Outback NSW

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Subject: Outback NSW
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 20:13:03 +1000
Hi all, just got back from a weeks trip to Broken Hill - back via Mildura and managed to get some birding in...
Generally as discussed already on BA it was very dry and birds hard to find, but picked up a few goodies, here are some of the highlights (I can send full list +
more info if anyone is interested - saw 112 species in total):
Muntwintji National Park:
Bourkes Parrot (only 2) seen in a dead tree on the road side just past the hotel ruins on the Old Coach Rd, Chestnut-Rumped Thornbill common, as well as Southern Whiteface, Zebra Finch, Eastern Ringneck (only 4 on Muntwintji gorge track), and a handful of Blue Bonnets heaps of Emus, White-Browed Babbler (tried hard to turn these into Hall's), Red-Rumped ParrotRed-Capped Robin, and Hooded Robin. Spiny-Cheecked HE and Apostlebirds common.
Around Broken Hill:
At Silverton cemetary White-Winged Fairy-Wren and Red-Capped Robin and on the road leading to Daydream Mine Chirruping Wedgebill very common as well as Spiny-Cheeked HE. Wedge-Tailed Eagles common in region.
Kinchega National Park:
Great spot and the only area I found in this region with some water (saw about 60 species in a rushed morning) including Chirruping Wedgebill, Chestnut-Crowned Babbler, White-backed Swallow (common on entrance rd from Menindee), Black-Tailed Native Hen (300+ on pools near park entrance, Yellow-Throated Miner (common) White-Fronted, Yellow-Plumed, White-plumed and Spiny-Checked HE, Chestnut-Rumped Thornbill (very common), Red-Capped Robin, White-Browed Treecreeper + many Brown Treecreepers on the River drive, Red-Rumped Parrots, and Little Corellas.
Near Pooncarie - The only place I saw Major-Mitchell's Cockatoo (about 46kms north of Pooncarie) also in same area Blue Bonnet, Eastern Ringneck, Hooded and Red-Capped Robins.
Hattah-Kylkyne National Park:
Lake Huttah was about half to 2 thirds full so good selection of water-birds including Red-Necked Avocet. Also saw Regent Parrot and Yellow Rosella at the lake. Similar birds seen here as in other areas (saw about 50 odd species) but the highlight here was Mallee Emu-Wren seen on the the Konardi Track (800 meters from where this joins Nowingi Track and about 100 yrds into the Mallee (sth side of track). Also heard, but frustratingly did not see Striated Grass-Wren.
My next trip will be more thorough, but still enjoyed some excellent birding...
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