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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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.

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Moderators' Note

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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

December 2014
Sat 20Black-winged Stilt (leucistic)
Lake Claremont
A single bird in the flock of 20+ birds in the NW corner of the lake.
Ken Glasson 21/12 #221425
Mon 8highlightRed-throated Pipit
Lake Eda (Roebuck Plains Station)
The pipit had a creamy-white throat and malar stripe and was heavily streaked from the chest down to the belly and with some streaking down the flanks. Dark on the back and lack of primary projection. Access permission for the site is required.
Maarten Hulzebosch, Amanda Lilleyman, Arthur Keates, Peter Crighton 8/12 #221254
Sat 6Red-kneed Dotterel (1) Black-fronted Dotterel (3) Wood Sandpiper (1) Spotless Crake (1)
Lake Claremont
Australian Spotted Crake (2) Nankeen Heron (1) Others saw: Baillon's Crake (1); Little Bittern (1)
Bob Hay 6/12 #221204
Thu 4Long-toed Stint
Lake Baghdad (Rottnest Island)
Unusual habitat for this species. Also Hooded Plover & Greater Sand Plover at causeway, Rock Parrot flew over Lake Baghdad.
Mark Stanley 6/12 #221203
Wed 3highlightChinese Pond Heron
Cocos Keeling Islands South of Home Island
Half an hour walk through knee deep tropical water at low tide has found the Pond heron Six out of seven times since May 2014
Geof Christie 3/12 #221154
Tue 2highlightLittle Bittern
Lake Claremont
At least 2 Little Bitterns seen this morning between 7-8 am on the east side of Lake Claremont, flying between patches of reeds and eventually showing towards top of reeds. Also Wood Sandpiper (1), Red-necked Avocets (4), Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (8), Spotless Crake (1), Australian Crake (2), White-necked Heron (1).
Mark Stanley 2/12 #221132

November 2014
Sun 30Blue-winged Kookaburra
Paraburdoo; Treed ephemeral creek near Kurra Kalli
I heard but couldn't see a Blue-winged Kookaburra while trying to get a photo of Grey Crowned Babblers; it was high up in the nearby trees; I would think this location is somewhere on the outer edge of its range and I did not expect it, tho in the preceding days there were strong winds and some rain. Blown inland by the weather??
S. Plunkett 8/12 #221255
highlightHodgson's Hawk Cuckoo
Cocos Keeling Islands Home island
Seen on a bare branch drying it's feathers out while we tried to photo the Blue and White Fly Catcher.
Geof Christie and John Weigel 2/12 #221126
highlightBlue and White Flycatcher
Cocos Keeling Islands, Home Island
Feeding in a caterpillar laden tree.overhanging the public boat ramp. Photographed early morning, midday and late afternoon. Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo and a possible Oriental Cuckoo.seen in the same tree early morning.
Geof Christie and John Wiegle 2/12 #221125
Fri 28highlightChinese Sparrow Hawk
Cocos Keeling Islands West Island
Seen at Bechat Besar , a swampy fresh water lake . Spotted while sitting at Birdies Beach.
Geof Christie 3/12 #221160
Sun 23highlightRed-rumped Swallow
Rubbish Tip - Christmas Island
Two Red-rumped Swallows seen flying over rubbish tip on Christmas Island for approximately 30 minutes late in the morning. Identified by creamy pale rump, black undertail coverts and rufous wash under the wing.
Julian Miles 26/11 #221041
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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