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Thu 2Swift Parrot
Lake Ginninderra--Macdermott Place
3 birds observed in Eucalyptus near boat ramp. Heard them before I saw them. I've been birding & bird keeping for over 20yrs. Kept Swifts for a number of years so well versed in their calls. The three of them were clambering around the ends of the branches, hanging upside down in the foliage as Swifts do. Bright green, red under-tail (vent), blue shoulders, long slender tail, red face & throat with a blue crown.
Adam FitzGerald 2/10 #220015
Wed 1Rainbow Bee-eater
Mt Majura Nature Reserve
A small group of Rainbow Bee-eaters (at least four) flew over, and landed briefly in the trees at around 11:30am. My first for the season, poor photo attached.
Christine D 1/10 #220008


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Thu 2Wandering Tattler
Point Cartwright, QLD.
2x Wandering Tattlers seen right on low tide at 7:30am. The Tattlers were joined on the rocks by a Greater Sand Plover. The birds spent most of the time foraging on the western half of the rock ledge. At one point one of the Tattlers chased the Sand Plover after it grabbed a morsel.
Chris Martinez & Daniel Venema 2/10 #220013
Sat 27Zitting Cisticola (2)
Port Alma Rd, near Cheetham Salt Works
After looking at HANZAB and consulting with people / looking at images online, I am now happy to identify two cisticolas that we saw while searching for the Yellow Chats on Saturday as Zitting Cisticolas. This ID was based on plumage characteristics mentioned in HANZAB, and on calls heard in flight. I have fixed our original site list to include these birds. Further information including a summary from HANZAB can be found in the link. eBird checklist Further information
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 30/9 #219976


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Thu 2highlightRed-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
Following the calls of a Rufous Songlark that I subsequently recorded, I stopped at the Bullawa Creek bridge and went a few hundred metres downstream. Apart from various more common birds (all of which were very active around 13:00), found a pair of Red-backed Kingfishers (only ever seen before in Walgett; see photo - also took a more distant photo of both birds together; possibly recorded their calls too) and a pair of White-backed Swallows hawking for insects above the dry creek bed (photo inset). Rainbow Bee-eaters and Striated Pardalotes are building nests in a vertical clay bank gouged out by the creek 1.5 years ago. Female Leaden Flycatcher and a very vocal group of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes also present. Further information
Michael Dahlem 2/10 #220020
highlightSpotted Bowerbird, White-backed Swallow, White-fronted Honeyeater
Round Hill NR
Pretty tough going here as well, but a few good birds were found. A little eremophila in flower but not much, so the birds are pretty thin on the ground.
Nick Leseberg 2/10 #220018
highlightGrey-fronted Honeyeater
Nombinnie NR
One Grey-fronted Honeyeater seen at the old wheat paddock site during a pretty tough morning. All the usuals were found including Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern Scrub-robin, Shy Heathwren, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater and Gilbert's Whistler, but things were fairly quiet.
Nick Leseberg 2/10 #220017
highlightPainted Buttonquail
Wilson Street, Botany, 2019
Decapitated Painted Buttonquail found on pathway, corner Wiggins St. Nearest suitable survivable would be Botany Golf Course, which is only a few hundred meters away.
David Mitford 2/10 #220016
Spectacled Monarch
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Heard and seen about 100 metres from the entrance on left side on track (about 50 metres from the first bend) as we walked in. Still showing very well in same spot as we walked out. Other birds of note: Scarlet Honeyeater and Bassian Thrush.
Allan Benson and Alan Morris 2/10 #220014
Wed 1Rufous Whistler, Rufous Fantail, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch, Dollarbird
Lane Cove National Park--Fairyland
Lot of migrating birds which I don't normally see around Lane Cove including Rufous Fantail, Leaden Flycatcher, Scarlet Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Black-faced Monarch and a first for the site, pair of Rufous Whistler. Also Olive-backed Oriole, Striated Heron, Dollarbird, Sacred Kingfisher and plenty of New Holland and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.
Fatih Sam 1/10 #220006
Black-tailed Native-hen, Red-capped Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet
Cotton Farm, Ashley
At least three Black-tailed Native-hens were observed running in open treeless farmland, the first since about January. About 30 Red-capped Plovers still remain (of the 50 that were found on 2 July) spread over 3 large irrigation farm dams in a 5km radius. 4 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper were observed, the first for the year. About 40 Red-necked Avocets are also still present. 2 Gull-billed Tern, 6 Caspian Tern and 90 Whiskered Terns were also found. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 1/10 #219996
Tue 30highlightLittle Friarbird, White-backed Swallow
South of Bunnan, Upper Hunter Valley
3 Little Friarbirds at a site 5km south of Bunnan along Ridgelands Road. Uncommon in the Hunter Valley. Also several Diamond Firetails, Brown Treecreepers (with dependant young), vocal White-winged Trillers and Rufous Songlarks and 2x White-backed Swallows.
Mick Roderick and Tom Clarke 1/10 #220004
Mon 29highlightDollarbird, Black Bittern, Azure Kingfisher
Ourimbah Creek, Ourimbah
On a boat trip down Ourimbah Creek, I saw 2 Dollarbirds the first returnees for the Central Coast this year. Also seen a Black Bittern and a pair of Azure Kingfishers.
Christina Port 1/10 #220007
White-breasted Woodswallow
Kallaroo Rd, Bensville, 33°29'44.7"S 151°22'45.1"E
One White-breasted Woodswallow seen perched on wires near jetty. Two others were seen in vicinity, before all three flew off. (Moderator's Note: White-breasted Woodswallows are common summer migrants to the Central Coast and are found around the edges of Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water and the Gosford coastal lagoons of Wamberal, Avoca and Cochrone Lagoons. They are present from August to April although the first birds returned this spring on 4/9/14 to McPherson Rd Tuggerah. By 15/9/14 they had appeared at most CC sites. AKM)
Greg and Georgina Shaw 29/9 #219968


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Wed 1Bar-tailed Godwit
Coquette Point
Two Bar-tailed Godwit feeding at sunrise on sand flats. First sighting for the season.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #220000
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Coquette Point
Ten Sharp-tailed Sandpiper feeding on sand-flats Coquette Point, near Innisfail. 1st returns.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #219998
Tue 30Rufous Owl
Lake Koombooloomba Road, Ravenshoe
Rufous Owl was a by-product of the ( Little Red) Southern Boobook hunt. Flew in across the moon and settled briefly while Southern Boobook was being called. Location suggests it to be r. queenslandica but seems more rufa by coloration and facial markings.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220003
Southern Boobook
Lake Koombooloomba Road Ravenshoe
Southern Boobook race lurida. Very pleasing result after a long night of searching for this species. Night birds seemingly very active being picked up regularly in vehicle lights but hard to pin down. Much credit goes to our great friend Del Richards for his suggestion to try this area.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220001


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Wed 1highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Nyirripi, Northern Territory
Lone bird seen swooping low over treetops then circled above trees just south of Nyirripi Community, near the tip eBird checklist
Richard Waring 1/10 #220009
Tue 30highlightLittle Curlew
Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Following up on a report of an unidentified wader which seemed to fit the description of a Little Curlew, Anthony Molyneux and I were able to positively identify the bird as a Little Curlew. The lone bird was hanging on or near the central grassed area.
Peter Nunn 1/10 #219999
Mon 29Dollarbird; Common Koel
Berrimah Rd and Darwin River Dam
Dollarbird on wires on Berrimah Rd between Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan yesterday 28/09 at about 4pm. Also heard and eventually saw at a distance, a male Common Koel at Darwin River Dam on 25/09 about 8am. First sightings of both for the season.
Robert Burgoyne 29/9 #219971


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Wed 1highlightRed-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park
A single male observed along Honeymoon track was highlight of trip out west. Many of the mallee specialties also recorded in area including Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mallee Emu-wren and Striated Grasswren.
Scott Baker, James Mustafa and Owen Lishmund 2/10 #220012
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Brackenbury Rd, Creswick Regional Park
One, just above canopy, mid afternoon
Geoff Park 1/10 #220010
Spotless Crake
Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin
Des Palmer 1/10 #220005


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