Viewing Lake Eyre

Submitted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:58
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With all the water in Lake Eyre, it may be worth a trip out there in late June to have a look at the bird life.
Where is the best place to view ?
Vince
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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 19:07

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 19:07
HI Vince,
I would definitely recommend a flight over the lake with Wright Air, based at William Creek. 08 8670 7962.
But call and book ahead. There were quite a few disappointed people waiting around for several days last month when we were there trying to get on a flight.
Well worth the money.
Have a great trip
Cheers
Alex B
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 23:41

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 23:41
Did the Wright Air flight on 8 May and well worth it. We were shunted as there were media people about :(.
A couple of flocks of Pelicans and Banded Stilts were evident.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 09:06

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 09:06
Vince,

To get the best view of Lake Eyre, wet or dry, would have to be from the air.

I have been lucky enough to see a wet Lake Eyre a few years ago form the air. Plane flight from William Creek. This is good for Lake Eyre south.

Early next month I will be leading a trip that will take us down the Birdsville Track and we will be flying out of Mungerannie. We should be able to see what water is in Lake Eyre north and Goyders Lagoon.


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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:54

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:54
Hi Wayne
I have been out to Level Post Bay via Mungeranie but am not sure how far down the water has made it. Is your fligt a commercial operation?
Vince
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 12:09

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 12:09
Vince,

Wright Air. I am sure Vic has booked enough flights for us. We will be heading north until we find water or we run at of fuel. We have also requested a flight over Goyders Lagoon as part of the deal.

I will make sure I am not on the first flight looking for water. :-))

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:35

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:35
Gday Vince,
You won't see any water from Level Post Bay - it needs a heap more water which won't happen this year.

And you won't see any extra birdlife at the Lake. A flight will show you the pelicans below in islands in the middle of the lake, but the pilots won't fly too low because to do so will disturb them.

Best place at the moment to see Birdlife will be Eyre Creek, or at Kalamurina.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:16

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:16
Hi Vince
We'll be out that way late June/ early July ....may catch up for a cuppa ?? I'll probably be logging in most nights !!



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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:56

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:56
Hi Dave

We can't get away from the Mountains until 4th July (start of school Holidays) so should be out that way by end of the next week. May run into each other.
By the way, did that family histroy pgm I gave you work ?

Vince
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:07

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:07
I am leaving Sydney on the 28th June, should be there on the 30th. Hoping to spend a week exploring the area.
Hope to see you guys there
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:18

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:18
Also away June 28. To Coober Pedy/Painted Desert/Oodnadatta then down to William Creek possibly 4,5 or 6 July...

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Reply By: WVB - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:57

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:57
We'll be trundling up the oodnadatta track from about july 2.
Other than by air are there any good spots to view or get near enough to lake eyre south along the track?
Infact, has any water reached the south lake yet?

cheers
michael.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:29

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:29
Michael,
Lake Eyre south is always dry unless there is very heavy local rain.
And it sonds like you'll only see water from Halligan's Bay if the wind is blowing the water towards you.
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