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Sat 20highlightCaspian Tern
Lake Burley Griffin--Central Basin
Two Caspian Terns flew east along the north shore of the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin at 12.25 pm.
Martin Edvardsson 20/12 #221412


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Sat 20Black Falcon
Griffin 1' Cell
Pair of Black Falcon over the house late am. Came in high from west then lost height heading towards Dohles Rocks. Bad record shot of one bird into the light. Large numbers of swifts around from late am on and off, with peaks of c100 Fork-tailed Swift in early afternoon and a very vocal flock of c1000 White-throated Needletail late afternoon circling high overhead before disappearing to west.
Andy Jensen 20/12 #221408
Fri 19Fork-tailed Swifts
Stafford, Brisbane
1000s of swifts around this morning north of the city - mainly needletails, but I had c100 Fork-tailed Swifts in total mainly around Stafford. This an iPhone pic off the back of my camera. eBird checklist
Rob Morris 19/12 #221390


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Sun 21Red-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
Today is the day! The pair of Red-backed Kingfishers near the Bullawa Creek bridge, 15 km east of Narrabri, have successfully raised a brood of chicks and are releasing into this world a batch of "mini-kookaburras" (see photo). The first fledgling was out when I checked at 8:30 this morning and there were still calls coming from the nest tunnel, but I did not stick around to count how many there are in total. Just an aside on such an occasion: There are still some White-backed Swallows around, but no sign of breeding activity. Further information
Michael Dahlem 21/12 #221422
Sat 20Stubble Quail
Bundanoon
A walk along Old Argyle Rd didn't produce a lot this afternoon, but I did hear a single Stubble Quail calling in grassy paddocks to the east of the road. Species 174 for town and my first record of Stubble Quail for the Southern Highlands. Further information
Lorne Johnson 20/12 #221419
highlightCommon Tern, Grey Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Little Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
High tide counts this morning at Boat Harbour, Kurnell included 90 Common Tern, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 77 Little tern (of which only 4 br.), 33 Pacific Golden Plover, 199 Red-necked stint and 19 Ruddy Turnstone.
Bruce Roubin and Ken Gilmour 20/12 #221418
Red-necked Avocet
Namoi River, 20 km south of Narrabri
In a permanent shallow wetland on the eastern side of the Namoi River (private property, no access; photo taken from roadside) 10 Red-necked Avocets have appeared recently (not seen there in late November). Further information
Michael Dahlem 20/12 #221414
Australian Hobby, White Throated Needletail
Warriewood
This afternoon alerted by the Noisy Miner alarm calls I decided to look out my front door to see what was going on and as I did a Hobby flew over my house and above it were about 20 White Throated Needletails
Jayden Walsh 20/12 #221410
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Lord Howe Island
Solo SIPO still hanging around the airport on Lord Howe Island and adjacent swampy area this afternoon.
Martin Stokes 20/12 #221409
Striated Heron
Hen and Chicken Bay
Nice to see a Striated Heron make an appearance amongst the Bar-tailed Godwits. Bird observed near boat ramp along Wymston Parade. No sign of the Red Knot that have been present recently. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 20/12 #221406
Pink-eared Duck
Mill Stream, Botany
2 Pink-eared Ducks feeding with a small flock of Hardheads and a hybrid Mallard on the Mill Stream near Foreshore Drive early this morning. This is my first sighting of Pink-eared Ducks here.
Nigel Coghlan 20/12 #221402
Eastern Curlew
Deeban Spit Port Hacking
Flock sized has increased by 3 to 21
Julie Keating 20/12 #221401
Fri 19Buller's Shearwater
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
1 Buller's Shearwater feeding with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off north head this afternoon.
michael ronan 19/12 #221398


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Sat 20White-browed Crake
Bamaga: Lake Wicheura en route to East Coast 10 46S 142 33E 1' Cell
One flushed from low reeds, calling when flew, to dense reed beds then walking along edge in scope. First sighting for the general area on eBird although I had heard one 6 months ago in a different location. Klaus Uhlenhut has recorded 3 specimens over 30 years. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 20/12 #221411
Thu 18Pied Heron
Cairns Botanical Gardens and Centenary Lakes
One Pied Heron seen on the freshwater lake at Centenary Lakes, Cairns. The bird was quite tame. Fourteen Rajah Shelduck also present.
Terry Reis 18/12 #221379


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Sat 20Latham's Snipe
Kettering
Single bird - passing through back yard.
Rose Brown 20/12 #221403


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Sat 20highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The Long-billed Dowitcher was observed between 1000 hours and 1330 hours on the eastern shoreline (not the north-western shoreline) of the lake in company with a number of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. The bird was located and as reported on Thursday 18/12/2014. The bird was also observed at this location by Laurie and Heather (bird observers and photographers) for some five hours the previous day (Friday 19/12/2014). Also present at the lake were approximately 3000 Banded Stilts.
Peter Gibbons and Maarten Hulzebosch 20/12 #221416
White-winged Black Tern
Western Treatment Plant--Beach Rd Boat Ramp (restricted access)
Two birds with many Whiskered Tern and one Latham's Snipe on pond near gate.
Tom Tarrant, Dr David Bird (from Canada) 20/12 #221407
highlightLong Billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Seen at the NW end of lake at 10 am ~ Still in breeding plumage
Giles Daubeney 20/12 #221404
Tue 16Eastern Koel
Viewbank
One calling pre-dawn
Richard Loyn 20/12 #221405


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