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Thanks Nathan. I'm sorry you didn't get the parrots. I thought that with a succession of records of both species from that region, we might finally have found somewhere reliable for Princess. Sadly it appears we're not there yet.
Nice trip. Great habitat shots too, always useful for those of us who haven't seen the bird before or visted their haunts to see it's prefered habitat.
I just returned from Neale Junction recently partly inspired by you're trip last year. Didn't manage to catch either of the nameless parrots though. Better luck next time I guess.
Yes indeed I am aware of the fantastic breeding observations by several Aussie birders in the ranges just out of Alice Springs. If I remember correctly there was quite a stir about permits to get to the area etc. The whole sure took me by surprise. I traveled several days to reach the destination in the Gibsons desert where I filmed them. It was absolutely dumbfounding to hear that they were relatively close to civilization.
Certainly the calls from the birds we heard were loud and resonating. We would sometimes hear them before seeing them.
I would expect major breeding events after the widespread inland rains of recent times. Being in Canada, you not be aware of the recent records from west of Alice Springs.