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Birdline Victoria

Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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February 2016
Sat 6White-throated Needletail
Birdwood Av, Bittern
Single zoomed through approx. 1650. Australian Hobby at 2000 were both garden ticks.
Richard Hook 6/2 #226501
Square-tailed Kite
Quarry Hill Primary School
We were driven home today by Dave Livermore from the races and were talking about STK when we saw one next to our house at Quarry Hill PS. It seems they are no longer an oddity around here but the predominant raptor over the Bendigo CBD. Stand at Quarry Hill Golf course on the 3rd tee and look towards town. If they are in the air you're bound to see them.
Greg and Janice McKay, Dave and Elaine Livermore 6/2 #226500
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Clifton Springs
Single bird first seen perched on a power line then followed to photograph in a street planted banksia type tree. Probably one of the birds first reported in the suburb two years ago but not necessarily so as a pair were reported 2 days ago in a suburban backyard.
Hedley & Irena Earl 6/2 #226498
Square-tailed Kite
11 am, bird leisurely circling over the shopping centre, harassed by a magpie, gained a little altitude and moved off to the north.
Phil Robertson 6/2 #226497
Fri 5Brolga
Hawkesdale - Penshurst Road
Three Brolgas at a dam 10 minutes north of Hawkesdale on the road to Pennshurst.
Gary Oliver 6/2 #226494
Pacific Golden Plover
WesternTreatment Plant Werribee
Three birds feeding on the second lava point inside boat-ramp gate. Beautifully lit up by the afternoon sun on a falling tide. Flew off to the SW 4:15pm.
Mal Kidson 6/2 #226493
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Austin Road
Still present on Austin Road pond 2. Best viewed from T-section. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford 5/2 #226491
Stilt Sandpiper (possible record)
Western Treatment Plant, conservation Pond near Beach Rd.
Photographed but awaiting positive identification. [Moderators note: FYI here’s an image of a bird thought to be a possible Stilt Sandpiper seen at the WTP yesterday. The general feeling is that (from this photo) it's most likely a Curlew Sandpiper (or possible Cox's Sandpiper), with features to support this including the prominent band across the lower breast and the bill being finely tapered. Stilt Sandpiper resemble Curlew Sandpiper with a curved bill, long neck, pale brow (supercilium) and white rump. However Stilt Sandpiper have lighter and longer legs (hence the name). They also lack clear wing bars in flight. Please keep an eye out for it. Hopefully we get a better look at the bird.]
Gordon & Glenn McCarthy per Tom Fletcher 5/2 #226486
Little Lorikeet
Livingstone Road, Vermont
Flock in flowering gums outside Bowls Club.. Reported by Giles Daubeney a week ago. Melways 62 G8.
Aidan Sudbury 5/2 #226483
White-throated Needletails
145 James Cook Drive, Emu Creek
5 birds, circling whilst moving through, heading east about 10am. Blue skies, slight south east breeze.
Phil Robertson 5/2 #226482
Thu 4highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Gumarooka Ave, Clifton Springs
At least one pair have taken up residence in a area of about 4 home blocks. Regular visitors of a bird bath I have under a lemon tree. Often seen perched on a higher vantage point like a TV antenna.
peter groves 4/2 #226476
Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Observed on the Western side of T4 Possibly two birds present eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 4/2 #226475
Wed 3highlightPlumed Whistling-duck
McLeods Waterholes Reserve, Drysdale
2 birds sighted on the western waterhole during a Birdlife Bellarine outing.
Robin Spry 5/2 #226480
Tue 2Wandering Tattler
Clintons Rocks
This is a report of a non-sighting! Although Tim Nicholls failed to find this bird on Monday 1 February I tried next day with a similar result.
Mike Carter 5/2 #226481
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Austin Road
A single bird seen from the bird hide swimming with Red-necked Avocets from about 3:30pm. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 2/2 #226465
Cape Barren Geese
McKirdys Road between Hastings and Tyabb
Heading to the tip, from Hastings no sooner did I get around the bend, I spotted in the paddock to my right, first a dozen CBG, followed by about that many more in the background, and a few more further up. All up close to 30 Cape Barren Geese (where normally would be just a few). They seem to be rapidly multiplying all over the Peninsula, French and Phillip Island in recent years - there are hundreds now and they seem to be everywhere
S. Plunkett 2/2 #226463
Mon 1Lewin's Rail
Lake Hamilton
Along with Latham's Snipe and Buff-banded Rail at southern end of Lake near foot bridge over Grange Burn
Samantha Greiner per Susan & Neville Mason 4/2 #226479
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds.
Update: The Red-necked Phalarope was found again today (01/02/16) at 14:50 . Pond 2, in front of the Bird Hide (sighted across the pond) in deep water. eBird checklist
Alex Farias 1/2 #226454

January 2016
Sun 31White-throated Needletail
Bacchus Marsh
Decent flock of at least 60 individuals going north over the northern end of Bacchus Marsh (Darley) at about 6 pm. Fairly high up. Quite cool conditions, but there was a storm front about 10 kms north of them.
Bernie McRitchie 1/2 #226452
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Observed feeding in the company of Pink-eared Ducks and Red-necked Avocets throughout the day. Spotted roosting with Avocets in the first pond to the left after entering gate 1.
Mel Mitchell and others 1/2 #226451
White-throated Needletail
Spring Hill Track, Muckleford State Forest
Small flock, perhaps a dozen birds, feeding over the forest canopy at ~ 3pm today.
Geoff Park 31/1 #226444
Sat 30highlightLewins Rail.
Hastings, Westernport Park.
Small Rail flushed while walking boardwalk behind Motor Inn; southern end. Thought it may have been a Lewins. Confirmed after short playback of Krek call to which it responded with squelchy grunt call from clump of reeds. Further information
James Peake 31/1 #226438
highlightBlack-faced Monarch
Toolangi Black Range State Forest--The Tanglefoot Trails
At least one bird still present along Tanglefoot track. Other good birds - although not unusual - included Pilotbird, feeding Rose Robin and A very vocal Brush Cuckoo.
Christian Hof, Falk Wicker 30/1 #226434
Ground Parrot
Mallacoota Airfield heathland
This is a report of a dead bird found whilst Dutch visiting birder, Robert Middelveld and I were looking for live examples along the boundary fence between the Mallacoota Gun Club and the heathland adjacent to the northern boundary of Mallacoota Airfield. The bird was estimated to have been dead just a few days at most. Tail feathers came out easily but breast and wings feathers not. The bird was lying two metres into the heathland from the two strand, 8 or 10 gauge wire fence. It had a broken wing and head injuries. Photos were taken which will be uploaded when logistically able. I surmise the bird hit the fence wire at full speed with its head killing itself instantly and breaking its wing on the way through, tumbling to the ground. What a beautiful bird, able to be examined in-hand.
Jack Winterbottom 30/1 #226433
Red-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Clive Kaplan 30/1 #226431
highlightWandering Tattler
Clinton Rocks, Tamboon Inlet, Cann River, East Gippsland
Continuing bird found fairly easily (5 mins) in the rocks to the west of the beach. We 3 with two scopes hopped onto the first set of rocks and saw the bird silhouetted on the second set of rocks towards the Tamboon Inlet. We were able to approach within 10 metres of the bird and took excellent photos which will be upload to eBird and here when logistics allow. Definitive identification. Dead chuffed. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom 30/1 #226430
White-bellied Sea-eagle (juvenile)
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
About a dozen Eastern Curlews scattered along the mudflats west of Toora Jetty, as reported by Nina Tsilikas on 24/01. Good views from the bird hide. Also notable were two Sooty Oystercatchers and a juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle.
Harry Saddler 30/1 #226429
Fri 29Barbary Dove
Price Reserve, Werribee South
In the steady rain this morning, we noticed a bird on the ground at the entrance to the reserve. We stopped the ute and it went under the car for shelter. After reversing, I picked up the dove before it flew off for a short distance. Then I googled it and realised what it was.
Bernie McRitchie 29/1 #226422
Crescent Honeyeater
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin
Have not seen this species here before.
Des Palmer 29/1 #226421
Wood Sandpiper
WTP T Section lagoons
Single sandpiper roosting at the north west end of pond 5 this afternoon. Unable to locate the recently reported Phalarope.
Hedley Earl 29/1 #226420
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Adult spotted in tall tree feeding and making raucous calls. Possibly a female, judging by degree of underbody colouring and pattern.
John Balding 29/1 #226417
Thu 28Southern Whiteface
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Two Southern Whiteface found on the south eastern edge of the forest in some boxthorn eBird checklist
Andrew Allen 28/1 #226408
Wed 27White-throated Needletails and Pacific Swifts
Portsea and Somerville
Small numbers of White-throated Needletails observed at Portsea around midday, also Pacific Swifts and unusual numbers of Tree Martins observed in Somerville around 4 pm ahead of the storm.
Keith Caldecott 27/1 #226400
Grey Goshawk
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Low down in a dead tree in the White Skink habitat. Surprised to see this bird for the first time in inner suburban Melbourne!
Gwen Still 27/1 #226399
White-throated Needletail
Benett Ave, Mt Waverley
At approx 3.55pm with a storm building up, four Needletails were observed flying in a NE direction. Continued observing to 4.30pm. No further sightings.
Graeme Hosken 27/1 #226397
Tue 26highlightRed-necked Phlararope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
In the early afternoon we found the Phalarope again near the T-Section. It was feeding with small waders in fairly calm water & we watched it at about 50m for almost a half-hour. It did a couple of slow feeding-spins, then more and faster spins while we watched. Apparently this behaviour is rarely seen in the birds here. eBird checklist
Daphne Hards, Val La May 27/1 #226393
Sun 24highlightLittle Crow, Malleefowl, Red-lored Whistler (h) etc.
Wimlet Tank, Sunset Country.
Saw 2 corvids flying over with a jerky wingbeat. I initially thought that they were currawongs, but better looks confirmed they were corvids. And then they called... giving a sharp 'uk uk' call 4 times, unlike any raven. I got some photos in flight. You can see from photos that they are short-billed and rather square-tailed. They continued to fly over without stopping. Also heard Red-lored Whistler, saw Chestnut-backed Quail-thrushes numerous times & 1 Malleefowl crossed the road, with Crested Bellbirds & Southern Scrub-robins constantly calling early in the morning.
Kevin Bartram, Ken Haines, Patrick Scully. 2/2 #226459
White-headed Pigeon
Foster Mount Best Road, Mount Best
Female White-headed Pigeon drinking and feeding around my garden.
Elaine Smith 25/1 #226376
Eastern Curlew
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
A group of about 20 eastern curlews on the beach, fair distance away but could see with binoculars one had orange leg flags. Have a fuzzy picture also.
Nina Tsilikas 24/1 #226371
megamegaWandering Tattler
Clinton Rocks Croajingolong National Park
Solitary Wandering Tattler observed on Clinton Rocks as per Tim Dolby's report one week ago. Bird was initially observed loafing on rocks and then began feeding intermittently on surrounding rocks. We were able to approach within 20mt of bird and it was unperturbed by our presence.
Tanya Hattingh & Brendan McDonald 24/1 #226365
Sat 23highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Austin Rd Lagoon 2
Seen near the new bird hide in deep water among Pink-eared Ducks.
Robyn Duff 23/1 #226353
Fri 22Regent Parrot
This bird came into my back yard starting around the 15th January, I managed to photograph the bird on a second sighting on the 22nd January, I have sighted it twice since then, It seems to be living with a number of resident King Parrots. {Moderators' Comment: Probable escapee]
Tom Holmes 3/2 #226467
highlightRed-necked Pharlarope & Cox's Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Whilst conducting a wader count we found the Red-necked Pharlarope feeding at Summer Pond No.2 (large pond on the right hand side entering T. Section Lagoons). It was found mid morning & late afternoon swimming amongst ducks & by itself. At low tide, two Cox's Sandpipers were recorded. One south of Beacon Point & one north of Beacon Point. (Foreshore near Lake Borrie 29 & 30). Other waders of interest were one Broad-billed Sandpiper, three Great Knots & high 20's Red Knots.
Maarten Hulzebosch, Danny Rogers & Bob Swindley. 23/1 #226352
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Paradise Road Lagoons, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Observed feeding around midday at the Lake Borrie end of the lagoon.
Chris Doughty 23/1 #226349
White-throated Needle-tail
Baradine Nursing Home, Mooroolbark
80+ needletails observed circling over hilltop after storms & rain (1830hours), most I have seen in many years.
Eric Sticklen 23/1 #226347
Thu 21highlightRed-necked Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper
T-Sections Lagoon, Western Treatment Plant
Had nice views of the Red-necked Phalarope. Also found my first Pectoral Sandpiper for the season. They seem thin on the ground this season. Also had a Wood Sandpiper fly off, giving it's distinctive call.
Kevin Bartram, Patrick Scully, Ken Haines 26/1 #226392
Satin Flycatcher
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Single bird observed 7 AM. 20 Metres south of the small footbridge.
Damien Hendrickson 21/1 #226333
Wed 20Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Welcome Swallow
Cherry Lake, Altona
Vast numbers of all three species (mainly Tree and Welcome) swirling around in a cloud of birds. Some periodically settled in entire trees before rejoining the swarm. I was inside the middle of the bird cloud for an hour, until 9 pm when they began to roost. Easily several hundred birds - I've never seen even close to so many swallows together in Melbourne before. Other highlights today were a female Musk Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Great Crested Grebe, both dotterels, Marsh Sandpiper, White-fronted Chat, Singing Honeyeater and abundant showing Little Grassbirds, at nearby Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Oakley H Germech 20/1 #226322
highlightRed-necked Phalarope, Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Bird first observed by John Harris this morning on Pond 5 of the T section, we tried this pond and found a Wood Sandpiper but no Phalarope but after a few hours searching it was located on Pond 1 by a gentleman.
Philip Peel 20/1 #226320
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Observed actively feeding this evening. Good photos taken of this very interesting and hyperactive bird. Special thanks to B O.Keefe for the tip off!
Hedley and Irena Earl 20/1 #226319
megamegaRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
A single bird was observed near rocks in Pond 5, while doing habitat assessments.
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences 20/1 #226315
Tue 19Fork-tailed Swift
St Kilda Botanic Gardens
Just on dusk Iooked up at the perfect moment to see 5 swifts flying high heading N. They didn't hang around.
Gio Fitzpatrick 20/1 #226317
Square-tailed Kite
Royal Ave, Kennington (Bendigo)
Still making it's presence felt in urban Bendigo. Single bird circling overhead before heading south along Back Creek.
Rustem Upton 19/1 #226310
White-throated Treecreeper, Black-tailed Godwit
Reedy Lake--Moolap Station Rd
After finding the 2 Black-tailed Godwits on the lake we went for a walk in the plantation next to the car park and saw a female White-throated Treecreeper. According to eBird this is the first White-throated Treecreeper recorded on the Bellarine Peninsula since 1989. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 19/1 #226301
Mon 18Square-tailed Kite
Single bird hunting over suburban area of McKenzies Hill, on western edge of town.
Geoff Park 18/1 #226289
Sun 17megamegaWandering Tattler
Clinton Rocks, Croajingolong National Park
Bird seen Sunday on first group of rocks you come to on the right side of beach at Clinton Rocks. Access is via 4x4 (high clearance) Clinton Rocks Track, accessed via Tamboon Rd. ID based on lack of eye-brow, wing-tips extend beyond tail, and habitat.
Tim Dolby 21/1 #226330
Great Knot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
5 or 6 Great Knot together with similar numbers of Red Knot at Kirk Point.
Mark Stanley 18/1 #226283
Magpie Goose
Kinnairds Wetland Numurkah
A flock of Magpie geese left the northwestern corner of the wetland as I was heading in along the track. Have on occasions seen 6 or 7 here before but this was at least 20 . Unfortunately I was not able to count them as there were too many trees obstructing the view. Just got one photo of the last 4 of the flock as they flew off heading south west .
Catarina Gregson 17/1 #226269
Sat 16Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Banded Stilt
Lake Burrumbeet
8 Marsh Sandpipers, one Greenshank, perhaps 500 Banded Stilts, plus 1000 Red-necked Avocets and numerous Black-winged Stilts on south shoreline. Plentiful bird activity at present as lake recedes.
Roger Thomas 19/1 #226313
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Griffith Island, Port Fairy
One bird on beach with Pied Oystercatchers. Is it the same bird recently seen near Portland, and last spring at Apollo Bay?
Frances Thomas 19/1 #226312
Square Tailed Kites (pair)
Quarry Hill, Bendigo
1 Pair of STK hawking over Bendigo CBD through to Quarry Hill Golf Course. 2.30 this afternoon. Never seen them in the CBD before.
Greg McKay 16/1 #226267
Square-tailed Kite
McIver Road, Bendigo
Adult male Square-tailed Kite seen in hunting mode in built up area for about 10 minutes. There are several nesting pairs in the local bushland, however I have never seen one in the built up area before. The bush is so dry - maybe a lack of food is driving them to other potential hunting areas?
Murray Chambers 16/1 #226263
Latham's Snipe
Lysterfield Lake Park
Latham's Snipe casually walking along water's edge around 3.30pm. In very reedy section near the bird-hide, but only visible from water (I was in kayak) Also Musk Duck with two Musk Ducklings. Mum dived as usual, but the ducklings stayed on surface seemingly unafraid.
Dave Gleeson 16/1 #226262
Diamond Firetail
Clifton Creek
Nesting in Bunya Pine in home garden in Bellbird Rd, Clifton Creek; nestlings highly vocal. Thanks to Andrea Savage for the alert! A rarity in our area.
Chris Healey 16/1 #226261
Superb Parrot
A small group of 8 Superb Parrots (2 males and 6 females) seen foraging on the ground this morning in Swamp Road Numurkah just outside the water treatment plant. Observed them for a while before they flew off south down along Swamp Road.
Catarina Gregson 16/1 #226257
Fri 15Magpie Geese
Black Swamp (Nine Mile Creek) State Game Reserve
We counted 10 geese on the far side of the swamp, a group of 6 in tall grass. Most roosting quietly on the shore. Photo just shows 2 birds. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 16/1 #226258
Thu 14Square Tailed Kite
Kirby & Bay Sts Golden Square Bendigo.
Sightings & Photo of single bird in hunting mode. A friend has good photo of bird in tree in back yard. in close proximity to bird feeding station.
John & Margaret McInerny & Noel & Sylvia Smith per Ken Dredge 18/1 #226284
Wed 13Eastern Koel
Ocean Grove
Female Eastern Koel flying from birdbath Bordeaux Court Ocean Grove at 6:15 pm Wednesday 13th and in flight over it at 8:20 am Thursday 14th. In flight it made one short call about every four or five wing beats. It normally is sedentary in daylight hours. An Eastern Koel has been active at night within 200 metres of here since 22nd September 2015 (as well as the summer before)
Martin Williams 14/1 #226238
Arctic Jaeger, Brown Falcon, Fairy Martin, Little Lorikeet
Elsternwick Golf Course
While taking temperature samples inside tree hollows and nest boxes on this scorcher of a day I found 4 Little and 2 Musk Lorikeets sheltering inside one hollow and 2 Little Lorikeets in another. I had never thought of hollows being used by non-breeding birds for thermoregulation, but it makes sense - one of the hollows was only 25cm deep but 20 degrees C cooler than ambient temperature! About 30 Fairy Martins were feeding over the whole Elsternwick Park/Golf Course area throughout the late afternoon. The shifting winds blew an Arctic Jaeger over the park and it momentarily considered landing on the lake but then battled its way back out to sea. A Brown Falcon flew fast through the golf course below tree canopy apparently in 'hunting mode' before rising and heading North.
Gio Fitzpatrick 13/1 #226233
Spotless Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail
Belmont Common--Jerringot
All seen from bird hide on wonderful wet mud in rapidly falling water levels
John Newman 13/1 #226222
Tue 12highlightLittle Shearwater
Port Fairy Pelagic
The highlight of a special Tuesday pelagic was a pair of Little Shearwaters seen at the shelf. Both birds observed at the first burley stop coming up the slick and one landed briefly allowing for record shots. Also of interest was a very brief sighting of a Pterodroma Petrel, possibly Gould's, at the same stop
Tim Nickholds, Neil McCumber et al 13/1 #226224
Cape Barren Goose
Four birds seen on private property along Coolart Rd today.
S King 12/1 #226215
Mon 11Cicadabird
Sawmill Settlement
Had good views of male Cicadabird just over Carter's Rd bridge. I've been going to Sawmill Settlement for fifty years and this is the first sighting that I've had of this species there.
Anne Palamountain 12/1 #226216
Eastern Koel
There's no shortage of Koels in the Mallacoota area at the moment. This particular bird was seen feeding in the backyard of the house we are currently staying in adjacent to Coulls Inlet.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 12/1 #226210
Sun 10White-throated Needletail and Fork-tailed Swift
Porcupine Ridge, northern Wombat Forest
Delighted to observe 7 needletails and 5 fork-tailed swifts foraging low over forest in stormy weather.
Tanya Loos 12/1 #226213
Black-tailed Native-hen
Russell Clark Reserve (Port Fairy)
4 birds seen on 3 mornings near BBQ area eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 11/1 #226205
Australian Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail (x2)
Southcombe Park, Port Fairy
Seen on two mornings in ornamental pond near the caravan park. eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 11/1 #226204
Peregrine Falcons
Buckley Park Foreshore Reserve
A pair of Peregrine Falcons flying fast over the sand dunes heading towards the township of Ocean Grove.
Brendan Toll 10/1 #226200
Sat 9highlightMagpie Goose
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Approx. 2500 in 3 groups around the lakes.
Gordon McCarthy, Maryanne Thorpe, Geoff Gayner 12/1 #226220
Square-tailed Kite, Spotted quail Thrush, Superb Lyrebird
Mount Samaria State Park--Mount Samaria
One Square-tailed Kite being continually harassed by honeyeaters until flying off to the northwest. One female Lyrebird crossing the track near the lookout over Lake Nilahcootie. Adult pair and one juvenile Quail Thrush on the main track below the lookout. All seen late afternoon.
Bill & Jackie Morecraft 10/1 #226197
Australian White Ibis
Fitzroy North
Eight ibis roosting atop an industrial building near the storage facility, Officeworks and the pool, on Alexandra Pde. Very built-up part of Fitzroy; have never seen ibis settle here for the night so close to the thoroughfare.
Oakley H Germech 9/1 #226188
highlightMagpie Goose
Black Swamp Wunghnu
Observed 6 Magpie Geese in the southwest corner of the Black Swamp off Swamp Road east of Wunghnu
Catarina Gregson 9/1 #226186
highlightGreat Knot
Werribee Treatment Plant
8 (eight) seen today from N bank of Little River with 23 Red Knot
Dez Hughes 9/1 #226183
highlightBeach Stone-curlew (Esacus magnirostris)
Whites beach, Discovery Bay. Near Portland
Confirming sighting reported by Steve Potter 5/1 #226129. Single bird, just hanging out on basalt and sandy shoreline on a wild ocean coast. Keep an eye on wave action if you are out on the rocks.
A-M Burgoine 9/1 #226179
Fri 8Topknot Pigeons,White-bellied Sea-eagle and Darter
Wilderness River Cruises, Gipsy Point
Spectacular views of sea eagles and whistling kites being fed by the side of the boat. agroup of about 5 Topknots seen. Also of note, some Eastern Water Dragons seen.The cruises go for 2.5 hours from Gipsy Point and boat Captain John Gerard is very good at spotting birds and wildlife during the cruise.I'd highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in birds and nature.
Ben Sinclair 11/1 #226207
Elegant Parrot
Little Desert National Park
5 birds seen along Nhill Harrow road.
Stephan Granger 9/1 #226194
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Burrowye Crescent, Keilor
Kept me awake all night started making its sound at 2:17am - 5:30am last night done my research and the audio file I listened to sounded exactly the same to what I heard
Kurt Smart 9/1 #226191
Banded Stilt, Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Pink-eared Duck
Lake Bolac (lake)
Many birds on receding lake. 20 Banded Stilt, 500+ Black-winged Stilt, 12 Red-necked Avocet and 90 Pink-eared Duck. Also 7 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. eBird checklist
Daphne Hards 8/1 #226174
Eastern Koel
Bembridge Ave Frankston
Male first heard and then seen in neighbour's tree. Hadn't been hearing him for a good few weeks. eBird checklist
Tanya & Jenny Hattingh 8/1 #226172
highlightGreat Knot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
6 (six) birds seen from N bank of Little River, 9.30-10am.
Dez Hughes 8/1 #226169
Eastern Koel
Mt Martha
Eastern Koel calling constantly yesterday afternoon and this morning in the area of Bentons Rd and The Espanade near the Dava Hotel. Our first record of this species in our 40 years of residency.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 8/1 #226166
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Outlying population
Repeat report of highlights
Of general interest to birders
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant
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