A long time, as usual these days, since the last Bird of the Moment, but I haven’t been entirely idle in the meantime. I’ve been busy both revising the ebook Where to Find Birds in North-east Queensland and compiling a second volume of birds of the week/moment covering 2010 until the present. More about those in a minute, but here is the Red-browed Pardalote, a species I wanted to photograph for Where to Find Birds in North-east Queensland and which I mentioned in the previous two Birds of the Moment, the Masked Finch and the Black-breasted Buzzard.
I finally tracked it down at McNamara’s Road between Mt Isa and Camooweal with the help of my Mt Isa birding pal Rex Whitehead and another Mt Isa birder Karen who took me to a couple of spots on this road where they had found the Pardalote shortly before. McNamara’s Road, about 68km from Mt Isa on the Barkly Highway going towards Camooweal is a famous site for the Carpentarian Grasswren though I have spent many hours there on a number of occasions, including this one, without finding any.
We had more success with the Red-browed Pardalote helped by the fact that the dominant tree here the Snappy Gum doesn’t get very tall so when you hear the characteristic call of the bird, a mellow rising, accelerating piping of five or six notes, you know that they aren’t too far above the ground.
It has, for a Pardalote, a large, rather chunky bill, second photo, and the white spots on the black cap distinguish it from the local race of the Striated Pardalote (uropygialis). It has distinctive mustard-coloured wing bars and in flight, third photo, shows a yellowish-green rump.
Back to ebooks. The second edition of Where to Find Birds in North-east Queensland has gone through a number of iterations and refinements since I first put it up on the website in August of this year, and the latest version went up yesterday both in epub and pdf formats.
This is a free update to owners of the first edition but to access it you need a Dropbox link to the folder. If you bought it since January 2017, you should receive a separate email with a link to the folder. If you don’t receive this email, perhaps because your email address has changed, let me know using the email address at the bottom of the page.
If you purchased it prior to January 2017, you would have done so through Apple, Google or Kobo and I won’t have your email address. So write to me and I’ll send you the link.
Join the Bird of the Moment Club
Birdway has a free
Bird of the Moment - formerly Week - Club, enjoyed around the world since 2002 by currently 1000 members. One or more photos and a description is sent to
club members at intervals. The size of the posting is limited to 400kb for fast downloading,
but this still permits significantly better quality images than those on
this web page which are compressed more for faster loading.
The club is a Google Group called Birdway to which only Ian can post. To join the group,
enter your email address in the Google box below and click the
Join button. This will take you to the Google Group joining page
for confirmation. Alternatively, email Ian directly using the Contact link below and he'll gladly do it for you and answer any questions.
Ian also uses the bird of the moment to keep club members up to date with developments, such as improvements to the website and publication of ebooks. He will not reveal your email address to anyone else nor use it for any other purpose.