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Trip to Alice Springs in late June, early July

Chiming Wedgebill

Chiming Wedgebill

In late June my wife and I undertook a 7000km trip to Alice Springs. Our first major stop was Bowra Sanctuary near Cunnamulla. Some interesting footage, especially of White-plumed Honeyeater, was taken but no new species were found. Through Central Queensland conditions were poor for birding – hardly sited a Willie Wagtail for 1000km. Across the Plenty Highway we saw such species as Wedge-tailed Eagles and Brown Falcon, but again nothing new. In Alice Springs I hired Mark Carter for a day of birding. With his help I was able to video Grey-headed Honeyeater, Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Western Gerygone, Crested Bellbird, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Crimson Chat and Redthroat. What a full-on day it was. We also obtained improved video of Black-breasted Buzzard. In Olive Pink Botanic Gardens I picked up the Western Bowerbird displaying in the bower.

A highlight of the trip was a visit to Desert Park just outside Alice. Here I was able to video Inland Dotterel, Dusky Grasswren, Painted Finch, Cinnamon Quail-Thrush, Orange Chat, Chirruping Wedgebill and Chiming Wedgebill. Another great day.

In South Australia I finally obtained reasonable video of the Little Crow. This made a total of 16 new species for the trip. In addition, we saw all the sites of Central Australia and took improved video of about 20 species. So August was spent editing video. The total number of species on video is now 423.