BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

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Australia: 24 July – 1 August 2007,  2 - 22 October 2007

 

I made two very successful visits to Australia this year, seeing all the SW Australian endemics and many of the outback specialities. I am greatly indebted to Lori Szucs, Margaret Cameron, John Cox and Tom and Marie Tarrant for help, hospitality and friendship; Rob Morris and John Graff for information; Dave Pitman for transport in the North; Nick Preston for help and excellent companionship, and especially to Colin Rogers for a tremendous trip to the outback. 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 24 - 31 July 2007

After this year’s tour of PNG, I visited southwest Australia with Nick Preston. Nick flew to Perth 2 days before me and birded Dryandra State Forest. I landed at Perth at 11 pm on July 24, Nick met me and we birded together for the next 4 days; he then flew to Melbourne for Plains Wanderer while I continued for 2½ days on my own. We drove through the night to Cheynes Beach on the south coast (5 hours) and spent a frustrating windy day trying unsuccessfully to see the big 3  (Scrub-bird, Whipbird, Bristlebird), especially a loudly-calling Noisy Scrub-bird. Did see Western Corella, White-breasted Robin, Red-winged Fairy-wren and Western Spinebill.

 

Early next morning saw us at Two Peoples Bay, where a chance meeting with Rob Morris (whom I’d previously met in Madagascar in 1995!) helped us see the Bristlebird on the road above Little Beach, by staying out of sight in the car, and Rock Parrot on the coast. Also had Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot but no Red-eared Firetail. At Rob’s recommendation, we moved on to Walpole and the next morning found the Firetail and scarce “Western” Crested Shrike-tit on the walk from Rest Point camp site to Sandy Beach. As it was so windy, we drove to The Gap to sea-watch, seeing a Square-tailed Kite en route, and were rewarded by good numbers of Yellow-nosed Albatrosses and Australian Gannets along with a Great? Skua and a Little Shearwater for Nick.  A late afternoon return visit to Two Peoples Bay only gave a glimpse of a scrub-bird and the invisible song of a whipbird for the first time. So the following morning it was back to Cheynes Beach where at last we were able to have good views (from the car) of the scrub-bird, my last family, by enticing it to cross the road twice. We then tracked down a pair of Western Whipbirds near the sandy track past the camp-shop.

 

The rest of the day was spent driving back to Perth airport, with a long stop at Stirling Range Retreat, mainly looking unsuccessfully for Southern Scrub-Robin. Parrots feeding on roadside grit included many Port Lincoln Ringnecks and 2 Elegant Parrots. We spent the night in the airport car park before Nick checked in for his flight and I drove to Dryandra Forest, arriving at 7 am. After finding the 4 species I still needed (Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Western Yellow Robin and Western Gerygone), mainly on the Ochre Trail, I drove to Narrogin to look for Regent Parrot – no joy but I did see a distant fox-sized mammal which appeared to be a large cat with a long up-turned tail like a Cheetah or Leopard! As I still needed Long-billed Black-Cockatoo and Western Corella, I decided to return south to Cape Naturaliste, the only site where Rob had seen the former. The weather was terrible, with heavy rain and gale-force winds, so the trip was not a success, but checking the O’Connor website I discovered that both birds occurred near Perth. On my last afternoon, I drove there and visited Lake Monger till dusk, a possible site for the Corella according to the Thomases, but no more I think.

 

Early next morning saw me at Bungandore Park near Armadale where I soon had black cockatoos but disappointingly they were Red-tailed. However, further searching did reveal the presence of a large feeding flock of Long-billed, a little way up the road before the park, on the opposite side. After photographing these, I headed north to Midland and up the Eastern Highway to Northam, arriving at noon. This gave me about 90 mins to search for the now scarce Western Corella in the Avon Valley along the road to Toodyay. After crossing the Katrine Bridge, and another, I spotted a sheep farm with a large flock of flighty corellas. I got permission to drive to them – the farmer hoped I had a gun to shoot them as they were a big nuisance he said – and was soon satisfied that many were indeed Western. After an hour’s watch, I drove to Perth airport, in 45 mins, and flew to Sydney. Lori collected me and after a short night’s sleep, we drove to the Blue Mountains to look for Spotted Quail-thrush, with an outside chance of Pilotbird and Glossy Black-Cockatoo. I was happy with good views of the Q-T; Pilotbird was heard only briefly and there was no sign of the Cocky, possibly because there were lots of tourists, it being a Sunday. In the evening I flew to Fiji, via Brisbane, and was reunited with Nick and Lori for a trip round Fiji.   

 

Site information is well-documented on Frank O’ Connor’s website http://members.iinet.net.au/~foconnor/ . Richard and Sarah Thomas’s site-guide is also helpful.

 

 Itinerary

25 July   - Cheynes Beach; night at Albany Youth Hostel

 

26 July - Two Peoples Bay; drive to Walpole in eve, night at Walpole YH

 

27 July – Sandy Beach, Walpole; drive to The Gap via Giant Tingle Tree, then Two Peoples Bay; night at Albany YH.

 

28 July - Cheynes Beach; drive to Stirling Range NP, including Bluff Knoll, then to Perth airport. Night in car.

 

29 July – early drive to Dryandra State Forest – Ochre Trail 07.30-10.30; drive to Dunsborough via Narrogin, night at YH.

 

30 July – Cape Naturaliste, Sugarloaf, Caves Road; drive to Perth pm, Monger Lake, night at YHA.

 

31 July – Wungong Dam and Bungandore Park, then Avon Valley (Northam – Toodyay); fly to Sydney pm, night at Lori’s house.

 

1 Aug – Blue Mountains with Lori. Late flight to Brisbane and overnight to Fiji.

 

Highlights

Australasian Gannet    Morus serrator

Up to 10 off the coast on the 3 days we did a bit of sea-watching.

 

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross    Thalassarche carteri

30 at The Gap and a few on the previous 2 days.

 

Square-tailed Kite    Lophoictinia isura

1 near Albany on 27th and a probable near Cape Naturaliste on 30th.

 

Purple-crowned Lorikeet    Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

10 at Cheynes Beach.

 

Red-capped Parrot    Purpureicephalus spurius

2-3 most days with 10 near Dunsborough.

 

Port Lincoln Parrot    Barnardius zonarius

20+ Stirling Range NP, Dunsborough area and Dryandra Forest.

 

Western Rosella    Platycercus icterotis

2 or 3 Cheynes Beach and Walpole.

 

Regent Parrot    Polytelis anthopeplus

4 near Dunsborough.

 

Elegant Parrot    Neophema elegans

2 Stirling Range NP and 4 at Dryandra.

 

Rock Parrot    Neophema petrophila

2 on coast at Two Peoples Bay.

 

Long-billed Black-Cockatoo    Calyptorhynchus baudinii

75 at Bungandore Park.

 

Short-billed Black-Cockatoo    Calyptorhynchus latirostris

18 at Two Peoples Bay and 5 while travelling on 28th.

 

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo    Calyptorhynchus banksii

20 at Bungandore Park.

 

Western Corella    Cacatua pastinator

A feeding flock of c.300 corellas in the Avon Valley c.10km on the Northam side of Toodyay contained a lot of Westerns.

 

Brush Bronzewing    Phaps elegans

2 at Cheynes Beach.

 

Rufous Treecreeper    Climacteris rufa

3 at Dryandra Forest.

 

Noisy Scrub-bird    Atrichornis clamosus

1 at Cheynes Beach and 1 heard at Two Peoples Bay.

 

Red-winged Fairy-wren    Malurus elegans

2 at Cheynes Beach and 10 at Two Peoples Bay.

 

Blue-breasted Fairy-wren    Malurus pulcherrimus

4 at Dryandra Forest.

 

Western Spinebill    Acanthorhynchus superciliosus

1 or 2 daily.

 

Little/Western Wattlebird    Anthochaera lunulata

4 at Cheynes Beach. Note that this is a SW endemic, split from the more widely occurring form Brush Wattlebird A. chrysoptera and called Little by Clements and Western by HBW.

 

Western Bristlebird    Dasyornis longirostris

1 watched feeding at Two Peoples Bay.

 

Western Thornbill    Acanthiza inornata

At least 2 at Dryandra Forest.

 

Western Gerygone    Gerygone fusca

2 at Dryandra Forest.

 

Scarlet Robin    Petroica multicolor

Singles at Stirling Range NP and Dryandra.

 

Western Yellow Robin    Eopsaltria griseogularis

1 at Dryandra Forest and 1 heard at Bungandore Park.

 

White-breasted Robin    Eopsaltria georgiana

2 at Cheynes Beach and 4 in the Walpole area.

 

White-browed Babbler    Pomatostomus superciliosus

12 at Sandy Beach, Walpole.

 

Western Whipbird    Psophodes nigrogularis

2 at Cheynes Beach and 1 heard at Two Peoples Bay.

 

Crested Shrike-tit    Falcunculus frontatus leucogaster

3 at Sandy Beach, Walpole, associating with White-browed Babblers.   

 

Crested Bellbird    Oreoica gutturalis

1 seen at Flinders NP.

 

Dusky Woodswallow    Artamus cyanopterus

2 near Walpole, 20 in the Flinders, 6 at Dryandra and 10 at Cape Naturaliste.

 

Red-eared Firetail    Stagonopleura oculata

5 at Sandy Beach, Walpole.

 

      

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2 - 22 October 2007

Lori emailed me to say he had just been up the Strzelecki Track to see the known breeding Letter-winged Kites – a far from annual event. As this was my most-wanted bird in Australia, I resolved to go back there if I could. I already had an invitation from John Cox to join him on such a trip next time he did it but he was unable to go this year due to missing a lot of work-time thanks to breaking his ankles. However, he said his good friend Colin Rogers was willing to go if I could be in Adelaide by early October. So I booked flights, with Royal Brunei, the cheapest at the time, which I’m happy to recommend, as long as you don’t need alcohol during the flight. As Dave Pitman was taking a small group to North Australia at that time, I was able to arrange to meet him in Darwin to try to see the two key birds I had missed there on my visit in 2004 – Red Goshawk and Gouldian Finch – before flying to Adelaide.  As I couldn’t fly home direct from Adelaide, I booked my return from Brisbane and Tom Tarrant generously offered to take me on a day trip for a few birds I still needed in that part of the country.

 

All the arrangements worked well. I was able to see Red Gos and Gouldian Finch near Katherine and all the outback and Mallee specialities I hoped for apart from Grey Falcon which was unaccountably absent (though 2 imm. were seen on the Strzelecki later in the month). The trip with Colin was a truly great experience as he was so knowledgeable about the region, its ecology and bird-life, and very well equipped and prepared. We spent 12 nights camping in our swags, sometimes by a billabong, invariably eating well, eg barbequed steak. I couldn’t have asked for more had I been paying BirdQuest prices. We had virtually no rain, which was just as well because we could have been stuck for days had it rained heavily, as it threatened on one occasion, but it was rather too windy on most days. The highlight was the sight of 3 nesting pairs of Letter-winged Kites in a small patch of Coolibah trees. Other goodies included a fine selection of chats including Yellow, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, 6 taxa of grass-wren and for Colin, 4 Painted Snipe and a single Oriental Plover. A day at Gluepot Reserve with Peter Waanders and Arjan Brenkman was also rewarding for sightings of the very scarce Red-lored Whistler and Black-eared Miner. Tom added the icing to the cake when we finally had good views of Noisy Pitta at Mt Glorious (leaving only 2 to go now).

 

Itinerary

2 Oct – arrive Darwin 4.30 pm, bus to town, walk to coast & Botanical Gardens, meet Dave Pitman and Rod Martins. Night at Banyan View Lodge.

 

3 Oct – collect Leslie and Gareth at airport, drive to Buffalo Creek, Nightcliff jetty, Palmerston SF, Fiddlers Lagoon, Pine Creek, Edith Falls road and Katherine. Night at homestay.

 

4 Oct – Edith Falls road and nearby buttonquail site a.m., Mike Reid’s house, Mataranka Cabins & Katherine bus terminal p.m; coach to Darwin 18.35-22.20.

 

5 Oct – Jetstar flight to Adelaide 03.00-06.30, met by Colin Rogers, visit Little Para wetland & White’s Road with Colin and John Cox, then Dry Creek Saltfields. Drive to Whyalla via Port Augusta; night at campsite.

 

6 Oct – Whyalla Conservation Park, drive to Iron Knob with stops to look for Thick-billed Grasswren, then to Mt Lyndhurst to look for Chestnut-breasted Whiteface. Night at Lyndhurst Station sheepshearers’ quarters.

 

7 Oct - Mt Lyndhurst, Strzelecki Track to Montecollino Bore; night at campsite.

 

8 Oct – Bore area then L-w Kite site, drive to Strzelecki Crossing then up old Strzelecki Track; camped wild.

 

9 Oct – drive to Innamincka Regional Reserve, then to Innaminka for shower, Caflyamurra waterhole and back to Tooroopie waterhole where camped.

 

10 Oct – drive to Innamincka & N on Birdsville road to Cordillo Downs; camp at Cadelga billabong.

 

11 Oct – drive to Birdsville with stops, then S on “Inside” Track; camp at junction with main Birdsville Track.

 

12 Oct – N on Birdsville Track to Pandiburra Bore for 2 hr, then had to return to scour creeks along Inside Track for Grey Grasswren; S to Mungerannie, camp at homestay.

 

13 Oct – S to Marree, W along Oodnadatta Track for 75 km to Painted Finch site, then back to Marree; night at campsite.

 

14 Oct – S to Lyndhurst then Hawker & on to Wilpena in the Flinders NP, long walk, drive to Stokes Hill lookout & Appealinna Ruins road. Camp at Willow Springs Station.

 

15 Oct - Appealinna Ruins road, Stokes Hill lookout, Willow Springs camp for shower, then N to Blinman and Mt Chambers; back to Wilpena via Stokes Hill. Camp at Wilpena.

 

16 Oct – 06.15-09.45 walk, drive to Hawker, Morgan & Pooginook Conservation Park near Wakerie; camp wild.

 

17 Oct – 06.00-12.00 at Pooginook CP, pm around Wakerie; camp in the caravan park.

 

18 Oct – 04.30-12.30 Gluepot Reserve with Peter Waanders and Arjan Brenkman; drive to Hogwash with Colin on Murray River, then to Adelaide 15.00-17.30. Night at Colin’s house.

 

19 Oct – Morialta CP a.m., pub lunch with Adelaide birders, p.m. at Colin’s.

 

20 Oct – 2 hr in Morialta CP, then to airport for 13.15-16.00 Virgin Blue flight to Brisbane; met by Tom Tarrant, drive to his house in dayboro with stops.

 

21 Oct – day with Tom, mostly at Mt Mee & Mt Glorious; barbie with Tom, Marie and

Mike and Linda Lewis.

 

22 Oct – bird around Tom’s house 05.00-07.00 then travel to Brisbane airport. Fly home 13.30 – 06.30 on 23 Oct.

 

A recent good report on Surfbirds is Australia – Outback trip 18-26 Aug 2007 by Frank Rheindt.

My full species list is on a separate Xcel spread-sheet.

 

Highlights

Emu    Dromaius novaehollandiae

Small numbers throughout but at least 100 on the grasslands near Willow Springs.

 

Hoary-headed Grebe    Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Only 2 at Wakerie.

 

Great-billed Heron    Ardea sumatrana

1 at Buffalo Creek.

 

Black-necked Stork    Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

2 at Fiddlers Lagoon, Darwin.

 

Plumed Whistling-Duck    Dendrocygna eytoni

160 at waterhole 10km S of Innaminka.

 

Freckled Duck    Stictonetta naevosa

14 at Little Para wetland & White’s Road, Adelaide and a few near Wakerie.

Frontatus

 

Black-breasted Buzzard    Hamirostra melanosternon

1 at Strzelecki Crossing.

 

Letter-winged Kite    Elanus scriptus

3 pairs N of Montecollino Bore.

 

Swamp Harrier    Circus approximans

2 near Birdsville and at Pandiburra Bore.

 

Spotted Harrier    Circus assimilis

Up to 4 on 4 days in the outback.

 

Red Goshawk    Erythrotriorchis radiatus

A female standing on the nest, calling a lot, at Mataranka Cabins, with at least 1 partially downy youngster.

 

Australian Hobby    Falco longipennis

Surprisingly common with up to 3 most days and 5 on the afternoon of the 16th.

 

Brown Falcon    Falco berigora

Up to 4 on most days in the outback, with much variation in plumage colour.

 

Black Falcon    Falco subniger

Singles S of Montecollino Bore and at Tooroopie waterhole, where it called a lot and visited a nest; a pair with a nest at Innamincka Regional reserve were in the area where Grey Falcon used to be found.

 

Orange-footed Scrubfowl    Megapodius reinwardt

6 at Darwin.

 

Stubble Quail    Coturnix pectoralis

A few in the outback, with 10 seen on 12th, eg at Pandiburra Bore.

 

Little Button-quail    Turnix velox

2 at Montecollino Bore and 1 near Birdsville.

 

Australian Bustard    Ardeotis australis

1 south of Birdsville.

 

Brolga    Grus rubicunda

2 at Cadelga billabong.

 

Chestnut Rail    Eulabeornis castaneoventris

2 heard at Buffalo Creek (seen there by DP, RM previous evening at low tide).

 

Black-tailed Native-hen    Gallinula ventralis

Locally common in wetlands throughout.

 

Latham's Snipe    Gallinago hardwickii

5 near Dayboro.

 

Little Curlew    Numenius minutus

3 at Fiddlers Lagoon, Darwin.

 

Great Knot    Calidris tenuirostris

2 at Buffalo Creek.

 

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper    Calidris acuminata

Numerous near Adelaide on 5th, 4 at Tooroopie waterhole S of Innaminka and 10 at Pandiburra Bore.

 

Painted Snipe    Rostratula australis

4 at Pandiburra Bore.

 

Banded Stilt    Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Numerous at Dry Creek Saltfields, Adelaide.

 

Red-necked Avocet    Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

1 at Tooroopie waterhole, 5 Mungerannie camp and 400 at Wakerie.

 

Oriental Plover    Charadrius veredus

1 at a roadworks S of Mungerannie, a desolate area of dusty desert.

 

Inland Dotterel    Peltohyas australis

Surprisingly common on Strzelecki Track with over 50 just S of Montecollino Bore and flocks of 10-15 further N.

 

Banded Lapwing    Vanellus tricolor

Only 1, alarming near Wakerie.

 

Australian Pratincole    Stiltia isabella

2 at Fiddlers Lagoon; widespread in the outback in small numbers except at Cordillo Downs where 100 were seen on 11th.

 

Gull-billed Tern    Sterna nilotica

6 at Palmerston SF and 20 at Cordillo Downs.

 

Caspian Tern    Sterna caspia

4 at Dry Creek Saltfields.

 

Fairy Tern    Sterna nereis

2 at Dry Creek Saltfields.

 

Spinifex Pigeon    Geophaps plumifera

1 in a creek N of Innaminka, well S of Cadelga billabong where Colin had seen it before. This time there were none at Cadelga billabong.

 

Diamond Dove    Geopelia cuneata

Numerous in the outback

 

Northern Rosella    Platycercus venustus

10 at Pine Creek.

 

Adelaide Rosella    Platycercus adelaidae

10 at Morialta CP, Adelaide. This Clements split is considered to be just a form of Crimson Rosella by Adelaide birders.

 

Bluebonnet    Northiella haematogaster

A few at Whyalla Conservation Park and Montecollino Bore, 2 in the Flinders.

 

Regent Parrot    Polytelis anthopeplus

10 at Hogwash near Wakerie.

 

Mulga Parrot    Psephotus varius

2 at Mt Lyndhurst and Wilpena, 6 at Gluepot.

 

Hooded Parrot    Psephotus dissimilis

10 at Edith Falls road.

 

Bourke’s Parrot Neosephotus bourkii

10 Cadelga billabong at first light.

 

Budgerigar    Melopsittacus undulatus

Common at a few sites along the Strzelecki Track, with 100s drinking at Tooroopie waterhole.

 

Little Corella    Cacatua sanguinea

Locally abundant throughout the outback.

 

Cockatiel    Nymphicus hollandicus

12 Strzelecki Crossing and fairly common in Innamincka Regional reserve.

 

Flock Bronzewing    Phaps histrionica

15 drinking at Tooroopie waterhole; many flocks in late afternoon on the grassy plains by the Inside Track S of Birdsville – must have totalled at least 5000; 500 at Pandiburra Bore.

 

Little Kingfisher    Alcedo pusilla

1 at Palmerston SF.

 

Red-backed Kingfisher    Todiramphus pyrrhopygia

2 seen on both days in the Innamincka area, including 1 feeding its mate with a frog; one 75km W of Marree.

 

Pallid Cuckoo    Cuculus pallidus

At least 1 seen and another heard near Dayboro.

 

Noisy Pitta    Pitta versicolor

2 heard at Mt Mee fairly briefly but would not come in, then 1 heard at mid-day at Mt Glorious and did eventually respond to play-back, nearly hitting me on the head as it flew past, before hopping nearby on the ground in open woodland.

 

Brown Treecreeper    Climacteris picumnus

4 at Caflyamurra waterhole and 1 at Willow Springs.

 

Black-tailed Treecreeper    Climacteris melanura

2 near Edith Falls road.

 

Red-backed Fairy-wren    Malurus melanocephalus

2 near Dayboro.

 

White-winged Fairy-wren    Malurus leucopterus

Fairly common in the outback.

 

Superb Fairy-wren    Malurus cyaneus

12 at Morialta CP, some of which were amazingly tame.

 

Splendid Fairy-wren    Malurus splendens

2 at Whyalla Conservation Park.

 

Blue-breasted Fairy-wren    Malurus pulcherrimus

2 at Whyalla Conservation Park

 

Grey Grasswren    Amytornis barbatus

1 or 2 in a creek by the Inner Birdsville Track some 80km north of the junction with the main Track.

 

Striated Grasswren    Amytornis striatus

2 at Gluepot.

 

Short-tailed Grasswren    Amytornis merrotsyi

4 at Stokes Hill, Wilpena included 2 youngsters.

 

Eyrean Grasswren    Amytornis goyderi

5 at Pandiburra Bore in late afternoon but none seen the following morning.

 

Thick-billed Grasswren    Amytornis textilis

1 western myall, a possible future split, near Iron Knob, and 3 modestus at Mt Lyndhurst in the creek near the iron wreck.

 

Red-browed Pardalote    Pardalotus rubricatus

1 by the Strzelecki Track on 8th and 2 on 9th.

 

Redthroat    Pyrrholaemus brunneus

Singles at Whyalla Conservation Park and Wilpena.

 

Rufous Fieldwren    Calamanthus campestris

Singles at Whyalla Conservation Park and Mt Lyndhurst.

 

Shy Heathwren    Hylacola cauta

1 at Pooginook Conservation Park.

 

Slender-billed Thornbill    Acanthiza iredalei

6 at Dry Creek Saltfields.

 

Chestnut-breasted Whiteface    Aphelocephala pectoralis

4 at Mt Lyndhurst in the creek near the iron wreck.

 

Banded Whiteface    Aphelocephala nigricincta

1 near Innaminka on 9th.

 

Yellow-throated Miner    Manorina flavigula

Very common throughout the South.

 

Black-eared Miner    Manorina melanotis

A flock of c.15 miner at Gluepot was thought to hold c.6 full Black-eared, the rest being hybrids. This species seems doomed at Gluepot due to inter-breeding with Yellow-throated, so the only hope is in the translocation scheme in Victoria.

 

Banded Honeyeater    Certhionyx pectoralis

A few near Katherine.

 

Black Honeyeater    Certhionyx niger

2 at the campsite by Strzelecki Track on 8th; 2 at a creek further N, S of Innamincka and 2 N of Innaminka.

 

Pied Honeyeater    Certhionyx variegatus

Slightly commoner than Black with up to 10, usually in association with Black.

 

Grey-fronted Honeyeater    Lichenostomus plumulus

Searched for at length at Wilpena with play-back but 2 only seen by chance when coming to drink at the creek there.

 

Crescent Honeyeater    Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera

2 at Morialta CP.

 

Crimson Chat    Epthianura tricolor

Locally common on the Strzelecki Track and N of Innamincka.

 

Orange Chat    Epthianura aurifrons

Locally common on the Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks.

 

Yellow Chat    Epthianura crocea

Only seen at Pandiburra Bore where there were at least 2 adult males and a few females and juvs. This is the only known breeding site away from the far West and is threatened by national policy to cap bore-holes.

 

White-fronted Chat    Epthianura albifrons

10 at Dry Creek Saltfields and a pair feeding young at Pooginook Conservation Park.

 

Gibberbird    Ashbyia lovensis

Only noted in 2 barren areas: 4 on Strzelecki Track S of Montecollino Bore and 6 on Cordillo Downs.

 

Hooded Robin    Melanodryas cucullata

A pair at Gluepot.

 

Mangrove Robin    Eopsaltria pulverulenta

1 at Palmerston SF.

 

Southern Scrub-robin    Drymodes brunneopygia

A pair with food at Pooginook Conservation Park.

 

Southern Logrunner    Orthonyx temminckii

1 at Mt Glorious.

 

Chestnut-crowned Babbler    Pomatostomus ruficeps

10 at Tooroopie waterhole, 8 at Pooginook CP and a few elsewhere.

 

Chiming Wedgebill    Psophodes occidentalis

8 on Oodnadatta Track some 60km W of Marree.

 

Chirruping Wedgebill    Psophodes cristatus

4 at Mt Lyndhurst, 6 further N up Strzelecki Track and a few elsewhere.

 

Chestnut Quail-thrush    Cinclosoma castanotus

3 at Gluepot.

 

Cinnamon Quail-thrush    Cinclosoma cinnamomeum

Up to 4 daily in the outback.

 

Crested Shrike-tit    Falcunculus frontatus frontatus

2 at Mt Mee.

 

Red-lored Whistler    Pachycephala rufogularis

A single male at Gluepot.

 

Gilbert's Whistler    Pachycephala inornata

A pair with food at Gluepot.

 

White-breasted Whistler    Pachycephala lanioides

A female-type at Palmerston SF, thanks to a tip-off – an unexpected bonus bird.

 

Masked Woodswallow    Artamus personatus

Several on 3 days in the outback, 100 around Pooginook CP and Wakerie.

 

White-browed Woodswallow    Artamus superciliosus

4 at Gluepot.

 

Black-faced Woodswallow    Artamus cinereus

Locally common in the outback.

 

Mangrove Grey Fantail    Rhipidura phasiana

1 at Palmerston SF.

 

White-eared Monarch    Monarcha leucotis

1 at Mt Mee.

 

Russet-tailed Thrush    Zoothera heinei

Singles at Mt Mee and Mt Glorious.

 

Yellow White-eye    Zosterops luteus

20 at Palmerston SF.

 

Brown Songlark    Cincloramphus cruralis

At least 10 near Pandiburra Bore and a few elsewhere.

 

Rufous Songlark    Cincloramphus mathewsi

Heard near Dayboro.

 

Regent Bowerbird    Sericulus chrysocephalus

Single males at Mt Mee and Mt Glorious.

 

Great Bowerbird    Chlamydera nuchalis

Common around Pine Creek, Katherine and Mataranka Cabins.

 

Red-browed Finch    Neochmia temporalis

1 at Morialta CP.

 

Zebra Finch    Taeniopygia guttata

Locally abundant in the outback.

 

Masked Finch    Poephila personata

2 at Edith Falls road.

 

Long-tailed Finch    Poephila acuticauda

Common at Edith Falls road.

 

Gouldian Finch    Erythrura gouldiae

A flock of c.400 at 7am at Edith Falls road. It broke up into smaller flocks with many birds coming down to drink. Males of both colour forms were present and many young birds. None was seen the previous evening when other finches had come to drink (with Crimson Finch the most numerous).

 

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