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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.

Birdline South Australia is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Peter Waanders and Simon Starr.

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July 2016
Thu 28highlightBlack-faced Cormorant
Outer Harbour Breakwater, North Haven
Over 1000 were preening and drying wings on the breakwater at low tide this afternoon. Surprisingly only single digits were present of the commoner cormorant species along the metropolitan coast. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 28/7 #228137
Thu 21megamegaLaughing Gull
Venus Bay Caravan Park, South Australia
I have posted this observation (plus photos) on Seabirds and Pelagic Australia. The consensus opinion is this the bird is an immature second year Laughing Gull.
Bruce Robertson 21/7 #228091
Tue 19Laughing Kookaburra
One kookaburra heard and seen this morning. Moderately common in ranges to the east, but a rather scarce winter visitor in Balaklava.
Paul Taylor 19/7 #228070
Sat 16Eastern Curlew
Bald Hill Beach
An overwintering pair of curlews this afternoon.
Paul Taylor 16/7 #228045
Fri 15Eastern Reef Egret
Onkaparinga River mouth
Dark morph individual feeding along the estuary. Features seen well in clear light through telescope: yellow-orange eye, dull orange bill, short orange legs, deep slaty-grey plumage, long lanceolate plumes on back, shaggy feathers on nape and back of neck. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 16/7 #228044
Thu 14highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
Coward Springs--Campground
White-throated Gerygone was present in one of the larger tree's at the campground around the outer edge towards the date palms. Very quick sighting before the bird flew off. Able to supply geotagged pictures from camera. First sighting of one of these for me.
Ashley Saunders 28/7 #228135
highlightWhite-bellied Sea-eagle
As I was strolling along Causeway Rd birding, which I do frequently, the mature White-bellied Sea-eagle flew lowish overhead, made a right-hand circle and flew back overhead soaring on upswept wings. I see them often on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria and I have seen them at Loch Luna in the Riverland, SA but haven't seen one at Renmark/Paringa before. I got really good sighting; made my day; sighting time was 13.26.
Nancy McMurray 15/7 #228036
highlightWhite-bellied Sea Eagle
Aldinga Beach
Grabbed prey from the sea some 50 metres from the shore.There was a fair amount of unusual prey washed up on the beach by the wild weather of the last two days (large lugworms etc) which may have brought the bird to this unaccustomed haunt. Mobbed by 2 crested tern, it subsequently drifted off northwards in the direction of the metropolitan beaches. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 14/7 #228027
Mon 11Black-faced Woodswallow
Near Lochiel
A pair on roadside 1 kilometre east of Lochiel. Rarely seen this far south and west of normal range.
Paul Taylor 11/7 #227992
Sun 3Brown Songlark
One male singing with display flight in paddock near Balaklava . First for season in this area and a little earlier than usual.
Paul Taylor 3/7 #227919
Sat 2Bar-tailed Godwit
Bald Hill Beach
10 godwits overwintering. One showed white rump and lower back of race baueri, the rest appeared to be the western race.
Paul Taylor 2/7 #227914
Bald Hill Beach
An unexpected 6 Whimbrels this afternoon. I have only seen one before (13 March 2016) at this location.
Paul Taylor 2/7 #227913
Fri 1highlightLetterwing Kites
Birdsville Track
2 birds at roost on a tree 20km south of Mungerannie Hotel and then 3 individuals between Mungerannie and Birdsville.
Greg and Janice McKay 14/7 #228025
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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