Try Stuart Park mangroves for Chestnut Rail. The path off to the left and
the Elizabeth River bridge, Palmerston, is not bad for Mangrove Golden
Whistler - otherwise Adelaide River on the Arnhem Highway. Just watch out
for the crocodiles there. They're used to being fed by people.
The best spots I've found for White-breasted Whistler are also in the
Palmerston mangroves. You could try the Palmerston sewage ponds for the
whistlers and also for Mangrove Grey Fantail, but that spot doesn't seem as
good as it used to be.
The best spot I've found for Little Kingfisher is Howard Springs - Peter
Valentine and I saw two there a few weeks ago.
The easiest way to find the button-quails is to drive roads out of town at
night. They sit on the road. Red-backed is more common than
Chestnut-backed. Still I've found Chestnut-backed doing this along the
Arnhem Highway (near the South Alligator is a good spot) and on tracks into
camp sites around Kakadu). Red-backed is also around both Darwin and
The closest to town that I've found Partridge Pigeon is Southport, near
Be careful if you decide to go to Holmes Jungle or Buffalo Creek- lots of
break ins occur in both places.
You may not get into Gunlom considering all the rain we've had the road may
be in pretty bad shape. Try Bardedjilidji for Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon.
It's good for all the sandstone endemics (including the macropodids), apart
from White-throated Grasswren.
I'm sure others will send you lots of information but if there are any gaps
let me know and I'll attempt to fill them in.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 3460 NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835
Birdwatching and Indigenous tourism consultant
Interpreter/transcriber, Lonely Planet Guide to Aboriginal Australia
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on 18/4/10 12:10 AM, Nikolas Haass at wrote:
> Hi all,
> I will be at a conference in Darwin in mid May. I'd like to look for
> some birds in Darwin. Maybe I could take two days off resulting in a
> four-day weekend up there.
> Are there any news about following birds in and around Darwin? (Except for the
> category "Darwin" I am well aware that I can't do all this i four days. Just
> trying to get an idea.)
> King Quail - Holmes Jungle, Knuckeys Lagoon?
> Red-backed Button-quail - Holmes Jungle?
> Chestnut-backed Button-quail - Holmes Jungle? Or Kakadu/Edith River?
> Rail Buffalo Creek?
> Rufous Owl Botanical Garden?
> Little Kingfisher Buffalo Creek?
> Mangrove Golden Whistler Buffalo Creek?
> White-breasted Whistler Buffalo Creek?
> Mangrove Grey Fantail Buffalo Creek?
> Further out to remote
> Pigeon MaryRiver, Kakadu?
> Rock-Pigeon - VictoriaRiver?
> Rock-Pigeon Gunlom?
> Masked Owl
> Red Goshawk
> Grasswren - Gunlom?
> Yellow Chat
> Snipe - Knuckey's - Nov+
> Curlew - Oct+
> And mammals:
> Northern Quoll
> Rock Ringtail Possum
> Antilopine Wallaroo
> Black Wallaroo
> Northern Nailtail Wallaby
> Snubfin Dolphin
> Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin
> Nikolas Haass
> Sydney, NSW
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