Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 17 Jun 2013 10:53:04 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 16 Jun 2013.

Tue 11 Jun White-throated Grasswren Jim Jim Falls region, Kakadu NP, Northern Territory
Further to 2012's sighting of WTGW in this area with John Weigel, my wife and i returned and spent several nights in the escarpment. Grasswren were observerd 5hrs walk (10hr return) from the car park. Much closer than last year although not for the faint-hearted. An overnight stay is a must, and well worth it. Access is by by permit only. It's easily obtained from NT Parks and is a bushwalking permit. White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Banded Fruit-dove and Banded Honeyeater all reasonably common.
Tim and Liz Faulkner

Princess Parrot Emily Gap, Northern Territory
Pair of birds seen in the riverbed south (across the road) from the car park. Observer is familiar with species and is positive of the ID.
Chris Watson per Zara Kaye

Fri 31 May Letter-winged Kite Big Lake (near Moomba), South Australia
Observers: Jade Adams and Michael Jervois. The birds were recorded 500 m south of the Big Lake Satellite (no public access). Weather conditions: mild and sunny morning with few clouds in the sky. The letter-winged kites were all perched on the same tree. We took multiple photographs to confirm they were indeed letter-winged kites. Note: multiple Notomys fuscus (dusky hopping-mouse) pop-holes and tracks were recorded in the area surrounding the letter-winged kites and whitewash was also observed on the whitewood trees surrounding the area where the letter-winged kites were observed. Letter-winged Kite (20) Twenty letter-winged kites were observed perched in a whitewood tree on a sand dune.
Jade Adams

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