White-Throated Grasswrens, NT

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Subject: White-Throated Grasswrens, NT
From: Tim Jones <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:12:16 +1000

I tried to see the WTGWs a few years back at Gunlom, but like most, failed. I 
am very interested in trying Jim Jim creek, but it is probably best to get a 
group together to do this. It would have to be around mid-August for me to do 
it, and I may struggle for a more than a few days off work.
However, if there are others interested, please let me know, and John, if you 
are happy to do this, would you be able to email me back so I can get a better 
picture of what this entails?
Many thanks!
Tim Jones

Mon 16 Jun

White-throated Grasswren
Jim Jim Creek, Kakadu, Northern Territory

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 

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

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