Australian Birdwatcher paper was
M.R. (1987). The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, in central
Australia. ABW 12 (1)
March 1987, p30-32. and
a list of non-coastal sightings of the Osprey in the N.T. plus a photo by R.
Allen, taken 2/5/1985
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.
have been fortunate to record vagrant Ospreys here at the Isa on several
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.
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.