Birdsville Track conditions & birding

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Subject: Birdsville Track conditions & birding
From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 12:09:00 +1000
Hi everyone,
Just updating you all with my travels along the Birdsville Track and correcting 
the email address I included in my last email.

Sharon Oldfield of Cowarie Station (51km ne of Mungerannie) can contacted on  
 She would be best to contact about conditions along the 
track, especially access to her property, which is not on the Birdsville Track, 
but an offshoot of it.

It seems I left just in time to get out.  I left on Wednesday 1st September and 
it rained about 58mm at Etadunna and 80mm at Marree the next day.  The roads 
were closed again and there probably was rain there again this week, as there 
has been at where I am currently based - at Mt Skinner Station about 200km ne 
of Alice Springs.

On the way out of Etadunna I found a large flock of Inland Dotterels (60+)   - 
a sight worth stopping for.  I had only seen them as individuals or pairs 
before.  I capped off my trip there quite nicely!  There were also more Orange 
and Crimson Chats at the same stop.  Birds were every where.

They were much scarcer the other side of Lake Eyre on the way to Coober Pedy.  
It didn't seem to have had as much rain as the eastern side.  This was 
confirmed by a couple of birders I met at Erldunda who had travelled up the 
Oodnadatta Track to Oodnadatta.

Cheers for now

Elizabeth Shaw
(usually)Phillip Island,Victoria
(currently Mt Skinner NT
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