Top End birding

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Subject: Top End birding
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 00 06:57:17 +0000
Hello All
Several birders coming to the Top End head straight out of Darwin down 
the Arnhem Highway.  I guess  they think they'll  get most birds that 
way. Then I receive a phone call saying that they missed out on this and 
that bird, and asking me to provide guiding services when they return to 
Darwin.   Some who've asked me to guide in Kakadu have also planned their 
trip that way often at the suggestion of travel agents and tourism 
authorities who don't know one end of a bird from the other.  Too often 
then these visitors glimpse something that's common in Darwin, but rare 
out of town, and want to spend an hour chasing it!  Or they want to see 
mangrove birds, difficult in Kakadu at the best of times!   

I would suggest to first time Top End birders not interested in rock art 
or beautiful scenery or big crocodiles that you spend a couple of days in 
and around Darwin (including Fogg Dam) for here you will pick up more 
easily most common birds and many of the mangrove specialists, and then 
heading for Pine Creek.  To the doubting Thomases - my backyard bird list 
(I live 4 km from the CBD) totals 140, and the one for Leanyer sewage 
ponds is twice that length.  In fact one could make a case for declaring 
the sewage ponds a national park on its birds alone (that would really 
please the NT government!).  

The Kakadu Bird list is not much longer than that for Darwin and its 
environs, and the accommodation is a damn sight more expensive!  

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/fax 08 89818492
PO Box 39373

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