Yathong Nature Reserve. A Mallee experience

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Yathong Nature Reserve. A Mallee experience
From: "Jim and Sonia O'Shea" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 18:17:29 +1100
Hi Birders,

Yathong is a large reserve of over 107,000 Hectares.It's situated west of Mt. 
Hope, between Hillsdon and Cobar in Central NSW. I had a 2 night visit there on 
15/16th Jan 2007, arriving at the homestead late in the afternoon in 40 degree 
heat. After dumping my bag I went straight out (in the air conditioned car) to 
get my bearings and start my Mallee list.
A spotlighting trip was abandoned due to a wild wind storm that blew red dust 
everywhere, including through the flyscreens on the verandah. By the time I 
remembered the car window was open, it was too late. The interior had changed 
from an oyster grey colour to Mallee red.

The next morning began at sunrise, but again the heat kept walking to a 
minimum. The roads are good, and slow cruising became the way to go until 
something was spotted.

Highlights included Major Mitchells Cockatoo, 6 species of parrot and shy 
heathwren. New birds for me were Little button quail, Chestnut Quail-thrush, 
Black falcon, Blue winged parrot, Crested bellbird and ground cuckoo-shrike.

Accommodation is available with full kitchen facilities, and bookings should be 
made through the NPWS office at Cobar, Tel 02 6836 2692.  Accommodation is also 
available at the Mt. Hope hotel, Tel 02 68 977988. Please note the nearest 
service stations are at Lake Cargelligo, Hillsdon  and Cobar.

Most of the dams are dry, but the big one near the homestead is good, and also 
the smaller one at the back of the quarters.

Because of the excessive heat, I only managed to cover the south and southwest 
area of the reserve for a total of 53 species, so a return visit to explore the 
top end is required.   A full list is available on Eremaea Birds.

To be in the middle of the Mallee,  with nothing around you for Kilometres, but 
wild goats,  Emus and chicks aplenty and great birds, is a must do birding 


Jim O'Shea

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Yathong Nature Reserve. A Mallee experience, Jim and Sonia O'Shea <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU