rufous crowned emu wren/dusky grasswren

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Subject: rufous crowned emu wren/dusky grasswren
From: "gary wright" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 16:44:39 +0930
Went for a walk on a section of stage 3 Larapinta trail today and on the high 
section on the alternative track approx 7 kms west of Jay Creek I saw rufous 
crowned emu wrens-good views not being secretive.  In fact it was blowing a 
gale and I could still hear them callign which is saying something given my 
hearing!  They were hopping across ground and sitting on top of spinifex.  this 
is the first time in walking for over a year regularly in the McDonell ranges I 
have seen rufous crowned.  approx 1 km west of this point I saw dusky 
grasswrens again spinifex habitat on the ridge.  I have also seen them recently 
on the section of stage 3 where if you are walkign east from Standley Chasm you 
are walking along creekbed with spinfex on the hillside.

In the time I have been in Alice Springs I often think how much good spinifex 
habitat there is and so few rufous crowned emu wrens and dusky grasswrens.  
Certainly the dusky grasswrens don't need good mature spinifex as they are 
frequently seen on Mt Gillen which doesn't have any spinifex at all and very 
little ground cover-in fact it appears to be poor habitat, but the grasswrens 
live there.

The larapinta trail is out from alice springs.


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