Gluepot update

Subject: Gluepot update
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 17:47:05 +1000
Hi all
A few days ago I visited Birds Australia's Gluepot Reserve ('Gluepot') (if you want to know why the complicated way of posting this name, email me privately), after over a month's absence due to various reasons (including a week's birding in NW Thailand with 150 lifers...!)
It's dry and dusty, as is to be expected this time of year, and the birds are hard to find, but all good species were present, including Striated Grasswren, Gilbert's Whistler, White-browed Treecreeper, a pair of perfectly showing Shy Heathwren, Southern Scrubrobin almost at the observers' feet; a nicely showing Owlet Nightjar; a small flock of Black-eared Miners unfortunately containing a pretty pale hybrid; and plenty of Chestnut Quail-thrushes. At one of the bird hides, 20 or 30 drinking Mulga Parrots with a few Mallee Ringnecks were quite a spectacle, as was a brilliantly coloured White-eared Honeyeater at close range.
The areas to the south of Gluepot, bunt in the Dec '06 bushfires, are recovering slowly but steadily, but the mallee trees have 1 to 1.5 m regrowth on them (from the base). Birds are starting to move into these areas again.
So all in all, it's looking promising for the next few months, with all the necessary ingredients for a promising winter and spring season - we just need the autumn rains to start, to make it all happen.
See my website below for more info.


Peter Waanders
Southern Birding Services
PO Box 420, Waikerie, 5330
South Australia
Ph. 0424 212889


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