311 NT Birds 2013

Subject: 311 NT Birds 2013
From: Gecko Canoeing and Trekking <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:42:17 +0930
I know this is a little late in reporting but some have suggested that I share 
some info about my birding exploits last year.

I cant call it a big year NT as I really didn’t spend 100% ‘going at it’, just 
taking advantage of the areas and situations which the years discourse found 
me.A trip up the Tablelands in late January and some great views of abundant 
Flock Bronzewings, Little Curlews and Chats (including Yellow Chat), put the 
idea in my head that I should push to see 300 Species in the NT during the Year!

My final Tally was 311 species.  I was a tad disappointed as coming into 
December I thought I had a chance at 315-320, but it wasn’t to be.

I listed these species at 80 different sites, (most with many more than 1 
visit), over 190 lists and 4981 different observations.

I ‘Twitched” on 2 occasions; Once to Alice for the Forest Wagtail and Once to 
Yellow Water for the Sarus Cranes.  I guess my dip at Fogg Dam for the Spotted 
Whistling Duck was a twitch as well – so 3 twitches.

Highlight Trips for the year were; The drive up the Tablelands Highway, (Just 
sensational in Jan/Feb when water is about), 2 trips to Alice Springs, one in 
May and one in November, (Desert Birding and the Alice Sewerage ponds always 
provide 80-100 species in a week) and the Darwin Pelagic Voyage out to Tabletop 

Highlight Species were: Forest Wagtail, Ruff and Pectoral Sandpiper at Alice 
Springs, Persian-type Shearwater on the Pelagic, Curlew Sandpiper at Katherine 
Sewerage ponds, Sarus Crane at Yellow Water – Kakadu, Freckled Duck and 
Little-ringed Plover at Leanyer Ponds, Yellow Chat and Flock Bronzewing on the 
Tablelends and Oriental Reed- Warbler at Fogg Dam. A special mention goes out 
to the 100’s of Gouldian Finches around Katherine, the swag of Yellow-billed 
Spoonbills (Territory wide), Mobs of Pictorella Mannikins at Timber Creek, the 
reliable and present Thornbills of the Alice Springs Desert ‘Bush’, the 
Southern White-faces and Banded lapwing of Kunoth Bore/Tanami Rd just out of 
Alice, Spinifex Birds near Tennant Creek and the Oodles of Oriental Plovers on 
the Tablelands.

Species which I thought I would find; Cicadabird, Feral Rock Dove, 
Square-tailed Kite, Red-backed Buttonquail, White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Common 
and Roseate Terns and an Emu (would have had me at 319).

My NT Life list is sitting on 348 and with about another 30 ‘accepted expected’ 
species left I am hoping that more vagrants like our little Grey Phalarope 
continue to grace us with their presence and help to reach the BIG 400 for the 

Whatever your motivation for going out and birding I cant stress enough that 
list keeping/data reporting is essential and also can be a heap of fun!  It may 
even get a little obsessive at times (You all know who you are). I really 
enjoyed the simplicity of Eremaea, but this is now merging with eBird, hence 
becoming Eremaea eBird, so I have been using that system, which seems to work 
fine.  Have a go

 Good Birding


PS  I do have a bit of a pictorial record on my bloodspot and if anyone would like to see my years 
summary, don't hesitate to call
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