Western Queensland's Outback: Mining for Grasswrens
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Western Queensland is considered off the beaten track for many bird tours, but has some rich offerings, with no less than three grasswrens of interest on this short tour that visits the odd spinifex grassland habitat. Opalton, Kalkadoon and Carpentarian Grasswrens are all possible by combining visits to the mining town of Mount Isa with the “dinosaur capital” of Winton. Along with these prized birds, we will also seek out the local Hall’s Babbler, spectacular Painted Finch (Firetail), Spinifex Pigeon, Spinifexbird, the handsome Rufous-crowned Emuwren, endangered Black-throated Finch and some more widespread, iconic Aussie species, like Emu and Budgerigar, in addition to Australian Bustard. Passing through an area of rainforest at the start of the trip also adds in an opportunity for some rainforest species like the giant Southern Cassowary and striking Pied Monarch.