Mini Scope

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off topic Carlton

A couple of years ago a Birding Aus member helped arrange for my paralysed daughter-in-law and grand-daughter to meet Carlton players. She loved the experience and often mentions it via her alphabet board. I’ve lost the details of the member who helped and wondered if he could contact me.



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Pizzey and Knight Android app update

Went to use PK Birds today after a recent update (very annoying that after the update the first time I tried to use it was out in the field and it would not start as it needed an internet connection on the first use after an update!) and it seems to be missing calls that . . . → Read More: Pizzey and Knight Android app update

What Bird is That?

Hi Birding-aussers,

I’m after a first edition of Neville Cayley’s “What Bird is That?”

If you have one that you’re interested in selling, please let me know.

Thanks and all the best,

Paul Dodd


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Lightweight tripod for mini spotting scope

I have recently purchased a mini spotting scope (a Vortex Razor HD 11-33 X 50mm) to take with me on trips when birding is an occasional, ancillary activity (rather than the primary activity, for which I take my full-size Kowa scope and Manfrotto tripod). The Vortex is small enough to be easily packed in regular . . . → Read More: Lightweight tripod for mini spotting scope

Gamba grass fires

This is a note of warning to any birders thinking of visiting the Top End.

Gamba grass, a weed that grows to nearly five metres in height is out of control in much of the area bounded by Darwin/Litchfield Park-Daly River/Katherine and Kakadu. This area includes several popular birding spots.

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Combining Emu and Cassowaries

I notice that the IOC (as of June 14th) are considering combining Emu and Cassowaries into one family.

You beauty!!! Since my goal is to see 50% of every family, I would then have 2 out of 4 and wouldn’t need to see Dwarf or Northern Cassowary in PNG.

Bring it on!

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Purple-backed Fairywren

I notice that the IOC (as of June 9th) is considering the split of Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis) from Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti).

I would assume that ‘dulcis’ and ‘rogersi’ and ‘bernieri’ would be part of ‘assimilis’?

I am a little surprised. I thought that ‘dulcis’ and ‘rogersi’ were the very different ones, and I . . . → Read More: Purple-backed Fairywren

Chiang Mai birding trip

As an aside, if anyone is visiting Doi Inthanon (the highest mountain and great birding), could you please contact me in advance. Several years ago on a trip with Phil Maher I bought a vest (black mess, about 20 pockets, etc) at the store at the top for AU$15. Brilliant. But it is now deteriorating . . . → Read More: Chiang Mai birding trip

Cheap scope and tripod

Hi Have been asked by a local environment group who do regular bird walks at a local wetland if I can recommend a cheap scope/tripod. Budget around $5-600. appear to have quite a few possibilities but has anyone any experience? Thanks Dave

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