We awake to find our most
common bird around the campsite is Yellow Chat. For the next two days we are
treated to frequent and superb views of this exquisite bird. We estimate seeing
around 100 birds in the small part of the lake that we visited and seeing that
Lake Gregory and the surrounding lake system is a few hundred kms around the
shoreline, there should be hundreds or thousands more!
An early morning walk along
the beach is productive with stunning views of a male Flock Bronzewing sitting
on the beach 20 metres in front of us. We also see around 10 ?flockies? as they
became known, flying around as well.
Water birds included,
thousands of Little Black Cormorants, hundreds of Magpie Geese, dozens of
Great-crested Grebes, hundreds of Pink-eared Ducks, Brolga in abundance.
Hundreds of Red-capped Plovers scurried everywhere and Black-fronted Dotterel were also
Whistling Kites were in
abundance and several were nesting. Swamp Harriers were common. We had distant
views of a Black Falcon, soaring high on a thermal.
After lunch we came across
dozens of Yellow Chats (dubbed the ?Yellow Sparrows? by now). We discovered
nesting Tree Martins. Many Australian Pratincoles patrolled the shoreline as
well. A Little Grass Bird was a nice surprise in the reeds around the lake.
Later on as we were following
a Little Button Quail we flushed a female Flock Bronzewing and upon closer
inspection discovered that she was sitting on 2 eggs. Soon afterwards a male
Flock Bronzewing did a spectacular display flight close by and at speed.
It was all happening as they
say and we came across a group of 18 Banded Lapwings, a nice record for this
Back to the lakes edge early
evening and we viewed two Freckled Ducks and also a Wood Sandpiper on the
shoreline. Our first Black-shouldered Kite of the trip completed a fantastic
days birding with 66 species seen.
Spaghetti Bolognaise for tea.
Nice to have two nights without packing up camp.
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Great Crested Grebe
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Little Button Quail