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Subject: Bowra
From: "Alana Dare" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:55:26 +0930
Hi All,

Greg and I were at Bowra last week and while we missed one day of birding with 
the road being impassable due to rain, it was a wonderful time to be there and 
the property is looking magnificent after all the rain.  Thanks to the helpful 
and welcoming volunteers from Birds Qld who are running things out there at the 
Highlights were fantastic views of a pair of nesting Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, a 
Black-breasted Buzzard feeding with Kites on carrion on the road in front of 
us, many encounters with groups of Hall's Babblers and Chestnut-breasted 
Quail-thrush which were running everywhere, a Black Honeyeater [thanks Marilyn] 
and maybe best of all, extensive viewing of four Bourke's Parrots feeding 
quietly on the ground. We've only seen them before roosting or disappearing 
like wisps of smoke from the edges of waterholes at dusk. There was also a 
roosting Square-tailed Kite and at least three Spotted Harriers working the 
paddocks as we drove in. We also saw Chestnut-crowned and Grey-crowned Babblers 
and one Painted Honeyeater. There were many families of Apostle  Birds, 
numerous Crested Bellbirds, Red-capped and Hooded  Robins, Little, White-browed 
and Dusky Woodswallows, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Mulga Parrots, Mallee 
Ringnecks, Bluebonnets and Red-winged Parrots, Emus, Brolgas and Brown 
Treecreepers flitting everywhere. The whole place was alive with birds and over 
all was the constant music of the Rufous Songlarks.
We were planning to get to Noccundra to look for the Grey Grasswren but only 
got as far as Thargomindah as they closed the road west. However it is well 
worth the trip west from Bowra if you're out that way to see Lake Bindegolly. 
It's huge. Instead of trekking for four kms to the edge of the water you can 
stand on the road which has become a bridge and look at Great Crested Grebe, 
Plumed Whistling Ducks, Black-tailed Native Hens etc swimming within a few 
metres while large flocks of Glossy Ibis fly over. The landscape has been 
transformed and is very lush so the drive is extremely interesting.

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