Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 15 Sep 2014 08:30:30 +1000
   Birdline Northern Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 14 Sep 2014.

   Sat 13 Sep Red-necked Avocets Katherine Wastewater Treatment Plant
   7 birds seen in central rear pond (with every other bird in the
   ponds!!) A first on my KWTP list
   Mick Jerram
   Wed 10 Sep Rufous Owl Kakadu National Park--Cooinda
   1 Rufous Owl adult perched in dead tree at Home Billabong boat ramp,
   Cooinda at 20:30. Also Large-tailed Nightjar.
   Darcy Ginty and Felicity Hatton
   Mon 8 Sep Black bittern Palmerston--Marlow Lagoon
   Late afternoon two Black Bittern were observed. One flushed from under
   a foot bridge onto an island and the second bird was observed shortly
   afterwards on the second island at the southern end. Both spotted by
   Tim Collins.
   Tim Collins, Anne Collins
   Gouldian Finch Policemans Pt. (Timber Creek)
   Repeated sightings of flocks of up to 80-90 birds over the past three
   days. First sighting 5.30pm 06/09 comprised mixed mature and juv. birds
   feeding on bare ground beside track to Point. Second and third
   sightings yesterday and today appears to be different flock comprised
   solely of Juv. birds and one mature ( or matures have separated for
   whatever reason). Long-tailed Finches and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins
   intermingled. My target bird, YR Mannikin not to be seen.
   Jean & Paul Newman
   Wed 3 Sep Chestnut Rail Buffalo Creek, Darwin
   After six failed efforts at four different NT and WA sites this year, a
   third attempt at Buffalo Creek produced no fewer than five Chestnut
   Rails during the last hour of daylight from the boat ramp to approx
   600m upstream. It is notable that conditions included a very low tide
   at dusk, which precluded any boat activity. The two birds in image
   appeared at dark, right across creek from boat ramp, after I'd loaded
   the car and was preparing to leave.
   John Weigel
   Wed 20 Aug Pacific Baza Mary River Wilderness Retreat
   Saw 2 in the morning on the Wallaby track. Then saw one in the
   afternoon at the start of the Bamboo walk.
   Kerry Allen
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