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Wed 20Noisy Pitta
Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
Flushed from under saltmarsh meadow boardwalk early this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 20/8 #219296


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Wed 20highlight Wandering Albatross and Southern Giant Petrel
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
Another Wandering (type) Albatross, 1 juvenile Southern Giant Petrel, 1 Brown Skua, 3 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 30 Shy Albatross, 25 Black-browed Albatross and several hundred Fluttering Shearwaters feeding just beyond the surf break today. Still hundreds of Huttons Shearwaters going north and south in flocks of 15 or so. We also saw a bird which was a strong juvenile Salvin's Albatross candidate [Moderator's note: Juvenile White-capped Albatross (steadi) can look very similar to Salvin's at this time of the year].
David Mitford, Ray Gobbe and Robert Griffin 20/8 #219300
Tue 19Great-winged Petrel and Wandering Albatross
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
8 Great-winged Petrels, 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and 1 Wandering (type) Albatross were the highlights today.
David Mitford and Ray Gobbe 20/8 #219299
Glossy Ibis
Llewellyn Rd wetlands, Casino
Significantly dried-out wetlands, but 14 Glossy Ibis feeding on margins
Russ Lamb 20/8 #219297
highlightSuperb Parrot
Barrier HWY, between Nyngan and Cobar
Saw three flocks of Superb Parrots with an estimated 80 birds in each flock. The parrots were feeding on spilt grain on the roadside. When I stopped to watch one flock, I observed numerous birds being struck and killed by every passing vehicle. Based on the mortalities I observed in just a short period, vehicle collisions must exact a huge toll on this species. [Moderator's note (NH): This is heartbreaking. Would be good if temporary speed limits could be introduced in situations like this.]
James Rees 20/8 #219294
Great-winged Petrel, Buller's Albatross, Fairy Prion
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
Highlights from a sea watch this afternoon were 30+ Great-winged Petrels 1 Buller's Albatross and 1 lone Fairy Prion.
michael ronan 19/8 #219290
Pacific Baza
McCarthy Rd Coutts Crossing, nr Grafton
10.30 am I was at a property when a Pacific Baza flew into the under storey of a bottlebrush about 3 m away and about 1.5 m from the ground. It kept leaning forward and moving its head to see around the trunk of the tree as it watched us for over a minute. It then dropped down onto garden pots and foraged and then returned to the original perch where it again moved to a perch where it had a clear view of us. It appeared unperturbed as it moved around to watch us. It then flew about 10 m onto the fence around the vegetable garden and appeared to look intently into vegetable patch as it moved from post to post.
Warren Thompson 19/8 #219286


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Thu 21Swift Parrot, Crimson Rosella
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 male Swift Parrot seen in flowering Sugar Gum at woodlot along Pt Wilson Rd this morning around 0930hrs. Also there a roving band of Crimson Rosella which is a rare bird for the plant. Fairy Martin is returning in good numbers now and I saw one and heard two other Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in saltmarsh at T-section and Western Lagoon. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 21/8 #219305
Wed 20highlightIntermediate Egret & Latham's Snipe
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
Went down looking for a few Snipe a friend told me about. I was lucky enough to find the Snipe and an Intermediate Egret. Also lots of other species including several Swans nesting, Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills, a Pacific Heron and 2 Great Egrets in breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 20/8 #219301
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 8 swift parrots still present this afternoon (4pm). All seen at the Pearson Street end of the park feeding on tall flowering gums. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 20/8 #219298
Song Thrush
Dundee St, Reservoir
1 seen in a private backyard this morning
Matt Vinicombe 20/8 #219295


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Thu 21Pilbara (Striated) Grasswren
Marble Bar / Woodstock Road
Finally. Thanks to those who offered advice esp Fred van Gessel and Richard Alcorn. In the end we found it at a previously unreported location which was very satisfying. GPS 21 19 47.0 S : 119 36 33.5 E eBird checklist
Jean & Paul Newman 21/8 #219304
Tue 19Gouldian Finches
Frontage of Council Offices Wyndham at 6.40am
Approx 200 Gouldian finches drinking from puddles on the entrance road into the Wyndham Council Offices including one banded bird clearly seen in photograph. eBird checklist
David Simpson 20/8 #219291

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