Javan Pond Heron

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Subject: Javan Pond Heron
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 22:41:25 +1100
Hi all,

Returned this morning form Darwin. Allan Benson, Rob Benson and I couldn't resist the pond heron so we planned 3 days in NT with additional target birds that we had missed on previous trips to Kakadu National Park.

We were fortunate to spot the pond heron at about 7.30 am on Thursday morning after waiting for about half an hour. It landed close and in a dead tree giving spectacular views. We then headed to Pine Creek looking for Chestnut-backed Button-quail at the cemetary and Copperfield Dam without success. Staying at Mary River Roadhouse we headed to Nourlangie Rock early on Friday morning seeing, after some searching and listening, the Banded Fruit-Dove.

We headed back to Pine Creek and on early on Saturday morning, successfully seeing a CBBQ after tracking it down by its call. We had good long views of the bird as it flew away and for some distance giving great views of its back in good light.

Returning to Darwin we met up with a number of birders including the TV star at Leigh Point and watched some great waders, an Affinis Gull-billed Tern and some flocks of Varied Lorrikeets as they flew over.

A very successful twitch with each of us gaining some bonus species. The Kakadu Highway from Pine Creek had obviously been under water recently but was open with minor water damage at a couple of spots.

John Reidy.

Ps. Not really sorry for missing the TV report.

John Reidy
Phone 02 9871 4836
Fax 02 9871 2616

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