Julia Creek to Southern Gulf of Carpentaria - a day out

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Subject: Julia Creek to Southern Gulf of Carpentaria - a day out
From: "Marc Gardner" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 06:56:16 +1000
Hi all,
Headed up from Julia Creek (NW Queensland) yesterday approx 180k's towards the Richmond to Croydon Road with the view of catching up with some Queensland Gouldian Finches with Bob F from Mount Isa.  Unfortunately didnt find any but we found lots of goodies and much sought after species in the 40 degree heat of the day including:
Inland Dotterel with Oriental Plovers and Australian Pratincoles on the side of a dirt road.  This is interesting as the sighting was way out of Inland Dotterel range...but hey we were inland....
300+ Black-throated Finches at one small soak where an irrigation pipe had leaked and feral pigs had nuzzled out a depression (photos available), 30 more birds at another location.
One flowering tree with 5 honeyeater species including Singing, Black-chined (Golden-backed form), Brown, Yellow-tinted and Grey-fronted.
Another tree with Black-faced Woodswallow, Hooded Robin, Grey-crowed Babler, Varied Sitella and Brown Treecreeper (Black-backed form).
Paleheaded Rosella - Blue-cheeked form (extreme western edge of range)
Crested Bellbird, 1000's of Double-barred Finches, Collared Sparrowhawk, Ground Cuckooshrike, Little Woodswallow.
A homestead waterhole with heaps of birdlife including Black-tailed Godwit, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Great Bowerbird.
Spotted Nightjar on the road coming back home to Julia Creek.
Plus heaps more common/usual spp.

Julia Creek, NW Qld
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