Gedday every one.
Firstly, thanks to the various people who provided specific information about
good spots for Mallee Emu-wren and Striated Grasswren to me prior to Easter.
Neville Pammet, Penny Drake-Brockman, Laurie Living, Barry McLean, Murray Lord,
Doug Holly and others who made generous offers all impressed me with their
generosity and willingness to assist. So sincere thanks to ALL those people.
As it turned out I was able to locate MEW's three times on one day along
Nowingie and Konardin Tracks. Initially there seemed to be little about except
Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters but after only 20 minutes in mallee and spinifex
along Nowingie Track I located (by contact call) a pair of MEW's and was able
to follow them for about 20 minutes before I lost them completely. Further
along Nowingie and on Konardin Track I had further encounters which I was
On Wednesday I was in the same area again and had excellent views of Chestnut
Quail-thrush on Nowingie Track itself and then others adjacent to the track.
This was an unexpected bonus. I didn't imagine that they would be so easy to
see but for the remainder of that day and on Thursday I saw them many times.
Another unexpected bonus was to find an active Malleefowl nest in the same area.
On Thursday, after birding along the North Boundary Track which provided
excellent birding, I tried one last time for the Striated Grasswren at the west
end of Nowingie Track. After no sucess from several circuits through likely
vegetation I gave up and was heading through the scrub back towards the car
when I saw two birds hoppping away from me. I managed to pick up a blur of
white throat and some reddish colouration as they departed and disappeared into
thin air I thought that would be as a good as it got. So I continued on vaguely
satisified towards the car only to be brought to a standstill be a strong call
behind me and there was the Grasswren on top of a low bush singing his heart
out. I had an excellent view in full sunlight before he hopped down and again
disappeared into thin air. I had the distinct impression he was playing games!!
Other good birds for me were Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Mulga Parrot, Splendid
Fairy-wren and a brood of about 20-30 young Emu's with a lone male near River
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