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  1. chowchilla

    Tassie

    Tassie is somewhere I had been meaning to go for some time now. It was a small apple-shaped island off the south coast of Australia, quite different from the mainland or so I'd been told. Rather more importantly, from a birding perspective it had no less than 12 endemic species found nowhere...
  2. chowchilla

    Bruny Island, Tasmania

    I am hoping to go to Tasmania this coming September for a week or so and am researching the feasibility of getting around without my own transport; I fly into and out of Hobart. I am hoping to get the endemics and any local specialities such as Olive Whistler and Pink Robin, neither of which...
  3. chowchilla

    Birding on Vancouver I. or thereabouts...

    I am thinking of moving to Canada and am considering Victoria, British Columbia as my likely destination. First of all however, I would like to make an exploratory visit, possibly as son as May but more likely around September. Naturally I would like to get in some birding whilst there! I'd be...
  4. chowchilla

    My Cairns city block list.

    Seeing as this wasn't really working as a concept on the 'Garden List' (under 'Birds and Birding') without annoying people, I thought I'd post it here where I can annoy other people instead.;) For the purposes of this list I have the self-imposed challenge of seeing what birds (and for a future...
  5. chowchilla

    Birding at work.

    I work on a mental health unit and was one-to-one specialling a 16 year old (because of his age) yesterday for the morning shift. As luck would have it, he was low-maintenance; I just had to keep him in sight. As luck would further have it, his room opens onto a courtyard from where you can...
  6. chowchilla

    Organised bird tours: what are your expectations?

    Having been on two recent tours myself (to Taiwan and Thailand) I am curious to gauge people's views on what they like or prefer about bird tours: Do people book tours to be shown the birds? To see more species, or specific target species? To bird in comfort? What are your reasonable...
  7. chowchilla

    In search of Golden Bowerbirds.

    I was picked up pre-dawn from outside my apartment by BF member and fellow Cairns resident DomF. We headed for the hills, quite literally as the wonderful, scenic and undeniably birdy Atherton Tablelands was our destination. As a few of you may recall from my previous 'Your Birding Day' report...
  8. chowchilla

    Atherton Tablelands and a ton of birds!

    The Atherton Tablelands lie to the immediate interior of Cairns and are accessible from the city via switch-back roads into the mountains. At this time of year, Cairns is hot and steamy and quite unpleasant thus getting away to the Tablelands for a bit of respite is something that a lot of...
  9. chowchilla

    Thailand field guides?

    I'm off to Thailand at very short notice in November and was wondering which Field Guide people recommend? As I see it, it appears to be a straight choice between 'The Birds of South East Asia' or the 'Birds of Thailand', both by Craig Robson, or would folks recommend something else? Both books...
  10. chowchilla

    Asian holiday destinations for November through to January?

    My recent plans for doing a road trip across Australia over two months have just gone tits up for reasons I won't bore you with. I still have two months off starting immediately after the full eclipse mid-November. I'm forming a plan in my head to go back to Asia for the second time this year...
  11. chowchilla

    Taiwan, May 2012- 台灣, 2012年5月.

    Taiwan is a place I've wanted to visit for some time and this year I finally had the opportunity to do so. As a birding destination, there is a lot to offer, as there are many endemics and lots of other avian goodies which in some cases are difficult to find in other countries. The country is...
  12. chowchilla

    Birding2Asia tour company?

    I'm in the process of booking a tour to Taiwan with this company. Has anyone out there been on a tour with them? Any feedback on what they're like would be great.
  13. chowchilla

    Mt Lewis, Queensland.

    I have a confession to make.... Actually I've made this confession before, sort of. I have never seen a Fernwren. Those in the know, are aware that said bird is a Wet Tropics endemic confined to the rainforest in the general vicinity of where I live here in Cairns. There are several other...
  14. chowchilla

    Visiting South Stacks in October.

    I'm due back in the UK and Ireland on a flying visit this October and despite it being an essential family-type visit, I would like to sneak a bit of birding into my schedule if possible. As I've never seen Choughs (except for the Alpine), I was wondering if, by coming back from Ireland by...
  15. chowchilla

    Drongo stripping leaves from garden shrubs.

    I had a work colleague come up to me the other day to tell me about a 'funny black bird' which appeared to be systematically stripping leaves from his garden shrubs. It doesn't appear to be carrying them off for say, nesting. Once I'd established that it was a Spangled Drongo, I confessed that...
  16. chowchilla

    Red-bellied Black Snake?

    I was walking the "Bump" track between Port Douglas and the Black Mountain Road last week with a friend when we encountered this snake on the path ahead of us. No sooner did we spot it, then it moved rapidly into the vegetation adjoining the track, but stopped long enough for me to get two bad...
  17. chowchilla

    A day at the croc farm.

    I was fortunate enough yesterday to be part of a little group given permission to bird for a couple of hours at the Cairns Crocodile Farm off the Yarrabah road south of Cairns. Normally this site is strictly off limits, but the owners will allow visitors with advance notice when the mood takes...
  18. chowchilla

    Kingfisher Park.

    Kingfisher Park is a very popular birding stop-off up Julatten way, inland from Port Douglas. A visit was long overdue, so with my mate Sara, we tootled up there for a night last week. Sara isn't a birder but she did own a car (which I don't)! ;) She was also interested to find out what all this...
  19. chowchilla

    Cassowary House.

    OK, I have a confession to make. Up until now I have never seen a Cassowary. What, I hear you cry? I live slap bang in the middle of prime habitat for these blighters! Well I can tell you right now that it's pretty difficult to 'happen' across one (unless you're very lucky) and I know many...
  20. chowchilla

    Georgetown, Queensland.

    Actually, this was a three day trip. Hope I'm posting in the right place! I met up with Don (AKA Wompoo Dove), a Canadian birder and filmer who now lives in California, and we picked up the hire car in downtown Cairns and headed off. Our objective was the dry country around Georgetown, on the...
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