Central Aust Trip Report

Subject: Central Aust Trip Report
From: Frank Pierce / Janet Mattiske <>
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 00:46:50 +1000
Hi Birders,
I've just completed a 3 week twitch from Melbourne to SW Qld to Alice Springs and back via Adelaide and Port Fairy.
Birding details are as follows:-


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo       Ssp grapogyne, Sandy Track west of Casterton
Crimson Rosella         Ssp subadelaide, Telowie Gorge CP
Blue Bonnet                     Ssp heamatorrhous, 50k south of Cobar
Banded Whiteface                5.8k east of Marla (150m north of borrow pit)
Grey-fronted Honeyeater Ssp plumus, 27k past Alice Springs airport on Santa Teresa road
Grey Honeyeater         Kunoth Well - 3.5k up and 50m north of HDYC road,(refer 
White Browed Babbler Kunoth Well - 7k up and 300m north of HDYC road,(refer T&T)
Pied Currawong          Ssp ashbyi, 20k west of Heywood
Singing Bushlark                Ssp secunda, 5k east of Port Germein


Grey Falcon                     Eulo Bore
Black Falcon                    Diamentina NP road - 48k north of 
Windorah/Bedourie road
Black Falcon                    38k from Boulia on Outback Highway to Alice 
Ruddy Turnstone         Port Germein
Inland Dotterel                 0.5k south of gate to Diamentina NP (coming 
from Windorah)
Flock Bronzewing                Diamentina NP road - 50k north of 
Windorah/Bedourie road
Flock Bronzewing                23k from Boulia on Outback Highway to Alice 
Black-eared Cuckoo              25k north of Port Augusta
Splendid Fairy-wren             Many nesting pairs at Kunoth Well
Southern Emu-wren               Bank of Glenelg River at Myaring Bridge north 
of Dartmoor
Slaty-backed Thornbill          Kunoth Well
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface     32k north of Marla
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface 12k south of Coober Pedy(refer Ken Rogers 27/8/02 Birding-aus)
Whitefaces                      The 3 species seen in one morning north and 
west of Marla
Grey-fronted Honeyeater Common at Telowie Gorge CP
Gibberbird                      Near Ranger's Headquarters, Diamentina NP
Southern Scrub-robin            Common at Telowie Gorge CP
Halls Babbler                   40k south of Quilpie
Cinnamon Quail-thrush           21k north of Erldunda,(refer T&T)
Gruond Cuckoo-shrike            25k north of Port Augusta


Letter-winged Kite (no info for specific sites),
Ostrich and ssp's of White-browed Treecreeper, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rufous Fieldwren and
Chestnut Quail-thrush (all 'dipped' in cold rainy conditions)

Special thanks to Geoff Walker and Barry Bucholtz for their details of hotspots for the targets.


Frank Pierce

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