Re: birding-aus Birds in Big Desert

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Birds in Big Desert
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 22:18:00 +1100
Nigel Sterpin wrote:

> I am going to the Big Desert Wilderness Area late this month and I was
> wondering if there are any particular birds to look out for, in
> particular those that are more likely to be seen than in Murray Sunset
> NP.

The birds of the Big Desert Wilderness and most of the Murray-Sunset NP
(north-west Victorian Mallee) are broadly similar, though there is more
semi-arid grassland and chenopod shrubland in MSNP.  The birds are
patchy as well, as suitable habitats for the rarities (Red-lored
Whistler etc.) are not the majority habitat types.  Be alert for all
possibilities, and try to cover as many different habitats as your time
or patience allows!

> What are my chances of seeing Plains Wanderers, as an example?

Almost nil in the Big Desert I should think, as there's almost no
suitable habitat - maybe none at all.  A quick perusal of the Vic Atlas
reveals .... no records of PWs in either the Big Desert or Murray-Sunset
areas (up until 1985).   The 'mallee' birds you could hope for include
such lovely things as Striated Grasswren, Red-lored Whistler,
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, White-fronted
Honeyeater, Southern Scrub-robin, Malleefowl, Shy Heathwren, Chestnut
Quail-thrush, etc. .......

Have fun - it's a great part of the world.  I'm spending the days around
NYE in the north end of the Sunset Country.  I hope for both our sakes
it isn't TOO hot.


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