Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 23 Jun 2014 03:02:29 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Jun 2014.

Sun 22 Jun Rainbow Bee-eater Alice Springs Desert Park
Small flock of 5 wild birds seen today. Unusual for this time of year.
Pete Nunn

Fri 20 Jun Hooded Parrot Edith Falls Road at 14 11 25S 132 04 30E
60+ commonly associating with Gouldian Finches
Greg Roberts

Gouldian Finch Edith Falls Road at 14 11 25S 132 04 30E
100+ seen, with about 80 per cent in juvenile plumage
Greg Roberts

Tue 17 Jun Rufous Owl Mataranka
a pair showing nicely at Mataranka Cabins and Camping - the site of the now disbanded Red Goshawk nest
Greg Roberts

Mon 16 Jun White-throated Grasswren Jim Jim Creek, Kakadu
Thanks to Tim Faulkner for researching NT online burn scar data to determine what may well be the only remaining mature (10-20 years old) spinifex sandstone habitat in the 'World Heritage' Kakadu NP. The habitat though only small, and surrounded by scorched country, was rich in reptile fauna, including a possibly eastern-most record of Pygmy King Brown Snake (well named as Pseudechis weigeli), which I was videoing when I heard the only WT Grasswren I was to encounter. An unforgettable moment, but one that had me grappling with my priorities. It is a very big job getting to the site, with camping permits required, but my advice to anyone who wants to see this bird is to not leave it too late. Last year was the most extensive burn year for Kakadu, and the momentum appears to be ongoing. As I hiked out today a fresh series of fires through visible gullies were visible. BTW I tried on previous days to find mature habitat atop Gunlom and at Plum Tree Ck, areas I know well from many explorations over the past few decades, but could not find any, and very disappointing herp activity. With the WTGW, I have now photographed all IOC Grasswren species within a two-month period, all solo. WTGW was definitely the toughest!
John Weigel

Sat 14 Jun Buff sided robin Kakadu NP
Pair of birds sighted at Gerowie creek, southern branch weat of the road.
Ben Weston

Banded Honeyeaters Mataranka
3 banded honeyeaters seen this morning high in the foliage of a large gum. The Red Goshawk a resident for many years appears to have moved on So pleased I managed to get many good photos during previous visits.
David Simpson

Fri 13 Jun Flock Bronzewing, Pied Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater Barkly Highway
Flock of 5 Bronzewing flying over highway 50km E of border. Pied Honeyeater and Black-chinned (Golden-backed) Honeyeater in flowering shrubs at 41 Mile Bore
Greg Roberts

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