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Thu 5highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour
As previously reported, the bird was not visible at first but then found emerging from large rocks near ferry wharf (see photo), SE end of Island. It stayed mostly hidden roosting with Silver Gulls until it sat up and started preening. About half an hour later it flew down to the sand and rocks next to where roosting and began feeding on Oysters. Good views and 3 other birders also were there taking photos. The bird stayed in the same location until we left on the 12:30pm ferry. Very windy day. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Lorand Szucs, etc 6/3 #222435
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
3.30 pm. Feeding on rocks just offshore at low tide. Great close view. Access from path at junction Iluka and Morella St. Turn left at main Chowder Bay Track. After 60 m take unformed path on right down to shoreline. Also observed at 5:00pm by David Stowe and Jayden Walsh.
Carl Weber, David Stowe, Jayden Walsh 5/3 #222432
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Eulah Creek
On 5 January 2015 I reported a group of 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flying over Eulah Creek (#221618). Earlier in the season (12 December 2014) I did not report a fly-over at Upper Bullawa Creek, 5 km from here. Then on 5 February 2015 there were another 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flying over and today another 2 (no photo). I report this in the context of this being the driest summer in the Pilliga scrub in a long time and today's birds preceded smoke coming from bushfires in the Pilliga scrub (3 fires burning right now). Prior to December 2014 I had only ONCE (in 8 years) seen a Glossy Black-Cockatoo fly over Eulah Creek - ca. 40 km NE of the Pilliga scrub (now 11, in 4 separate events, within 3 months). Although small numbers, this may indicate that the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population in the Pilliga scrub is unsettled (note also increased human activity in the Pilliga over the last few years in regards to CSG exploration). Further information
Michael Dahlem 5/3 #222426


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Thu 5highlightRed-footed Booby
Michaelmas Cay, NE of Cairns
5 Red-footed Booby (2 adult and 3 juvenile) roosting on rear railings of one of the moored tenders/glass-bottomed boats on arrival at the cay this morning on a reef trip with SeaStar. Most of the other usual birds for the cay also present.
Phil Gilmour and Carole Helman 5/3 #222431
Fri 20Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Three or four Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) sightings at Mungalla Station, near Ingham, today. One or two birds very strongly coloured. Poses question of when such bird/s left Northern Hemisphere because no strongly yellow birds seen by me locally since late December, though many sighting of splotchy birds have continued off and on through the present uncommonly dry wet season. Good pic; other images my website Further information
Tony Ashton 20/2 #222303


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Thu 5highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Myrtle Park, Targa
c. 30+ hawking from just above tree-tops to much higher up… First observed at 1520 through until 1915. Fine, mixed cloud cover (no rain/fronts). Wind 15-25 knots SW.
Rodger Willows 6/3 #222436
Mon 2Kelp Gull
Elizabeth Island, Macquarie Harbour
Seven birds on rocks off this island probably taking advantage, as with Pacifics and Silvers, of nearby fish farms. No gulls of any species seen at all in southern half of harbour which has no fish farms. See also my comments re Kelp Gulls on 12 Jul 2014. A pair have re-established on Sisters Isl, Sisters Beach.
Richard Ashby 6/3 #222442
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Double Cove, Macquarie Harbour
Bird(s) calling repeatedly at 2030 in rainforest. Tawny Frogmouth calling later.
Richard Ashby 6/3 #222441
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Double Cove, Macquarie Harbour
Single bird flew across shallow bay into rainforest.
Richard Ashby 6/3 #222440


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Wed 4White-throated Nightjar
Ironbark Picnic area Aireys Inlet
2100 hrs 2 birds calling.
Garry Cheers 5/3 #222433
Scarlet Honeyeater
Marlo
A pair of Scarlet Honeyeaters were observed feeding in the flowering Southern Mahogany that abuts our driveway. Like many of our late summer-autumn observations of this species, they remained completely silent throughout the length of time we watched them actively feeding among the outer branches of this large gum.
Jacquie and Len Axen 4/3 #222423
Tue 3Australian Ringneck (28)
Fyansford Common
Escaped bird seen around the river on BirdLife Werribee outing
Dave Torr and BirdLife Werribee 3/3 #222405
Mon 2Latham's Snipe
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
A not so shy Latham's Snipe was seen during our bird survey feeding on the edge of one of the islands in the large freshwater lake. Further information
Andrew McCutcheon, Euan Moore and Rob Youl 4/3 #222419


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