Friday March 19, 2010
[From the trip COLUMBIDAE - Darwin and Kakadu 03/10]
This morning we got up at around 6am at Karen’s House. After we slowly got ready, we headed through the new Clem7 tunnel through to a café where we met Fluffy John for breakfast. After catching up for a while we left for our Jetstar flight up to Darwin. We arrived in Darwin at 3pm Brisbane time not Darwin time. After some confusion we went down to Buffalo Creek while Biggles dropped off some people at the airport. Half an hour here produced Red-headed Honeyeater, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Yellow White-eye, Large-billed Gerygone, Azure Kingfisher as well as some waders further out (Common Sandpiper 2, Grey-tailed Tattler 6, Common Greenshank 1, Whimbrel 2, Eastern Curlew 6, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Great Knot 4, Greater Sandplover 20). We soon got a call from Biggles and we went out and met him at Leanyer Sewerage Works. As soon as we entered we saw large numbers of Pied Herons (50) and White-winged Black Tern (250). Other good birds here included; Eastern Yellow Wagtail (11), Radjah Shelduck (30), Wandering Whistling-Duck (10), Grey Whistler (1) along with large numbers of all the normal birds. We then said goodbye to Biggles who had to fly out to Tasmania that night. From here we went over to Quality Frontier hotel for the night. Here we had dinner also – barramundi.