Hattah Kulkyne trip

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Subject: Hattah Kulkyne trip
From: "Bob&Sadhana" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 13:26:39 +1000
Two of us spent all day yesterday (Saturday) at Hattah Kulkyne National Park in North West Victoria's Mallee country.  Weather was perfect and the birding was great.  Lakes Hattah and Bulla are virtually full of water and Lakes Mournpall and Lockie are partly full with lots of mudflats and shallow areas.  Disappointed to see two foxes in Lake Mournpall in the middle of the day.
We saw 66 species for the day.  Interesting sightings included Mulga Parrot (in Northern area of the park), Crested Bellbird and Major Mitchell Cockatoo.  I believe all close to the Southern edge of their range - is this so?? (Lawrie??).   Mulga Parrots were a pair with what looked like the male feeding the female - mating behaviour??  They were relatively approachable - I got within about 20 metres while they were almost at ground level.  Two sightings of Regent Parrot, a first for us.  Also saw Gilbert's Whistler (a very shy pair calling to each other) and Mallee RingneckEmus in several places.
About 200 Red-necked Avocet on Lake Mournpall with about 30 Black-winged Stilt.  A single Australian Shelduck among about 50 Grey Teal. Apart from a single Yellow-billed Spoonbill, a couple of Black-fronted Dotterels and the ubiquitous Masked Lapwings, there seemed to be a real lack of species working the shallow/muddy areas.  Groups of up to 20 Black-tailed Native Hen in several areas.
In one dry, sandy, Spinifex area, there were a number of Yellow-plumed and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and one Striped Honeyeater.
Bob & Sadhana Cook
Now based in Mildura, Vic
34.10.S  142.10.E
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