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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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Visitors to Western Treatment Plant at Werribee are reminded not to drive on Dry Weather roads at this time of the year.

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August 2015
Sun 30White-bellied Sea-Eagle
The Arch (between Port Campbell and Peterborough), Port Campbell National Park
Near-adult bird, showing traces of immature plumage, flew past just offshore heading eastwards around 10:30 am.
Jack Krohn 30/8 #224382
Blue-billed Duck and Pink-eared Duck (numerous); Flame Robin; lone Dusky Woodswallow
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Reasonably large numbers of Pink-eared Duck (at least 16) around the Jawbone wetland today, concentrated towards the eastern end. Several Blue-billed Duck also on the water. Other interesting sightings included a single female Flame Robin (initially mistaken for a Silvereye) next to the main bird hide, a male-female pair of White-fronted Chats in the salt marsh abutting the mangroves, and a single Dusky Woodswallow resting on a perch next to a residential street (reasonably early southern arrival, and no flock members present - normally a gregarious bird).
Oakley H Germech 30/8 #224379
Hooded Plover
Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads
2 adult Hooded Plover seen today at Thirteenth Beach (Breamlea end)
Anne Palamountain 30/8 #224374
Sat 29highlightSuperb Parrot
Park land adjacent to Broken Creek, Numurkah
11 Superb Parrots, including one adult male roosting in planted eucalypts, feeding on lerp and using a flowering ironbark.
Gary and Lisa Deayton 29/8 #224363
Fri 28Pallid Cuckoo, Turquoise Parrot
Warby-Ovens National Park
Pallid Cuckoo first heard and then seen calling just after dawn in the Boweya forest. Also 12 Turquoise Parrot present in the Killawara forest
Stephan Granger 28/8 #224354
Thu 27Banded Stilt, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbill in good numbers
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds (Austin Road Pond 2)
At 1350 hours, I observed approximately 350+ Banded Stilts in breeding and non-breeding plumage (and possibly some juvenile birds?), feeding and spread across this Pond. There were also 50 - 60 Red-necked Avocets present in company with the Stilts. Also present was a combined flock of 67 Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills, roosting on the northern shoreline of the Pond. Moderators note: Banded Stilts are throughout the plant at the moment, likely to be 1000 + at least
Peter Gibbons 29/8 #224355
Wed 26Black-eared Cuckoo
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
Single bird heard, then observed eastern end of Camp Road.
Mark Buckby 26/8 #224328
Australasian Bittern
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
Seen at edge of reeds (from house backing on to wetland) for a few minutes then flew towards lake. Latham's Snipe returned today.
Ruth Gallon 26/8 #224326
Tue 25Noisy Friarbird
Moonee Ponds Creek near Brunswick Road
We heard then saw a Noisy Friarbird on the Brunswick West side of the Creek this morning just north of Brunswick Road.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 25/8 #224324
Mon 24Bush Stone-curlew
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
Walked quietly in the scrub and almost stumbled over a Bush Stone-curlew. I was within 2 meters from it . Unfortunately did not get a photo but still wonderful to see the bird ! The area it was seen is south of Campbell Rd just west of Tennyson Rd close to the western oblong dam there.
Catarina Gregson 24/8 #224309
Sun 23Latham's Snipe
The Sands, Torquay
Single bird flushed from vegetation at edge of pond
John Peter 24/8 #224304
Olive-backed Oriole
Heard at about 0915 then finally spotted high in eucalyptus at about 0940. It had been calling intermittently most of the time. This is our first sighting for this season. Also Large-billed Scrubwren which we see only every couple of years.
David Mules 23/8 #224293
Sat 22Latham's Snipe
Begola Wetlands, Ocean Grove
Three flushed; the first time that I have looked this spring.
Guy Dutson 25/8 #224320
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Banyule Flats Reserve
Mid-day at junction of Main Yarra and Plenty River Trails. Calling continually. My first for the season.
Neil Murray 24/8 #224301
Fri 21Banded Stilts
Eastern Treatment Plant--Boundary Rd Wetlands
Two birds observed with Black-winged Stilts and several Red-necked Avocets. Seen from Thomsons Road . Few Ducks and most ponds flooded.
Colin Mulvogue 22/8 #224277
Banded Lapwing
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Flinders Ocean Beach
Single bird observed with Double-banded Plovers and Red-necked Stints.
Keith Caldecott 21/8 #224276
Tue 18Blue-winged Parrot
Point Cook Coastal Park--The Tower
24 Blue-winged Parrots foraging between the RAAF Lookout Carpark and the Parks Victoria office access road, Point Cook Coastal Park.
Sally Koehler 20/8 #224258
Mon 17Eastern Curlew
Pettmans Beach, East Gippsland
5 Eastern Curlew seen flying south west into strong winds by 11 members of Birdlife East Gippsland. Photo by Jack Winterbottom
Ian Wright, Recorder BLEG 18/8 #224239
Flame Robin
Gardiners Creek, Glen Iris
I thought this an interesting sighting for this locality - single male Flame Robin on the Dorothy Laver Ovals West, this afternoon about 2.15pm.
Phillip West 17/8 #224236
2 birds seen in neighbours tree. approx corner Brook and Powlett st. A first for Sunbury to best of my knowledge. eBird checklist
Roger McGlashan 17/8 #224233
Sun 16Swift Parrot
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
On Millwood Road, south of Campbell Rd. 2.3 km north of end of bitumen, I stopped to photograph a group of mixed honeyeaters on the side of the road - Fuscous, White-plumed, White-naped. When I went to get into my car I heard the Swift Parrot calling in the adjacent tree.
Peter Weinstock 16/8 #224223
Sat 15Brown Gerygone
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Ferntree Gully
There were a pair of Brown Gerygones near the bottom of the 1000 steps.
Brian Johnston 16/8 #224222
Unusual Raven
Pilgrim Street, Seddon
Stefan Willoughby 15/8 #224214
highlightSwift Parrot
You Yangs Regional Park--Visitor Entrance Area
4 Swift Parrots in eucalypts close to Park Office. Fuscous Honeyeaters and Black-chinned Honeyeaters still in area also.
John Newman & David Tytherleigh 15/8 #224210
highlightSwift Parrot
Deakin University--Waurn Ponds Campus
2 Swift Parrots vocal and mobile around the NA building and Koorie studies building of the campus this morning.
John Newman 15/8 #224209
Double-banded Plover, Hooded Plover
Barham River estuary, Apollo Bay
Found 6 Double-banded plovers ( most in near full breeding plumage) and 7 Hooded Plovers ( 2 juvenile). Only 1 hooded was leg flagged and the rest were unbanded.
Philip peel 15/8 #224206
Fri 14Powerful Owl
Last night I was watching a medium sized ringtail possum feeding on the edge of a branch. A dark shape flew soundlessly over my head, swooped up the ringie and kept going. Could this be a powerful owl? Moderators note: unlikely to be anything else.
Barbara Dixon 15/8 #224202
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
Adult Sea-eagle seen flying towards the new highway bridge between Bacchus Marsh and Melton. It was coming from Long Forest and heading south along the Djerriwarrh Creek. 4:30pm.
Bernie McRitchie 14/8 #224201
Thu 13Freckled Duck, White-necked Heron
Growling Frog Golf Course
One single Freckled Duck swimming in the back dam near the bird hide. Also 1 White-necked Heron foraging in a small wetland near the track.
Aleks Arsoski 13/8 #224190
Rose Robin
Shepherds Bush
As with the previous sighting - about 50 meters from the High Street Road entrance - high in the trees feeding.
Stephen Garth 13/8 #224186
Wed 12Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint
Delaneys Rd, Lake Colac
Observed approximately 300 small waders swoop down over my head and onto the lake. Could these guys be returning from the Northern Hemisphere? I don't know. It looked to be a mix of Red-necked Stints, Curlew Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers and at least 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. I was only able to get ID shots of a small portion of them that circled back around. Ps. we have had at least 50 Red-necked Stints Winter over here and there's always Red-capped Plovers but I don't know what else eBird checklist
Adam Fry 12/8 #224180
Scarlet Robin
Banyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg
One male bird flitting about and dropping for prey in grass. At this site only as winter visitor.
Anthea Fleming 12/8 #224165
Pink-eared Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
Two birds swimming at north end of Swamp this afternoon.
Anthea Fleming 12/8 #224164
Tue 11Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Jolimont (Melbourne)
One heard and then seen in trees near the railway station and Fitzroy Gardens: great to see this species in the middle of Melbourne. Could well have been more than one.
Richard Loyn 12/8 #224178
Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
Heard a group calling in Eucs just north of the nursery around midday. Presumably the same group that frequents Macleod. Nice to have them here for a second year in a row. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund, Trevor Bauer 11/8 #224154
Rose Robin
Serendip Sanctuary
Seen around 10am along main driveway at gate on east side (right hand side as you drive in). Associating with Willie Wagtails. Has been present for at least a week. Thanks to Paul Hackett for pointing the bird out.
Ruth Woodrow & Paul Hackett & guest 11/8 #224153
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Driving North along Queen Street nearly at the Railway crossing I noticed a large bird circling above. I pulled the car over and managed to get a few photos of this young Sea-eagle before it left in an Easterly direction. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 11/8 #224151
Mon 10Crested Shriketit
A landowner at Exford, near Melton (Jeanette) reported Crested Shriketits on her property attacking their reflections in windows. Jeanette adds: ‘Another thing on the Eastern Shriketit, my son says the bird just recently has been sizing up to his mirror & puffing out his chest, while clinging on to the bottom of the mirror. I didn’t expect this with these timid birds’ Shritetits are regularly seen in local woodlands, but aggressive displays of this kind may not have been reported before, possibly because of their cryptid habits & their preferred habitat high in tree canopies.
Daryl Akers (reported by Jeanette ) 12/8 #224157
Cattle Egret
Midland Highway Epsom
Single bird been hanging around the table drain alongside the road just before entering Huntly township zone for a few days. Have reported previous sightings here but this is the first time just the one individual encountered.
Adrian Martins 10/8 #224149
Sun 9Brolgas
Victoria, paddock on side of A1 - Princes H'way, approx 20 km east of SA border - 9 am
This pair of brolgas were passively enjoying the morning sunshine whilst feeding in grassland bordered by natural bushland on the side of the Princes H'way in Victoria just over the SA border (approx.20 km). Although I am not a 'bird watcher' I do have a keen interest in our native bird life and I was quite surprised to see Brolgas in Victoria. I thought I would share this information with you.
Shirley Davis 12/8 #224166
Rose Robin
Shepherds Bush
Male bird feeding in bush about 20 metres from car park
Stephan Granger 11/8 #224156
Bassian Thrush
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Have never come accross this species before anyway at the Brisbane Ranges. In addition to the surprise sighting along a track that leads south from Lease Rd, the bird then treated us to a beautiful and melodious song.
Hedley and Irena Earl 9/8 #224121
Sat 8highlightSlender-billed Prion
Port Fairy Pelagic
Several Slender-billed Prions seen, mostly on the shelf, but some also inshore. Around 6-10 birds. Several great photos taken. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater, small number of Shy, Black-browed, Campbell & Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 Cape Petrel, subspecies austral & aound 15-20 White-fronted Terns. Another highlight was the very close approach we had to large feeding flocks associated with Bluefin Tuna of mostly Fluttering Shearwaters, with a few Hutton's intermixed & prions.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker, Neil McCumber 12/8 #224160
megamegaSalvin's Prion
Port Fairy Pelagic
One relatively obvious Salvin's Prion photographed and viewed between 10:28 AM and 10:32 AM where numerous photos were taken in flight and on the sea. Bird has a bill that is dark grey & front on is simply too broad for an Antarctic Prion and has a bowed profile, yet not quite as broad as a Broad-billed Prion & not black. From side on, very long and dished-shaped with a small maxillary unguis, barely jutting above the profile of the rest of the bill. Not deep enough for a Broad-billed Prion. Lores, mostly white (should be grey in Broad-billed Prion).
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker, Neil McCumber. 12/8 #224159
White-necked Heron
Maranoa Gardens
1 bird seen feeding on worms on a damp lawn in well treed ornamental native gardens - very odd on such a closed-in habitat surrounded by dense housing. When disturbed by a raven, Noisy Miners or people, the bird flew to perch in a large gum tree
George Appleby 9/8 #224119
Thu 6Satin Bowerbird
Eskdale Mitta Valley North East Victoria
Large numbers of female birds with male numbers increasing. In 30+ years I have not seen them in the area like this. Other birdlife in the area don't seem to appreciate their new neighbours.
Vicki Ley 6/8 #224102
Wed 5Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Lake Mountain
Three: along Echo Flat Trail and near resort base, cracking open bark of snow gums around 1350m. Heard/seen between driving snow flurries.
D Lustig 7/8 #224106
Sun 2Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Kelp Gull
Killarney Beach
A huge flock of birds were roosting on the rocks to the west of the carpark, 5 Kelp Gull, 10+ Ruddy Turnstone, 6 hooded Plover countless Sooty Oystercatchers and 1 overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit. Bird Action was intense with many hundred Crested Terns on the wing.
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 3 other members 2/8 #224079
Fluttering, Hutton's and Short-tailed Shearwaters
Griffiths Island (Port Fairy)
At mouth of River, at least 400+ shearwaters were flying and resting on the water surface only 30-50 metres from the mouth, were able to get great views of all 3 species with STSW only confirmed on 2 birds, completely black on belly, short tail and full black wings.
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 3 other members 2/8 #224078
Sanderling, Hooded Plover, Rufous Bristlebird
Bridgewater Bay Cafe
11 overwintering sanderling seen with 10 hooded plovers ( 9 adult/ sun adult and 1 juv) running along the beach to the east of the cafe, 2 Rufous Bristlebirds calling simultaneously at the lodge just behind the beach.
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 3 other members 2/8 #224077
Brown Skua, Black-browed and Shy Albatross, Black-faced Cormorant
Portland Harbour
Brown Skua seen harassing Crested Terns for food, Black- browed Albatross was seen following in fishing trawlers and giving great views, 2 Shy Albatross further out into ocean and many Black-faced Cormorants flying around the harbour
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 3 other members 2/8 #224076
Grey Goshawk, Bassian Thrush, Forest Raven
Ralph Illidge Sanctuary
Grey Goshawk was seen after alert calls raised by noisy miners, sat atop a gum tree before being moved on by the Forest Ravens, Goshawk flew straight towards us giving us great views. A pair of Bassian Thrush were seen in the carpark picnic ground.
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds et al 3 other members 2/8 #224075
Pink Robin
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One Pink Robin (brown bird) in plantation at Beach Road, opposite Banded Lapwing paddock (4 birds present). Pink Robin is a species not often recorded at the WTP. Interestingly, two female Flame Robins were very close by. Also of interest was a Black Falcon at Ryan's Swamp.
Maarten Hulzebosch 2/8 #224073
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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