311 NT Birds 2013

Subject: 311 NT Birds 2013
From: Gecko Canoeing and Trekking <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:11:16 +0930
Sorry, it was getting late.  My line of "oodles of Oriental Plovers" was of 
course supposed to be 'Pratincoles'!  Adding my Kakadu Oriental Plovers (2), to 
my Highlights list.


On 27/01/2014, at 1:42 AM, Gecko Canoeing and Trekking wrote:

> 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 Flats.
> 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 NT!
> 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
>  Mick
> 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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