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Tue 2highlightCrested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard
Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome
George Swann advises that at 09.15 this morning while leading a tour group, he saw a Crested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard at Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome. He considers that it was an adult male. Unfortunately no photos were obtained. This could be the third report from mainland Australia proper with others recorded or reported from Christmas Island, Cocos and Ashmore Reef. Further information
George Swann per Mike Carter 2/9 #219501


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Mon 1Eungella honeyeater
Chelman's Road, Eungella NP
Thanks to the new Dolby/Clarke book we were able to locate this endemic honeyeater precisely where it was supposed to be! Finding it and photographing it was quite a challenge. It is an extremely elusive bird.
Hedley & Irena Earl 1/9 #219492
Sat 30Grey Falcon
Bowra Station Homestead/camping area
One bird flew over the Shearers' Quarters at 8.30 am heading east. It was later seen flying near the main gate by two other observers. This was only the second sighting at Bowra in August, the other being on August 1st. eBird checklist
Barry Davies and George Diggles 1/9 #219489


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Tue 2megamegaCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Citrine Wagtail seen well this morning (6:45-8:30am), on the mudflat in front of the bird hide. It was chased by a Red-kneed Dotterel and flew out of view, but returned a few minutes later. (The Citrine Wagtail also made a late and brief appearance the previous evening at 5.30pm).
Max de Beer, Andrew Stafford 2/9 #219496
Mon 1Buff-banded Rail
Lane Cove National Park
During spotlighting last night, one Buff-banded Rail was continuosly calling near the camping ground at the end of Plassey Road, edge of the cemetry.
Fatih Sam 2/9 #219497
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Castlereagh
This afternoon I located the female of my local eagle pair with last year's young perching in a large tree along Castlereagh Road.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/9 #219491
Swift Parrot
Deep Water Park Milperra
A single Swift Parrot flew over Blue Gum Farm at about 8 am and at about 8:30 3 flew in and landed in emergent red gums before disappearing in flowering Blue Box. Could be more, but difficult to find amongst hundreds of raucus Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds, scores of Rainbow Lorikeets (nesting) and tens of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets (also nesting). A male Australian Hobby was inspecting an old corvid nest, perhaps thinking about nesting? Single adult Nankeen Night Heron on the island in the first pond. Loads of honeyeater too.
David James 1/9 #219487
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Cremorne Point
Saw a Oriental Cuckoo (female/hepatic) this morning whilst on the way to catch the ferry to work. Flew from a tree beside the path being harassed by Australian Magpies and flew into adjacent trees near the toilet block on the point. Not bad for the first day of spring.
Simon Blanchflower 1/9 #219482
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetland, Mudgee
Seen over the course of several hours from dawn onwards. Easily viewed and obliging. Also sighted Plum-headed Finches at the site from where we were looking at the wagtail.
Rowan Mott 1/9 #219481
Sun 31Rainbow Bee-eater
Main Beach, Byron Bay
4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen over the eastern end of Main Beach this morning. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 1/9 #219478
highlightSwift Parrot
Dunheved Golf Course (near St Marys)
This morning, I spent an hour or so walking around the edge of Dunheved Golf course near St Marys and hoping to see the Emu that Mark had seen on Friday. I did not see the Emu but was quite impressed with the numbers of birds about where were the abundance of privot in fruit could have partly explained this. Silvereyes (both the resident and tassie migrants) were in abundance and there were also quite a number of Olive-backed Orioles as well as at least a couple of Figbirds. Other birds present included Bar-shouldered Doves, Azure Kingfisher, Brown Goshawk, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Gerygones, Varied Sitellas but best of all were at least 12 Swift Parrots (and there could have been more) foraging for lerps in the eucalypts.
Edwin Vella 31/8 #219476
Sat 30Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Managed to see and photograph the Citrine Wagtail after only about an hour or so of waiting at the bird hide (thanks to all the other birders present for the helpful advice!).
Carl Corden 2/9 #219498


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Mon 1Common Sandpiper
Coquette Point, Innisfail
Six Common Sandpiper were feeding over a wide area on the beach. This is the first sighting of these birds for this season. Further information
Yvonne Cunningham 2/9 #219493
Sun 31Southern Cassowary
Coquette Point
Matriarch Southern Cassowary called Jessie, first confirmed sighting for over a month. Further information
Yvonne Cunningham 1/9 #219480
Pied Oystercatcher
Coquette Point
Observed and photographed two birds mating twice and at different areas on same morning. Further information
Yvonne Cunningham 1/9 #219479
Fri 29Red-footed Booby, Roseate Tern
Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef
Apologies for late post. At least four Red-footed Booby with around 35 Brown Booby on helicopter platform as we arrived at the site, as well as several Black-naped Tern, 40-odd Sooty Tern and around 150 Common Noddy. All birds dispersed as helicopter arrived, and I observed Roseate Tern fly past thereafter. Noted largely red bills, very long white tail streamers and dark upperside to outer primaries with no dark trailing edge on underwing.
Steve Davidson 1/9 #219488


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Tue 2highlightFreckled Duck
GDF Suez Hazelwood Morwell River Wetlands, Morwell
One Freckled Duck, a very unexpected sighting in the Latrobe Region, also an Australian Shoveler (male) and a Mallard (hybrid?). Great viewing of a perched adult White-bellied Sea Eagle and an immature in flight.
Alix Williams with the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists' Bird Group 2/9 #219502
Mon 1Latham's Snipe, Freckled Duck
Mill Park Lakes Wetlands
A solitary Latham's Snipe at the edge of the water; my first for this season. Also around 12 Freckled Duck; I have seen Freckled Duck here on every visit this year. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 1/9 #219486
Sun 31Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Still present - possibly 5 birds. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford 1/9 #219490


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Tue 2megamegaCrested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard
Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome
George Swann advises that at 09.15 this morning while leading a tour group, he saw a Crested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard at Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome. He considers that it was an adult male. Unfortunately no photos were obtained. This could be the third report from mainland Australia proper with others recorded or reported from Christmas Island, Cocos and Ashmore Reef. Further information
George Swann per Mike Carter 2/9 #219501

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