Fwd: Thai birder visit to WTP

I’m not sure how, but I seem to have accidentally deleted Mike’s message below from the list moderation queue. So forwarding it by hand.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

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Hello Nonn

A short term access permit can be collected from Werribee Open Range Zoo

www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/recreation/birdwatching/apply-birdwatching-permit

Won’t guarantee OBPs, but will get . . . → Read More: Fwd: Thai birder visit to WTP

Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

Yes, Mun did take us to a riverine park behind a shanty town east of KL where there is a fishbowl for the kingfisher and an elevated log to put meal worms on for the flycatchers and robins. We walked around the wall to follow a track – no guards to be seen.

The Malayan . . . → Read More: Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

Hi Laurie and all,

I’m currently living in Kuala Lumpur, and I use both Robson and “A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore” by Allen Jeyarajasingam (illustrations by Alan Pearson).

I concur with your opinions of Robson, but unfortunately the other guide is no improvement. It has many of the same . . . → Read More: Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

G’day

I purchased a copy of Robson’s guide via Fishpond prior to my visit to peninsula Malaysia a couple of weeks ago. I already had 2 field guides for the birds of Borneo [Phillipps and Myers], but they only covered a fraction of the species on the mainland.

The positives are that: 1. Robson’s guide . . . → Read More: Review: Craig Robson 2008/14 Birds of South-East Asia Second Edition [Helm Field Guide]

Thai birder visit to WTP

Hi all, a birder from Thailand got in touch, asking to observe OBP tracking at the WTP. Dr Nonn Panitvong is a committee member of the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, BirdLife’s Thai partner. Dr Nonn has only a very limited time in Melbourne. I think he may have a small chance of seeing some . . . → Read More: Thai birder visit to WTP

Birds

Here at 500m near the Glasshouses, I’m looking at the 20-year observations, & in comparison with recent changes. In SEQ this elevation appears to be differently sensitive to regional climate events, as it’s cooler & wetter than surrounding lowland habitat, which perhaps emphasises impact upon local sub-tropical spp.

Judith

> On 19 Apr . . . → Read More: Birds

small birds

Yes, the small birds are struggling with the conditions, here too. With shifts in the seasons, all species up to & incl. wattlebird-sized birds have diminished. Disappearing for long periods of intensified or unseasonal weather, they return only in single pairs, if at all, so far, with only the previously most common / residents reappearing . . . → Read More: small birds

Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)

Yes, I’ve seen that happen too. Skinks (mostly Common Garden Skinks, Delicate Garden Skinks and Eastern Water Skinks) also feed and drink from our dog’s food and water bowls at our place which, in turn, may attract butcherbirds. Our dog’s food and water is always kept inside the house, but it still doesn’t stop the . . . → Read More: Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)

Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)

The other thing is that Grey Butcherbirds seem to be able to co-exist with Noisy Miners, together they form the suburban mafia which keeps the smaller birds down.

John Leonard

> On 18 Apr 2018, at 5:49 am, martin cachard < mcachard@hotmail.com> wrote: > > I totally agree that people feeding them also has contributed . . . → Read More: Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)

Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)

I totally agree that people feeding them also has contributed to this Grey Butcherbird increase in numbers in recent decades in the suburbs of these cities.

BUT here’s another reason I’ve thought of that no-one has mentioned as yet…

food for thought… 😊

I also reckon that both Grey and Pied Butcherbirds would have been . . . → Read More: Grey butcherbirds – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! :-)