birding-aus birding: wet season

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Subject: birding-aus birding: wet season
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 99 06:40:40 +0930
The wet season is also the best time for birding in the Top End.  
Birdwatchers come here at this time of year in part because it's cooler 
and drier, butare often disappointed.  Birds are still dispersed 
especially if we've had a very heavy wet season and there is still a lot 
of water lying around.  Also few are breeding.

Come around October-January.  OK it is hot and sticky and like N Qld an 
occasional cyclone might loom.  But there are migratory waders including  
Swinhoe's Snipe (and sometimes Little Ringed Plover) and Yellow Wagtail 
and Garganey.  Rainbow Pitta and many other passerines are breeding and 
relatively easy to see.   

And for any afficianado of wild tropical thunderstorms this is the only 
time to come.  Our storms are spectacular with great purple anvil-topped 
cumulo-nimbus rolling across the sky and haemorrhagic sunsets over cobalt 
sea.  If a storm comes late at night we always get up to watch the 
lightning show - we have one of the highest rates of lightning strike in 
the world.  And afterwards everything is cool and fresh.  

Most people do fine as long as they have an air-conditioned vehicle and 
accommodation (I've camped under such conditions and I would really 
recommend it).   I've gone out with elderly Canadians straight from 30 
degrees below and they've coped beautifully under such conditions.  
 Denise Goodfellow
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