I have just returned from that area (I'm compiling a trip report now)...
Western Grasswren (Amytornis textilis myall) is fairly easy at Wild Dog Hill
(Whyalla CP), especially in low salt-bush habitat about 50m west of the hill.
I also had several at Middleback (about 16km north of Whyalla on Iron Knob
road, right near some abandoned railway carriages), including a couple running
across the road.
This was also a great area, with Slender-billed Thornbill (race iredalei),
Crested Bellbird, Redthroat and Southern Whiteface all common.
I don't think you'll get them at Port Augusta Arid Lands BT (although this is
an excellent birding spot - heaps of Chirruping Wedgebill, Rufous Fieldwren,
Elegant Parrot, Mulga Parrot etc).
Telowie Gorge (near Pt Germain) was good for Grey-fronted Honeyeater and
Southern Scrub-robin (and Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby).
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Hylacola pyrrhopgia pedleri) - I had 2 at Alligator
Gorge, Mt Remarkable NP (Wilmington) on the highest lookout track, about 100m
from the car park.
Banded Stilt - I had a few at Port Gawler (near Cheetham Salt works).
Not sure about Bassian Thrush - Mt Lofty as Michael suggests is the best bet,
> Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:01:00 +1030
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RFI: Eyre Peninsula and Clare
> Hi Peter
> the banded stilts are a certainty in lake at entrance to Pt Augusta.
> chestnut rumped heathwren I saw recently at Alligator Gorge in Mt
> Remarkable national park(27/1/2012) although this is the first time I have
> seen them there so travelling with limited time just to see them could be a
> long shot. Alligator gorge is near Wilmington. The old wilmington rd
> leaving Stirling north to Wilmington is a good spot for arid chenopod
> birds-redthroats, chirrupping wedgebills, blue and white wrens etc. I have
> seen rufous fieldwren up a track just the Pimba side of arid lands botanic
> gardens-that was some years ago, but no reason why they still shouldn't be
> On 11 March 2012 16:42, michael wood <> wrote:
> > Hello Peter
> > The Thick-billed Grasswren can be found around Wild Dog Hill, within
> > Whyalla Conservation Park. It can also be found in suitable habitat at
> > various stops along the road from Whyalla to Iron Knob -I don't have any
> > specifics on this. Also, they can be found in vegetation immediately north
> > of Iron Knob, on the road to Kingoonya. I came across a breeding family
> > just a few hundred metres into this road from Iron Knob.
> > A good spot for the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren is the gully that leads from
> > the carpark at Telowie Gorge CP, which is south of Port August near Port
> > Germain. That's the only location I know of in that area -I am sure there
> > are others.
> > I don't like your chances for Bassian Thrush in that area. Best bet for
> > them is the Mount Lofty Ranges around Adelaide and even there they can be
> > difficult.
> > As for the other species, I'm sure someone out there can help.
> > Regards,Michael
> > Afternoon all,
> > Now that I will be restricted to holidays during Victorian School Holidays
> > we
> > have booked a trip to the Eyre Peninsula for a week with a one-night stop
> > at
> > Port Augusta on the way over and three days near Clare over the Easter
> > weekend.
> > I have a copy of the new Thomas et al. and have had a look at Peter
> > waanders
> > website (http://www.sabirding.com/sites-index.htm) and will use these for
> > the
> > basis of some of the time (particularly around Lincoln NP). However, I am
> > unlikely to get time to get to Lake Gillies CP or stop around Whyalla but
> > can
> > justify a day while at both Port Lincoln and Clare (and a few hours at Port
> > Augusta) to go bird-watching.
> > I don't have any target species, but would be keen to catch up with any
> > species
> > that are not common around Mildura so any recent information would be good
> > (for
> > example I will be looking for Banded Stilts near Port Augusta.
> > Targeted subspecies are as follows:
> > Southern Emu-wren (parimeda) - Lincoln NP?
> > Thick-billed (Western) Grasswren (myalli) - around Whyalla (for some
> > reason I
> > thought they might be at the Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta but appears
> > not -
> > I will try and visit anyway
> > Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (pedleri/parkeri) - Is there anywhere around
> > Clare
> > where this species can be seen (otherwise might try the closest spot to
> > Port
> > Augusta)
> > Western (Mallee) Whipbird (leucogaster) - Probably unlikely to be calling
> > but I
> > will try at Lincoln NP
> > Bassian Thrush (halmaturina) - again anywhere around Clare?
> > Otherwise, general recomendations of good bird-watching (or family amusing)
> > locations would be greatly appreciated.
> > Cheers,
> > Peter
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