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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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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

January 2015
Mon 26megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard
Lake Joondalup
E side of Lake Joondalup, opposite Ariti Avenue (Wanneroo). Further information
John Anderson via Birdswa 26/1 #221967
Sun 25highlightMalayan Night Heron
Cocos Keeling Island West island
Been lurking around the southern end of town and spent all day under Jonnys boat. On Friday it sat in the middle of the road and a car had to drive around it.
Geof Christie 26/1 #221965
Sat 24Red-eared Firetail
Lesmurdie Falls NP
An adults and 2 dependent juveniles
Ken Glasson 24/1 #221932
Sun 18Black-tailed Native Hen
Loch McNess - Yanchep National Park
Josh Greaves 18/1 #221850
Sat 17highlightOriental Pratincole
Great Northern Highway (Roebuck Plains)
Numerous flocks of 5000+ birds observed over several hours; possibly 100 000 in total.
Plaxy Barratt and Daniel Mantle 18/1 #221836
highlightChinese Pond Heron
Cocos Keeling Island Home island
This bird has been on the same seagrass bed for over one year but today presented for a nice photograph.
Geof Christie 17/1 #221834
Fri 16highlightWhite Wagtail, Semipalmated Plover
Broome Sewage Ponds
Located the White Wagtail on our third attempt at the ponds, originally found by George Swann 9th Jan. Also present were 4-5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Snipe sp. and 1 Barn Swallow.
Plaxy Barratt and Daniel Mantle 17/1 #221835
Red-capped Plover
Lake Gnangara
Perhaps 50+ Red-capped Plovers scattered around the last remaining water in the lake at the northern end.
Josh Greaves 17/1 #221829
Wed 14Yellow Billed Spoonbill
Last night I saw a Yellow Billed Spoonbill and I photographed it this morning. I didnt think they would come to Kalgoorlie
Grant Quist 15/1 #221806
Tue 13megamegaWestern Osprey
Cocos Keeling Island West Island
First spotted during cyclone Kate on christmas day and finally located in the far corner of the inner lagoon. Cyclone Kate came down from Java and passed christmas island then onwards towards Cocos Island .
Pam Jones and Geof Christie 14/1 #221786
highlightWestern Osprey
Cocos Keeling Island West Island
First spotted during cyclone Kate on christmas day and finally located in the far corner of the inner lagoon. Cyclone Kate came down from Java and passed christmas island then onwards towards Cocos Island .
Pam Jones and Geof Christie 14/1 #221785
inner lagoon West Island
The third sighting of this bird since first seen on Christmas Day 2014. Debate in progress as to the possibility of to being a Western Osprey rather than an Eastern one given it's location. Further information
Geof Christie 13/1 #221767
Sun 11Banded Stilt
Lake Claremont
Single adult amongst Avocets on western side of lake. Other sightings of interest included all three crakes (including a downy Spotless Crake chick), Buff-banded Rail, four Greenshank, a Wood Sandpiper and numerous Red-kneed Dotterel.
Richard Nowotny & Diana Bryant 11/1 #221745
Mon 5highlightVon Schrenck's Bittern
Home Island, Cocos Keeling Islands
This little bittern was walking slowly around in the bushes under a tree in the garden at Oceana House. It flew off into some other bushes and has not been since despite much searching. Further information
Pam Jones 6/1 #221663
Sat 3Little Grassbird
Lake Claremont
Seen in the reeds in the south-western corner to the left of the Jetty. Further information
Josh Greaves 5/1 #221622
highlightWhite-tailed Tropicbbird
Mosman Park
White-tailed Tropicbird flying overhead 4.30pm today. Seen again same place 6pm.
Cloe Dale per Pam Smith 3/1 #221591
Fri 2highlightCotton Pygmy-goose
Cocos Keeling Island West Island
Seen at Bechat Besar , The fresh water lake on West Island with the Pacific Black Ducks and the eurasian Teal.
Brian "Jock" Johnston and Beth 4/1 #221614
Oriental Cuckoo
Cocos Keeling Islands West Island town sight.
Sorry,the first oriental sighting had the wrong picture, that was the rufus backed bird at the tennis court on the same morning . Here is an underwing pic of the grey backed oriental cuckoo at the footy field.
Geof ,Jock and Beth. 4/1 #221610
Oriental Cuckoo
Cocos Keeling Islands West Island Football field
Grey backed Cuckoo with striped thighs seen daily feeding in the same tree bordering the footy field.
Geof , Jock and Beth 4/1 #221601
Thu 1Crested Shrike-tit
Porongurups NP
Single bird off the track leading north from the main carpark.
Ken Glasson 6/1 #221665

December 2014
Wed 31Rufous Night Heron, Australian Spotted Crake
Lake Claremont
3 Rufous Night Herons and a Aust Spotted Crake were seen during a walk around the lake. 1 of the night-herons was an immature (see photo). Other birds of interest included Pink-eared Ducks with ducklings, Black-winged Stilts with young, Blue-billed Ducks. Have also seen Spotless Crake on previous visit two days before. Didn't get time to look to see if Wood Sandpipers were still present. The lake is continuing to dry out. Have been surprised at the number of species that still have dependant young at this time of the year (approx. 10 species - ducks, grebes, cockatoos and honeyeaters).
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences (Melbourne) 1/1 #221554
red-necked avocet 11
Lake Claremont
observed about 9:30 a.m. with Andrew Montgomery
Bob Hay 31/12 #221545
grey plover 3; fairy tern c10; little egret 3; knot species 5; greenshank 1
Point Waylen, Alfred Cove, Perth
c30 pied oystercatcher observed about 11:00 a.m. with Andrew Montgomery on a rising tide (mudflats almost covered)
Bob Hay 31/12 #221544
buff-banded rail 1; spotless crake 1; Australian spotted crake 2; wood sandpiper 2
Lake Claremont
red-kneed dotterel 1; black-fronted dotterel 2; nankeen night heron 1; yellow-billed spoonbill 1; white-faced heron 1 observed about 9:30 a.m. with Andrew Montgomery rails seen at east side of Lake on mud flats in the open
Bob Hay 31/12 #221543
Mon 29Black Breasted Buzzard
Soaring 1 kilometre NE Bullsbrook.
Colin Ferrell 31/12 #221547
Ruff (2), Pectoral Sandpiper (8), Long-toed Stint (1)
Lake McLarty
Lake is drying fast - probably less than a week in it. Most birds at the northern end so access best through western gate in NW corner. Broad-billed Sandpipers (2 - southern end) and Reeve (1) also reported in previous days, and 24 Pectoral Sandpipers reported yesterday for north and south ends combined.
Plaxy Barratt, Micha Jackson, Peter Kyne 30/12 #221534
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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