Birdline South Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
Date: 6 Oct 2014 06:58:45 +1000
   Birdline South Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 5 Oct 2014.

   Thu 2 Oct Short-tailed Grasswren Mt.Ives Station
   At least one bird located and photographed on the track up to the top
   of Mt.Ives. Not far from the top on the rocky track. We were on foot
   and found the bird about 7am. It was located by Ken Haines. It
   presented extremely well as indicated from the photo.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   Princess Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot Mamungari Conservation Park
   Princess Parrots were found at two locations in Mamungari Conservation
   Park (also known as aUn-named Conservation Park) in the Great Victoria
   Desert. Three groups of 2-8 individuals were observed in the vicinity
   of the mid-point of the park along the Anne Beadell Hwy, 525 km west of
   Coober Pedy. Another group of eight individuals was encountered on the
   western edge of the park. Equally exciting, at least a dozen sightings
   of Scarlet-chested Parrots were made over a two-day period a very
   widely dispersed, from approximately 50km east of Mamungari, right
   through the park, and to beyond the WA border. The SCPs were seen as
   individuals, and groups of two to four birds only. A large proportion
   appeared to be immature. Additionally, although the atargeteda new
   Taipan species Oxyuranus temporalis has not yet been found, we did find
   and photograph a very unusual, large (1.8m) elapid snake genus
   Pseudechis in Mamungari for which identification is very perplexing.
   Near-black dorsally and peppered with yellow spots. It was quite
   elongate, with small narrow head, so could easily be mistaken for
   something in Pseudonaja (Brown Snakes), or even Oxyuranus. Mamungari
   was intended to be only a stopover on the very rough eastern stretch of
   the Anne Beadell Hwy (goat track!), but proved to have some of the most
   impressive birding habitat Iave seen during this very extensively
   travelled year. It is neither overly burnt nor grazed, and is an
   incredibly beautiful area. Next stop aThe Junctiona. John Weigel and
   Murray Scott
   John Weigel and Murray Scott
   Orange Chat, Crimson Chat, White-fronted Chat Boolcoomata Station
   Spotted all three species of chat on the drive in to Boolcoomata
   Andrew O'Brien
   Tue 30 Sep Grey Falcon Birdsville Track--Marree to Mungerannie
   One pair seen on a communications tower south of Mungerannie.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   Mon 29 Sep Grey Grasswren Birdsville area
   3 Grey Grasswren in lignum on the side of the road south of Birdsville
   on the Birdsville Track.
   Ken Haines and Bernie OKeefe
   Sun 28 Sep Arctic Tern Port MacDonnell
   Bob Green
   Fri 26 Sep Gibberbird Coober Pedy area
   One Gibberbird located on the William Creek Rd from Coober Pedy, 46 kms
   from the turn off from the highway heading towards William Creek. It
   was on the left hand side of the road.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   Wed 24 Sep Thick-billed Grasswren Memorial off Stuart Hwy, S of Coober
   A number of Thick-billed Grasswrens calling strongly just after dawn at
   the Memorial site about 12 kms south of Coober Pedy. Most were about
   450 meters from the Memorial directly behind from the highway.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   Sun 21 Sep Chestnut-breasted Whiteface Lyndhurst
   Three Chestnut-breasted Whitefaces located after a 3 hour search.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   Western Grasswren Iron Knob area
   A number of small parties of Western Grasswren we located on the
   Whyalla-Iron Knob Rd about half way along, directly opposite the
   construction camp.
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
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