Recent road condition of Anne Beadell Hwy/Track AND Birds seen along the

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Subject: Recent road condition of Anne Beadell Hwy/Track AND Birds seen along the Anne Beadell.
From: "Ian & Carla Jackett" <>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 08:37:51 +0800
Hi Greg and all,

It is advised that only a high clearance 4WD is used on this track.  There
are some deep washouts, some reasonably heavy corrugations and soft dunes to
cross at times where you need a high clearance 4WD.  Also some Spinifex
growing in the centre of track.  You can read more about it if you do a
Google search of the Anne Beadell Highway. I would not recommended driving a
Subaru Forester on this track as you will get into trouble. We did drive in
2WD most of the way but engaged 4WD a number of times.

Birds seen along the way - Redthroat, Southern Whiteface, many Grey-fronted,
White-fronted, Singing, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters.  Chiming Wedgebills,
White-browed Babbler, 4 Bustards, Chestnut-breasted and Inland Thornbill,
Orange and Crimson Chat, Budgerigars and Zebra finch, Crested Bellbird,
Pallid Cuckoo, Hooded and Red-capped Robin, Mistletoebird, White-winged
Triller, Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Black-shouldered Kite, Spotted Harrier,
Brown Goshawk, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Major Mitchell,
Scarlet-chested Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Ringneck, Magpie, Little Crow,
Splendid Fairy-wren, Yellow-throated Miner, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater,
Quail-thrush (thought female Chestnut?), Rufous Whistler, Striated
Pardalote, White-breasted Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow, Barn Owl,
Boobook, Rufous Whistler, Rufous Treecreeper, Galah, Black-faced
Cuckoo-shrike, Pied and Grey Butcherbird, Willie Wagtail, Owlet-nightjar,
Grey Shrike-thrush. Diamond Dove seen on the Yarmana road closer to

Carla Jackett

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Little  
Sent: Wednesday, 9 May 2012 6:40 AM
To: 'Ian & Carla Jackett'
Subject: Scarlet-chested Parrot- Anne Beadell Hwy - SA/WA

Carla & Ian

Sounds like a great trip. Can you please say briefly the condition of the
Anne Beadell Highway. Could I get through there easily in a Subaru Forester
or would I need a serious 4wd.

Greg Little

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Ian & Carla
Sent: Tuesday, 8 May 2012 10:04 PM
Subject: Scarlet-chested Parrot- Anne Beadell Hwy - SA/WA

Hi all,


Ian and I recently drove across the Anne Beadell Highway (Great Victoria
Desert) from Coober Pedy to Laverton from 29th April to 6th of May.  Over
that time we saw 5 sightings of Scarlet-chested Parrot but no Princess
Parrot were seen. We saw quite a few Mulgas and some Mallee Ringnecks and
two lots of Major Mitchell?s, but there were many hours when we saw no
parrots at all in certain parts of the desert.  

Sighting one (SA) on 30/4 at 8:15am, was a female perched on a dead branch
facing me about 75 metres from our first camp. This was in Tallaringa
Conservation Area, SA. Lat/Long S 028° 57? 58.28? E 133° 01? 27.28?.
Sighting two (SA) on 1/5 at 8:00am at our camp, was of a male and female on
the low dune crest/swale. I admit here I used playback but no other time.  I
took a few photos that are ok.  Good views for a few minutes then they flew
off and the female landed on a dead branch nearby.  Lat/Long S 028° 33°
11.56? E 131° 53? 1.29?.  Sighting three (SA) was in the Woomera Prohibited
area on 1/5 before 9:30 sometime? This was 3 Km west of Anne?s Corner.  Two
males flew into a dead tree fairly close to track so we had good views for a
few minutes.  Sighting four (WA) on 5/5 at 11:50am and I couldn?t believe
this luck we were having.  We stopped at the Anne Beadell monument erected
last year for morning tea and low and behold, I was looking around in the
trees as per usual and spotted a pair resting on a dead branch (the only
exposed part of the otherwise densely foliated eucalypt).   Facing the
monument the two eucs are side by side to the left.  I got a few photos but
light was poor.  Sighting five (WA) on 6/5 while on Yarmana Road heading to
Laverton, I saw two fly over the road just in front of us past an old
bore/dam with a windmill.  We saw a number of parrots unidentified flying
fast across the road (mainly in pairs) along the way in SA mostly,  and
although saw flashes of yellow, we couldn?t be sure but suspected some would
have been Scarlets.  It was very quiet at Neale Junction/Yeo Lake and
parrots in general were not as ?common as muck? there, as the Perth boys
found at Neale Junction in January! ? All in all I think I counted 50
species along the Anne Beadell.  


Regards,  Carla and Ian Jackett



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