Sunday, 5 July 2015

NT Road Trip 2015: Part 22


There is no doubt that water is the most important resource in the desert. I did all my birdwatching by the creek or a dam.

Brown Goshawk Accipiter fascialis
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta nana
White-plumed Honeyeater Ptilotula penicillata
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Ptilotula flavescens
juvenile Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis

Horsfield's Bushlark Mirafra javanica
I am fairly certain the above bird is a Horsfield's Bushlark. Happy for correction and a learning moment. Dr Thomas Horsfield, a US doctor and naturalist, worked for the British East India Co in Java. He was the first to describe the genus Mirafra using our bird M. javanica as the nominate race. Dr Horsfield also described the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo Chrysococcyx (Chalcites) basalis. This info from "Australian Bird Names" by Fraser and Gray.

Horsfiled's Bronze-Cuckoo
Chryscoccyx basalis

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