Journey to the Centre of NSW

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Subject: Journey to the Centre of NSW
From: "Stephen Gross" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 09:04:10 +1000
Yesterday I fulfilled a wish to take a trip to the centre of NSW. There are actually two advertsied centres depending on which map/brochure you look at. One is Mt Tilga which is a small hill about 8 km north of Condobolin. The other is a locality which is 38 km north west of Tottenham which has been determined as the true centre of NSW by geographic digitising. As well as visiting these sites I was interested to see what birds were around - though because I was driving the birding was a little rushed.
I began at Condobolin and drove to Mt Tilga. A quick walk to the top gave excellent views of the surrounding plains. Here on the hill was a Grey Shrikethrush. Driving north from here there were several Red Capped Robins, two Splendid Fairywren, Yellow Throated Miners, a Jacky Winter and several Grey Crowned Babblers. Apostlebirds, Bluebonnets and Little Ravens were a common feature along most of the trip.
About 50 kms north of Mt Tilga the road becomes unsealed and there is a right turn towards Nyngan and the Geographic Centre of NSW. At various points along the roadside I picked up Pied Butcherbirds, Cockatiels, Eastern Rosellas, Red Rumped Parrots, Yellow and Yellow Rumped Thornbills and White Plumed Honeyeaters. After about 60 kms I reached the Geographic Centre of NSW to be greeted by a rock cairn, a picnic table covered by a shelter and two mating Apostlebirds. Other birds in the surrounding area included Emus, Mallee Ringnecks, Noisy Miners, Cockatiels, Red Rump Parrots, a Pied Butcherbird and a Blue Faced Honeyeater.
From here I drove to Tottenham with more of the above birds sighted. I also heard a Spotted Bowerbird on the outskirts of Tottenham. From Tottenham I crossed the Bogan River and followed it to Dandaloo. This added Peaceful Doves to my list of sightings. The final stretch took me from Dandaloo to Narromine where a Little Eagle flew across the road. About 20 kms out from Narromine a group of  5 Superb Parrots flew into a roadside tree. In Narromine itself Galahs were harrassing a Whistling Kite. From here it was a return drive to Orange to complete an excellent day.
Steve Gross
Orange NSW
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