NT-Darwin- Yellow Wagtail

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Subject: NT-Darwin- Yellow Wagtail
From: "M&VGardner" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 21:57:09 +0930
Hi all
Was able to see and get bodgey photos of 4 Yellow Wagtails at the Darwin (Leanyer) Sewerage Treatment Plant ponds yesterday morning. Also got Black Butcherbird in the mangroves behind the ponds.  Earlier on in the morning got Chestnut Rail, Fork-tailed Swift and Black Butcherbird at Buffalo Creek boat ramp at first light.
Back at Numbulwar been able to see 2 Great-billed Herons quite easily on the Rose River early in the morning last weekend and was surprised when 4 Red-necked Avocets flew past because they are not common or rare up here.  Good numbers of waders are around but I havent found their high tide roost yet.  Most waders are the usual suspects such as Common Greenshanks, Common Sandpipers, Grey-tailed Tatlers, Marsh Sandpipers, Whimberels, Eastern Curlew, Sharpies, Curlew Sandpipers, Black-winged Stilts, Sanderling, Great Knot, Pacific Golden Plovers, Red-necked Stints, Greater and Lesser Sand and Red-capped Plovers at the moment.
A pair of Barking Owls have successfully reared a young in the bush behind my house and was able to watch the young one being harrassed by the resident Large-tailed Nightjar really early last Saturday morning (5.11.05) when the barking owls calling woke me outside my bedroom window.
Large, end of dry season flocks of Red-winged Parrots have been coming into town to feed on garden trees too.
Numbulwar NT
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