Trip Report: Mt Isa, Lawn Hill & Bladensburg (Long)

To: martin cachard <>, "" <>
Subject: Trip Report: Mt Isa, Lawn Hill & Bladensburg (Long)
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 02:13:10 +0000
Thanks for your nice feedback Martin, and no prob re your comments about my 
trip report (at However you may have taken 
my comments slightly out of context. For instance, in terms of the distribution 
of Spinifexbird and Spinifex Pigeon, I’m aware of the population range that you 
mention. For example in July 2010, I wrote to birding-aus stating “Of interest, 
a pair of Spinifexbird has just been recorded on a spinifex covered mesa 
plateau at Mt Walker, 8.5 km south Hughenden (385 west of Townsville). A 
relatively sedentary species, this appears to be at least 200 km outside the 
northern end of its range. The closest records are from Bladensburg National 
Park (south of Winton) and Adelong Reserve (near Lake Galilee). They were 
observed last Saturday (24 July) by Peter Valentine nest building in a clump of 
spinifex near the Reay Lookout. Peter took some excellent photographs. They 
were first observed on Tuesday June 29, where (it appears) they were mistakenly 
identified as Striated Grasswren. Cheers, Tim Dolby”

I’ve noted that you followed up this report in Feb 2011. In terms of Spinifex 
Pigeon, in 2003 I visited Georgetown and specifically looked for Spinifex 
Pigeon (along Forsyth Rd from memory), unfortunately to no avail.

So, thanks again. Essentially in this case my comments weren’t meant to read 
like an Atlas-type statement about the distribution of Spinifexbird and 
Spinifex Pigeon in Qld, rather they were a generalised comment about the 
distribution link between Triodia pungens at Bladensburg (central Qld) and 
birds such as Spinifexbird, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Striated Grasswren, 
Spinifex Pigeon and Painted Finch. (Ps. you’ve missed the record of Spinifex 
Pigeon, at Granite Gorge Nature Park – this is 788 km NNE of Bladensburg. 
Thanks again ;-)

Cheers again,

Tim Dolby

From: martin cachard 
Sent: Sunday, 3 June 2012 6:41 PM
To: Tim Dolby; birding-aus threads
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Trip Report: Mt Isa, Lawn Hill & Bladensburg (Long)

Hi Tim,

What a fantastic trip you had with Greg & Tim out in the fabulous Mt Isa region 
- your report was an excellent & very sensitive piece that was a pleasure to 
read, especially from my perspective - it is one of my favourite locations to 
go birding too & always has a surprise or 3 whenever I've ventured out there 

Sorry, & I really hate doing this, but I do have a couple of minor corrections 
to point out to you from your report, however. They are to do with your mention 
of most north-easterly limits of known ranges for Spinifexbird & Spinifex 

Spinifexbirds do occur in a small & seemingly isolated population on the 
flat-top of Mt Walker, 10kms or so SE of Hughenden - this site is approx 200kms 
NE of Bladensburg NP.
Spinifex Pigeons occur commonly in the tussock grasslands in the savanna 
country around Georgetown, from at least as far east as 25kms E of Newcastle 
Range near the Einasleigh River - the Newcastle Range is some 450+ kms NNE of 
Bladensburg NP !!

Because of the large amount of km's involved in these discrepancies, I felt it 
prudent to mention them.

But Tim, what a great trip you guys must've had !!
I'm heading out that way & onto the Qld channel country again in July & I just 
can't wait - reading reports like your's, & also the recent one of Tim 
Faulkner's, only gets me even more excited!!

Well done on a great adventure & on a beautifully written piece...


Martin Cachard,


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