Outback and Top End birding

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Subject: Outback and Top End birding
From: "Dion Hobcroft" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 22:28:11 +1000
Hi all,
Some recent birding news from south eastern deserts and Top End. Thanks
to Niven McCrie, Arthur and Sheryl Keats and the many station owners who
made this trip so good. Trip total was 350 species in 8500 km. One flat
tyre, one incredible sandstorm in Strzelecki Desert on 6 Sep (perhaps
southerly buster responsible for Antarctic Terns on KI) and lots of
patches of green in eastern Outback especially Cunnamulla to Wanaaring
and still lots of water and green in Top End following late wet season.
Freckled Duck (1) at Gum Swamp Forbes on 10 Sep. 
Blue-billed Duck (2) at Bourke STW on 30 Aug. 
Black-shouldered Kite (1) Cooper Creek 100 km NW Noccundra on 2 Sep and
(1) near Victoria River, NT on 17 Sep.
Spotted Harrier (1) 100 km S Noccundra, QLD on 3 Sep and (1) Central
Arnhem Rd, NT on 16 Sep.
Black-breasted Buzzard (2) Bowra Station, Cunnamulla on 1 Sep; (1) west
of Thargomindah on 2 Sep and (1) Strzelecki Crossing on 6 Sep.
Grey Goshawk (1) juvenile female grey morph with heavy rufous barring on
belly and spotting on chest and faint mesial throat smudge and orangeish
eyes near Darwin Hospital on 19 Sep was a fascinating bird-possibly a
hybrid with Brown Goshawk.
Red Goshawk (2) in Top End
Grey Falcon (1) juvenile near Cunnamulla per BC on 1 Sep and (1) adult
near Wanaaring on 7 Sep.
Malleefowl (2) Nombinnie NR on 9 Sep
Brolga (1) near Thargomindah on 1 Sep and (3) near Noccundra on 2 Sep.
Red-chested Button-quail (1) Central Arnhem Road on both 16-18 Sep
Baillon's Crake (2) Bourke STW on 30 Aug and (1) Cobar Reservoir on 9
Chestnut Rail (1) Middle Arm on 18 Sep
Inland Dotterel (2) spotlit at night near Noccundra on 2 Sep.
Australian Pratincole (2-15) daily between Noccundra-Tibooburra and
Superb Parrot (30) near Gooloogong on 10 Sep
Hooded Parrot (1) male 50 km E Central Arnhem Road on 16 Sep.
Blue-winged Parrot (2) near Adelaide Gate, NSW on 4 Sep.
Grey Grasswren (2) near Adelaide Gate, NSW on 4 Sep.
Eyrean Grasswren (2) Bollards Lagoon, SA on 5 Sep.
Regent Honeyeater (3) near Glen Alice on 29 Aug.
Painted Honeyeater (1) Bowra Station, Cunnamulla on 31 Aug
Black Honeyeater (2) Bowra Station on 31 Aug-1 Sep and several near
Wanaaring NSW on 7-8 Sep.
Pied Honeyeater recorded on 7 days between Cunnamulla and Wanaaring with
max. (20) near Adelaide Gate, NSW on 4 Sep.
Gibberbird (1) 25 km E Tibooburra on 4 Sep and (1) near 20 Mile Creek in
Sturt NP on 7 Sep.
Banded Whiteface (2) Bollards Lagoon on 6 Sep 
Grey Currawong (1) Glen Davis, NSW on 29 Aug
Silver-backed Butcherbird (1) Humpty Doo, NT on 13 Sep
Star Finch (200) in three localities between Timber Creek-Victoria River
and Buntine Hwy on 17 Sep.
Yellow-rumped Munia (1) Victoria River and (10) plus Buntine Hwy on 17
Gouldian Finch (1) Central Arnhem Road on 16 Sep and (6) on Top Springs
Rd on 17 Sep. 

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