Grey Honeyeater near Alice Springs

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Subject: Grey Honeyeater near Alice Springs
From: Paul Dodd <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2013 17:47:30 +0930
So after a successful Forest Wagtail twitch we decided to chase up some of the 
other local specialties and hopefully photograph them. So with that in mind we 
headed to the famous Grey Honeyeater site near Kunoth Well, north if Alice 
Springs, where we'd seen one previously. No joy :(

This morning we headed for Simpsons Gap just after first light (well, just 
after breakfast, anyway). We managed some good photos of the Black-footed Rock- 
wallaby in early morning light. The birds were scarce and we had no luck with 
either Painted Finch or Dusky Grasswren, unfortunately.

We decided to do the Cassia Hill walk and look for Redthroats before the sun 
rose too much and the day heated up. Anyway, on top of the hill we found a 
small flock of Inland Thornbills and a couple of Redthroats. As we were 
preparing to leave we saw a small grey bird that was neither of those, and at 
the same time Ruth and I called, "Grey Honeyeater!" A moment later the bird 
perched and called strongly leaving no doubt as to the ID. Ruth managed a 
photo, we think, but I didn't.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

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