Trip Report: Wubin to Nallan Station via Mt Gibson, Payne’s Find & Warne

Subject: Trip Report: Wubin to Nallan Station via Mt Gibson, Payne’s Find & Warne River 23-26 October 2009
From: Mark Stanley <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:52:59 +0800
Hi Peter,

We visited Cue late last October and stayed at Nallan Station, as suggested
by FOC. Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush were common along the tracks east of
the station homestead, Western Bowerbird was in residence at the homestead,
we saw Slaty-backed Thornbills west of the homestead, Chiming Wedgebill at
FOC's Banded Whiteface site but dipped on Grey Honeyeater which we looked
for at multiple sites in the area and further south. See annotated list
below. You might want more than a day or two - it is a long drive!

Mark Stanley

*Trip Report: Wubin to Nallan Station via Mt Gibson, Payne’s Find & Warne
River 23-26 October 2009 by Mark Stanley and Marieke Weerheim*

*Species*  *Comments*

Emu  Many family parties with half grown young.

Hoary-headed Grebe 3-4 at Nallan Lake

Great-crested Grebe 1 juvenile at Nallan Lake

Great Cormorant 1 at Nallan Lake

White-faced Heron 1 at Nallan Lake

Grey Teal On roadside water bodies from Wubin to Mt Gibson but not seen
further north.

Australian Shelduck 2 at Nallan Lake

Maned Duck  12 at Nallan Lake

Pacific Black Duck 2 at Nallan Lake

Pink-eared Duck 10 at Nallan Lake

Musk Duck  1 at Nallan Lake

Black-breasted Buzzard 2 at Nallan Lake

Black Kite  1 at Nallan Lake & 1 near Cue

Whistling Kite  28 between Nallan Station and Cue

Australian Goshawk 2 sightings

Collared Sparrowhawk 1 sighting

Wedge-tailed Eagle Common along roads and at Nallan Lake

Little Eagle  1 near Mt Gibson

Australian Kestrel Many

Australian Hobby 1 near Payne's Find

Brown Falcon  Many

Australian Bustard 1 ~10 km south of Payne's Find

Pied Stilt  8 at Nallan Lake

Banded Lapwing Pair at Warne River

Red-kneed Dotterel 23 at Nallan Lake

Red-capped Plover 15 at Nallan Lake

Black-fronted Dotterel 20 at Nallan Lake

Little Curlew  1 at Nallan Lake

Marsh Sandpiper 3 at Nallan Lake

Common Greenshank 7 at Nallan Lake

Wood Sandpiper 1 at Nallan Lake

Red-necked Stint 2 at Nallan Lake

Long-toed Stint 1 at Nallan Lake

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at Nallan Lake

Silver Gull  3 at Nallan Lake

Gull-billed Tern 1 over Payne's Find

Laughing dove 1 near Cue

Common Bronzewing Common especially at wells in evening

Crested Pigeon Very common

Diamond Dove 2 seen + others heard at Nallan Lake

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo 1 near Mt Gibson

Galah  Numerous

Western Corella Flock near Mt Gibson

Cockatiel  Common from Mt Gibson and further North

Port Lincoln Ringneck 2 at Millie Soak

Mulga Parrot  Common on Nallan station

Bourke's Parrot Many between Payne's Find and Warne River; came to trough at
Jackson Well, Nallan Station

Budgerigar Small parties in mixed flocks with Crimson Chats, WW Trillers and
Masked Woodswallows

Regent Parrot  A few sightings near Mt Gibson

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Couple of occasions

Spotted Nightjar One on road to next station

Red-backed Kingfisher 1 at Warne River

Rainbow Bee-eater 1 at Nallan Lake

White-backed Swallow 1 at Payne's Find

Welcome Swallow Mostly near wells - not hat homestead.

Tree Martin  Nesting in homestead cottage

Australasian Pipit More or less everywhere

Black-faced Cuckooshrike Nesting beside cottage

White-winged Triller Common - often in mixed flocks of other species,
particularly Crimson Chats

Willie Wagtail  Nesting beside cottage

Rufous Songlark Heard often, seen at Payne's Find

Grey-crowned Babbler Common on Nallan Station

White-browed Babbler Occurred on Nallan Station

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush Common on Nallan Station

Chiming Wedgebill Seen at entrance to Austin Downs Station

Crested Bellbird Common throughout

Rufous Whistler Very common

Grey Shrike-thrush Heard more often than seen

Hooded Robin  One pair in the East of Nallan Station

Red-capped robin Very common

Variegated Fairy-wren Common at Warne River but not seen further north

Splendid Fairy-wren Common including at Nallan Lake

White-winged Fairy-wren Very common on nearly all samphire

Redthroat  Reasonably common on Nallan Station and elsewhere.

Weebill  Common at Mt Gibson, less so as one moves north

Inland Thornbill Common throughout

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Common throughout

Slaty-backed Thornbill Less common than Chestnut-rumped but present in many

Yellow-rumped Thornbill Locally common on Nallan Station

Southern Whiteface Very common on Nallan Station and elsewhere

Banded Whiteface Seen at entrance to Austin Downs Station

Crimson Chat  Common in mixed flocks.

White-fronted Chat One part south of Mt Gibson

Mistletoebird Commonly heard. Seen at a number of locations especially Warne

Striated Pardalote Seen around Mt Gibson but not heard north of Payne's Find

Pied Honeyeater Associated with mixed flocks of Chats etc but usually only a
few individuals

Singing Honeyeater Abundant almost everywhere

White-eared Honeyeater Only in treed area near Mt Gibson'

White-plumed Honeyeater Very common around homestead

White-fronted Honeyeater Abundant in places, including around airstrip

Yellow-throated Miner Common throughout

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Very vocal and common throughout.

Red wattlebird Not seen north of Payne's Find but thought to be heard near

Black Honeyeater Odd individuals in many locations.

Brown Honeyeater Reasonably common around station.

Magpielark  Very common everywhere.

Masked Woodswallow Many large flocks at various locations

Black-faced Woodswallow Small groups everywhere

Little Woodswallow One at breakaway 60 km NE of Cue 26.81455 S, 117.56618 E

Grey Butcherbird Occasional individuals.

Pied Butcherbird Very common.

Australian Magpie Not very common north of Payne's Find but still about.

Western Bowerbird Quite common from Payne's Find northwards. Bower at

Torresian Crow Common from Wubin and further north

Little Crow Very common around Nallan Lake, Station and Cue, decreasing
towards Payne's Find. Not definitely seen south of Payne's Find

Australian Raven Gradually replace by crows. Not definitely seen north of Mt

Zebra Finch  Abundant from Payne's Find north

*Missed Birds*:

Orange Chat Tried at FOC's mentioned spots and at 26.95272 S, 117.58261 E on
a few occasions as they were seen in large numbers here in March this year

Stender-billed Thornbill Kept a look out for these in same samphire habitat
as the Orange chat

Grey Honeyeater Kept a look out for this species in all the reported spots
and used play-back but to no avail.
Message: 8
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:00:51 +1030
From: Peter Waanders <>
Subject: RFI Cue - Mt Magnet, WA
To: Birding Aus <>
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Hi all
It's likely I'll be heading to WA in a couple of months time and will have a
spare day or two, during which I thought I might look for Chestnut-breasted
Quail-thrush, Chiming Wedgebill, Grey Honeyeater, Slaty-backed Thornbill and
Western Bowerbird.
>From Frank O'Connor's website and a couple of tripreports in the B-A
archives it looks like the Cue - Mt Magnet area is my best bet for these
species. Unfortunately most of the information I've come across is 5 to 10
years old. Does anyone have any recent info on the area or other likely
sites where I might find these species?

Peter Waanders

Southern Birding Services

PO Box 420
Waikerie, South Australia

mob.: 0438 882675

sat.: 0424 212889

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