Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 11 Jun 2012 01:30:32 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 10 Jun 2012.

Sat 9 Jun Chestnut Quilled Rock Pigeon Ubirr Comfort Station
These birds are hanging around the dripping tap at the comfort station.
John Francis

Wed 6 Jun Spotless Crake Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Spotless Crake (2) Foraging close to Black-tailed Native Hens on the northern edge of the amaranthus in EP7A.
Christopher Watson

Australian Bustard Low Ecological Services
Australian Bustard (1) Flew straight down Isotoma Rd, over the block and landed just over the fence in the AZRI paddock.
Christopher Watson

Tue 5 Jun Princess Parrot Stuart Hwy, 26kms south of Alice Springs
A small flock was seen and positively identified, flying across the Stuart Highway in the late afternoon by ranger Mark Anderson.
Chris Watson per Mark Anderson

Sun 3 Jun Hooded Parrots Edith Falls Road
At exactly 5.1 k's in from Highway on left hand side. Dirt road into a water hole. Hooded Parrots there at dawn and dusk. Very flighty.
John Francis

Masked Finch Top Springs NT Block
Masked Finch (7) mainly juveniles seen at the Coolibah Creek crossing about 8 kms to the west of Top Springs on the Buchanan Highway
Richard Waring

Purple-crowned Fairy-wren Camfield River, Buntine Hwy.
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
Richard Waring

Fri 1 Jun Varied Lorikeet Camfield NT Block
Varied Lorikeet - saw five of these birds in total, coming in late afternoon near a waterhole next to a flooding asphalt crossing.
Richard Waring

Thu 31 May White-quilled Rock-pigeon Victoria River (escarpment walk)
Climbed the escarpment walk a couple of km past the roadhouse (towards Timber Creek) at daybreak expecting to find White-quilled Rock Pigeons (as per distribution maps found in several field guides). One pigeon was seen from above and it had chestnut wings as it flew away down into the valley. There was no white on the wings. I assumed this must be a Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon. However, according to Morecombe, White-quilled Rock-pigeon "race boothi... has reddish brown plumage and little, if any, white across outer wings"
David Dickson

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