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The popular Alice Springs Sewerage Ponds (also known as the Sewage Ponds or the Ponds) is a popular spot for seeing a range of visiting migrant, itinerant and local birds. You can check out some of the birds that have been sighted at the Ponds here (42 listed with more to come). We like to thank the contributors, especially Dorothy Latimer, who have shared their insights, photographs and passion of their sightings of bird life at the Ponds.

Click on the images to see some of the birds that have been sighted…

Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis)
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella), Alice Springs NT
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea)
Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla)
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus)
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Black-tailed Native Hen (Tribonyx ventralis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black-tailed Native Hen (Tribonyx ventralis)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Alice Springs Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), Alice Springs Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Buff-banded Rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Buff-banded Rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Male Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica) at Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)
LIttle Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
LIttle Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata), Alice Springs Sewerage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)
Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons), Alice Springs, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons)
Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
Red-necked Avocets (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
Ruff (Calidris pugnax), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
Sanderling (Calidris alba), Alice Springs Sewerage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti)
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
Immature Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Male White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus)
White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

More information on birds sighted throughout Central Australia include:

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Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) – also the Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) and Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT © Dorothy Latimer

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