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Fri 17Beach Stone-curlew
large sandbank south of Wavebreak Island in the Broadwater (Curlew Island)
2 scoped on the sandbank with Eastern Curlews, Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits. These two birds were also observed last Friday on the Eastern side of the sandbank. eBird checklist
Judy Leitch 17/4 #222991
Wed 15Light Mantled Sooty Albatross
Fraser Island Qld
Found bird on beach and currently have it in care.
Julie Dunn 16/4 #222989
Mon 13Barn Owl
Coorparoo Bowls Club
Heard the distinctive screech of a Barn Owl at five past midnight, from treed parkland down the cycle path, on the junction of Harries and Riddings. Two calls were heard, but bird was not seen.
Russell Yong 13/4 #222951


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Sat 18Cattle Egret
Moss Vale
60 birds with five cows in a paddock on the corner of Headlam St and Argyle Rd. The most Cattle Egrets I've seen together, ever! [Moderator's Note: Unusual for the Southern Highlands, though not unexpected on passage at this time of year]
Lorne Johnson 18/4 #222996
Fri 17Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Eulah Creek
Alerted by the racket they were making in the air, at first I thought there were 8 Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, but later it turned out that a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 juveniles; begging calls were heard) was upsetting a local family of 3 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. When they separated, the Ground Cuckoo-shrikes went to ground, while the BFCS hunted from fences. At times the Ground Cuckoo-shrikes had a sentry on a fence too (photo). Sound recordings were also taken (yet to be processed). Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/4 #222992
Diamond Dove
Orange
Single bird feeding on lawn, possible escapee.
Neville Schrader 17/4 #222990
Thu 16Stubble Quail
Eulah Creek
First heard on 5 April 2015, it took me a while to identify a series of calls that I had recorded. It turned out to be a male Stubble Quail issuing contact calls just after sunset. The same calls were heard again on the morning of 16 April (no visual ID; but confirmed call ID). The calls confounded me; so I am quite confident that I had not heard them before (here, 20 km East of Narrabri, or elsewhere). Recordings available in the link. Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/4 #222993


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Thu 16highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper, Red Knot and 36 Freckled ducks
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
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Robyn Duff, Frank Pierce and Margie and Tony Baker 17/4 #222994
Hooded Robin
Railway Track, Maldon Historic Reserve
2 males Hooded Robins observed. Also Brown Treecreepers and Varied Sittellas.
Tom Schmidt and Marc Freestone 16/4 #222981


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