Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 5 Aug 2013 07:14:37 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Aug 2013.

Sun 28 Jul Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Morning survey for the ASFNC quarterly wader count. Freckled Duck (1) Single bird on EP10 Australasian Shoveler (8) rhynchotis (8) 4 drakes and 4 females on EP10 and A5. An NT lifer for me.
Christopher Watson

Wed 24 Jul Australian Pelican Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Very cold, early morning visit during water sampling. Australian Pelican (1) Observed some very unusual behaviour. Bird was initially flushed from long grass ~40m from the water by the 'B' ponds. Also flushed from the same location were three Wedge-tailed Eagles. The pelican headed for the water, but 10 minutes later was back with the eagles. After watching what I thought was a pelican in a weakened state getting attacked by eagles, it turned out that the pelican was actually feeding on the scraps cast off from a freshly killed Black Swan by the feeding eagles.
Christopher Watson

Mon 22 Jul Freckled Duck Mary Anne Dam, Tennant Creek
Single bird across the lake from the picnic area.
Chris Watson per Jesse Carpenter

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