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Tue 22Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Tea Tree Wetlands, Gold Coast.
Terry Dillon 22/7 #218794
Sun 20Noisy Pitta, but no White-throated Nightjar
Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
Single Noisy Pitta on the track.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218790
Magpie Goose, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Crested Tern
Bribie Island--Buckleys Hole
3 Magpie Geese & 1 adult male Black-necked Stork at Buckleys Hole itself. 2 Sooty and 2 Pied Oystercatchers, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Gull-billed, 2 Lesser Crested (1 ad, 1 juv) and 2 Crested Terns at the sandbank visible from the bench on the roadside at the NW end of Buckleys Hole.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218789
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single male Cotton Pygmy-Goose on the first lagoon. Other birds of interest: one Glossy Ibis, one Grey Goshawk, two Brown Goshawks, one Pacific Baza, one Eastern Osprey, one Brown Falcon, one Spotless Crake.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218788
Alberts Lyrebird
Lamington National Park--O'Reilly's
Heard males calling in the distance. Female sighted, not timid, didnt mind being video'd or noisey bush walkers going past. Great long views, was just on the edge of track, as close as 1mtr. Just on enterance to border track.
Pauline Brennan 21/7 #218787

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Tue 22highlightStriated Pardalote (Yellow-tipped)
Black Hill (Newcastle)
At least 4 Yellow-tipped Striated Pardalotes seen today in bushland near Black Hill, likely several others present (calling birds) but not seen.
Mick Roderick and Tom Clarke 22/7 #218793
Bassian Thrush, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Irrawong Reserve
A single Bassian Thrush was seen this morning near the Noisy PItta spot at 7:10-7:40 am. 2 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were seen in lilly pilly and casuarinas near the small bridge adjacent to Irrawong Rd.
Jayden Walsh 22/7 #218792
Mon 21Red-necked Avocet
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
14 Red-necked Avocet along the shoreline of Deeban Spit on high tide this afternoon, roosting with some occasional feeding, standing not far from fishermen. Attached photo has 13 of them in frame.
Bruce Roubin and Deryk Engel 21/7 #218786
Little Penguin
Long Beach
1 Little Penguin &112 Great Cormorants at Long Beach.
Tony Dawe 21/7 #218782
Sun 20highlightGreat-winged Petrel
Fort Drive (Nobby's, Newcastle)
4 Great-winged Petrels seen yesterday afternoon during a brief seawatch. Also 2 Black-browed type and one Shy-type Albatross. Notably, there were only small numbers of Fluttering Shearwaters (<50), which have been off the Newcastle coastline in their 1000's over the past week or so (including Saturday 19th, when there was also a Brown Skua, unidentified Giant-Petrel and a Shy-type seen). Also present just off the rocks yesterday were 2 White-fronted Terns and oodles of gannets. 2 Ruddy Turnstones flew past (both known to be over-wintering at in the area).
Mick Roderick 21/7 #218780
Mon 14highlightGrey Falcon x 2
Broken Hill, Stephens Creek Resorvoir
S 3153.811 E 14132.798; approx 3.45 pm seen two birds fly over a hill from the south towards me. One was ahead of the other slightly one went to my left. The one in front went past to my right and was closer. I noticed it was all grey and lighter grey underneath with light lacing or wavy pattern underneath on wings. It had a black tear drop under its eye and it looked to have very large eyes black in colour. No other black on it at all. When they came over the hill, they dropped into the valley over me, then went over the hill behind me. They were in view for about 20 seconds before disappearing over the hill in a northerly direction. I didn't see any yellow cere and upon checking my Slater field guide when I got home it matched the juvenile description 100%. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my camera off my shoulder quick enough. I have seen 3 others over the years 2 near Cameron Corner about 2 years ago in June and one other near Broken Hill but what year i can't tell you. [Moderator's note (NH): With regards to an ongoing research project on Grey Falcons, we would appreciate if Todd and/or other observers can corroborate the sighting and ideally provide photo documentation]
todd robert murphy 14/7 #218680

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Mon 21Azure Kingfisher
Bolin Bolin Billabong
Lone bird hunting in the last remaining body of water next to Bulleen Road. Watched it flying between perches and even hovering. Great to have one back, first time in several years I've seen one in the area. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 21/7 #218783
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
About 1.30 pm an Australasian Bittern flew in front of the viewing platform at Edithvale Wetlands and disappeared into the reeds south of the bird hide.
Wayne Butterworth 21/7 #218781
Sat 19highlightSwift Parrot, Scarlet Honeyeater, Gilberts Whistler
Bailieston Historic Area Block 3
Sixteen members birded Blocks 1,3 & 4 in the box ironbark. The 2 Swift Parrots were quietly feeding on lerps in the tree canopy at Block 3. Scarlet Honeyeater & female Gilberts seen at about 3.30 near the quarry (Block 1). Many eucalypts blooming there. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 21/7 #218778
Tue 15Pacific Golden Plover
Gippsland Lakes
One bird, presumed to be first year juvenile, on sand islands at south end of Jones Bay. Photo by John Saxton.
BirdLife East Gippsland (per Chris Healey) 21/7 #218784
Sat 12Lewin's Rail
Opposite St Cuthberts Church, Gembrook-Belgrave Road, Menzies Creek
Spotted foraging on the grassy verge of Gembrook-Belgrave Road 10 meters from any cover. Turned our vehicle around and watched for 5 minutes. Didn't seem to be worried by the cars travelling past at 60kph but when we crawled past to have a better look he put his head down and scurried for cover. Occasionally flush them in our paddocks in summer and have had the broken wing act so they are breeding. Never seen any in this location, in winter nor as bold.
Will Ashburner and Jessica Ashburner 14/7 #218672

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Mon 21White-breasted Whistler, Horsfield's Bushlark, Beach Stone-Curlew
Cape Keraudren
Great birding spot Further information
Greg Roberts 21/7 #218791
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