RFI: Eyre Peninsula and Clare

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Subject: RFI: Eyre Peninsula and Clare
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:01:00 +1030
Hi Peter

the banded stilts are a certainty in lake at entrance to Pt Augusta.
 chestnut rumped heathwren I saw recently at Alligator Gorge in Mt
Remarkable national park(27/1/2012) although this is the first time I have
seen them there so travelling with limited time just to see them could be a
long shot.  Alligator gorge is near Wilmington.   The old wilmington rd
leaving Stirling north to Wilmington is a good spot for arid chenopod
birds-redthroats, chirrupping wedgebills, blue and white wrens etc.  I have
seen rufous fieldwren up a track just the Pimba side of arid lands botanic
gardens-that was some years ago, but no reason why they still shouldn't be



On 11 March 2012 16:42, michael wood <> wrote:

> Hello Peter
> The Thick-billed Grasswren can be found around Wild Dog Hill, within
> Whyalla Conservation Park. It can also be found in suitable habitat at
> various stops along the road from Whyalla to Iron Knob -I don't have any
> specifics on this. Also, they can be found in vegetation immediately north
> of Iron Knob, on the road to Kingoonya. I came across a breeding family
> just a few hundred metres into this road from Iron Knob.
> A good spot for the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren is the gully that leads from
> the carpark at Telowie Gorge CP, which is south of Port August near Port
> Germain. That's the only location I know of in that area -I am sure there
> are others.
> I don't like your chances for Bassian Thrush in that area. Best bet for
> them is the Mount Lofty Ranges around Adelaide and even there they can be
> difficult.
> As for the other species, I'm sure someone out there can help.
> Regards,Michael
> Afternoon all,
> Now that I will be restricted to holidays during Victorian School Holidays
> we
> have booked a trip to the Eyre Peninsula for a week with a one-night stop
> at
> Port Augusta on the way over and three days near Clare over the Easter
> weekend.
> I have a copy of the new Thomas et al. and have had a look at Peter
> waanders
> website ( and will use these for
> the
> basis of some of the time (particularly around Lincoln NP). However, I am
> unlikely to get time to get to Lake Gillies CP or stop around Whyalla but
> can
> justify a day while at both Port Lincoln and Clare (and a few hours at Port
> Augusta) to go bird-watching.
> I don't have any target species, but would be keen to catch up with any
> species
> that are not common around Mildura so any recent information would be good
> (for
> example I will be looking for Banded Stilts near Port Augusta.
> Targeted subspecies are as follows:
> Southern Emu-wren (parimeda) - Lincoln NP?
> Thick-billed (Western) Grasswren (myalli) - around Whyalla (for some
> reason I
> thought they might be at the Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta but appears
> not -
> I will try and visit anyway
> Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (pedleri/parkeri) - Is there anywhere around
> Clare
> where this species can be seen (otherwise might try the closest spot to
> Port
> Augusta)
> Western (Mallee) Whipbird (leucogaster) - Probably unlikely to be calling
> but I
> will try at Lincoln NP
> Bassian Thrush (halmaturina) - again anywhere around Clare?
> Otherwise, general recomendations of good bird-watching (or family amusing)
> locations would be greatly appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Peter
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