Hattah RFI

To: "'David Stowe Photography'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Hattah RFI
From: "Bob Cook" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 08:10:30 +1100



It depends a bit on what you want, but both campgrounds are very pleasant.  You will be more likely to have a few other campers at Lake Hattah campground.  All the lakes in the NP are now very dry and have been for a long time.  At the Lake Hattah campground, you have a very good chance of seeing Regent Parrots in the trees in the campground, you are close to the NP headquarters and close to the bushland walk near the Park entrance, where Mallee Emu-wren is a reasonable chance.


Mournpall is at one end of the Nowingi Track and along this track is a favourite spotting area for Striated Grasswren and Mallee Emu-wren.  I saw a pair of Malleefowl along this track earlier this year.  Gilberts Whistler is a reasonable chance anywhere ( I have seen them more often where there is a variety of vegetation, rather than pure Mallee) and we spotted a pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoos along the Old Calder Highway last weekend.


Bob Cook

Mildura  VIC.

From: [ On Behalf Of David Stowe Photography
Sent: Thursday, 3 November 2005 10:55 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Hattah RFI


Hi all
I am heading to Hattah-Kulkyne NP for a crazy weekend jaunt from Sydney in mid December to show a bit of the vastness etc of Australia to a visiting South African friend. We won;t have a lot of time but was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on some of the rarer birds and where to find them. Grasswrens, Heathwrens, Gilbert’s Whistler etc would be fantastic!!
I have only been there once before and we camped at the main campground near Lake Hattah rather than Lake Mournpall. (It was the only lake with water in it back then and even it was drying up rapidly)
Which would people suggest is the better campground?
I have already told Martin that I will be looking out for Egrets and I have my homework from him! (Thanks again Martin).
Thanks in advance.
Dave Stowe

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