RFI: Trip to NT

To: Gavin Jackson <>, <>
Subject: RFI: Trip to NT
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:07:27 +0930
Often birders don't take safety into consideration as much as they should.
Some pointers:

Be careful wandering around in isolated areas around Darwin such as Mindil
Beach and Buffalo Creek -  anywhere there are itinerant people. Darwin has
the highest rate of assault and rape of any capital city in Australia.  This
also goes for Jabiru and Katherine.  If you are cornered be friendly.  Never
try to fight your way out, particularly if you're faced with a mob.

Guard against mosquitoes.  Having suffered a bout of Ross River virus I
wouldn't wish it on anyone. Wear long-sleeved shirt and trousers, and a
scarf around your neck.

Estuarine crocodiles are common.   Bending down near the water's edge you
look dog-sized - even more of a morsel.  If you drop a wallet for example,
in such an area, and want to risk retrieving it, get someone to stand
upright behind you.

There are pigs in the monsoon forest along the East Alligator River (good
habitat for Rainbow Pitta).  Often the big sow that lives there has a litter
with  her.  

I would think twice about doing this walk alone, unless there were others on
the path.  But if you can't resist the challenge, and come across this old
lady (the pig that is), back off slowly.  If she charges throw your arms up
and yell.  

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street
Ph. 61 08 89 328306

On 15/3/07 3:17 PM, "Gavin Jackson" <> wrote:

> Hello Frank
> 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.
> Gavin Jackson


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