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Birdline NT is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

October 2014
Wed 1highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Nyirripi, Northern Territory
Lone bird seen swooping low over treetops then circled above trees just south of Nyirripi Community, near the tip eBird checklist
Richard Waring 1/10 #220009

September 2014
Tue 30highlightLittle Curlew
Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Following up on a report of an unidentified wader which seemed to fit the description of a Little Curlew, Anthony Molyneux and I were able to positively identify the bird as a Little Curlew. The lone bird was hanging on or near the central grassed area.
Peter Nunn 1/10 #219999
Mon 29Dollarbird; Common Koel
Berrimah Rd and Darwin River Dam
Dollarbird on wires on Berrimah Rd between Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan yesterday 28/09 at about 4pm. Also heard and eventually saw at a distance, a male Common Koel at Darwin River Dam on 25/09 about 8am. First sightings of both for the season.
Robert Burgoyne 29/9 #219971
Fri 19Chestnut Rail
Mule Creek--boat ramp 15 38 58S 136 24 48 E
Sighted at old boat ramp upstream from current facility. First located 18/9. Pair of birds on dusk on other side of creek. Returned today. One extremely vociferous bird asserting its territoriality mid-afternoon and seen at 3.30 at distance. Set up for photos opposite yesterday's sighting. Nothing seen till after sunset when pair appeared out of range and light further downstream. Dreadful record photos even worse than John Weigel's !!
Jean & Paul Newman 19/9 #219791
Sat 13highlightRed-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 eBird checklist
Mick Jerram 13/9 #219688
Wed 10Rufous 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 10/9 #219623
Mon 8Black 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 10/9 #219625
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 8/9 #219577
Wed 3Chestnut 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 11/9 #219638
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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