If by "wild women" you mean me, then let me assure you the senior Larrakia
women would give similar warnings on dogs and crocodiles. Perhaps you mean
all of us.
But it's good to hear you took care, for example wearing insect repellent.
One January I acquired Ross River virus at Leanyer, and it's not a disease
I'd like again.
Oh, and the "irate caretaker" - on several occasions Martin noticed birders
outside and let them in. He took care of the birds and when he could, the
birders. But he could come down hard on fools, and there were a few,
including some who actually fell in the Ponds.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71, Darwin River,
043 8650 835
On 28/1/14 7:48 AM, "Peter Marsh" <> wrote:
> Dear Birders,
> The Grey Phalarope was present at the Leanyer STW in Darwin yesterday, 27
> January between 1:00 and 2:30 pm. the bird was first seen feeding on the
> spillway of the 3rd bund in from the Eastern side of the STW exactly where it
> was reported on the 24th by Mick Jerram. Ti fed along the spillway for about
> 15 minutes with very occasional short flights to the surface of the 3rd bund
> and back. It then returned to the water surface and spent about 10 minutes
> splashing vigorously and preening itself. It then returned to the spillway and
> settled down close to its LH end. After some time ~20 minutes it moved onto
> the gravel on the RH side of the spillway and settled down to roost.
> It was on the spillway with 2 or 3 Black-winged Stilts, a couple of Whistling
> Ducks, 1 Radjah Shelduck and a wader that was most probably a Common
> Greenshank (which was also feeding along the spillway). The only place from
> which the bird was visible was along the Eastern fence of the STW. I
> definitely needed my Swarovski 30x spotting scope to see the bird well enough
> to be sure of the identification.
> I approached the STW as suggested by Nick Leseberg in his posting. I parked at
> the end of Hodgson Drive in Leanyer. There is an obvious dirt track going on
> from a white gate across the road. follow this track between 2 phone towers
> and past a couple of water filled depressions in the track which are easily
> bypassed. The track then swings to the left and follows the inflow pipe for
> the STW. When you reach the gate of the STW you are on the South fence, turn
> right and then left to follow the East fence. The best viewing spot was just
> over half way along this fence. For the record the track was essentially dry
> and there was no mud to traverse. I put on insect repellant but saw and felt
> not a single insect of any type. i was not attacked by wild dogs, crocodiles,
> irate caretakers or even any wild women casting toxic nostrums! I enjoyed dry
> sunny weather but there were showers shortly after I left.
> Wonderful bird to see in Australia even if the sightings are a bit distant.
> Peter Marsh
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