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Mon 30Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters, Antipodean and Shy Albatrosses
Port Stephens pelagic
Few of the 20 species seen outside of the heads on the Port Stephens pelagic today were in deep water, with most of the more 'interesting' birds seen on the way out or way back in. These included Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters (amongst 7 spp. of shearwaters), a banded Antipodean (Gibson's) Albatross and a Shy-type Albatross that looks good for a steadi. There were a few Grey-faced and Solander's Petrels at the shelf as well as the first Port Stephens storm-petrels (Wilson's and White-faced) since November 2014, 5 trips ago! Quite a few first year Australasian Gannets about too.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 30/3 #222778
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet
Berowra Valley Regional Park - Hornsby Hts
1 Pair of Glossies arrived on the afternoon of the 28th. Third year running now, back to their large Angophora nesting tree, hopefully we see chicks this year. Though the Sulpher-crested cockatoos are not making it easy for them to resettle. Also a substantial flock of Musk Lorikeet feeding in the flowering red gums on Rofe Crs over the past 2 weeks. A first for me!!
Lian Gallacher 30/3 #222776
highlightLittle Woodswallow
Cox's Rd, Pilliga forest
A small flock of about 12 Little Woodswallows were a nice surprise on an otherwise very quiet morning in the Pilliga.
Marc Anderson 30/3 #222774
Sun 29Brown Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher and Latham's Snipe
Eastlakes golf course
2 Brown Honeyeaters back again near track that separates the two golf courses feeding on flowering paperbarks. A Sacred Kingfisher and 6 Latham's Snipe also present, the latter I'm sure won't be around for much longer.
David Mitford 30/3 #222775
Sat 28Buller's Albatross and Yellow-nosed Albatross
SOSSA Wollongong pelagic
2 Buller's Albatross and an Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross were the highlights of the March pelagic. One of the Buller's was a 3rd year bird based initially on the incompletely developed bill pattern and paler grey head and confirmed based on the primary moult pattern. Also seen were good numbers of Pomarine Jaegers, 1 Long-tailed Jaeger, Grey-faced Petrel, Black-browed, Shy and Campbell Island Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwaters and 1 Sooty Shearwater.
Robert Hynson on behalf of all on board the Sandra K 30/3 #222780
Fri 27Pink- eared Duck, Freckled Duck
Cowra Sewage Works
There were 100-150 Pink-ears at the Cowra sewage ponds along with Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck , Hardhead and 6+ Freckled Ducks when a group of us from Ulladulla visited the area. These will be entered on eBird checklist
Bob Rusk 30/3 #222772


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Mon 30Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Budgerigar, Plum-headed Finch
Jones Road, Woodstock
A drive up Jones Rd produced 20 Budgies, 200 Plumheads, 5 Black-throated Finch, 1 Brown Songlark, 2 Red-backed Kingfishers plus around 150 White-browed and 20 Masked Woodswallows.
Marleen Acton 30/3 #222773


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Mon 30highlightSwift Parrot
Muckleford
At least 6 Swifties this morning feeding on lerp in River Red Gum.
Debbie Worland 30/3 #222777
Sun 29highlightSwift Parrot
Bunyip State Park
At least eight Swift Parrots seen on Forest Road in Bunyip State Park in Manna Gums. Record shot attached.
Tim Bawden and Jimsie Varghese 29/3 #222768
Pacific Swift
M1 freeway near Warragul
Many darting low over M1 freeway stretching from Darnum turnoff to Yalorn.
Fiona Parkin 29/3 #222764
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Avalon Beach
Pond at East end of fisherman's cottages. Initially feeding then roosting on same v small Island as the tattler!
Dez Hughes 29/3 #222755


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