Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 7 Oct 2013 06:54:11 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Oct 2013.

Sat 5 Oct Australian Raven Alice Springs Desert Park
Australian Raven (2) nesting, photograph taken drinking, beard obvious, large massive bill, wings and tail feathers same length when folded. perplexus [Moderator's note: not sure this is conclusive. Other corvids can exhibit throat hackles, Torresian Crow has a large bill also. Would be interested to hear about the colour of the down at the base of neck feathers if observed. If this is a good ID, it would require the entire staff of Alice Springs Desert Park, including several avid birders, to have missed a nesting pair of birds which are extremely rare in this region. Well spotted Dez! CW]
Dezmond Wells

Fri 4 Oct Long-toed Stint Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Birding with Eremaea mob Long-toed Stint (3)
Dezmond Wells

Fri 4 Oct Grey Falcon Tablelands highway from Barkley homestead to the Playford River
Drive from homestead north to Playford river and back with several stops on roadside. Cool weather with gusty south easterly winds. Grey Falcon (2) A pair seen in a low tree quite close to roadside roughly 5-10km south of Playford river, adjacent to radio tower. Also observed was a large nest high on the radio tower which may belong to these falcons.
Gus Daly

Thu 3 Oct Grey Goshawk (white) Alawa suburbs

Glen Ewers

Sanderling, Long-toed Stint, Caspian Tern Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Afternoon visit with the Eremaea mob. Sanderling - Originally mis-identified as Red-necked Stint. Has been present for at least 2 days. Mostly in EP7 and EP10. Usually harassed by dotterels and frequently "moved-on". Long-toed Stint (2) - Both in EP7. Caspian Tern (1) - Last bird of the day, late fly over EP10 from the west.
Christopher Watson

Wed 2 Oct Dollarbird Alawa (uni ovals)
First for the season
Glen Ewers

Tue 1 Oct Red-necked Avocet, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australian Bustard, Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge
Red-necked Avocet (1) on small, shallow dam at back of Pt Stuart property, foraging near BW Stilt Yellow-billed Spoonbill (1) small, shallow dam at back of Pt Stuart property Australian Bustard (2) males observations while staying at lodge, plus ATV tour with Dean (owner) to back blocks
Janine Duffy, Roger Smith, Dean - Pt Stuart

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