A last minute decison to spend the weekend in Alice and chase the Forest Wagtail turned out to be a very good decision indeed.
The owners of the property that the Wagtail is currently calling home were exceptionally friendly and helpful, as was my mate Chris who popped in for a visit. Sincere thank you to Anne, Will and Chris for your generosity and thoughtfulness!!
I managed to catch up with other birding mates who had flown in from Victoria, Perth and Darwin and it became quite a social event.
The bird performed well on 3 occasions over the day, clearly enjoying Anne's remarkably beautiful garden.
Frank and Biggles with pre-lifer anxiety...
Frank, Chris and I then decided to chase Slaty-backed Thornbills so had a fun few hours around Simpson's Gap and locating a couple.
Frank and I then spent the rest of the daybirding at the Desert Park which has fantastic habitat and is well worth a day visit.
We had breakfast and some quality time at the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens and had a great time with a Western Bowerbird.
Waterfowl at the Poo Ponds
This little Babbler had a deformed bill but it did not seem to give it any bother