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April 2014
Mon 21Blue BonnetTurn off to Gluepot Reserve in Taylorville opposite Christadelphian Hall
Flew across the bitumen road into the trees opposite the hall on the corner. Flushed as we drove back to the bitumen.
Phil Hunter 24/4 #217506
Sun 20Chestnut-breasted WhitefaceBob Bon Station (north )
Three adult birds sighted on fence line in blue bush, buckshot landscape on this Bush Heritage property. Shy hard to obsreve but flew to open perch and good views obtained of the chestnut band. White-winged Blue Wrens also present. Private property - access only by arrangement with Bush Heritage.
Gerard O'Neill, Mike Chuk, Julia Harris and Irene O'Neill 21/4 #217460
Sat 19Rock ParrotPort Lincoln
2 birds feeding in grassy area between Port Lincoln Tourist Park and Parnkalla Trail.
Jon and Alison Elliott 21/4 #217454
Wed 16Chestnut Quail-thrushRoad from Gawler Ranges to Kimba - approx 20 km from Gawler Ranges Eastern Entrance
Flushes from the side of the road as we drove through the adjacent station.
Phil Huntet 18/4 #217403
Tue 15Lewin's RailDeep Creek Conservation Park
Heard calling in Bullocks Creek where it crosses the 'Wildflower Walk' from Stringybark Camp. With some patience I was able to observe the bird in a small opening at a range of less than 2 metres. My first Lewin's Rail for SA
Thomas Jaensch 15/4 #217353
Sat 12ApostlebirdGladstone township, mid-north SA
Small party of approx. 8 birds seen on southern boundary of town. On the roadside adjacent to large stand of pines where speed limit changes from 60-80kph.
David Hartland 21/4 #217447
Sun 6highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Buller's, both Royal sp, Wandering AlbatrossesPort MacDonnell Pelagic
At least 1 White-headed Petrel seen, probably twice, came close to the vessel. Plenty of albatrosses around. 1 Northern, 2 Southern Royal, and around 10 Wandering Albatrosses, which included Gibson's & exulans. 2 Buller's Albatrosses seen. Also good numbers of Great-winged Petrels, 1-2 White-chinned, hundreds of Fairy Prions, Wilson's, White-faced & Grey-backed Storm Petrels, 4 Northern Giant-petrels, heaps of Flesh-footed Shearwaters & 1 Hutton's Shearwater on the shelf.
Kevin Bartram, John Cox, Colin Rogers & the rest of the observers aboard the vessel 8/4 #217223
highlightSouth Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission)Port MacDonnell Pelagic
A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel. 8/4 #217222

March 2014
Wed 26Bourke's ParrotArid lands Private Property around Roxby Downs
6 Bourke's Parrots observed while out conducting surveys this morning. Also present were large numbers of Southern Whiteface, Mulga Parrot and Bluebonnets.
Brendan Cook 26/3 #216937
April 2014
Sun 6highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Buller's, both Royal sp, Wandering AlbatrossesPort MacDonnell Pelagic
At least 1 White-headed Petrel seen, probably twice, came close to the vessel. Plenty of albatrosses around. 1 Northern, 2 Southern Royal, and around 10 Wandering Albatrosses, which included Gibson's & exulans. 2 Buller's Albatrosses seen. Also good numbers of Great-winged Petrels, 1-2 White-chinned, hundreds of Fairy Prions, Wilson's, White-faced & Grey-backed Storm Petrels, 4 Northern Giant-petrels, heaps of Flesh-footed Shearwaters & 1 Hutton's Shearwater on the shelf.
Kevin Bartram, John Cox, Colin Rogers & the rest of the observers aboard the vessel 8/4 #217223
highlightSouth Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission)Port MacDonnell Pelagic
A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel. 8/4 #217222
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