that's such wonderful news!!
many moons ago I stumbled upon a family party of Mallee Emu-Wrens at Big Billy
Bore, further west in the northern Big Desert in the early 1980's... I was in
the area looking for Red-lored Whistlers.
the habitat was very thick Broombrush-heath with very sparse small patches of
spinifex, so it seems they don't mind sparse spinifex as a habitat preference...
i'm not sure how long it's been since they have been recorded in the Big Desert.
> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:38:17 +0000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Mallee Emu-wren at Wyperfeld
> Hi all,
> If anyone's heading to Wyperfeld National Park (Vic), Matthew Crawford has
> just photographed a family of Mallee Emu-wren along the Discovery Walk, see
> http://www.eremaea.com. Remarkably he found the birds in an area of open
> tea-tree woodland - although there are some stands of triodia nearby, he was
> some distance from significant area of triodia. Despite extensive previous
> surveys of Wyperfeld there's have been very reports of Mallee Emu-wren, and
> their presence along the Discovery Walk seems to me to be new and remarkable.
> In fact when I first heard about it I’d dismissed as miss-ID’d eclipsed
> Splendid or Variegated Fairy-wren. So I’m currently eating humble pie! Why
> are they there now? Migration, population expansion, or perhaps displacement
> due to fires?
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