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Fri 31Australian Koel
Daintree Cres, Kaleen
First one heard for the season... this morning at 6am
Jim Longworth 31/10 #220556
Thu 30Superb Parrot
EPIC showgrounds, Federal Hwy
Noted arrival of Superb Parrots in Watson on Monday. Finally caught up with a flock of around 9 males and females at approx 6:45pm at EPIC near the petrol station on the Federal Hwy. Flock separated with most flying to the west towards Wells Station
Ted Simes 30/10 #220545

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Fri 31Rose-ringed Parakeet
East Brisbane
A single escaped Rose-ringed Parakeet flew past our house at 7:55am. Told from similar Psittacula species by diagnostic flight call, size and jizz. To my knowledge the two most commonly kept subspecies of Rose-ringed Parakeet are P. k. borealis (nw Pakistan to se China and c Burma) and P. k. manillensis (s India, Sri Lanka), whereas the two African subspecies P. k. parvirostris and P. k. krameri are not known in captivity in Australia. Another Psittacula species commonly kept as a pet in Australia is Alexandrine Parakeet P. eupatria. Both species Rose-ringed Parakeet and Alexandrine Parakeet are highly adaptable and invasive, and hence could provide a huge problem for Australia's avifauna!
Nikolas Haass 31/10 #220547
Thu 30Freckled Duck
Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
Single bird seen in the middle pond. Still present Oct 31st.
Glenda Fitzpatrick 31/10 #220569
Black-necked Stork
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single bird on roadside pond early this morning. Also Nankeen Night Heron. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 30/10 #220533

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Fri 31highlightBrolga, Australian Painted Snipe
Gwydir Wetlands--'Bunnor'
Whilst on the Gwydir Wetlands Tour, at least 150 Brolgas were observed in wheatfields (photo shows 47 birds). A single male Australian Painted Snipe was also observed. The property is opened to the public until 30 November 2014. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 31/10 #220567
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Coutts Crossing Village
Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard in our backyard this morning.
Greg Clancy 31/10 #220560
highlightSuperb Parrot
Hume Highway near Jugiong
Lone male then flock of 12 Superb Parrots, followed a couple of minutes later by pair. All flying north just below crown height of planted Casuarina cunninghamiana.
Rodney Falconer 31/10 #220554
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
It's all happening at the Bullawa Creek bridge (Eulah Creek Road): The male Red-backed Kingfisher is proving his mettle, bringing the female offerings, in this case a skink (photo; male to the lower right). Now there are about 25-30 White-backed Swallows, all active to even agitated (photos taken); no sign of them entering or leaving a nest tunnel. Lots of other species are either nesting or busy feeding juveniles (it may be of interest that Mallee Ringnecks are also breeding here, on the eastern edge of their range; photo taken, begging calls recorded). Further information
Michael Dahlem 31/10 #220552
highlightRegent Parrot
Euston Regional Park
At dawn there were not Regent Parrots at Lock 15 where I saw them yesterday afternoon, so I suspect a pre-dawn departure. Between 7:00 and 9:30 I saw about 10 seperate pairs flying under the canopy and one pair perched in Black Box Woodland. Have not seen any signs of them in Mallee, where they supposedly forage.
David James 31/10 #220550
Thu 30White-winged Triller, Musk Lorikeet
Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts Crossing
White-winged Triller heard - a big year for the White-winged Triller in the Clarence Valley - some years totally absent others, like this, quite common. Two Musk Lorikeets feeding in trees.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220562
Square-tailed Kite
Kangaroo River, SE of Coutts Crossing
One Square-tailed Kite floating over tree canopy not far from River.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220559
Pacific Baza, Restless Flycatcher, White-winged Triller, Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark
Gully between Blaxlands Creek and Koukandowie Creek, W of Coutts Crossing
Adult pair of Pacific Bazas in flight over Creeks, male performing undulating display briefly, pair of Restless Flycatchers, pair of Willie Wagtails and pair of Magpie-larks nesting in willows along gully. Two White-winged Trillers (adult male observed, second bird not observed) in nearby trees.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220558
Lower Kangaroo Creek
Swamp Harrier, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, White-winged Triller, Brown Falcon
Adult female Swamp Harrier flew low over wetland disturbing all of the wetland birds; two dark Brown Falcons perched on power poles and trees along road, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo flew into shrub with family of Superb Fairy-wrens (apparently searching for nest) and the Cuckoo was attacked by the Superb Fairy-wrens and the pair of White-winged Trillers.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220557
Pacific Baza, White-winged Triller, Grey-crowned Babbler, Satin Bowerbird
Coutts Crossing Village
Adult pair of Pacific Bazas in sky over village dropped down swiftly and flew into or close to trees; adult female White-winged Triller and female plumaged Satin Bowerbird feeding in flowering Silky Oak. Five Grey-crowned Babblers, including 1+ juveniles, in shrubs.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220555
highlightRegent Parrot
Euston Regional Park
In the morning I saw 2 birds flying over Black Box Woodland. In the afternoon I found about 25 pairs of Regent Parrots in River Red Gums along the Murray River at Lock 15 and the along the ‘Day Use Trail’. Could be more, I didn’t have time for a thorough search. Some pairs were squabbling over hollows and at least one pair had a begging fledged chick. There are a few reports on birdline of Regents seen near Euston (e.g. crossing the Stuart Highway), and this appears to be the source. I think there is a published estimate of 25 pairs nesting in the Park, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were quite a few more at the moment.
David James 30/10 #220541
highlightBlack-eared Miner and Yellow-throated Miner hybrids?
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
Many of the miners in Kemendok appear to show strong remnants of Black-eared Miner, with all-dark faces from the bill and over the eye, an obvious malar stripe, and uniform (unscaled) mantle. However, they have slightly pale rumps and slightly pale tips to the tail feathers, though these are less prominent than in pure Yellow-throated Miners. They seem consistent too. This is just across the Murry River from Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, but very different habitat and condition.
David James 30/10 #220540
Pallid Cuckoo, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
A juvenile Pallid Cuckoo being fed by Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters in Mallee.
David James 30/10 #220539
Pheasant Coucal, Turquoise Parrot
Tycannah Creek, Terry Hie Hie
A Pheasant Coucal was observed at the Tycannah Creek crossing at Terry Hie Hie at about 8:10 am. It was constantly hassled by a pair of Willie Wagtails. 2 Turquoise Parrots were observed and heard calling in the woodland. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 30/10 #220534
Wed 29Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Dam NE of Coutts Crossing
51 Magpie Geese and 150+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks at dam. The 5 Magpie Geese present at the dam before the Twitchathon were nowhere to be seen on Twitchathon Sunday but a few days later......!!!
Greg Clancy 31/10 #220561
Common Sandpiper
Long Beach
1 Common Sandpiper in Storm Drain at Long Beach, Batemans Bay
Tony & Stephanie Dawe 29/10 #220525
Tue 28highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo, Red-capped Robin
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
2 juvenile Black-eared Cuckoos, both being fed by pairs of Red-capped Robins in Black Box Woodland. (Moderator's Note: These are very interesting sightings. HANZAB states that there is only one report of a Black-eared Cuckoo laying its egg in a cup shaped nest, and that was the nest of Red-capped Robin. Were these Red-caps the original hosts, or are they secondary hosts? AKM).
David James 30/10 #220538
highlightPainted Button-quail
Waters Street, Hornsby
Likely exhausted nomad found in garage of flats in suburban part of Hornsby.
Ian Scrivener (per Paul Burcher) 30/10 #220536

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Thu 30Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
A Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher was heard and seen in the Lodge grounds this morning at 7.15am. This is the first one to return from Papua New Guinea for the season, as usual it arrived overnight.
Keith Fisher 31/10 #220548
Wed 29Red-necked Crake
Claherty Rd Julatten Qld
Brief and planned encounter with single bird. No thanks to the Australian Brush-turkey who vigorously chased the bird from the area before I could obtain further photos! Many thanks to Jeanette and Fred Birkbeck of Feathers n Friends BnB for access to their property.
Paul Newman 30/10 #220532

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Fri 31Alexandrine Parakeet
Park Street, Carlton North
One Alexandrine Parakeet (obviously an escapee) seen flying and feeding on eucalypt blossoms by the bike path on Park Street, between Lygon and Nicholson Streets, Carlton North. Very distinctive in flight as it is larger than any native parrot in Melbourne with a very long tail.
Harry Saddler 31/10 #220549
Swift Parrots
Manrico Crt Sunbury
Three birds first heard and then sighted flying between flowering Yellow Gums at the bottom of the court. Other parrots present include Purple-crowned Lorrikeet and Musk Lorrikeet. This is about the latest date I see them at this location.
Gerard O'Neill 31/10 #220546
Thu 30Eastern Koel
California Gully
Heard call of Eastern Koel in the evening and through the night and again on Friday morning.
Marion Roberts 31/10 #220553
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Banyule Flats Reserve
3 birds flying over near the playground. Noticed the red underwings and thin, high pitched screeching. Quite a few Ironbarks in full flower, and lots of Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets as well. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 30/10 #220544
Leaden Flycatcher
Adult male heard calling and seen this morning in garden. only the 4th record in 20 years' observation here
Doug Robinson 30/10 #220543
Female Hardhead Duck
Emily's Pond
First Hardhead Duck I've seen in Emily's Pond , Lake Victoria. Due to works pond is very low and non appealing with few birds but low and behold .. a lone Hardhead
Lachlan Manley 30/10 #220542
Wed 29Terek Sandpiper (1), Sanderling (4),
Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
At least 4 Sanderling observed yesterday along beach whilst searching for Terek Sandpiper. Terek was successfully located, no longer with PGP's but had moved to a large wader flock a few hundred metres down the beach along the sand. It was very difficult to locate because the wader flock numbered a few thousand birds of which 90% were Red-necked Stints. Also Ruddy Turnstone, Curlew Sandpipers and a probable Whimbrel seen briefly. Terek Sandpiper became bird 378 on 2014 VicTwitch. Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 30/10 #220537

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