Darwin Birding

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Subject: Darwin Birding
From: "Steve Popple" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 11:12:49 +0930
Feeling a bit guilty about the lack of sightings reported from the Top End
lately. It must be the cold, it got down to 12 C last night here at Humpty
Doo which is freezing to us. Plenty of birds around at the moment. A Black
Breasted Buzzard is regularly patrolling over our place, and the other day a
Collared Sparrowhawk was busy fossicking for something unsuccessfully on the
ground. I got my best look ever at Varied Lorikeets feeding in a grevillea,
usually they just streak away as you approach but these just sat and
regarded me with interest. The Friarbirds both Silver crowned and Little are
busy feeding in the Woollybutts at the moment. The Bush Stone Curlews are
going troppo at the moment I'm not certain if its the full moon or breeding
season but you can hear them calling all night. Red Backed Kingfishers seem
to be in good numbers around Darwin this year I'm regularly seeing them both
in town and out in the rural area whereas last year I didn't see any.

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