Could someone help Marc out please
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Date: 19 September 2011 2:49:10 PM
Subject: RFI Darwin and recent sightings Top End
Dear Carl and Tom,
I just see in the Birding Aus archives that both of you sent an e-mail
on the birding list a short while ago, so I thought that may be... you
could help me in forwarding my message herebelow to the Birding Aus
list ? (I am not suscriber)
Many thanks for your help, Marc
I will be in Darwin on 20 (that is tomorrow !) and 21st september,
thus ending a 2-weeks trip in the Top End and would much appreciate if
anyone on the list could help me with the following :
- Rufous Owl : was it seen recently at the Botanical Garden ? If yes,
where exactly ? If not, is there any alternative site around Darwin
where I could look for it ?
- Little Curlew : have some flocks arrived and if yes, where ?
Thanks in advance for any help !
I take the opportunity of this message to inform about some of my
recent sightings :
- there was a flock of ca. 20 Gouldian Finches on 17th september (late
afternoon), just 300-500 m east of Chainman Creek crossing (Victoria
Highway), where there is a road crest and a nearby sign 'truck
entering'. The flock comprised at least 4 perfectly plumaged males (2
red-faced and 2 black-faced). 4 Hooded parrots were also there. They
were not seen again today morning when I briefly stopped at the site.
- Northern Shrike-Tit : I had 2 on 18th september along Gorrie Road
ca. 7 km from the Stuart highway intersection, and more precisely : on
the left of the road, 200 m past the highest crest on this road
section. I also had 2 on 15th september at km 8,6 along the central
- A female Red Goshawk was on its nest yesterday at its traditional
site in Mataranka and its behaviour suggests it is incubating.
- Spinifex Pigeon : had 2 along Policeman Point access track at Timber
creek. Also saw 1 or 2 Spotted Nightjar there.
- I failed to see Rufous Owl in the Mataranka area, although night
birding yesterday along the first 2 kilometers of the John Hauser
Drive gave some consolation, with Tawny Frogmouth, Owlet-Nightjar and
Southern Boobook all seen.
Marc Thibault (based in Arles, France)
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