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Sat 4highlightAntarctic Tern, Blue Petrel, Grey Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Slender-billed Prion.
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip, Tasmania
Extended views of 2 Antarctic Tern, one in non-breeding plumage and one immature bird. There were 3 Blue Petrel, including extended views of one, 1 Grey Petrel, 1 Antarctic Prion and 2 Slender-billed Prion, as well as a good range of expected birds. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton and 10 others on the Pauletta. 5/7 #223814
Fri 3highlightSwiftlet
Cocos Keeling Islands Home Island
This bird has been hawking around the same large hardwood tree in front of the shop for 5 days now. We also had a similar species swiftlet on Home Island this time last year.
Geof Christiegeofchristie@hotmail.com 4/7 #223798


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Tue 7Black - necked Stork
Swamp near Ironbark Creek, Minmi Rd, Wallsend
Seen next to Bunnings around 0830 while driving past.
Ben Abernethy 7/7 #223836
Mon 6Wandering Whistling Duck, Freckled Duck, Horsfield Bronze-Cuckoo
McPherson's Rd Swamp, Tuggerah.
Since the sighting and post to Birdline of the Wandering Whistling Duck at this site on 2 July, the Duck has remained on site although some times it is hard to find. However with all the visitors to the Reserve over the weekend other interesting birds have been seen, including up to 6 Regent Bowerbirds, a pair of Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (first for CC this year), Hobby, Swamp Harriers, Shovellers, Sea-Eagle, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk, Little Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Emu-wrens & White-headed Pigeon, Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, not to mention the easy to see and photograph Freckled Ducks, making this small wetland reserve a good place to visit at present.
Alan Morris 7/7 #223837
Spotted Harrier
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Great time of year for raptors in the Hawkesbury. Sit on the verandah and hop up for a look when the alarm calls go off. Brown Goshawk, Black Kite and male Collared Sparrowhawk today 7/7/15. Wedgetail, Spotted Harrier, Whistling Kites and a few unidentifieds yesterday 6/7/15. Whistling Kites and Spotted Harrier on 5/7/15. Sea Eagle and Square tailed Kite on 2/7/15. Orioles have suddenly turned here up too. All in the vicinity of the lookout or directly north
Mike Felstead 7/7 #223834
Sun 5highlightSwift Parrot
Back Yamma State Forest
Along with the usual good birds in this reserve (Turquoise Parrot, Bluebonnet, Painted BQ etc) a loose group of about 20 Swift Parrots was seen very well in flowering woodland (whether they were lerping or feeding on blossom we could not ascertain). A group of at least 70 Dusky Woodswallows was also the biggest I have seen. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder, Max Breckenridge, Andrew Walker and Nathan Ruser 7/7 #223833
Fri 3Grey-fronted Honeyeater
Nombinnie Nature Reserve
Several Grey-fronted Honeyeaters were located on the old wheatfield and along the rail line in Nombinnie during a two day visit this week. They were outnumbered by good numbers of Yellow-plumed and White-fronted Honeyeaters. Scrub-robins were numerous, but Quailthrush were scarce and no notable whistlers were either seen or heard. Of concern were small numbers of both Yellow-throated and particularly Noisy Miners in the wheatfield.
Ashwin Rudder, Max Breckenridge, Andrew Walker and Nathan Ruser 7/7 #223838


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Tue 7Southern Cassowary
Mt Lewis.
One juvenile near lagoon on the clearing walk.
John Miller 7/7 #223828
Spotted Whistling Duck
Archer River Rd House.
24 Spotted Whistling-Duck on the wetland behind the roadhouse. A pair with 11 well grown young and another pair with 9 less well grown young. On private land but ask at the roadhouse for access.
Andy Jensen, Dave Mitford, Stuart Pickering and Colin Reid 7/7 #223827


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Sun 5Banded Lapwing
Morgan Mail Road
3 together on grassy ridge amid bluebush plain. Also redthroat, black-faced woodswallow, Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo and black-eared cuckoo, etc eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 7/7 #223830


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Tue 7Australian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
For an endangered and very secretive species I make this report as encouragement to the many birders that have never seen this species. This bird is almost tame and obviously bonded to the 2nd middle pond along the Spit Road.
Hedley Earl 7/7 #223835
Swift Parrots
Macleod Railway Station
Swift Parrots easily found in the flowering eucalypts in the park opposite the station and the adjoining streets this morning.
Venetia McMahon 7/7 #223829
Sat 4Lewin's Rail, Brolga (3)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Lewin's Rail seen briefly near Gate 8. Ducked for cover after a brief, but good view. Three Brolga's at T-section.
Jason Caruso 4/7 #223801
Mon 29highlightSwift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP
The woodland within a minute's walk of Tuan campground was absolutely buzzing with birds at dawn last week. Many honeyeater species were seen, but the absolute highlight was the arrival of a flock of at least 40 Swift Parrots just after dawn, which landed at the top of a gum before moving off into the nearby bushland. Several more were heard at Bartley's Block, where a Scarlet Honeyeater was also heard. At the Regent Honeyeater release site, three Regents were located in half an hour's search, all of which were banded, and one of which was carrying a radio wire. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder, Max Breckenridge, Andrew Walker and Nathan Ruser 7/7 #223832
Sun 28highlightHooded Plover
Freshwater Lake, Point Lonsdale
At around midday we observed 32 Hooded Plovers on the southern end of the lake (that is anything but freshwater!). There were at least 3 banded adults in the group, including what appears to me to be banded bird 'PT'. This seems like a huge number of this species to be in the one place eBird checklist
Andrew Hogg and Jane Kleimeyer 7/7 #223826


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Fri 3highlightSwiftlet
Cocos Keeling Islands Home Island
This bird has been hawking around the same large hardwood tree in front of the shop for 5 days now. We also had a similar species swiftlet on Home Island this time last year.
Geof Christiegeofchristie@hotmail.com 4/7 #223798

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