WA Trip Part 10

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Subject: WA Trip Part 10
From: "Lynn" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 21:17:45 +1000
Hi all



Again we awake to the unknown and find plenty of fresh water and lots of Tyhpa reeds in the next swale. Surprisingly bird variety is very low. Lots of Brown Honeyeaters in the Melaleucas and plenty of Zebra Finches coming in to drink. A Little Grass Bird is heard in the reeds.


Next thing here come some Princess Parrots, about six this time and again heading west to east. Same deal as yesterday they must have seen us, banked left and disappeared out of sight over the sand dune. Three more people in our party manage to see them this time, as well as me, but looks are frustratingly brief. The plan this time was to stay put and survey the surrounding countryside from on top of the dune so we would get better looks next time when they come back to the campsite and the water hole.

Yeah right! We were trying to think like Princess Parrots but were they trying to think like humans? Probably, which is why they didn?t come back that morning. 


A couple of fly pasts by small groups of Cockatiels and some Budgerigars coming into drink, plus a couple of Crimson Chats and White-winged Trillers are about all the birds we see from our vantage point.


A quick walk north for a couple of swales adds White-fronted Honeyeater, Variegated Fairy-Wren and another Chiming Wedgebill to our list.


About 12 O?clock the Princess Parrot search party, comprising of George, Alan, John, Ray and myself head out to look through groves of Desert Oaks in the hope of finding some PP?s sheltering from the midday sun. We are in radio contact with base camp in case they turn up there as well. We spend about 3 hours hunting through suitable habitat to no avail. Many other good birds are seen, including many displaying male Pied Honeyeaters. Close views of a pair of Spotted Harriers flushed from the roadside. The down side is seeing a feral cat.


Back to camp and we grab our chairs and head up to the highest point above the water hole and get ready for the return of the PP?s, after all they went east in the morning they would return west in the evening. For those of you who are M.A.S.H. fans, you will understand why I dubbed this event, ?5 O?clock Charlie? for those of you that aren?t, don?t worry because the PP?s weren?t either as they didn?t show.


It is a great spot to watch raptors and we have wonderful views of a Spotted Harrier in the evening light cruising low over the red sand and mass of purple flowers (Cyanostegia (sp?)). Also another Black-breasted Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite and Nankeen Kestrel.

Thirty species seen today.


Black-shouldered Kite

Black-breasted Buzzard

Spotted Harrier

Brown Goshawk

Little Eagle

Brown Falcon

Australian Hobby

Nankeen Kestrel

Australian Spotted Crake (heard)

Diamond Dove



Princess Parrot

Horsefield?s Bronze-Cuckoo

Variegated Fairy-Wren

White-winged Fairy-Wren

Singing Honeyeater

Grey-headed Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater

White-fronted Honeyeater

Black Honeyeater

Pied Honeyeater

Crimson Chat

Chiming Wedgebill

White-winged Triller

Masked Woodswallow

Black-faced Woodswallow

Zebra Finch

Little Grassbird (heard)

Rufous Songlark



 Dick Jenkin


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