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Kimberley Bird Watching

Author: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: April 2007

On April 27 about 2am we heard an Australian Owlet-Nightjar on the porch going "Quark-Quark". I guess it was eating bugs.

We left Kununurra at 4:55am driving to Katherine. At 5:36am we entered the "Natural Territory" and lost 1.5 hours of the day.

We stopped at the Keep River NP (15.970S 129.041E). The water birds had left the lagoon, but we saw a White-breasted Whistler and a White-lined Honeyeater in the trees.

rufous whistlerThis is the burning season. All along the road were semi-controlled burns on dried grass and scrubs. Some of the grasses were still smoldering. We stopped along the road doing random acts of birdwatching. We were rewarded with a Tawny Grassbird, Orange Brown Pardalote, and Rufous Whistler. Once we saw a Brolga in the weeds beside the road and a Jabiru in a wetland.

We stopped at a rest area (15.760S 130.031E). My wife went to the bathroom armed with a can of bug spray. The more she sprayed the more flies and mossies appeared. Bugger!!

We stopped at the King Billabong. There were heaps of Blue Water Lilies and some small Yellow Water Lilies on the surface, but no birds. Later, we stopped at Gregory NP (15.763S 130.524E). This is a red-rock butte and canyon area.

We had a good day of birding and saw 59 species. We got to Katherine at 4pm.

E-mail if you would like a file with the specific birds we saw each day.

Carl & Wilma Ball carlball@yahoo.com

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