Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Hattah-Kulkyne NP

I've just spent four cracking days in the mallee of Hattah-Kulkyne NP where I managed to see most of my target speciess including, Mallee Emu-wren and Striated Grasswren, both along the southern end of the Nowingi Track; Regent Parrot and Yellow Rosella plus Major Mitchell's Cockatoos around Lake Mournpall campgrounds and my first much-anticipated encounters with Budgerigars and Cockatiel (also along Nowringi Track). Got to go back for Chestnut-crowned Babbler.

Mallee Emu-wren (juv)

Mallee Emu-wren

Mallee Emu-wren (juv)

Regent Parrot

Regent Parrot

Regent Parrot

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Yellow Rosella

Budgerigar

Budgerigar

Budgies - not blue like my Nan's!

Masked Woodswallow

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

...and a wild pig

Basecamp at Lake Mournpall where I had the place to myself. The regent's parrots (c.10) came in to roost in the trees in the background and a family group of four Major Mitchell's cockatoos spent a lot of time in the tree above my tent there.

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