I made in my last mail, several mistakes that where gladly corrected! The
Variable (don't know how I ended up with this one in my notebook)
Oystercatcher was indeed a Pied, sorry! And the babblers I recorded at
Monarto where indeed White-browed Babblers!
I recorded since my last posting the following (hopefully the typo's are now
At the Botanical Gardens in Darwin a nice Rufous Owl was present in the
rainforest area near the falls. A evening visit to the Darwin Sewage ponds
with Arthur & Sheryl Keates produced a nice Little Ringed Plover, and two
asian ssp of Little Egrets. Also here two Little Curlews.
A mangrove golden robin was present at the Jumping Crocodile boat ramp, and
a white-lined Honeyeater at Nourlangie Rock. In Pine Creek a flock of 20
Hooded Parrots was present in the water gardens.
A morning search around Pine Creek was fruitless, but despite that i
recorded Hooded Parrots at all spots (Edith Falls, Fergusson River,
Copperfield Dam and centre of Pine Creek). The rest of the day I searched
around the road to Waterfall Creek (Gumlom) and at Gumlom for White-throated
Grasswren. Saw none despite much effort. Recorded at Gumlom 20+ Banded Fruit
Doves (also at Yirmikmuk), Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon at Plum tree creek
and Partridge Pigeon.
Searched a large part of the day around Plum Tree Creek. Saw Chestnut-backed
Button Quail, Banded Fruit Dove, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone
Shrike Thrush, White-lined Honeyeater, two sitting daylight Spotted
Nightjars and many more but sadly no White-throated Grasswren. At Pine Creek
watergardens again Hooded Parrots.
At the Pine Creek Cementry a flying over Australian Bustard, and some Hooded
Parrots in the village again. At Mataranka still the Red Goshawk on the
At Leica Creek north of Cape Crawford after a lot of trouble a single
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren between the Red-backed Fairy-wrens. Funny enough a
Gouldian Finch was present at the Little River crossing. At the waterbore 21
kms north of the Playford River a female and a young Yellow Chat where
present (in 2002 we had one at waterbore 39 just south of the Barkly Stock
Between Camoonweal and Mt Isa a lone Flock Pigeon passed by and a Australian
Bustard was walking on the highway!
At Link Street in Mt Isa a Spinfexbird was present (as in 2002), and at Mica
Creek a fine Kalkadoon Grasswrens was observed.
In total this trip until now 401 species where seen! Since 7 september! Now
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