Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

Subject: Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 01:15:59 +1000
This is from Alastair Smith who has had trouble getting it onto the mailing list:

Following the other recent postings about the Hattah Kulkyne national park, I thought that it would be opportune to add mine. We visited the Park from 30 Sep to 4 Oct and I had a good feeling about the park when, on arrival, we were met by a Major Mitchell's cockatoo in a tree at the visitor's centre. We saw 90 species, including four lifers, the highlight of which was a malleefowl on the Nowingi track. The malleefowl was seemingly unperturbed by our presence and I was able to watch it for some time without binos and then for about 15 minutes with binos and scope before it disappeared into the mallee. I cannot comment on the location of its mound as I thought I had disturbed it enough and didn't go looking for it. While I won't post it here, I have the lat/long for this sighting if anyone is heading that direction and would like to try and find it again.

As with other visitors, we found the black-tail native hens thick on the ground, in flocks of 200-300 birds. Unfortunately we dipped out on some of the smaller mallee birds such as the mallee emu wren and striated grasswren, but not for want of looking and of course there is always next year. It is still frustrating to read that other people saw the bird where we had looked such as the Hattah nature walk that we visited three times!

In all I would recommend a visit, though it will be Pink Lakes for us next year. We camped at Lake Mournpoul and the species list below is from the vicinity of lakes Mournpoul and Hattah, Nowingi track and the Lake Warepil walk:


Australasian Grebe

Hoary-headed Grebe

Little Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Musk Duck

Black Swan

Grey Teal

Pacific Black Duck


White-faced Heron

White-necked Heron

Black-shouldered Kite

Whistling Kite

Brown Goshawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Brown Falcon

Nankeen Kestrel


Brown Quail

Black-tailed Native-hen

Eurasian Coot

Black-winged Stilt

Red-kneed Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel

Masked Lapwing

Whiskered Tern

Common Bronzewing

Crested Pigeon

Regent Parrot

Australian Ringneck

Crimson Rosella

Red-rumped Parrot

Mulga Parrot


Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Little Corella

Pallid Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Southern Boobook

Tawny Frogmouth

Laughing Kookaburra

Red-backed Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

Brown Treecreeper

Splendid Fairy-wren

Variegated Fairy-wren

Spotted Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

Brown Thornbill

Inland Thornbill

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill


Southern Whiteface

Singing Honeyeater

White-eared Honeyeater

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Little Friarbird

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Noisy Miner

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Red Wattlebird

Jacky Winter

Red-capped Robin

Hooded Robin

Rufous Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush

White-browed Babbler

Chestnut Quail-thrush

White-winged Chough


Willie Wagtail

Grey Fantail

Australian Raven

Masked Woodswallow

White-browed Woodswallow

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Grey Currawong


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

White-winged Triller

Common Starling

Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin

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