In which there is a report on a trip, from Broome to Melbourne, with incident

Bird list
Broome to Melbourne.
November 2003

Herewith the bird list of 214 species from a trip from Broome to Melbourne, from November 1 – 14 inclusive. The trip started at the Broome Bird Observatory, continued with an excursion into the edge of the Kimberley and featured Melbourne Cup Day in Halls Creek with the sweltering denizens dressed to the nines and bedecked with fascinators. We drove down the surprisingly navigable Tanami Track to Alice Springs, went via Finke and Dalhousie Springs to the Oodnadatta Track, enjoyed a brief stop-over at Muloorina station at a dry Lake Eyre South, headed via Frome Downs to Menindee Lakes and then by Hattah-Kulkyne to Melbourne.

 The following birds were seen and/or heard:

 Scientific name                                    English name

Dromaius novaehollandiae                     Emu

Oxyura australis                                    Blue-billed Duck

Stictonetta naevosa                               Freckled Duck

Cygnus atratus                                      Black Swan

Tadorna tadornoides                             Australian Shelduck

Chenonetta jubata                                 Australian Wood Duck

Anas superciliosa                                  Pacific Black Duck

Anas rhynchotis                                    Australasian Shoveler

Anas gracilis                                         Grey Teal

Malacorhynchus membranaceus            Pink-eared Duck

Aythya australis                                     Hardhead

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae                Australasian Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus                  Hoary-headed Grebe

Anhinga melanogaster                           Darter

Phalacrocorax melanoleucos                 Little Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius                             Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris                      Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo                              Great Cormorant

Pelecanus conspicillatus                        Australian Pelican

Egretta novaehollandiae                        White-faced Heron

Egretta garzetta                                    Little Egret

Ardea pacifica                                       White-necked Heron

Ardea sumatrana                                   Great-billed Heron

Ardea alba                                            Great Egret

Ardea intermedia                                   Intermediate Egret

Nycticorax caledonicus                          Nankeen Night Heron

Threskiornis molucca                             Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis                           Straw-necked Ibis

Platalea regia                                        Royal Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes                                    Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus                    Black-necked Stilt

Pandion haliaetus                                  Osprey

Elanus axillaris                                      Black-shouldered Kite

Hamirostra melanosternon                     Black-breasted Buzzard

Milvus migrans                                      Black Kite

Haliastur sphenurus                               Whistling Kite

Haliastur indus                                      Brahminy Kite

Haliaeetus leucogaster                          White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Circus approximans                               Swamp Harrier

Accipiter fasciatus                                 Brown Goshawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus                           Collared Sparrowhawk

Aquila audax                                         Wedge-tailed Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides                        Little Eagle

Falco berigora                                       Brown Falcon

Falco longipennis                                  Australian Hobby

Falco subniger                                      Black Falcon

Falco peregrinus                                   Peregrine Falcon

Falco cenchroides                                 Nankeen Kestrel

Porzana tabuensis                                 Spotless Crake

Porphyrio porphyrio                               Purple Swamphen

Gallinula tenebrosa                                Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula ventralis                                  Black-tailed Native-hen

Fulica atra                                             Eurasian Coot

Ardeotis australis                                   Australian Bustard

Limosa lapponica                                  Bar-tailed Godwit

Numenius minutus                                 Little Curlew

Numenius phaeopus                              Whimbrel

Numenius madagascariensis                 Eastern Curlew

Tringa totanus                                       Common Redshank

Tringa nebularia                                    Common Greenshank

Tringa glareola                                      Wood Sandpiper

Xenus cinereus                                     Terek Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos                                  Common Sandpiper

Heteroscelus brevipes                           Grey-tailed Tattler

Arenaria interpres                                  Ruddy Turnstone

Calidris tenuirostris                                Great Knot

Calidris ruficollis                                    Red-necked Stint

Calidris acuminata                                 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea                                 Curlew Sandpiper

Limicola falcinellus                                Broad-billed Sandpiper

Phalaropus lobatus                                Red-necked Phalarope

Burhinus grallarius                                 Bush Stone-curlew

Haematopus longirostris                        Pied Oystercatcher

Himantopus himantopus                        Black-winged Stilt

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae               Red-necked Avocet

Pluvialis squatarola                                Grey Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus                           Red-capped Plover

Charadrius mongolus                             Lesser Sand Plover

Charadrius veredus                               Oriental Plover

Charadrius australis                               Inland Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops                             Black-fronted Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus                             Red-kneed Dotterel

Vanellus miles                                       Masked Lapwing

Stiltia isabella                                        Australian Pratincole

Larus novaehollandiae                           Silver Gull

Sterna nilotica                                       Gull-billed Tern

Sterna bergii                                         Crested Tern

Sterna nereis                                        Fairy Tern

Chlidonias hybridus                               Whiskered Tern

Columba livia                                        Rock Dove

Streptopelia chinensis                            Spotted Turtle-Dove

Phaps chalcoptera                                 Common Bronzewing

Ocyphaps lophotes                                Crested Pigeon

Geopelia cuneata                                  Diamond Dove

Geopelia striata                                     Peaceful Dove

Geopelia humeralis                                Bar-shouldered Dove

Calyptorhynchus banksii                        Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum                       Gang-gang Cockatoo

Cacatua roseicapilla                              Galah

Cacatua sanguinea                                Little Corella

Cacatua leadbeateri                              Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita                                    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Nymphicus hollandicus                          Cockatiel

Trichoglossus haematodus                    Rainbow Lorikeet

Aprosmictus erythropterus                     Red-winged Parrot

Polytelis anthopeplus                             Regent Parrot

Platycercus elegans                              Crimson Rosella

Platycercus eximius                               Eastern Rosella

Barnardius zonarius                               Australian Ringneck

Northiella haematogaster                       Blue Bonnet

Psephotus haematonotus                      Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus varius                                   Mulga Parrot

Melopsittacus undulatus                        Budgerigar

Neophema elegans                               Elegant Parrot

Chrysococcyx basalis                            Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo

Centropus phasianinus                          Pheasant Coucal

Ninox connivens                                    Barking Owl

Ninox novaeseelandiae                          Southern Boobook

Podargus strigoides                               Tawny Frogmouth

Dacelo novaeguineae                            Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo leachii                                       Blue-winged Kookaburra

Todiramphus pyrrhopygia                      Red-backed Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus                            Sacred Kingfisher

Merops ornatus                                     Rainbow Bee-eater

Eurystomus orientalis                            Dollarbird

Climacteris picumnus                             Brown Treecreeper

Malurus cyaneus                                   Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus lamberti                                    Variegated Fairy-wren

Malurus leucopterus                              White-winged Fairy-wren

Malurus melanocephalus                       Red-backed Fairy-wren

Stipiturus ruficeps                                  Rufous-crowned Emu-wren

Pardalotus rubricatus                             Red-browed Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus                                 Striated Pardalote

Calamanthus campestris                        Rufous Fieldwren

Pyrrholaemus brunneus                         Redthroat

Smicrornis brevirostris                           Weebill

Acanthiza pusilla                                   Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza apicalis                                  Inland Thornbill

Acanthiza robustirostris                          Slaty-backed Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa                           Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Anthochaera carnunculata                     Red Wattlebird

Acanthagenys rufogularis                       Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Philemon argenticeps                            Silver-crowned Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus                            Noisy Friarbird

Philemon citreogularis                           Little Friarbird

Entomyzon cyanotis                              Blue-faced Honeyeater

Manorina melanocephala                       Noisy Miner

Manorina flavigula                                 Yellow-throated Miner

Lichenostomus virescens                       Singing Honeyeater

Lichenostomus unicolor                         White-gaped Honeyeater

Lichenostomus leucotis                          White-eared Honeyeater

Lichenostomus ornatus                          Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Lichenostomus plumulus                        Grey-fronted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus flavescens                     Yellow-tinted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus penicillatus                    White-plumed Honeyeater

Melithreptus albogularis                         White-throated Honeyeater

Lichmera indistincta                               Brown Honeyeater

Conopophila rufogularis                         Rufous-throated Honeyeater

Conopophila whitei                                Grey Honeyeater

Epthianura tricolor                                 Crimson Chat

Epthianura aurifrons                              Orange Chat

Epthianura albifrons                               White-fronted Chat

Petroica goodenovii                               Red-capped Robin

Melanodryas cucullata                           Hooded Robin

Pomatostomus temporalis                      Grey-crowned Babbler

Pomatostomus superciliosus                  White-browed Babbler

Pomatostomus ruficeps                         Chestnut-crowned Babbler

Psophodes occidentalis                         Chiming Wedgebill

Cinclosoma castanotus                          Chestnut Quail-thrush

Cinclosoma cinnamomeum                    Cinnamon Quail-thrush

Oreoica gutturalis                                  Crested Bellbird

Pachycephala rufiventris                        Rufous Whistler

Colluricincla harmonica                          Grey Shrike-thrush

Myiagra inquieta                                    Restless Flycatcher

Grallina cyanoleuca                               Magpie-lark

Rhipidura fuliginosa                               Grey Fantail

Rhipidura leucophrys                             Willie Wagtail

Coracina novaehollandiae                      Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis                               White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Lalage sueurii                                       White-winged Triller

Oriolus sagittatus                                  Olive-backed Oriole

Artamus leucorynchus                           White-breasted Woodswallow

Artamus personatus                              Masked Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus                            White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus cinereus                                  Black-faced Woodswallow

Artamus minor                                       Little Woodswallow

Cracticus torquatus                               Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis                            Pied Butcherbird

Gymnorhina tibicen                               Australian Magpie

Corvus coronoides                                Australian Raven

Corvus mellori                                       Little Raven

Corvus bennetti                                     Little Crow

Corvus orru                                           Torresian Crow

Corcorax melanorhamphos                    White-winged Chough

Struthidea cinerea                                 Apostlebird

Chlamydera guttata                               Western Bowerbird

Chlamydera nuchalis                             Great Bowerbird

Anthus novaeseelandiae                        Richard’s Pipit

Passer domesticus                                House Sparrow

Taeniopygia guttata                               Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii                          Double-barred Finch

Neochmia phaeton                                Crimson Finch

Dicaeum hirundinaceum                        Mistletoebird

Cheramoeca leucosternus                     White-backed Swallow

Hirundo rustica                                      Barn Swallow

Hirundo neoxena                                   Welcome Swallow

Hirundo nigricans                                  Tree Martin

Hirundo ariel                                         Fairy Martin

Acrocephalus stentoreus                        Clamorous Reed-Warbler

Megalurus gramineus                            Little Grassbird

Cincloramphus mathewsi                       Rufous Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis                          Brown Songlark

Sturnus vulgaris                                    Common Starling

Acridotheres tristis                                 Common Myna

An absolute trip high-light, if an incident can be plucked from a entire highlighted trip, was one of those zen-like moments that I can always mentally recreate when I wish.

I was wading half-clad, waist deep in water on a hellishly hot day at Geike Gorge in the Kimberley. I was watching a Great Egret when an Osprey swooped down and spooked it. The Osprey settled just 20 m. in front of me, with a Dollarbird and a pair of Rainbowbirds in the background, flying around against a deep-blue sky. The soundscape was provided by about 50 Red-tailed black cockatoos creaking away in the Melaleucas behind me, with some Silver-crowned friarbirds providing the melody. I was thinking to myself that this was pretty good, when a charm of at least a hundred Double-banded finches swarmed in and took over the paperbarks. How could this be better, I asked myself? The answer was prompt. A group of Crimson finches, impossible to be more charming in their brilliant red and black resplendence, flew down to the water’s edge to take a nervous drink. It was at that stage that, if I was wearing trousers, I would have had to change them, for this was indeed the birdo’s cosmic mind fuck!