Lower Birdsville Track

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Subject: Lower Birdsville Track
From: Bob & Trish Sothman <>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:13:04 +0000
Last month Peter Waanders  reported on birding-aus: "good rainfall in the SA
outback including the Birdsville Track with some birds having bred". There
has been negligible rain over the last 3 months at least along the lower
Birdsville Track which is certainly starting to dry out.  However, the
birding is still excellent.
Despite the temperature still being 38C at 5:00 pm, strong winds all day
plus the most flies we have ever encountered, we recorded 70 species between
Marree and Mungerannie on Tuesday 6th October. Highlights included 1,500
Flock Bronzewing with many flocks from 45 km N of Marree all the way to
almost Mungerannie, 5,000 Budgerigar spread out all along the track, 2,000
Orange Chats, 400 Crimson Chats, 40 Pied Honeyeaters (no Black), 10 Inland
Dotterel, 10 Australian Pratincole, 8 Cinnamon Quail-thrush, 4 Eyrean
Grasswren, 3 Gull-billed Tern, 2 Gibberbird, 1 Banded Whiteface.  We also
saw what was a possible Grey Falcon but did not get enough on it for a
positive ID. The publican at Mungerannie said Grey Falcon was reported 2
weeks ago so they could still be around. The dune country North of Mulka
shows evidence of receiving the most rainfall and currently has an amazing
density of birds with a lot of young birds evident - a wonderful sight.
Bob Sothman & Roly Lloyd

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