Black Grasswren & Red-legged Crake trip

To: "Carl Billingham" <>
Subject: Black Grasswren & Red-legged Crake trip
From: "gary wright" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 14:25:13 +0930


Below is excerpt from my notes from trip to Mitchell Falls  national park-
little mertens falls is a short way from the campground in Mitchell's falls
national park.  I had searched many places for them, but to no avail.  They
are one of those birds I think that there is little point searching, but
perhaps you just have to wait, although once seen I was able to follow them
back up the hill.  I was put on to little mertens falls and waiting close to
dawn, by others in the campground who had seen them. Little mertens falls is
situated on walk out to Mitchell falls close to campsite.

In terms of your one week max time frame, the distances are large and travel
particularly once you turn off the Kalumburu road and head towards Mitchell
falls is slow!   Red Goshawk is a possibility as well in Mitchell falls

.  "I got the Black throated grasswren at little mertens falls on the north
or right hand side going out from campground by being there early in the
morning and waiting until I heard some wren like calls.  Unlike white
throated grasswren the birds could be carefully followed for good
Good luck


---- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Billingham" <>
To: "Birding Aus" <>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 9:51 PM
Subject: Black Grasswren & Red-legged Crake trip

I am considering a trip to see my only remaining Grasswren, the Black
Grasswren, but I have been considering combining it with a trip to see the
vagrant Red-legged Crake as well.  I have limited time and would probably
fly into Broome and hire a car from there.

Firstly, I would be interested in anyone that might be interested in
joining us on the trip and sharing costs.   I intend car camping,
travelling light and intend heading off in a week or two.  I don't have
much time available to me so it will be a short sharp trip - say a week

Secondly, I would appreciate any information anybody can provide on the

Details of likely and easily accessible sites for finding Black Grasswren?
Will I need a 4WD to access the site?
Contact details for the owner/manager of properties if access is required?
Is there anybody I should contact directly for information before heading
up there?

Thanks in advance for any assistance anybody can provide. I shall be away
for the next few days out west but shall look forward to any information,
anybody can provide.


Carl Billingham
Brisbane, Queensland
0423 596 766


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