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Recent Sightings


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June 2015
Sun 28Eastern Curlew
Bald Hill Beach
A short visit saw just a few migratory waders, notably a solitary Eastern Curlew and also one Grey Plover. Also a dozen or so Double-banded Plovers and only 2 Red-necked Stints.
Paul and Jess Taylor 28/6 #223729
Sat 27New Holland Honeyeater
A noisy and lively group of at least 18 New Holland Honeyeaters in our garden, dashing here and there, and sometimes congregating on the ground. Rarely seen here before 1990, now the most numerous honeyeater in Balaklava.
Paul Taylor 27/6 #223719
Sun 21Black Falcon
6 kms south of Port Wakefield
A single Black Falcon by the road to Bald Hill beach. Showing interest in nearby White-fronted Chats.
Paul Taylor 21/6 #223663
highlightGreat Egret, Bar-tailed Godwit
Bald Hill Beach
A brisk early morning produced just over 200 Great Egrets, the largest number I have seen here. Also of interest were 7 Bar-tailed Godwits. Other birds included about 30 Royal Spoonbills, several Double-banded Plovers, 2 Sooty Oystercatchers and 3 Grey Plovers. And 4 Bluebonnets one kilometre from the beach.
Paul Taylor 21/6 #223662
Mon 8Wedge-tailed Eagle
Near Bordertown
Not a rare bird but an unusual sighting. Driving along the Naracoorte Road I observed a Wedge-tailed Eagle flying out of a tree with a magpie in his talons. Hotly pursued by another magpie which was really cross. Never seen a Wedgie with prey in his talons before and certainly never a magpie. Couldn't see whether it was a young magpie or a mature bird, but definitely a magpie. Anyone seen anything like this before?
Karen Hunt 11/6 #223575
Sun 7Double-banded Plover, Fairy Tern
Bald Hill Beach
At least 18 Double-banded Plovers (some with breeding plumage) and 22 Fairy Terns this morning. Other birds of interest were 19 Red Knots ( 2 in breeding plumage), about 30 R-n Stints (all non-breeding), 3 Turnstones, 36 Royal Spoonbills, 3 Little with 60 Great Egrets, and a Sooty Oystercatcher, rarely seen here, with the pair of resident Pieds.
Paul Taylor 7/6 #223523
Mon 1Sacred Kingfisher
Port Wakefield
2 Sacred Kingfishers seen together on powerline by mangroves. Normally an uncommon spring and summer visitor, a pair on the first day of winter may suggest that these are locally resident instead of migratory.
Paul Taylor 7/6 #223529
megamegaAntarctic Petrel
Kangaroo Island, SA
Chris Baxter reports a dead Antarctic Petrel recovered last week by a member of the public at Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island. This is a mainland mega and the first beachwashed bird in Australia that I am aware of in a very long time! (Mod: the following list may not be comprehensive but there was a 'wreak' of this species in 1978 (~10 birds beachwashed across Vic, SA and Tas - i.e. see note below) and subsequently there were singles beachwashed in SA in 1979 and Vic in 1984 and a live record off Sydney in 1999.) Further information
Per Chris Baxter and Rohan Clarke 1/6 #223454
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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