14 Oct 2016 – Birding in the Top End

Red-headed Honeyeater. By Peter Turner

The tropical north of Australia has some of the most amazing landscapes and birdwatching of anywhere in the world.  For the October CFNC general meeting, we are indeed fortunate to have Peter Turner (with input from Rosemary Turner, Cheryl Taylor and Ron Wescott) talk about their recent adventure to this area.

Peter writes “We had never managed to get to Darwin or Kakadu, so joining Philip and Patricia Maher’s Top End Birding tour for 2016 was a way to see the birds of the region with experienced guides, and to get an introduction to the landscapes and plants. Some months after booking, we found that CFNC members Cheryl Taylor and Ron Wescott had booked, too.  So 4 of the 6 participants were from Castlemaine!

 The talk will focus on some of the best birds and the range of landscapes we saw over the nine days of the first part of the tour, after which Rosemary and I visited Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) before returning to Darwin. Cheryl and Ron have provided notes on the highlights of the second part, across from Katherine to Kununurra, with a flying visit to the Mitchell Falls.”

The talk is on Friday 14 October, commencing from 7.30pm.  As per usual, it is being held in the Fellowship Room, in the hall behind the Uniting Church, Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Art Gallery & Museum).  Both members are visitors are welcome to attend.  No cost for entry.  Stick around afterwards for a cup of tea and a chat.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Rufous Owl. By Peter Turner
Rufous Owl. By Peter Turner


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