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Fri 24Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Tuggeranong Hill
First seen at 8.38am when we returned 40 minutes later the hollow had been taken over by mynahs eBird checklist
Patrick Colmer and Pam Malone 24/10 #220430
Brush Cuckoo, possible Black-chinned Honeyeater
Mulligans Flat NR
One Brush Cuckoo calling strongly 200m along the vehicle track that runs north from near the shearing shed. This or another bird heard again half an hour later. Also in this area a couple of distant calls from what sounded like a Black-chin, unable to confirm unfortunately. eBird checklist
Steve Holliday 24/10 #220428

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Fri 24Collared Kingfisher
Guyatt Park, St Lucia
Well upstream. The bird alighted on a yellow buoy from near the ferry terminal where it was buzzed by swallows. It then flew across the river alongside the ferry on which I was travelling and landed in stunted mangroves close to the West End terminal.
Andrew Stafford 24/10 #220431
Red-necked Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Good birds on the water this morning. Further to prior reports, Avocet numbers are now up to 3 - northern end. 2 Marsh Sandpipers - the first for a few years, at least 19 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and now 2 Curlew Sandpipers, all towards the southern end. Plus the usual 3 Lathams and 2 Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 24/10 #220426
Tue 21White-throated Needletails
Carindale, 8 Stanmere St
10 flying around and generally heading SE at approx 7:30 am
Sheryl Keates 23/10 #220415

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Fri 24highlightWhite-throated Needletail, Brush Cuckoo
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
About 15 WTNT flying east in a group at 9:00am. Single WTNTs have been sighted over the past week. This plus the direction of the group indicate they are resident in the general area and were on a feeding patrol, probably to one of the coastal NPs, returning later to somewhere west, possibly in the Casino area. This speculation is based on last year's observations when a group was seen daily flying east. Also seen an adult Brush Cuckoo feeding an imm. which was grey on the back with a barred front and was itself chasing flying insects, probably tiger moths. [Moderator's note (NH): This is very interesting. Normally NSW Brush Cuckoos lay eggs between October and January. Apparently, though, there are egg laying records as early as August? So, this would be either an extremely early bird from this season or, more likely, a bird from the last season.]
paul griffin 25/10 #220437
Latham's Snipe
Wetland/dam just to W of Spring Crk Resevoir, Orange
3 Latham's Snipe; 2 seen along edge of first dam on private property to W of reservoir, the third just beside the road on western side of the bend before getting to headwaters of reservoir. First sighting for me in Orange this season.
Rosemary Stapleton 24/10 #220435
White-winged Triller, Little Lorikeet, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Burrawan Forest Drive (south), Port Macquarie
Two singing male White-winged Trillers. Little Lorikeets feeding in flowering Scribbly Gum and 2 Glossy Black-Cockatoos.
Tim Morris 24/10 #220433
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
Both pairs, Red-backed Kingfisher and White-backed Swallow, are still present downstream of the Bullawa Creek bridge (Eulah Creek Road). There are now definitive signs of breeding activity (composite photo). The Red-backed Kingfishers have been observed again defending their territory. Along a 200-m section of creek bed no other kingfishers are permitted, but at least 4 more species have been found to be nesting: Striated Pardalote, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Noisy Friarbird. One of the White-backed Swallows (the only tunnel-nesting swallow species in Australia) was also seen diving down to the carved-out creek bank, but was obscured from view while on the ground for only about 10 seconds. They had been observed showing territorial behaviour earlier (previous report from the same location). Further information
Michael Dahlem 24/10 #220424
Thu 23highlightRegent Honeyeater
Nangahrah Bird Route
Two fledgling Regent Honeyeaters being fed by two adults observed on the 23rd October at the same location previously reported on the 8th (#220155) and 19th (#220347), likely the same individuals. Adults were feeding in a flowering Grey Box.
Peter Hancock and Ben Martin per. Kurtis Lindsay 24/10 #220427
Wed 22Caspian Tern
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
Caspian Tern noted 8:00am at end of Deeban Spit, high tide. Standing with Silver Gulls, Crested Terns, Pied Oystercatcher and Eastern Curlews.
Julie Keating 22/10 #220390
Sat 18Painted Honeyeater
Private Property about 26km NW of Cowra on Lachlan Valley Way
Painted Honeyeater seen in isolated Ironbark adjacent to one of the Cowra Woodland Bird survey sites by three surveyors
Rosemary Stapleton, Lesley Hook & Gillian Hogendyk 24/10 #220434

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Sat 25Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Six flew over the Lodge calling. Only second record in October in nine years. Most sightings December to March.
Keith Fisher 25/10 #220439
Wed 15Dollarbird
Newell Beach
My first sighting of Dollarbird in N. Qld this season. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 15/10 #220275

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Fri 24Great crested grebes, freckled ducks, hardheads, shovelers
Goulds lagoon
From the train line at the eastern side of the lagoon, we saw 7 Great Crested Grebes in the middle of the Derwent. One pair were engaged in courtship rituals. On the lagoon there were a number of Freckled Ducks (about 8) and many Hardheads and Shovelers. Three Dusky Moorhens were also spotted. [Some good numbers there, Paul - Moderator]
Paul Tildesley 24/10 #220436

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Fri 24Satin Flycatcher
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Single vocal bird heard as it was moving through upper canopy, not seen. Corner of Nation Rd & Paddys Tk. First return for spring.
Steve Davidson 24/10 #220425

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Wed 22Grey-crowned Babbler
Unfortunately I was driving when I spotted six birds sitting on a bush immediately adjoining the road and didn't have a camera handy - would have made a great photo! (just out of town on the mine road) I had seen individual birds in the area, on several occasions previously but not so many together!!
S. Plunkett 22/10 #220414

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