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Fri 28Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
Adult bird. Heard several times and then seen really well as it fed on what looked like white fluffy scale insects in a low sapling by the track that runs adjacent to the fence above the dam. Brown crown and nape, beautiful metallic green wings with charcoal coloured primaries. Underparts white with horizontal stripes from chin and face down to tail. No rufous edge to underside of tail feathers. No white eyebrow. This would appear to be a very early sighting of this species in the ACT. [Moderator's note: Most birds return in September, so 28 August is not all that early - thanks to Peter Milburn and Martin Butterfield for pointing this out. FA] eBird checklist
Kim and Geoff Larmour 28/8 #224348


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Fri 28Latham's Snipe, Glossy Ibis
Mt Lindsay Hwy, Tamrook Farm Dam behind Tamrookam Primary School (restricted access)
This swamp has a good mix of birds again. It can be scanned from the highway side on the north side of the school; highlights were 5+ snipe,10+ G Ibis, Swamp Harrier.
Rob Elvish 29/8 #224358
Red-backed Kingfisher
Running Creek Road
One bird still present where reported by Elliot Leach and others. On wires between road and creek.
Rob Elvish 29/8 #224357
Pacific Koel (Australasian)
Mooloolah Valley - Anderson Road
First for the season in this area. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 28/8 #224352


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Sat 29Channel-billed Cuckoo
Warriewood
A single Channel-billed Cuckoo seen and heard calling in the vicinity of Fernbrook Housing Estate. [Moderator's Note: First NSW record for the season it seems. JB]
Jayden Walsh 29/8 #224356
Fri 28highlightSwift Parrot
Private Property off Swans Lane, Quorrobolong
Around 8 Swift Parrots seen/heard on the same property I had a similar number back on the 21st May when I was last there. 3 birds were seen feeding on the blossom of Eucalytpus siderophloia (Northern Grey Ironbark). There were many (totalling several hundred) small honeyeaters in the area and ~50 Little Lorikeets as an estimate. Many of the honeyeaters were passing through I think.
Mick Roderick, Mark Allen, Ross Crates et al 29/8 #224359
highlightBlue-billed Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
First seen by Andrew Patrick. Still present this afternoon - confirmed by Keith Brandwood and others. Good Sydney county "tick".
Via John Duranti (on behalf of K. Brandwood) 28/8 #224351
Thu 27Wandering Albatross
Bellambi Point, NSW
Spotted while viewing Black-browed Albatross from the point. Managed some LQ record photos as it headed south. Other birds sighted: A. Gannets, Kelp Gulls & Sooty Oystercatchers. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 28/8 #224353
Wed 26highlightSwift Parrot
Private Property near Ellalong
3 Swift Parrots on the edge of a Bell Miner colony on a large block of bush off Ellalong Road; flew off before much could be seen behaviour-wise. Posting here as there have been relatively few reports of Swifties in NSW this year.
Mick Roderick 29/8 #224360
Sun 23highlightOlive Whistler
Toonumbar Dam
I heard but did not see an Olive Whistler at Toonumbar Dam, close by Richmond Range NP. I am familiar with the bird and it's call from my property in Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. We heard the call clearly at about 10am, it called twice. When I played the call back to the two people with me they immediately agreed it was the same call. I have asked a well known bird expert in this region if it was likely to see one there and he said it was possible because they are altitudes migrants and the small population in the McPherson/Border Ranges move to lower altitudes in winter. He has seen them at Richmond Gap and Mt Nardil.
Val Curtis 28/8 #224350


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Thu 27highlightRed-necked Avocet
Cairns Esplanade
Unusual sighting. First sighted at 0900 by Andy Anderson. The 10 Red-necked Avocets still present at 1600 hrs on the rising tide
John Pearson 28/8 #224349


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Fri 28Pallid Cuckoo, Turquoise Parrot
Warby-Ovens National Park
Pallid Cuckoo first heard and then seen calling just after dawn in the Boweya forest. Also 12 Turquoise Parrot present in the Killawara forest
Stephan Granger 28/8 #224354


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