HOT off the press: Northern Territory Naturalist no. 24, February 2013

To: colin trainor <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: HOT off the press: Northern Territory Naturalist no. 24, February 2013
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:46:14 +0930
I've an annotated list of birds of the Top End that Hilary Thompson and I
began in the early 1980s following on from our publication of the NT's first
bird book. 

I haven't added any entries since about 1991, but I've no doubt it's the
most complete record of Top End birds till then.  It includes our records,
plus those of John McKean, Tony Hertog and others.

Let me know if you're interested in a note on this list.

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 14/3/13 5:21 PM, "colin trainor" <> wrote:

> Hi - The recent Volume of "Northern Territory Naturalist" including several
> bird articles.
> If anyone wants to submit a paper or note on the birds of NT (arid region
> /Alice Springs to Top End) see the website, and information below the Table of
> Contents.
> thanks,
> Colin
> WEB:
> Northern Territory Naturalist no. 24, February 2013
> Contents and Abstracts
> Research Articles
> Bisa D. (2013)
> New locations of butterflies from northern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
> Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 2-13.
> Abstract: The Northern Territory is a frontier in Australia for biological
> research in which new discoveries and locations of butterflies are frequently
> made. In this
> paper, I report 41 new point locations for 36 species in northern Arnhem Land.
> In particular, a number of significant range extensions and new spatial
> records are documented,
> including new locations for the Copper Jewel Hypochrysops apelles and Samphire
> Blue Theclinesthes sulpitius which are more than 500 km from their
> previous known occurrence in the Northern Territory. Notwithstanding Arnhem
> Land¹s remoteness
> and inaccessibility being key constraints for butterfly surveys, further
> sampling is recommended
> to obtain fine-scale distribution data to fill knowledge gaps and to assess
> the
> conservation status of particular species. As the majority of the region
> surveyed is
> now located within the recently declared Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)
> managed by Bawinanga
> Aboriginal Corporation¹s Djelk Rangers based in Maningrida, these
> recommendations will assist with the collection of baseline data for future
> monitoring. A
> greater focus on this invertebrate group may help to promote the potential use
> of butterflies as indicators of
> biodiversity and landscape health.
> Fukuda Y.,
> Saalfeld K., Webb G., Manolis C. and Risk R. (2013) Standardised method of
> spotlight surveys for crocodiles in the tidal rivers of the
> Northern Territory, Australia. Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 14-32.
> Abstract: Standardised spotlight survey procedures have been an integral part
> of
> long-term (1975-2012) monitoring programs for Saltwater Crocodiles Crocodylus
> porosus and Freshwater Crocodiles C. johnstoni in tidal rivers of the Northern
> Territory (NT) of Australia. These programs, implemented four
> years after depleted Saltwater Crocodile populations were protected from
> hunting in 1971, have been instrumental in documenting post-protection
> population recovery
> and evaluating management interventions. This article describes a standardised
> method for
> spotlight survey of crocodiles in tidal rivers, with particular emphasis on
> practical aspects that were not previously documented. It also shows example
> survey data and
> how it is analysed. This practical guide is primarily oriented at maintaining
> survey standardisation
> within the NT, but it should help wildlife managers to use standardised
> spotlight counting as a monitoring tool for crocodilian species in similar
> habitats elsewhere.
> Reynolds S.J.
> (2013) Habitat associations of birds at Manton Dam, Northern Territory.
> Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 33-49.
> Abstract: Manton Dam is an impoundment of the Manton River approximately 50 km
> south-south-east of Darwin, Northern Territory. Major habitats associated with
> the dam (open water, water edge, riparian monsoon forest and savanna woodland)
> were searched to
> determine the bird species associated with each. A total of 84 avifauna
> species
> were recorded. Diversity (22 species) and abundance of waterbirds were low in
> comparison with other wetlands of northern Australia?only 11 bird species were
> recorded using the open
> water habitat. The paucity of waterbirds may be due to the lack of shallow
> foraging areas. Bushbirds included 50 species that used riparian monsoon
> forest habitat and
> 45 species that used savanna habitat; 34 species were recorded in both
> habitats. Nine waterbird
> species were also recorded using riparian monsoon forest habitat. Further
> development of riparian vegetation around the fringes of the dam may encourage
> colonisation
> by additional forest bird species. Increasing the extent of shallow water
> areas
> and prohibition
> of motorboats may enhance habitat availability and quality for waterbirds and
> shorebirds.
> Short notes
> Kyne P.M.
> (2013) First record of Spotted Whistling Duck Dendrocygna guttata for the
> Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 50-54.
> Abstract: The Spotted Whistling Duck Dendrocygna guttata occurs in the
> Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and was first recorded in
> Australia in 1995; it
> is now seen regularly in northern Queensland. The first record of the species
> in the Northern Territory,
> which is also the first Australian record outside Queensland, is presented
> here. A single bird was observed on six occasions from 27 December 2011 to 12
> February 2012
> at the Leanyer Sewage Ponds, Darwin. The initial observation was made
> immediately following a
> tropical cyclone, which formed in the Arafura Sea and tracked south to make
> landfall east of Darwin, suggesting that the bird may have originated from
> eastern
> Indonesia rather than Queensland.
> Jackson M.V.
> and Kyne P.M. (2013) Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica in the
> Northern Territory Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 55-60.
> Abstract: The Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica is an
> irregular visitor to Australia during its non-breeding season. We present an
> account of records of this species
> in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. Photographs are provided for two
> previously undocumented
> records, resulting in a total of seven reported occurrences in the NT.
> Red-rumped Swallow has been recorded between October and April, often in
> association
> with other hirundinid species. Subspecific identification of NT records is not
> definitive and observers are
> encouraged to carefully document additional occurrences.
> Kyne P.M. and
> Jackson M.V. (2013) An insectivorous Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella
> diversifies its diet. Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 61-64.
> Abstract: Pratincoles and coursers (family Glareolidae), including the
> primarily
> ground-feeding Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella, are principally
> insectivorous. This
> paper presents a brief note on the first documented occurrence of Australian
> Pratincole (and indeed a rare record of any glareolid bird) feeding on
> vertebrate prey, in this
> case a small frog.
> Palmer C. and
> Chatto R. (2013) First confirmed sighting of the Killer Whale Orcinus orca in
> Northern Territory coastal waters. Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 65-67.
> Abstract: The first confirmed sighting of the Killer Whale Orcinus orca in
> Northern Territory coastal waters is reported here. It highlights the
> importance of
> members of the public taking the time to submit photos and information to the
> Marine WildWatch Hotline.
> Species Profiles
> Willan R.C.
> (2013) A key to the potamidid snails (longbums, mudcreepers and treecreepers)
> of northern Australia.Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 68-80.
> Abstract: Longbums and the smaller mudcreepers and treecreepers (Mollusca:
> Gastropoda:
> Cerithioidea: Potamididae) are amphibious surface-dwellers of tidal wetlands
> intimately associated with mangrove forests, depending on the trees for
> shelter
> from heat and desiccation,
> as a substrate, for food, and for protection from predators. A dichotomous key
> is presented to identify the eight species of Potamididae that occur in
> tropical
> northern Australia, several of which have similar looking shells. These
> species
> represent 27.6% of the global
> biodiversity for the family. This contribution describes the most useful
> features for distinguishing between species, and provides comments on habitat,
> ecological
> niche and geographical range of each species, with notes on exploitation by
> Aborigines. One species of
> true creeper, Cerithium
> coralium (Cerithioidea: Cerithiidae), is
> also included because it lives with, and may be easily confused with, juvenile
> longbums and/or the
> smaller potamidid species.
> Franklin D.C.
> and Bate P.J. (2013) Brachychiton megaphyllus, the
> Red-flowered Kurrajong. Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 81-88.
> Abstract: The Red-flowered Kurrajong Brachychiton megaphyllus is a
> large-leaved shrub of savanna and open forests of the north-west
> of the Northern
> Territory, Australia. It is deciduous during the tropical dry season and
> flowers and fruits whilst leafless. Excavation revealed a large, carrot-shaped
> tap-root
> which may enable the plant to maintain positive moisture balance whilst
> flowering by storing water. The
> Red-flowered Kurrajong raises intriguing questions about seasonality and life
> history in the monsoon tropics.
> Book review
> Reynolds S.J. (2013) Flammable Australia.
> Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World [book review].
> Northern Territory Naturalist 24, 89-91.
> From Michael Braby::::
> The Northern Territory Naturalist is
>  a registered, peer-reviewed journal (ISSN 0155-4093) for original
> research and publishes works concerning any aspect of the natural
> history and ecology of the Northern Territory or adjacent areas of
> northern Australia (e.g. Kimberley, western Queensland, Timor). Authors may
> submit material in the form of Reviews, Research Articles, Short Notes,
> Species Profiles or Book Reviews.
> Contributors
>  include a range of field naturalists and scientists who are not
> necessarily members of the NT Field Naturalist Club. There are no page
> charges, and inclusion of colour figures is also free of charge. This
> year we are moving towards making all articles accessible (open access)
> as PDF¹s on the Clubs web site.
> The
>  journal is sent to Thomson¹s Zoological Record for abstracting, and
> electronic versions are indexed and distributed through the Informit
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> Research Council as a Category C publication, and all papers will soon
> be included in Scopus, Elsevier¹s
> bibliographic database containing abstracts and cited references of over
>  19,000 scientific titles from more than 5,000 publishers. Hence,
> academics and other researchers receive official recognition for
> publishing with us.
> The
>  success of the journal in recent years is reflected by the number of
> high quality refereed papers published (46 in the past 5 years), which
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