Grey Wagtail at Jim-Jim, Kakadu NP

To: "michael hunter" <>
Subject: Grey Wagtail at Jim-Jim, Kakadu NP
From: nivenmccrie <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 11:23:06 +0900
I would think that confirmation of any long-term patterns in seasonal 
occurrence of Grey Wagtail atop Jim-Jim Falls would be very difficult 
to establish given the area's inaccessibility. There may have been 
systematic surveys done by Parks workers but I have no info on this, 
and it seems a little unlikely that observers are taken in by 
helicopter to Jim-Jim every Wet Season to look for Grey Wags or 
anything else. Mike Carter I think has quoted Kym Brennan (in a 
Wingspan?) as suggesting that the species is regular(?) on the Kakadu 
escarpment (presumably escarpment in general, not a particular site), 
and maybe this is the source of the Thomas' statement. T & T may have 
got their info from elsewhere though and it may be "accurate" in an 
optimistic sort of way. But then it may well be another of the Top End 
myths that seem to proliferate. There are a number of these, some due 
to the lack of a 'formal' public bird record system in the NT, some due 
to unreferenced publication of records and reports, and some because 
there is no system in place to vet those 'rarity' claims that are only 
of local (NT) significance. Someone will publish a book one day that 
rigorously addresses the status and distribution of birds in the Top 
End, and shows those 'myths' to be fact or puts them forever to rest.

Happy birding

Thomas & Thomas suggest that Grey Wagtails occur at the top of Jim Jim 
Falls in Kakadu NP every wet season, when  the top of those falls is 
only accessible by helicopter.  Can anyone confirm or deny this please.


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