Princess Parrots

To: "Birds" <>
Subject: Princess Parrots
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:48:28 +1030
Thank you John for this report and congrats on finding the PPs. However:
I too thought about going but baulked at the excessive cost of a permit
required to enter the restricted areas. $450 for a piece of paper which
probably took a clerk about two minutes to make out is not my idea of
good value, no matter what tick is at stake. Someone is ripping us off

I'll wait til the PPs appear on non restricted land - and if they don't,
well so be it, I'll go without.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Reidy
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 10:00 AM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Princess Parrots

Hi all.

Have just returned from a successful trip to see Princess Parrots near 
King's Canyon NT. 5 of us (Allan Benson, Rob Benson, Alan Morris, 
Margaret Reidy) booked through the Central Land Council. We met our host

from the CLC and three aborigines representing the traditional owner and

were led to a location off the Mereenie Loop road where the birds are 
breeding. Initially it didn't look good as we were driving directly into

a very sinister looking storm front. It had started to rain solidly 
before we arrived at the site and we had no choice but to get out and 
search for the parrots. We were soaked to the skin, cold and a bit 
despondent before our aboriginal representatives gave a yell and we saw 
two birds in flight. These were rather poor views and we thought that 
that might be it as the birds disappeared and there was no other 
activity. But eventually we saw some more and after an hour or so the 
weather eased up and we were eventually able to see the birds sitting in

full sunshine sitting on dead branches, giving some good photographic 

At this stage we were all ecstatic with the views we were getting. We 
saw all up about 20 birds.

We had travelled via Alice Springs where we hired a Nissan Patrol and 
travelled south down the Stuart Highway and took the Ernest Giles dirt 
road as a shortcut. We paid for this with a blow out. As it rained on 
Thursday and Friday nights at Kings Canyon, we elected to return to 
Alice via the bitumen which was a longer way around, but we did see a 
pair of Bustards on the way.

A word of warning, the Central Land Council is taking legal action 
against some people that have trespassed on their land.

Happy birding!

John Reidy
Phone 02 9871 4836
Fax 02 9871 2616


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