A day at Hattah -Kulkyne NP

Subject: A day at Hattah -Kulkyne NP
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 00:09:34 +1100
The second half of my NW Victorian jaunt (12th March) was spent at Hattah. What a place! I have to go back. To be honest, I have to go back to see all the birds I missed!!! It was a fairly frustrating day in one sense - I kept looking in the 'right' places and spent the time often needed to see things like emu-wrens and grassbirds - but without picking up any of the mallee specialties. However, I saw some great birds, including one new species - Splendid Wren - which I kept seeing all day long, which is a rather nice experience.

It was dry just about everywhere. Lake Mournpall was fairly dry, but with several stretches of open water. Lake Lockie and Lake Hattah were each single bodies of water, but the shoreline of each was about 10 - 15 m lower than the obvious high water mark.

The day was mild - mid 20s - with increasing cloud cover, and a stiff breeze from mid-morning, strengthening throughout the day. I was in the park from 6:45 am (it wasn't light until after 7) until about 4pm.

Thanks to Tony Russell for detailed info, and also to Chris Coleborn, Peter Menkhorst, Laurie Living, Barry McLean and others for older messages (from the archive - GREAT new search facility!).

Bird List:

Grey Teal
Pink-eared Duck
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Whistling Kite
Little Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Masked Lapwing
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crimson Rosella ("Yellow Rosella")
Australian Ringneck
Red-rumped Parrot
Laughing Kookaburra
Splendid Fairy-Wren
Variegated Fairy-Wren
Striated Grasswren - heard only (damn!)
Striated Pardalote
Inland Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Yellow-throated Miner
Noisy Miner
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Red-capped Robin
White-browed Babbler
Crested Bellbird
Gilbert's Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Restless Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Grey Currawong
Australian Raven
White-winged Chough

Russell Woodford
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