History of ornithology in the Northern territory

To: bob gosford <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: History of ornithology in the Northern territory
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2012 16:24:50 +0930
Hi Bob
I assume you've spoken to Tony Hertog, John Estbergs and Patrick Rowan.

John McKean was a prominent birder in the 1970s and 80s. However, in the
eyes of Patrick at least Hilary Thompson (arrived 1971) was the first really
professional birding guide.

He started Limosa in 1981 and I joined him in 1983, and took over in 1984.

Hilary published quite a few papers on Top End birds.  Together we published
'Common Birds of the Darwin Area', the first bird book for the NT (1987).
 In 1989 we produced an annotated List of Top End birds which I'll put on my
website when I have time - it covers bird records and gives many more
birders' names.  

I published 'Birds of Darwin Mangroves and Mudflats' in 1996 and 'Birds of
Australia's Top End' in 2000. This latter book was the first to use Bininj
names and information.

'Birds of Palmerston' is going to press this week.  It will be launched at
Government House in Feb, 2013 should you like to join us.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street,
Bakewell, NT 0832
043 8650 835

PhD candidate, SCU
Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia
Nominated for the Condé Nast international ecotourism award, 2004 by the
renowned American website, Earthfoot.
Wildlife Adviser, BBC¹s ?Deadly 60¹

On 1/12/12 4:09 PM, "Bob Gosford" <> wrote:

> All,
> I have been approached to write a history of ornithology in the Northern
> Territory and am about half-way through drafts and research for the
> (increasingly daunting) project.
> I think that I have the early days and most of the last century covered
> reasonable well but would appreciate any advice from list members of
> prominent
> ornithologists and other that have made a contribution to birding (in the
> broadest sense of that word) in the NT.
> I am particularly interested in the namesd and research history of
> practitioners
> that have worked for governmenmt and non-government agencies - and whose
> work
> may not have turned up in the usual journals.
> I would also be interested in any links to publications in international or
> non-birding journals that i may not have caught yet.
> Thanks in advance and happy to discuss,
> Bob Gosford
> PS: I have a (very) tight deadline so sooner rather than later please!
> PPS: I can be contacted through this group or at
> <
> dewdnZRWCAlscUqPxJ4YSODcG6EZxgx2IHtVHDS-su4yAqzrrcXSAsS3Or-5vmuwSbnC6poC4>...


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