Little Desert Trip Report

Subject: Little Desert Trip Report
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Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 15:21:08 +1000
Hi All,

On a Birds Australia Victoria Easter Campout (staying at Whimpey's) in 
the Little Desert highlights included Slender-billed Thornbill, Western 
Gerygone, Shy Heathwren and Southern Scrub-robin. Honeyeater included 
Yellow-plumed, Purple-gaped, White-fronted and Tawny-crowned 
Honeyeater. Overall woodland birds were high, with good numbers of 
Peaceful Dove, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, all 8 species of Victorian 
thornbill, Southern Whiteface, Hooded, Red-capped and Scarlet 
Robin, Restless Flycatcher and Diamond Firetail. Brown Songlark and 
Grey (race melanoptera 'Black-winged') Currawong were also seen.

During the weekend we visited a number of excellent sites, including 
the Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve, a remnant forest of Bulloak 
(Allocasuarina luehmannii), 20 km N of Nhill. Birds here included 
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Southern Whiteface, Red-caped and Hooded 
Robin and a wide variety of thornbill including Chestnut-rumped, Inland 
and Yellow Thornbill.

Two areas are particularly good for Slender-billed Thornbill. Salt Lake 
on the Salt Lake Track, but please note that this track in is very 
sandy and access is 4x4. Also the banksia heathland bordering 
farmland on the Harrow Nhill Road, approximately 2 km south of the 
Stringybark Walk is good for Slender-billed Thornbill, Shy Hylacola and 
Rufous Calamanthus. A couple of areas of mallee/broombush are 
particularly good for Purple-gaped Honeyeater. The area immediately to 
the west of the Sanctuary Nature Walk (near the entrance to the Kiata 
Campground on the Kiata South Road); and also at the water bore 2 km 
south of the Kiata Campsite (accessed via the Salt Lake Track).

At Whimpey's we recorded Western Gerygone, Diamond Firetail, Peaceful 
Dove, Southern Scrub-robin, Shy Hylacola, Variegated Fairywren and 
Scarlet Robin. (Thanks to Gordon and Colin Rich.) 

Prior to visiting the Little Desert, I spend 3 days at Wartook in the 
Northern Grampians. Birds seen here included a pair of Hooded Robin, 
approx 20 White-throated Needletail and the 'black-capped' Varied 


Tim Dolby

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