mask grassfinch pine creek nt 2015

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short video of mask and longtail grassfinches at a near dry water hole around noon in 32 degree heat about 7 klm outside the township of pine creek northern territory july 015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vub1zNf ... detailpage
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Nice footage Bill.Did you see gouldians there aswell. I seen a few groups there in 2014.
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Looks like an idilic spot for birdwatching.
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yeah -the masks and longtails were in the same flock as the gouldians. all up I suppose 30 birds in total landed in a nearby bush overhanging the creek bed. the large flock of gouldiands around 20 or more first landed near a very small rocky water hole maybe a metre wide. unfortunately the wife yelled out "gouldians" and scared them off!
meanwhile the masks and longtails had flown 20 metres further on to this larger hole for their drink. what surprised me the most was how much the water had evaporated on each daily visit to the hole.
overall I'd class myself very lucky to see them in the wild. I was told several times on the trip by keen bird watchers check over here/over there-whjen I got there ...as usual nothing!
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