Friday, 26 September 1997
Wednesday, 16 July 1997
Jumping off point for Palau Ubin
Arrival at Palau Ubin
Mangroves at East Point
Kangaroos at East Point sensibly in the shade but not ideal for photography!
Beach near Buffalo Creek
Noisy Little Corellas at Howard Springs
Trail at Howard Springs
Leaning Tree Lagoon
Ubir Rock Art in Kakadu NP
Yellow Waters sunrise
Yellow Waters Boat Cruise
Water Lillies at Yellow Waters
Saltwater Crocodile at Yellow Waters
Road to Waterfall Creek, Kakadu NP
Waterfall Creek Escarpement
View from Waterfall Creek Escarpment
Pool at top of Waterfall Creek
Cutta Cutta Caves
Snake in the Cutta Cutta Caves
Fruit Bats at dusk over Katherine Gorge NP
26th July : Spent morning at Katherine Gorge NP and the late afternoon at Chinaman Creek and adjacent WW11 Airstrip.
Drive to Victoria River
Victoria River Valley
Water Lillies at Parry's Lagoon
Dingo east of Kunnunara
Fruit Bats at Katherine Gorge
Freshwater Crocodile at Katherine Gorge
Rock Art at Katherine Gorge
Darwin Botanical Gardens
Systematic List :
Little Heron - Butorides striatus C
Grey-headed Fish-Eagle - Icthyophaga icthyaetus C
Red-legged Crake - Rallina fasciata C
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus C
Black-naped Tern - Sterna sumatrana sumatrana C
Crested Tern - Sterna bergii cristata C
Pink-necked Pigeon - Treron vernans C
Long-tailed Parakeet - Psittacula longicauda longicauda C
Spotted Wood Owl - Strix seloputo seloputo C
Asian Palm Swift - Cypsiurus balasiensis infumatus C
Grey-rumped Treeswift - Hemiprocne longipennis harterti C
White-throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra C
Collared Kingfisher - Halcyon chloris humii C
Blue-throated Bee-eater - Merops viridis viridis C
Oriental Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros albirostris convexus C
Banded Woodpecker - Picus miniaceus malaccensis C
Laced Woodpecker - Picus vittatus C
Laced Woodpecker on Palau Ubin
Pacific Swallow - Hirundo tahitica abbotti C
Yellow-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus goiavier personatus C
Darters at Yellow Waters
At Yellow Waters 10 were seen on the 22nd and 12 the following morning and 2 were seen behind the lagoon at the end of Fiddler's Lane on the 2nd.
At East Point 6 were seen along the rocky beach on the 16th with 2 on the 17th and 2 on the 2nd and 5 were seen at Buffalo Creek on the 18th.
Ones and twos were seen on seven days at Windows on Wetlands Reserve, Fogg Dam, Mamulka, Yellow Waters, Delaware Lake and roadside pools just south of Pine Creek. Superb views were obtained of an individual which had just caught a fish alongside the Yellow Waters Boat trip.
Only seen at Yellow Waters where 10 were seen on the 22nd and 3 the following morning.
Common and widespread being seen on thirteen dates and often in the company of the preceding species with a maximum of 50 being seen in flight in the vicinity of Katherine Dump on the 27th. This species would also virtually feed from the hand at Howard Springs.
Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa rogersi C
Hardhead and Australian Grebe at Parry's Lagoon
Whistling Kite near Timber Creek
Black-breasted Buzzard near Katherine
Commoner than expected being seen on nine dates between the 21st and the 31st with a daily maximum of 6 recorded on the 27th. Often seen along the road and often in pairs with other localities being the Waterfall Creek Escarpment (daily) and Katherine Gorge (daily).
Pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles at Yellow Waters
Wedge-tailed Eagle near Katherine
Spotted Harrier - Circus assimilis C
A single individual was seen briefly but at close range as it crossed the road in front of us as we headed east from Kunnanura during the evening of the 29th.
Less common than expected with 1 seen on the drive in to Kakadu on the 20th and then ones and twos seen on four dates between the 27th and the 31st.
Orange-footed Scrubfowl at East Point
Coots at Parry's Lagoon
their dark grey bills proved a surprise
Australian Bustard east of Kunnanura
Brolgas at Fogg Dam
Bush Thick-knees and Orange-footed Scrubfowl at East Point
Masked Lapwing at Pine Creek
Australian Pratincole at Holmes Jungle Swamp
Peaceful Dove at Kunnanura
Bar-shouldered Dove at Pine Creek
A superb species which was first encountered when 4 were flushed from the base of a hill along the road leading to Ubir from Jabiru on the 21st followed by a pair seen at Nourlangie Rock the same evening. At the summit of the Waterfall Creek escarpment 6 were seen on the 24th with several coming to drink around the pool where people swim at around midday and 3 were seen at the start of the valley leading off to the right on the 25th.
Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon at Waterfall Creek
Spinifex Pigeons at Wyndham Campsite
Galahs at Wyndham
Seen on ten dates but in smaller numbers than the previous species although still widespread with a daily maximum of 5 being recorded on three dates. Again probably under recorded.
Cockateil near Timber Creek
Male Red-rumped Parrot at Pine Creek
The unexpected find of the trip that even got a mention in HANZAB.
Male Hooded Parrot at Pine Creek
Pheasant Coucal at Wyndham Campsite
Most individuals were seen on telegraph wires being seen on six dates between the 26th and 1st with a daily maximum of 3 being recorded on the 28th and 31st. Seemingly most common around the outskirts of towns e.g. Katherine and Pine Creek.
Red-backed Kingfisher at Pine Creek
Rainbow Bee-eater at East Point
Around 4 were seen in the grassy area surrounding the pool at Holmes Jungle Swamp on the 17th and 3 were seen in the same area on the 2nd.
Seen on fifteen days in fair numbers from widespread locations with a daily maximum of 10 seen on three dates.
A total of 5 were seen at various roadside stops in the dry woodland between Timber Creek and Katherine on the 30th.
Seen at East Point where 2 were seen along the forest trail on the 16th and 1 along the mangrove trail the next day, 3 were seen around the car park at Buffalo Creek on the 18th and 5 were seen at Fogg Dam on the 19th.
Sandstone Shrike-Thrush at Waterfall Creek
A single individual was seen along the mangrove trail at East Point on the 17th, 1 was seen at Ubir on the 21st, 2 at Yellow Waters on the 22nd and 1 at Chinaman Creek on the 26th.
Grey-crowned Babbler at Katherine Gorge
Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens at Victoria River
Silver-crowned Friarbird at Pine Creek
Little Friarbird & Blue-faced Honeyeater at Pine Creek
Ones and twos were recorded at Howard Springs, Fogg Dam and on all three visits to the summit of the Waterfall Creek escarpment.
Red-headed Honeyeater in the mangroves at East Point
A single individual was seen along the forest trail at East Point on the 16th and 3 were seen at Buffalo Creek on the 18th.
Seen on seven dates in samll numbers with a daily maximum of 15 at Fogg Dam along the causeway on the 19th aroud 5 at Merl Campsite, and up to 6 around Victoria River.
Around 10 were seen at the swimming pool early in the morning at Wyndham on the 29th and a couple were seen at the irrigation fields north of Kunnanurra later the same day.
Double-barred Finches at Merl Campsite, Kakadu NP
Long-tailed Finch at Wyndham
Up to 5 were seen daily from the 16th to the 22nd but surprisingly none after that date.
A flock of 11 or 12 were seen in the Picnic Site at Katherine Gorge on the 31st proving much larger than expected.
Black-faced Woodswallow near Katherine