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Nature Territory

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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, March 2018

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Nature Territory - March 2018 Page 5 plant stems of equal length around it, adding overlapping layers as the caterpillar grows in size. Other species of case moths use bark, leaves or even sand pebbles to conceal themselves. The caterpillars pull the top shut and retreat into this protective environment when they are threatened though I have seen Grey-crowned Babblers hold the case with one foot and then use their probing beaks to extract the caterpillar. Meanwhile John kept pointing out birds, the wing shuff l ing White-breasted Cuckoo Shrike, the distant notes of a Mangrove Robin, the melodiously calling Yellow Oriole and at one stage a complaining Pheasant Coucal clumsily f lying from tree to tree, hissing and screeching at us. Coucals are interesting as they are a species of cuckoo and in contrary to their parasitising relatives these birds are the only cuckoos that care for their own young. With the coming out of the sun I had expected insects numbers to be higher but perhaps being morning it was stil l too cool for them. We did though see a few butterf l ies, - Dingy Bushbrown, Small Grass Yellow, Lesser Wanderer, Grass Dart and large numbers of Orange Ringlets f luttering close to the ground as is their usual habit. As we meandered back up to the picnic area we came across several patches covered by large saucer-sized, bright yellow fungi that stood out strongly from the contrasting dark leaf strewn forest f loor. The loud chatter of a Forest Kingfisher made us look up and then a pair f lew past and settled in a nearby tree. We gathered to discuss the morning's observations and share a few nibbles when much to everyone's delight a resplendent male Red-wing Parrot did a f ly past to f inish the excursion on a high note. Field trip bird list compiled by John Rawsthorn: Magpie Goose Peaceful Dove Bar-shouldered Dove Pheasant Coucal Forest Kingfisher Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Red-winged Parrot Great Bowerbird White-gaped Honeyeater Dusky Honeyeater Brown Honeyeater White-throated Honeyeater Litt le Friarbird Silver-crowned Friarbird Striated Pardalote Weebill Large-billed Gerygone White-breasted Woodswallow Silver-backed Butcherbird White-bellied Cuckooshrike Varied Tril ler Yellow Oriole Northern Fantail Magpie-lark Lemon-bellied Flyrobin Mangrove Robin Mistletoebird Crimson Finch Double-barred Finch The low flying Orange Ringlet was a common sight. Spectacular, large, yellow fungi. Male Red-winged Parrot. The unusually shaped flower of Vigna vexillata.

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