W.A. #12 Return to Melbourne.

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Subject: W.A. #12 Return to Melbourne.
From: "Lois j Piroch" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 11:32:15 +1000
Hi birders,
At Newman failed to find the Striated Grasswren but did see Painted Finch, Spinifexbird & Red-backed Kingfisher.  And at nearby Ophthalmia Dam saw Little Button-quail & Painted , Zebra & Star Finches. Moving on, between Newman & Mt Magnet at 95km north of Kumarina Roadhouse lucked upon a Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush. Then at Mt Magnet turned east to Leinster as the now mulga-lined road is bitumenised. Then south to Kalgoorlie-Boulder [don't miss the"Superpit"] & on to Cocklebiddy. Wanted another try for the Blue Bonnet but the folk at "Arubiddy" were away, but birded around the Telecom Tower along the road to Eyre Bird Observatory where I found Shy Heathwren.
Next stop Lake Gilles C.P. where I caught up with the Western Yellow Robin 6km down the road & Gilberts Whistler, Southern Scrub-robin, & Blue-breasted Fairy-wren 4km down the road., as suggested by T & T.   Of course when passing through Port Augusta must stop at the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, if only for the Chirruping Wedgebill. And then a look over the salt lake for Banded Stilt & Red-necked Avocet.
Finally arrived home on the 8th July after 16000km, 260species including about 60 subspecies & ONE lifer.   Once again congratulations & thanks to Frank O'Connor for his fantastic web-site.
  The END.
Geoff. Walker
03 9568 2909
0418 572 922
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