On 19 June 2000 on a flying business trip to SA from Sydney, I spent a couple
of hours birding around Murray Bridge at lunchtime.
Not being familiar with the area (being my first visit), I found it incredibly
difficult to find any reserves (or any bush for that matter), and ended-up at
the Govt's Native Tree Revegetation nursery in Murray Bridge.
There I readily found my first crested shrike-tits, with close-up sightings on
the trunks of some eucalypts in the carpark for the nursery. At that stage i
was still taking photos of my lifers, and got a great close-up.
>From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
>To: "Birding-Aus" <>
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Crested Shrike-Tit
>Date: Thursday, 24 January 2002 21:53
>Yesterday I observed 2 Crested Shrike-Tits at Swanport Reserve about 4 km
>south of Murray Bridge in South Australia (35 9 15 S 139 18 42 E). This
>reserve is on the banks of the Murray River.
>This is the first time I have recorded this species in the Murray Bridge
>area (over 18 years of observations), the closest other record of mine was
>at Mannum (Waterfalls Reserve) some 25 km north of here nearly 3 years ago.
>This species is more likely to be seen in the Mt Lofty Ranges here in SA but
>in my experience seems not to be plentiful anywhere in SA. My only other
>records are from the Clare Valley area (140 km north of Adelaide) over 20
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