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Wed 28megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard (2)
Lake Joondalup, Western Australia
A second Crested Honey Buzzard, an adult male, was seen today at 10.30am along with the immature male bird originally found by Jon Anderson on 5 Jan and again 25 Jan (a single bird was subsequently seen 26 and 27 Jan by a number of birders). The immature male flew down the centre of the lake in display flight. It was followed by the adult male which perched briefly at the southern end, before the two birds circled together northwards along the eastern edge of the lake. Photo: Immature male by Steve Reynolds.
Plaxy Barratt, Daniel Mantle, Steve Reynolds, Sue Abbotts, Mark Newman, Nick Brown, Pam Smith 28/1 #222003


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Wed 28highlightLittle Shearwater
Booderee National Park--Bherwerre Beach
One washed up in the tideline along with a number of Fluttering, Wedge-tailed & Short-tailed Shearwaters after several days of onshore weather. Several Streaked Shearwaters seen close in off nearby Cape St George. The Little Shearwater was identified by its small size compared to the Fluttering Shearwater and its blue legs. Submission will be prepared for NSWORAC and photos of the carcase will be provided.
Martin Schulz 28/1 #222002
highlightSooty Terns
Fort Drive, Newcastle
2 Sooty Terns seen flying past Fort Dr. Newcastle, Adult and Imm..
Steve Roderick 28/1 #221996
Tue 27Square-tailed Kite
Jaspers Brush, Princes Hwy
Gliding low close to highway just north of Silo's restaurant. Adult Wedge-tailed Eagle also seen nearby.
Carla Jackett 29/1 #222009
highlightStreaked Shearwater
North Wall, Ballina
Single Streaked Shearwater seen on 6 occasions during 2 hour seawatch, possibly same bird. Also Onychoprion type Tern, likely Sooty Tern but very distant, 2 Pomarine Jaegers plus a number of unidentified Jaeger species & a single Fluttering type Shearwater. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 28/1 #222008
highlightStreaked Shearwaters, Great-winged Petrel
Fort Drive, Newcastle
Short seawatch due to heavy rain, 2 Streaked Shearwaters plus a Great-winged Petrel in close. Good numbers of Shearwaters mainly Wedgeys with a few hundred Short-tailed, also 1 Fleshy and Fluttering Type.
Steve Roderick 27/1 #221988
Mon 26Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Loadstone NSW [about 33km N of Kyogle]
Pair landed high in a Forest Red Gum, female solicited with "begging" call and swaying "dance"and approached male. 3 copulations followed then they flew off, female leading. Also a single bird flew over calling.
Rob Elvish 28/1 #221995
White-winged Fairy-wren
The Living Desert, Broken Hill
Leucistic White-winged Fairy-wren, male Further information
Surong Gunn 26/1 #221981
Sat 24highlightSooty Tern & White-winged Black Tern (2)
Wollongong pelagic
1 Sooty Tern and 2 White-winged Black Terns were the highlights of this months SOSSA Wollongong pelagic. The White-winged Black Terns were well offshore and were flying north. Other sightings include many Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Pomerine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Black-browed Albatross, Wilson's Storm-petrels and unseasonably low numbers of Flesh-footed Shearwaters and Grey-faced Petrels. eBird checklist
Robert Hynson for all on bord the Sandra K (SOSSA pelagic) 28/1 #221994
Sun 18Brown Quail
The Living Desert, Broken Hill
Two Brown Quails were spotted and heard on the walking track in the Living Desert, Broken Hill after 4 days rain.
Surong Gunn 26/1 #221982


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Wed 28highlight(Possible) Grey Falcon (juvenile)
Viewbank
Obviously requires follow-up before acceptance so posting this as an alert. Watched for 10-15 minutes around 7pm over pastures at the high point of the Plenty River Trail. Flying like falcon, similar size to Little Corellas, rapid gliding and soaring downslope towards Plenty and Yarra Rivers and back to the top - upswept wings when soaring noted. Clearly grey upper wings and body. Underside pale with a few dark grey longitudinal streaks and small patch on underwing coverts at base of primaries, face markings also dark, matching juvenile. Wings not as pointed as Peregrine or Black. Haven't seen a Grey in Vic before, a few in SA. (Moderator's note: Obviously this report is exceptional and would require a follow up sighting for confirmation, but the report is posted to encourage a follow up)
Neil Murray 29/1 #222011
highlightMagpie Goose
Pasture opposite Barwon Prison.
Hundreds of Magpie Geese observed in pasture opposite prison grounds. Maybe on the move east towards Serendip Wetlands.
Chad Browning 29/1 #222010
White-throated Needletails
Charlemont Rd, Olinda
5 Needletails seen over Olinda mid-morning , in strong Easterly winds. They were around for about five minutes then seem to head west. Got some pretty grainy photos .
Colin Mulvogue 28/1 #222001
Spotless Crake
Banyule Flats Reserve
One at the grotty pond (the small pond near childrens' playground on NE side of main wetland)
Richard Loyn 28/1 #222000
Tue 27Double-banded Plover
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
One on T-section pond 6. 36 Marsh Sandpipers on T-section pond 5.
Richard Loyn 28/1 #221999
Sat 24Spotted Harrier
Beveridge
One over dry grassland near Hume Hwy just south of Beveridge
Richard Loyn 28/1 #221998


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Wed 28megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard (2)
Lake Joondalup
Photo: Immature male by Steve Reynolds.
Plaxy Barratt, Daniel Mantle, Steve Reynolds, Sue Abbotts, Mark Newman, Nick Brown, Pam Smith 28/1 #222005
megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard (2)
Lake Joondalup
Photo: Adult male by Daniel Mantle.
Plaxy Barratt, Daniel Mantle, Steve Reynolds, Sue Abbotts, Mark Newman, Nick Brown, Pam Smith 28/1 #222004
megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard (2)
Lake Joondalup
A second Crested Honey Buzzard, an adult male, was seen today at 10.30am along with the immature male bird originally found by Jon Anderson on 5 Jan and again 25 Jan (a single bird was subsequently seen 26 and 27 Jan by a number of birders). The immature male flew down the centre of the lake in display flight. It was followed by the adult male which perched briefly at the southern end, before the two birds circled together northwards along the eastern edge of the lake. Photo: Immature male by Steve Reynolds.
Plaxy Barratt, Daniel Mantle, Steve Reynolds, Sue Abbotts, Mark Newman, Nick Brown, Pam Smith 28/1 #222003

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