Murchison WA: Nallan Station Trip

Subject: Murchison WA: Nallan Station Trip
From: Mark Stanley <>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 19:13:11 +0800
We spent a memorable few days over the weekend based at Nallan Station near
Cue between Mr Magnet and Meekatharra in WA. Highlights were:

Little Curlew, Long-toed Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed native Hens (4
), Black-breasted Buzzards (2), Black kite, Diamond Doves (2), numerous
Red-kneed Dotterels + other waterbirds at Lake Nallan on Oct 24 and 25. If
you are anywhere in the vicinity check it out!

Bourke's Parrots (many on road between Payne's Find and Warne River on 23rd,
pair came to a trough sitting on 24th at Nallan Station).

Banded Whitefaces at FOC's site west of Cue on 24th

Gull-billed Tern flying over Payne's Find on 26th

Female Bustard on road about 10 Km due south from Payne's Find on 26th (we
saw a Bustard near Payne's Find on our previous visit there a few years

Lots of Crimson Chats, Budgies, White-winged Trillers and Masked
Wood-swallows in mixed flocks at various locations.

Great views looking down on a Little Wood-swallow at a breakaway 60 km NE of
Cue. What a contrast between dark slaty wings and more chocolate coloured

Chestnut-breasted Quailthrushes including one male singing from a tree and a
female we pished almost to our feet.

Chiming Wedgebills at a couple of locations (FOC's banded Whiteface site and
at Nallan Station).
Lots of Cockatiels.

Sorting Slaty-backed Thornbills from Chestnut-rumps

Ditto for Little and Torresian Crows

Reaquainting with Crested Bellbirds and Redthroats.

We travelled back yesterday in constant rain from about Mount Gibson to
Perth. Should be well worth checking out over the next few weeks. We found
11 Inland Dotterels last year between Wubin and Mt Gibson.
Am preparing an annotated species list to add to Nallan Stations excellent
series of birdwatching notes. Let me know if you would like a copy.

Mark Stanley & Marieke Weerheim

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