Thursday, November 8, 2012

A report from Miniata Park - Riverside

A couple of hours walking around Miniata Park, (just at the boundary of Northern Territory's Nitmiluk National Park), late in the year can be quite rewarding.   The nectar flow from riverside Melalueca Leucadendra (Weeping Paperbarks) was still continuing and some Syzigium Forte (Chalky Apple) were just showing small fruit.  Abundant Red-collared Lorikeets, Little and Silver-crowned Friarbirds, Brown Honeyeaters and some Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters were present.

A nice surprise was an Arafura Fantail, active in the crown of an apple tree and quite vocal.  A further walk into the surrounding stony hills presented small active flocks of Cockatiels, Red-winged Parrots, Galahs, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Sulphur-crested Cockies all-in-all alot to look at.

                                                                     Red-winged Parrot

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