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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
Tue 29Common Tern
Bush Point, Roebuck Bay, Broome
2 birds sighted. Usually a few overwinter in the bay.
Adrian Boyle 30/7 #218950
Mon 28Long-toed Stint
Kidney Bean Claypan (Broome)
First back for the season
Adrian Boyle 28/7 #218913
Sun 27Pied Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Orange Chat, Crimson Chat
Loads of birds in the mulga, ablaze with flowering shrubs Further information
Greg Roberts 28/7 #218924
Sat 26Western Quail-thrush, Ground Cuckoo-shrike
North of Kumarina Roadhouse
Further information
Greg Roberts 28/7 #218923
highlightWelcome Swallow
Broome Sewerage works
6 birds present. (Broome record) Usually a few records each dry season but mostly singles.
Adrian Boyle 28/7 #218905
highlightPilbara Grasswren
3 birds Further information
Greg Roberts 26/7 #218867
Fri 25Rufous Fieldwren
Bundegi Beach Exmouth
Bird as photographed was much lighter in colour than expected. Another was photographed at New Beach south of Carnarvon this morning and was a much stronger rufous colour - probably in keeping with its different habitat
Jean & Paul Newman 29/7 #218934
Wed 23Redthroat
Bullara Station
Stumbled across Redthroats while seeking other species. Male and female highly agitated at my presence, seemingly without cause - until I realised I was standing within a metre of their nest
Paul Newman 29/7 #218931
Black Honeyeater
Great Northern Highway nr Exmouth turnoff
Males, females and Juv. Feeding in roadside grevilleas
Paul Newman 29/7 #218929
Tue 22Pied Honeyeater
Bullara Station
Species in considerable numbers adjacent to walking trails. Good bush birds in general at this site.
Paul Newman 29/7 #218930
Mon 21White-breasted Whistler, Horsfield's Bushlark, Beach Stone-Curlew
Cape Keraudren
Great birding spot Further information
Greg Roberts 21/7 #218791
Sun 20Rufous-crowned Emu- wren
Cane River Conservation Park
Camped south of the deserted homestead in the sandy bed of the Cane River with the intention of seeking this bird. Found several hundred metres south on the access track. Sighting was a surprise because the surrounding spinifex was small and sparse. Other birders travelling to this site should be cautious of the trail to the south as shown on maps; the exit to the west has grown over
Paul Newman 29/7 #218932
Sat 19Spinifexbird
Pannawonica Road
Found on the Pannawonica Roadside approx 3km east of the highway intersection. Bird disturbed and responded well to pishing. As a lifer I found it to much more striking than illustrated in bird guides and its barred undertail was a pleasant surprise
Paul Newman 29/7 #218933
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
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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