Kimberley Trip

To: "'Sue & Phil Gregory'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Kimberley Trip
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 20:00:29 +1000
Hi Phil

Very good trip report.

What do you mean by "the very distinctive Kimberley Pied Imperial-Pigeon".
Is there a distinctive feature of a race I don't know about?



-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Sue & Phil Gregory
Sent: Wednesday, 5 September 2007 5:18 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Kimberley Trip

Just back from a trip to the Mitchell Plateau, my first visit there  
and a few surprises, not least being the great state of the  
previously notorious Gibb River Road, now just a few corrugations and  
no major dramas. It took us about 4.5 hours from Kununurra to the  
Kalumburu turn off, an hour to Drysdale Station, an hour and a half  
to the Mitchell Plateau turn-off, and then about 2 hours to drive the  
80 km there to the camp site. Two punctures were a reminder to have  
two spares however.....
Black Grasswren was of course the main objective and it was hard, it  
took us about 8 hours on the first day before we found them opposite  
the rock art shelter just before Big Mertens Falls. A male showed  
very nicely in the end, and another bird was calling in the rocks out  
of sight. Chris Eastwood was not with us for this one, so we had to  
repeat it again for him later, this time getting onto an obliging  
male in the Thomas and Thomas site just over the creek by the  
campsite en route to Little Mertens falls- thanks to Don for finding  
it initially and giving us a call so we could track it down later.
Kimberley Honeyeater was scarce, I was impressed by how different the  
voice is to White-lined and we managed to get good looks at a couple  
of birds, my second lifer of the trip.
Other notable were Southern Boobook and Barn Owl, Partridge Pigeon  
(just 1 of the yellow facial skinned taxon), lots of White-quilled  
Rock-Pigeon, the very distinctive Kimberley Pied Imperial-Pigeon,  
Chestnut-backed Buttonquail (I), Green-backed Gerygone, Bar-breasted  
We had a Black-breasted Buzzard en route too, near the El Questro  
turn-off, and quite a few Spinifex Pigeon along that route, plus a  
flock of about 70 Pictorella Mannikin at the lookout west of the  
Pentecost River crossing

Thanks to Don Hadden for sharing info and fixing a flat for us (it  
blew as we entered Kununurra Don!), and to George Swann (who was  
another lifer for me) for more gen, cool beers and a great Bradshaw  
rock art shelter. Also to Dave and Chris for the chance to make the  

Phil Gregory

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