Tuesday, 30 June 2015

NT Road Trip 2015: Part 17

Days 17 - 22 -- Kalkarindji

Kalkarindji sits on land to the west of the Victoria River. It has a "sister" town of Dagaragu about 8 kms further to the west. Dagaragu is on Watti Creek. The water flow in both waterways reduces to permanent waterholes during the dry. The dry commences in March/April and so by early May the flow had reduced to a comparative trickle. Both are bird havens.

Azure Kingfishers live across Australia, even in Sale. They are one of two true fishing kingfisher species in Australia. The other is the Little Kingfisher of the top end. The other kingfishers, including Sacred, Forest and Red-Backed KFs and the Laughing and Blue-winged Kookaburras, are terrestrial birds sourcing their nutrition from the ground e.g. snakes, insects etc.

Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azurea
Restless or Paperbark Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta nana
[depends on which text you consult]
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
Rajah Shelduck Tadorna radjah

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