WA Trip Part 3

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Subject: WA Trip Part 3
From: "Lynn" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 20:29:39 +1000
Back again



The dawn chorus was deafening this morning. Yellow-tinted, Singing, Rufous-throated and the lovely golden backed race of the Black-chinned Honeyeater. A couple of Banded Honeyeaters were to be the only ones seen on this trip.


A visit to the sewerage works was highlighted by a Wood Sandpiper and some Black winged Stilts.


 Around 70 kms east of Fitzroy Crossing we stopped on a creek where we saw some Cockatiels perched in a tree and had some fabulous close up views of a small group of Painted Finches and some Pictorella Mannikins. Further on we came across more water and a group of about 30 Painted Finches, more Pictorellas and also Spinifex Pigeons. A Brown Goshawk and Brown Falcon patrolled overhead. Zebra Finches were common everywhere.


Approximately 100 kms west of Halls Creek we saw our first of many Black-breasted Buzzards, 2 adult birds. Closer to Halls Creek (30 kms) west a single BBB flew right in front of the car.


We refuelled in Halls Creek and back tracked to the start of the Tanami Desert road and headed south to Wolfe Creek Crater. On the way seeing our first of many Australian Bustards and the first of our Black Falcons.


We camped just before the Wolfe Creek Crater turn off and had a wonderful Stir fry for tea. 74 species were seen for the day.


Australian Wood Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Grey Teal


Australasian Grebe

Little Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

White-necked Heron

Great Egret

Straw-necked Ibis

Royal Spoonbill

Black-breasted Buzzard

Black Kite

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Spotted Harrier

Brown Goshawk

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Little Eagle

Brown Falcon

Australian Hobby

Black Falcon

Nankeen Kestrel


Eurasian Coot

Australian Bustard

Wood Sandpiper

Black-winged Stilt

Black-fronted Dotterel

Crested Pigeon

Spinifex Pigeon

Diamond Dove

Peaceful Dove

Bar-shouldered Dove

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Red-backed Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater

Variegated Fairy-Wren

Red-backed Fairy-Wren

Red-browed Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

Little Friarbird

White-gaped Honeyeater

Grey-fronted Honeyeater

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater

Rufous-throated Honeyeater

Banded Honeyeater

Grey-crowned Babbler

Rufous Whistler

Restless Flycatcher


Willie Wagtail

Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike

White-breasted Woodswallow

Black-faced Woodswallow

Little Woodswallow

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Torresian Crow

Great Bowerbird

Zebra Finch

Double-barred Finch

Painted Finch

Pictorella Mannikin

Fairy Martin

Rufous Songlark



 Signing off for today


Dick Jenkin




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