Western NSW and SW QLD Trip - 27th to 31st December 2005 Part 2

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Subject: Western NSW and SW QLD Trip - 27th to 31st December 2005 Part 2
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 15:33:36 +1100

Part 2….


NORTH BOURKE, NSW (28/12/05)


On private property we saw 26 Inland Dotterels with 2 Banded Lapwings on a stony paddock


MT GUNDERBOOK A NP, NSW (about 40 km south of Bourke) (29/12/05)


Near the Little Mountain lookout near Dry Tank we saw a male Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and 6 plus very approachable White-browed Treecreepers. Also in this National Park were 2 Emus, 6 Chestnut-crowned Babblers, Crested Bellbirds and Spotted Bowerbird.


NSW/QLD BORDER (29/12/05)


At Barringun we saw no less than 500 Budgerigars beside the Mitchell HWY on the south side of the border.




This has got to be one of the best bird watching places that we have ever visited with an excellent variety of inland birds to see. We saw during our short stay there our first ever group of Halls Babblers (6) as well as an excellent view of a male Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush calling on a low perch, a pair of Redthroats, a male Red-backed Kingfisher, Crested Bellbird, wonderful views of a Spotted Nightjar skimming the surface of a dam “well before dusk” and also on the same dam “after dusk” no less than 5 -7 Bourkes Parrots coming to drink (though almost dark we still could see all their colours and markings quite well through the David’s scope). We also heard a few White-browed Treecreepers in the Mulga there.


The well watered grass around the Bowra homestead attracted an excellent variety of birds including Red-winged Parrots, Blue Bonnets, 10 Chestnut-crowned Babblers, Brown Tree-creepers, a variety of Honeyeaters etc.


We both definitely like to visit this place again.




A dam beside the road about 40 km east of Bourke had good range of birds including Pacific Heron, a Brown Goshawk, 3 Mulga Parrots, 20 Diamond Doves, Crimson Chat, Spotted Bowerbird etc.




Most of our Emus were seen along this stretch of road (about 12 birds) especially closer to Warren. We visited the Macquarie Marshes which appeared to have dried out.



If have prepared a detailed list of the birds and the areas they were seen for this trip in Excel format. Please let me know if you would like me to email you a copy.


Edwin Vella


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