AUSTRALIA   -   NORTHERN TERRITORY   -   APRIL 2006

25 photos

I always seem to end up in Australia at the wrong time of year - I've never been there in spring or summer. However, Iain Campbell wanted to check out some sites he hadn't been to for a very long time and visit some new ones (ask me about Borroloola sometime...), and the timing worked out well just before my Sichuan, China trip. The Top End and Kakadu were absolutely great, but once we got down to Alice Springs and Uluru, the birding got so slow it was hard to keep up enthusiasm. One day it was so bad that we gave up by about 9:00am and went back to the hotel to work on a proposal! But it is a neat (albeit expensive) area to travel in with huge, wide open spaces and plenty of interesting characters to meet along the way. My favorite photo in this gallery, the Northern Rosella, was digiscoped. A few shots were taken with a Canon DSLR, including the first six.


Pied Heron - Egretta picata
Pied Heron
Egretta picata
(S3)


Royal Spoonbill - Platalea regia
Royal Spoonbill
Platalea regia
(S3)


Black-breasted Kite - Hamirostra melanosternon
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Aquila audax
Juvenlie. (S3)


Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Black Kite
Milvus migrans
(S3)


Whistling Kite - Haliastur sphenurus
Whistling Kite
Haliastur sphenurus
(S3)


Australian Bustard - Ardeotis australis
Australian Bustard
Ardeotis australis
(S3)


Crested Pigeon - Geophaps lophotes
Crested Pigeon
Geophaps lophotes
(D3)


Black-banded Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus alligator
Black-banded Fruit-Dove
Ptilinopus alligator
(D3)


Rainbow (Red-collared) Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis
Rainbow (Red-collared) Lorikeet
Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis
(D3)


Northern Rosella - Platycercus venustus
Northern Rosella
Platycercus venustus
(D3)


Hooded Parrot - Psephotus dissimilis Hooded Parrot - Psephotus dissimilis
Hooded Parrot
Psephotus dissimilis
Male. (D3)
Hooded Parrot
Psephotus dissimilis
Female. (D3)


Azure Kingfisher - Ceyx azureus
Azure Kingfisher
Ceyx azureus
(D3)


Little Kingfisher - Ceyx pusillus
Little Kingfisher
Ceyx pusillus
(D3)


White-plumed Honeyeater - Ptilotula penicillata
White-plumed Honeyeater
Ptilotula penicillata
(D3)


Varied Triller - Lalage leucomela
Varied Triller
Lalage leucomela
Female. (D3)


Sandstone Shrike-Thrush - Colluricincla woodwardi
Sandstone Shrike-Thrush
Colluricincla woodwardi
(D3)


Red-backed Fairywren - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairywren
Malurus melanocephalus
Male. (D3)


Purple-crowned Fairywren - Malurus coronatus
Purple-crowned Fairywren
Malurus coronatus
Male. (S3)


Purple-crowned Fairywren - Malurus coronatus
Purple-crowned Fairywren
Malurus coronatus
Female. (S3)


Dusky Grasswren - Amytornis purnelli
Dusky Grasswren
Amytornis purnelli
(D3)


Magpie-lark - Grallina cyanoleuca
Magpie-lark
Grallina cyanoleuca
Female. (D3)


Black-faced Woodswallow - Artamus cinereus
Black-faced Woodswallow
Artamus cinereus
(D3)


Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis
Pied Butcherbird
Cracticus nigrogularis
(D3)


Crimson Finch - Neochmia phaeton
Crimson Finch
Neochmia phaeton
Male. (D3)















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