FW: Dry times

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Subject: FW: Dry times
From: "Neville Schrader" <>
Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 18:39:03 +1000

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From: Neville Schrader 
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 6:31 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Dry times

   It appears most of the west of the state of NSW is in the grips of what
could turn out to be a bad drought. The grim reality is that from Broken
Hill to Parkes the country is really browned off, with conditions being more
severe west of Ivanhoe. On the 680 km trip only 3 Pink Cockatoos were
observed near Kaleentha, one Black-tailed Native-hen near Trida (looking for
water no doubt)along with one Brown Songlark and three Ground
Cuckoo-shrikes. The most common bird was Little Black Cormorants (50,000+)
at Menindee Lake which is in the final stages of drying. I'm sure the other
species of cormorants were present. Large numbers of pelicans were also
present. Wedge-tailed Eagles were the most common bird of prey, with over 15
counted between Ivanhoe and Menindee. Bluenbonnets and Ringnecks being the
most common parrot in the Belar Country, with Many-coloured Parrots in the
Mallee. Overall it was a grim trip.

Neville Schrader

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