Following Peter Fuller's report this week of Inland Dotterel near Ned's
Corner, west of Mildura in NW Victoria,
well, we really went for that Inland Dotterel. Unsuccessfully.
We were out from 9.00 a.m. until nearly 6.00 p.m. It was a glorious day, so
very enjoyable. Because we have had good rains here recently, the area all
along and South of the Murray River from Mildura out to Ned's Corner - about
70km, is much greener than we have ever seen it.
Also some of the back roads were still too wet, even for 4WD, so after
tackling a fair bit of mud and slosh and backtracking, we took a really
roundabout route (or routes). The area where the Dotterel was seen was
along a stretch of road about 8km long and we did not know exactly where, so
we traversed that road twice at about 25kmh. stopping a few times. I think
we spent a total of about two hours just on that 8kms! Peter had seen the
birds around dusk and we were there between 2 & 3 p.m. and then between 4
and 5 p.m.
Anyway, the good part about the day was 79 species! This is the second best
we have ever got in a day, after the 81 we got in Central/North Victoria a
few years ago.
Full list (just because we enjoyed it) - asterisks on the specials for us
and this area!
Crimson (Yellow) Rosella
Aust (Mallee) Ringneck
When I think of the "easy" birds around this area that we did not see
(cormorants, more ducks, waders and waterhen, thornbills), it strikes me
that 100 species in a day within 50kms of Mildura would be not difficult at
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