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Mon 28Ostrich
Dulkannina Stn, nr Marree, Birdsville Track
Further to the recent report, an adult male Ostrich was seen twice, once three days ago and again today, whilst travelling up and down the Birdsville Track. The bird is on Dulkannina Station, a couple of stations out of Marree. Both times it was seen close to the road, and while wary, did not seem too afraid of people, allowing for approach to within a few metres by car. This and its apparent familiarity with cows, is leading me to suspect this is not an entirely wild bird.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 28/7 #218920


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Mon 28Double-banded Plover
Wellington Point ( Low Tide )
Not too much at the point this time of year but saw a few Double-banded Plovers at low tide this afternoon with this one in breeding plumage. Looks like they are ready to head back across the Tasman to New Zealand to breed
Ken Doy 28/7 #218918
Sun 27Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Girreween National Park
Single bird
Digby & Rose Cyrus, Steve & Tessa Blaber 27/7 #218904
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Main Range National Park--Spicers Gap
Four pairs feeding in trees at the camp site entrance road
Digby & Rose Cyrus, Steve & Tessa Blaber 27/7 #218903
Thu 24White-eared Monarch
Golds Scrub Lane, Samsonvale
Single bird in woodland between the Men of Trees Track & the entrance road
Digby & Rose Cyrus, Steve Blaber 27/7 #218902
Tue 1Noisy Pitta
Sheep Station Creek Environmental Park , Upper Caboolture
After looking for the Powerful Owls, unsuccessfully, my wife and continued our walk and came across this Noisy Pitta about 1k east of the Williamson Road turnoff. A dry forest
John Dennison 28/7 #218911


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Mon 28Australian Bustard
30deg 20.891S 149deg 40.663E approx 12km west Narrabri on Yarrie Lake Rd
Single bird seen at 1630hrs in open grassy paddock on private property
James Faris 29/7 #218926
Whistling Kite
Longueville Tennis Club, Dunois St
At approx. 10.30am a Whistling Kite was circling over the tennis courts and adjoining Kingsford Smith Oval.
Judy Clark 28/7 #218915
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Returning Fan-tailed Cuckoo in eucalypt woodland, calling repeatedly; also returning Rufous Whistler (female).
Paul Griffin 28/7 #218907
Sun 27Restless Flycatcher, Nutmeg Mannikins, Black-fronted Dotteral
Banksia-Eve St wetland area
A.P.Austin Field -Flycatcher perched on fence post ,feeding on ground-very active along with neighbourly willy wagtails-mannikins(12) feeding nearby 2 Black-fronted Dotterels on rough ground near wetlands behind St George Soccer Stadium
Oliver Williams 28/7 #218910
Sat 26Hooded Plover
Bendalong Monument Beach
Two individuals on the hard sand about halfway along the beach north of the picnic area. eBird checklist
Ian Samson 28/7 #218919
megamegaAtlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Wandering Albatross and Bullers Albatross
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
Highlight of the SOSSA July 2014 trip was an Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, which did a few passes at the shelf break. It was well photographed and a submission to BARC will be forthcoming. Other good sightings included 2 Wandering Albatross, a number of Antipodean/Gibson's Albatrosses and 3+ Buller's Albatrosses. Numbers of Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Campbell Albatrosses were also high. Other sightings included 2 White-fronted Terns, 4+ Brown Skuas, 6+ Fairy Prions and 6+ Providence Petrels. Noted absences were any Giant-Petrels or Cape Petrels. It has been nearly 2 years since there was a Cape Petrel sighting on a SOSSA trip off Wollongong. Photos will be available on the SOSSA website, see Further information
Brook Whylie, Rob Hynson and others on board the Sandra K 27/7 #218897


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Fri 25Gouldian Finch
Marrakai Track, Arnhem Highway.
We spotted a flock of 150+ Gouldian Finches along the Marrakai track, about 14kms south of the Arnhem Highway. It appeared that around 10% were in adult plumage. Also Black Breasted Buzzard, Black Tailed Treecreeper, Tawny Frogmouth and Jabiru.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218893
Thu 24Chestnut Backed Button-quail
Copperfield Dam, Pine Creek
After walking around the area for about an hour we saw a pair of Chestnut Backed Button-quail, a single Partridge Pigeon, 3 Gouldian Finches and a pair of Northern Rosellas.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218892
Chestnut Backed Button-quail
Copperfield Dam, Pine Creek.
After walking around the area for about an hour, we found a pair of Chestnut Backed Button-quail, a single Partridge Pigeon, 3 Gouldian Finches and a pair of Northern Rosellas.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218890
Hooded Parrot.
Edith Falls Road
We saw about 25 Hooded Parrots, and at least 25 Gouldian Finches at the reported river crossing site about 5kms down the Edith Falls Rd, in the Katherine area. Also Masked, Long Tailed, Doubled Barred and Crimson Finches etc. There were also at least 40 hooded Parrots around the Pine Creek Township.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218888
Wed 23White Throated Grasswren
Jim Jim Falls Area
2 Grasswrens were seen well,( but unfortunately not photographed) in the Jim Jim Falls area, Kakadu NP. Thanks to Tim F. for all his help and advice. I whole-heartedly agree with Tim and Scott that it is an extremely hard area to get in to, and that if you intend to try for the bird you should be both physically and mentally prepared for an extremely tough adventure!
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218886
Mon 21Rufous Owl
Howard Springs Nature Reserve
With Biggles` help we spotted a pair of Rufous Owls as they were being mobbed by Spangled Drongos. Also in the area were Rainbow Pitta, and the other usual suspects.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar and John Newman. 27/7 #218885


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Mon 28highlightOstrich
Dulkannina Stn, nr Marree, Birdsville Track
Further to the recent report, an adult male Ostrich was seen twice, once three days ago and again today, whilst travelling up and down the Birdsville Track. The bird is on Dulkannina Station, a couple of stations out of Marree. Both times it was seen close to the road, and while wary, did not seem too afraid of people, allowing for approach to within a few metres by car. This and its apparent familiarity with cows, is leading me to suspect this is not an entirely wild bird.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 28/7 #218920


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Mon 28highlightAustralasian Bittern, Pink Robin
Seaford Swamp
Once a regular at Seaford each winter, this is only about the third record of Aussie Bittern in last 10 years. Seen hunting frogs (Crinea signifera) in southern section of wetlands. Pink Robin a probable female (based on call and bill base colour)- only the third bird recorded in 20 years of surveys. Also 185 Blue-billed Ducks, the highest number recorded at this site.
Sean Dooley 28/7 #218925
highlightNoisy Friarbird x 1
Price Park, Viewbank
The bird is still present along Lyon Rd below the toilet block, it's been there for about a week now if anyone wants to have a look, mostly vocal and active around mid morning from what I have seen and heard.
Greg Cobern 28/7 #218917
Olive-backed Oriole
Great Alpine Road Tarrawingee
An early return.The birds have been about for a few days now. They usually arrive here in the middle of August. I have not seen or heard them this early before. (Moderator's note: the idea that Olive-backed Orioles (and many other birds we perceived as spring-summer migrants) is not completely correct with some birds not migrating at all, or birds from further south being migrants as well possibly in this part of the state. Orioles have been seen at Chiltern and Killawarra in NE Victoria throughout winter, and although not as common as in spring some are still around).
Micheal O'Sullivan 28/7 #218912
Swift Parrots
Muckleford
Numbers have increased to approx. 20 birds. Watched them for about an hour this morning feeding in Sugar Gums.
Debbie Worland 28/7 #218909
Sun 27Brolga
Western Highway, between Beaufort and Ballarat, near Brewery Tap Rd.
Two Brolgas approached flying from the south and passed over our car, about 1.40 pm.
Anthea Fleming 28/7 #218922
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chiltern Box-Ironbark NP
At least 1, possibly 2 birds on Ryans Road. Great views of a banded bird and fleeting glimpses of a second bird in the same area. (Banded bird had an orange band - I would be interested in whether this was a captive-bred individual). Interesting that the several previous recent sightings at this site were of an unbanded bird. (Moderator's note: the banded bird is orange/white a captive bred female released in 2010!)
Greg Oakley and Tom Evans 28/7 #218906
highlightMarsh Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Saw 2 very worn-plumaged Marsh Sandpipers in the southernmost pond next to the road at the T-Section Lagoons. I haven't heard of any of this species overwintering here, & it would be unusual for Marsh Sandpipers to winter here, so I'm wondering if they could be early arrivals? I can't remember seeing this species in winter before. Also present hundreds of Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, about 50 Double-banded Plovers, & quite a few Banded Stilts.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker 27/7 #218900
Crested Shriketit, Grey Shrike-thruah, Golden Whistler etc
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
In the late afternoon we found a puddle on the intersection of Point Wilson & Beach road on the east side with a bit of bird activity. We flushed a number of birds from the road, including 1 Crested Shriketit, 1 Grey Shrike-thrush, 1 adult male Golden Whistler, at least 3 Flame Robins. Also present were Red-browed & Zebra Finches, & Silvereyes. I've never seen the Shriketit or the Shrike-thrush at the WTP prior to this. Also had Blue-winged Parrots at the Borrow Pits, heaps of Swamp Harriers, & 1 adult Spotted Harrier around the Austin Rd area.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker 27/7 #218899


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Mon 28Long-toed Stint
Kidney Bean Claypan (Broome)
First back for the season
Adrian Boyle 28/7 #218913
Sun 27Pied Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Orange Chat, Crimson Chat
Cue-Yalgoo
Loads of birds in the mulga, ablaze with flowering shrubs Further information
Greg Roberts 28/7 #218924
Sat 26Western Quail-thrush, Ground Cuckoo-shrike
North of Kumarina Roadhouse
Further information
Greg Roberts 28/7 #218923
highlightWelcome Swallow
Broome Sewerage works
6 birds present. (Broome record) Usually a few records each dry season but mostly singles.
Adrian Boyle 28/7 #218905
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