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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.

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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.

September 2014
Fri 5highlightJavan Pond Heron
Cocos Keeling Island
Sighted again on the same sheltered beach on Home island at low tide .First sighted early December 2013.
Pam Jones and Geof Christie 11/9 #219628
Tue 2megamegaCrested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard
Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome
George Swann advises that at 09.15 this morning while leading a tour group, he saw a Crested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard at Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome. He considers that it was an adult male. Unfortunately no photos were obtained. This could be the third report from mainland Australia proper with others recorded or reported from Christmas Island, Cocos and Ashmore Reef. eBird checklist Further information
George Swann per Mike Carter 2/9 #219501
Mon 1Caspian Tern
Exmouth Gulf
Breeding on an Island in Exmouth Gulf
Grant Griffin 4/9 #219519

August 2014
Tue 26highlightGrey Falcon
Broome Bird Observatory
Found by Ric Else from the BBO close to the BBO in the morning and was re found in the afternoon and the morning of the 27th. Despite searching there has been no more sightings eBird checklist
Ric Else, Adrian Boyle, Hazel Watson 1/9 #219485
Hooded Plover
Lake Warden, Esperance
About 30 Hooded Plover at east end of late. None appear to be on beaches in the region. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 26/8 #219386
Fri 22Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrubbird, Western Whipbird
Cheynes Beach Caravan Park and Arpenteur Nature Reserve
Over 2 days, a total of 16 Western Bristlebird recorded, 8 Noisy Scrubbird and 7 Western Whipbird Further information
Greg Roberts 23/8 #219342
Thu 21Pilbara (Striated) Grasswren
Marble Bar / Woodstock Road
Finally. Thanks to those who offered advice esp Fred van Gessel and Richard Alcorn. In the end we found it at a previously unreported location which was very satisfying. GPS 21 19 47.0 S : 119 36 33.5 E eBird checklist
Jean & Paul Newman 21/8 #219304
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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