Osprey at Glen Helen

To: "Messages Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Osprey at Glen Helen
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 20:30:36 +1000
g'day all,
The Australian Birdwatcher paper was
Fleming, M.R. (1987). The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, in central Australia.  ABW 12 (1) March 1987, p30-32. and
included a list of non-coastal sightings of the Osprey in the N.T. plus a photo by R. Allen, taken 2/5/1985
The Emu, Vol 59 (2) p100 refers to a paper in "Journal fur Ornithologie, Jan 1911,  which notes a record of one shot by "an anthropologist and observer of bird life" at Blood's Creek in far north of Sth Aust .. and a tame dingo tore it to pieces before it was examined.
I have been fortunate to record vagrant Ospreys here at the Isa on several occasions.
At one time a pair stayed for at least a fortnight near the Lake Moondarra dam wall. At another time, a single bird fished up and down the permanent pool in the Leichhardt River alongside the Moondarra Caravan Park. And on a 3rd occasion another bird roosted for a day on a street light in a residential location a couple of 100m from the river.
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
Further to Steve Clark's message, I saw an Osprey at Glen Helen Gorge (Macdonnell Ranges, N.T.) back in August 1984, also in the act of catching a fish. As I later learned, this particular bird had been there for several months, and an article was written about it in The Australian Bird Watcher about 2 years later by an ornithologist based in Alice Springs. This contained theories as to how it got there and what it had been feeding on. Sorry I can't recall his name or locate the reference just now.
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU