Vic-SA Mallee 04 Trip Report

Subject: Vic-SA Mallee 04 Trip Report
From: Frank Pierce / Janet Mattiske <>
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2004 14:43:56 +1100

Vic-SA Mallee 04 Trip Report

We have just completed a two week trip, 23/10/04 to 4/11/04, from Melbourne
taking in the Eyre Peninsula.
There was not enough time to try for all our target species and subspecies
so we had a flexible itinerary which was dictated to some extent by the
The weather was initially hot with a dreadful numbers of flies, but a
change came so we drove from Vic to Ceduna while it rained and after that
the temperatures were mild and the flies were tolerable. It rained all day
on 4/11 as we drove home.
We visited Little Desert NP, Wyperfeld NP, Murray-Sunset NP, Yumbarra CP,
Eyre Peninsula including Lincoln NP and Hambidge CP, Whyalla CP, Mt Arden
Station, Telowie Gorge CP and Mt Rescue CP.
We camped most of the time with strategic stays in motels or cabins when it

We saw 172 species on the trip and covered about 4700 kms.

Targeted species or subspecies seen (ranging from 'Life Species' to
'Subspecies in Vic) were:-

Ostrich - Mt Arden Station (permission required for access)-2 adults-1k se
of Chris Lesters sighting last Easter
Parrot, Scarlet-chested - 1 male - nw of Ceduna
Nightjar, Spotted - Murray sunset NP - South Bore Track - 6.7k n of Pheenys
Emu-wren, Southern ?parimeda? - Kellidie Bay CP - 200m ne of corner of
Airport & Coffin Bay Rds
Heathwren, Chestnut-rumped ?parkeri? - Mt Lofty, Waterfall Track 800m from
Heathwren, Chestnut-rumped ?pedleri? - Telowie Gorge Walk, 100m downstream
of left bend (600m from cp)
Fieldwren, Rufous ?winiam? - Little Desert NP, low heath, to w of paddock w
of Nhill-Harrow rd 20k s of Nhill
Redthroat - Wyperfeld NP, Lake Brambruk Walk, 300m from start
Miner, Black-eared - Murray-Sunset NP, South Bore Track - 6.7k n of Pheenys
Honeyeater, Grey-fronted - Murray-Sunset NP, South Bore Track - 2.5k n of
Pheenys Track
Scrub-robin, Southern - Little Desert NP, w of Kiata Campground
Sittella, Varied - Wyperfeld NP, w of Casuarina Campground
Chough, White-winged - Tod Reservoir Drive, Eyre Peninsula

Other sightings of interest were:-

Malleefowl - S edge of Hambidge CP, ne of Lock
Goose, Cape Barren - Kellidie Bay CP, 200m w of corner of Airport & Coffin
Bay Rds
Parrot, Rock - Lincoln NP, on way to Memory Cove
Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted - Lake Gillies CP + Lincoln NP
Fieldwren, Rufous - Lincoln NP, on way to Memory Cove
Gerygone, Western ?fusca? - Tod Reservoir Drive, Eyre Peninsula
Honeyeater, Striped - Wyperfeld NP, Casuarina Campground near Toilet Block
Robin, Western Yellow ­ Lincoln NP, at Memory Cove

Targets looked for and missed were:-

Treecreeper, White-browed - not found at Wyperfeld NP, Casuarina Campground
Emu-wren, Southern ?intermedius? ­ heard but not seen at Mt Compass Wetland
Grasswren, Thick-billed ?myall? - not found at Whyalla CP where previously
Whipbird, Mallee ?leucogaster? - not even heard at Lincoln NP or Mt Rescue CP
Quail-thrush, Chestnut ?fordianum? - not found nw of Ceduna or Hambidge CP

Thanks to Geoff Walker, Chris Lester, Chris Coleborn, Nick Talbot, Peter
Langdon (Pt Augusta), and Colin Gill (Port Lincoln) for generously suppling
information on sites for some of the targets

Frank Pierce

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