Another Early start. This time to get to a small creek 40kms (25 Miles) away before the sun rises. It was worth it!! When I got out of the car the birdsong was amazing.......almost as good as a dawn chorus in the UK! Directions were good, and I was soon settled under an overhanging branch on the edge of a dried creek looking at a ridiculously small puddle of water. Almost immediately a White-winged Triller came down to drink.
Then, a minute later, there THEY were...........surely one of the most enigmatic birds in Australia. Gouldian Finch. I don't think I took a breath for the whole five minutes they were there. Then they were gone just as quickly, never to be seen again......
They were soon followed by a Little Friarbird, and though Northern Rosellas looked interested they never came down to the small pool.
It was soon time to leave and head back towards Darwin. En-route I stopped at Ferguson River to search for Hooded Parrots. I saw two flocks, but only in flight so no pics I'm afraid. On the way into Adelaide River I stopped at a small park and saw Leaden Flycatcher and Silver-crowned Friarbird.
After checking in to my motel, I took a quick tour around the town, and found the local lawnmowers at work on the sports oval!! In a flowering Gum Tree were Rufous-throated and Dusky Honeyeaters and Rainbow Lorikeets.