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