As a regular dry season visitor to Darwin I have noticed that in the last month
several serious birders, contributing bird lists to the Eremaea site, have
passed through, and missed out on unusual, or seasonal specialties in this
area. They were clearly people with regular internet access. They could have
avoided "missing out" by joining the local messaging service ntbirds
(ntbirds.yahoogroups.com) at least for the time they were up here ( it is
free). Conversely if visitors see birds that are highly unusual, the locals
would appreciate hearing about it on their local site: eg: recently red goshawk
sightings at Edith Falls and Corroboree Billabong, both unusual, did not get
onto our local network .
Two birders, who took the trouble to walk around the Leanyer Sewage Ponds, hard
work in buid-up conditions, missed the little ringed plover(s) and
white-winged black tern, which have been there since late August and were
reported on ntbirds.
A current example is the twice daily ( 9 am and 6.30 pm) visit of a flock of
18 flock bronzewings, since Sept 2, in the swamp area to the north of Holmes
Jungle Nature park (access through the park, watch out 6 pm closing for cars).
Another is the unusual singing honeyeater at Nightcliff rock platform, and the
recent arrival of the first oriental plover there. On past performance, the
plovers should soon be there in the mornings on a regular basis for the next
month or so.
Find out up to date info about the easiest place to see chestnut-backed button
quail, gouldian finches and more.
Enough said, happy Birding, Bas Hensen
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