Karumba late March

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Subject: Karumba late March
From: "Glenn Holmes" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 11:24:33 +1000
KARUMBA on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria attracts thousands of waterbirds during the Wet season.  I've just returned from my third visit at this time of year.  Access is now possible all the way by sealed road.
The best area is on the plains about 5-40 km east of the town, where ephemeral waters are widespread.  Some are visible from the road, the best at present being 2 km east of the towers near the west edge of the plains.
Birds seen 28-30 March included the following ...
GARGANEY - 1f, 30/3/01  [also one observed in general vicinity on exactly same date 1997 !!]
Zitting Cisticola
Pied Heron 1000s
Little Curlew 3
Swamp Harrier - birds in all plumages  [recent arrivals or residents ?]
Clamorous Reed-Warbler - singing in a few places [certainly not Oriental] 
Mostly the waters were still a little too deep for a diverse array of shorebirds.  On 6/4/96 the numbers included Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 300, Little Curlew 113, Greenshank 40, Marsh Sandpiper 35 and Black-tailed Godwit 9.
Around Karumba the usual White-breasted Whistler, Broad-billed Flycatcher and Mangrove Fantail were seen.  A Rufous Fantail near a low empty nest was of the resident form, recognised by some as the Wood or Arafura Fantail.
Glenn Holmes & Associates
**birding & botanical specialists**
PO Box 1246 Atherton   Qld 4883
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