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Sun 23highlightWhite-cheeked Honeyeater (2), Black Bittern (1)
Croajingolong National Park, Victoria
Located a pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters along the road that passes the boardwalk in Howe Flat in Croajingolong National Park. About 100 metres down the track past the boardwalk, we heard an unusual call which we pssshted in. Single bird shot across path noticeably larger than New Holland Honeyeater. On second view as it flew about we viewed the large white patch on cheek and confirmed White-cheeked Honeyeater. Over the next 20 minutes we struggled to get photos but eventually succeeded and confirmed a pair of birds when seen together flying about the area. Many photos taken and photo of exact spot where birds located also available to interested twitchers. Also of note, single Black Bittern flushed from under bridge outside Mallacoota on the previous day.
James Mustafa & Steve Davidson 23/11 #220986
Thu 20highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220999
highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220998


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Mon 24Australian Koel
Gore St, Higgins
This morning I was delighted to see that the local Koel, who has been calling for a few months now, has found a mate. The two were in my cherry tree and harvesting the berries. The local sparrows were all a twitter, literally.
Louise Armstrong 24/11 #221002


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Tue 25Fork-tailed Swift
Lyndale Ave, Port Macquarie
Approximately 5 Fork-tailed Swifts and similar number of White-throated Needletails present.
Tim Morris 25/11 #221021
Sun 23Powerful Owl
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Immature Powerful Owl roosting in one of the fig trees overhanging the walkway that runs immediately behind Balmoral Beach, about midway between the baths and the bridge crossing to the grassy atoll. Seemingly not perturbed by the thousands of beachgoers (it was about 3PM) nor the harassment of a Pied Currawong followed by two Australian Magpies, the latter being what bought my attention to the owls presence. Poor quality photo attached from my compact camera. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 24/11 #221018
Hooded Plover
Meroo National Park at 35 28 55S 150 23 20E
Two banded Hooded Plovers seen this morning along the beach. Could not be located when I returned with binoculars to read the bands.
Joshua Bergmark 24/11 #221004
Sat 22Sooty Owl
Cedar Creek [via Ruined Castle]
Called twice in vicinity of the large overhang [Cedar Cave] at 489 597, 8 p.m. Lots of skulls of as yet unidentified fine-toothed creatures on 'cave' floor. There were also large numbers of Black-faced Monarchs calling incessantly along the creek [not, clearly, contributing to the pile of skulls!]
Ted Nixon 25/11 #221019


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Thu 20highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220999


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Mon 24Hooded Plover
Carrickalinga
Hooded Plover seen along the beach on Sunday/Monday opposite 50 Gold Coast Drive. Sunday seen on beach right in front of the Car Park. Monday further up the beach around the corner past the Rocks. Only 1 bird seen both days.
Lance Peters 24/11 #221016
Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks
Semipalmated Plover see close inshore near yellow and blue beach house. eBird checklist
Mark Buckby, Iian Denham and Dave Torr 24/11 #221012
Sun 23Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenters Rocks
Finally found at 11.30am after slow wading out towards reef, very active bird compared to the stints and red caps near by. also present many noisy Crested Terns, a hand full of Fairy Terns, two Bar-tailed Godwits and 1 Australian Hobby that scattered the small shorebirds off the seaweed heap eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner 24/11 #221015
Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks
The bird was seen by myself and 2 others this morning at 9am. It was situated on a small sandy bank about 200 meters out. It did not flush and was in the company of a flock of Red-capped Plovers. eBird checklist
Ben Weston 23/11 #220995


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Mon 24Black Swan (breeding)
Roaring Beach Lagoon
A pair of Black Swans with five cygnets was observed on the lagoon. In nine years of observations at this site, this is the first sighting of a breeding pair.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221014
Swift Parrot, Bar-tailed Godwit
Bir Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Five Swift Parrots observed flying between two young blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) in flower, with their unmistakable chattering and calling. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit was ramming its bill into the wet tidal sand; only the second sighting on this beach, first in 2006.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221013
Sun 23highlightLathams Snipe
Hydro Bay, Arthurs Lake
At least a dozen birds disturbed while walking across the marsh leading down to the lake.
Bill Scott-Young 23/11 #220996
Sat 22highlightSouthern Giant Petrel (white morph), Northern Royal Albatross, Salvin's Albatross etc.
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A beautiful white morph Southern Giant Petrel was one of the highlights of this trip. The bird had clean, white plumage with no dark feathers at all but had dark eyes and bluish feet, so wasn't an albino. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton. Other highlights included 2 Northern Royal Albatross, 2 immature Salvin's Albatross, a White-headed Petrel and 5 Parasitic Jaegers, which is a high count for an Eaglehawk trip.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 24/11 #221017


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Tue 25highlightEastern Koel
Peter Weinstock
Much movement in the Long Gully area, two birds calling and flying around the area from 6.00 a.am.
Peter Weinstock 25/11 #221022
Mon 24megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Found the dowitcher around midday feeding on the southern shore just east of the outlet, among the four fence posts. Watched for an hour feeding in the shallow water with sharpies catching prey in the water rather than poking the mud
Al Stewart 24/11 #221008
Brolga
Williams Landing Wetland
Amazed while sitting in peak hour traffic this morning to see 2 brolga take off from the swamp, cross the freeway and head off across the ever expanding suburbs of Point Cook.
Joy Tansey 24/11 #221003
Sun 23highlightEastern Koel
Hawthorn
Koel calling around 8 am in the St James Park precinct of West Hawthorn. It's early this year.
Greg Hunt 24/11 #221010
highlightEastern Koel
Burnley, not far from Yarra River
The unmistakable call of a male Koel heard from my place in Burnley Sunday morning at about 0715hrs. Just two rounds of calling then nothing further. May be the one that has recently been reported in the Royal Botanic Gardens South Yarra (?). A bit earlier this year. 'Usual' time for Koels in Richmond has been in December.
Martin O'Brien 24/11 #221009
Red Necked Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Red Kneed Dotterel & Grey Teal
Thompsons Rd cnr William Thwaites Bvd, Cranbourne North
Some welcome new residents at the developing wetland/stormwater treatment basin. It has recently been drained for planting and this has attracted the avocets, stilts and family of dotterels - great to see in developing suburbia.
Ziggy, Claire & Eva Wolinski 24/11 #221001
Wed 19Rufous Fantail, Satin Flycatchers
Wilsons Promontory National Park--Lilly Pilly Gully
Nice to see Rufous Fantail, a pair of Satin Flycatchers, Beautiful Firetail, Bassian Thrush and others along this walk.
Jenny Skewes 24/11 #221005


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