I did a brief, but successful 4 day mission to Alice early November this
year prior to a 2 week sojourn in Indonesia.
Flew Qantas to Alice from Adelaide. Arrived 11am. Grabbed Hire car. After
checking into the MacDonald Range Holiday Park, I went straight to Alice
Plaza for the sewerage treatment plant key from NT Power and water office.
Next -Olive Pink Botanic Garden for Western Bowerbird! Brilliant and bower
not bad either.
Headed over t the Treatment works and picked a few nice WW Black Terns as
well as the usual suspects in such places.
Next headed out to Kunnoth Bore. Spent most of the time scoping the place
and checking accesses to the bore. Not easy as there is now carpets of 3-4
foot high plants everywhere!! Then spent an hour walking up and down the
Tanami road looking for Grey Honeyeaters with no success.
Next day up early to head out to Ormiston Gorge. Did the Pound walk which
was awesome. Did see the sign about swimming at the beginning but took
little notice!! Saw Dusky Grasswrens, Painted Finch and Spinifex birds all
very clearly! Also many pairs of Spinifex Pigeon on the track. They all
displayed the same disregard for my presence allowing me to get within 3
feet of them and then pointed their bums at me?? Unusual.... Saw a Nice fat
well cared for Dingo as well.
When I had done almost the complete loop in 4 hours, I came to the part
where you "MAY" have to swim. Here I was faced with a 80-100 meter swim
across a lagoon bordered by unscaleable rock walls on each side. With
scratched, sore legs and not much drinking water left, the option to turn
around was devastating, especially as there was less than 500 meters of the
track to go!!. I decided to swim with my bag held above my head. With
camera, Binoculars and car Keys all wrapped in plastic I set off only to
find my bag was sinking me. Eventually a well timed chance meeting with a
European Tourist saved me by us both swimming with it together.
Still a very cool time!
Early next am saw me on Santa Teresa Road. Despite the Spinifex being over
head high??? (I had seen it waist high in Gluepot only 2 weeks earlier and
had no success in finding Striated Grasswrens) I had great views of
Rufous-crowned Emuwren, more Spinifexbirds and the first of the Red-backed
Kingfishers. Parrots started to number up as well with Cockatiel, Budgie,
Mulgas, ringnecks and many others all gathering around.
The rest of the day was spent at the Treatment plant and Emily / Jessi gap
area. Then another evening out at Kunnoth Bore. This time I saw Slaty-backed
Thornbills, and got brilliant views of Bourke's Parrot on the Tanami Road.
On walking back to the car close to Dusk I was "buzzed" with a flyby of a
lone Flock Bronzewing?? Brilliant.
Last day and I did a pre-dawn start with Chris Watson out north of Alice.
After spilling Coffee all trough his brand new Robson's Birds of South-east
Asia... (Hope the other book arrives soon) we set off and one of the first
birds seen at dawn was a GREY FALCON. Good start I thought!! He was doing
back flips! In seeing this I realise that I had actually seen 2 the day
before at Jessi gap but was not able to clearly id them.
We finished with Breaky at the bakery and I spent the rest of the morning
packing and headed back to the airport for a noon flight - business class.
Home by 3.30.
In Closing I did not see a Princess parrot and I had a most excellent time
seeing the region in GLORIOUS colour and splendour. A once in a lifetime
Little Black Cormorant
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Falcon 10 L
Little Button-quail10 L
Black-tailed Godwit 10
White-winged Black Tern 10
Flock Bronzewing 10 L
Spinifex Pigeon 10
Bourke's Parrot 10 L
Red-backed Kingfisher 10
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren 10 L
Dusky Grasswren 10 L
Red-browed Pardalote 10
Western Gerygone 10
Slaty-backed Thornbill 10 L
Grey-headed Honeyeater 10 L
Black Honeyeater 10
Little Woodswallow 10
Western Bowerbird 10 L
Painted Finch 10 L
Spinifexbird 10 L
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