Quick Top End Trip

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Subject: Quick Top End Trip
From: "Moorhead Family" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 18:08:03 +1000
Hi all,
$350 return airfares Brisbane to Darwin helped to
facilitate a quick day season dash to Darwin and Kakadu.
Only had 3 days up there but was happy enough.
The weather is superb especially nights of about 20c but very dry
Highlights include;
Thanks for Niven McCrie's hospitality for a few hours Sat morning .
Two sewerage ponds and most of the mangrove being
a group of 3 Mangrove Robins performing in perfect light.
Howard Springs great for Rainbow Pitta...saw 2 ...The blue on the
wings is amazing...stacks of other birds including a very confiding
Grey Whistler.
Sat arvo birded with a friend and surprisingly dipped on Rufous Owl
in the Botanical Gardens...was there the day before but maybe the
garden show on at the timed was their cue to temporarily nick off.
Have seen them before there so no really too bad.
Pine!....20 odd Hooded Parrots at the water tower hill.
lots of Crimson , Long-tailed and a few Masked Finches at various
spots including Manton but dipped on Gouldians.
Warning ...don't eat sausage rolls at Maisey's Place Cafe.
Waterfall Creek ,Kakadu....just missed Peter Fuller (we both missed
the White-throated Grasswren....bugger!)
But great views of the other Kakadu specials...Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon,
White-lined Honey-eater, Banded Fruit-Dove, Sandstone Shrike-thrush
as well as a Black-breasted Buzzard as we were leaving....The caretaker
of the campground let us shower before a 4 hour drive back to Darwin
to catch a plane to Brisbane at 1am this morning...4 hr flight ,4hr drive back to
Bundaberg and now bed!
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