Little Grebe in Darwin

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Subject: Little Grebe in Darwin
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2008 11:56:03 +1100
Dear Birders,
What a wonderful birding place Darwin is! I went up for a day and a half on 
Friday and Saturday (3 and 4 October 2008) to try for the Little Grebe and was 
rewarded with 100 birds seen (plus a couple heard but not seen) including the 
grebe and Arafura Fantail that had eluded me in the Gulf earlier in the year.

I was very fortunate to have Darryel Binns take me into the Leanyer STW to look 
for the grebe. It in fact looks chunkier and larger headed than the Aussie 
grebes in the next pond. Little Ringed Plover were alsopresent but neither the 
Long-toed Stint not the Oriental Plover showed while we were there though I 
gather that others saw both on the same day.

The Arafura Fantail provided wonderful views at Lee Point at the eastern end of 
the parklands beyond the toilet block. Someone famously described it as like a 
washed out Rufous Fantail which does not do it justice. It is a very "pretty" 
bird; rather fairy like in its delicate though pale colouring and flighty 

Needless to say that considerable time was spent on Friday night driving to all 
the suggested spots fin an unrequited search for the non-existent Notted 

Many thanks to Niven for his original report and to Biggles for his assistance 
in finding the grebe.
Peter Marsh

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