Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 75, Issue 20

” Cryptic” is a sexy name, (with Herpetological overtones), but is the bird actually or unusually that much more camouflaged or difficult to see than other Honeyeaters? Is it generally so different to look at or listen to that a new name is really necessary ? (With apologies to armchair twitchers, of which I am . . . → Read More: Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 75, Issue 20

Cessnock Northwards

Hello and Happy New Year! I will be heading North from Cessnock tomorrow and will have some time available for bird watching along the way. Due to recent fire activity, I assume the New England Highway would be a better option than Thunderbolt’s Way. I’m close to Werakata NationalPark, but the combination of dirt . . . → Read More: Cessnock Northwards

Congratulations Lloyd!

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Mr Lloyd Alwyn NIELSEN, Mount Molloy QLD 4871 For service to conservation and the environment. Ornithology: Former Wildlife Guide, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park. Former Guide, Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge. Former Featured Artist, 'Artists Loan Scheme', James Cook University. Publications Author, 'Our . . . → Read More: Congratulations Lloyd!

Cryptic Honeyeater

IOC Michael, after quite a lengthy process, which involved Lloyd as the proposer of the new species. To cut a long story short he was happy with Cryptic, one can go round and round forever so I am hoping we can persuade BirdLife to forgo Imitatress!

Phil Gregory In Izumi ornithological writer/tour leader/tour facilitator . . . → Read More: Cryptic Honeyeater

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 75, Issue 18

Precisely who actually decided on the name “Cryptic” on our behalf ? (name or names please)

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Bulwer’s Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Streaked Shearwaters, Sooty Terns off North Head Manly.

Hi all had one of my best seawatches for about 20 years today off North Head i seen a Bulwer’s Petrel a Tahiti Petrel 13 Streaked Shearwaters and 2 Sooty Terns all flying north close in with thousands of Wedgetail and Flesh footed Shearwaters. Cheers Michael. Sent from my Samsung GALAXY S5 on the . . . → Read More: Bulwer’s Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Streaked Shearwaters, Sooty Terns off North Head Manly.

A very Warty-faced Honeyeater

Over the last 12 days a single Regent Honeyeater has been observed by many watchers on the fringes of Canberra’s ‘inner north’.   As one commented to me ‘ it has brought a lot of joy to birdos during this terrible time of fire and drought and now hail storm’.  The weight of expert . . . → Read More: A very Warty-faced Honeyeater

Cryptic Honeyeater

Following a great paper by Lloyd Nielsen last year in AFO, IOC has accepted the split of what is now called Cryptic Honeyeater from Graceful Honeyeater, which occurs further up Cape York  from N of Cooktown on and into S. New Guinea. Thus we have a new FNQ endemic, the split also adopted by BirdLife . . . → Read More: Cryptic Honeyeater

State checklists

I have been doing some work for iGoTerra the very useful data listing site (not just for birds but mammals, insects, herps and plants), compiling state checklists for Queensland, WA, NT and Tasmania which only had generic country-wide versions before, and lacked subspecies. I know there will be errors and omissions, I keep finding . . . → Read More: State checklists

Death by barbed wire

A Baillon's Crake on the Sunshine Coast this week died after flying into a barbed wire fence. Large numbers of native birds and mammals are killed by barbed wire fences, especially the top strand. Yet extensive areas of barbed wire fence remain standing in our national parks. More here: Greg Roberts Blog: . . . → Read More: Death by barbed wire