desert birding in summer

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Subject: desert birding in summer
From: Peter Waanders <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:40:26 +0930
Hi all
I led a 5-day Grasswren tour in November 2009 visiting Gluepot, the Flinders
Ranges, and the Birdsville track. The first day at Gluepot the official
weather station there recorded 43.9C. We chased and found Striated
Grasswrens at 3pm that day. The second day I remember arriving at Lyndhurst
when it was 45C. An Inland Dotterel was walking around in the carpark of the
pub. The third day on the Birdsville track, temperatures at Birdsville
exceeded 45C. We saw Gibberbird, Grey and Eyrean Grasswren, Letter-winged
Kite, Yellow Chat, and 8000 Flock Bronzewings. The fourth day was a bit
cooler in the high 30s and rain developed. At the end of that day Leigh
Creek had received 50mm and we were stranded because the road was under a
raging torrent of a meter deep water. The fifth day we got out and returned
to Adelaide.
Trip report available on my website!
Peter Waanders
Southern Birding Services
PO Box 420, Waikerie SA 5330  Australia
mob.: +61 (0)409 763172
sat.: +61 (0)424 212889
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