We have just returned from a week working around Darwin and Kakadu. The wet
season weather may limit your accessibility to some of the more popular
spots, we only just got out of Kakadu before both the Kakadu and Arnheim
Highways were closed due to flooding.
We still saw some of the species you mentioned - Partridge Pigeon in the
carpark of the Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru and Sandstone Shrike Thrush
while walking around the Ubirr Rock Art near Jabiru. You will need to go on
a guided tour to Ubirr as the only way in is to drive to the floodplain and
then take a boat down the road.
Little Curlew were on the beach at Buffalo Creek (near Lee Point), a great
spot for all sorts of waders but keep one eye on the birds and the other on
the crocs in the estuary.
Have fun, we did, and expect to get wet.
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 23:00:26 +1100 (EST)
From: Frank Cassar <>
Subject: RFI: Trip to NT
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I've been following this list with interest for quite a few months and
this is my first post. I'm off to NT (Darwin, Kakadu, Pine Creek) in a
week's time and would love some information on birding. I should have plenty
of time for birding so I think I will be OK with the commoner NT specialties
(especially after searching the archives here), but would appreciate any
guidance or tips on some of the harder to find species - particularly if any
of these have been showing consistently anywhere of late: Red Goshawk, Rufus
Owl, Gouldian Finch, Great-billed heron, Chestnut Rail, Bush hen, Little
Curlew, Partridge Pigeon, Rainbow Pitta, White Browed Robin, Barn Swallow
and Zitting Cisticola.
Also, not necessarily NT specialties but some birds which I seem to miss
everywhere else might be easier in the NT - I'm thinking Sanderling,
Pratincole, Button Quail (either), Oriental Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Nightjar
or Red-Browed Pardalote.
And a final question. I will be hiring a two-wheel drive car, so will not
be able to travel on unsealed roads. This means I wont be able to drive to
Gunlom, so is there another place somewhat more accessible where I might be
able to see the escapement or sandstone specialties like Banded Fruit Dove,
White Throated Grasswren or Sandstone Shrike Thrush ?
many thanks in anticipation. Any advice will be appreciated.
Frank Cassar (Sydney)
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