Preliminary RFI - Darwin & Top End for July visit

To: Tom and Mandy Wilson <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Preliminary RFI - Darwin & Top End for July visit
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:36:19 +0930
Best place to see Chestnut Rail - either from the Elizabeth River Bridge
(near Palmerston)  or Stuart Pk mangroves (if you don't mind getting muddy).
Channel Island bridge good for Great-billed Heron.

Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon - Bardejdilidji.  Also Banded Fruit-dove.  Or
if the Carpentaria Palms at the beginning of the Nourlangie walk are
fruiting, Banded will be feeding there.

Hooded Parrot- often hanging around streets in Pine Creek.

Little Kingfisher-best spot Howard Springs on trunks of trees.

Green-backed Gerygone - monsoon vine-thicket on way to Wickham Pt,

Gouldian Finch - sites depend on whether rain has fallen or fire.  I've just
expanded on this in an article I sent to Simon Mustoe on my trip with
Jonathon Franzen.

I could go on, but have other work to do.  Good luck

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow B.A. Grad.Dip.Arts
1/7 Songlark Street, Bakewell NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835

Birdwatching and Indigenous tourism consultant
PhD Candidate (Southern Cross University, NSW)
Interpreter/transcriber, Lonely Planet Guide to Aboriginal Australia
Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia; ecotourism adviser, Mitchell Creek
Nominated by Earthfoot (2004) for Conde Nast's Traveler International Award

"it gave me huge insight" into the lives of Aboriginal Australians
Jonathon Franzen on "Quiet Snake Dreaming".

For copies of Birds of Australia¹s Top End or Quiet Snake Dreaming, visit

on 1/4/12 1:46 PM, Tom and Mandy Wilson at 

> Hi All
> I will be spending about 10 days in the Darwin/Kakadu/Katherine region in
> early July - the reason this RFI is so far in advance is to help with my
> trip planning.  This will be my second visit (almost 20 years after my first
> in September 1992) and I am looking for a few species I missed that time and
> tidying up a few sightings which, in retrospect, were perhaps not as good as
> I would accept now. I have already raided the birding-aus archives, read my
> (old) Thomas & Thomas and Bransbury looking at sites, but would be
> interested in some perhaps more up to date info/sites for the species listed
> below.  I'm trying to track down a copy of Niven McRie's book, but the only
> copy in the NSW public library system seems to be in the State Library, so
> I'm now probably going to purchase one if I can.
> We will be camping for a week and then have a couple of days in Darwin
> itself to finish off, with the route running (roughly) Darwin - Kakadu
> (Ubirr or Jabiru/Cooinda/Gunlom) - Katherine - Litchfield park - Darwin .
> Plans already include a stop at Adelaide River, Yellow Waters and Katherine
> Gorge Cruises, visiting Territory Wildlife Park and visit to Fogg Dam.  (As
> this is a family trip, a visit to Leanyer Sewage works probably not on the
> cards!  A diversion toward Victoria River is also highly unlikely.)
> Looking forward to seeing a load of species I've not seen for some time, but
> the specific target list, together with possible sites noted so far, is:
> - Great Billed Heron (Buffalo Creek, Adelaide River. Yellow Waters; Darwin
> Hbr - Middle Arm)
> - Red Goshawk (along Arnhem Hwy; Mataranka/Katherine areas - keep eyes
> peeled as July is when they start displaying?)
> - Chestnut Rail (Buffalo Creek; Charles Darwin NP; Darwin Hbr - Middle Arm -
> aware that I need to get the tide conditions right)
> - Red backed Button Quail (Holmes Jungle; Leaning Tree lagoon)
> - Chestnut Backed Button Quail (areas around Ubirr, Nourlangie)
> - Chestnut Quilled Rock Pigeon (Gunlom, Katherine up on the tops)
> - Banded Fruit Dove (sandstone outcrops at Ubirr, Nourlangie etc)
> - Hooded Parrot (Pine Creek but better info sought on specific
> site/Katherine areas)
> - Rufous Owl (Botanic Gardens; Howard Springs?; Waterfall Creek Gunlom)
> - Little Kingfisher (Yellow Waters, Buffalo Creek)
> - Rainbow Pitta (Monsoon Rainforest - Howard Springs, Fogg Dam; East Point)
> - White Throated Grasswren (Gunlom - are they still there?)
> - Green Backed Gerygone (seem to be common in several habitats - not sure
> how I missed these in 1992)
> - Buff Sided Robin (riverine woodland; Yellow Waters; Waterfall Creek
> Gunlom)
> - White Breasted Whistler (mangroves - Buffalo Creek etc - anywhere I'd be
> looking for Chestnut Rail presumably)
> - Mangrove Golden Whistler (mangroves (duh!) - esp. Adelaide River)
> - Arafura Fantail (monsoon rainforest pockets as for Rainbow Pitta;
> paperbark swamps - varied habitats)
> - Mangrove Grey Fantail (mangroves (duh again!) - Buffalo Creek)
> - Star Finch (bit light on info on this and the next 2)
> - Yellow Rumped Mannikin
> - Pictorella Mannikin
> - Gouldian Finch (around Pine Creek but better info sought on specific site;
> Bird Billabong)
> - Zitting Cisticola (swampy grasslands)
> - Yellow White Eye (mangroves, monsoon thickets)
> I was wondering whether it is worth lugging my scope and tripod with me - as
> I assume that lots of waders will be up north breeding but there may be a
> reasonable overwintering population to be seen at East Point, Lee Point etc,
> so would be interested in thoughts on that front.
> Also, is there a site other than Eremaea where NT sightings are discussed?
> I see my trip coincides with Arnhem Land bird week - hope all the birds
> aren't being paid to be over there for the bird week punters!
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
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