Vic-SA Mallee 05 Trip Report

Subject: Vic-SA Mallee 05 Trip Report
From: Frank Pierce / Janet Mattiske <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 21:28:45 +1100
Vic-SA Mallee 05 Trip Report

Geoff Walker and I have just completed a trip, 12/03/05 to 19/03/05, from
Melbourne taking in the Mallee of Vic and SA and ending at Pt Fairy for the
BA pelagic trip.

The weather was initially hot and still, but changed after three days to be
cooler with wind. There was some rain on the day of the change.

We visited Lake Tyrell, Hattah Lakes NP, Mildura Tip, Yarrara CP, western
section of Murray-Sunset NP, Billiatt CP, Mt. Lofty, Belair NP, Mt Compass
wetlands, Tolderol GR, Mt Rescue CP, Pink Lakes, Little Desert NP, Mt
Eccles NP, Pt. Fairy.

We camped most of the time with strategic stays in motels when it suited.

We saw 174 species on the trip (excluding the pelagic trip) and covered
about 3000 kms.

Targeted species or subspecies seen (including 'Life Subspecies',
'Vic-Species' and 'Vic-Subspecies') were:-

Treecreeper, White-throated , grisescens - Mt Lofty 
Treecreeper, White-browed , affinis - Yarrara CP 
Emu-wren, Southern , intermedius - Mt. Compass wetlands
Grasswren, Striated , striatus - Hattah Lakes NP Nowingi Track
Scrubwren, White-browed , rosinae - Mt Lofty
Fieldwren, Rufous , campestris - Lake Tyrell
Fieldwren, Rufous , winiam - Little Desert NP, low heath, to w of paddock w
of Nhill-Harrow rd 20k s of Nhill
Thornbill, Buff-rumped , australis - Little Desert NP, Kiata Campground
Honeyeater, Yellow-faced , samueli - Mt Lofty
Babbler, Chestnut-crowned , - Hattah Lakes NP, Mournpall Track, 1.5 k n of
Konardin Track
Woodswallow, Black-faced , melanops - Lake Tyrell
Crow, Little , - Mildura Tip
Thrush, Bassian , halmaturina - Mt Lofty

Other sightings of interest were:-

Goose, Cape Barren - w of Tolderol GR
Scrub-robin, Southern - Little Desert NP, w of Kiata Campground
Sittella, Varied , pileata - Mt Lofty
Whistler, Red-lored - Millewa South Bore Track, just n of Pheenys Track
Honeyeater, Purple-gaped , Billiatt CP and Little Desert NP on Trig Pt
walk-track off Salt Lake Track
Firetail, Diamond - McKensie Creek Reserve, 10k s of Horsham

Targets looked for and missed were:-

Owl, Boobook , halmaturina - heard but not seen at Belair NP
Emu-wren, Mallee - Pink Lakes NP
Heathwren, Chestnut-rumped , parkeri - Mt Lofty, Waterfall Track .
Miner, Black-eared - Murray-Sunset NP, Millewa South Bore Track, n of
Pheenys Track
Honeyeater, Grey-fronted - Murray-Sunset NP, Millewa South Bore Track, n of
Pheenys Track
Chat, Orange - Lake Tyrell
Whipbird, Mallee , leucogaster - not even heard at Billiatt CP or Mt Rescue CP

Thanks to Rohan Clarke, Alec Hawtin, Chris Lester, Barry McLean and Nick
Talbot, for generously suppling information on sites for some of the targets

Frank Pierce

Swan, Black 
Goose, Cape Barren 
Shelduck, Australian 
Duck, Australian Wood 
Duck, Pacific Black 
Shoveller, Australasian 
Teal, Grey
Teal, Chestnut 
Grebe, Australasian 
Grebe, Hoary-headed 
Shearwater, Short-tailed 
Gannet, Australasian 
Cormorant, Little Pied 
Cormorant, Little Black 
Cormorant, Great Cormorant
Pelican, Australian 
Heron, White-faced 
Egret, Little 
Egret, Great
Bittern, Australasian
Ibis, Glossy 
Ibis, Australian White 
Ibis, Straw-necked 
Spoonbill, Royal 
Spoonbill, Yellow-billed 
Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Black
Kite, Whistling 
Harrier, Swamp 
Goshawk, Brown
Sparrowhawk, Collared 
Eagle, Wedge-tailed 
Falcon, Brown 
Hobby, Australian 
Kestrel, Nankeen 
Crake, Australian Spotted
Crake, Spotless 
Swamphen, Purple 
Moorhen, Dusky 
Native-hen, Black-tailed 
Coot, Eurasian 
Button-quail, Painted
Greenshank, Common 
Sandpiper, Wood 
Turnstone, Ruddy 
Stint, Red-necked 
Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed 
Sandpiper, Curlew 
Oystercatcher, Pied 
Stilt, Black-winged 
Plover, Red-capped
Plover, Hooded 
Dotterel, Red-kneed
Lapwing, Masked 
Jaeger, Arctic 
Gull, Pacific 
Gull, Silver 
Tern, Crested
Tern, Whiskered
Dove, Rock 
Turtle-Dove, Spotted 
Bronzewing, Common 
Pigeon, Crested 
Dove, Peaceful
Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed
Corella, Long-billed 
Cockatoo, Major Mitchell's 
Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested 
Lorikeet, Rainbow 
Lorikeet, Musk 
Lorikeet, Purple-crowned
Parrot, Regent
Rosella, Crimson
Rosella, Eastern 
Ringneck, Australian
Blue Bonnet
Parrot, Red-rumped 
Parrot, Mulga 
Cuckoo, Black-eared 
Boobook, Southern 
Owl, Barn
Owlet-nightjar, Australian
Kookaburra, Laughing 
Bee-eater, Rainbow
Treecreeper, White-throated
Treecreeper, White-browed
Treecreeper, Brown
Fairy-wren, Superb 
Fairy-wren, Splendid 
Fairy-wren, Variegated 
Fairy-wren, White-winged 
Emu-wren, Southern 
Grasswren, Striated 
Pardalote, Spotted 
Pardalote, Striated 
Scrubwren, White-browed 
Heathwren, Shy 
Fieldwren, Rufous 
Thornbill, Brown 
Thornbill, Inland 
Thornbill, Chestnut-rumped 
Thornbill, Buff-rumped 
Thornbill, Yellow-rumped 
Thornbill, Yellow 
Whiteface, Southern 
Wattlebird, Red 
Wattlebird, Little 
Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked 
Miner, Noisy 
Miner, Yellow-throated 
Honeyeater, Yellow-faced 
Honeyeater, Singing 
Honeyeater, White-eared
Honeyeater, Purple-gaped 
Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed 
Honeyeater, White-plumed 
Honeyeater, Brown-headed
Honeyeater, Crescent 
Honeyeater, New Holland
Honeyeater, White-fronted
Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned
Spinebill, Eastern 
Chat, White-fronted
Jacky Winter
Robin, Eastern Yellow
Scrub-robin,  Southern 
Babbler, White-browed 
Babbler, Chestnut-crowned 
Quail-thrush, Chestnut 
Sittella, Varied 
Bellbird, Crested 
Whistler, Red-lored
Whistler, Gilbert's
Whistler, Golden 
Whistler, Rufous
Shrike-thrush, Grey 
Fantail, Grey
Wagtail, Willie 
Cuckoo-shrike, Black-faced 
Woodswallow, Black-faced
Woodswallow, Dusky 
Butcherbird, Grey 
Butcherbird, Pied 
Magpie, Australian 
Currawong, Pied 
Currawong, Grey 
Raven, Australian 
Raven, Little 
Crow, Little 
Chough, White-winged 
Pipit, Richard's 
Sparrow, House 
Finch, Red-browed 
Firetail, Diamond 
Goldfinch, European 
Swallow, Welcome 
Martin, Tree 
Reed-Warbler, Clamorous 
Cisticola, Golden-headed 
Thrush, Bassian 
Blackbird, Common 
Starling, Common 
Myna, Common 

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