Day Birding around Alice Springs

July 29, 2011

I lead customised day trips to sites around Alice Springs in search of elusive target birds. This day was an especially good example of the sort of birding you can expect with me. Get in touch to discuss your Red Centre target birds...

 Mulga Woodland Wonderland!

This trip was part of a day I spent leading clients in search of elusive species around Alice Springs.

Please note that due to the sensitivity of Grey Honeyeater to disturbance and the recent track record in the Red Centre of unethical photographers causing rare birds to abandon nests I will not be giving the location of these birds to anyone. Sorry.

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 More Emu-wrens, more Quail Thrush. More of everything!

The first stop on our day seeking elusive Red Centre target birds was to a classic spot south of Alice.

Rufous Crowned Emu-wrens and Dusky Grasswrens were gotten very quickly allowing us to move on to a spot I'd located earlier in the week where Cinnamon Quail Thrush have appeared. A nice male showed well for us breifly while his ladies peeped to him from the thick grasses- these birds are having a boom season right now but due to the thick vegetation they can be murder to find! Luckily my site is proving to be quite reliable, and the closest to Alice by about 150km!

After another quick stop to enjoy a perky Spinifexbird we set off to our next location back close to Alice for Slatyback Thornbill and Redthroat which we finally got after a satisfying search through some recently burnt land:our woodland friends are big fans of cooler grass fires- they expose lot of food without killing the trees. 

A quick diversion to a suburban location to enjoy a friendly bowerbird later we set off for our biggest challenge of the day: a grey honeyeater (or two).

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 Grey Honeyeaters Nestbuilding

While leading a trip seeking woodland birds near Alice Springs I stumbled on a pair of nestbuilding Grey Honeyeater. The birds were in peak condition and clearly enjoying the current good conditions. We lingered at a distance enjoying the male's territorial singing and revelling at our good fortune at finding these birds at all!

Grey Honeyeater are a priority species for most birders in the Red Centre but few succeed in finding these elusive little marvels.

As these birds were nest buildling I will not publicise their location- the location given on this map is to a nearby site where other GHE are possible.

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Wildlife

Land Birds 1 species
Grey Honeyeater (Conopophila whitei) 2

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