last minute vacancy on 6 Grasswren tour (advertisment)

Hi all, A last-minute vacancy has arisen on our seven day 6 grasswren tour, commencing in Adelaide on 17 October. Not only will we look for various grasswren species, we have nesting Grey Falcons, as well as Gibberbirds Flock Bronzewing, Banded Whiteface, & many other good outback species lined up. The tour will go . . . → Read More: last minute vacancy on 6 Grasswren tour (advertisment)

Seasonal Calling

G’day Folks

I had a pleasure of a fragrant walk to the Pinnacle in the Springbrook National Park [several km north of the NSW border]. The Wompoos, Wonga Pigeons, Noisy Pittas and Black Faced Monarchs were all in fine voice.

Regards, Laurie.

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Channel-billed Cuckoo

One has just flown over our house at Mallacoota "singing" musically – think of Miles Davis in experimental mode – as always. An uncommon species at Mallacoota, but there are previous eBird records from Metung in late September. Martin Butterfield . . . → Read More: Channel-billed Cuckoo

The Bird Observer of 1967

Thanks to all those who commented or suggested. I now have the scan of the article I was seeking. I am planning to include that in a new article…..




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Finches of the Pilbara and a Species ID Photo

While Zebra Finch are common around lots of Australia, Painted and especially Star Finches are not. I have some photos of them taken in the Pilbara and a “see how many bird species you can identify in one photo” picture taken close to where the rarer of the trio can be found… if you are . . . → Read More: Finches of the Pilbara and a Species ID Photo

The Bird Observer of 1967

Does anyone out there still have The Bird Observer (monthly magazine of The Bird Observers Club – or BOCA in later years), of February 1967, Number 423. My collection only dates from 1970 (when I joined). If yes, would you be able to look at it for me. I am seeking a specific . . . → Read More: The Bird Observer of 1967

First CBC Pittsworth, Darling Downs

First channel-billed cuckoo of the season at Pittsworth on September 17th, earlier than usual. Alastair

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Channel billed cuckoos

Had my first sighting of the season at Guanaba on the Gokd Coast. Two birds being harassed by Magpies.

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Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 83, Issue 6

Hi All,

Willem Vader’s post is so interesting. Arctic birds and Polar Bears have been on our bucket list for years, maybe William’s daughter Anna with her rifle could guide us, Spitsbergen Safari style. Probably Polar Bears would be safer seen from the deck of a ship.

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family days at 78*N



For the last 5 days, I have been in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital of Spitsbergen’, where my elder grandson—my daughter and family have lived there already in 10 years— celebrated his ‘confirmation’, a ceremony in church  which is a very important thing and a sort of coming . . . → Read More: family days at 78*N