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Birds and the heat
"Frank O'Connor" <>
Thu, 25 Jan 2001 22:18:33 +0800
In January 1996, I went to Shark Bay in Western Australia with two friends
from Queensland. The day was 47 degrees plus with about 30 knot plus hot
dry easterly winds. We stopped at the bridge over the Murchison River. We
found a number of species just sitting on the ground in shade near the
waters edge. These species included Mistletoebird, Spiny-cheeked
Honeyeater and Rufous Whistler.
As we went from the Overlander Roadhouse to Denham we stopped a few times
and found several species in the dust at the base of the mulga
trees. These species included Hooded Robin and Varied Sittella.
The next day we were heading back to Carnarvon, and we stopped for lunch at
the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park. The temperature was still 45 degrees plus
although the wind had dropped a fair bit. It the shade near a sprinkler we
found several species on the ground. These species included Black-eared
Cuckoo, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and White-plumed Honeyeater.
We also stopped at Carbla Bore. We found some more birds on the
ground. These included Mulga Parrot and Hooded Robin.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://www.iinet.net.au/~foconnor
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