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Birdline Northern Territory

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.

Birdline Northern Territory is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Christopher Watson, Mark Carter, Mick Jerram and Tim Dolby.

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September 2016
Sun 18Rainbow Pitta
East Point Walking Track - Darwin
Rainbow Pitta was observed next to the walking track.
Daniel Hyde 18/9 #228578
Sat 17megamegaHooded Pitta
McMinns Lagoon
Highly colourful Hooded Pitta, had almost turquoise/azure breast. Hopped along unused driveway after first heavy rainfall of the season, on private land - one bird sighted only. [Moderator's note - have spoken to observer on the phone - long term resident who is very familiar with Rainbow Pitta and confident that this bird was not that species. Looking at images online, observer is confident that Hooded Pitta is the best fit. Would be the 2nd Australian record after on accepted by BARC on Barrow Is. WA in 2010. - CW]
Mary Wishart, Anthony Webster 18/9 #228576
Mon 12Yellow-rumped Mannikin
Timber Creek Air Field
Small group observed associating with Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. Adults and immatures observed. Also large flock (100+) of Star Finches. Plus Masked and Zebra Finch. eBird checklist
Peter O'Meara, Gavin O'Meara and Judith Hoyle 12/9 #228509
Sun 11Pictorella Mannikin
Near Mary Ann Dam, Tennant Creek
1 pair amongst zebra and painted finches. eBird checklist
Jesse Carpenter 11/9 #228489
Thu 8Grey Honeyeater
Hamilton Downs
Observed and photographed x2 adults with one chick about 300mt. in at the 1.7km mark. Have observed the GH here before but usually a single bird further along the road. Seeing successful breeding was a high for us, really thrilled. Birds quite tame, didn't mind us sitting and watching them feed. Plenty of other Thornbill/Honeyeater activity. Only spotted one lone Slaty-back Thornbill.
John and Sue O'Malley 14/9 #228524
Mon 5highlightRed backed fairy-wren
Tennant Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Male in eclipse plumage with 4 immature or female birds. A long way south in NT for this species. eBird checklist
IAN JURY 5/9 #228436
Sun 4Little Button-quail
Kulgera, NT SA boarder
Camped across the rd from the offical site. Heard several birds calling from 8.30pm until about 10.30pm. See ebird for description. (Mod. note: possibility of Plains Wanderer in the area. So, if passing through, keep a look out for confirmation.) eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner 5/9 #228435

August 2016
Mon 29highlightGreater Sandplover
Tennant Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Greater Sand (Jesse and Angela Carpenter on the 25th reported) was seen yesterday and confirmed. Sighted on 3rd Bund from entry Town end. Was in middle of bund so good photos were hard to get. Bird easily seen through scope eBird checklist
Mick Jerram 30/8 #228387
Rufous Owl
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
One bird seen in same location as previous recent sightings. eBird checklist
Angus Schmidt 29/8 #228384
highlightPainted honeyeater
Tennant Creek sewage treatment ponds
I have seen painted honeyeater here regularly over the past 4 months. There may be two birds as one morning I saw a bird on both sides of the ponds but never together. eBird checklist
Ian Jury 29/8 #228378
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