Trip Report: Paynes Find & Cue

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Subject: Trip Report: Paynes Find & Cue
From: John Graff <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:29:18 +0800
Hi everyone,

Here is a short highlights package from a trip by Alan Collins, Mark Newman, 
and myself to the Paynes Find & Cue areas over Easter. Our basic itinerary was 
as follows;
Friday: Perth to Wubin
Saturday: Wubin to Cue, with a deviation to Warne River
Sunday: around Cue
Monday: Cue to Kirkalocka Station (between Mt Magnet and Paynes Find)
Tuesday: Kirkalocka Station to Perth
The country seemed to be drying out, but it was still good and we had an 
amazing trip. Our only major dips were Slender-billed Thornbill and Grey 
Honeyeater (both very tricky) and night birds, which were sparse (one Tawny 
Frogmouth near Wubin, one Barn Owl between Wubin and Paynes Find, and an 
Owlet-nightjar heard at Kirkalocka). Best sightings included;

Malleefowl - 2 in a field north of Wubin
Inland Dotterel - 15+ in a stony field on Austin Downs Station
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo - A single bird along the Great Northern Hwy between 
Wubin and Paynes Find
White-browed Treecreeper - group not far from Paynes Find along the Paynes 
Find-Sandstone Rd
Gilbert's Whistler - pair at Warne River, very hard to get a good look at, but 
fortunately were calling.
Orange Chat - Small group at Lake Austin including a couple of stunning males
Banded Whiteface - 2 just before the entrance to Austin Downs Station
Slaty-backed Thornbill - 2 on Kirkalocka Station and 1 along Maranalgo Rd
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush - Three (1 male, 2 female/immature) on 
Kirkalocka Station, fantastic views!
Ground Cuckoo-shrike - Group of four on Kirkalocka Station near the 
Quail-thrush site
Masked Woodswallow - 1000+ on Austin Downs Station, smaller groups elsewhere 
around Cue
White-browed Woodswallow - 1 with Masked Woodswallows west of Cue.

Other good sightings included Little Button-quail (quite common around Cue), 
Black-breasted Buzzard (one on Austin Downs), Diamond Dove (common from Paynes 
Find north), Cockatiel (a few flocks around Mt Magnet and Cue), Mulga Parrot (a 
few sites), Budgerigar (a few flocks around Cue, no close sightings), Bourke's 
Parrot (2 at Jackson's Well on Nallan Station), Red-backed Kingfisher (1 on 
Austin Downs), Southern Whiteface (moderately common), White-fronted Honeyeater 
(a few on Austin Downs, less common than expected), Pied Honeyeater (a few on 
Austin Downs, possibly also Black), Crimson Chat (quite common around Cue), 
Grey-crowned Babbler (a few sites near Cue), Chiming Wedgebill (on Austin 
Downs, near Lake Austin, possibly at Maranalgo Rd), Crested Bellbird (common), 
Little Woodswallow (Walga Rock, just W of Cue, Kirkalocka), and Western 
Bowerbird (Austin Downs, Walga Rock, Kirkalocka).

Thanks go to Bruce Greatwich, who gave us the good gen on Lake Austin, Andrew 
Sutherland, who organised a similar trip last year and let me come along and 
get to know the area a but, and the various other birders who've posted trip 
reports from the area over the last couple of months. Also Frank O'Connor's 
website which we used for some site info.
I will do an annotated trip list at some stage, which I'm happy to send to 
anyone interested.



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