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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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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.

July 2014
Mon 21White-breasted Whistler, Horsfield's Bushlark, Beach Stone-Curlew
Cape Keraudren
Great birding spot Further information
Greg Roberts 21/7 #218791
Fri 18Asian race of Gull-billed Tern
Broome Bird Observatory
2 smaller Asian race Gull-billeds among flock of Australian Gull-billed Terns and Caspian Terns Further information
Greg Roberts 19/7 #218736
Tue 15Great-billed Heron
1 near wharf Further information
Greg Roberts 16/7 #218711
Mon 14Carnaby's Black- Cockatoo
Cnr. Gilmore Ave & Runnymede Gate - Leda/Kwinanna
Largish flock seen (while driving) - feeding on banksia and flying low over the trees, at the interface of the suburb and the bushland
S. Plunkett 15/7 #218708
Wed 9highlightDusky Honeyeater
1 bird in mangroves. I am very familiar with this species and am quite certain of its ID, though did not realise its significance until later so confirmation would be desirable. More on link below. Further information
Greg Roberts 11/7 #218606
Sun 6Eastern Reef Egret (dark morph)
Onslow Beach, Onslow
Watched this guy fishing for well over an hour. The beach here is overlooked. Great numbers of Bar-tailed Godwit, Lesser Sand-Plover, stints and Red-capped Plover; also good numbers of Caspian and Gull-billed Tern.
Chris Pollard 6/7 #218536
Sat 5Buff-sided Robin
Lake Kununurra
1 bird in scrub opposite Discovery Tourist Park near golf course Further information
Greg Roberts 5/7 #218516
Thu 3highlightLemon-bellied Flycatcher
Derby Wharf
Kimberley Flycatcher. ssp. tormenti. Searched general region extensively for this bird without result. Tried mangroves around wharf and used playback. No luck. Gave up and called White-breasted Whistler. Within moments 3 Flycatchers arrived. Many shots taken to establish accuracy of identification and photographs of diagnostic tail spots available.
Jean & Paul Newman 3/7 #218482
Tue 1Wedge-tailed Eagle
East side of Lake Cooloongup (next to Old Mandura Rd, north of Kerosine lane)
Single bird sitting in a tree watching over the lake; Haven't seen one in this area before.
S. Plunkett 2/7 #218462

June 2014
Thu 26Carnaby's Black- Cockatoo
Baldavis Road, near Rockingham Regional Memorial Park
A flock of around 30 birds seen flying fairly low over the paddock next to the road. No photo (I was driving)
S.Plunkett 27/6 #218395
Pied Heron (red morph)
Lake Argyle
Giles Daubeney and Greg Smith 26/6 #218383
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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