Drink troughs

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Subject: Drink troughs
From: "Barney Enders" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:39:16 +1000
When one travels along the Stuart Hw. through Daley Waters, Newcastle Waters
etc to Tennant Creek and then along the Barkly Hw. to

Barkly Homestead and onto Camooweal on the Qld border there were in the old
days bores with windmills connected to stock troughs for

the drovers to water their stock the distance they could move their cattle
etc in a day, with the advent of road trains they are long gone into

but some places large poly tanks have been installed  and someone has put
drinking containers under the taps for the birds to drink out of and some  

have signs on them asking travellers to fill the containers.

Does anyone know the history of who put these containers there and what
birds have been seen coming into drink at them ?

I have only ever stopped at them right on dusk and being in a hurry have
left at daylight next morning and have only seen thousands of Zebra Finches,
Crested Pigeons and lots of Brown Quail just on dark.

I have seen Flock Bronzewings and Pictorella Manikin's  just a few Km from
the tanks.

Would be interested to know if anyone has spent some time at any of them and
noted what can be found around them ??

Barney Enders

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