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1/21/2014

Moderators' Note

Birdwatchers are reminded that there is no access allowed to the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee on days of Total Fire Ban in the Central Fire district. Please report: Regent Honeyeater to dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au; Orange-bellied Parrot to chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au - no OBP reports published on Birdline; nesting Fairy Tern to chrischandler1959@gmail.com; White-throated Needletail to tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au, Black Swan with neck collars to myswan.org.au; Barbary Dove to Birdline; Little Raven with leg bands to kbekanay@deakin.edu.au; Hooded Plover to hoodedplover@birdlife.org.au.


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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
April 2014
Thu 17Black-tailed GodwitT Section Lagoon Pond 7, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
I watched for a long period an adult male Black-tailed Godwit, in full breeding plumage.
Chris Doughty 18/4 #217392
Australian Little BitternKarkarook Park
Seen at 5.45pm for about 30 seconds in the reeds near the trees. Then seen 5 minutes later flying to the reeds in the south-west corner.
Gina Hopkins, Judy Reddoch 17/4 #217379
highlightScarlet Honeyeater, Singing HoneyeaterSt Kilda and Elwood
A female Scarlet Honeyeater was heard and then briefly seen in my backyard in Smith Street, St KIlda this morning. A pair of Singing Honeyeaters have been hanging around the on the Elwood Foreshore between the outdoor gym equipment and the most northerly rock groin on Elwood Beach for some time now (last seen yesterday afternoon beside the Elwood Canal mouth).
Gio Fitzpatrick 17/4 #217370
Wed 16Scarlet RobinBlackburn Lake
Pair (M, F) in NE quarter between Appletree Track and secondary path, near the gate, 8-9am.
Trevor Kerr 17/4 #217373
Scarlet RobinValley Reserve, Mount Waverley
Male Scarlet Robin observed in creek line this afternoon.
Chris Gittins 16/4 #217363
White-winged Black TernVictoria Lagoon, Hollands Landing, Gippsland Lakes
While observing a flock of at least 100 Little Terns on Victoria Lagoon this afternoon, most resting on shoreline and some flying and diving for food, two terns flew by that were larger and and had dark markings. My first thought was Whiskered Terns however a quick check with bins showed they were not Whiskered Terns. Took a few quick photos before they disappeared. A check of photos later showed they were White-winged Black Terns, a species we don't see often in East Gippsland. There were also Crested and Caspian Terns at Victoria Lagoon.
John Hutchison 16/4 #217362
megamegaSpangled DrongoAnglesea Heath
Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.
Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson 16/4 #217357
2 White-bellied Sea EaglesLake Connewarre
A pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles seen at dusk along the northern edge of Lake Connewarre.
Peter Fuller 16/4 #217354
Tue 15highlightRegent HoneyeaterTeal Track (Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP)
Single banded individual found hawking insects and foraging in small amount of ironbark blossom. This sighting is notable as it is a bird released to the wild in 2010 - it was seen in the park again last year, but is now the first bird known to survive 4 years after release. On top of recent sightings near Chiltern and at Rutherglen, perhaps there will be a few more Regents floating around the north-east this year.
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 16/4 #217369
Swift ParrotYellow Gums Estate (Ocean Grove)
4 Swift Parrots at 9am. Many lorikeets around including Scaly-breasted still nesting.
Angus Hartshorn 16/4 #217355
highlightScarlet HoneyeaterAngelsea Heath
This morning I was surprised to observe 2 male Scarlet Honeyeater in flowering Stringybark at the intersection of Pipeline Track and Coalmine Road. This would appear to be west of their usual range in VIC.
Daniel Pendavingh 15/4 #217349
highlightSwift ParrotTeatree Close Ocean Grove
One only flying west alongT/T Close at 4-15 today.
Denis Sleep 15/4 #217345
highlightEastern OspreyMinya Vineyard/Winery, Connewarre (Melway 494 FG2)
One adult flying S-E down Thompson Creek toward Breamlea. Other raptors at this location were Wedge-tailed Eagle (2), Peregrine Falcon, Brown Falcon, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Kestrel and Little Eagle (12/4).
Tom Fletcher & Hugo Phillipps 15/4 #217341
highlightSwift Parrot Monash University Clayton Campus
Four Swift Parrots seen resting and preening in a small eucalypt next to the uni lake.
Lewis Hiller 15/4 #217340
Mon 14highlightSwift ParrotCarisbrook Cemetery & Reservoir
A large flock in an iron bark species behind the cemetery at Carisbrook, central Victoria.
Gary Oliver 15/4 #217339
Swift parrotNo 7 Pond Crusoe reservoir Bendigo
7-8 Swift parrots flew over head just where the carpark track meets the track around the pond. 8.30 am. Distinguishable by the red underwing and the pointed tail.
Janice McKay 15/4 #217336
Indian PeafowlPrinces Highway, Altona Meadows
A full male standing on the grassy verge beside the highway near the baseball park. Obviously an escapee from somewhere, but a surprise on the way home from work @ about 5pm.
Joy Tansey 15/4 #217335
Boobook OwlLong Hollow Reserve, Beaumaris
A rare bird in the Bayside area so especially tragic to find a freshly roadkilled specimen found tonight on Reserve Rd outside the Long Hollow Reserve.
Sean Dooley 14/4 #217332
Sun 13Long-toed Stint 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 1Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
As reported previously, the Long-toed Stint in breeding plumage at T Section lagoon pond 5 was still there to be admired. A Pectoral Sandpiper was also present at this lagoon. We also found a second Long-toed Stint at Lake Borrie pond 29 in near breeding plumage. Also 16 Red Knots were roosting at this pond. Many waders have departed but we still managed to find 15 species of shorebirds.
Alison Street, John Barkla, Kris Bernard and Maarten Hulzebosch 14/4 #217327
highlightBroad-billed Sandpipers 9Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A good day was had wader watching to finish this wader season at the WTP. I caught up with Alison Street, John Barkla and Kris Bernard at the T Section lagoons where we located 230 Red-necked Stints roosting at the T Section lagoon pond 7. The birds were roosting amongst low vegetation on the dry mud. Hidden amongst the stints we located 6 Broad-billed Sandpipers (2 in breeding plumage and 4 in non breeding plumage). At the second pond in from Beach Rd, Lake Borrie pond 29, we found another 3 Broad-billed Sandpipers (1 non breeding and 2 breeding plumage)
Alison Street, John Barkla, Kris Bernard and Maarten Hulzebosch 14/4 #217326
Blue-winged ParrotWoodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
4 Blue-winged Parrots seen drinking from lake around mid day. Autumn migration? Have heard this species in the summer of 2010 but never seen.
Greg Ormond 14/4 #217323
highlightBuller's Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger etcPort Fairy Pelagic
Highlight of the day was large numbers of Buller's Albatrosses, about 25 seen out of about 100 albatrosses all together. Also has Shy, Black-browed, Campbell Island, Yellow-nosed & 3 Antipodean Albatrosses. 3 Northern Giant-petrels, only a few Great-winged Petrels, White-chinned Petrel, a good number of Fairy Prions & Wilson's Storm-petrels & a few Grey-backed & White-faced Storm Petrels. 2 Sooty Shearwaters seen on the shelf, & Short-tailed, Fluttering & Hutton's Shearwaters seen inshore. One light morph Pomarine Jaeger seen on the shelf & an Arctic Jaeger seen closer in relentlessly chasing 2 Crested Terns before they disgorged their food.
Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber & those aboard the vessel 14/4 #217321
Freckled DuckKillarney Wetlands
35 Freckled Duck counted in a row on swamp on left as you travel towards Killarney Beach.
Kevin Bartram 14/4 #217309
Swift ParrotGlenrowan West
Single bird in flowering Ironbark and 2 flying overhead.
Kate Daniel 13/4 #217301
Sat 12Long-toed StintWestern Treatment Plant (T-Section Ponds)
Long-toed Stint in breeding plumage, located in the southern pond nest to the road with a late Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. The LTS was on the western side of this pond.
Kevin Bartram 14/4 #217305
Black FalconMelton South
Black Falcon seen flying above Melton South. Flying not very quickly over houses in very wide circles, toward open country to the west.
Daryl Akers 13/4 #217287
Australian Little Bittern Karkarook Park
At around 5.30 pm, in the previously reported pond we observed a male bittern walking in and around the reeds on the waterline. We observed the bird for about 10 minutes, and at times had quite good views.
Ian Davies, Tim Mckellar, Patrick Scully et al. 12/4 #217286
Little EagleBulleen
Heard Magpie alarm calls and looked up to see a light morph Little Eagle circling fairly high. First time I have seen one here in 12 years.
Owen Lishmund 12/4 #217283
Fri 11Brush Cuckoo, Swift Parrot Killawarra Forest Camp
Noticed an immature cuckoo being harassed by honeyeaters, jizz immediately different and a little smaller than a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Had a square cut tail and a richer more patterned plumage than Fan-tailed that tend to be duller and plainer. Probably on migration north and passing through this time of year. Also a single Swift Parrot. Further information
Michael Ramsey 11/4 #217268
Thu 10highlightSwift ParrotMillicent Street, Leongatha Vic
2 Swift Parrot were seen at 1pm in flowering Eucalypts. It was overcast and raining lightly. Despite being in the foliage, I obtained reasonable views. Initially, one flew onto an exposed branch which gave me the opportunity for identification.
Pauline Follett 10/4 #217261
Gang Gang CockatooKurrajong Crescent, Melton South
A single male was seen and heard for an extended period in a Red Iron-bark in our backyard late in the afternoon. The bird was accompanied by a single Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and is only my second sighting of this species in suburban Melton in 24 years.
Micah Kawalek 10/4 #217259
Swift ParrotAltona North
Following leads from Chris Tzaros I found two Swift Parrots this morning at around 6.50am feeding quietly in an Australian native tree in a quiet street.
James Mustafa 10/4 #217255
White Winged ChoughSimpson Park Mitcham
As I have reported on 2 occasions previously , there has been a lone WWC which has been adopted by 5 Magpies in this park since about last October . Maybe he has now moved to Jells Park .
Rob Scholes 10/4 #217251
Wed 9highlightBlack-backed BitternKarkarook Park
Together with James Mustafa and Paul Handreck, I observed briefly a male Black-backed Bittern at the usual pond (now well reported). However, whilst standing around in the rain, Paul and I thought we may have heard a second bird calling from a different reed bed. Not 100% certain though.
Chris Tzaros, James Mustafa and Paul Handreck 9/4 #217248
Plumed Whistling-Duck Lavis Road (Wilby)
A pair seen by the dam on the northern side of the road. Further information
Michael Ramsey 9/4 #217233
Tue 8Swift ParrotThe Briars Wildlife Sanctuary, Nepean Highway, Mt Martha
The sighting was made at approx. 8/8.30am on the Kur-bur-rer walk near the K15 benchseat. The parrot was sitting above the Bentons Flat Dam. Several woodland species of birds were bathing and drinking while this bird sat quietly, unlike the Rainbow Lorikeets, on the branch of a tree above the dam. Attached is one of several photos taken. Possible 2nd sighting made the following day near the Lookout by a Briars volunteer (a keen birder).
Sue Brabender 14/4 #217320
Broad-billed Sandpiper & Spotless CrakeWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Broad-billed in pond 7 of T-Section. Spotless was feeding out in the open of first pond inside the Beach Road gate.
John Barkla, Alison Street, Andrew & Chris Galbraith 9/4 #217244
Common TernRicketts Point, Beaumaris
Following recent reports, I saw at least 62 Common Terns alongside 260 Crested Terns on the various rock reefs exposed at a lowish tide. Included two Common Terns that were locked in an aerial battle with a flock of 5 Galahs for at least 15 minutes.
Sean Dooley 9/4 #217242
Long-toed StintWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single Long-toed Stint in full breeding plumage on the western edge of T-section Lagoon #5 [in close company with Red-necked Stints and breeding-plumaged Sharp-tailed Sandpipers for comparison].
Richard Nowotny with Neville Weston (UK) 9/4 #217232
Long-toed Stint, Yellow-faced HoneyeaterWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single LTS in Pond 5 at Western Lagoon this morning before rain set in; Ruff not located but 260 Curlews Sandpiper still present as well as a handful of fully-colored Sharpies, 4 Red Knot and around 1000 Red-necked Stint throughout the plant. John Barkla also saw a lingering Broad-billed Sandpiper. There were small numbers of Yellow-faced Honeyeater moving through the tree-lines behind T-section also
Steve Davidson 8/4 #217230
Java SparrowRipponlea Railway Station
A pair of Java Sparrows (adult and immature) seen on the tanbark surrounding the children's playground at Ripponlea Railway Station. Presumably escapees or released captive birds.
Patrick Scully per Paul Dodd 8/4 #217219
Mon 7Powerful OwlBuchan Caves Reserve
Seen perched in a Kanooka tree about 4-5m above the Spring Creek. Location was along the Kanooka track part of the Spring Creek Falls walk about 100m after the track crosses the creek if heading toward the falls. Seen on Echidna Walkabout 'Wildlife Conservation Journey' tour with guests, Jeff and Amanda (from Mississippi, USA). Bird spotted by Jeff.
Martin Maderthaner 10/4 #217252
Pacific Black DuckExhibition Gardens
102 birds seen on and around the pond near the corner of Rathdowne and Victoria Streets. A very large number for the city- refugees from being shot at on more natural wetlands?
Sean Dooley 9/4 #217241
highlightWood SandpiperSale Common
Five birds observed about midday by BIrdLife East Gippsland members from boardwalk in Sale Common. The birds were resting and feeding in shallow water among dead/broken reed stems. There have been very few reports for Wood Sandpiper in East Gippsland.
John Hutchison 8/4 #217224
highlightWhite-winged ChoughJells Park
1 chough seen in the car park today at 4 pm. I have never seen this species here before. [Moderator's note: the last report we have from here was a BOCA outing in 1979! MA]
Greg Ormond 7/4 #217217
highlightSwift ParrotThird Avenue, Altona North
Now 7 swifties in the neighbourhood, gleaning lerp from street trees (Yellw Gums). One bird came down for a drink at our bird bath.
Chris and Merlin Tzaros 7/4 #217191
Sun 6highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park Heatherton
Adding to the list of morning sighting times by James Mustafa and others is our observation of the bird for a few minutes between approximately 4:30 & 5:00 pm in the SW sector of the small lake. The park was quite busy / noisy at that time with activity on the edge of the lake quite close to the bird.
John Eichler & Val Stajsic 7/4 #217208
Black FalconBenalla - Yarrawonga Rd
North of Olivers Rd, the falcon clearly observed overhead. It was flying east toward one of the several burning paddocks in the area. Further information
Val La May, Kathy Costello 7/4 #217194
Banded LapwingYarrawonga-Wilby Rd (Wilby)
Searching for the Australian Praticole reported by Michael Ramsey. Not seen, but found 8 Banded Lapwings in a paddock. One bird kept sitting on a spot a few metres from the fence. Possibly nesting? Further information
Val La May, Kathy Costello 7/4 #217193
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
In addition to Owen's report, I had additional sightings and photo opps at 10.30am - it was nestled up approx 2m in the reeds on the side it had flown to previously; sunning and preening and 11.15am it was walking close to the waterline, as per photo.
John Daniels 7/4 #217192
Swift ParrotMuckleford State Forest, Newstead
6 Swift Parrots flying through forest, later seen in Grey Box.
Chris Tzaros 7/4 #217190
Black-backed Bittern Karkarook Park
Single adult bird seen again this morning approximately 7.25am by myself and another two birders. Views were brief and scare but IDable. Striking black and warm, rufousy tones. Bird appeared to be feeding, very close to the water (if not in/on the water) when it was seen. Interesting note the times this bird has been seen. All have been morning sightings approximately at the same time. Tue 1/4 - 7.15am + 8.35am, Sat 5/4 - 8.00-8.45, Sun 6/4 - 7.30am, Mon 6/4 - 7.25am. Seems to be most active (or most seen) between 7.15-7.40am approximately.
James Mustafa 7/4 #217186
highlightRed-necked AvocetWinton Wetlands (Duck Pond)
One lonesome Avocet amongst dozens of Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Moderators note: only the third record at the wetlands, a rare bird in NE Victoria).
Jan Osmotherly 7/4 #217183
Little EagleViewbank
Little Eagle dark morph on the ground eating a rabbit. Watched from c. 15 metres away for about 10 minutes c.6pm in the small jumps paddock of North-Eastern Pony Club adjacent to Plenty River Trail. It eventually flew to top of Yellow Box without rabbit. Had good views of a juvenile not far away on Thursday 3rd - definitely not same bird, so at least 2 in area.
Neil Murray 6/4 #217177
Southern Scrub-robinKooyoora State Park--Glenalbyn Block
In cut mallee on Sunday Morning Hills Rd. Vocal and curious - it approached to 2m.
Malcolm Cousland 6/4 #217174
highlightOspreyMarlo
Arrived at Marlo at approximately 12.45pm and immediately watched as an Osprey flew from inland with a fish being harassed by magpies out over the cliff down to the beach. I turned my car around and chased the bird back down the cliff line for about a kilometre along the road. I reached the Mots Beach entry and sprinted down the steps and caught the bird on film just before it headed over the banks. It was being harrassed by other birds of prey and magpies but determinately held onto it's fish. Photo attached.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217162
highlightEastern Reef EgretBetka River Mouth and Beach
Spotted bird sitting quietly on a rock on the shore undisturbed. Flushed when I got close but landed on rocks about 20metres further down the beach. Deep, dark grey (dark morph) with bright yellow legs and long thick beak.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217160
highlightSpangled DrongoBemm River
Arrive at the town of Bemm River at 11.00am and within 5 minutes had found the Spangled Drongo on the power lines on Banksia St. Perched undisturbed for about 5-10minutes before flying off into the scrub of nearby properties.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217159
Swift ParrotMcDonnell Park, Northcote
Single bird seen several times flying immediately east of Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre. On each occasion it was being chased by a Noisy Miner. Also plenty of Musk and Rainbow Lorikeet.
Tim Dolby 6/4 #217158
Flame Robin and Golden Whistler.Home Garden, Hoppers Crossing., Vic 3029.
At 0910 hours, I observed two Flame Robins (one appeared female, the other an immature male) at a bird bath in my garden. At 0931 hours, I observed an immature Golden Whistler, at the same bird bath completely involved in bathing. I have records of both species in my garden at the same time in previous years, presumably seasonal migrating birds.
Peter Gibbons 6/4 #217154
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Was lucky enough to spot the bittern sneaking through reeds. The 10-15 other birders eventually all got onto it as it sat in the open then flew across the pond in the sun. Photographed by some of the others.
Owen Lishmund et al. 6/4 #217153
Sat 5highlightRegent Honeyeater Hopetoun Rd (Rutherglen)
The most amazing and lucky sighting of this species I have ever had. While slowly driving past the Wicked Virgin olive grove along Hopetoun Rd north of Rutherglen I noticed a mobile friarbird flock in some roadside trees. Amazingly a Regent flew out in front of the car hawked some insects and flew back into some ash trees. The bird was then observed for over 10 minutes and continued to hawk insects and associate with the friarbirds. Not in it's usual habitat around Chiltern, this bird must be moving around with mobile friarbirds flocks which were quite prevalent around Rutherglen today. Not banded, appeared to be an adult male. Photo thanks to Vic Duncombe. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217199
highlightBlue-winged ParrotGreat Southern Mine (Rutherglen)
Amazingly the second record in the same week of a species that is very rare in NE Victoria, I saw a single bird last week at Tarrawingee. Observed high up over the mine giving characteristic buzzing calls. Definitely not Turquoise Parrots. Sightings this time of year indicate birds may be passing through on autumn migration. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217198
Long-billed CorellaLake Moodemere (Rutherglen)
A pair sitting quietly in a red gum by the Murray River. An unusual bird here. This is the most east I have seen this species in NE Victoria. Records in this area have been increasing over recent years. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217197
highlightRed-tailed Black-CockatooPortland-Nelson Road at the Quarry Rd turnoff, at the edge of The Lower Glenelg National Park
I saw a flock of black cockatoos as I was driven west towards Nelson on the Portland-Nelson Rd. I thought I'd have a look at them since at the corner of my eye I could see the right habitat of Brown Stringybark where the Lower Glenelg National Park started. I instantly picked them as Red-tailed Black-cockatoo based on their distinctive eerie call. I ran after them & got a few distant perched photos & photos of the birds flying over. I counted 34, a large number. Also had a couple of Yellow-tailed Blacks flying around next the pine plantation.
Kevin Bartram 7/4 #217196
Swift Parrot Bartleys Block (Chiltern)
A pair overhead Bartleys Block early morning. The first returns for NE Victoria this year. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217195
Fluttering ShearwaterNear Tankerton jetty, French Island
Flock of about 15 flew off from sea, disturbed by the ferry between Tankerton jetty and main shipping channel at 6pm. This is only the second time in 40 years that I have seen a flock of this species in Western Port. Good views as they wheeled around on the strong wind.
Chris Chandler 7/4 #217185
Painted Button-quailBarge Access Road, French Island
Pair flushed from edge of Peppermint and Messmate remnant near Barge Access Road. Probably not uncommon on the island, but not often seen.
Chris Chandler 6/4 #217175
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Jenny Stephens 5/4 #217142
Pink RobinRedwood Picnic Area
There were several Pink Robin around the car park at the Redwoods Picnic area, Binns Rd, Beech Forest.
Ian and Aidan Davies 5/4 #217136
highlightBlack-backed (Little) BitternKarkarook Park
Following up on James' report, Little Bittern was still in the same location at 8:30am. Observed feeding on fringe metres from the bridge and then flying across to the western side of the pond.
Luke Shelley 5/4 #217135
Fri 4Double-Banded Plover Coal Point Harmers Haven
Flock of 28 counted resting on rock platform at Harmers Haven. New recent? arrivals from New Zealand. Up to date have had a smuttering of 2 or 3 along the coast but this is my first good size flock sighting for Bass Coast this year.
Steve Johnson 9/4 #217237
Flame RobinMt Wellington Rd, French Island
Pair perched on fence beside road. First Flame Robins for the year.
Chris Chandler 5/4 #217134
Sooty OystercatcherSt Andrews Beach
36 birds seen together on beach just below the Paradise Drive car park. Very rough waves and high tide surge meant little beach available to feed so presumably why they were all gathered here. The greatest number of this species I have ever seen congregated anywhere.
Sean Dooley 4/4 #217130
Spotted HarrierEramosa Rd East, Somerville
Seen at 1030 am in paddock, about 400 meters from Hastings Dandenong road, watched for about 15 mins and still there when I left.
Keith Caldecott 4/4 #217129
White-winged Black TernWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Although not uncommon at WTP, it was great to see the terns nearing full breeding plumage. Around 12 of these birds found feeding at the pond directly in front of you as you enter Gate 4. Two were coloring up very well.
Bernie Okeefe 4/4 #217127
White-bellied Sea Eagle, Wedge-tailed EagleDevilbend Reservoir
The resident pair of Sea Eagles were in fine form today. A pair Wedge-tailed Eagles were also perched only ~ 300m from the Sea Eagles.
Andrew Martin 4/4 #217125
Little EagleKarkarook Park
A good day for raptors at the park with five species encountered; a light morph Little Eagle was seen towards the quarry side and over the main lake, bird was later seen perched in a tree. Also seen: 4 Whistling Kites, Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Hobby and a male Collared Sparrowhawk.
Lewis Hiller 4/4 #217123
White-winged Black TernWestern Treatment Plant
First pond next to boat ramp through the gate (WWBT are not rare or unusual at Werribee but are an interesting sighting in near breeding plumage).
Mervyn Marsh 4/4 #217116
Thu 3Australian King Parrot (leucistic)Emerald
A leucistic King Parrot was noted in a small flock of 6 birds.
Mark Bennett 18/4 #217402
Nankeen Night HeronStony Point
Four adult Night Herons on the mudflats, and a further seven adult birds flew out of the caravan park trees to the mudflats as the tide receded (10:15 AM). Great views against the bright green of the seagrass!
Chris Chandler 5/4 #217133
Cape Barren GooseGrayden's Road Hastings
Two birds still present here.
S and S King 4/4 #217117
Rufous FantailValley Reserve, Mount Waverley
Seen on fallen Cherry Ballart in remnant area of the park. Golden Whistlers, Grey Fantails and Grey Shrike-thrush also present.
Chris Gittins 3/4 #217110
Gull-billed ternStockyard Point, Westernport Bay
Sighted both today and yesterday one bird race affinis roosting on a sand spit amongst a flock of local gull-billed terns. Birds rather quiet as I managed to get within 50 meters. This was on the later half of the rising tide.
Ben Weston 3/4 #217106
Common TernRicketts Point, Beaumaris
At least 20 'commic terns' today with four definitely Common Terns in breeding and non-breeding plumage. None of the others showed any signs of being a different species. Ten or so commic terns were present on the preceding 3 days.
Michael Norris 3/4 #217102
Wed 2highlightEastern OspreyVIC /SA border Glenelg River estuary
ln a section of this river known for its tall cliffs l literally watched this adult bird fly from Victoria into South Australia at about clifftop height. It continued upstream towards the township of Donovons and went out of sight around a bend would guess it would be about 10 kms upstream from the mouth.
Trevor Lumb 3/4 #217100
Scarlet Robin, Crested ShriketitBulleen
Heard the double noted whistle and got good views of 2 Crested Shriketits making their strange scolding calls along the river a few hundred metres north of Bolin Bolin Billabong. First time I have seen them here in almost a year. Also got killer views of a pair of Scarlet Robin, including the female <2 metres above my head. Near the west end of Bolin Bolin Billabong. First time I have seen them in the area.
Owen Lishmund 2/4 #217092
Noisy FriarbirdFairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Parties of Noisy Friarbirds have been recorded daily since 25 March, feeding at flowering Ironbarks in mixed eucalypt forest. Noisy, much mutual chasing, mixed feeding flocks with Red Wattlebirds and Rainbow Lorikeets. Largest party encountered at least 20 friarbirds. Rarely recorded in locality.
Felicity & Chris Healey 2/4 #217090
Black KiteFerntree Gully
One bird sighted over house near Glenfern and Napoleon Rds. Typical forked tail. A few Ravens took some notice but weren't too bothered. Maybe attracted to the east side of Melbourne due to recent DEPI burns.
Greg Cobern 2/4 #217089
White-winged ChoughViewbank Parklands
3+ calling in red gum woodland at end of Martins Lane. There were 5 here on 31 March. This species is a very uncommon visitor to this suburb of Melbourne.
Richard Loyn 2/4 #217088
Tue 1Crescent HoneyeaterCape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve
1 male bird sighted near flock of Little Wattlebird and New Holland Honeyeater
Kerryn Ryan 5/4 #217131
Rufous FantailCorio
At Geelong Grammar, near Corio Bay Yacht Club. This is the second Rufous Fantail I've seen in a week (the other at the You Yangs) and the second for my yard list. The other was about ten years ago.
Russell Woodford 3/4 #217111
Black KitePollocksford Road near Mt Pollock
Ten Black Kites sighted & photographed sitting consecutively along a fence line.
Ian J Llewellyn 2/4 #217082
highlightAustralian PratincoleWilby
While driving home I observed one bird on the Yarrawonga-Wilby Rd before it flew off over bare open paddocks to the west. I have almost expected to see this species around here in the last month or two. The local paddocks have been very bare and sparse which this species favours and Banded Lapwings are currently around too which I have seen associate with this bird. I have seen seen this species 5 years ago just over the border at Boomanoomana but the nearest recent records would be on the Hay Plains north of Deniliquin. Further information
Michael Ramsey 1/4 #217074
Beautiful Firetail, Rose Robin and Wonga PigeonBemm River settlement, Dolly's Garden
A pair of Beautiful Firetails observed for several minutes near carpark. A single male Rose Robin landing briefly in same area. Seen moments later diving three times at a Fantail Cuckoo which than flew off. Two Wonga Pigeons casually wondering through the general area.
Michael and Gwen Bird 1/4 #217073
Brush BronzewingKarkarook Park
Seen twice (possibly same bird?), firstly on the grass near the first pond after flushing from the reeds. And then as I was leaving in the car park, flew up into a tree in the thick scrub. iPhone scoped pics attached.
James Mustafa 1/4 #217072
Red Knot, Pectoral SandpiperWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Around 8 Red Knot on the coast west of the Bird Hide. Single Pec sand in T-Section. Quite a few stints and a few Sharpies still around. 3 wading Cattle Egret at "Cormorant Jetty" were an unusual sight.
Dave Torr and Werribee bird group 1/4 #217067
Swift ParrotMason Street and Third Ave, Altona North
2 birds flying around and very vocal. The first birds at this location for the season. This is an almost annual arrival site.
Chris Tzaros 1/4 #217063
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Whilst crossing the wooden bridge that separates the large lake with a small adjoining one, flushed the adult Little Bittern from the reeds to the bend in the lake into more reeds. Observed a very concealed view for about five minutes before it readjusted itself and disappeared further into reeds. Beautiful coloured bird with rufous, brown tones and the striking blacks. Key to seeing bird (I think) was being here early before it could busy and louder. Also observed was a Brush Bronzewing - which I thought unusual for the area.
James Mustafa 1/4 #217062

March 2014
Mon 31Lewin's RailWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Banks of Little River, observed for about a minute from the road leading to the hide, about 100m before junction. Also a Buff-banded Rail nearby, and another BBR near Beach Road gate.
Russell Woodford 3/4 #217112
102 Great Crested Grebes, Sooty OystercatcherStingaree Bay, Point Henry
Large numbers of Great Crested Grebe and also Sooty Oystercatcher.
Bob & Jan Hughes 1/4 #217070
highlightSpiny Cheeked HoneyeaterWirrate Forest; 364739S; 1450003E
Single bird observed by two observers, Manfred Ruff & Carlton Caves. Bird was initially observed hawking for insects. It subsequently disappeared from view, only to re-emerge to spend some time preening after apparently washing in a puddle. It was viewed until chased away by a Grey Shrike-thrush a minute or so later
Manfred Ruff 31/3 #217055
highlightSpeckled WarblerHigh Street, Sarsfield
One male found in box/redgum woodland on private property at Sarsfield about 14km northeast of Bairnsdale. This species uncommon south of the Great Dividing Range in East Gippsland. It can be found in suitable habitat in the dry rain shadow areas of the Buchan and Snowy River catchments, for example at Buchan Caves Reserve and Suggan Buggan. This bird is well south of its usual East Gippsland haunts.
John Hutchison 31/3 #217051
Flame RobinFingal Beach, Mornington Peninsula National Park
Whilst sitting on Fingal Beach, watching seabirds flying around near and far out in Bass Strait, I observed three Flame Robins (brown birds) fly towards me and onto the cliff behind.
Val Ford 31/3 #217046
Sun 30highlightWhite-winged ChoughMerricks North
Five White-winged Choughs on side of Bittern-Dromana Road, near Balnarring Road. An unusual sighting - don't know if they have been recorded on the Mornington Peninsula before.
Keith Hindley per Val Ford 3/4 #217105
Swift ParrotWirrate Forest
Two birds observed by Manfred Ruff & Carlton Caves for several minutes feeding in Red Ironbark. Superb views had in late afternoon sunlight.
Manfred Ruff 31/3 #217056
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (2)Lake Charm. Eastern shore.
Anne Thompson 31/3 #217054
Flame Robin. Point Cook Coastal Park.
Two Flame Robins observed mid-afternoon on the roadside reserve of the main drive into the Park(appeared to be one female bird and one immature bird). This location is generally reliable for Robins from now and into Winter.
Peter Gibbons 31/3 #217039
highlightBlue-winged Parrot, Flame RobinTarrawingee
An immature or female Blue-winged Parrot was observed for 5 minutes perched on and flying between farm fences by an open bare paddock. Only my 3rd record of this species in NE Victoria in 20 years. The timing in early autumn suggests the bird was on northward migration. Not a Turquoise Parrot for a number of reasons. Its call was a rapid and buzzy unlike the high pitched whistle of a Turquoise. A little bigger than a Turquoise and slightly stockier and more robust. Turqs tend to be quite slight and almost fragile looking. The bird was a dull olive-green, not a bright grass green like a Turq. A large blue wing patch could also be seen this bird as well as a frontal band and a slight amount of yellow around the eyes. The open habitat it was seen in as well would be very unlikely for a Turquoise as well. Also first autumn returns for lowland NE Victoria for Flame Robin here, slightly earlier than normal. A small group on a farm fence, appeared to be immature birds. Further information
Michael Ramsey 30/3 #217034
Spotted HarrierThompsons Rd and Rossiter Rd Junction, Carrum downs
Observed for five minutes at 12.30 pm before crossing Thompsons Rd and into Eastern Treatment Plant.
Keith Caldecott. 30/3 #217032
Rose RobinSandringham Beach Park
Male at the SW corner of Trey Bit - the first male recorded in the City of Bayside since 1995 when at least 4 birds frequented Spring St, Sandringham, for a month. Since then only single birds have been seen, on average once every two years.
Michael Norris 30/3 #217009
Sat 29highlightHooded PloverSt Andrews Beach
22 Hoodies in two groups
Debbie Lustig 1/4 #217060
Spotted HarrierRavenhall
1 bird seen hovering low, adjacent to the south side of the overpass that connects Ballarat Road to the Western Highway at Ravenhall.
Micah Kawalek 30/3 #216997
Grey Goshawk (White Morph)Marty Busch Reserve Sebastopol VIC
Watching the junior football today in Sebastopol, I saw quite a few raptors. A pair of Brown Goshawks, a Collared Sparrowhawk and especially, a pair of Grey Goshawks (White morph), which were circling closely together. See List # S17637790.
Bernie McRitchie 29/3 #216989
Speckled Warbler, Spotted Quail thrushLerderderg State Park
A pair of speckled warblers were observed in leaf litter at the junction of Seereys Rd and Seereys Tk. The Spotted quail thrush was noticed when we stopped along O'Briens Rd to investigate some robins. although we don't get many reports from this area we would thoroughly recommend birders try driving from Bacchus Marsh end of the park through to Blackwood.
Hedley & Irena Earl 29/3 #216978
Fri 28WhimbrelMarlo estuary
The lone Whimbrel first observed last weekend was seen feeding on the sandflats immediately to the east of the entrance this afternoon.
Len Axen 29/3 #216994
Grey Fantail, Gang-gang Cockatoo Warranwood
At least half a dozen Grey Fantails in my garden this afternoon. Obviously part of an Autumn migration - I rarely see them there. Also a flock of at least 20 Gang Gangs flying over yesterday. Lots of birds on the move it seems.
Steven Creber 29/3 #216985
Rose-ringed ParakeetFrankston South
Rose-ringed Parakeet observed flying above the Nepean Hwy early evening. Looking through BirdLine/Eremaea shows this bird has a history in this part of the world. Obviously an escapee
Owen Lishmund & James Mustafa 29/3 #216971
Flame Robin & Spiny-cheeked HoneyeaterWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Our first Flame Robin and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater for the year on Beach Road. The Robin was out in the paddock with the Banded Lapwings and the honeyeater was in the plantation on the other side of the road with Purple-crowned Lorikeets.
John Barkla, Alison Street + 4 visitors from USA 29/3 #216959
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
After a little while searching we heard the chuck calls of the Grassbird an saw it in the branches of an everlasting. It quickly dashed off into the reedbed. Subsequently saw it 3 more times, including in flight.
Owen Lishmund, James mustafa et al. 28/3 #216956
Spotless CrakeWinter Swamp - Ballarat
3 - 4 Spotless Crake observed today at various areas of the Swamp. Swamp drying out rapidly.
Colin D Johnson 28/3 #216954
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Got there at 7AM, waiting & walked around for 3 and a half hours without a sign of the bird, then at 10.30AM heard the TGB twice (I know the call really well) & then after going through a few fairy-wrens a bird hopped up onto a small dead bush & stayed there, hidden from view apart from the rear end for several seconds. Looking through my photos did manage to get a photo of it's partially hidden face & you can see the tip of it's long tail poking out the other end of the branch! The bird was over the little pond just past the fork in the track. Obviously very hard to get until it gives it's dry rasping call. After nearly another hour of hanging around I decided that was enough!
Kevin Bartram 28/3 #216950
Thu 27White-throated NeedletailViewbank
3 low over suburbs in evening ahead of light thundery rain. This species has been rare locally in recent years (small numbers but published as possibly the last record for this season).
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully 2/4 #217086
Australasian DarterKarngun Bridge Swamp, Deans Marsh Rd, Winchelsea
2 male and 9 female Darters were sighted here on an outing with a local bird group
Peter Bright et al 27/3 #216944
Wed 26highlightSpangled Drongo"Tabbara Lodge", Marlo
A Spangled Drongo was observed quietly sitting by the birdbath in front of the lodge today. This observation adds to a recent report of this species at "Dolly's Garden", Bemm River and several sightings around Karbethong near Mallacoota earlier this month.
Chris Coulton "Tabbara Lodge" per Len Axen 29/3 #216993
Tue 25Olive WhistlerPoint Lonsdale
A first time sighting of an Olive Whistler among the tea-tree in our backyard in Point Lonsdale.
Rod Corinaldi 26/3 #216939
Powerful OwlLoddon River Newstead
there is a pair of Powerful Owls roosting in Black Wattles township side of the Loddown river about 50m upstream from the Pyrenees Hwy bridge.
Greg McKay 25/3 #216915
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
At 7.20am this morning I arrived at the site and immediately sighted and photographed a tawny grass bird in a Tree everlasting at the fork in the track that others have described. The photo image for this bird is poor as I was looking into the morning light. I then saw the bird again 50 metres along the right fork track as it rested at the foot of cumbungi. I then saw it again at 9am land in front of me about 50 metres along the left fork trail. For the next 2 hours I neither heard nor saw it and at 11am I was joined by James Mustafa and Tim N? and we heard it making the alarm calls from which we were able to approximate its location. At around 11am the bird flew into a tree about 100 metres down the left hand track and enabled my second photo. For what it is worth I have the impression that the very first bird sighted may not be the same as the second as there did appear to be a size difference.
Hedley Earl 25/3 #216913
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Arrived with Tim at 10.00am and got our first brief sighting of the bird around 20 minutes later. Twice we had fantastic elongated views where we could observe all of its characteristics to make a positive visual ID. Hedley also got some cracking shots. It hangs around low in the everlasting trees and occassionally dips into the long reeds.
James Mustafa, Tim Nickolds, Hedley Earl 25/3 #216910
Mon 24Grey GoshawkCoalmine Rd, Anglesea
White morph seen ~ 6.30pm over road not far from river.
Joy Tansey 24/3 #216900
Common SandpiperHastings Marina
As recently reported , Common Sandpiper still present at Marina , very approachable sometimes within 5 metre's. Plenty of pic's and a 2 minute video
Colin Mulvogue 24/3 #216895
Yellow-faced HoneyeatersBanyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg
Half a dozen birds seen individually or in pairs in treetops moving through wooded areas in Banyule Flats near River Yarra. Only seen here as an autumn passage migrant. Not calling.
Anthea Fleming 24/3 #216889
Noisy FriarbirdSarsfield, Haggar's Road
5 - 6 Noisy Friarbirds moving through the top of eucalypts. They were present for only a few minutes. I've not observed this species here before.
Bob Carter 24/3 #216887
Song ThrushBanyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg
In wattle clump on Yarra bank, southwest of Banyule Billabong, close to fence-line. Now very seldom seen hereabouts. It perched briefly on a dead fallen wattle and flew off again. Not found again despite extensive search. Also about: large parties of dark-flanked Silvereyes, White-browed Scrub-wrens,Spotted Pardalote,Grey Fantail, Blackbirds.
Anthea Fleming 24/3 #216885
Beautiful Firetail, White-throated Needletail.Cape Conran Coastal Park
Large numbers of Beautiful Firetail seen daily over the past week along the Bemm River- Pearl Point road. Some mixed in with groups of Red-browed Firetail others in pure groups. Also White-throated Needletail seen on 3 separate days.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 24/3 #216884
Sun 23Lewin's HoneyeaterWindy Ridge Vineyard, Foster, South Gippsland.
Pair playing in open tree branches, then eating Kangaroo Apples.
Graeme Wilson 25/3 #216909
Hutton's & Fluttering ShearwaterPoint Addis
Observed a small mixed flock offshore at approx. 1.30pm. Flying with a feeding flock of terns and in small group sitting on the water.
Joy Tansey & Jennifer Spry 25/3 #216905
Little CorellaThe Slipway, French Island
Four perched in an old cypress tree on the coast at 'The Slipway', south-west French Island. Although resident at Crib Point, this is only the fifth record for the island (four in the last year.)
Chris Chandler 24/3 #216882
highlightTawny Grassbird, Red-capped RobinEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Successful with unobstructed views of the grassbird at eye level at 10 metres range in Tree Everlasting after 4 hr 40 min of observation. Earlier heard three times, and seen well by SB, in first half hour after sunrise. Heard again at roughly hourly intervals by several observers until finally showing well at 11:55. Same place as previously reported on east side of grassy track. RCR easily seen along fenceline next to bike track north of primary scoolboval and cricket nets.
P S Lansley, Scott Baker et al. 23/3 #216867
Sat 22Collared SparrowhawkMosquito Creek Rd, French Island
Excellent views of a stunning male bird perched on fence post near the corner of Barge Access Road. A rare bird for the island. It twice flew a short distance and perched again. I'm almost certain I saw the same bird in this area about 3 weeks ago.
Chris Chandler 24/3 #216881
Freckled DuckLake Wendouree, Ballarat
2 individuals sighted amongst water lilliies with small flock of Pacific Black Duck and one White-faced Heron. Quite close to walking track and not concerned with human presence
Kerryn Ryan 23/3 #216865
Rainbow Lorikeet Tungamah Weir
A pair seen foraging in and flying around a red flowering Yellow Gum, an odd record here, the first in my local area. This species is established in Shepparton to the south and maybe spreading further east and north with this record here now and a few sightings in places such as Wangaratta, Chiltern and Wodonga over the last year. Further information
Michael Ramsey 23/3 #216862
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Following up on yesterday's report I went to Seaford in search of the Tawny Grassbird. I flushed the bird from pasture grass into a Tree Everlasing for good views. Paler then a Little, rufous crown, long tail and undulating flight, this observation was confirmed by Tim Bawden before it took off into the grass calling. Those wishing to see the bird should follow the grassy trail heading north east located just north of Seaford North PS, follow the trail until it forks, the bird was found along the first 60 or so metres on the track to the left of the fork
Tim Nickholdds 22/3 #216859
highlightLewin's Rail, Long-toed Stint. Pectoral Sandpiper and RuffMW Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
2 or 3 Lewin's Rails at the back of the Spit, 1 Long-toed Stint and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers at the first pond off Beach Road and a Ruff at the T-Section lagoons - a good day's birding.
Chris andRosemary Lester 22/3 #216857
highlightRuff, Long-toed Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper. Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
At 1133 hours observed a Ruff at the southern end of Pond 5 in the T-Section. Long-toed Stint along with Pectoral Sandpiper/s observed by many birders, mid-afternoon in the first pond inside Beach Road gate(Gate 4). Other birds of interest: Two Black Falcons in the T -Section, Peregrine Falcon overhead on Paradise Road, 15 Great Crested Grebes together on Lake Borrie (Pond 9 South), 5 Banded Lapwings in paddock north of Beach Road. Thousands of ducks present, especially Pink-Eared Duck, Australian Shelduck, Hardhead and best numbers of Australasian Shoveler I have observed at the WTP. Good numbers of Waders, predominately Red-necked Stints, still present on a very low tide.
Peter Gibbons. 22/3 #216856
highlightAsian Gull-billed Tern, Broad-billed Sandpiper (1), Terek Sandpiper (12)Stockyard Point, Westernport Bay
With 50 or so Aust. Gull-bills, a few Far Eastern Curlew, a Whimbrel and 6 - 8 Double-banded Plover at high tide roost, around 17:30-18:00.
P S Lansley, Scott Baker & Mikey Healey 22/3 #216853
highlightLong-toed Stint, Reeve, Pectoral SandpiperWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Great afternoons birding. Watched Lewin's Rail bathe in first pond inside Beach Rd gate. Watched Jaeger fight seagull over Lake Borrie. Long-toed Stint and several Pectoral Sandpipers in same pond as Lewin's Rail along with a BaIllon's Crake. Reeve seen in south east corner of T section pond 5. Overall though there were relatively few waders throughout the various ponds. All special species were photographed.
Hedley and Irena Earl 22/3 #216852
megamegaTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Further to previous report, the bird has been seen again today. Occupying area about 150 metres along the grass track that leads north east from the Seaford North Primary School boundary. The habitat is a mix of paddock grasses, stands of native rush and Tree Everlasting (Ozothamnus ferrugineus) about 2-3 metres in height, adjacent to the Phragmites reed bed of the wetland proper. The bird is extremely furtive and very difficult to get sustained views of. It was initially flushed from a dense stand of juncus but has been sighted most often in the lower branches of the Tree Everlastings. Has retreated several times to the phragmites but always seems to return to the Tree Everlasting area. Obviously larger and bulkier than Little Grassbird (which occurs in the reedbeds adjacent to this site) with large tail at times evident when flying off. Plain underparts, a sort of off-white colour, seemingly paler on the throat. Noticeable rufous cap and strong black markings on wings and back. Has been calling as well- a distinctive metallic buzzing type of call, typical of the species. Has reacted only once to playback, however. There were plenty of other birds using this habitat, including Grey Fantails, White-plumed, and New Holland Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and Goldfinches. The combination of call, size, shape, rufous crown, bulky tail, plain (totally unstreaked) off-white underparts rule out any other possibilities previously observed at the wetlands such as Little Grassbird, Striated Fieldwren or even Rufous Songlark. Very wary bird and difficult to get on to for anything but the briefest of views.
Andrew Silcocks et al per Sean Dooley 22/3 #216844
Fri 21highlightBeach Stone-Curlew & Hooded PloverGreat Otway National Park (Point Franklin)
On Friday March 21st. I travelled to Point Franklin & located a lone Beach Stone-Curlew & 4 Hooded Plovers as previously sighted by others. The weather was quite inclement & it took some time to locate these birds, particularly the Stone-Curlew but it & the Plovers were still in the general area.
Ian J Llewellyn 8/4 #217220
highlightRed-capped RobinEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Overshadowed by the sighting of the Tawny Grassbird, there was a also a female type Red-capped Robin hanging around the boundary of the wetland with Seaford north Primary School, in the vicinity where the track to the Tawny Grassbird site veers off. First record of this species for Seaford Swamp. (Photo by Andrew Silcocks)
Andrew Silcocks, Sean Dooley 22/3 #216845
megamegaTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Found by Andrew Silcocks on the BirdLife Australia monthly survey for Melbourne Water, the bird has been seen again today (Sat 22nd). Attached is one not great photo but the best Andrew could get of this extremely furtive bird. Will post another shot soon with more details, which combined with this photo is enough to be confident it is this species. If accepted, will be the first confirmed Victorian record.
Andrew Silcocks, Sean Dooley 22/3 #216843
Pectoral SadpiperWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Four Pectoral Sandpipers together on the first pond inside the gate at Beach Road, in addition to the Ruff, Long-toed Stint & Broad-billed Sandpipers (all of which are still present) reported by others.
John Barkla & Elizabeth Lloyd 21/3 #216839
Thu 20highlightPlains WandererGunbower. Private Property.
Very pleased to find a male Plains Wanderer after many hours of searching.
Warren Palmer, David Baker-Gabb, Warwick Remington. 21/3 #216815
Wed 19Grey GoshawkBraeside Park, SE Melbourne
Some English visitors reported seeing a White morph. from the hide overlooking the lake. Their somewhat blurred photograph seemed to confirm this.
Aidan Sudbury 21/3 #216811
Crimson RosellaBeebe Street Flora Hill
3 sub-adult/juvenile birds flew into a street eucalyptus and quickly hurried on by the local magpies. First recording of the species here for us.
Adrian Martins 20/3 #216807
Black-tailed GodwitWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single bird at Walsh's Lagoon.
Richard Nowotny 20/3 #216795
Broad-billed Sandpiper, Black FalconWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single sandpiper with a single Greenshank as the only waders in Western Lagoon Pond 4. 3 Black Falcons seen during the day. Nice Curlew SP in breeding plumage in T-Section Pond 4.
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Mark Buckby 19/3 #216784
Azure Kingfisher, Buff Banded RailLiverpool Rd Retarding Basin,Kilsyth Sth
Extended views of this gorgeous little Kingfisher using dead tree in the water to dive for small fish(hopefully Gambusia which are a big problem up there).Also good view of BB Rail which is a striking bird too.
Des and Sophie Palmer 19/3 #216781
megamegaSpangled DrongoBemm River settlement
Spangled Drongo seen at the location known as Dolly's Garden. Ground Parrots and Southern Emu-wren seen in coastal heathland habitat along the Pearl Point road.
Keith and Judy Humphreys 19/3 #216780
highlightRose RobinBeaumaris
A female Rose Robin seen in a suburban garden this morning only about 300 metres from Long Hollow Reserve where a Pink Robin was reported 2 years ago.
Sean Dooley 19/3 #216779
April 2014
Thu 17highlightScarlet Honeyeater, Singing HoneyeaterSt Kilda and Elwood
A female Scarlet Honeyeater was heard and then briefly seen in my backyard in Smith Street, St KIlda this morning. A pair of Singing Honeyeaters have been hanging around the on the Elwood Foreshore between the outdoor gym equipment and the most northerly rock groin on Elwood Beach for some time now (last seen yesterday afternoon beside the Elwood Canal mouth).
Gio Fitzpatrick 17/4 #217370
Wed 16megamegaSpangled DrongoAnglesea Heath
Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.
Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson 16/4 #217357
Tue 15highlightRegent HoneyeaterTeal Track (Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP)
Single banded individual found hawking insects and foraging in small amount of ironbark blossom. This sighting is notable as it is a bird released to the wild in 2010 - it was seen in the park again last year, but is now the first bird known to survive 4 years after release. On top of recent sightings near Chiltern and at Rutherglen, perhaps there will be a few more Regents floating around the north-east this year.
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 16/4 #217369
highlightScarlet HoneyeaterAngelsea Heath
This morning I was surprised to observe 2 male Scarlet Honeyeater in flowering Stringybark at the intersection of Pipeline Track and Coalmine Road. This would appear to be west of their usual range in VIC.
Daniel Pendavingh 15/4 #217349
highlightSwift ParrotTeatree Close Ocean Grove
One only flying west alongT/T Close at 4-15 today.
Denis Sleep 15/4 #217345
highlightEastern OspreyMinya Vineyard/Winery, Connewarre (Melway 494 FG2)
One adult flying S-E down Thompson Creek toward Breamlea. Other raptors at this location were Wedge-tailed Eagle (2), Peregrine Falcon, Brown Falcon, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Kestrel and Little Eagle (12/4).
Tom Fletcher & Hugo Phillipps 15/4 #217341
highlightSwift Parrot Monash University Clayton Campus
Four Swift Parrots seen resting and preening in a small eucalypt next to the uni lake.
Lewis Hiller 15/4 #217340
Mon 14highlightSwift ParrotCarisbrook Cemetery & Reservoir
A large flock in an iron bark species behind the cemetery at Carisbrook, central Victoria.
Gary Oliver 15/4 #217339
Sun 13highlightBroad-billed Sandpipers 9Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A good day was had wader watching to finish this wader season at the WTP. I caught up with Alison Street, John Barkla and Kris Bernard at the T Section lagoons where we located 230 Red-necked Stints roosting at the T Section lagoon pond 7. The birds were roosting amongst low vegetation on the dry mud. Hidden amongst the stints we located 6 Broad-billed Sandpipers (2 in breeding plumage and 4 in non breeding plumage). At the second pond in from Beach Rd, Lake Borrie pond 29, we found another 3 Broad-billed Sandpipers (1 non breeding and 2 breeding plumage)
Alison Street, John Barkla, Kris Bernard and Maarten Hulzebosch 14/4 #217326
highlightBuller's Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger etcPort Fairy Pelagic
Highlight of the day was large numbers of Buller's Albatrosses, about 25 seen out of about 100 albatrosses all together. Also has Shy, Black-browed, Campbell Island, Yellow-nosed & 3 Antipodean Albatrosses. 3 Northern Giant-petrels, only a few Great-winged Petrels, White-chinned Petrel, a good number of Fairy Prions & Wilson's Storm-petrels & a few Grey-backed & White-faced Storm Petrels. 2 Sooty Shearwaters seen on the shelf, & Short-tailed, Fluttering & Hutton's Shearwaters seen inshore. One light morph Pomarine Jaeger seen on the shelf & an Arctic Jaeger seen closer in relentlessly chasing 2 Crested Terns before they disgorged their food.
Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber & those aboard the vessel 14/4 #217321
Thu 10highlightSwift ParrotMillicent Street, Leongatha Vic
2 Swift Parrot were seen at 1pm in flowering Eucalypts. It was overcast and raining lightly. Despite being in the foliage, I obtained reasonable views. Initially, one flew onto an exposed branch which gave me the opportunity for identification.
Pauline Follett 10/4 #217261
Wed 9highlightBlack-backed BitternKarkarook Park
Together with James Mustafa and Paul Handreck, I observed briefly a male Black-backed Bittern at the usual pond (now well reported). However, whilst standing around in the rain, Paul and I thought we may have heard a second bird calling from a different reed bed. Not 100% certain though.
Chris Tzaros, James Mustafa and Paul Handreck 9/4 #217248
Mon 7highlightWood SandpiperSale Common
Five birds observed about midday by BIrdLife East Gippsland members from boardwalk in Sale Common. The birds were resting and feeding in shallow water among dead/broken reed stems. There have been very few reports for Wood Sandpiper in East Gippsland.
John Hutchison 8/4 #217224
highlightWhite-winged ChoughJells Park
1 chough seen in the car park today at 4 pm. I have never seen this species here before. [Moderator's note: the last report we have from here was a BOCA outing in 1979! MA]
Greg Ormond 7/4 #217217
highlightSwift ParrotThird Avenue, Altona North
Now 7 swifties in the neighbourhood, gleaning lerp from street trees (Yellw Gums). One bird came down for a drink at our bird bath.
Chris and Merlin Tzaros 7/4 #217191
Sun 6highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park Heatherton
Adding to the list of morning sighting times by James Mustafa and others is our observation of the bird for a few minutes between approximately 4:30 & 5:00 pm in the SW sector of the small lake. The park was quite busy / noisy at that time with activity on the edge of the lake quite close to the bird.
John Eichler & Val Stajsic 7/4 #217208
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
In addition to Owen's report, I had additional sightings and photo opps at 10.30am - it was nestled up approx 2m in the reeds on the side it had flown to previously; sunning and preening and 11.15am it was walking close to the waterline, as per photo.
John Daniels 7/4 #217192
highlightRed-necked AvocetWinton Wetlands (Duck Pond)
One lonesome Avocet amongst dozens of Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Moderators note: only the third record at the wetlands, a rare bird in NE Victoria).
Jan Osmotherly 7/4 #217183
highlightOspreyMarlo
Arrived at Marlo at approximately 12.45pm and immediately watched as an Osprey flew from inland with a fish being harassed by magpies out over the cliff down to the beach. I turned my car around and chased the bird back down the cliff line for about a kilometre along the road. I reached the Mots Beach entry and sprinted down the steps and caught the bird on film just before it headed over the banks. It was being harrassed by other birds of prey and magpies but determinately held onto it's fish. Photo attached.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217162
highlightEastern Reef EgretBetka River Mouth and Beach
Spotted bird sitting quietly on a rock on the shore undisturbed. Flushed when I got close but landed on rocks about 20metres further down the beach. Deep, dark grey (dark morph) with bright yellow legs and long thick beak.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217160
highlightSpangled DrongoBemm River
Arrive at the town of Bemm River at 11.00am and within 5 minutes had found the Spangled Drongo on the power lines on Banksia St. Perched undisturbed for about 5-10minutes before flying off into the scrub of nearby properties.
James Mustafa 6/4 #217159
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Was lucky enough to spot the bittern sneaking through reeds. The 10-15 other birders eventually all got onto it as it sat in the open then flew across the pond in the sun. Photographed by some of the others.
Owen Lishmund et al. 6/4 #217153
Sat 5highlightRegent Honeyeater Hopetoun Rd (Rutherglen)
The most amazing and lucky sighting of this species I have ever had. While slowly driving past the Wicked Virgin olive grove along Hopetoun Rd north of Rutherglen I noticed a mobile friarbird flock in some roadside trees. Amazingly a Regent flew out in front of the car hawked some insects and flew back into some ash trees. The bird was then observed for over 10 minutes and continued to hawk insects and associate with the friarbirds. Not in it's usual habitat around Chiltern, this bird must be moving around with mobile friarbirds flocks which were quite prevalent around Rutherglen today. Not banded, appeared to be an adult male. Photo thanks to Vic Duncombe. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217199
highlightBlue-winged ParrotGreat Southern Mine (Rutherglen)
Amazingly the second record in the same week of a species that is very rare in NE Victoria, I saw a single bird last week at Tarrawingee. Observed high up over the mine giving characteristic buzzing calls. Definitely not Turquoise Parrots. Sightings this time of year indicate birds may be passing through on autumn migration. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217198
highlightRed-tailed Black-CockatooPortland-Nelson Road at the Quarry Rd turnoff, at the edge of The Lower Glenelg National Park
I saw a flock of black cockatoos as I was driven west towards Nelson on the Portland-Nelson Rd. I thought I'd have a look at them since at the corner of my eye I could see the right habitat of Brown Stringybark where the Lower Glenelg National Park started. I instantly picked them as Red-tailed Black-cockatoo based on their distinctive eerie call. I ran after them & got a few distant perched photos & photos of the birds flying over. I counted 34, a large number. Also had a couple of Yellow-tailed Blacks flying around next the pine plantation.
Kevin Bartram 7/4 #217196
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Jenny Stephens 5/4 #217142
highlightBlack-backed (Little) BitternKarkarook Park
Following up on James' report, Little Bittern was still in the same location at 8:30am. Observed feeding on fringe metres from the bridge and then flying across to the western side of the pond.
Luke Shelley 5/4 #217135
Wed 2highlightEastern OspreyVIC /SA border Glenelg River estuary
ln a section of this river known for its tall cliffs l literally watched this adult bird fly from Victoria into South Australia at about clifftop height. It continued upstream towards the township of Donovons and went out of sight around a bend would guess it would be about 10 kms upstream from the mouth.
Trevor Lumb 3/4 #217100
Tue 1highlightAustralian PratincoleWilby
While driving home I observed one bird on the Yarrawonga-Wilby Rd before it flew off over bare open paddocks to the west. I have almost expected to see this species around here in the last month or two. The local paddocks have been very bare and sparse which this species favours and Banded Lapwings are currently around too which I have seen associate with this bird. I have seen seen this species 5 years ago just over the border at Boomanoomana but the nearest recent records would be on the Hay Plains north of Deniliquin. Further information
Michael Ramsey 1/4 #217074
highlightLittle BitternKarkarook Park
Whilst crossing the wooden bridge that separates the large lake with a small adjoining one, flushed the adult Little Bittern from the reeds to the bend in the lake into more reeds. Observed a very concealed view for about five minutes before it readjusted itself and disappeared further into reeds. Beautiful coloured bird with rufous, brown tones and the striking blacks. Key to seeing bird (I think) was being here early before it could busy and louder. Also observed was a Brush Bronzewing - which I thought unusual for the area.
James Mustafa 1/4 #217062

March 2014
Mon 31highlightSpiny Cheeked HoneyeaterWirrate Forest; 364739S; 1450003E
Single bird observed by two observers, Manfred Ruff & Carlton Caves. Bird was initially observed hawking for insects. It subsequently disappeared from view, only to re-emerge to spend some time preening after apparently washing in a puddle. It was viewed until chased away by a Grey Shrike-thrush a minute or so later
Manfred Ruff 31/3 #217055
highlightSpeckled WarblerHigh Street, Sarsfield
One male found in box/redgum woodland on private property at Sarsfield about 14km northeast of Bairnsdale. This species uncommon south of the Great Dividing Range in East Gippsland. It can be found in suitable habitat in the dry rain shadow areas of the Buchan and Snowy River catchments, for example at Buchan Caves Reserve and Suggan Buggan. This bird is well south of its usual East Gippsland haunts.
John Hutchison 31/3 #217051
Sun 30highlightWhite-winged ChoughMerricks North
Five White-winged Choughs on side of Bittern-Dromana Road, near Balnarring Road. An unusual sighting - don't know if they have been recorded on the Mornington Peninsula before.
Keith Hindley per Val Ford 3/4 #217105
highlightBlue-winged Parrot, Flame RobinTarrawingee
An immature or female Blue-winged Parrot was observed for 5 minutes perched on and flying between farm fences by an open bare paddock. Only my 3rd record of this species in NE Victoria in 20 years. The timing in early autumn suggests the bird was on northward migration. Not a Turquoise Parrot for a number of reasons. Its call was a rapid and buzzy unlike the high pitched whistle of a Turquoise. A little bigger than a Turquoise and slightly stockier and more robust. Turqs tend to be quite slight and almost fragile looking. The bird was a dull olive-green, not a bright grass green like a Turq. A large blue wing patch could also be seen this bird as well as a frontal band and a slight amount of yellow around the eyes. The open habitat it was seen in as well would be very unlikely for a Turquoise as well. Also first autumn returns for lowland NE Victoria for Flame Robin here, slightly earlier than normal. A small group on a farm fence, appeared to be immature birds. Further information
Michael Ramsey 30/3 #217034
Sat 29highlightHooded PloverSt Andrews Beach
22 Hoodies in two groups
Debbie Lustig 1/4 #217060
Fri 28highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
After a little while searching we heard the chuck calls of the Grassbird an saw it in the branches of an everlasting. It quickly dashed off into the reedbed. Subsequently saw it 3 more times, including in flight.
Owen Lishmund, James mustafa et al. 28/3 #216956
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Got there at 7AM, waiting & walked around for 3 and a half hours without a sign of the bird, then at 10.30AM heard the TGB twice (I know the call really well) & then after going through a few fairy-wrens a bird hopped up onto a small dead bush & stayed there, hidden from view apart from the rear end for several seconds. Looking through my photos did manage to get a photo of it's partially hidden face & you can see the tip of it's long tail poking out the other end of the branch! The bird was over the little pond just past the fork in the track. Obviously very hard to get until it gives it's dry rasping call. After nearly another hour of hanging around I decided that was enough!
Kevin Bartram 28/3 #216950
Wed 26highlightSpangled Drongo"Tabbara Lodge", Marlo
A Spangled Drongo was observed quietly sitting by the birdbath in front of the lodge today. This observation adds to a recent report of this species at "Dolly's Garden", Bemm River and several sightings around Karbethong near Mallacoota earlier this month.
Chris Coulton "Tabbara Lodge" per Len Axen 29/3 #216993
Tue 25highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
At 7.20am this morning I arrived at the site and immediately sighted and photographed a tawny grass bird in a Tree everlasting at the fork in the track that others have described. The photo image for this bird is poor as I was looking into the morning light. I then saw the bird again 50 metres along the right fork track as it rested at the foot of cumbungi. I then saw it again at 9am land in front of me about 50 metres along the left fork trail. For the next 2 hours I neither heard nor saw it and at 11am I was joined by James Mustafa and Tim N? and we heard it making the alarm calls from which we were able to approximate its location. At around 11am the bird flew into a tree about 100 metres down the left hand track and enabled my second photo. For what it is worth I have the impression that the very first bird sighted may not be the same as the second as there did appear to be a size difference.
Hedley Earl 25/3 #216913
highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Arrived with Tim at 10.00am and got our first brief sighting of the bird around 20 minutes later. Twice we had fantastic elongated views where we could observe all of its characteristics to make a positive visual ID. Hedley also got some cracking shots. It hangs around low in the everlasting trees and occassionally dips into the long reeds.
James Mustafa, Tim Nickolds, Hedley Earl 25/3 #216910
Sun 23highlightTawny Grassbird, Red-capped RobinEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Successful with unobstructed views of the grassbird at eye level at 10 metres range in Tree Everlasting after 4 hr 40 min of observation. Earlier heard three times, and seen well by SB, in first half hour after sunrise. Heard again at roughly hourly intervals by several observers until finally showing well at 11:55. Same place as previously reported on east side of grassy track. RCR easily seen along fenceline next to bike track north of primary scoolboval and cricket nets.
P S Lansley, Scott Baker et al. 23/3 #216867
Sat 22highlightTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Following up on yesterday's report I went to Seaford in search of the Tawny Grassbird. I flushed the bird from pasture grass into a Tree Everlasing for good views. Paler then a Little, rufous crown, long tail and undulating flight, this observation was confirmed by Tim Bawden before it took off into the grass calling. Those wishing to see the bird should follow the grassy trail heading north east located just north of Seaford North PS, follow the trail until it forks, the bird was found along the first 60 or so metres on the track to the left of the fork
Tim Nickholdds 22/3 #216859
highlightLewin's Rail, Long-toed Stint. Pectoral Sandpiper and RuffMW Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
2 or 3 Lewin's Rails at the back of the Spit, 1 Long-toed Stint and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers at the first pond off Beach Road and a Ruff at the T-Section lagoons - a good day's birding.
Chris andRosemary Lester 22/3 #216857
highlightRuff, Long-toed Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper. Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
At 1133 hours observed a Ruff at the southern end of Pond 5 in the T-Section. Long-toed Stint along with Pectoral Sandpiper/s observed by many birders, mid-afternoon in the first pond inside Beach Road gate(Gate 4). Other birds of interest: Two Black Falcons in the T -Section, Peregrine Falcon overhead on Paradise Road, 15 Great Crested Grebes together on Lake Borrie (Pond 9 South), 5 Banded Lapwings in paddock north of Beach Road. Thousands of ducks present, especially Pink-Eared Duck, Australian Shelduck, Hardhead and best numbers of Australasian Shoveler I have observed at the WTP. Good numbers of Waders, predominately Red-necked Stints, still present on a very low tide.
Peter Gibbons. 22/3 #216856
highlightAsian Gull-billed Tern, Broad-billed Sandpiper (1), Terek Sandpiper (12)Stockyard Point, Westernport Bay
With 50 or so Aust. Gull-bills, a few Far Eastern Curlew, a Whimbrel and 6 - 8 Double-banded Plover at high tide roost, around 17:30-18:00.
P S Lansley, Scott Baker & Mikey Healey 22/3 #216853
highlightLong-toed Stint, Reeve, Pectoral SandpiperWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee
Great afternoons birding. Watched Lewin's Rail bathe in first pond inside Beach Rd gate. Watched Jaeger fight seagull over Lake Borrie. Long-toed Stint and several Pectoral Sandpipers in same pond as Lewin's Rail along with a BaIllon's Crake. Reeve seen in south east corner of T section pond 5. Overall though there were relatively few waders throughout the various ponds. All special species were photographed.
Hedley and Irena Earl 22/3 #216852
megamegaTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Further to previous report, the bird has been seen again today. Occupying area about 150 metres along the grass track that leads north east from the Seaford North Primary School boundary. The habitat is a mix of paddock grasses, stands of native rush and Tree Everlasting (Ozothamnus ferrugineus) about 2-3 metres in height, adjacent to the Phragmites reed bed of the wetland proper. The bird is extremely furtive and very difficult to get sustained views of. It was initially flushed from a dense stand of juncus but has been sighted most often in the lower branches of the Tree Everlastings. Has retreated several times to the phragmites but always seems to return to the Tree Everlasting area. Obviously larger and bulkier than Little Grassbird (which occurs in the reedbeds adjacent to this site) with large tail at times evident when flying off. Plain underparts, a sort of off-white colour, seemingly paler on the throat. Noticeable rufous cap and strong black markings on wings and back. Has been calling as well- a distinctive metallic buzzing type of call, typical of the species. Has reacted only once to playback, however. There were plenty of other birds using this habitat, including Grey Fantails, White-plumed, and New Holland Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and Goldfinches. The combination of call, size, shape, rufous crown, bulky tail, plain (totally unstreaked) off-white underparts rule out any other possibilities previously observed at the wetlands such as Little Grassbird, Striated Fieldwren or even Rufous Songlark. Very wary bird and difficult to get on to for anything but the briefest of views.
Andrew Silcocks et al per Sean Dooley 22/3 #216844
Fri 21highlightBeach Stone-Curlew & Hooded PloverGreat Otway National Park (Point Franklin)
On Friday March 21st. I travelled to Point Franklin & located a lone Beach Stone-Curlew & 4 Hooded Plovers as previously sighted by others. The weather was quite inclement & it took some time to locate these birds, particularly the Stone-Curlew but it & the Plovers were still in the general area.
Ian J Llewellyn 8/4 #217220
highlightRed-capped RobinEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Overshadowed by the sighting of the Tawny Grassbird, there was a also a female type Red-capped Robin hanging around the boundary of the wetland with Seaford north Primary School, in the vicinity where the track to the Tawny Grassbird site veers off. First record of this species for Seaford Swamp. (Photo by Andrew Silcocks)
Andrew Silcocks, Sean Dooley 22/3 #216845
megamegaTawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford)
Found by Andrew Silcocks on the BirdLife Australia monthly survey for Melbourne Water, the bird has been seen again today (Sat 22nd). Attached is one not great photo but the best Andrew could get of this extremely furtive bird. Will post another shot soon with more details, which combined with this photo is enough to be confident it is this species. If accepted, will be the first confirmed Victorian record.
Andrew Silcocks, Sean Dooley 22/3 #216843
Thu 20highlightPlains WandererGunbower. Private Property.
Very pleased to find a male Plains Wanderer after many hours of searching.
Warren Palmer, David Baker-Gabb, Warwick Remington. 21/3 #216815
Wed 19megamegaSpangled DrongoBemm River settlement
Spangled Drongo seen at the location known as Dolly's Garden. Ground Parrots and Southern Emu-wren seen in coastal heathland habitat along the Pearl Point road.
Keith and Judy Humphreys 19/3 #216780
highlightRose RobinBeaumaris
A female Rose Robin seen in a suburban garden this morning only about 300 metres from Long Hollow Reserve where a Pink Robin was reported 2 years ago.
Sean Dooley 19/3 #216779
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