Last week, after several days atlassing in the NT with
friends, I stayed over at Camooweal, NW Qld, to recheck out a few sites
(and incidentally overcame a severe alcohol deficiency)
Lakes Francis and Canellan on the Georgina River (1-1/2 km
from town) offered the normal excellent variety of birds.
They are accessed via an unsignposted, gravel track 50
meters east of the Georgina River causeway.
This time 32 species. A couple of dozen Brolgas were
feeding alongside the Barkly Hwy causeway.
2 pair Green Pygmy-goose were swimming through the
I recommend that Birdo's passing thru the town stop and
check out these lakes.
I can not think of a better place to boil the billy before
leaving for the NT.
At the Old Nowranie waterhole 14 km south of town, on the
Urandangie road, I recorded 41 species.
I was fortunate to have the S-t Kite in close view for 20
This is the same water hole where 2 years ago, I recorded
Freckled Ducks....at the limit of their range.
The Camooweal Caves N.P. road has been given a grade and is
now capable of accepting a caravan.
The camping area is 24km from town and the surrounds are
Only 24 species this time. Pictorella Mannikins were
recorded here my last visit.
Even the town environs (including the sewage ponds)
provided 16 species.
Unfortunately one of these was a dead White-browed Woodswallow
being eaten by the hotel cat.
Both Aust Ravens and Torresian Crows are present to make
Corvid ident a bit of a challenge.
Anyone proceeding west should record the House Sparrow which
has reached Barkly Homestead in the NT.
We recorded it at Gallipoli Stn (NNW of Camooweal)
It arrived Mount Isa 1964-65.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW