Birdline NT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NT Weekly Update
Date: 29 Nov 2010 01:30:53 +1000

Birdline NT

Published sightings for the week ending 28 Nov 2010.

Fri 26 Nov Princess Parrots west of the Merreni Loop Rd, Kings Canyon
On this day Richard Brittingham of the Central Land Council and three trdaitionl owners of the Haarst Bluff Land Trust in a joint eco-tourist venture,led a group of 5 birders to a site where Princess Parrots have been breeding. In was a bit inasuspicious to start with as it rained and the birds were nowhere to be seen but eventually the storm passed and we had good views of between 20-25 Princess Parrots. A number of birds appeared to be juveniles and one adult bird had a bent tail which could indicate that it had been in a nest. The area had many large eucalypys with plenty of hollows. While most of the birds were seen in the one site we did see Princess Parrots in an area of over 10 kms. Other good birds seen at the site were Black and Grey-fronted Honeyeaters, Red-backed Kingfishers, Little Button- Quail and many Budgerigars. The site is not accessible to the public without the consent of the Traditional Owners.
Alan & Robin Benson, John & Margaret Reidy & Alan Morris

Tue 23 Nov Princess Parrot Update West of the Mereenie Loop Road
Traditional owners are conducting day trip tours of the princess parrot site west of the Mereenie Loop Road this week and next. Parks and Wildlife Service staff are currently at the nesting site (they are there this morning) and report that the princess parrots are still present. For further information call the Central Land Council on (08) 8951 6211.
Sam Rando per Tim Dolby

Mon 22 Nov Australian Painted Snipe Alice Springs Sewage Ponds
2 birds seen feeding together in EP7b at 5.45pm. One bird flushed into vegetation, while the other allowed very close views before moving across to EP7c to feed in the open. 2nd bird was male, 1st bird also appeared to be a male or a juvenile.
Lisa Harris

Sun 21 Nov Australian Painted Snipe Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
1 male bird seen 6pm in pond EP7C [Mod note: re-seen Monday morning 22/11 by Pete MacDonald and Mark Carter].
Barbara Gilfedder

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