birding-aus western queensland birding trip

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From: "Ken Cross" <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 07:20:08 +1000
The folowing are the birding highlights of a little three day jaunt west and then south west from the northern Qld town of Townsville [the gateway to the wet tropics]. Our journey took us west to Hughendon and the south west to Winton. From Winton we travelled a three hundred kilometre loop south through the small mining 'town' of Opalton, further south - passing the tropic of capricorn - before turning west at Mayneside gate and returing north along the Jundah road via Lark's quarry [the famous site of a one time Dinosaur stampede] to Winton. Three keen birdwatchers [myself, Jo Wieneke and the erudite David James] and one extremely keen bird, mammal, reptile, frog, plant, rock, manure watcher, Alex Anderson.
The following list, in no particular order, are some of the highlights that we recorded;
Little Eagle  1
Black-breasted Buzzard 5
Black Falcon 1
Flock Bronzewing
Spinifex Pigeon
Diamond Dove
Ringneck Parrots -intermediate -to some degree between Cloncurry and Mallee [described previously in David Jame's Posting] 
Crimson Chat 1000's
Black Honeyeaters one large flock
Pied Honeyeater several
White-fronted honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
Grey-headed Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
Spotted Bowerbird
Rufous-crowned Emuwren
Striated Grasswren
Chestnut-breated Quail-thrush
Hall's Babbler
Crested Bellbird
Painted Finch
Spotless Crake
Baillon's Crake
Pink eared duck
Spotted Nightjar
Owlet Nightjar
Red-capped robin
Inland Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Hooded Robin
On previous trips we have recorded Redthroat and Splendid Wren  and Painted Honeyeater which this trip we dipped on.......
Also of interest
Perentie 1
Anybody who would like further details on any of the above sitings and/or who would like to visit this area of north west Qld please feel free to drop me a line.
Ken Cross  
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