Trip report - Hattah, Gluepot, Kangaroo Island, Mutawintji

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Subject: Trip report - Hattah, Gluepot, Kangaroo Island, Mutawintji
From: "Murray Lord" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 20:24:38 +1000
This is a quick report on a just completed trip from Sydney to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island and back.
HATTAH - the Nowingi track produced the goods, with a Mallee Emu-Wren and two Striated Grasswrens found during three hours spent walking the first couple of kilometres.  Both were literally on the edge of the track.  However the highlight was great views of a pair of Chestnut Quail-thrushes that came to within a couple of metres of me, and eventually had to be chased out of the way.  Also saw a Regent Parrot near the main picnic area.
GLUEPOT - had little trouble seeing Black eared Miners near Sittella camp.  Despite putting in a lot of time on the Malleefowl (formerly Callitris) track I had no luck finding a Malleefowl - nor any of the three Red lored Whistlers someone claimed to have seen there the week before (I did not even hear anything that may have been one).  Other good birds included lots of Owlet-Nightjars around the Babbler camp site, Southern Scrub-Robins and more Chestnut Quail-thrushes, Gilbert's Whistlers, Shy Hylacolas, Chestnut-crowned Babblers and White browed Treecreepers.
KANGAROO ISLAND - Unfortunately three days of showers and gale force winds stopped me from finding Western Whipbirds - I heard one call for about fifteen seconds during several searches around Remarkable Rocks.  Purple-gaped honeyeaters could be found along the track leading away from the sea at the back of the carpark.  I did not see any Glossy Black Cockatoos or Neophema parrots (not that I particularly looked for them).
MUTAWINTJI (nee Mootwingee) NP AND BROKEN HILL AREA - At Salthole Creek 30 km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway I saw White winged Fairy Wrens, a male Redthroat, Chirruping Wedgebills and a Rufous Fieldwren. 
On the road from the Silver City Highway to Mutawintji I saw a few Orange Chats and Crimson Chats, plus Banded Lapwings and an Australian Pratincole.  Rufous and Brown Songlarks were also common.
Mutawintji is full of birds at the moment.  Every tree at the camp site had Budgerigars nesting in them and there were plenty of other parrots around.  I saw Pied Honeyeaters at two spots - one on the Western Ridge trail after about a kilometre (walking anticlockwise), and the other beside the road a bit north of the gated entry to the historic site.  Unfortunately no luck on Hall's Babbler or Grey Falcon though. 
COBAR - A quick look for Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrushes opposite the entrance to the mine about 7km north west of town brought no success, but did give another male Pied Honeyeater.
Let me know if you want more details.
Murray Lord
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