Strzelecki Track-Innamincka-Tibooburra Trip report

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Subject: Strzelecki Track-Innamincka-Tibooburra Trip report
From: "Alana Dare" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 21:30:27 +0930
Hi All,

We have just returned from an eight day trip from Adelaide up the Strzelecki 
Track to Innamincka, visiting Coongie Lakes and then heading to Tibooburra via 
Cameron Corner and home through White Cliffs and Broken Hill. There has been 
good rainfall around Innamincka and the country is relatively lush.There were 
flocks of budgies first seen at Lyndhurst and then all the time until we were a 
good way south of Broken Hill. Zebra Finches were ubiquitous and Fairy Martins 
were busy flying in and out of their their bottle-shaped nests in every culvert.
What we didn't see, remarkably, was a single Wedge-tailed Eagle for the whole 
first seven days of the trip. There was plenty of road kill, which was well 
attended by Kites and Crows but no Wedgies until we were 100kms south of Broken 
Hill on the Barrier Highway, when we saw one pair and then a group of five 
within the space of a few kms and that was it. Where have all the Eagles gone? 
Maybe it's scarcity of rabbits through the drought?

Following is a list of some of the more interesting birds:

Australian Pratincole          First one just north of Moomba and from then on 
they were numerous on the plains. We counted fifteen in one flock.
Inland Dotterel                    A pair feeding with the first Pratincoles we 
saw . A pair with two chicks on the way to Coongie Lakes.Five on the plains 
near Innamincka.
Eyrean Grasswren              One at Art Baker Lookout on the Track and two in 
canegrass on top of dunes 15kms west of Cameron Corner.           
Thick-billed Grasswren       A` group of four about 100m from the old car at Mt 
Rufous Fieldwren               A pair at Art Baker Lookout on the Strzelecki 
Banded Lapwing                A pair with a chick at at Dean's Bore on the 
Strzelecki Track.Flock of at least ten on the plains between Cameron's Corner 
and Tibooburra. A few south of Broken Hill.
Gibberbird                          Two at 186 kms along the Strzelecki track. 
Another three a few kms on.
Cinnamon Quail Thrush      A`pair and then a group of four about 220kms up the 
Crimson Chat                      First seen on the Strzelecki and then there 
were flocks everywhere in suitable habitat.
Orange Chat                       First seen at Art Baker Lookout and then they 
kept bobbing up, feeding with the Crimsons, though not as numerous.
Letter-winged Kite              Two nesting pairs halfway up the Strzelecki 
Black Falcon                      Three in the north eastern section of Sturt NP
Australian Hobby                A` pair 196 kms up the Track
Pink-eared Duck                 Groups of two and three on the small dams on 
the road to Tibooburra from Cameron's Corner.
Blue-billed Duck                 Coongie Lakes
Musk Duck                          Broken Hill Reservoir
Black-tailed Native Hen      Hundreds at South Myers Tank in Sturt NP
Red-backed Kingfisher       Sturt NP on Jump Up Loop
Plumed Whistling Duck      Flock of at least a thousand on Coopers Creek near 
the Burke and Wills Bridge. Flock of a few hundred South Myers Tank Sturt NP.
Diamond Dove                   The most numerous and widespread of all species 
Flock Bronzewing              On the plains north of Innamincka in very small 
groups, feeding on the ground early morning. Small groups flying over in Sturt 
Black-eared Cuckoo           One on the Granites Walk at Tibooburra.
Black Honeyeater               A`pair on the dunes 10 kms south of Innamincka
Red-browed Pardalote       On the Granites Walk
Ground Cuckoo Shrike       An adolescent on the Granites Walk
Cockatiel                            Small flocks north of Innamincka and a 
large flock on the dam in Sturt NP. A pair at Mutawinji NP north of Broken Hill.
Spotted Nightjar                 Five hawking for insects under lights at the 
park east end of Tibooburra.
Chirruping Wedgebill         Just after the Merty Merty turn-off. One also by 
the dam near the White Cliffs cemetery.
Bluebonnet                         Three sitting on trees near White Cliffs 
Bustard                               Three on the Jump Up drive in Sturt NP

If you are in Tibooburra, which is a fantastic spot for birds, have a drink in 
The Family Hotel. The murals by Clifton Pugh shouldn't be missed!

Thanks to all the those who have posted previous reports on this area and 
especially John Turner, Peter Waanders and Graham Turner for their valuable 

Alana and Greg

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