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.
Headed out of Tibooburra early, down the Silver City Highway. After spending most of the week in Sturt National Park, and visiting some of the sights Sturt did back in 1845, we decided to go all the way and visit Sturt's Cairn.
Another early morning start, spent a couple of hours birding the northwest corner of Sturt National Park on foot. Birding was pretty quiet but we did get Crimson Chat and our first Chirruping Wedgebill for the park
Started the day with an early morning walk around Fort Grey campground, but again the birds were very quiet. We headed west 40 kilometres to Cameron Corner. At the boundary of the national park we drove through the gate in the dog fence from NSW to South Australia, then quickly turned right into Queensland, arriving at the Corner Store.
An early morning walk around Dead Horse Gully, hoping for Cinnamon Quail-thrush but not finding much of anything. We checked out Golden Gully Historic Mine, which is a reconstructed gold mining site from the 1880's.
An early morning walk around camp to begin the day. A bit more bird activity this morning, including one of our targets, Red-browed Pardalote. First we heard the call and followed it, to find a pair tending an inconspicuous little nest burrowed into a small creek bank. We also found two parties of Chestnut-crowned Babbler and saw a couple of Euro.
Up early to hike Mutawintji Gorge. Beginning at 7:20 a.m., the temperature was a cool 9 degrees. The 6 kilometre return walk took us across a flat sandy area, over rocky terrain and along the river bank. We saw over 100 feral goats, feeding in the greenery near the river, all fleeing over the hill as we passed.
Began the day with a chilly, early morning visit to Silverton Common in hope of finding Rufous Fieldwren. Pretty much as soon as we stepped out of the car we heard the distinctive call of another bird on the target list; Chirruping Wedgebill. We followed the call and soon found the bird perched in a small tree. Lifer number one for the day.
Hit the road at 6:15 a.m. for a long drive west. At Dubbo the wind picked up and for the next two and a half hours we drove through a dust storm. The clouds of dust changed colour with the corresponding soil, sometimes pale brown, sometimes rusty red.