Phil Gregory <>
Wed, 2 Dec 2009 11:40:00 +1000
Two nights in Georgetown Nov 27 and 28, very hot and dry with little
surface water, Cumberland Dam being really low and other farm dams
similarly at a very low level.
Notable sightings were:
Emu- a male and 3 chicks by Mt. Surprise and a male with one chick
Brolga 3 at Latara Resort and 2 at Cumberland Dam.
Australian Pratincole 3 at Cumberland Dam.
Varied Lorikeet- 30+ in small flocks at the toxic waste dam at
Cumberland, my first record from the Georgetown area. No sign of any
Budgerigars or Cockatiel though, two species which are pretty regular
Squatter Pigeon - we saw about 70 on one day, with 26 at the toxic
waste dam and 26 in the Goldfields caravan park, very much in
evidence, although we found no Common Bronzewings at a regular site.
White-throated Gerygone Cumberland Dam, no sign of any Western
Gerygone this trip.
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater very scarce, a single at Cumberland and 2 at
Red-throated Honeyeater common.
Variegated Fairywren Durham Dam
Red-backed Fairywren same
Paperbark Flycatcher 3 at Cumberland Dam.
Grey-crowned Babbler very few.
Black-throated Finch- 8 at the toxic waste dam and about 10 at Durham
Dam. Whilst on this species I omitted to mention we had 8 at Marina
Plains homestead on Cape York on the Lotusbird Lodge trip.
Masked Finch- 2 by the racetrack and 6 at Durham Dam.
Zebra Finch hardly any, a couple at Durham Dam was it.
Phil & Sue Gregory
tour organizers/ bird guide/ ornithological writer
Sicklebill Safaris / Cassowary House
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