NW Kimberley trip
Peter Pfeiffer <>
Wed, 06 Aug 2003 09:02:35 +0930
I have just returned from a quick trip to the Kimberley .
Some top birds seen were :
16 species of Honeyeater including
Grey headed Ellery Ck, Alice Springs
Black chinned Tanami track
Grey fronted Ellery Ck, Alice Springs
White gaped Fitzroy Crossing
Rufous throated Broome Bird Observatory
Red headed Broome Bird Observatory
Banded Gibb River Road Half way along somewhere at a roadside stop
White-throated El Questro
These were all new birds for me.
Others lifers seen were :
Square -tailed Kite Kulgera
Black-breasted Buzzard Tanami track
Letter-winged Kite Tanami track
White-Quilled Rock Pigeon Bungles
Gull-billed Tern Broome Bird Observatory
Yellow White-eye Broome Bird Observatory
Eastern Curlew Broome Bird Observatory
Masked Finch El Questro
Northern Fantail El Questro
Masked Woodswallow Kununurra
and what looked like a juvenile Grey Heron at the Territory Wildlife Park
at Berry Springs ( perhaps Niven could enlighten me further about this
sighting ). It was distinctly Grey with the darker patches going down the
front of the whiteish neck.
The best sighting for the trip for me was seeing the Black-chinned HE on
the NT/WA border on the Tanami. I have not seen them here in Adelaide yet
although they are about.
The Banded HE on the Gibb River Road was also hard to beat as well as the
BBBuzzard and the LWKite on the Tanami track.
109 species were seen without actively seeking them out. There were also
quite a few tantailising glimpses of birds as they quickly flew by. One of
thes may have been a Grey honeyeater on the Stuart Highway below the Alice
towards northern SA but I could not be sure.
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