The dawn chorus was
deafening this morning. Yellow-tinted, Singing, Rufous-throated and the lovely
golden backed race of the Black-chinned Honeyeater. A couple of Banded
Honeyeaters were to be the only ones seen on this trip.
A visit to the sewerage
works was highlighted by a Wood Sandpiper and some Black winged Stilts.
Around 70 kms east of Fitzroy Crossing we
stopped on a creek where we saw some Cockatiels perched in a tree and had some
fabulous close up views of a small group of Painted Finches and some Pictorella
Mannikins. Further on we came across more water and a group of about 30 Painted
Finches, more Pictorellas and also Spinifex Pigeons. A Brown Goshawk and Brown
Falcon patrolled overhead. Zebra Finches were common everywhere.
Approximately 100 kms west
of Halls Creek we saw our first of many Black-breasted Buzzards, 2 adult birds.
Closer to Halls Creek (30 kms) west a single BBB flew right in front of the
We refuelled in Halls Creek
and back tracked to the start of the Tanami Desert road and headed south to
Wolfe Creek Crater. On the way seeing our first of many Australian Bustards and
the first of our Black Falcons.
We camped just before the
Wolfe Creek Crater turn off and had a wonderful Stir fry for tea. 74 species
were seen for the day.
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Signing off for today