Re: RFI Northern Territory

To: "Frank Cassar" <>
Subject: Re: RFI Northern Territory
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:37:32 +1100
Hi Frank,

Here's a condensed  version of a NT trip report to NT in May June 2006 .
So different times  and conditions, but should still provide some handy

Charles Darwin Uni: nice area between the uni and the beach. Some birds
here included Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Varied and Rainbow Lorikeet
(red-collared ssp), Red-winged Parrot, Osprey, Pacific Baza,
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Green-backed, Large-billed
& Mangrove Gerygone, honeyeaters included Rufous-banded, Brown, Dusky,
Red-headed (which were common and easy to see), White-gaped,
Bar-breasted & White-throated Honeyeater, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Grey
Whistler (Brown ssp), Striated Pardalote (yellow rumped Black-headed ssp
uropygialis), Northern Fantail, Orange-footed Scrubfowl (a common garden
bird), White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Varied Triller, Red-backed
Fairy-wren, Yellow White-eye, Masked, Long-tailed & Double-barred Finch
and Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

Buffalo Creek and Lee Point: some of the birds seen here included
White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Nankeen Night Heron, Azure
Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Rainbow Pitta and
Chestnut Rail. Chestnut Rail at dusk and low when it is low tide look
across the river from the boat ramp, wait for a quiet period i.e. when
there are no boats. Simple! Both Large-tailed Nightjar and Barking Owl
were heard at Buffalo Creek. At Lee Point some of the birds seen
included Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Sanderling, Pacific
Golden Plover, Lesser Sand & Greater Sand Plover, Eastern Reef Egret,
Australian Pelican and Caspian, Gull-billed, Crested & Lesser Crested

East Point: Eastern Reef Egret, Grey Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Common
Sandpiper, Collared Kingfisher, and Rose-crowned Fruit Dove.

Holmes Jungle: Red-backed Button-quail in tall grass (also Helmeted
Guineafowl and Indian Peafowl).

Botanical Gardens: Rufous Owl next to the toilet block

Darwin Airport: Bush Stone-Curlew and Barking Owl (good birds to see
while catching the plane home at night).

Fogg Dam: birds include Magpie Goose, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Radjah
Shelduck, Green Pygmy-goose, Cattle, Little, Intermediate & Great Egret,
White-faced, White-necked, Pied & Nankeen Night Heron, Straw-necked
Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork, Whistling Kite, Orange-footed
Scrubfowl, Comb-crested Jacana, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern,
Brush Cuckoo, Azure, Forest and Sacred Kingfisher, Blue-winged
Kookaburra, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rainbow Pitta, Red-backed Fairy-wren,
Dusky, Red-headed, White-gaped, Bar-breasted & Rufous-banded Honeyeater,
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Grey Whistler, Northern Fantail, Broad-billed
Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher (Paperbark ssp nana), Green-backed
Gerygone, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Varied Triller, Yellow White-eye,
Tawny Grassbird, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and Crimson Finch. Also seem
at Fogg Dam were Freshwater Crocodile and Wild Pig.

Arnhem Hwy: I saw a Gouldian Finch in grassy monsoon forest 45
kilometres from Darwin on the Arnhem Hwy, immediately east of the J200
(Jabiru 200) road sign. Also here Masked, Long-tailed, Double-barred &
Crimson Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Northern Rosella,
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Varied Lorikeet, and Black-tailed
Treecreeper & Blue-winged Kookaburra.

Adelaide River Crossing: Mangrove Golden Whistler.

Kakadu Hwy: look out for Red Goshawk. I saw a bird 20 km south of Yellow
Waters. Near the township of Jabiru Partridge Pigeon, Frilled-necked
Lizard and Antilopine Wallaroo.

Gunlom (Waterfall Creek): inaccessible at this time of year, is great
for sandstone specialists: Banded Fruit Dove (seen in the dark gullies
highest up the escarpment), Sandstone Shrike-thrush, White-lined
Honeyeater, Banded Honeyeater, Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Helmeted
Friarbird (the sandstone ssp ammitophila), Variegated Fairy-wren
(lavender-flanked ssp dulcis). At the base of the falls there were large
flocks of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Black-breasted Buzzard, Little
Woodswallow, Varied Lorikeet, Northern Rosella, Great Bowerbird,
Blue-faced Honeyeater, Pheasant Coucal, Blue-winged Kookaburra,
White-gaped Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Silver-crowned
Friarbird, and we also saw a Black Wallaroo at the top.

Pine Creek: Hooded Parrot in the park on Main St, near the nth side of
Moule St.  Also Red-backed Kingfisher, Black-chinned Honeyeater:
golden-backed ssp laetior Pine Creek and Crested Pigeon near here.


Tim Dolby

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