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

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Subject: Trip Report: Mt Isa, Lawn Hill & Bladensburg (Long)
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:18:59 +1030
Hi Peter, Thanks for that, it seems that race rowleyi is seen on stoney-ground 
often, as well as sandy ground sometimes. For my 2 cents worth, my best time of 
day for any grasswren observation is about mid-day - so much for the early 
risers....!! Rgds  Martin Cachard
 > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Trip Report: Mt Isa, Lawn Hill & Bladensburg 
 > (Long)
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> Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:31:09 +1000
> To: ; 
> Martin said::
> ""I have been wondering for quite some time what everyone thinks about the 
> distinctive race 'rowleyi' Striated Grasswren preferred habitat is - in my 
> experience with this race, I've only found them on SAND-PLAIN spinifex in 
> Bladensburg NP & in the general Opalton area, NOT on rocky ground with 
> spinifex. BUT  I noticed the other day that on Tim Faulkner's trip recently 
> to Opalton area that there is an image showing the bird inhabiting spinifex 
> on ROCKY ground !! This is something that I didn't know about. It seems maybe 
> this race is more of a generalist & inhabits sandy & rocky ground. Does 
> anyone care to share their experiences of this race so far as habitat 
> preference is concerned...?? Is Graeme Chapman out there to comment?? Cheers 
> for now, Martin Cachard""
> My wife, Bev, and I saw the Striated Grasswren on the top of a rocky hill 
> just past Opalton last year.  It seemed to be the place that had been 
> described on Eremaea (I think).  Two were in clear view as they bounded 
> across a rocky ledge with not much spinifex on it.  A short time after, we 
> saw another getting about, still on the ledge, but in a larger clump of 
> spinifex.  We could not be sure it was a third, but it think it was.  That 
> was about 1pm.
> Later, Bev heard some down on the flat at road level (you have to be there to 
> appreciate her hearing!), and after a while, we did see two others where she 
> was hearing them from.  That was about 3.30pm.
> We also picked up the Kalkadoon at Mica Creek and the Carpentarian on 
> Macnamara's Rd from Mt Isa.  Each of those were between midday and 1pm.
> We rang Rob Forsythe to talk about our sightings at Mt Isa, and he said he 
> only ever saw the grasswrens in the middle of the day, not before 10 o'clock. 
>  We had spent many early mornings, at Bladensburg, taking our breakfast out 
> to catch (not literally) the Striated early in the morning, working on the 
> basis that birds go quiet in the heat of the day.  When we got it on a return 
> trip, the first sighting seemed to confirm Rob's advice.  
> Wonder what other people have found on the best time to see grasswrens?
> Peter and Bev Morgan

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