North Wyperfeld and Murray-Sunset

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Subject: North Wyperfeld and Murray-Sunset
From: "sanda" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 20:16:19 +1000
Hi folks,
Had a brief camping break with family to the above locations this week. Also
caught up with Chris Coleborn and his family.
Very dry at the moment though the vegetation looked in reasonable
shape,probably after the summer rains we've had.

Birding in northern WYPERFELD NP mainly concentrated around the
Casuarina/Callitris areas and some mallee vegetation along Moonah track.
Highlights were sightings of small numbers of Pink Cockatoos each morning
from the campground, and White-browed Treecreepers in pine country south of
the campground. These were found using a tape. Without it they were very
hard to locate. Nothing like Brown creepers!
The mallee veg was full of birds with the usual suspects. A couple of
Malleefowl mounds seen,one with no recent activity and one that had been
recently worked over .The centre was fairly filled in. Not sure what stage
it would have been at but maybe the big rain in February triggered a
breeding attempt.
Full list:  51 species.
Emu , Wedge-tailed Eagle , Brown Falcon , Nankeen Kestrel , Black Falcon ,
Crested Pigeon , Galah , Pink Cockatoo , Sulphur-crested Cockatoo , Regent
Parrot  , Australian Ringneck , Blue Bonnet , Red-rumped Parrot , Mulga
Parrot ,
Southern Boobook , White-browed Treecreeper , Brown Treecreeper , Splendid
Fairy-wren , Variegated Fairy-wren , Spotted Pardalote , Shy Heathwren ,
Weebill , Inland Thornbill , Chestnut-rumped Thornbill , Yellow-rumped
Thornbill , Yellow Thornbill , Southern Whiteface , Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
, Striped Honeyeater , Singing Honeyeater , White-eared Honeyeater ,
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater , Brown-headed Honeyeater , White-fronted
Honeyeater , Red-capped Robin , Southern Scrub-robin , White-browed Babbler
, Grey Shrike Thrush , Gilbert's Whistler , Grey Fantail , Dusky Woodswallow
, Grey Butcherbird , Australian Magpie , Little Raven , White-winged Chough
, Richards Pipit , Welcome Swallow , Tree Martin , Silvereye , Common
Starling .

A short visit to the Wymlet tank area of MURRAY-SUNSET NP was rewarded with
an unexpected encounter with a group of BLACK-EARED MINERS ! These were
found along the Honeymoon track west of Wymlet tank There were possibly
about 8 birds plus 1 or 2 Yellow-throated  types with them. Had excellent
views of 3 or 4 birds which showed all the characteristics of Black-eared.
The legs were seen on two and did not have bands. ( Rohan, Chris will
forward further details to you).
After this excitement we ran short on time to search for Red-lored Whistler.
Our quick attempt was fruitless but great views of a couple of Striped
honeyeaters was satisfying (they've eluded me for some years now!)

Full list: Emu , Mulga Parrot , Cockatiel (c.100 along Meridian road) ,
Brown Treecreeper , Spotted Pardalote , Striated pardalote , Shy Heathwren ,
Weebill , Chestnut-rumped Thornbill , Red Wattlebird , Spiny-cheeked
Honeyeater , Striped Honeyeater , Black-eared Miner , Yellow-throated Miner
, White-eared Honeyeater , Yellow-plumed Honeyeater , Jacky Winter , Hooded
Robin , Varied Sitella , Grey Shrike-thrush , Willie Wagtail , Grey
Butcherbird , Little Raven , Welcome Swallow .

Whilst driving back to camp a Malleefowl flew from the roadside north of
Patchewollock.  :)

Must get back with some more time!
Simon Starr,
Pyramid Hill,

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