contrasting conditions in the SA outback

Subject: contrasting conditions in the SA outback
From: Peter Waanders <>
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:42:23 +0930
Hi all
There's been a few reports of dry conditions in the northern SA - southern
Qld outback. I've just come back from a trip up the Strzelecki and
Birdsville tracks and can report that it's indeed very, very dry up the
northern parts. Talking to the owner of Cowarie station they had only had
about 25mm rain in 16 months. And the landscape and birdlife reflect that
pretty well. Strangely enough the southern parts of both tracks have
received good rainfall (there were large puddles in places) and the
landscape looks a lot better. It's quite green all the way up to the Cooper
Creek on the Birdsville track, and up to about Montecollina Bore on the
Strzelecki track. Associated with the green-ness of the landscape are good
bird numbers (although nothing like 2 years ago) and we had a great time
with 6 Letter-winged Kites, 2 Grey Falcons, Black-breasted Buzzard, Eyrean
Grasswren, Brolgas, Banded Whiteface, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibberbird and
many more good species. Unfortunately, as reported by Peter Morgan, a large
feral cat had taken over one of the Letter-winged Kites nests....
Here are some photos:



Peter Waanders

Southern Birding Services

PO Box 2008, Berri SA 5343  Australia

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