Trip to NT and Kimberley (brief report)

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Subject: Trip to NT and Kimberley (brief report)
From: "Roger McGovern" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 17:09:09 +1000
Louise and I have just returned from a very enjoyable and successful two week birding trip to the northern NT and Kimberley regions. Our good friends Arthur and Sheryl Keates moved from Brisbane to Darwin last year and it was a great opportunity to have a thorough search around the area with skilled birders with local knowledge! The focus of the trip was to try and locate the last four birds missing from my Australian list in that region, these being Chestnut-backed Button-Quail, Black Grasswren, White-throated Grasswren and Banded Fruit-Dove. We successfully accomplished this mission and saw lots more great birds besides.
Our itinerary started in Darwin and then Katherine (and a bit south and east), Victoria Highway west to Kununurra with deviations at various locations along that route, Wyndham, an overnight trip by aircraft into the Mitchell Plateau, back east along the Victoria Highway, Pine Creek, Gunlom Falls, Cooinda and back to Darwin. We recorded a total of 211 species with many highlights including Gouldian Finches at several locations, all the other regional finches in good numbers (except for Pictorella Mannikins of which we saw only two), twenty raptor species including three Red Goshawks and lots more. The wet season finished very late this year (it actually rained during the first four days of our trip) and the country looked spectaularly green and lush.
I am preparing a more detailed report of the trip and, if anyone would like a copy (on MSWord) please contact me directly.
Roger McGovern
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