Range on 27/6.
  187. AUSTRALIAN SWIFTLET (Collocalia terraereginae) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  188. AZURE KINGFISHER (Alcedo azurea) -- 1 seen at the Fergusson River on 11/7.
  189. LAUGHING KOOKABURRA (Dacelo novaeguineae) -- recorded on 10 dates.
  190. BLUE-WINGED KOOKABURRA (Dacelo leachii) -- recorded on 9 dates.
  191. FOREST KINGFISHER (Todirhamphus macleayii) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  192. RED-BACKED KINGFISHER (Todirhamphus pyrrhopygia) -- recorded on 11 dates.
  193. SACRED KINGFISHER (Todirhamphus sanctus) -- only recorded on 4 dates.
  194. YELLOW-BILLED KINGFISHER (Syma torotoro) -- 1 heard at Iron Range on 27/6.
  195. RAINBOW BEE-EATER (Merops ornatus) -- fairly common, recorded on 22 dates.
  196. RAINBOW PITTA (Pitta iris) -- 1 seen near Gunlom on 11/7.
  197. WHITE-THROATED TREECREEPER (Cormobates leucophaeus) -- subspecies minor recorded from Wongabel on 30/6 and intermedia from Eungella on 1/7.
  198. BROWN TREECREEPER (Climacteris picumnus) -- 2 of subspecies melanotaseen near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6 and 1 of the nominate race on Glen Davis road on 29/7.
  199. BLACK-TAILED TREECREEPER (Climacteris melanura) -- recorded on 8 dates.
  200. SPOTTED CATBIRD (Ailuroedus melanotis) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  201. REGENT BOWERBIRD (Sericulus chrysocephalus) -- a female at Eungella N.P. on 1/7.
  202. SATIN BOWERBIRD (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) -- recorded before Phoebe arrived.
  203. WESTERN BOWERBIRD (Chlamydera guttata) -- 1 at Ellery Creek Big Hole on 6/7.
  204. GREAT BOWERBIRD (Chlamydera nuchalis) -- fairly common, seen on 10 dates.
  205. FAWN-BREASTED BOWERBIRD (Chlamydera cerviniventris) -- 2 seen fleetingly at Portland Roads on 28/6.
  206. RED-BACKED FAIRY-WREN (Malurus melanocephalus) -- recorded on 8 dates.
  207. WHITE-WINGED FAIRY-WREN (Malurus leucopterus) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  208. SUPERB FAIRY-WREN (Malurus cyaneus) -- common at Dee Why Lagoon on 31/7.
  209. SPLENDID FAIRY-WREN (Malurus splendens) -- only recorded on 6 and 7/7 around Alice Springs and Kunoth Bore.
  210. VARIEGATED FAIRY-WREN (Malurus lamberti) -- assimilis was recorded on 6 dates, dulcis on 1 date and rogersi on 3 dates. These latter two subspecies are sometimes split as Lavender-flanked Fairy-Wren.
  211. PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY-WREN (Malurus coronatus) -- 10+ at the Borroloola boat ramp on 10/7 and at at the Drysdale River crossing on 15/7.
  212. DUSKY GRASSWREN (Amytornis purnelli) -- seen easily at Simpson's Gap on both 6 and 7/7.
  213. BLACK GRASSWREN (Amytornis housei) -- 1 glimpsed at Surveyors Pool on 16/7 and 2 females seen near the Mitchell Falls camp ground on 17/7.
  214. CARPENTARIAN GRASSWREN (Amytornis dorotheae) -- 2 seen on the Lady Loretta Project Road on 3/7.
  215. SPOTTED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus punctatus) -- 2 on 30/7 were the only record for the trip.
  216. STRIATED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus striatus) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  217. ROCK WARBLER (Origma solitaria) -- 1 at Pierces Pass on 30/7.
  218. YELLOW-THROATED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis citreogularis) -- only recorded on 2 dates.
  219. WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis frontalis) -- the only record was 1 at Eungella on 1/7 of the subspecies laevigaster.
  220. ATHERTON SCRUBWREN (Sericornis keri) -- 1 seen on 30/6 at Wongabel State Forest.
  221. TROPICAL SCRUBWREN (Sericornis beccarii) -- 3+ seen at Iron Range on 27/6.
  222. LARGE-BILLED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis magnirostris) -- 1 at Wongabel State Forest on 30/6.
  223. MOUNTAIN THORNBILL (Acanthiza katherina) -- 2 seen along Mt. Lewis road before Phoebe arrived.
  224. BROWN THORNBILL (Acanthiza pusilla) -- seen at Eungella on 1/7 and in Wollemi N.P. on 30/7.
  225. YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) -- seen along Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on both 6 and 7/7.
  226. CHESTNUT-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza uropygialis) -- common along the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on both 6 and 7/7.
  227. SLATY-BACKED THORNBILL (Acanthiza robustirostris) -- 2 along Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on 6/7.
  228. WEEBILL (Smicrornis brevirostris) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  229. GREEN-BACKED GERYGONE (Gerygone chloronotus) -- 2 at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  230. FAIRY GERYGONE (Gerygone palpebrosa) -- 1 of race personata at Iron Range on 28/6 and 1 of race flavida along Mc Ewans Beach road on 2/7.
  231. WHITE-THROATED GERYGONE (Gerygone olivacea) -- 1 on 11/7 was the only record.
  232. DUSKY GERYGONE (Gerygone tenebrosa) -- 1 at Derby boat ramp on 24/7 was the only record.
  233. BROWN GERYGONE (Gerygone mouki) -- only recorded on 2 dates.
  234. MANGROVE GERYGONE (Gerygone levigaster) -- recorded on 4 dates, common in the mangroves at Derby.
  235. WESTERN GERYGONE (Gerygone fusca) -- recorded on both days along Hamilton
  236. Downs Youth Camp road but only seen on 7/7.
  237. SOUTHERN WHITEFACE (Aphelocephala leucopsis) -- seen on both days along Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road, 6 and 7/7, and on Glen Davis road on 29/7.
  238. BANDED WHITEFACE (Aphelocephala nigricincta) -- 2 on the CSR on 20/7.
  239. BROWN HONEYEATER (Lichmera indistincta) -- recorded on 14 dates.
  240. WHITE-STREAKED HONEYEATER (Trichodere cockerelli) -- 2+ seen in heathland areas on the road into Iron Range on 27/6 and c10 heard at various localities on the way out of Iron Range on 28/6.
  241. DUSKY MYZOMELA (Myzomela obscura) -- seen at Mt. Malloy, Kingfisher Park, Buffalo Creek and in the Magarry's garden in Cairns.
  242. RED-HEADED MYZOMELA (Myzomela erythrocephala) -- 1 at Derby boat ramp on 25/7 and 1+ at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  243. SCARLET MYZOMELA (Myzomela sanguinolenta) -- 1 near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6.
  244. BANDED HONEYEATER (Certhionyx pectoralis) -- recorded on 5 dates, common at Home Valley Homestead and Emma Gorge on 18/7.
  245. BLACK HONEYEATER (Certhionyx niger) -- seen c50km west of Barkly Homestead and along the CSR.
  246. PIED HONEYEATER (Certhionyx variegatus) -- common on the CSR, 19-23/7.
  247. GRACEFUL HONEYEATER (Meliphaga gracilis) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  248. YELLOW-SPOTTED HONEYEATER (Meliphaga notata) -- recorded on 4 dates, commoner than the previous species.
  249. LEWIN'S HONEYEATER (Meliphaga lewinii) -- also recorded on 4 dates.
  250. EUNGELLA HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus hindwoodi) -- 1 at the end of Chelmans Road, off Dalrymple Road, Eungella on 1/7.
  251. YELLOW-FACED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus chrysops) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  252. VARIED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus versicolor) -- seen along the esplanade at Cairns.
  253. MANGROVE HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus fasciogularis) -- 2+ at Mc Ewans Beach, south of Mackay on 2/7.
  254. SINGING HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus virescens) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  255. YELLOW HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus flavus) -- recorded at Laura on 26 and 29/6.
  256. WHITE-GAPED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus unicolor) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  257. WHITE-EARED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus leucotis) -- 1 at Woolemi N.P. on 30/7 and 1 at Dee Why Lagoon on 31/7.
  258. YELLOW-TUFTED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus melanops) -- 3 at Woolemi N.P. on 30/7.
  259. GREY-HEADED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus keartlandi) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  260. YELLOW-TINTED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus flavescens) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  261. FUSCOUS HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus fuscus) -- common on Glen Davis road on 29/7.
  262. WHITE-PLUMED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus penicillatus) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  263. TAWNY-BREASTED HONEYEATER (Xanthotis flaviventer) -- recorded at Iron Range on 27 and 28/6.
  264. MACLEAY'S HONEYEATER (Xanthotis macleayana) -- seen in John Squire's garden on 24/6, at Kingfisher Park, Julatten on 26/6 and also in the Magarrys garden in Cairns.
  265. WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus lunatus) -- 1 along Plath Road on 30/6 and 1 on Glen Davis road 29/7.
  266. WHITE-THROATED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus albogularis) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  267. GOLDEN-BACKED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus laetior) -- 1 at Home Valley Homestead on 18/7.
  268. LITTLE FRIARBIRD (Philemon citreogularis) -- recorded on 11 dates.
  269. HELMETED FRIARBIRD (Philemon buceroides) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  270. SILVER-CROWNED FRIARBIRD (Philemon argenticeps) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  271. NOISY FRIARBIRD (Philemon corniculatus) -- 1 on 24/6 and 10+ on 29/7.
  272. NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) -- seen at Pierces Pass on 30/7 and Dee Why Lagoon 31/7.
  273. WHITE-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris nigra) -- 2 at the end of Plath Road on 30/6 and 1 at Dee Why Lagoon on 31/7.
  274. WHITE-FRONTED HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris albifrons) -- uncommon but recorded on the CSR on 19-22/7.
  275. BAR-BREASTED HONEYEATER (Ramsayornis fasciatus) -- common at Home Valley Homestead on 18/7 but this was the only place we saw this species.
  276. RUFOUS-BANDED HONEYEATER (Conopophila albogularis) -- 1 at South Alligator on 12/7 and 4+ at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  277. RUFOUS-THROATED HONEYEATER (Conopophila rufogularis) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  278. GREY HONEYEATER (Conopophila whitei) -- 1 on Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on 6/7 with 2 near by on the same road on 7/7.
  279. REGENT HONEYEATER (Xanthomyza phrygia) -- 50+ on Glen Davis road on 15/6 and 5+ at the same place on 29/7.
  280. EASTERN SPINEBILL (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) -- 2+ at Pierces Pass on 30/7.
  281. BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER (Entomyzon cyanotis) -- seen on at least 10 dates, very common in certain areas.
  282. BELL MINER (Manorina melanophrys) -- 6 at Bilpin on 30/7.
  283. NOISY MINER (Manorina melanocephala) -- only recorded on 29/7.
  284. YELLOW-THROATED MINER (Manorina flavigula) -- recorded on 9 dates.
  285. SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Acanthagenys rufogularis) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  286. LITTLE WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera chrysoptera) -- common at Dee Why and Long Reef on 31/7.
  287. RED WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera carunculata) -- c5 on 29/7 and common at Long Reef on 31/7.
  288. CRIMSON CHAT (Epthianura tricolor) -- recorded on 6 dates including on the CSR.
  289. YELLOW CHAT (Epthianura crocea) -- 1 male on the floodplain near Parrys Lagoon on 27/7.
  290. JACKY-WINTER (Microeca fascinans) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  291. LEMON-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Microeca flavigaster) -- recorded on 2 dates but the 3+ birds seen on 25/7 at the Derby boat ramp were of the very distinctive race tormenti.
  292. YELLOW-LEGGED FLYCATCHER (Microeca griseoceps) -- 1 on 27/6 and 1 on 28/6 were both seen in Iron Range.
  293. RED-CAPPED ROBIN (Petroica goodenovii) -- recorded on 6 and 7/7 at Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road and on the CSR on 22/7.
  294. ROSE ROBIN (Petroica rosea) -- 1 at Woolemi N.P. on 30/7.
  295. HOODED ROBIN (Melanodryas cucullata) -- recorded on Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road and between Halls Creek and Derby on 6, 7, 24 and 25/7.
  296. PALE YELLOW ROBIN (Tregellasia capito) -- only recorded on the Atherton Tablelands on 25 and 30/6.
  297. WHITE-FACED ROBIN (Tregellasia leucops) -- 3 at Iron Range on 28/7.
  298. EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN (Eopsaltria australis) -- only recorded at Eungella N.P. on 1/7.
  299. WHITE-BROWED ROBIN (Poecilodryas superciliosa) -- 1 at Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6.
  300. GREY-HEADED ROBIN (Heteromyias cinereifrons) -- recorded at Kingfisher Park on 25/6 and commonly at The Crater on 29 and 30/7.
  301. VARIED SITELLA (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) -- 3+ striatus subspecies near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6, 3 leucoptera subspecies on 15/7 and 2 on 18/7.
  302. CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT (Falcunculus frontatus) -- 3 on Glen Davis road on 29/7.
  303. CRESTED BELLBIRD (Oreoica gutturalis) -- 1 on Lady Loretta Project Road on 4/7, common along Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on 6 and 7/7 and heard c50km west of Barkly Homestead on 8 and 9/7.
  304. GREY WHISTLER (Pachycephala griseiceps) -- 1 at Iron Range on 28/6 and 1 on 30/6.
  305. BROWN WHISTLER (Pachycephala simplex) -- 2 at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  306. GOLDEN WHISTLER (Pachycephala pectoralis) -- only recorded on 2 dates.
  307. RUFOUS WHISTLER (Pachycephala rufiventris) -- recorded on 8 dates.
  308. WHITE-BREASTED WHISTLER (Pachycephala lanioides) -- recorded on both dates we visited the Derby boat ramp but only seen briefy on 25/7.
  309. LITTLE SHRIKE-THRUSH (Colluricincla megarhyncha) -- 1 at Kingfisher Park, Julatten before Phoebe arrived.
  310. SANDSTONE SHRIKE-THRUSH (Colluricincla woodwardi) -- 1 at Hidden Valley, Kununurra on 28/7.
  311. GREY SHRIKE-THRUSH (Colluricincla harmonica) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  312. CHOWCHILLA (Orthonyx spaldingii) -- 8 at The Crater on 29/6.
  313. GREY-CROWNED BABBLER (Pomatostomus temporalis) -- recorded on 11 dates.
  314. WHITE-BROWED BABBLER (Pomatostomus superciliosus) -- 6 along Hamilton Downs Youth Camp road on 6/7.
  315. EASTERN WHIPBIRD (Psophodes olivaceus) -- heard but not seen.
  316. SPOTTED QUAIL-THRUSH (Cinclosoma punctatum) -- c5 in Woolemi N.P. on 30/7
  317. WHITE-WINGED CHOUGH (Corcorax melanorhamphos) -- c10 on Glen Davis road on 15/6.
  318. APOSTLEBIRD (Struthidea cinerea) -- 1 near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6, 12 on 4/7 and 20+ at Hi-Way Inn on 10/7.
  319. WILLIE WAGTAIL (Rhipidura leucophrys) -- common, recorded on 29 dates.
  320. NORTHERN FANTAIL (Rhipidura rufiventris) -- recorded on 12 and 16/7.
  321. MANGROVE FANTAIL (Rhipidura phasiana) -- recorded at Derby boat ramp on 24 and 25/7 and at Buffalo Creek on 28/7.
  322. GREY FANTAIL (Rhipidura fuliginosa) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  323. RUFOUS FANTAIL (Rhipidura rufifrons) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  324. WHITE-EARED MONARCH (Monarcha leucotis) -- 2 at Pease's Lookout, Eungella on 1/7.
  325. SPECTACLED MONARCH (Monarcha trivirgatus) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  326. FRILLED MONARCH (Arses telescopthalmus) -- 1 at Iron Range on 28/7.
  327. LEADEN FLYCATCHER (Myiagra rubecula) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  328. BROAD-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Myiagra ruficollis) -- heard at Derby boat ramp on 24/7.
  329. RESTLESS FLYCATCHER (Myiagra inquieta) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  330. YELLOW-BREASTED BOATBILL (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) -- 1 at Iron Range on 27/6.
  331. SPANGLED DRONGO (Dicrurus bracteatus) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  332. TORRESIAN CROW (Corvus orru) -- commonest corvid recorded on 17 dates.
  333. LITTLE CROW (Corvus bennetti) -- recorded on 9 dates.
  334. AUSTRALIAN RAVEN (Corvus coronoides) -- recorded on only 3 dates.
  335. LITTLE RAVEN (Corvus mellori) -- along Glen Davis road on 15/6.
  336. TRUMPET MANUCODE (Manucodia keraudrenii) -- heard at Iron Range on 28/6.
  337. MAGNIFICENT RIFLEBIRD (Ptiloris magnificus) -- heard commonly at Iron Range on both days but only 1 seen on 28/7.
  338. VICTORIA'S RIFLEBIRD (Ptiloris victoriae) -- common in John Squires's garden but only recorded on 24/6.
  339. WHITE-BREASTED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus leucorynchus) -- recorded on 7 dates.
  340. MASKED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus personatus) -- recorded on 6 dates including along the CSR where it was the commonest bird.
  341. WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus superciliosus) -- only seen west of the Barkly Homestead on 8 and 9/7.
  342. BLACK-FACED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cinereus) -- recorded on 14 dates.
  343. DUSKY WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cyanopterus) -- seen only on Glen Davis road on 15/6 and 29/7.
  344. LITTLE WOODSWALLOW (Artamus minor) -- recorded around Mt. Isa, Alice Springs and the Kimberley.
  345. BLACK-BACKED BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus mentalis) -- 2 at Laura on 26/6.
  346. GREY BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus torquatus) -- only recorded in the Kimberleys were it is the subspecies latens, 1 on 16/7 and 3 on 17/7.
  347. PIED BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus nigrogularis) -- fairly common, recorded on 14 dates.
  348. BLACK BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus quoyi) -- only recorded on 23 and 28/6.
  349. AUSTRALASIAN MAGPIE (Gymnorhina tibicen) -- common, recorded on 16 dates.
  350. PIED CURRAWONG (Strepera graculina) -- recorded on 6 dates, common around Sydney.
  351. MAGPIE-LARK (Grallina cyanoleuca) -- common, particularly around Kununurra and Kakadu, recorded on 35 dates.
  352. OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE (Oriolus sagittatus) -- recorded on 9/7 at Cape Crawford and on 28/7 at Lake Kununurra.
  353. YELLOW ORIOLE (Oriolus flavocinctus) -- 2 at Iron Range on 28/7 and heard the previous day.
  354. GREEN FIGBIRD (Sphecotheres viridis) -- recorded on 3 dates, including 50+ at Iron Range on 28/7.
  355. GROUND CUCKOO-SHRIKE (Coracina maxima) -- 1 near Alice Springs on 6/7 then 2 between Halls Creek and Derby on 24/7 and 1 Derby to Halls Creek on 25/7.
  356. BLACK-FACED CUCKOO-SHRIKE (Coracina novaehollandiae) -- common, recorded on 19 dates.
  357. WHITE-BELLIED CUCKOO-SHRIKE (Coracina papuensis) -- fairly common, recorded on 10 dates.
  358. WHITE-WINGED TRILLER (Lalage tricolor) -- recorded on 8 dates.
  359. VARIED TRILLER (Lalage leucomela) -- 2 at Iron Range on 28/6 and 1 at Fergusson River on 11/7.
  360. BASSIAN THRUSH (Zoothera lunulata) -- 4 of the isolated race cuneata seen in the picnic area of The Crater on 30/6.
  361. METALLIC STARLING (Aplonis metallica) -- only seen on 23/6 in Cairns.
  362. COMMON STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris) -- seen around Sydney.
  363. COMMON MYNA (Acridotheres tristis) -- common around Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and Sydney.
  364. WHITE-BACKED SWALLOW (Cheramoeca leucosternus) -- 1 near Alice Springs on 6/7 and seen on 3 dates on the CSR, 20-22/7.
  365. WELCOME SWALLOW (Hirundo neoxena) -- only recorded on 5 dates.
  366. PACIFIC SWALLOW (Hirundo tahitica) -- 1 at Portland Roads on 28/6.
  367. TREE MARTIN (Hirundo nigricans) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  368. FAIRY MARTIN (Hirundo ariel) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  369. AUSTRALIAN YELLOW WHITE-EYE (Zosterops luteus) -- only recorded from Derby boat ramp on 24 and 25/7.
  370. SILVER-EYE (Zosterops lateralis) -- seen at Dee Why Lagoon on 31/7.
  371. ZITTING CISTICOLA (Cisticola juncidis) -- 1 on the floodplain near Parrys Lagoon on 27/7.
  372. GOLDEN-HEADED CISTICOLA (Cisticola exilis) -- recorded on 5 dates, common around Kununurra/Lake Argyle/Parrys Lagoon area.
  373. AUSTRALIAN REED WARBLER (Acrocephalus australis) -- heard at Nardellos Lagoon on 29/6, common at Lake Kununurra on 14 and 27/7.
  374. BROWN SONGLARK (Cincloramphus cruralis) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  375. RUFOUS SONGLARK (Cincloramphus mathewsi) -- recorded on 3 dates.
  376. SPINIFEX-BIRD (Eremiornis carteri) -- seen at Lady Loretta Project road on 3 and 4/7 and near Mica Creek on 4/7.
  377. AUSTRALASIAN BUSHLARK (Mirafra javanica) -- common on the Barkly Tablelands, Golden Gate road (Lake Argyle) on the flood plain near Parrys Lagoon.
  378. HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) -- seen in Cairns, Mackay and Sydney.
  379. PAINTED FIRETAIL (Emblema pictum) -- seen on 4 dates. At Lady Loretta Project road on 3 and 4/7, at Simpson's Gap on 6/7 and at Breaden Pool on the CSR on 23/7.
  380. DIAMOND FIRETAIL (Stagonopleura guttata) -- Glen Davis road on 15/6
  381. RED-BROWED FIRETAIL (Neochmia temporalis) -- recorded on 4 dates.
  382. CRIMSON FINCH (Neochmia phaeton) -- 20+ at Borroloola boat ramp on 10/7, 10+ at Home Valley Homestead on 18/7 and at Lake Kununurra and the irrigation area on 28/7.
  383. STAR FINCH (Neochmia ruficauda) -- recorded on 4 dates. Lake Argyle on 14/7, Home Valley Homestead on 18/7, Fitzroy Crossing on 24/7 and Lake Kununurra and the irrigation area on 28/7.
  384. PLUM-HEADED FINCH (Neochmia modesta) -- 50+ on Glen Davis road on 15/6 and c5 at the same site on 29/7.
  385. ZEBRA FINCH (Taeniopygia guttata) -- common, recorded on 11 dates.
  386. DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH (Taeniopygia bichenovii) -- fairly common, recorded on 12 dates.
  387. MASKED FINCH (Poephila personata) -- recorded on 5 dates. 2 of the race leucotis seen on 26/6 between Mount Carbine and Windmill Creek.
  388. LONG-TAILED FINCH (Poephila acuticauda) -- recorded on 6 dates.
  389. BLACK-THROATED FINCH (Poephila cincta) -- 2 seen near Big Mitchell Creek on 24/6 was the only record.
  390. GOULDIAN FINCH (Chloebia gouldiae) -- an immature at Home Valley Homestead on 18/7 and an adult at Three Mile Caravan Park on 27/7 were the only records of this species.
  391. YELLOW-RUMPED MUNIA (Lonchura flavipryma) -- c20 irrigation area near Kununurra on 27/7.
  392. CHESTNUT-BREASTED MUNIA (Lonchura castaneothorax) -- c50 at Atherton, Wright's Motor Inn, on 29/6 and common in the irrigation area on 28/7.
  393. PICTORELLA MUNIA (Heteromunia pectoralis) -- only recorded on 14/7 but 100s seen on the drive to and along the shore of Lake Argyle.
  394. AUSTRALASIAN PIPIT (Anthus novaeseelandiae) -- recorded on 5 dates.
  395. MISTLETOEBIRD (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) -- recorded on c10 dates.
  396. OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD (Nectarinia jugularis) -- surprisingly only recorded at Iron Range on 28/6.

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