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Birdline South Australia

Birdline South 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.

August 2014
Sat 9highlightOlive-backed Oriole
Banrock Station
1 bird in trees on the floodplain behind the wetland (not publicly accessible). eBird checklist
Peter Waanders 12/8 #219166
Tue 5Letter-winged Kite
Private property near Port Wakefield
One pair present today, which have attempted breeding over the last 2 months, without success. Usually 7 birds at this location, and have been for at least 9 months. This property is a haven for raptors, and today there were Black Kites, Whistling Kites, Spotted Harriers, Black-shouldered Kites (all breeding), Brown Falcons, Kestrels and a pair of Black Falcons, all within 500 metres. Recently Swamp Harrier, Little Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Peregrine Falcon have also been seen here. eBird checklist
Paul Taylor 6/8 #219062
Sat 2Bush Stone-Curlew
Prince Alfred College (restricted access)
Another unusual sighting for this city site! Several observers, including one familiar with the species from Far North Queensland, reported a bush stone-curlew on the back oval this morning around 10.30am. Size, markings, leg length reported are all consistent with this species. As the bird was fairly tame, it is suspected that this was an escapee. Adelaide Zoo has been contacted. eBird checklist
Daniel Fahey-Sparks 2/8 #219002

July 2014
Mon 28highlightOstrich
Dulkannina Stn, nr Marree, Birdsville Track
Further to the recent report, an adult male Ostrich was seen twice, once three days ago and again today, whilst travelling up and down the Birdsville Track. The bird is on Dulkannina Station, a couple of stations out of Marree. Both times it was seen close to the road, and while wary, did not seem too afraid of people, allowing for approach to within a few metres by car. This and its apparent familiarity with cows, is leading me to suspect this is not an entirely wild bird.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 28/7 #218920
Sun 27highlightGrey Falcon
Clifton Hills Stn, Birdsville Track
One pair of Grey Falcons were seen in the late afternoon (5pm) near Cowarie. A return visit the next afternoon saw only a Brown Falcon and a pair of Nankeen Kestrels.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 29/7 #218936
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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