Six enthusiastic birders had a glorious day at Clarkesdale Sanctuary on the October Bird Walk. David, who has managed the 535 hectares since 1985, was a wealth of knowledge during our morning walk.



We had beautiful weather, with crystal clear blue skies, and were greeted with bird calls that continued all morning.  During the afternoon we walked around the Dam and the Education Centre.

Hoary-headed Grebe

White Goshawk


Altogether, we identified 37 species at the Sanctuary and one more on the way home.


  1. Brown Thornbill
  2. Grey Fantail
  3. Grey Shrike Thrush
  4. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  5. White Winged-triller
  6. Hoary-headed Grebe
  7. Spotted Pardalote
  8. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  9. Jacky Winter
  10. White-naped Honeyeater
  11. White Goshawk
  12. Pallid Cuckoo
  13. Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
  14. Little Corella
  15. Australian Magpie
  16. Laughing Kookaburra
  17. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  18. Long-billed Corella
  19. Purple Swamphen
  20. Little Pied Cormorant
  21. Grey Teal
  22. Pacific Black Duck
  23. New Holland Honeyeater
  24. Varied Sittella
  25. Sacred Kingfisher
  26. White-browed Scrubwren
  27. Golden Whistler
  28. Crimson Rosella
  29. Red-browed Finch
  30. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  31. Dusky Woodswallow
  32. Brown Goshawk
  33. Rufus Whistler (Male & Female Courting)
  34. White-throated Tree-creeper
  35. Common Blackbird – Singing in the Dead of the Night
  36. Eastern Spinebill
  37. Superb Fairy-wren
  38. Brolgas on the journey home.


Deborah White & Ellinor Campbell.

Photos by Chrissy Freestone

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