Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bourke to Nyngan

We left Bowra Station after lunch, and wanted to get to Nyngan in time for the roast of the day at the RSL club, so most of the bird spotting was done at 100kmph.
However there were two moments of note. First was the amount of water along the road near Bourke. Long puddles attracted large number of birds including choughs and apostlebirds, and the green grass and herbs provided food and cover for many more. Second was the emu bush in bloom over a 20 km section between Bourke and Nygan which held literally thousands of woodswallows which flew up in flocks of 50 to 100 birds as we passed.
Bird list:
Masked Woodswallows (pictured above)
Apostlebird (pictured above)
Letter-winged Kite
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Australian Kestrel
Australian Raven
Australasian Magpie
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-breasted Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
White-winged Chough
Red-winged Parrot
Crested Pigeon

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