Birdsville Eyrean Grasswrens

Subject: Birdsville Eyrean Grasswrens
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Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 17:43:55 +1000
Hi all,

The directions to the Eyrean Grasswrens we found are to go 25.3 kms from the 
grid in Birdsville on the way to Big Red sand dune. There is a dune here with 
one good sized tree on the right beside the road as the road passes through the 

The GPS is 25.55.515; 139.07.821

When we were there this was the dune with the best looking can grass on it, but 
that was relative because, like the lignum at the Grey sight, none of it was 
looking very good at all good.

The birds were moving about on both sides of the track so we did not go more 
than 500 metres from the road. 


---- Bill Ramsay <> wrote: 
> Directions to the Grey Grasswren site about 90 km south of Birdsville, 
> referred to by Jen Spry in her email 'Great Grasswren trip Sept 06', posted 
> 10 October 2006, are as follows:
> Starting from the Birdsville Caravan Park, head south along the Birdsville 
> Track (Outside Track) for a distance of 93.5 km.  Park on the west side of 
> the road 100 m or so past a left curve sign, car park co-ords of S 26d 39m 
> 09.9s; E139d 37m 01.0s.  Head approx north west for about 830 m (using the 
> right hand tree of 4 trees on the skyline as a line) to the site at S26d 38m 
> 49.5s; E139d 36m 42.0s. (All co-ords to WGS84 datum)
> After 2 years looking and hoping at various sites with zero results we were 
> prepared to try any leads.  We followed directions by Julie who found GGW's  
> 90 km south of Birdsville when travelling with Laurie Knight in August 2005.  
> On the morning of 20 September 2006 we drove down the Birdsville Track 
> looking for good lignum and travelled about 5 km up and down the 90 km point 
> before deciding to stop at what looked the best of a pretty miserable lot of 
> lignum.  We headed west but it was very dry.  As one last shot we headed 
> north west where the lignum appeared to be a bit healthier.  As we approached 
> we saw a depression with some mud and shallow water surrounded by respectable 
> lignum.  My wife Shirley, who has excellent ears, heard the calls and soon we 
> were watching at least 4 GGW's running, flying and occasionally standing out 
> in the open or perching on lignum.  We watched them from 8.30 am to 10.00 am 
> and I even managed to get some photos that clearly show the birds as G!
> That afternoon Jen Spry and her travelling companions went to the site and 
> they also had good views of at least 4 GGW's.
> On 8 October Drew Morris from the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre in 
> Birdsville went to the site and saw at least 4 GGW's.  Drew has advised that 
> the site has now dried up.
> Regards, Bill Ramsay
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