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Fri 28highlightPechora Pipit, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike, Japanese SH, Red-billed TB
Ashmore Reef & Browse Island
~2 week survey, Browse Basin, off Kimberley coast. (Pechora Pipit) 1 immature bird was present at Ashmore for the duration of the visit. (Asian Brown Flycatcher) 1 present at Ashmore for 3 days. (Tiger Shrike) juvenile on Browse Island was the 2nd record for this island and WA. (Oriental Reed Warbler) 3 individuals at Ashmore. 4th reed warbler at Ashmore believed to be an Australian Reed Warbler (Japanese Sparrowhawk) 1 immature at Ashmore for 4 days. It was seen consuming an Oriental Cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo & Sacred Kingfisher on different days (Red-billed Tropicbird) 1 Ashmore on one morning. Nearest breeding population of this species is in the Persian Gulf and this individual had wandered far from its normal range (Arctic Warbler) The diagnostic single syllabic contact call of Arctic Warbler was heard from 3 individuals, 2 at Ashmore and 1 at Browse Island. Number of other individuals didn't call, whether Arctic Warbler or Kamchatka Warbler unknown. Based on plumage and behavioural differences there was a minimum of eight Arctic-type warblers at Ashmore and three at Browse Island. (White-breasted Waterhen) 1 moribund bird was found at Ashmore. Noteworthy as it belonged to subspecies *leucomelana,* this is the 3rd record of the species for Ashmore. (Grey Wagtail) 3 Ashmore Reef, 1 Browse Island. (White-throated Needletail) 1 roosted at Ashmore on one night. 1st record for Ashmore and generally rare in the western half of Australia. For birds which were photographed, images can be found at Further information
Rowan Mott & Adrian Boyle et al. 28/11 #221056
Thu 27White-throated Needletail
Mossman, Queensland
Approximately 2000 White-throated Needletail, with approximately 50 Fork-tailed Swift mixed in moving in a westerly direction seen over Mossman. This is my first sighting of such a large flock this season. The flock stretched out of sight to the south and the north as the moved in a westerly direction so the estimate of 2000 birds is on the conservative side. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 27/11 #221052
Fri 14highlightGrey Wagtail
Birthday Creek Falls - Paluma Range National Park
One individual, non-breeding plumage, observed hopping upstream from the falls at approx. 10am. Bird was flighty and flew to low branches when initially approached, then continued upstream, maintaing a significant distance from us. One distant and heavily cropped photograph attached here to support the record. I note there is one previous record from the same location from 1993.
April Boaden and David Hall 16/11 #220853

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Fri 28Red Knot
Hen and Chicken Bay 1' Cell
Four Red Knots were a good turn up in Hen and Chicken Bay. A single bird at Roberts Rd, Cabarita and three at Halliday Park. Was hoping to find the Grey-tailed Tattler reported at Sydney Olympic Park but no luck with this,
Dion Hobcroft 28/11 #221063
Australian Brush-turkey
Mt Kembla (Illawarra Escarpment)
A brush-turkey was seen by a friend in her yard at Mt Kembla. This is at the very southern extent of their regular range. She tells me they are regularly seen around the area.
Ashwin Rudder per anon. 28/11 #221058
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Warriewood Wetlands
A single Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo seen well this morning for about 5 minutes halfway along the track in a Cheese Tree
Jayden Walsh 28/11 #221057

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Fri 28Semipalmated plover
Pelican Point, Carpenters Rocks
At 6am this morning at high tide we had excellent and extended views of the bird feeding along the shore line. It was located 200 metres west of the point near a single black rock on the beach near the boat ramp. Unperturbed by our presence it came within 20 metres of us. When it eventually flushed it flew off with a small flock of stints in a westerly direction. We had not been able to find it the previous evening when the tide was low.
Hedley and Irena Earl 28/11 #221053

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Fri 28highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The bird was found on the northern shore amongst a large group of Sharpies. Access from Tresco Rd, signed as Benjeroop 13, 2.9 km from Murray Valley Hwy near 2 concrete bunkers. The bird was standing in the water close to the water level post.
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 28/11 #221065
Thu 27highlightLong-billed Dowitcher, Banded Stilts, Red-necked Avocets
Lake Tutchewop
With Kathy Costello. The LBD was feeding actively when we arrived at the S end of the lake at about 11am. By about midday it was resting amongst the flock of Whiskered Tern. Only 2 other observers there. eBird checklist Further information
Valerie La May, Kathy Costello 28/11 #221055
highlightCicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Red-browed Treecreeper
Lerdederg River west of Blackwood; 37°28'00.4"S 144°16'50.4"E
Two Cicadabirds heard, one Brush Cuckoo heard. A Blue-winged Parrot feeding on New Sultan Mine Rd. Red-browed Treecreeper seen in one place near river and heard further upstream. 37 other excellent species. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole, Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington 27/11 #221047
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Nossal High School, Berwick
Heard the CBC calling whilst teaching during class. On the way out of work managed to locate the bird hiding in the pines presumably from the mobbing of other birds. Not doubt this is one of the CBC currently residing in the Berwick area, have seen now twice up the road at Wilson Botanic Park in 2014. Apologies for poor photo - only had iPhone on me eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 27/11 #221046
Wed 26highlightWhite-cheeked Honeyeater, Australasian Figbird
Croajingolong National Park--Howe Flat Track
I saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater very close to where the two were reported by Mustafa and Davidson on 23/11 (I did not see their report until today) plus 1 Figbird at Lakeview. Also a 1 Pink Robin, 1 Brush Cuckoo, many Beautiful Firetails (eBird Checklist in preparation)
Angus Hartshorn 28/11 #221060
highlightRed-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park--Honeymoon Hut Track
Heard calling from Honeymoon Hut Track around 2-3 km west from intersection with Meridian Track. Followed call in around 400-500 m to locate bird.
Alex Holmes and Dan Eyles 28/11 #221059
highlightEastern Koel
Station street Port Melbourne
Bird calling from Moreton Bay Fig in Station street
Colin Mulvogue 27/11 #221048
Scarlet Honeyeater
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
Just the one, observed in woodland down the southern end, near the Latrobe River; calling it's little heart out. One Magpie-goose in the wetland also.
Rustem Upton and Joe Wilson 26/11 #221042
Sat 22Eastern Koel
Genoa 10' VICCell
Near the Mallacoota road about 1 Km south of Genoa
Angus Hartshorn 28/11 #221061

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