Finding the Mallee Emu-wren, like a needle in the spinifex

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During the Christmas break Kate, Reece and I visited Hattah NP, home to one of the last remaining populations of Mallee Emu-wren (Stripiturus mallee). Well equipped with mozzie repellant, we headed out at first light hoping to catch a glimpse of one of Australia’s smallest endangered birds. These birds rank high on a twitchers ‘must see’ list. With declining and isolated populations and at a truly tiny 4 – 6.5 g, they’re hard to see and even harder to photograph.