Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 60, Issue 11

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Subject: Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 60, Issue 11
From: "Greg Johnston" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:09:52 +1030
Hi Russell & Bill,

Lake Acraman is most easily accessed from the eastern side, off the road
between Pondanna ruins and Moonarie Homestead. There are back tracks that'll
get you there from Yardea and Yarna Homesteads too. Seek permission from
property managers before heading out there. They'll be able to give you the
latest information on track conditions; back tracks on publicly available
maps  in that area haven't been reliably resurveyed since 1964.  The main
roads through the Gawler Ranges are generally passable with 2WD with some
clearance, but get very slippery in places when it rains. Take the road
condition signs seriously and you'll be fine.

There accommodation available at Mt Ive Homestead, Hiltaba Homestead, as
well as at the Gawler Ranges National Park. Mulga parrots can be seen in the
Myall and open mallee anywhere on northern Eyre Peninsula. Rufous
treecreeper and Western Yellow Robin are patchily common on the road from
Whyalla to Kinba, in the mallee west of the Middleback Ranges. Blue-breasted
Fairy Wrens are common in the hethey mallee along the Lincoln Highway, south
of the Middleback Ranges - try the Midgee area. Some old night parrot museum
specimens were collected between Lake Gairdner and Lake Acraman. An ex
manager of Hiltaba saw what sounds to me like night parrots among samphire &
saltbush on the western margins of  Lake Acraman in the 1980s. Scarlet
chested parrots occur sparsely in the western Gawlers. Short-tailed
Grasswrens can be seen reliable at a spot on Mt Ive - the managers can tell
you where that is.


Greg Johnston


From: Russell Woodford <>
To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Lake Acraman, SA

Hi Bill

eBird doesn't give much confidence about Grey Falcon or Night Parrot - in
fact there isn't a hotspot for Lake Acraman. Yet. The nearest couple of
hotspots, eg Hiltaba NR, only have a handful of species, most of which you'd
get between Bendigo and Echuca ... but a little further south, and probably
easier to get to, are the Gawler Ranges, where there are recent records of
Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairywren, Mulga Parrot, and possibly even
Western Yellow Robin (I was suprised to see they extended this far east,
having just gone all the way to the Perth Hills to get one!)


On Sun, 7 Oct 2018 at 16:22, Bill Stent <> wrote:

> Hi all, I?ve been asked to help tick off a bucket list item for a 
> friend, and visit Lake Acraman, probably in around April or May of 2019.
> Geologically, this is a very significant place, but I?ve utterly no 
> idea of anything else about it.
> Has anyone ever visited this site? What kind of birds are 
> possibilities here? Am I going to be plagued by Grey Falcons all day 
> and Night Parrots all night?
> Bill
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