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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

July 2015
Tue 7Australian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
For an endangered and very secretive species I make this report as encouragement to the many birders that have never seen this species. This bird is almost tame and obviously bonded to the 2nd middle pond along the Spit Road.
Hedley Earl 7/7 #223835
Swift Parrots
Macleod Railway Station
Swift Parrots easily found in the flowering eucalypts in the park opposite the station and the adjoining streets this morning.
Venetia McMahon 7/7 #223829
Sat 4highlightBlack-faced Woodswallow
Boort Salt Lake
Five Black-faced Woodswallows seen and photographed on southwest track by a dozen observers on Birdlife Echuca District outing. Photo by David Ong.
Malcolm Cousland 5/7 #223808
Lewin's Rail, Brolga (3)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Lewin's Rail seen briefly near Gate 8. Ducked for cover after a brief, but good view. Three Brolga's at T-section.
Jason Caruso 4/7 #223801
Swift Parrots
Macleod Station
A party of at least 20, probably more like 30, in Yellow Gums immediately west of the kindergarten and just across the road by the station. Not apparently affected by chilly day with cold wind and heavy rain showers.
Anthea Fleming, Denise Fernando, Kath Johnson, Daphne Hards 4/7 #223796
Thu 2Swift Parrot
Swift Parrot still feeding in large gum outside railway station. Other notable birds include 4 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and Striated Pardalote
Stephan Granger 5/7 #223809
Esplanade Mt Martha
Observed at 1pm flying south along coastline/ small cliffs just south of Mt Martha village about 20m above me. Possibly one of the Point Nepean birds?
Keith Caldecott 2/7 #223780
Wed 1Hooded Plover
Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads
One adult Hooded Plover seen on 13th beach (western end). Had an orange band on right leg.
Anne Palamountain 2/7 #223782
Yan Yean Reservoir
Still more than 2000. Many close to westside for a change. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 1/7 #223777
Rose Robin
Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
Seen at bottom gully of Steep Track, on the ridge line adjacent to the creek. One fully coloured male in the canopies of various eucalypts. Also spotted a Speckled Warbler on the top of the ridge line in the understorey.
Cody McCormack 1/7 #223774
Australasian Bittern
Braeside Park
A single bittern was the highlight of a trip to Braeside this morning, with the bird seen in the open wandering about near the viewing platform. Other nice birds included Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Greenfinch and Brown Falcon.
Ashwin Rudder, Andrew Walker, Shoshana Rapley, Max Breckenridge, Nathan Ruser 1/7 #223772

June 2015
Tue 30Grey goshawk (white morph)
Bracks Access Rd, Cape Otway
Had great views of a white morph Grey goshawk until it took flight after being mobbed by currawongs.
Stephen Kaye 1/7 #223770
Blue-Winged Parrot
Observed a Blue-Winged Parrot land in a dead Cypress Pine approx 300 metres east of the Plumpton/Melton-Keilor Rd Intersection, on the northern side of the road. Stayed long enough for me to get a positive ID through binoculars but not long enough to get a photo.
David Whelan 1/7 #223767
Sooty Oystercatcher
Seaholme Beach
Four birds resting and preening on rocks at low tide in the middle of the day. This species and the Pied Oystercatcher reputedly nest along the beach adjoining the former Cheetham Saltworks about 1.5 km across the bay. Unfortunately, this area is now open to people and their dogs.
Anthony Hunt 30/6 #223766
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Snowy River estuary
During today's winter 2020 Shorebird count in the estuary to the east of the Snowy River entrance, the Beach Stone-curlew was again observed; this time feeding on soldier crabs at low tide. Marlo residents still regularly report its presence in the general area although it sometimes moves to sheltered locations at Cape Conran particularly when gale force winds and high tides occur along our coastline. It is now some 17+months since it was first recorded on Australia Day 2014. eBird checklist
Jacquie and Len Axen 30/6 #223764
Australian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
Thanks to Paul Newman who spotted the bird, the bird spent most of the time in the drain on the left hand side as you enter Western Lagoons via Gate 2. It did, however, move around the centre ponds as well. Time was about 4pm.
Bernie OKeefe 30/6 #223763
highlightHooded Robin
Quarry Hills Bushland Park
Doing a site inspection and spotted one male Hooded Robin amongst some Flame Robins. Photo courtesy of Mark Williams
aleks arsoski 30/6 #223755
Freckled Duck
Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve
Single bird. Close to walks car park at the dam wall, far northern corner of the billabong. Nice record for the morning walk. Possibly a result of the lowering of the water levels in the billabong as part of the CMAs environmental water management program.
Dan Eyles 30/6 #223754
Mon 29highlightSwift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP
The woodland within a minute's walk of Tuan campground was absolutely buzzing with birds at dawn last week. Many honeyeater species were seen, but the absolute highlight was the arrival of a flock of at least 40 Swift Parrots just after dawn, which landed at the top of a gum before moving off into the nearby bushland. Several more were heard at Bartley's Block, where a Scarlet Honeyeater was also heard. At the Regent Honeyeater release site, three Regents were located in half an hour's search, all of which were banded, and one of which was carrying a radio wire. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder, Max Breckenridge, Andrew Walker and Nathan Ruser 7/7 #223832
Swift Parrot
Macleod Station
A flock of approximately 40 Swift Parrots seen still sitting in large River Red Gum in the middle of the park between the station and shops. Observed sleeping, preening and feeding for several hours in the morning unfazed by the noise of demolition below. Worth the drive. Stunning birds!
Veronica Peric 1/7 #223768
Lake Murphy near Kerang
Around midday, two Brolgas in the shallows near the "narrows" between the two sections of lake. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 29/6 #223750
Sun 28highlightHooded Plover
Freshwater Lake, Point Lonsdale
At around midday we observed 32 Hooded Plovers on the southern end of the lake (that is anything but freshwater!). There were at least 3 banded adults in the group, including what appears to me to be banded bird 'PT'. This seems like a huge number of this species to be in the one place eBird checklist
Andrew Hogg and Jane Kleimeyer 7/7 #223826
Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
An Australasian Bittern flushed from the spit road, across 2 ponds and landed in the channel, was able to follow it and get crippling views for over 5 minutes as it sat on opposite bank. eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 11 other observers 28/6 #223732
Sat 27Fuscous Honeyeater and Black-chinned Honeyeater
You Yangs Regional Park
Two Fuscous Honeyeaters and two Black-chinned located near the Visitors Centre. Many eucalypts in flower. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 28/6 #223728
Fri 26Swift Parrot
Eltham - private home
At least 6 swift parrots have regularly frequented trees in our Eltham garden (close to Bolton Street) over the past 2 weeks.
Janine 26/6 #223712
Freckled Duck
Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
At least 6 Freckled Duck, on lake, north side of east viewing platform. Seen at 3:00 pm.
Bill Ramsay 26/6 #223710
Rose Robin
Kairn Track, One Tree Hill block, Greater Bendigo NP
Male. Nice complement to the recent regular sightings at Crusoe Reservoir.
Rustem Upton 26/6 #223708
Wed 24Noisy Friarbird
Moonee Ponds Creek, Travancore
A calling Noisy Friarbird along Moonee Ponds Creek, just north of Travancore. I haven't recorded this species in my area before.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 25/6 #223700
Murphys Lake
Two adults and a sub-adult hanging about in the same area as reported earlier in the year.
Anthony Sloan per Adrian Martins 25/6 #223696
Rose robin
Shepherds Bush, Glen Waverley, Vic
Male & female in acacias 200m south of High St Rd, at end of 1st board walk.
Lyn & Peter Hawkins 24/6 #223691
Tue 23Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Macleod Railway Station
Still plenty of Swifty's around, and several Scaly-breasted lorikeets photographed too more towards northern section of parkland and across May Street in flowering Eucalypts before the basketball courts. Also 1 escapee cockatiel. Further information
Nick Bradsworth 23/6 #223683
Mon 22highlightAustralian Bustard
Flannerys Road, via Pyramid Hill
Single bird sighted in paddock during daylight hours.
Shane Holmes per Adrian Martins 25/6 #223697
Swift Parrot
Boweya Forest (Warby-Ovens National Park)
At least 10 Swift Parrots seen feeding in flowering Mugga Ironbark not far from Keenans Rd. Several more small flocks heard overhead moving through different areas of the forest. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 22/6 #223680
Beautiful Firetail
Anglesea area
Seen briefly in damp tea tree area on Bald Hills Rd.
Trevor Lumb 22/6 #223678
Sun 21highlightAustralasian Bittern, Blue-winged Parrot, Banded Stilt.
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
At 1550 hours, I observed an Australasian Bittern flying low and slow over 29 Mile Road, from the T-Section Lagoon area just south-west of Gate 1, towards the Spit Nature Conservation Reserve. A short time earlier, I observed approximately 40 Blue-winged Parrots fly north from beside Austin Road and land in the ploughed paddock west of Gate 3. I also observed 36 Banded Stilts feeding in the 85WC Lagoon north of Austin Road.
Peter Gibbons 26/6 #223706
Australasian Bittern, Blue-winged Parrot, Banded Stilt.
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
At 1550 hours, I observed an Australasian Bittern flying low and slow over 29 Mile Road, from the T-Section Lagoon area just south-west of Gate 1, towards the Spit Nature Conservation Reserve. A short time earlier, I observed approximately 40 Blue-winged Parrots fly north from beside Austin Road and land in the ploughed paddock east of Gate 3. I also observed 36 Banded Stilts feeding in the 85WC Lagoon north of Austin Road.
Peter Gibbons 26/6 #223705
Black Swans
Banyule Flats Reserve
Swans have not attempted to nest at Banyule Swamp this year. Only brief visits have been made. A pair seen today - one wearing neck-ring with number F14.
Anthea Fleming 21/6 #223666
Sat 20Song Thrush
Sunshine, Melbourne
Thanks to the specific instructions of Joseph Gatt, who reported these elusive birds earlier in the week, two birds in different territories were located on Whitesides Ave, Sunshine.
Bernie OKeefe 21/6 #223661
Swift Parrots
Macleod Station
Flock of 30 still present this afternoon.
Anthea Fleming 20/6 #223658
Southern Boobook
Peppercorn walk Kensington
It appears that the Boobook is still hanging around Kensington
Anne Palamountain 20/6 #223655
Fri 19Southern Boobook, Barn Owl
Elwood Canal
Two boobooks were croaking to each other in the Elwood Primary School veggie garden. One (pictured) was darker on the face and underside than the other bird. Seeing one boobook here is a rare occurrence let alone a pair! On the off chance that the owls are thinking about nesting in one of the specially installed nest boxes in the area, may I ask that anyone who drops in to have a look at them keeps some extra distance. There was also a dead Barn Owl today in Moran Reserve at the mouth of the Elwood Canal. Further information
Gio Fitzpatrick 19/6 #223654
Peaceful Dove
Barongarook Creek Catchment
Just having a look around now that the catchment has water in it again and I saw this little grey bird about 20cm with a longish tail walking along not far from the bank. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 19/6 #223649
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Norwood Reserve
There are 80-100 yellow tailed black cockatoos flying around the park and feeding in the pine trees. They have been slowly building in numbers over the last 4 or 5 days, but today the numbers have trippled!!! Very noisy little friends! They arrive around 11am and fly off around 4pm.
Clancye Milne 19/6 #223648
Purple Swamphen
Deakin University--Waurn Ponds Campus
Three swamphens are on the lawn picking up a dead eucalyptus leaf in one foot and running it through their beak. The trees appear to be dying or badly damaged by caterpillars so maybe the birds are gleaning insects or lerp.
Lorraine Phelan 19/6 #223647
Australasian Bittern
Braeside Park
Seen approximately 200m SE of bird hide at 8.30 this morning. Single bird out in the open on far bank of lake. Able to take one photo before it flew east into dense reeds.
Jack Parrington 19/6 #223645
Thu 18White-Bellied Sea-Eagles
Surf Beach Inverloch
Two Sea Eagles sitting on the beach near the wreck of the Amazon this morning at 7, they took off flying low towards the inlet.
Deb Crosby 18/6 #223641
Wed 17Black-tailed Native-Hen and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.
Jawbone Reserve, Willianstown
A survey of this species rich area turned up 1 or 2 BTN Hens and a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater near the main island in the lagoon. Musk, Pink-eared and Blue-billed Ducks also present. Two singing Reed Warblers seem rather early. Reason for the predominance of Grey vs Chestnut Teal compared to nearby fresh water areas not understood. Possibly just flocking behaviour. 49 species noted.
Joseph Gatt 20/6 #223657
Tue 16Striated Pardalote (Yellow tipped)
Tiega Bushland Reserve (section N of Mallee Hwy), W of Ouyen
One Striated Pardalote with narrow white wing stripe and yellow spot clearly seen. Nominate race striatus. Also one with narrow white wing stripe and red spot (race ornatus). Also loose flock ~8 (at least 5 with broad white wing stripe and red spot) in low scrub, some apparently gleaning from bark at least two in display with wings outstretched. Two others of this substriatus race also seen well. Total of 24 birds at least. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 17/6 #223638
Mon 15Sth Boobook, Song Thrush
Whitesides Av. Sunshine West. 3020
Despite 2hrs of harrassment by 6+ red wattlebirds on the first day and even longer by White-plumed Honey - eaters a southern Boobook has now been 4 days on an Agonis tree, 4 metres up on the nature strip. Whilst well protected, this site is far less dense than eucalypts and cypress trees within 50 metres. Meanwhile 3 male Song thrushes are sorting out their territories along 300 metres of this avenue. The similar Blackbirds have not yet begun territorial songs.
joseph Gatt 15/6 #223621
Sun 14megamegaAntarctic Tern, Salvin's Albatross
At sea off Portland
Amazingly, several Antarctic Terns. We saw at least 3 birds and are still establishing whether there were more in the tern groups that passed through. Also, good views of a Salvin's Albatross.
Chris Lester, Tim Bawden, Paul Dodd and the BirdLife Victoria Portland Pelagic crew 18/6 #223640
highlightMagpie Geese
Church Swamp, Strathdownie
Estimated 1000 birds roosting and feeding on adjacent pasture. Interested to hear of any other large flocks in the SW, or lower SE SA.
Richard Hill 17/6 #223633
Freckled Duck
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
One Freckled Duck, appeared to be female, observed on the the Ornamental Lake to the west of the tea rooms. Sighted from a Gondola trip around the lake. Bird originally seen skulking amongst grasses on a floating reed bed and later briefly out on the open water. Gardens website:
Kaye Trainor, Martin O'Brien and Johnno the Puntman 14/6 #223609
Sat 13highlightFreckled duck
Lake Guyatt (Sale)
At least 300 freckled ducks counted on Lake Guyatt or semi-concealed under overhanging vegetation on adjacent Lake Guthridge.
Mike Connor 15/6 #223616
Swift Parrot
Macleod Railway Station
Saw up to 30 Swift Parrots resting and preening in a River Red Gum in the middle of the park between the Macleod Railway Station and the nearby shops. Finally got them, as they say third time lucky!! Haven't seen Swift Parrots in over 20 years :-) Birds were unphased until a raptor flew within about 400m or so, over the school, at which time all the birds that had been roosting and others nearby flew off. All remained quiet for some time after that. Other birds seen include Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets and Noisy Miner. Thanks to Brad and John who pointed us in the right direction.
John Harris and Kathy HImbeck - Wildlife Experiences P/L, Brad, John and others 14/6 #223612
Regent Parrot
Roadside Old Calder Hwy south of Hattah
34 Regent Parrots. They were also in the same area on the 5/6/15
Garry Cheers 14/6 #223605
Mallee Emu-wren
Hattah Kulkyne National Park Nowingi Trk
Two males and one female seen. Also 6 Regent Parrots.
Garry Cheers 14/6 #223604
Hooded Robin
Greater Bendigo National Park--Camp Road dam (Kamarooka)
Male & female Hooded Robins sighted near the dam on corner of Millwood Road & Camp Road. Have not seen this species in the Kamarooka forest before.
Murray Chambers 13/6 #223596
Fri 12highlightAustralasian Bittern
Millers Landing, Hoppers Crossing
Driving inbound along Princes Hwy on dusk noticed an Australasian Bittern flying low over the freeway from the old RAAF Swamp direction, presumably heading down into the reeds along Skeleton Ck on the other side.
Steve Davidson 13/6 #223592
Thu 11highlightWhite-browed Treecreeper
Yarrara Flora and Fauna Reserve
Eight birds seen over 2 hrs
Gary Cheers 11/6 #223583
highlightSwift Parrot
6 Swift Parrots, fairly noisy and moving around quite a bit. They were high in the gumtrees above the nesting boxes, between the Barwon river and the fence line. Access from Armytage Street or past the Winchelsea Tea rooms. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 11/6 #223581
Wedge-tailed Eagles & Brown Goshawk
Quarry Road, Ferntree Gully.
I had seen two Peregrine Falcons previously at the quarry in Ferntree Gully and went back to look for them today. Tthey were no where to be seen but two wedgies flew over quite low and a Brown Goshawk was also hanging around. I haven't seen a Goshawk here before.
Jonathon Dashper 11/6 #223579
Wed 10highlightSouthern Boobook
St Kilda Botanic Gardens
A Southern Boobook was actively hawking near the central Blessington St gate. It was crashing into foliage and pursuing lacewings and moths on the wing. I didn't have a torch but this acrobatic hunting style made it obvious from quite a distance that it wasn't one of the resident Tawny Frogmouths (which were also seen tonight).
Gio Fitzpatrick 10/6 #223573
Black Falcon
Bendigo, Bracewell Street
The black falcon has been seen almost daily in the area for the past two weeks.. From photos it appears there are two birds although never seen together. A territory seems to have been established with one bird seen many times in the day at the same tree.
Peter Weinstock 10/6 #223567
Tue 9Ground Parrot, Flame Robin
Wilsons Promontory National Park
2 Ground Parrot (at least) heard on dusk along the Vereker Track. Swift Parrot not seen since Saturday. Flame Robin around in large numbers throughout the prom.
Stephan Granger 10/6 #223570
Black Falcon, Marsh Sandpipers,Red-kneed Dotterel and two Wedge-tailed Eagles
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
The Black Falcon was perched on top of a tree, in clear view, half way along Beach Rd toward beach end.There were also 15+ Marsh Sandpipers at T - Section on right after entering gate and also several in shallow pond on left toward Barrow Pits with a few Red-kneed Dotterels. The Wedge-tailed Eagles, which looked huge, were perched on a fence along Beach Rd toward Airport at 5.10pm. The Blue - Winged Parrots are still along Austin Rd with a few Brolgas.
Michael and Gwen Bird 9/6 #223562
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Braeside Park
south of the birdhide at approximately 38.004293, 145.124760 I saw what appeared to be a fallen log facing upwards. On closer inspection it turned out to be a Bittern which quickly took flight in an easterly direction. About 100 metres further south, another Bittern was sighted heading towards the reeds in the main pond, south west corner. Possibly the same bird but I don't think so.
Wayne Butterworth 9/6 #223558
Swift Parrot
Macleod Train Station
A flock of about 25 swift parrots observed feeding on lerp in eucalyptus trees beside Macleod station for over an hour around lunchtime today. Very vocal and feeding low in trees.
Helenna Mihailou 9/6 #223556
Mon 8Cattle Egret
Four Cattle Egrets joined all the long weekend visitors to Daylesford - in paddocks near the Farmers Arms for three days. Most unusual for this area!
Tanya Loos 9/6 #223554
Tawny Frogmouth
A Tawny Frogmouth was noticed before dawn on our washing line in suburban Coburg. It stayed til after 5pm when it flew off. Moderators note: although a common bird in urban areas, we've published this record because it is unusual to hang around in the open all day. Looks a bit tired.) Further information
Nick Talbot 8/6 #223541
Kelp Gull
Balnarring Beach
Pair of adults for the 2nd morning in a row today. Not normally seen so far up Westernport. Yesterday, Australian Gannet offshore as well.
Richard, Elliot and Toby Hook 8/6 #223540
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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