Brief Trip Report AWC Sanctuary Mornington Kimberly, Broome, Monkey Mia

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Subject: Brief Trip Report AWC Sanctuary Mornington Kimberly, Broome, Monkey Mia
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:32:09 +1000
Hi all.

We have just returned from a two week trip to northern and western WA.

Highlights were the organised stay at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy sanctuary at Mornington Station in the Kimberly where we had Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens and Buff-sided Robins at our door. There were Gouldian Finches in good numbers (lots of young birds), Long-tailed Finches, Double-barred Finches, Crimson Finches and a couple of Pictorella Mannikins.

The scenery there was spectacular and we were shown some magnificent locations as well as spent some worthwhile time at Lake Gladstone on the neighbouring Glenroy station seeing a good variety of water birds. The AWC did a marvellous job of hosting us and showing us what they were doing with the site in particular the very positive results achieved with the removal of ferals and an early dry season fire regime.

We also spent some days at the Broome Bird Observatory which, as always, had much to offer. The highlight was the two Asian Dowitchers amongst the over-wintering small flocks of waders. We also saw many of the mangrove specialities of the area including Dusky Gerigone, Mangrove Grey Fantail , Broad-billed Flycatcher (and being able to compare it to a Leaden Flycatcher later in the same day).

Following this we spent a few more days at Monkey Mia where it is almost impossible not to run into the local Grasswrens (a split from the Thick-billed Grasswrens in some taxonomies) literally in the car park. Southern Scrub-robins were also very common as were the harder to see Chiming Wedgebills. We also saw the Indo- Pacific bottle-nose dolphins being hand fed, a dugong, loggerhead and green sea turtles.

All up a fabulous couple of weeks.

Happy birding.

John Reidy
Phone 02 9871 4836
Fax 02 9871 2616

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