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Birdline Western Australia

Birdline Western 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 Western Australia is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett, Rohan Clarke and Tim Dolby.

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April 2016
Mon 25Great Knot, Eastern Curlew
Shag Rock, Exmouth Gulf. WA
60 Great Knots, 2 Eastern Curlews, 18 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 12 Greater sandplovers
Grant Griffin 26/4 #227334
Sun 17megamegaAmsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis
Bremer Canyon, Western Australia
Seen during Naturaliste Charters Orca Tours. A major Orca predation event was occurring with large volumes of scraps for the thronged seabirds to feed on. Over a thousand seabirds had gathered for the feast - this is far more than we see on a typical day out in the Bremer Canyon. This included over 1000 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, 100s Great-winged Petrels, 100+ Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, dozens of Shy and Black-browed Albatross, 2 Campbell Albatross and 5 Wandering Albatross. There were also 100s of Wilson's Storm-Petrels, 10+ White-faced Storm-Petrel, a single Black-bellied Storm-Petrel and 4 White-chinned Petrel. eBird checklist
Daniel Mantle 23/4 #227303
Mon 4highlightEurasian Curlew
Point Douro, Australind near Bunbury
One feeding in shallows mid morning, the only curlew visible at the time. After a while it flew off to saltmarsh nearby, then returned with ~8 Eastern Curlew, all resting on mudbank. The Eurasian Curlew lay down whereas the Easterns all remained standing. They then all flew to roost in nearby saltmarsh, where the Eurasian was conspicuous (by virtue of its pale greyish plumage) whereas the Easterns blended much better. I did not see the Easterns feeding, only the Eurasian. This area has an unusual tide sequence: these observations were over the minor high tide (which was at 1113, 0.77m), which was followed by a very slight tidal dip to 1349 (0.69m) and a strong high tide at 2001 (0.91m) followed by a deep low tide at 0300 (0.46m). Most of the current mudflat exposure is at night, which must be a problem for some shorebirds.
Richard Loyn 5/4 #227111
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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