Beware of the macaque mafia if you are birding at the Uluwatu Temple on Bali

see www.newscientist.com/article/2132748-monkey-mafia-steal-your-stuff-then-sell-it-back-for-a-cracker/

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Scientists now keeping mum in relation to discovery of rare species

Apparently the poachers keep an eye on their reports

see www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/call-keep-secrets-rare-species-draws-reluctant-support

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PhD on American birders now available.

Good morning Birding Aussers.

To anyone interested my PhD thesis ‘Couples and avitourism: a mixed methods study of North American birdwatchers’, is now available at epubs.scu.edu.au/theses/539/

regards

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow PO Box 71 Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841 043 8650 835

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Mauritius

Hi I am going to Madagascar in Nov with 3 friends. We are flying Air Mauritius and the schedule dictates we have an overnight stay in Mauritius and a free morning which obviously we would like to spend birding. Any info on guides, places to go etc would be very welcomed. Not much info in . . . → Read More: Mauritius

The wintering destination of European Honey Buzzards is determined by the wind on their first migration, not by genetics

see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170524084602.htm

• W. M. G. Vansteelant, J. Kekkonen, P. Byholm. Wind conditions and geography shape the first outbound migration of juvenile honey buzzards and their distribution across sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017; 284 (1855): 20170387 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0387

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Birdwatchers make ‘probable’ rediscovery of elusive night parrot in Central Australia

www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-24/night-parrot-possibly-found-in-central-australia/8553916

Central Australian birdwatchers say they have detected the elusive night parrot in the red centre.

Congratulations to Chris Watson and Mark Carter.

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ABG – Errata

A minor error in the new Australian Bird Guide. The specific name for Oriental Pratincole should be maldivarum (not madlivorum). There seem to be remarkably few errors for a first edition.

_________________________________________________________________ Frank O’Connor Birding WA birdingwa.iinet.net.au Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email : foconnor@iinet.net.au

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Red Goshawk nesting observations

On 21st May I was lucky enough to observe a male Red Goshawk starting to build a nest in the Lilyvale Rd area, between Musgrave and Lakefield National Park, Cape York. This area is well-known for the nesting of this species. The following observations were made over a two hour period starting 7.30am. Only the . . . → Read More: Red Goshawk nesting observations

RFI Rufous Owl Darwin Botanical Gardens

Hi all, does anyone know if the Rufous Owl is still around in the Darwin Botanic Gardens, and if so, where exactly is it usually? I will be there on Saturday and wouldn’t mind having a crack at this one!! Any info appreciated,

Cheers, Helga Kieskamp

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Chestnut Teal in Mulgoa.

There was a pair of Chestnut Teal on a small dam, in the rain, here in Mulgoa Valley this afternoon. Never recorded here before by me in 25 years.

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