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Subject: Grasswrens
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 10:46:43 +1000
Referring to Graham's posting about the Kalkadoon Grasswren " The Kalkadoon Grasswren is one of the easiest Grasswrens of all . No need for playback.' I would not be nearly so optimistic, like Alan Morris warns. I well recall searching for Grey Grasswrens bearing in mind the memorable quote from Thomas and Thomas to the effect that it was " the easiest of all the grasswrens, noisy flocks of fifty in the lignum.' Well, armed with this knowledge we then spent about 8 hours in the dry swamp without hearing or seeing a single bird, let alone a grasswren. It was one of the most birdless experiences i have ever had. But, 3 months later after splash of rain, we had them within 13 minutes, following my warnings about how hard this was going to be..... Likewise, White-throated Grasswren this year at the well known Waterfall Creek site could not be found, i suspect due to the burning of the spinifex type habitat last year. The point is that much depends on the season and the habitat, I would go expecting it to be tough and be glad if it proves otherwise.
Good birding
Phil Gregory

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