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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.

September 2014
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

August 2014
Sat 23highlightAsian Dowitcher
Lee Point
Reported by Angie Marles. Apparently two birds (with some leftover breeding plumage) seen at Lee Point. eBird checklist
Amanda Lilleyman on behalf of Angie Marles 23/8 #219341
Wed 20Pacific 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 10/9 #219620
Tue 19highlightBlack Bittern
Mary River wetlands cruise from Rockhole Rd, Mary River NP
Single dark bird (male I assume) flushed up from water's edge at 08.30 by cruise boat - perched in clear sight on branch for some time giving great views. Stayed still until we departed. eBird checklist
Janine Duffy, Roger Smith, Jo & Mark Alderman, Cathja Maas, Caz Bartholomew 23/8 #219335
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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