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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.

Birdline Western Australia is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett, Rohan Clarke and Tim Dolby.

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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

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August 2015
Sun 30Plumed Whistling Ducks
Quandialla Silo - adjacent dam to east
Over 450 ducks visible and more heard on banks out of sight & 2 Pelicans. Maybe the farmer was from here rather than Narromine? Amazing amount of water around. May be regulars as smaller numbers seen here in previous years with 20+ in 2012 and 66 in November 2014.
Rosemary Stapleton 30/8 #224380
Wed 19Common Sandpiper (was Wood Sandpiper)
Cocos Islands West Island
A pair of Wood Sandpipers and a single Greater Sandplover landed on our runway. The first shorebirds of the year. We had a big storm last week which also brought in 5 tatty Barn Swallows. [Moderator's note: (NJ) After some discussion, this individual shows features consistent with Common Sandpiper, such as the white 'peak' between the breast patch and carpal area of the folded wing].
Geof Christie 20/8 #224261
Mon 17Red-tailed and Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo
Balmoral Trackhead, Albany Highway
There were 4 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos in trees at a rest area on the Albany Highway about 15-20km north of North Bannister (it's where the Balmoral walking track starts) when I called in mid-afternoon. Later, a flock of 40-50 Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos came through, staying for 5-10 minute before flying off again.
Alan Stuart 18/8 #224251
Thu 6Eastern Great Egret
Lake Joondalup, Banyandah Blvd, Wanneroo, WA
I have been seeing a large egret grazing near the childrens' play ground in Banyanda Bvld during the last week. Egrets are not normally seen in this area and so I have been trying to take photo's of it, but it is very nervous. At first, I thought it was a Great Egret, but now I am not so sure and think that it might be a Great Eastern Egret visiting. I don't think they inhabit the area and would wewelcome some thoughts from others. [Mod. note (NJ) - Great Egret and Eastern Great Egret are synonymous in Australia]
Ian Howcroft 6/8 #224098
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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