Just spent three weeks touring the
Kimberley with my non-birding wife - a great holiday/birding location.
Managed five target species:-
GOULDIAN FINCH. There must be a special
on this dry season, found them in four locations, (7) cattle trough on Mt
Elizabeth Stn, ask Maxine for directions, (50) river crossing 4km short of
Marunbabidi Wilderness Camp - off Kalumburu Rd, (both the above just after
sunrise), (1) birdbath behind relocated Argyle Historic Homestead just
before Ord River Dam and (1) small man-made "billabong" 100m behind new statue
park in centre of Wyndham.
BLACK GRASSWREN. (3) at Thomas & Thomas
site - on hill behind Little Mertens Creek on track to Mitchell Falls - use
tape, too hard a place to get to only to miss out.
GREAT-BILLED HERON. (1) 70m north of jetty at
Derby. Best on falling tide once it clears the mangroves (around 2hrs
after high tide).
PICTORELLA MANNIKIN. Flocks from 50km west of
Home Valley Stn up to and including the station's airstrip (STAR FINCH there
CHESTNUT-BACKED BUTTON-QUAIL. Flushed a
number of times, fairly common in the Mitchell Plateau area.
Birds I enjoyed seeing again:-
WHITE-QUILLED ROCK-PIGEON. Common in
WHITE-LINED HONEYEATER. Vine thicket on track
to Mitchell Falls.
WHITE-BREASTED WHISTLER. (1) Hunters Creek at
ASIAN DOWITCHER. (1) Broome Bird
BROAD-BILLED FLYCATCHER. As
Missed targets of Common Redshank at BBO and
Zitting Cisticolla at Parrys Lagoons. Did not see Partridge Pigeon or
Sandstone Shrike-thrush either.
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