Princess Parrots in the NT.

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 07:48
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Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for any information on sightings of the Princess Parrots in the NT. I was wondering if anyone has see any in the last couple of years at any places in the NT. Any information would be excepted.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 09:18

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 09:18
For those who don't know this elusive bird.
http://fgvd.org.au/gvd-gallery/fauna/wipu-wara-princess-parrot-2/
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:23

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:23
Gday Peter,
That trip in 2011 when we found those princess parrots was the best trip I've done out there. The parrots swooped over the front of my vehicle - never seen anything like that before or since. Can understand why their sightings in the desert country is to be treasured. Its one of the reasons I keep going into the GVD.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:55

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:55
The most recent report I heard was of a "large flock" of Princess Parrots in the GVD.
It seems that they migrate about over significant areas depending on rain and feed, so where they were seen last year may not assist you to find them this year.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:18

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:18
'That's right. The parrots were seen in the same area in 2012 but not since. But the area was a beautiful part of the desert with lots of mature marble gums.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:24

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:24
Marble Gums seem to be their preferred nesting trees.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:39

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 21:39
Yes, they love the hollows in the Marble Gums
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 19:06

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 19:06
Hi Peter_n_Margaret.

Thanks for the information on the Princess Parrots and their preferred nesting trees. That sort of information narrows the search area a bit. Have checked out the link you sent and the one Phil G sent, which is a great help indeed.

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Reply By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:24

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 at 18:24
There were sightings either side of Jupiter Well back in Sept 2018.
https://www.bellbirdtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Master-Trip-Report-princess-Parrot.pdf
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 11:29

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 11:29
Hi Phil G,

Thanks for the information on the Princess Parrots, the brother a I were camped at Jupiters Well in July of 2018 for a night and didn’t even give the Parrots a thought. Very stupid of us, last year and this year been planing to up the Connie Sue Highway to Neale Junction and camp for a few days to try and site the Parrot. But as everyone is in the same boat with the covert19, the access to the WA interior is out of the question. The chap who wrote the article left an email address for other people to contact him, so I’ll contact him and pick his brain. Thanks again.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 12:16

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 12:16
Raymond J,

Just going through the process of applying for permits to do Connie Sue and Anne Beadell at the moment. Leaving from NSW. No rejections so far.

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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 18:35

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 18:35
Hi Gramps,

Just wondering if you could keep me informed on the success with permits to travel the Connie Sue. The brother and I are still heading off in mid July to do the Darling and the Murray to Adelaide, than the Googs track. But if the Connie Sue is able to be travelled the blinker on the cruiser can be turned on and the car can be headed west. Thanks again.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 19:40

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 19:40
Ray,

Applied for Connie Sue permit last night and received OK today. Excellent service from the Ngaanyatjarra Council. Could not ask for more. Mind you, I'm receiving the same excellent service with all the other permits I'm chasing at the moment. Everybody concerned has been extremely helpful.

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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 07:12

Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 07:12
Hi Gramps,

Great news on the permit issue and I’ll apply for mine to see how I go.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 07:28

Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 07:28
We too were camped at Jupiter Well in July ‘18, for several nights. Had my birthday there, but saw no Princess Parrots. Didn’t even know they were a thing then. A week or two later our sighting was at ‘Jarra Pool’ in Karlamilyi . I saw it very clearly & had to look it up to find out what it was. Later we heard of organised trips to try to find them, often without any luck. Seems they are quite nomadic.
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 17:51

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Hi Cuppa'

The brother and I was at Jupiters Well on the 23rd of June 2018. Just missed you by a week or so, would have been good to have a chat to you. Hope to see you sometime on the track somewhere.

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Reply By: Member - Cuppa - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 at 20:48

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I don't know of any sightings in the NT. I was lucky enough to see a solitary Princess Parrot in Karlamilyi NP a couple of years ago, before I knew they were a bird that folk put a lot of effort into seeing.
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 07:09

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Hi Cuppa,

Thanks for the info on the Princess Parrots, as I went through Punmu in 2018 and also did the CSR IN 2017 with a side track to Desert Queen Baths. The brother and I unknowingly didn’t try hard enough to find the parrots. Going to try and head off later in year and will spend a lot more effort in trying to spot them. Thanks for the information.

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Reply By: GG7777 - Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 at 22:59

Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 at 22:59
Travelled into WA from NT mid March and a large flock was on the water at the crossing of Elder Creek..western edge of Warburton community. The wife was super happy to add them to her list of bird sightings
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Monday, Apr 12, 2021 at 16:20

Monday, Apr 12, 2021 at 16:20
Hi Murray,

Great to see that your wife saw the parrots and such a good spot as well. There is a good amount of sightings around the place of them. Checking the restrictions on entering WA and gaining permits. Thanks again for the information and I hope I’m as lucky as you and your wife.

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Follow Up By: GG7777 - Monday, Apr 12, 2021 at 18:18

Monday, Apr 12, 2021 at 18:18
Off topic, but:-
Re entry to WA......must get G2G Pass which will require an address in WA, but, we have yet to be checked by anybody despite being in the state for a couple of weeks - now we’ll into central wheatbelt - G2G available online just keep a screenshot/copy to show authorities. Permits for Great Central were a breeze, and we even had to alter dates due to wet weather in SA slowing us down.
Enjoy your trip, enjoy the bird chase and have a great holiday
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