Mungerannie and the Elusive Grey Falcon

November 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The next part of the trip involved a drive from Leigh Creek to Mungarannie. We stopped briefly at Farina to see the ruins and look for birds. There were a few White-breasted Woodswallows. Nothing else too exciting. We stopped for some photos of the ruins.

After reaching Marree we turned onto the Birdsville Track. The timing of the trip was not ideal with traffic from the Birdsville races already coming the other direction. By the time we reached Mungerannie the place was overrun with people returning from the races. We dropped off our bags to our rooms and decided to break until the heat subsided. I went down to the waterhole and saw two Brolga, White-necked Heron, Pink-eared Ducks and many other birds. A great spot to relax in the heat.

We headed out to search for Eyrean Grasswrens. No luck in the afternoon. Some Flock Bronzewings distracted us and by the time we go to the Grey Falcon site there was nothing to be seen except the sun setting.

The next day we headed out before sunrise chasing more birds further up the Birdsville Track. Early in the morning we saw a Gibberbird.

We then spent a couple of hours chasing Grey Grasswren around the lignum swamp of the Inner Birdsville track before getting decent views of one. By that stage it was really starting to heat up and the wind was blowing quite strongly. Apparently further south they experienced a dust storm but fortunately for us we had none of that. We did however see Australian Pratincole. The highlight was without a doubt the Yellow Chats.

We headed back down the track in search of other birds. There was some discussion as to whether we should return to Mungerannie on the off chance of seeing the Flock Bronzewing coming in to drink but by the time the discussion had finished it was too late so we went for Grey Falcon instead. What a good decision. We arrived at the site and there were a pair towards the top of the tower. Another highlight for the day and whilst it was difficult getting a decent photo it was great just to record the sighting.

 


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