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Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 25th March 2004, 04:04
Replies: 155
Views: 34,930
Posted By Gorgon
This gets messy as different countries use the...

This gets messy as different countries use the same codes:
LBB (or LBJ) - Little Brown Bird (or Jobbie) for anything small and hard to identify
Sprog - House Sparrow
BIFCUS - Black-faced...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 25th March 2004, 03:54
Replies: 1
Views: 3,798
Posted By Gorgon
Vanuatu Trip Report

( I can supply this as a formatted word document if anyone is interested)
Cheers,
Peter

I recently travelled to Vanuatu for two weeks for my honeymoon. Fortunately my wife is patient enough to allow...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 24th January 2004, 02:42
Replies: 33
Views: 1,958
Posted By Gorgon
Things like Magpie-lark and Pied Currawong often...

Things like Magpie-lark and Pied Currawong often get ignored unless I am trying to get a location list together. At home I try to ignore the Noisy Miners, but they just drive everything smaller...
Forum: Your Birding Day Monday 19th January 2004, 01:13
Replies: 17
Views: 11,505
Posted By Gorgon
As my list gets longer and longer lifers occur in...

As my list gets longer and longer lifers occur in two main ways:
1. Targetted trips looking for particularly species (particularly on longer trips).
2. When a vagrant turns up and hangs around long...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 18th January 2004, 22:52
Replies: 54
Views: 3,428
Posted By Gorgon
I think Pukeko - the Maori name for Purple...

I think Pukeko - the Maori name for Purple Swamphen is my favourite. It is exactly what they say.
Chdeers,
Peter
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 15th January 2004, 01:49
Replies: 81
Views: 3,182
Posted By Gorgon
I am certain Birds Australia tried to do this for...

I am certain Birds Australia tried to do this for Australia a few years ago. I can't remember what the rest the rest of the list was but number1 was Blue-tailed Bee-eater which still hasn't turned...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 15th January 2004, 01:36
Replies: 19
Views: 2,153
Posted By Gorgon
I think it also depends on where you are. Around...

I think it also depends on where you are. Around my local patch I can identify virtually everything by call, and if I hear something I will track it down (though usually it is something I know doing...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 8th January 2004, 23:46
Replies: 31
Views: 3,407
Posted By Gorgon
Michaeil, I think the tail can be up to 60 cm, so...

Michaeil,
I think the tail can be up to 60 cm, so Raven is probably longer without the tail as well.
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 8th January 2004, 23:25
Replies: 31
Views: 3,407
Posted By Gorgon
Steve, On what grounds is the Raven the "largest...

Steve,
On what grounds is the Raven the "largest perching bird" - Weight, length?
I have always been told the Superb Lyrebird is the largest passerine. Looked up HANZAB Vol5 and males cn reach 103cm...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 7th January 2004, 21:24
Replies: 43
Views: 6,136
Posted By Gorgon
The contact call of Chaffinch says "spink" which...

The contact call of Chaffinch says "spink" which is identical to the Brown Treecreeper contact call here, making remembering it for me in the UK very easy.
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Wednesday 7th January 2004, 21:14
Replies: 7
Views: 1,546
Posted By Gorgon
Thanks Gents - always keen to find info from...

Thanks Gents - always keen to find info from other banders.
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 7th January 2004, 05:06
Replies: 4
Views: 3,118
Posted By Gorgon
Oops, Should have looked further on the Forum as...

Oops,
Should have looked further on the Forum as I seem to have found the answer already written by Larry himself.
Apologies again.
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 7th January 2004, 04:58
Replies: 4
Views: 3,118
Posted By Gorgon
Empidonax flycatchers

I have seen in a number of recent posts about the difficulty of identifying Empidonax flycatchers. As I have not yet been to North (or South?) America and HBW hasn't reached this genus yet I am...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Wednesday 7th January 2004, 04:36
Replies: 7
Views: 1,546
Posted By Gorgon
John and Larry, Three questions: How many nets...

John and Larry,
Three questions:
How many nets are you using?
What is your percentage of recapture (though not recaptured same day)?
Have you had recaptures from previous years?
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 5th January 2004, 04:01
Replies: 23
Views: 1,740
Posted By Gorgon
I would say White-throated Grasswren - just...

I would say White-throated Grasswren - just because it means I would be in the right spot to have a swim at the beautiful Gunlom Falls in Kakadu NP.
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Your Birding Day Sunday 4th January 2004, 08:34
Replies: 12
Views: 1,675
Posted By Gorgon
Returned to the ground again today - Score now...

Returned to the ground again today - Score now India 7/705 dec and Australia 6/342 - looking like a follow on is very likely and Steve Waugh will really struggle to win this one.
Added a few species...
Forum: Your Birding Day Friday 2nd January 2004, 20:50
Replies: 12
Views: 1,675
Posted By Gorgon
The SCG is located next to the Centennial...

The SCG is located next to the Centennial Parklands which have a number of wetlands. A single Darter and Pelican both flew over the ground while a constant stream of Ibis flew back and forth over the...
Forum: Your Birding Day Friday 2nd January 2004, 08:15
Replies: 12
Views: 1,675
Posted By Gorgon
A day at the Cricket

Spent a nice relaxing day at the Sydney Cricket Ground watching the first day of Steve Waugh's last test and India make 3/284. While sitting in the stand saw the following birds flying around the...
Forum: Lists Thursday 1st January 2004, 20:47
Replies: 42
Views: 3,418
Posted By Gorgon
First birds in order were: Rainbow Lorikeet Noisy...

First birds in order were:
Rainbow Lorikeet
Noisy Miner
Common Koel (also the last for 2003 as 1 called after the first loud fireworks at 8:30PM)
Australian Magpie
(all heard before getting out bed...
Forum: Lists Wednesday 24th December 2003, 00:36
Replies: 40
Views: 10,054
Posted By Gorgon
You can now add Brown Songlark as well (seen near...

You can now add Brown Songlark as well (seen near Crookwell on the Southern Highlands).
Cheers,
Peter
Forum: Your Rarities Tuesday 23rd December 2003, 21:47
Replies: 29
Views: 1,792
Posted By Gorgon
When in New Zealand I went on a Kiwi tour on...

When in New Zealand I went on a Kiwi tour on Stewart Island. This is where David Attenborough had footage of Kiwis feeding on a beach (though it may or may not be the same beach). The tour went on a...
Forum: Lists Tuesday 23rd December 2003, 21:32
Replies: 25
Views: 2,823
Posted By Gorgon
Painted Snipe - the next species I hope to track...

Painted Snipe - the next species I hope to track down next year anyway
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 23rd December 2003, 21:29
Replies: 8
Views: 2,031
Posted By Gorgon
I have definitely seen birds with missing parts...

I have definitely seen birds with missing parts (or whole legs) surviving well. Superb Fairy-wrens, various waders, Silver Gulls (these supposedly get taken by Kingfish in the ocean). The last do OK...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 22nd December 2003, 22:57
Replies: 8
Views: 2,031
Posted By Gorgon
Birds feet in winter

This topic was something that I came across earlier in the year, and was reminded of by the photograph of the Sparrow with ice crystals. Maybe as most of you appear to be northerners that get a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 21st December 2003, 22:09
Replies: 75
Views: 6,021
Posted By Gorgon
Depending if I am still up or not the most likely...

Depending if I am still up or not the most likely is a Common Koel or Channel-billed Cuckoo, boith of which are calling fairly regularly in the suburbs of Sydney at night at the moment.
The first pre...
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