Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 3 Dec 2012 01:31:17 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Dec 2012.

Sat 1 Dec Fork-tailed Swifts Katherine N.T (farmland just outside of township)
Open flocks of them flying fast above farmland.... Heading out towards Tindal, on the right hand side of the highway...
Kirri Hardy

Tue 27 Nov Australasian grebe Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area
Australasian grebe hanging out with the Marsh Sandpiper and 4 grey teals.
Jenny Smits

Sun 25 Nov Little Ringed Plover Anbangbang billabong near Nourlangie Rock, Kakadu NP
This bird was seen from very far, in deference to crocodile habitat between me and it. The photo is greatly cropped. Several other photos show a complete white ring around the back of the head, which I think eliminates all Aus plovers save Little Ringed and Common Ringed plovers. This photo best shows the wide extent of the breastband on the side of the breast, which I think is characteristic of Common Ringed Plover. I have limited experience with the species (in Europe) though I got to see the first California record (in complete summer plumage) this year. I understand that Little Ringed Plover is the more "common" species in the region.
Chet McGaugh

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