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Sun 29highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
I arrived at Campbell Park at about 3 pm, and noticed a bird of prey circling overhead. It hung around for at least 5 minutes, circling slowly just above the canopy, providing good views in the afternoon sun. The bird had a square tail and dark rufous body, with rufous extending across the leading edge of wings, contrasting with paler wings. Pale band on upperside of wings also seen. Had similar plumage characteristics to the individual seen on Mt Ainslie in January, in that the tail band and white on face were not very apparent.
Brenton von Takach 29/5 #227617

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Sun 29Cotton Pygmy Goose
Lake Wivenhoe near Billies Crossing
8 Cotton Pygmy Geese sighted from Hine Road Dundas with other water birds Seen south of Hine Road approx 250 west of Billies Crossing. I've not seen CPGs at this location previously
Gavin O'Meara 29/5 #227616

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Sun 29Spangled Drongo
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Saw 2 Spangled Drongos this morning about 3km up from the bridge. Unfortunately, nearby we also saw a Fox with a Brushtail Possum in it's mouth.
Jayden Walsh and Billy Taylore 29/5 #227618
Fri 27Horsfield's Bushlark
Capertee Valley (private property along the river)
Single Horsfield's Bushlark flushed from a paddock along the river. Reporting here due to this species' movements not being fully understood and this being very close to a winter record (said to be a summer migrant to southern Australia, but with no detailed studies done as far as I'm aware). On the same property (about 1km to the north) I saw the largest flock of Plum-headed Finches I've ever seen, comprised of ~130 birds. They flushed from the ground when I played a Noisy Miner alarm call (I was doing NM surveys there) and perched in a series of small river oaks.
Mick Roderick 29/5 #227619

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Sun 29highlightLight-mantled Sooty Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
possibly two separate birds seen some time apart. Also seen during the boat trip were 2 Sooty Albatross, 1 Grey-headed Albatross, 1 Blue Petrel, 1 Arctic Tern, and Wilsons Storm Petrels unusually close inshore amongst others eBird checklist
14 participants on the boat 29/5 #227623
highlightSooty Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
one adult and one immature seen during the day
14 participants on the boat 29/5 #227622
highlightGrey-headed Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
one immature bird seen for twenty minutes or so
14 participants on the boat 29/5 #227620
Wed 25highlightWilson's Storm-Petrel
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
I saw these birds on and off over a period of about 30 minutes (for a total of about 10 minutes) they had the erratic flight characteristic of Storm-petrels. Most frequently I saw one bird at a time through the scope, three through the binoculars. I saw one "dancing" on the water (using its webbed feet) also a very characteristic behavior for these birds. They were too small to be any other sea bird I can think of. There were 3 birds and I could see the all dark body, white rump and black tail clearly. Very unusual to find them so near to shore (perhaps due to extremely windy weather over recent weeks). eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 25/5 #227597

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