At Newman failed to find the Striated Grasswren but
did see Painted Finch, Spinifexbird & Red-backed Kingfisher.
And at nearby Ophthalmia Dam saw Little Button-quail & Painted , Zebra &
Star Finches. Moving on, between Newman & Mt Magnet at 95km north of
Kumarina Roadhouse lucked upon a Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush. Then at Mt
Magnet turned east to Leinster as the now mulga-lined road is bitumenised. Then
south to Kalgoorlie-Boulder [don't miss the"Superpit"] & on to Cocklebiddy.
Wanted another try for the Blue Bonnet but the folk at "Arubiddy" were
away, but birded around the Telecom Tower along the road to Eyre Bird
Observatory where I found Shy Heathwren.
Next stop Lake Gilles C.P. where I caught up with
the Western Yellow Robin 6km down the road & Gilberts Whistler, Southern
Scrub-robin, & Blue-breasted Fairy-wren 4km down the road., as suggested by
T & T. Of course when passing
through Port Augusta must stop at the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, if only for the
Chirruping Wedgebill. And then a look over the salt lake for Banded Stilt &
Finally arrived home on the 8th July after 16000km,
260species including about 60 subspecies & ONE lifer. Once again
congratulations & thanks to Frank O'Connor for his fantastic
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