Lake Gilles / Strzelecki Track SA, June 2010

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Subject: Lake Gilles / Strzelecki Track SA, June 2010
From: "Steve Potter" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:53:27 +0930
Hi Folks,
Just returned from a brief but satisfying trip to the Strzelecki track in
Participators: Steve Potter and Bert Harris.

Monday: Leaving Adelaide at 3am, we did a slight detour (300kms return) to
Lake Gilles to check out Western Yellow Robin (Steve) and Rufous
Tree-creeper (Bert). Also the fact that the lake was full of water!! Nice.
A quick stop at Iron Knob totally failed to find local race of Thick-billed
Grasswren (Myall) but did produce Red-throat. 
Lunch at Arid Lands in Pt Augusta was quiet but still saw Chirruping
Wedgebill and White-backed Swallow - Two birds common for the rest of the
trip north.
7pm We arrived at the freshened up Mt. Lyndhurst station. Nice one Bill!!

Tuesday: Up early to head up the track 270kms to the Strzelecki crossing.
Various stops revealed a bag full of great birds. The country is looking
amazing with a tinge of green everywhere since the huge rains in February.
Highlights were, Banded Whiteface, Eyrean Grasswren and TWO pair of nesting
Letter-wing Kites at one location with a Black-shouldered thrown in for good
measure. Big numbers of Budgies and Zebra Finch. Black Falcon on the way up.
Inland Dotteral and Barn Owl on the Track on the Way Back.
The other highlight was seeing the Strzelecki crossing still with water in
it, though not moving. 100+ Straw-necked Ibis, a doz. of White-necked Heron,
Pallid Cuckoo and a few Cockatiel.
We did the drive back (230km of dirt) in 2.5 hours. The last hour in the
dark which I wouldn't recommend. Very close call with an on-coming car as we
were both in the middle of the Road!!

Wednesday: Early start at Rusty Car site produced Thick-billed GW,
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (completing the trifecta) and a few others. The
two gates site gave us Cinnamon Quail-Thrush. The only real dip was Rufous
We detoured via the Flinders Ranges on the return trip to find Short-tailed
GW at Stokes Hill. The Flinders also is looking brilliant with lots of
greenery and water in the creeks. Its going to be a great spring!
Home via a Schnitty at the Quorn Pub.

Great trip and thanks again to Bill from Mt. Lyndhurst, and John Turner (SA)
for all the good oil on the track.

Steve Potter
m: 0407 398 234
Full List:
Australian Pelican 
White-necked Heron 
Great Egret 
Straw-necked Ibis
Australian Wood Duck 
Black-shouldered Kite 
Letter-winged Kite 
Black Kite 
Spotted Harrier 
Wedge-tailed Eagle 
Brown Falcon 
Black Falcon 
Nankeen Kestrel 
Inland Dotterel 
Black-fronted Dotterel 
Banded Lapwing 
Masked Lapwing 
Silver Gull 
Crested Pigeon 
Diamond Dove 
Little Corella 
Australian Ringneck 
Red-rumped Parrot 
Mulga Parrot 
Elegant Parrot 
Pallid Cuckoo 
Southern Boobook 
Barn Owl 
Laughing Kookaburra 
White-backed Swallow 
Welcome Swallow 
Tree Martin 
Fairy Martin 
Rufous Treecreeper 
Splendid Fairy-wren 
Variegated Fairy-wren 
White-winged Fairy-wren 
Short-tailed Grasswren 
Eyrean Grasswren (Life)
Thick-billed Grasswren 
Inland Thornbill 
Yellow-rumped Thornbill 
Southern Whiteface 
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface 
Banded Whiteface (Life)
Red Wattlebird 
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater 
Noisy Miner 
Yellow-throated Miner 
Singing Honeyeater 
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater 
White-plumed Honeyeater 
Brown-headed Honeyeater 
White-fronted Honeyeater 
Crimson Chat 
White-fronted Chat 
Jacky Winter 
Red-capped Robin 
Western Yellow Robin (Life)
White-browed Babbler 
Chirruping Wedgebill 
Cinnamon Quail-thrush 
Crested Bellbird 
Gilbert's Whistler 
Rufous Whistler 
Grey Shrike-thrush 
Grey Fantail 
Willie Wagtail 
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike 
White-winged Triller 
White-browed Woodswallow 
Black-faced Woodswallow 
Grey Butcherbird 
Australian Magpie 
Grey Currawong 
Australian Raven 
Little Crow 
White-winged Chough 
Richard's Pipit 
House Sparrow 
Zebra Finch 
Rufous Songlark 
Brown Songlark 


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