Flock Bronzewings in the Channel Country

To: Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Flock Bronzewings in the Channel Country
From: Jon King <>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 23:20:15 -0700 (PDT)
Just a quick message regarding another large aggregation of Flock Bronzewings 
we recently found, this time near Bedourie in the Channel Country of far SW 
Queensland. On 15 July we had 210 in a few small groups in late morning in the 
green valley 2.3km E of Cluny Homestead on the Diamantina Developmental Road, 
about 23km S of Bedourie.

We camped in town, and on the evening of 16 July birded the same area in the 
couple of hours before dusk to see what transpired. By 1645 (nearly 1.5 hours 
before sunset) there were already hundreds of bronzewings flying around in the 
valley. They were moving back and forth to water in the next interdune area to 
the west, just SE of the Cluny Homestead, and then moved to a roost. This we 
found was best observed from the highway 3.3km E of the homestead turning at 
24d 30m 58.5s S 139d 37m 02.6s E. The roost ended up totalling at least 2820 
birds, and was about 1km S of this GPS point. Shortly before sunset, the whole 
flock got up and resettled a few hundred metres away from the earlier spot, 
which was quite spectacular to see, even at that distance.

Basically there were great flight views of many hundreds throughout the area 
between one and four kms east of Cluny from at least 1630 to about 1800.

Good birding, Jon and Anne King.


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, 
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Flock Bronzewings in the Channel Country, Jon King <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU