We were out of there first thing the next morning and after a grocery stop, arrived in the Flinders Ranges at Willow Springs Station and our nice little cabin by noon. We got the list of recent grasswren sightings at the Station (they keep track of them there) and headed to Stokes Hill Lookout, just around the corner from the station.
|Views in the Flinders Ranges are amazing, even more than I expected.|
|The big wing at the entrance to Willow Spring Station.|
|These are views from Stokes Hill Lookout. Yeah, wow.|
The next morning the wind was still up. We waited until about 10am and then went over to have a look. It seemed a bit less windy and we trudged across the ridges toward the optimum grasswren area (as dictated by the recent sightings). Low and behold, the wind did drop out a bit more AND the sun even came out! It was still chilly, but much better. We bumped into three other birders and began a “sweep” along the side of the hill. In about fifteen minutes we were on the bird! I saw it. Lynn saw it. And I even got some recording shots. Then we saw that bird again, as well as a second one nearby. Awesomeness. Truly. Lynn and I rejoiced, and after hanging around to see if any more were going to pop out in the immediate area, we joyfully walked the kilometer and a half or so back to Troopi. I am so very grateful!
|At times we had an audience.|
|First view of the Short-tailed Grasswren!|
|I love how Grasswrens go up on tiptoes.|
|Yes, I do.|
|The Short-tailed GWs were just in front of where Lynn is standing.|
|Looking back at Troopi and a few other vehicles at Stokes Hill Lookout from the Grasswren area.|
|The three photos above are views from our cabin. It is so lovely there. Once again, the birds did their job and lead us to wondrous places. I am grateful.|
|There were 3 horses around Troopi. I got this one's photo.|
RB AUS Life List: 667
Lynn AUS Life List: 648
Couple’s AUS Year List: 631
Peace. Love. Birds.