Birdline NT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NT Weekly Update
Date: 15 Nov 2010 01:30:41 +1000

Birdline NT

Published sightings for the week ending 14 Nov 2010.

Sun 14 Nov Crested Shrike-tit Central Arnhem Road at 14 35 18S 132 43 26E
3 X Males, very active, more individuals heard (3). Observed by Mick Jerram and Peter Eve (Photo by Peter Eve)
Mick Jerram

Wed 10 Nov Gouldian Finch Chardon St, Katherine
Was watching brown quail when 4 juvenile finches landed near fence (3 on fence and 1 on ground, all but 3 metres from me). Two just had plumage (black headed morphs) and the other 2 still no coloured plumage. This is very strange just in Katherine? Is possible that they are escapees, or offspring of escapees (have contact who has had bred stock escape). No photo sorry, quickly went to get my camera and just got back to see them flying into distance (South)
Mick Jerram

Mon 8 Nov Flock Bronzewing Tanami Road, 800m from Stuart Highway
Single bird on the roadside, gave good views before flying to cover.
Chris Watson

Fri 5 Nov Gouldian Finch [100+] Copperfield Dam,nr Pinecreek
First seen next to road then dispersed into lightly wooded areas away from road[road into copperfield dam about 500 mtrs before 2nd set of overhead powerlines] 100+ birds, mainly black -faced, some red faced, some juvs. Great to see such a large number together as didn,t expect to see any on this trip.Obviously the place to see these delightful finches at the moment.
Steve Burns [WA]

Grey Goshawk About 10kms N of Pinecreek
Single adult grey phase bird gliding close to kakadu h/wy early am.hardly any underside/wing markings, light grey above.nice bird[1st for me].
Steve Burns [Wa]

Thu 4 Nov Large tailed Nightjar Modogul campsite [near Cooinda]
Seen just as it was getting dark on bitumen road,then preceeded to hawk around car as it got darker
Steve Burns[Wa]

Partridge Pigeon [6], Banded Fruit-dove [2], Sandstone Shrike-thrush [1] Gubara,Kakadu
Partridge pigeons seen along path not far from carpark.Fruitdoves and Shrikethrush seen at close range along path,over bridge then vere to left along streambed.Both species can be heard as well as seen here.
Steve Burns[Wa]

Wed 3 Nov Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon Bardedjilidjii
2 birds seen on rocks
Steve Burns[Wa]

Tue 2 Nov Black Falcon Anzac Parade
Got very close to this fine specimen as it seemed to be in a squabble with 2 brown falcons over a kill.All three birds where at the electrical transmitter stn.
Steve Burns[WA]

Mon 1 Nov Yellow-rumped Mannikin Anzac Parade, Fogg Dam
Yellow-rumped Mannikin seen during day with about 20 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins along road to Harrison Dam on rightside of road.very different bird to his companions[.identical to simpson/day illustration]. King Quail n same area that evening frozen in car headlights whilst spotlighting.Almost touched the bird before it flew to safety. Same thing happened with a Chestnut-breasted Mannikin that was also on bitumen road ,frozen by lights, it to flew as nearly touched it[amazing]No fewer than 11 Barn Owls,2 Grass Owls,2 Barking Owls,1 Tawny Frogmouth,2 Bush Stone Curlew,1 Nankeen Night-Heron,1 Croc [1.5 mtr on dam] all seen between Arnham H/wy and Harrison dam and Fogg dam roads. Good nights work.
Steve Burns [WA]

Wed 13 Oct Freckled Duck Alice Springs Sewage Farm
One bird (not in breeding condition) mixed in with the rest of the ducks on the main pond with the hide.
Dion Hobcroft

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