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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

May 2015
Tue 26Australian King-Parrot
Flock of nine king-parrots eating acorns in oak tree in front yard near corner Drummond & Cole, Chadstone. No adult males of nine. Flock appeared to be entirely juveniles (yellow beaks on all birds I could see) with some identifiably male (prominent light green shoulder band) and some female (missing shoulder band). Probably same birds seen 25/05/15 about 500 m to west. Rather far into suburbs to find such a large flock. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 26/5 #223374
Mon 25pink robin
Noble st Newtown
A female or maybe a juvenile male pink robin has been resident in a Noble st garden for some weeks, yesterday I was able to take a photo for ID purposes.
Brett Roberts 27/5 #223388
Sun 24Red-capped Robin
Long Forest NCR (between Melton and Bacchus Marsh)
2 coloured males: 1 near Long Point, 1 at carpark at start of Happy Valley track. Happy Valley carpark has been a regular site for sightings of an adult male for at least the last year.
Geelong Field Naturalists Club excursion 26/5 #223372
Great Crested Grebe.50+.Red Capped Plovers 47.
Stingeray Bay, Pt. Henry.
Bob & Jan Hughes 25/5 #223356
Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater, Red-capped Robin
Coopper Street Grasslands (Bababi Marning)
Two Spiny Cheekeds, a female Red-capped Robin, a Little Eagle and Mistletoebirds were highlights of the Friends of the Merri Creek three monthly bird walk
Stuart Dashper 24/5 #223348
Freckled Duck
Eynesbury Ornamental Lake
Three birds present today eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 24/5 #223345
Banded Lapwing.
Large open paddock in Williams Landing 3027.
At 1255 hours, I observed nine (9) Banded Lapwing in a large area of vacant land, located on the north-east corner of the intersection of Palmers Road and Williams Landing Boulevard. I have previously observed Banded Lapwing at this location.
Peter Gibbons. 24/5 #223342
Song Thrush.
Large suburban garden in Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 0855 hours, I observed a Song Thrush at a bird bath in the rear garden at my home address. I have observed Song Thrush in this area from time to time.
Peter Gibbons 24/5 #223340
Spotless Crake
Elsternwick Park
One Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis) still present on the small lake, in the Elsternwick Park (on small island).
Alek Kwiatkowski 24/5 #223333
Sat 23highlightWhite-fronted Tern, Swift Parrot
Anglesea area
A single White-fronted Tern with a flock of Crested Tern on the front beach at Pt Roadknight, and a single Swift parrot still along Coalmine Rd at the back of Anglesea township. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 25/5 #223361
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Western Water Waste Water Treatment Plant, Gisborne
Bird soaring between freeway and Western Water Waste Water Treatment Plant by Jacksons Creek near Gisborne. Immature. Not often seen in the hills here. eBird checklist Further information
Lawrie Conole 24/5 #223346
Fri 22highlightBlue-winged Parrot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Many small flocks along Austin Road, West of Twenty Nine Mile Road. Then a few big flocks went up. Maybe 150 plus Blue-winged Parrots.
Steve Edwards, Nicole Courtman, Natalie Courtman 23/5 #223322
Pied Currawong
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
2 birds in large dead pine tree, Phone photo available
Miles Geldart (ranger ) per Ken Dredge 22/5 #223315
Thu 21Brolga
Dingee Road south of Tang Tang Swamp
Brolga pair sighted in paddock just south of Tang Tang swamp.
Tess Grieves and Emma Wolters via Adrian Martins 22/5 #223320
Eastern Barn Owl
Deer Park
At 21:00 hrs this evening whilst driving south along Station Rd, Deer Park near the intersection of Furlong Rd, the silhouette of a Barn Owl flying near the Eucalypt plantation in the median strip was apparent. Travelling too fast to stop and lots of traffic, but the profile and flight behaviour confirmed the ID. Nice to see them in such built up places.
David Whelan 21/5 #223310
Wed 20African Collared Dove ( Barbary Dove )
Cheltenham Road Keysborough
Seen single bird sitting in an Alexandra Palm about 50m east of Masters entrance. We lived in this area many years ago and used to see the occasional bird in the area. Even had a pair nest in a hanging basket on one occassion.
Colin Mulvogue 20/5 #223297
Little Corella
Westernport Hwy Cranbourne West
At Least 500 Corella's seen flying over the Highway this morning at around Little Corella's are seen commonly near the Golf course along Frankston Rd . but never seen in such big numbers. A flock of 300 birds seen over Eastlink last Wednesday. Conservative estimate.
Colin Mulvogue 20/5 #223296
Freckled Duck
Shearwater Estate, Cowes
Eight Freckled Duck amongst the usual suspects at Shearwater.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 20/5 #223295
Freckled Duck
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
The Freckled Duck, in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, was relocated on the northeast side of an island between the Picnic Point lawn and the William Tell Rest House (currently being rebuilt). Best viewed from Picnic Point. He was in the far left 'tunnel' this morning. Further information
Philip Maher, Patricia Maher 20/5 #223293
Mon 18Little Egret
Wonthaggi Desal Plant
One bird seen perched on the bridge at the bird hide, before flying off with its "new friend", a White-faced Heron. They flew together until out of sight.
Geoff Price and Joy McDonough 18/5 #223282
Freckled Ducks
Bendigo: Kennington Reservoir
6 pairs of Freckled Ducks have been there for a couple of days. Mainly sitting out in the middle of the lake with a few hardheads.
Peter Weinstock 18/5 #223279
Sun 17White-backed Swallow
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
One White-backed Swallow roosting atop a dead tree with a small flock of Tree Martins, about 100m from the gate to Birremathool. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 18/5 #223280
Pallid Cuckoo, White-winged Triller
Private properties near Werribee
Highlights of the quarterly survey by BirdLife Werribee of various local woodlands included a juvenile Pallid Cuckoo being fed by White-plumed Honeyeater, a young male White-winged Triller and nesting Diamond Firetails. At Eynesbury there were 2 Freckled Ducks on the lake
Dave Torr and BirdLife Werribee 18/5 #223278
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and White-naped Honeyeater
Moonee Ponds Creek north of Brunswick Road
A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater calling and 3 White-naped Honeyeaters flying through - both uncommon here. As well, a wintering Eastern Spinebill and the usual honeyeater cast - Red and Little Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners and White-plumed and New Holland Honeyeaters.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 17/5 #223272
Sat 16Pink Robin, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Woodlands Historic Park
Birdlife Melbourne Photography Group outing, a single female Pink Robin observed by Merrilyn Serong near the eastern boundary near Sugar Gum Plantation and a lone Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater sitting atop a dead tree along fenceline between geriatric fence and back paddock fence.
Merrilyn Serong, Philip Peel et al Birdlife Melbourne Group 19/5 #223291
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Troupes Creek HallamVic
Seen in flight about 1.2 Km East of the Hallam road landing in reeds near the largest clump of tee tree in this section of the wetland.
Giles Daubeney 17/5 #223275
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Lillydale Lake
4 Freckled Ducks and 3 Pink-eared Ducks were the highlight of my bird-a-day trip to Lillydale Lake around 5pm today. The Pink-eareds were on the lake while the Freckled Ducks were observed on one of the Melbourne Water ponds adjacent to the lake, near the main car park. Have seen 2 Pink-eareds twice this year but the Freckled Ducks are new for my list for the Lake. Seems like Freckleds are turning up in all sorts of places at the moment.
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences P/L 16/5 #223264
Peaceful Dove
Forest road north, You yangs
One on powerline along Forest road North not too far from You yangs main entrance.
Simon Starr 16/5 #223260
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Woodlands Historic Park
Only the second record I have of spiny cheeked Honeyeater in this park eBird checklist
Philip Peel et al Melbourne Birdlife Photography Group 16/5 #223257
3 mature birds flying north over head from connawarre direction. Had to pull over to register what I was actually seeing! Just magnificent!
Megan wyatt 16/5 #223251
Little Eagle
Shack Bay/Twin Reefs Inverloch
Seen soaring low, in tight circles over farmland in this area
Deb Crosby 16/5 #223249
Fri 15Powerful Owl
Lyell State Forest
Powerful Owl spotted in a Yellowbox 10-10.30. There was also a pair seen perching in another tree nearby at dawn! Might be nesting in area
Richard Wilson 17/5 #223273
highlightMagpie Goose
Hotspur approximatly 600m from bridge
Magpie Goose 40 feeding along edge of wetland. Two Brolgas nearby the previous day
Garry Cheers 16/5 #223255
Cattle Egret
Yarra Flats Park, Heidelberg
Seven Cattle Egrets with 20plus Strawneck Ibis and horses in horse paddocks. First this winter.
Anthea Fleming 16/5 #223247
Little Egret
Tankerton, French Island
One Little Egret near Tankerton jetty.
Chris Chandler 15/5 #223246
Noisy Friarbird
Yarra Ranges Council/Lilydale Tennis Club, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Single individual observed in flowering Ironbarks behind the municipal offices/Lilydale Library and adjoining the tennis club. Feeding with mixed flocks of Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner and Rainbow Lorikeet. Seen 13-15 May in same location.
Amanda Weller 15/5 #223244
highlightPeaceful Dove
Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
One in NW corner. Also Flame Robins.
Guy Dutson 15/5 #223241
Thu 14highlightFreckled Duck
Lancefield Golf Club
Single bird on the small, reed-fringed lake at the back of the course. Standing in shallow water in the company of a pair of Chestnut Teal and a pair of Grey Teal. Not seen any in this area before, not even at Romsey sewage farm where most of the ducks around here seem to congregate.
Peter Houston 14/5 #223240
Wed 13White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Lake Purrumbete
2 WBSE seen above farmland on the North West side. Also at least a dozen Freckled Ducks. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 13/5 #223239
private property, Ardno
Flock of 82 Brolga including at least 18 immature/sub-adult birds feeding in 'dry' wetland digging vigorously with bills in damp ground. 3 birds banded.
Jane Hayes & Mollie Herrmann 13/5 #223238
Striated Grasswren.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
3 Striated Grasswrens observed at 4.30pm at southern end of Nowingi track.
Warren Palmer and Warwick Remington. 13/5 #223237
Tue 12Collared Sparrowhawk
Eaglemont, suburban Melbourne
Now seen several times in my backyard, most recently yesterday and usually in the same large E. Nicholii. Don't often see in surrounding bushland areas such as Yarra Flats - seems to like suburbia.
H. Clarke 13/5 #223236
grey goshawk
Princes Highway, 7 km east of Camperdown
White (Grey) Goshawk at 1400 seen in a small tree within the roadside verge further west than the traditional published site. 35+ Cattle Egret in a paddock east of Colac, 5 Black-Shouldered Kite and 1 Whistling Kite between Geelong and Warrnambool
Richard Hook 12/5 #223230
highlightSwift Parrot
Coalmine Rd, Anglesea
Two Swift Parrot flying overhead along Coalmine Rd near the Anglesea Riding Club this morning. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 12/5 #223229
highlightSouthern Boobook Collared Sparrowhawk
I heard alarm calls from small birds and went to investigate. Found Sparrowhawk and Boobook sitting in the same Peppercorn tree only feet from each other. The Sparrowhawk took off and I went home to get my camera. Boobook still there. Possibly the same bird that I reported in April.
Anne Palamountain 12/5 #223225
Cape Barren Goose
Coolart Road Somerville
Two birds seen on western side of Coolart Road near junction of Eramosa Road Somerville. Cold wet conditions.
S and S King 12/5 #223224
Mon 11Speckled Warbler
Boundary Road, Glenrowan
A single warbler was observed feeding on the ground in the road reserve on the north side of the road. Other birds such as thornbills and wrens seen nearby but not associating with it.
John Harris, Andrea Canzano and Knud Hansen 16/5 #223248
Freckled Duck
Truganina Swamp, Altona
In gusty conditions that made holding binoculars steady a challenge, I managed to spot a single Freckled Duck loafing amongst the cx450 Cheastnut and Grey Teal sheltering around the retarding basin margins. Also 6 Australasian Shoveler.
David A Richardson 11/5 #223221
Sun 10Little Egret
Stony Point jetty
A single Little Egret feeding on the south side of Stony Point jetty, at about 10 am. One also seen here last week. Not common in Western Port.
Chris Chandler 11/5 #223220
Sat 9Olive-backed Oriole
Research (Melbourne outer suburb)
One in garden eating fruit of a linden tree (Tilia sp.), a late record for this summer visitor.
Lyn and Gordon Barfield (per Richard Loyn) 11/5 #223215
Pink-eared Duck
Fishers Wetland (Newhaven)
Two Pink-eared Duck. Approx two years since we have seen them here.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 10/5 #223209
highlightFreckled Duck
Shearwater Estate, Cowes
Three Freckled Duck amongst Eurasian Coot and Australian Shovellers.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 10/5 #223208
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Woodlands Industrial Estate, Braeside
Single bird observed from the wetland in flight over the western edges of Braeside Park, appeared to be flushed by passing Pelicans. Also seen around half a dozen Freckled Ducks seen on the northern pond
Tim Nickholds 9/5 #223187
highlightFreckled Duck
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
The Freckled Duck reported by N. Talbot last Saturday was seen late yesterday afternoon and in good light this morning on the western side of Ornamental Lake a short distance south of Baker Island. A clear view was had from Dog Flat. The bird was standing on one leg, on a submerged log with its head tucked under on both occasions.
Patricia Maher per Philip Maher 9/5 #223186
Fri 8highlightWhite-bellied Sea-Eagle, Blue-billed Duck, Red-necked Avocet
Seymour Sewage Treatment Plant (restricted access)
An immature Sea-Eagle was the highlight of a short viewing of the visible ponds. We didn't access the treatment plant itself, but observed activity from the private property adjacent to the plant. Blue-billed, Pink-eared, Hardhead, Teal and Shelduck amongst the ducks seen. A single Red-necked Avocet was also seen flying around the large pond to the south.
John Harris, Justin Pegg, Knud Hansen 11/5 #223213
highlightSwift Parrot
Approx 30 birds feeding up high in grey box this morning
Deb Worland 9/5 #223190
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Moonee Ponds Creek near Fanny Street Reserve, Moonee Ponds
A single Blue-faced Honeyeater, calling from the top of a bare tree adjacent to the Creek.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 9/5 #223188
Red-necked Avocets
ETP Boundary Road
70+ Birds seen in Southern Pond . Also present a single Pink Eared Duck , 2 Aust. Shelduck , 2 Aust.Shovelers and 2 Sharp Tail Sandpipers
Colin Mulvogue 8/5 #223183
megamegaRose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Marlo township
Have not seen this bird in Marlo before. The dove was chased by a grey bird of prey and smashed into the upstairs window. Probably broke its neck. The bird of prey flew off too quickly to identify.
Reece Carland and Christopher Mcrae 8/5 #223182
Thu 7highlightPowerful Owl
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
1 bird roosting openly in large Strnigy Bark. A different site to earlier sighting this week. A Rose Robin was in the same tree. Photo on Friends of Crusoe facebook
N Hyett per Miles Geldart & Ken Dredge 7/5 #223173
highlightWhite-winged Black Tern
Lake Colac
2 WWBT flying with approximately 30 Whiskered Terns, 1 in Breeding colour. Also of note 1 Double-banded Plover, at least 7 Whistling Kites and more than 300 Red-necked Stints. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 7/5 #223172
highlightBassian Thrush
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
1 bird sighted & photographed at southern end of Big Pines, a first for here. couldn't post photo but it is on Echuca Birdlife & Friends of Crusoe facebook sites
John McInerny per Ken Dredge 7/5 #223171
Wed 6Rainbow lorikeets
Golden Square Bendigo
2 birds perched in tree for 5 mins or so. Very rarely seen here
Ken & Maureen Dredge 7/5 #223174
Mon 4highlightSuperb Parrot
Near Barmah
More than 30 Superb Parrots seen by group on Echuca District Birdlife outing. One group of about 20 at Baxters Pit on James Bridge Rd, second group along Lyles Rd.
Malcolm Cousland 6/5 #223159
Sun 3highlight(Possible) Salvin's Prion, Antarctic Prion and Slender-billed Prion
Off Portland, Victoria
1 possible Salvin's Prion, 2 Antarctic Prions and 1 Slender-billed Prion along with many Fairy Prions, 1 Buller's Albatross, 1 Southern Royal Albatross and 5 Wandering Albatrosses on a good day on the water. As usual, the Salvin's Prion has been hard to identify even with the excellent photos that we taken. But, it exhibits the features of the Salvin's Prion identified on the May 2013 boat trip from Portland - longer bill that is thicker at the base and an undertail pattern that has grey barring on the lateral undertail coverts and a central black terminal band that doesn't go across the whole width of the tail. The photos of Antarctic that we can compare it to, including the two on this trip, do not exhibit the same features as they have shorter, narrower bills and undertails that don't have the grey barring but do have a black terminal band across the whole width of the tail. The birders on the boat are confident of this identification after looking at the various photos. (However, several of the other commentators subsequently reviewing the photos are predisposed to this bird being Antarctic.)
Chris Lester and the BirdLife Victoria Pelagic participants 26/5 #223377
Powerful Owl
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Our friend has returned , complete with brushy in grasp
Ken Dredge, Miles Geldart 4/5 #223147
Gilberts Whistler
Lower Goulburn NP
Male Gilberts Whistler heard and seen by group on Echuca District Birdlife outing in the section of national park between Stewarts Bridge Rd and the Murray. Not previously recorded in the area.
Malcolm Cousland 3/5 #223143
Spotted Harrier
Ballarto rd, Koo Wee Rup
While driving Eastwards I observed a Harrier hunting along roadside ditch opposite number 2750. Was fairly sure it was a Spotted so pulled in for a look. It then rose up and banked across road in front of us giving a clear view showing full adult plumage. It then doubled back ahead to land on fence where it sat for a minute or two. Wasn't able however to get camera out and assembled before it lazily flew off South over the asparagus fields. Google map ref (-38.150766, 145.462756)
James Peake 3/5 #223141
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Several birds in trees along the Australian Forest Walk around 12:45 today.
Marc Freestone 3/5 #223136
Sat 2Silver Gull (yellow-billed)
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Unusual immature Silver Gull with yellow bill and black tip. The legs are also pale and the eye has not changed to silver. Curious sight.
Mel Mitchell & Joy Tansey 2/5 #223131
highlightFreckled Duck
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
A single non-breeding bird on the lake seen briefly near Dallachy Island. Plus two Nankeen Night-heron roosting near Long Island.
Nick Talbot 2/5 #223130
Fri 1Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
Ballan Road, near Cobbledicks Ford, Victoria
Adult in full breeding plumage hunting along the roadside about three metres off the ground, quite oblivious to passing traffic.
Anthony Hunt 3/5 #223145
Azure Kingfisher
Lillydale Lake
An unmistakable Azure Kingfisher around the creek that feeds Lillydale Lake near the wetlands. It wasn't scared despite the people and dogs and was fished happily.
Jonathon Dashper 2/5 #223129
Nankeen Night-heron
Polly Woodside, South Wharf, Melbourne
Single bird perched on Polly Woodside mooring line after dark.
Paul Dodd 2/5 #223126
Southern Whiteface
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Five in south-east edge of woodland. Also Rose, Scarlet and Flame Robins and usual resident species.
Guy Dutson & Iain Woxwold 2/5 #223125

April 2015
Thu 30Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Seaford Swamp
Being mobbed by Noisy Miners. Very late record for this species, which has become very infrequent in this location, where was once a regular spring migrant.
Sean Dooley 1/5 #223122
Rufous Fantail
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
First seen at 12:30pm in dense shrubs along the Australian Forest Walk. Tried to get a photo with my iphone but not enough light. I came back 15 minutes later and the fantail was still flitting around, with some thornbills & spinebills. eBird checklist
Val La May 1/5 #223120
highlightSwift Parrot
Burnt Creek Dunolly
9 Swift Parrots feeding in Red Gums. Gleaning leaves but no sign of lerp
Garry Cheers 30/4 #223115
Wed 29Brown Quail
Back Swamp Kerang
Aprox 40 bq observed in groups of aprox 8 birds feeding on open ground along a very large stand of lignum on 29th April.
Ken Dredge & Bob Wheeler 4/5 #223148
highlightBlue-billed Duck
Yan Yean Reservoir
Estimated 2000 mostly along the east and north east shore. Absolutely still and cool this morning so could make IDs where things are normally bouncing little dark distorted things. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 29/4 #223106
highlightSwift Parrot
Macleod Railway Station
At least 10 Swifties actively calling and flying between eucalypts on the west side of the station around midday. Nice to see them back in the area. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 29/4 #223105
Tue 28Painted Button Quail
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
2 birds flushed from road, 100m from turnoff heading towards Distillery Dam. 4pm they were observed
Bill Twiss 15/5 #223243
highlightSwift Parrot
Royal Park, Parkville
Two Swift Parrots along the 55 tram line to the north of the zoo.
Chris Lester and Jan Smith 28/4 #223100
Pallid Cuckoo
Summerland Peninsula, Phillip Island
Initially seen from the car, I pulled over to get good bino views of an adult Pallid Cuckoo perched on the power lines near the turnoff for Flynns Beach. Either very late, or a possible overwintering bird
Tim Nickholds 28/4 #223099
Australian King Parrot
A single 'green' bird seen on boundary of Royal Melbourne Golf Course and Woff St, Beaumaris.
Sean Dooley 28/4 #223096
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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