Green fields of Bourke

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Subject: Green fields of Bourke
From: "Shaun Bagley" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:43:11 +1100


Went on a bit of road trip to Bourke and back over Australia Day long weekend. Arrived at Gundabooka St Park, 60kms S of Bourke towards Cobar, on the day. To be specific Dry Tank campsite which was completely inappropriate given the green vegetation and standing water along the roads and other places.


In the mulga of this park, there was an explosion of breeding, underlined by the sound of a Pallid Cuckoo that was going as I pulled up at 6:25pm and did not cease until the later hours of the moonlight night.  A 5 km walk to a lookout next morning  revealed lots of breeding, particularly Red-capped Robins with juveniles every 200m or so, some so bold that they would fly up the trail towards the insect-haloed reporter with little apparent fear, more puzzlement at the avoidance behaviour. Hooded Robins and smaller birds were  the target of this surfeit of RC Robins in competition for the abundant butterflies and other insects that the green herbiage on the red dirt floor of the mulga woodland is sustaining. Saw Black Honeyeater on mistletoe, White-faced HE, Spiny HE and what looked to be Singing He at a pool where there were Cockatiels, Budgerygahs, Mallee Ringnecks, Spotted Bowerbird (with bower), Rufous Songlark, Zebra Finches, Choughs, Diamond Doves and others. Highlights for me were Chestnut-breasted Quail-Thrush running around the mulga floor, a brief view of Crimson Chats from the lookout and strange fungal irruptions from the red sand every so often, white-capped stalks pushing up from the ground sometimes with an overcap of red mud on them, sometimes totally pristine, at other times completely covered in mud – probably a timing things but then life’s like that.. 


They were actually presaged by lilies alongside the road and in paddocks from about a hundred kms from Bourke.  Like the pink Naked Ladies now blooming in our gardens but a gleaming creamy white as were the fungi


One other highlight were Ground Cuckoo Shrikes about 29 kms N of Griffith amongst fields that might not support much in the way of birdlife. Beautiful but where would I go to see them in a more natural environment?





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