Birding Uluru-Kata Tjuta Natioanl Park 16-19 October

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Subject: Birding Uluru-Kata Tjuta Natioanl Park 16-19 October
From: AJ Knue <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 22:04:00 -0700
Hello All-

I just ended 3+ days at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and thought I would 
post some highlights. We had some amazing weather with daytime highs 19-23 C 
and a virtual lack of flies. Flowers were pretty abundant and everything was 
green. Birds were likewise abundant. Masked Woodswallows were present in the 
many hundreds if not thousands along the roadsides. Pied Honeyeater was also 
everywhere- you could randomly stop anywhere and hear one singing. Saw one 
Black Honeyeater this morning along the road near the Cultural Center. Also 
found 2 singing Redthroats- one at the junction of the road to Kata Tjuta and  
and the road to Kaltukatjura/ WA and another on the Liru Walk about half way ro 
the Mala Walk. Other noteworthy birds- I had several vocal Chiming Wedgebills 
at the Kata Tjuta Sunset Viewing area- one gave me the opportunity to watch him 
at leisure while he foraged and sang; I also had Black-chested Buzzard nearly 
everytime I visited the area around the Cultural Center; and White-backed 
Swallows were nesting as close as 15 kms to Yulara along the Lasseter HIghway.

I totally missed Slaty-backed Thornbill despite looking in what I thought were 
all the right places. Also no sign of Grey Honeyeater or any quail-thrushes. 
But I loved being back in the Red Center and look forward to returning again.

God birding, Alan

AJ Knue

Seattle, Washington, USA                                          
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