Murray Sunset NP
Michael Todd <>
Tue, 01 Apr 2003 18:16:20 +1000
I headed down to Murray Sunset NP in north-western Victoria on the weekend.
I explored some of the eastern parts of this vast NP and then headed west
along Pheeny's Track to the SA border. Without having explored properly,
large swathes of country at the western end seem to be recovering from the
fire that I think occurred a couple of years ago. It was a little
depressing to break through into SA only to find that there was no mallee
left on the SA side of the border (apart from the roadside strip).
Track that adjoins Last Hope Track with Pheeny Track- Striated Grasswrens,
Gilberts Whistler, Shy Heathwren and Southern Scrub-robin.
Rocket Lake Track- Mallee Emu-wren and a Red-lored Whistler. When I visited
the same locality the following morning I wasn't able to find the whistler
and I wonder whether it was an autumn nomad.
I also visited Mallee Cliffs SF where I investigated likely looking
spinifex mallee on the NSW side of the Murray River. Regent Parrot was the
most interesting bird here. I dropped into Yarrada SF on the Murrumbidgee
east of Hay to look for owls on the way home. Two and a half hours of
spotlighting yielded one Barn Owl.
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