Headed south from Cobar along the Kidman Way, just because we had never been that way before. The habitat is a mixture of mallee and cypress and we saw lots of goats grazing on the roadside.
Called in at the Old Wheat Paddock in Nombinnie Nature Reserve which was our last good chance at scoring a lifer for the trip. Bird activity was relatively low, but we did get Gilbert's Whistler, bringing the total number of lifers for the trip to seven. It's lower than I anticipated but I think that was mainly due to the extremely dry conditions. At the wheat paddock we also got Chestnut Quail-thrush which was a NSW lifer for me. We spent two hours birding the Lake Cargelligo Water Treatment Plant, spotting species such as Australian Shelduck, Black-tailed Native Hen and Baillon's Crake, before driving the final stretch home.
My aim for this trip was to get my Australian life list to 400, I managed to make it to 396. (I finally reached 400 in March 2020, with Wedge-tailed Shearwater off the coast of South West Rocks.) I wasn't too disappointed though, Dad and I had been wanting to get to Cameron Corner, the most northwesterly part of our home state for a long time, so it was awesome to finally achieve that. I love the desert, the otherworldly landscapes and the wildlife that manages to survive and thrive in such harsh conditions, so a journey out west is always worthwhile.
Chirruping Wedgebill (Silverton Common)
Rufous Fieldwren (Silverton Common)
Little Woodswallow (Mutawintji National Park)
Red-browed Pardalote (Dead Horse Gully, Sturt National Park)
Black-breasted Buzzard (Fort Grey, Sturt National Park)
Eyrean Grasswren (Merty Merty Road, SA)
Gilbert's Whistler (Nombinnie Nature Reserve)