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Sun 14Wedgetail Eagle
Chadwell Street Ransome
Adult Wedge tail Eagle flew very low over front yard.
Amanda Johnston 16/1 #233328

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Tue 16Red-whiskered Bulbul
One RWB at the end of Sherwood Ave. The first RWB I've recorded in the Southern Highlands. A bit odd.
Lorne Johnson 16/1 #233330
Little Eagle
One adult bird seen soaring above paddocks 4km west of Hume Hwy on Canyonleigh Rd. I've not seen a Little Eagle in this local before.
Lorne Johnson 16/1 #233329
Mon 15Little Eagle
Bullarah (approx 70km west of Moree) Private Property
Further information
Pat Johnston 16/1 #233327
highlightCotton Pygmy-goose, Comb-crested Jacana
North Ballina wetlands
Single Cotton Pygmy-goose at same site as bird reported Aug-Sep last year (see; not sure where else it was mentioned). Foraging close to a couple of Pacific Black Ducks and Coots at northern end of wetland. A couple of Jacana also present. No photos - perhaps someone will take one.
Peter Higgins 15/1 #233321
Powerful Owl
Wollongong Botanic Gardens
One bird observed in tree above walking track near the entrance to the Rainforest garden.
Terrill Nordstrom 15/1 #233319
Little Tern
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
One pair of parent birds with two fledglings. Parent birds still feeding the fledglings but trying to encourage the fledglings by flying over them constantly with a fish in its beak. Last week there was a flock of 24 fishing in the bay.
Julie Keating 15/1 #233318
Sun 14highlightLittle Shearwater & White-necked Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
After 48 hours of gale force southerlies we were surprised to find a Little Shearwater, which gave extended views as it fed with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Pure white underwing noted by all observers, compact size and short wings. Lots of Fluttering Shearwaters seen at the same distance all with noticeable darker feathering around the axillaries.(Moderator Note: Little Shearwaters reports are subject to review by RAC.AKM) Also seen a White-necked Petrel, Shy Albatross, 6 Black-browed Albatross and a few Pomarine Jaegers. Inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins and a small pod of False Killer Whales sighted as well
David Mitford, Corey Callahan and Nick Giles 16/1 #233326
highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Tempus Two Winery, Pokolbin (Lower Hunter Valley)
An adult female Red-chested Button-quail was found drowned in a pool at the Tempus Two Winery on Sunday by Alwyn Simple, who recovered the bird and photographed it.
Alwyn Simple per Mick Roderick 16/1 #233325
highlightMasked Owl
Moruya (private property)
A very vocal and active male bird gave great views last night. Also present were Souther Boobook, White-throated Nightjar, Two Greater Gliders and a Yellow-bellied Gliders. Our thanks to the land owners. The sighting is on private land and the land owners have expressed that they do not wish for their address to be made public).
Julie Morgan, Demetrios Bertzeletos 15/1 #233320
Eastern Curlew; NO Plumed Whistling-duck
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Single bird on the north side of the rock platform at low tide (approx 2:30). Also 20 Golden Plovers, lots of Red-necked Stints (didn't count), 12 Turnstones and 15 Sooty Oystercatchers. Offshore good numbers of shearwaters - mostly Wedge-tailed; some Fluttering-types and some large Jaegers but to far off to tell exactly. (Conditions made scope use hard - 40 km/h+ gusts southerly so couldn't catch details.) No sign of the Plumed Whistling-ducks on the Golf Course as reported for 13 January - checked all the ponds as there were very few golfers out.
Tom Wilson 15/1 #233316
Aleutian Terns
Farquhar Inlet
7 sighted across channel at rear of little tern site around 1.30 There was one Little Tern with them Birds were resting .Almost gale wind blowing from the South, Also 1 Double Banded Plover. The Aleutian Terns were standing seperately to a larger group of mixed birds .
Milton Smith 15/1 #233311
Sat 13Satin Flycatcher
Eurobodalla Botanical Gardens
1 male bird observed fighting viciously with a male Leaden Flycatcher.
Demetrios Bertzeletos + Eurobodalla Natural History Society Outing 14/1 #233310
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern, Ruff
Stockton Sandspit
Common Gull-billed Tern showing very well for most of the morning for a number of observers as well as a a Ruff amongst 200 Pacific Golden Plover, 300 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 90 Eastern Curlew, 2 Red-necked Stint, 100 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 150 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Black-winged Stilt and 60 Red-necked Avocet. Other birds seen included 3 Caspian Terns, about 50 Little Terns (with birds from both Australian and Asian breeding populations), one or two Ospreys and Brahminy Kite.
Edwin Vella et al 14/1 #233301

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Mon 15Black-faced Woodswallow
15 km west of Balaklava
A pair of Black-faced Woodswallows with 3 recently fledged young. Uncommon in this area.
Paul Taylor 15/1 #233317

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Tue 16highlightMagpie-lark
Arthur Highway cnr Old Jetty Rd, Eaglehawk Neck
Ruth Brozek 16/1 #233324
Sun 14Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Notley Gorge Rd., Bridgenorth
Single (male) bird flew up from a ditch at the roadside. Further information
Geoff Bromfield 15/1 #233314
Sat 6highlightSwift Parrot
Carlton River
The parrot was being harassed by swallows and came onto the deck for some respite. I managed to get a very good look at it before it flew off. No photos sorry.
Colin Merritt 15/1 #233312

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Sun 14Gang-gang
Yarra Bend Park
2 gang-gangs (male and female) heard and then seen adjacent to the Yarra River from the walking track below Yarra Boulevard, about half a kilometre upstream from Studley Park Boathouse. First time I've observed gang-gangs in this area, though I have seen them much further up the river in Templestowe and Eltham. Moderators note: Gang-gang Cockatoos are regular in the suburbs from late summer onwards. Published as close to city and one of first reports
Harry Saddler 14/1 #233304

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