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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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Please forward details on any sightings of Rock Parrots on Rottnest Island, including number of birds, location, time, date, presence/absence and colour of a band, to James Sansom at

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May 2016
Tue 17highlightAsian Dowitcher
southern salt marshes
Seen feeding in salt marsh at high tide 20km south of Carnarvon, WA. Very few of this species recorded in the Gascoyne, my first sighting outside the summer period.
Les George 19/5 #227531
Wed 11Pink eared duck
Leonora. Malcolm dam
There are 4 of these ducks present here at the moment. Also 6 Banded Lapwings.
Ben Weston 11/5 #227464
Sun 8highlight100+ Black-bellied Storm-petrel
Bremer hotspot pelagic
Conservative count. Constant stream of BBSP over several hours, mixed with Wilson's Storm-petrel, White-faced Storm-petrel and 1 Grey-backed Storm-petrel.
Plaxy Barratt on behalf of all on board, with Naturaliste Charters 13/5 #227475
highlightGrey-headed Albatross
Bremer hotspot pelagic
Plaxy Barratt on behalf of all on board, with Naturaliste Charters 13/5 #227474
highlightGrey-backed Storm-petrel
Bremer hotspot pelagic
Photo by Bill Betts
Plaxy Barratt on behalf of all on board, with Naturaliste Charters 13/5 #227473
highlightGrey-backed Storm-petrel, Grey-headed Albatross, Sooty Albatross, 100+ Black-bellied Storm-petrel
Bremer hotspot pelagic
Inaugural pelagic to Bremer Orca hotspot. Very rough conditions SSW 25-30 knots and 4-5m swell, after southerly gale the previous day. First record of Grey-backed Storm-petrel for WA; second record of Sooty Albatross from WA pelagic; highest count of BBSP for a one-day pelagic in Australia. Other highlights include South Polar Skua, 2 Arctic Tern, 5-6 Soft-plumaged Petrel, 4 Little Shearwater, and a total of 19 species of tubenose (high count for WA).
Plaxy Barratt on behalf of all on board, with Naturaliste Charters 13/5 #227472
Thu 5highlightGrey Wagtail
Christmas Island
Single adult sighted on the road between Flying Fish Cove and Tai Jin House at around 11:00am, again at 11:10, and again about 2:45pm. Shy, and would fly away towards the cove when I got to within about 30 metres but could clearly see pinkish legs and feet, and primaries noticeably darker then the body. Rare visitor usually on the island between August and January. Cropped photo attached.
Hickson Fergusson 6/5 #227417
Wed 4Willie Wagtail
Offshore Drilling Rig - Ocean Monarch, North West Shelf
Rig is located 200 km West North West off Barrow Island in 1200 m water depth. The Willie Wagtail has been residing around the rig for a number of days now with an ample supply of small moths. Nearest land appears to be the Montebello Islands also approx. 200km away. Quite a distance out to sea for this tenacious small bird.
Ivan Franulovich 7/5 #227423
Mon 2Carnaby's Black Cockatoo
Esperance Pink Lake Caravan Park
Approximately 60 Black Cockatoos roosting in tall eucalypts around the van park. They come in just on dark and leave prior to dawn so very difficult to photograph. I am on a long road trip (from NSW) and thought this may be report worthy.
Les Main 2/5 #227388

April 2016
Thu 28Budgerigar and Star Finch
Bibbawarra bore
A pair of Budgerigars resting in acacia trees next to the bore. (Also saw a flock flying over at Bush Bay) - not sure if this is noteworthy - they are recorded on Carnarvon's birdlist as nomadic in the area. 6 Star finches seen in the acacia thicket next to the reedbed (alongtrack leading left from the bore) - seen at very close quarters. They seemed to be settling down to roost there for the night (approx 5.45pm)
Kate Buys 6/5 #227415
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
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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