Warks Rd-Bendora Dam 6/01/08 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Warks Rd-Bendora Dam 6/01/08 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 10:31:00 +1100
I headed up to the brindies yesterday afternoon to do some birding and to
try to escape some of the heat. I have found the birding late
afternoon/evening up in the ranges as rewarding as early morning in most
ways. A pair of WEDGE-TAILED EAGLES by Mt McDonald was a good omen.

On the drive in along Warks Rd I picked up the usual pipits plus SACRED
KINGFISHER and DUSKY WOODSWALLOW. After reaching the national park gate I
found plenty of SATIN FLYCATCHERS. On the return drive around 7pm I also
picked up EASTERN WHIPBIRD. The bird was at the first sharp bend some way
up the ridge. Other birds included RUFOUS FANTAIL, SATIN BOWERBIRD, EASTERN
GREY CURRAWONG and COLLARED SPARROWHAWK as well as nice examples of a
Red-bellied Black Snake and a Water Dragon.

I followed Warks Rd all the way to the intersection with Bendora Rd,
briefly detouring up Old Mill Rd and back, and then drove along Bendora Rd
to Bendora Dam. This was the first time I had been down this road since
before the 2003 fires. There was some nice vegetation and some great spots
by the Cotter River where I picked up another RUFOUS FANTAIL and BRUSH
CUCKOO (heard) as well as a WONGA PIGEON which I flushed as I was driving
back. Bendora Dam itself seemed almost full of water but there were no
waterbirds around of any kind. The dam is a 400 m stroll from the car park.
If I had more time I would have liked to hike down the fire trail which
leads down to the Cotter River below the dam wall.


Marnix Zwankhuizen
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