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Tue 23Banded Lapwing
Cornwallis Rd, Cornwallis 1' Cell
8 Banded Lapwings seen by the track that leads into the first paddock to the right of Cornwallis Rd when heading away from Windsor - one has a gammy leg.
Tom Wilson 23/12 #221457
Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
Pair of Freckled Duck seen in NW corner of lagoon approx 7:30am. Also 1 Australasian Shoveler, 10 Pink-eared Duck, 1 Glossy Ibis and pair of Sea Eagles. The lagoon is very full - waders are present but in an inaccessible spot in the very far NW corner (only saw them when flushed by something). Also at least 12 more Glossy Ibis seen in wet paddocks around Pitt Town Bottoms Rd.
Tom Wilson 23/12 #221456
Sat 20Painted Honeyeater (3) & Superb Parrot (20)
9 Km west of Caragabal
3 Painted Honeyeaters and 20 Superb Parrots were observed in a 2 km stretch of trees by the side of the road to the west of Caragabal. There was plenty of recently flowered mistletoe that the Painted Honeyeaters were feeding on and there is plenty of similar habitat on this stretch of road which looks good for both species. eBird checklist
Rob Hynson 23/12 #221454
European Greenfinch
Eastlake Golf Course
2 birds feeding on the ground with Superb Blue Wrens. I haven't seen this species near Sydney recently, but they used to turn up from time to time at South Maroubra, adjoining the rifle range. Also 2 or possibly 3 Buff-banded Rails foraging in the open in different spots on the golf course, and a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo harried by Superb Blue Wrens at South Maroubra. [Moderator's Note: European Greenfinch are regular at Eastlakes in summer, disappearing in winter. This is the first record for the season as far as I'm aware, which is much later than usual. JB]
Ted Nixon 22/12 #221446

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Mon 22Buff-banded Rail
Sighted in catchment area off Thuringowa Drive, Greenwood Estate
Brin Crowther 22/12 #221452

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Tue 23Brown Quail
"The Rocks Reserve", 10 kms east of Balaklava
Brown Quail heard calling and 2 birds seen. Also a few Reed Warblers feeding young, 2 Dusky Moorhens with half grown chicks, and 4 Brown Treecreepers which is near their western limit. eBird checklist
Paul Taylor 23/12 #221459

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Sun 21megamegaWhite-winged Triller
Maria Island National Park
Single adult male sighted in swampy land south of Frenchs Farm.
Ryan Steiner per Paul Brooks 22/12 #221442
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Orielton Lagoon
A single Red Knot was found on the eastern side of the causeway in a large group of Bar-tailed Godwits. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 22/12 #221436

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Mon 22Brush Bronzewing, Southern Emu-wren
Wonthaggi Heathland and Coastal Reserve
Half a dozen Brush Bronzewings and two groups of Emu-wrens seen/heard during the day.
Marc Freestone, Tom Schmidt 22/12 #221451
highlightOriental Plover, Long-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Fresh juvenile Oriental Plover with the Dowitcher, 150 m past the bird boxes on southern shore at 2 pm. eBird checklist
Dion Hobcroft and David James 22/12 #221445
Sun 21Grey Plover
Cheetham Saltworks, Point Henry
Banded Stilts (230), Great Crested Grebes (130) and 1 Grey Plover.
Bob & Russell Hughes 22/12 #221450
Eastern Koel
Heard the distinctive call of an Eastern Koel twice at 6.30am and 6.40am on Sunday 21/12/14 at Rhyll, Phillip Island. This is the first time that we have heard one call on the Island. Unfortunately had no luck sighting it.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 22/12 #221448
Nankeen Night Heron
Stony Point
13 adult Night Herons on the mudflats south of the boat ramp. Low tide, 7pm. Stony Point is the only place I have seen Night Herons feeding on mudflats, since 2012.
Chris Chandler 22/12 #221441
Sat 20Greenshanks and Cape Barren Geese
Coast Road, French Island
Friends of French Island NP (FOFI) waterbird survey. 13 Greenshanks on Tony Rowe's wetland, Coast Road. Good numbers of other waterbirds at Coast Road wetlands, including ca120 Cape Barren Geese, over 50 Royal Spoonbills, 5 Yellow-billed Spoonbills (uncommon on French Island), 300 teal, etc. Count data submitted to Biodiversity Atlas.
Chris Chandler 22/12 #221443
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Heifer Swamp (northern end)
Waterbird survey with Friends of French Island NP (FOFI). Very few ducks seen at Heifer Swamp but we were amazed to see 9 Freckled Ducks fly out from among reeds on the north-western shore. Two of this species seen at Linley's Swamp on 20 September were the first recorded from French Island since 1940s!
Chris Chandler 22/12 #221439

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