A highly speculative weekend has been organised to look for Australia's second rarest bird, the Buff-breasted Button-quail. This bird has been recorded in the Mt Molloy area and also 60km to the west at Mt Mulligan. Late in the year has been chosen. Although hot, this gives the best chance for the vegetation to die down and provide suitable habitat.
Saturday 3 December
Sunday 4 December
Camping only, is available at Mt Mulligan Station (shower/toilet facilities, bring your own food and cooking equipment).
Camping and cabin facilities are available at Tryconnell Mine (Food can be provided).
Mt Mulligan is 50km North of Dimbulah and is well signposted. The last 40km is dirt road. It could just be travelled by 2WD but 4WD is recommended. Mt Mulligan is the site of Australia's worst mining disaster, 75 miners were killed by an explosion in the coal mine in 1921. The explosion was so loud it could be heard in Mt Molloy.
The mountain is a poorly marketed version of Uluru. It is actually much larger and just as impressive. Birding amongst the ruins of the mining town, birdsong echoing off the escarpment glowing red in the morning sun is a unique experience, particularly when combined with the ever present possibility of encountering a rare Button-quail.
It will be hot, horrible and we are highly unlikely to see any quail. An interest in history and bushwalking will be an advantage. Participants will need to be physically fit, have very low expectations of success and a good sense of humour.
Please contact Dominic Chaplin, evenings (07) 4056 2658 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in coming so we can best co-ordinate our activities.