Trip report for Alice Springs to Adelaide, Jan and Feb 2010

Subject: Trip report for Alice Springs to Adelaide, Jan and Feb 2010
From: Christopher Watson <>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:10:36 +0930
*Trip Report – NT and Outback SA*

* 28/1/2010 to 15/2/2010*

* *

A trip I did recently from Alice Springs to Adelaide and back again taking
in Uluru and King’s Canyon, Coober Pedy, the Oodnadatta track south of
William Creek, Bopechee to Roxby Downs, the Flinders Ranges and Port

Considering I was working at the time running a tour for people who were not
really birdos the list turned out pretty good. I wasn’t birding very hard as
my work took precedence but the weather of late has really brought the birds
out so I was ticking them up pretty well anyway.


Collared Sparrowhawks nesting in the gum trees at the northern end of the
median strip in front of the roadhouse at Marla.

A total count of 48 Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos from Alice to Coober

11 Australian Spotted Crakes at the Coober Pedy Sewage run-off, where there
was also a lone Hardhead and a lone Grey Teal

A Little Eagle and a Brown Goshawk nesting within the locked compound at the
Coober Pedy sewage works. No access but good views from outside.

Other Coober Pedy irregularities include a heat distressed Barbary Dove
allowing itself to be handled and manually fed some water. Rufous Fieldwren
at the sewage run-off, and more Red-backed Kingfishers than I have ever seen
there – I lost count after I got to 30 as they were sitting on every power
line and post I drove past.

Inland Dotterels giving great views all along the road from Coober Pedy to
Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, which, although it has some water, was devoid of
birdlife when we were there.

A baker’s dozen of Cinnamon Quail-thrush outside the pub at William Creek
allowing close approach and great views.

3 Yellow-billed Spoonbills and 6 Hoary-headed Grebes at the Beresford
railway siding which has flooded out beautifully since the rain came

Spotted Harrier just north of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

Short-tailed Grasswren seen several time at Stokes’ Hill Lookout.

Brown-headed Honeyeater and Diamond Firetail seen in good numbers at
Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Reserve.

Great numbers of waders still at St.Kilda mud flats including all the usual
suspects as well as 6 Elegant Parrots on the shore.

Australian Bustard moving nonchalantly across the road near Marla on the
trip back north.

All in all a great trip, with some extraordinary weather forcing a few
detours as many of the roads through the Flinders Ranges were completely cut
by the flash flooding of the Boolcunda. Spectacular stuff.

Complete list in order of sighting;

Magpie Lark


Australian Ringneck

Yellow-throated Miner

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Black Kite

Crested Pigeon

Australian Magpie

Zebra Finch

Brown Falcon

Nankeen Kestrel

Pied Honeyeater

Pied Butcherbird

Diamond Dove

Tree Martin

Fairy Martin

Little Crow

Torresian Crow

Black-faced Woodswallow

Willy Wagtail

White-plumed Honeyeater

Black-breasted Buzzard

Whistling Kite

Little Woodswallow


Crimson Chat

Variegated Fairy-wren

Spinifex Pigeon’

Rufous Whistler

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Grey Shrike-thrush

Australian Pipit


Singing Honeyeater

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Welcome Swallow

Collared Sparrowhawk

Black-fronted Dotterel

Australian Spotted Crake

Little Grassbird

White-winged Fairy-wren


Grey Teal

Little Eagle

Red-backed Kingfisher

Rufous Fieldwren

Rock Dove

Barbary Dove

Rainbow Bee-eater

Orange Chat


Inland Dotterel

Cinnamon Quail-thrush

House Sparrow

Little Corella

Masked Lapwing

Chirruping Wedgebill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Hoary-headed Grebe

Australian Raven

Common Starling

Silver Gull

Spotted Harrier

Peaceful Dove

White-necked Heron

Grey-crowned Babbler

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Mulga Parrot

Southern Whiteface

Red-capped Robin



Red-browed Pardalote

Common Bronzewing

Laughing Kookaburra

Striated Pardalote

Short-tailed Grasswren

Varied Sitella

White-browed Babbler

Dusky Woodswallow

Crimson Rosella

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Inland Thornbill

Diamond Firetail

Australian Wood Duck

Black Swan

Spotted Turtle Dove

Noisy Miner

Rainbow Lorikeet

Eastern Rosella

New Holland Honeyeater

Purple Swamphen

Eurasian Coot

Pied Cormorant

Black-shouldered Kite

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Black-winged Stilt

Elegant Parrot

Australian Pelican

Intermediate Egret

White-faced Heron

Little Pied Cormorant

Eastern Great Egret

Common Sandpiper

Common Greenshank

Swamp Harrier

Red Wattlebird

Dusky Moorhen

Grey Currawong

Red-rumped Parrot

Australian Reed-warbler

Blue Bonnet

Australian Bustard

Crested Bellbird

Total 116 species.

Happy days.


 Chris Watson

Alice Springs

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