Grey Grasswren

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Subject: Grey Grasswren
From: "Janice England" <>
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 21:50:26 +1000
I have just returned from a 3 week trip west to look for the Grey Grasswren.  
The first few days were spent at Bowra near Cunnamulla which is a fantastic 
spot and has all the birds of Eulo area and more.  Then a few of us continued 
west to Coopers Ck to look for the Grasswren.  Thanks to Bill Moorhead and Reg 
Oakley for their information re this site.

The area had been very dry and there was virtually no green lignum to be seen 
and despite 4 of us spending two half days walking the area we had no sign of 
the GG.

 However, water was just coming down the Cooper from the floods in Winton and 
the road will be impassable across the floodplain for the next few weeks.  The 
situation should change dramatically as a result of this water.  The lignum was 
already greening up and I feel this will be a top spot in spring.  One of the 
advantages of this site is that it is bitumen all the way from Brisbane and the 
area can be accessed by walking along the causeway at the western end of the 14 
km floodplain.  Virtually no need to even walk off the road as the causeway 
gives you a good vantage point.  There is also a good campsite beside the creek 
at the western end of the floodplain.

So we headed south to Tibooburra to visit the Onepah area.  But unfortunately 
due to the 7 yr drought in the district, there wasn't even any lignum to be 
seen.  I had tried on numerous occasions to contact Mrs. Betts at Onepah 
without any luck and we found our that  Mrs Betts no longer allows birdwatchers 
on to her property.  So we headed off to Sturt NP and then home via Currawinya 
NP.  Even the trees were dying in Sturt NP and there were few kangaroos to be 
seen which was contrary to what I saw last time I visited this park when roos 
were evident in huge numbers.

Could people  please spread the word that the Onepah site is no longer 

Better luck next time I hope.


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