Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 2 Jan 2012 01:30:32 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 1 Jan 2012.

Sun 1 Jan Brown Quail Bukbukluk Lookout, Kakadu
Two birds flushed from around seat at western lookout point. Flew down into gully to south, and then heard calling to each other, but couldn't re-locate.
John & Shirley Tongue

Sat 31 Dec Banded Fruit-dove Nourlangie Rock, Kakadu
Single bird feeding quietly in fruiting trees where track up to lookout crosses small bridge.
John, Shirley, Peter and Kimberley Tongue

Thu 29 Dec Oriental Plover East Point Foreshore, Darwin
2 possible/probable Oriental Plovers on the rocks near where the monsoon walk comes out to the northern shore. In a group of mixed waders (Great Knots, and Lesser Sand Plovers), with another mixed flock further along containing some Pacific Golden Plovers (helped with the comparison). These two were more upright, with relatively longer legs and necks than the PGPs. Also, very light belly, plain even brown back, and one had rusty brown tinge across the chest. Both had marked pale eyebrow and facial markings. Only very poor photos obtained (angle of light, and then flock took flight). Sorry about late posting, but did not realise this was outside normal transit season.
John, Shirley, Peter and Kimberley Tongue

Tue 27 Dec Spotted Whistling-Duck Leanyer Sewage Ponds, Darwin
Observed for nearly an hour and a half amongst many other ducks (mostly Wandering Whistling-Ducks). Photographed with old film camera so awaiting photos tomorrow. Nervous and continually harassed by Wandering Whistling-Ducks. This is a new bird for the Northern Territory and the first Australian record outside of north Queensland. Please remember that this is a restricted access site and only those who have been inducted can enter the ponds.
Peter Kyne

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