Alice Springs

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Subject: Alice Springs
From: "Alana Dare" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 18:08:00 +1000
Hi All,

Thanks to all those who responded to my RFI on Alice Springs. We have just 
spent six days up there and it was wonderful because they have had so much 
rain. The desert is lush with eremophilas in bloom, attracting flocks of Pied 
Honeyeaters and there are budgies swarming over the grassy plains. The whole 
area is filled with their chattering. To see them flying in flocks to roost is 
a brilliant spectacle.
The only bird we missed was the Grey Honeyeater and even that had been seen in 
the Botanical Gardens by others during our stay. That is a great place to go to 
see the Western Bowerbird, where we saw three intermittently squabbling and 
building the bower.
Below is a list of some of the other birds we saw

Grey-headed HEs [everywhere]
Cockatiels [two flocks flying over]
Slaty-backed Thornbills [Kunoth Bore]
Black-eared Cuckoo [near Fish Hole]
Dusky Grasswren
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren [on the Santa Teresa road where the spinifex habitat 
Spinifexbird [on the road to Arltunga]
Red-backed Kingfisher
Painted Finch [halfway up Mount Gillen]
Spinifex Pigeons [ Arltunga, but these were more difficult than we had 
expected. We couldn't find a single one in the West MacDonnells]
Diamond Doves
Major Mitchell Cockatoo [ on the road just past Honeymoon Gap]
Red-browed Pardalote
Crimson Chats
White-winged Triller
Little Button-Quail


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