Wednesday, September 9, 2009


At our lunchtime stop in Quilpie the hot, dry wind made it uncomfortable to do anything outdoors, but we had a great lunch in a modern, air-conditioned cafe. Headed on to Yowah we struck a full scale dust storm, an event better experienced from inside the vehicles.

At Yowah we spent the night with friends, and in the early moring had the benefit of their efforts to provide water and food plants for the local birds. Finches and fairywrens took turns at the drain overflow, honeyeaters explored the bottlebrush and emu bush, parrots fed on the seeds of the acacia, and apostlebirds bossed each other around.

Before leaving town we explored the bore drain. An artesian bore provides much of the town's water and the overflow runs in a long shallow drain for some kilometres, ending in a densely vegetated pool. The wind had died down and it was pleasant to be able to walk.

>We saw lots of evidence of breeding activity. A pair of rufous whistlers perched beside their nest, and a hooded robin couple kept company on a bare branch.

On the way to Cunamulla we stopped at the Paroo River, near Eulo. Eulo contains a monument to a cockroach Destructo, who won a state of origin competition for NSW, beating the World Lizard Racing Champion 'Wooden Head' in a race. Unfortunately he was stepped on (by a Queensland riding boot) and killed - hence the monument. A number of different species of woodswallow were in the trees along the river, along with ringnecks, pink cockatoos and mulga parrots. Heron, egrets and dotterel fed in the shallows.

Bird list:

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (pictured above)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Little Friarbird
Red-winged Parrot
Mallee Ringneck
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Mulga Parrot
Little Corella
White-winged Fairywren
Hooded Robin
Restless Flycatcher
Zebra finch
Magpie Lark
Crested Pigeon
Willie Wagtail
Brown Treecreeper
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Black-fronted Dotterel
Rufous Whistler
Halls Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Masked Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow
Pacific Heron
Great Egret
Australian Raven
Whistling Kite
Australian Kestrel

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