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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW 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 New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark and Simon Blanchflower.

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January 2017
Wed 18highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Surfside, Batemans Bay
One bird calling at 8:30 pm. Second record after another (the same?) calling in the same location three weeks ago.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 18/1 #229848
Buff-banded Rail
Sydney Park
Observed at water's edge of island in main pond. Also heard Brown Quail calling. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 18/1 #229844
Tue 17Pacific Swifts
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head Sanctuary
Pacific Swifts observed intermittently from 9am till about 1pm at North Head STP. Seem to be feeding rather than passing through. 10 max in view at a time as opposed to the numbers observed at the same site on 9/1/17. Welcome Swallows working the same area.
Biggles Csolander 17/1 #229843
highlightDouble-banded Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Beach Stone-Curlew, Sanderling
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
An early Double-banded Plover was revealed in photos from this morning at Farquhar Inlet. Walking out around the sandflats at low tide produced some other highlights including Greater Sand Plover (1), Beach Stone-Curlew (1) and Sanderling (8). Very good numbers of the more regular waders: Pacific Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eastern Curlew, Red-necked Stint, Whimbrel & Red-capped Plovers. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 17/1 #229841
Peregrine Falcon
Chinamans Beach Evans Head
Soaring past car park along cliff embankment, watched this bird from the observation deck.
Angela Powell 17/1 #229834
Square-tailed Kite
Two birds observed quartering road side and garden vegetation approximately 800 m south of the Nowra CBD. One of the birds observed dropping into a roadside tree to catch (unsuccessfully) a Spotted Dove. Birds seen around 11.00 am
Deryk Engel 17/1 #229835
Mon 16White-backed swallow; Plum-headed Finch; possible Yellow-throated Miner
Geurie Cemetery, Geurie, NSW
2 1/2 hour visit to Cemetery & Bald Hill Reserve from approx 10am-1pm. 2 White-backed Swallows were seen over the old Quarry (just behind cemetery across the creek). Also here were 2 adult and 2 young Plum-headed Finches. A small pool of water was attracting birds on a hot day including Diamond Firetails (3), Peaceful Doves. Many Rainbow Bee-eaters in reserve and saw 2 adult and 2 young Crested Shrike-tits foraging. Amongst birds seen at the Cemetery were Speckled Warbler (2), White-browed Babblers (party of 8), Horsfields Bronze and Fan-tailed cuckoos (1 each) and a probable Yellow-throated Miner (didn't see the front but the rump was clean white.
Tom Wilson 17/1 #229829
Powerful Owl
University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
5.15am heard powerful owl calling from ridge behind Ourimbah university. (higher pitch call suggesting female bird??, very frequent 10-15 seconds between calls).
Luke Shelley 16/1 #229825
Sun 15highlightBrown Booby
Off cliffs Royal National Park
One adult seen heading north amongst large numbers of Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters. First I have seen off this locality in ten years of regular sea watches. Also 6 single immature Black-browed Albatross during a 4 hour sea watch.
Martin Schulz 16/1 #229827
highlightGould's Petrel (7), Black Petrel (2), White-chinned Petrel (2), Sooty Tern & Buller's Shearwater
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Highlights of a fantastic day at sea were 7 Gould's Petrels, 2 Black Petrels, 2 White-chinned Petrels, singles of both Sooty Tern and Buller's Shearwater and up to 10 White-faced Storm-petrels and 20 Shy Albatross. Further information
Rob Hynson for all on board the MV Kato 16/1 #229817
Grey Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Gang-gang Cockatoo
One (washed-out light but possible white morph) Grey Goshawk hunting over the sandy creekbeds below the church in the late afternoon, seen very well. White-bellied Sea-eagle (adult) flying over the creek near the pool in the evening. Three Gang-gangs (pair with a younger bird) flying over at the same time, uncommon here in summer. Also young Channel-billed Cuckoo begging from a raven, and Latham's Snipe, Buff-banded Rail, many (20+) Dollarbird currently presiding along creek just north of the town centre. eBird checklist
Oakley H Germech 15/1 #229815
Lewin's Rail
South Maroubra (Sydney)
1 bird showing well in hot sunshine at 5:15 in the rapidly drying small muddy pool with reeds at the back, at south end of Maroubra beach and technically on the malabar headland rifle range. Viewed through the fence through bushes.
Chris Gladwin 15/1 #229812
highlightSpotless Crake, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
6 Spotless Crakes were at the Reed covered wetland. I also had here 4 Dusky Woodswallows, 3 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins and 4 Double-barred Finches. In the nearby Quakers Hills section of the Parklands I also saw a female Satin Bowerbird (first time I have seen one in this section), a pair of Dusky Woodswallows with fledged young, Eastern Whipbird, lots of Mistletoebirds, Crested Shrike-tit, 4 Varied Sitellas and also heard an Azure Kingfisher.
Edwin Vella 15/1 #229811
Leaden Flycatcher
Forest Hill, Albury
Female seen calling loudly in suburban back yard. Reasonably common in nearby Nailcan Hill Reserve but first sighting in garden in 15 years.
Janet chapman 15/1 #229808
Turquoise Parrot
Nail Can Hill Reserve Albury
Male seen on bike track near intersection of Ridge and Range Rrd tracks. Report of female in same area on 14/1.
Janet chapman 15/1 #229807
Barking Owl
Spring Hill Road, Millthorpe
Barking Owl flushed from roadside willow trees at a creek crossing approx 3km from start of dirt road. Also at this site 4+ Rufous Songlarks, single White-winged Triller. Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and family parties of Striated Thornbills prevalent in the woodlands.
Tom Wilson 15/1 #229806
Sat 14Square-tailed Kite
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
One single ST Kite seen from the Wakehurst Pkwy mobbed by smaller birds Further information
Gian Luca Calia 16/1 #229826
White-throated Needletail
Bundanoon township
5 White-throated Needletails over home about 3pm. The first WTNs I've seen here this summer.
Lorne Johnson 15/1 #229813
Grey Currawong, Flame Robin
Summit, Mt Canobalas
Single Grey Currawong seen just off the summit lookout; female Flame Robin seen crossing access road to summit.
Tom Wilson 15/1 #229805
Square-tailed Kite
Centennial Park, Randwick
One Square-tailed Kite flew over Centennial Park, Randwick just before 3pm today. It drifted in from the north, creating excitement among the Noisy Miners, floated in the breeze over the Centennial Parklands Learning Centre and turned back towards Paddington.
Andrew Patrick 14/1 #229801
Australian Shelduck
Vittoria Rd dam Millthorpe.
3 Shelduck seen flying over a dam/small lake to the north of the road approx 2km from Millthorpe. This and another dam held approx 20 Australasian Shoveler, Hoary-headed and Australasian Grebes (both nesting), 50+ Hardhead, teal and Black Duck. Surrounding countryside has noticeably large groups of E Rosellas and Yellow-rumped Thorn bill plus a good selection of other species Further information
Tom Wilson 14/1 #229793
Fri 13White-throated Needletail, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shoplands Rd. Annangrove
Eight White-throated Needletails and a single Wedge-tailed Eagle in adult plumage soaring in a thermal basically heading west in the early afternoon. Not regular here so good to note (see more Square-tailed Kites than I do Wedgies in Annangrove these days!)
Darryl Smedley 14/1 #229803
Black-necked Stork
An Adult Male and two Juveniles seen in a large pond to the side of the freeway just south of the bridge over the river. All three birds took flight where by the male flew east and an Adult Female circled the pond with the two Juveniles. As we drove off it looked like they were circling the pond again with the intention of landing again.
Daniel McKeon, Luca McKeon 13/1 #229792
Thu 12Beach Stone-curlew
Dart Island, Yamba, NSW
Two Beach Stone-curlews sighted in among mangrove trees on the Yamba side of the island. Note: the birds were sighted from a boat, land access may not be possible.
Greg Smith 13/1 #229788
Tree Martin
Meadowbank Park, Meadowbank
At about 10.30am there were 6 Tree Martins flying around the dog off leash area and roosting on the sign near the drink fountain.
Judy Clark 12/1 #229787
White-headed Pigeon
Illawong Peninsula near Menai
Only one....Male gorgeous green sheen noted on back
Vanessa Konakoff 12/1 #229786
Rainbow Bee-eater
Ballina to Teven Road
A flock of at least 67 Rainbow Bee-eater were gathered on the power lines above the road. Many hawking for insects over the creek and adjacent paddocks. Numerous juveniles in the flock.
David Charley 12/1 #229785
Wed 11Magpie-Geese, Banded Lapwing
Carmel Lagoon, off Carmel Lane, Baradine
Seen on Carmel Lagoon today by David Johnston, 3 Magpie-Geese, 3 Glossy Ibis, 20 Banded Lapwings and 5 Hoary-headed Grebe. Magpie-Geese have not been reported from this site before and it is a long time since such a large flock of Banded Lapwings have been seen in this area.
David Johnston per Alan Morris 15/1 #229804
Brush Turkey
Victoria Road Bellevue Hill
Walking along footpath - 11am
Rob Brewster 12/1 #229783
Collared Sparrowhawk
Oatley Park/ Dame Mary Gilmore Road
Flew silently from the park into my backyard at dusk, landing in a tree beside my back deck. (No response from other birds, miners, etc). Stayed for several minutes before flying further down the yard and out of sight. Showed well. Very obvious square tail. Occasional visitor to the park.
Dave Koffel 11/1 #229775
Banded Lapwing
Goran Lake, Breeza
20 or more, plus jueveniles. On dried up lake bed
Phill Shelley 11/1 #229774
Tue 10Red-backed Fairy-wren
Lake Cathie, south side, entrance to sea
first sighting for me since bushfires went through 10 plus years ago
Darin Rounsevell 11/1 #229767
Mon 9Dusky Woodswallow
Fernleigh Track, Redhead, NSW
A single Dusky Woodswallow seen from the Fernleigh Track about 500m past the Redhead carpark if you're heading North. I watched the bird for a few minutes until it flew to a tree out of view. Photo included.
Belle Ciezak 9/1 #229748
highlightPacific Swift
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head Sanctuary
Well over 100, perhaps 200, worked the area around the Sewage Treatment Plant and adjacent cliffs for two hours and they were still at it when I left.(Moderator's Note: This is a significant record because it is the largest number of Pacific Swifts reported this summer in NW that I am aware of! AKM).
Biggles CSolander 9/1 #229745
Sun 8highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Broadwater NP--Broadwater Beach Picnic Area
The well-known SIPO (banded and flagged in VIC!) was still there. It was easily told by the field marks and then confirmed by '1N'. There were three flagged & banded OZPOs as well. A total of 35 OZPOs plus one killed juvenile - hit by a car! This is shocking! There were certainly more SUVs/4WDs on the beach than POs. All driving around like crazy. The POs never stayed in one position for longer than 5 minutes. eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson, Frank Valckenborgh & family 9/1 #229739
Sat 7Brolga
South of Lawrence
58 Brolgas in paddock with cattle. There were 61 at the same location on on 04/01 and 46 on 06/01.
Greg & Val Clancy 9/1 #229743
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Richmond Lowlands
Around 3.30pm.Just at the bottom of the hill on Onus Lane, as you come to the Lowlands, I had a brief showing of two Chestnut -breasted Mannikins.
Kerry Allen 8/1 #229731
Great Knot
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
1 Great Knot seen well on the southern side of the rock platform at around midday today on a Birding NSW walk. Good diversity and numbers of other shorebirds present
Jayden Walsh 7/1 #229727
White-throated Needletail
Bicentennial Park (Sydney)
Between 75 and 100 Needletails seen feeding low over the Waterview Cafe and adjacent carpark and roads this morning. Wonderful views as they flew and circled around the area for over 30 minutes.
Steve Howard & Anne Brophy 7/1 #229718
Fri 6Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Former poultry farm NE of Coutts Crossing
c.81 Geese and 8 Whistling-Ducks at or near dam. 60+ Geese same location on 07/01. There were no Geese at the Pacific Highway, Clarenza on 06/01 but 20-25 were there on 07/01 so it would appear that the Geese at the two sites are from the same group, alternating between sites.
Greg & Val Clancy 9/1 #229744
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Lake Cargelligo
We saw a small group of Major Mitchell's Cockatoos in the town centre of Lake Cargelligo. Apparently they have recently taken up residence here and are often seen feeding in a stand of pine trees located in Yelkin Street near the bowling club. We also saw them near the Police Station in Canada Street.(Moderator's Note: Over a number of years, small numbers can often be seen in the town particularly near the caravan park. AKM). eBird checklist
Martin & Penny Potter 7/1 #229725
Great Knot, Lesser Sand-Plover, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Lake Innes Nature Reserve
Good variety of migratory and resident waders observed while kayaking Lake Innes: Great Knot (1), Red Knot (7), Lesser Sand-Plover (2), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (4), Red-necked Stint (10), Red-capped Plover (17), Eastern Curlew (10), Bar-tailed Godwit (18), Common Greenshank (2), Black-winged Stilt (4), Australian Pied Oystercatcher (1). Flock of 12 Glossy Black-Cockatoos including at least 2 begging juveniles on the Perch Hole track. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy & Tim Morris 7/1 #229722
Glossy Ibis, Australian Shelduck, Blue-billed Duck, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake
Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah (Restricted Access)
11 Glossy Ibis seen at the ponds, along with 1 Blue-billed Duck, 2 Spotless Crake, 1 Australian Spotted Crake and 1 male Australian Shelduck. The Black Bittern seen January 1st was not relocated. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch, Nerida Hudspith, Brian Deans, Carla Jackett 7/1 #229717
White- throated Needletail
Goulburn River National Park, Spring Gully, Wollar
Pleased to see 100 Needle-tails feeding fairly low over the Goulburn Rriver, c 3km northwest of Spring Gully this morning.
Ross Crates 6/1 #229706
Thu 5highlightWood Sandpiper
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
2 Wood Sandpipers sighted in flooded paddock on right-hand side of Boyters Lane. One Marsh Sandpiper and several Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were also sighted here. Four Marsh Sandpipers were also sighted further back in a wetland on the left hand side of the lane.
Clive Meadows & Louise Earnshaw 6/1 #229703
Black Kite
Terrey Hills
Flew low (below tree height) over Tepko Road and Myoora Road, Terrey Hills in Sydney's Northern Beaches in the late afternoon. Flew in an easterly direction. Mobbed by two pairs of Masked Lapwing and several Magpies.
Kurtis Lindsay 5/1 #229698
Wed 4highlightAustralasian Bittern
Ricefields at Colleambally
It was reported by Matthew Herring in the Bitterns in the Rice Project Bulletin on 6/1/2017 that the Bitterns breeding season is now underway and that in one rice field near Colleambally, five adults and a nest with 5 eggs was found, and that it is expected that this could be a male with four females, all who could be nesting in close proximity in this ricefield. Other breeding events are expected. The late growing season and heavy rain in spring put the breeding season back but it now seems that it is now on track. For more information go to
Alan Morris, Moderator 6/1 #229707
Lewin's Rail
South Maroubra
One Rail seen three times over the past week in the second catchment Pond just before Malabar Headland NP entrance gates, on the South Maroubra beach section of the Coastal Walk. The bird is very flighty retreating to reeds on the opposite side of the security fence with the slightest disturbance. Also seen in the area were 5 Bar-shouldered Doves, a juvenile Fan-tailed Cuckoo and at least 5 Golden-headed Cisticolas, calling and displaying.
Daphne & Dom Gonzalvez, Graeme Robinson, Anne Brophy Steve Howard 6/1 #229705
Royal Spoonbill, Australasian Darter, Cattle Egret, Little Black Cormorant, Pink-eared Duck
Lawrence Egret Colony
A brief visit recorded breeding activity as follows: hundreds of Cattle Egret nests many with large nestlings, Royal Spoonbills sitting on nests, Australian White Ibis with nestlings, two fledgling Darters in tree, Little Black Cormorants sitting on nests, other egret species breeding but time prevented details of species and numbers being determined. Also present were 5 Pink-eared Ducks and 8+ Black-fronted Dotterels. The Dotterels have been scarce in the Valley in recent months.
Greg & Val Clancy 5/1 #229700
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Stafford Farm Track, Kembla Heights
2 birds seen chasing Sulphur-crested Cockatoos around trees. The Eagles seemed to be hunting the Cockatoos, they were flying in and around the trees, they seemed to be working together taking turns chasing one bird at a time. I lost them in the trees so I have no idea if they managed to catch any. .
Terrill Nordstrom 4/1 #229693
Tue 3highlightWompoo Fruit Dove
Waterman track, Matcham, Central Coast NSW
Juvenile Wompoo was spotted roosting near Bangalow patch. Excellent view of my first Central Coast Wompoo shared with Dad and Uncle Phil (Paul Shelley, Phillip Shelley). Also spotted Rufous Fantail with young, and Golden Whistler with young. (Moderator's Note; 7th record for a Wompoo Fruit-Dove on Central Coast. AKM)
Luke Shelley 3/1 #229683
Mon 2Magpie Goose
Pacific Highway, Clarenza
50+ Geese at usual location, some walking up hill appeared to be foraging.
Greg & Val Clancy 3/1 #229688
Magpie Goose
Former poultry farm NE of Coutts Crossing
c.12 Geese on farm dam. Known location but no recent records.
Greg & Val Clancy 3/1 #229687
S of Lawrence
52 Brolgas standing and walking in paddock in the rain. Largest flock at this site for some time.
Greg & Val Clancy 3/1 #229686
Black Bittern, Osprey
Cattai Creek Harrington
At 8 am this morning while checking crab pots there was a single adult Black Bittern sitting in open on the edge of mangroves about 200 m from boat ramp There were also three Osprey , two fledged young begging from an adult in a nest in pine tree right beside bridge
Warren Chad 2/1 #229668
Sun 1Australian Brush Turkey
Surry Hills (Sydney)
1 bird at 5:30pm corner of Devonshire and Riley Streets in inner city Surry Hills. Surely a most extraordinary location? (Moderator's Note. One week ago Simon Mahoney ABC 702 radio host reported that he saw a Brush Turkey in the CBD while walking from the Rocks to ABC HQ near Broadway. AKM)
per Chris Gladwin 2/1 #229672
megamegaBlack Noddy, South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Broadwater Beach (south of Ballina)
SIPO with Australian band and flag still present late this afternoon. Still awaiting details of banding records.
Hans Wohlmuth, Steve McBride, June Harris, Kathy Wilk, Faye Smith 1/1 #229666
Brou Lake, Eurobodalla National Park
A number of Sanderlings turned up with a flock of Red Knots. Sanderlings then separated flying to the ocean foreshore - turned out there were six birds. I have a video of all 6 taken through my scope using my phone but not as clear as this individual digiscoped shot. eBird checklist Further information
Megan Griffith 1/1 #229660
Dollarbird, Mistletoebird, Sacred Kingfisher, female Koe
Path along Georges River and Riverside Park Chipping Norton
None of these birds are new to the area but it is the first time I have observed so many relatively unusual species in one day
Brenda Parkinson 1/1 #229658
Powerful Owl
Lane Cove National Park--Devlins Creek
2 fully grown fledged birds - presumably this year's local breeding success, in privet understorey next to creek and track sleeping off their New Years Eve ! Probable Powerful owl kill of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - remains only- next to track some distance further along.
Ian Francis 1/1 #229655

December 2016
Sat 31South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Broadwater beach
Pied Oystercatcher seen on Broadwater beach, about 1-2km north of Broadwater Beach picnic area. Appears to be a South Island Pied Oystercatcher, although it has Australian leg band & flag. More photos on Australian Shorebird Identification Facebook group. (Moderator's Note: Hopefully we should get some more details about this bird from the banding team? AKM. Note that no one has contacted me about the identity of the juvenile Crested type penguin on Lord Howe Island)
Steven McBride 1/1 #229656
highlightYellow Wagtail
South Western Lake Macquarie on private property.
Large freshwater swamp with low water levels and extensive exposed mud. Bird actively foraging for insects on wet margins of receding waters early and late in the day, sheltering under fallen paperbark during the heat of the day. Bird observed through spotting scope, distance and wind conditions unsuitable for photographs. Bird markings consistent with non-breeding Motacilla tschutschensis under IOC taxonomy.
Allan Richardson 1/1 #229654
Blue Billed Duck
Lake Wallace--Foreshore on western side
Male and female observed with 2 x young.
Andrew Robinson 31/12 #229651
Fri 30Little Button-quail
Capertee Valley--Birdwatching Site #4
Single male seen well amongst Kangeroo Grass. Also in the valley reasonable numbers of Tree Martins, White Winged Triller and Horsfield's Bushlark, as well as immature Diamond Firetails (6) and Hooded Robin (3).
Andrew Robinson 31/12 #229650
Glossy Black Cockatoo
F3, Cooranbong
2 GBCs flew over F3 heading west approx 7:15am
Tom Wilson 31/12 #229646
Glossy Ibis
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
8 Ibis in the wet area beyond Ironbark Creek at the eastern(?) end of the pipeline track. Also at least 12 Swamp Harriers, 25 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers spread out in small clusters across the wet areas and 1 each of Buff-banded Rail and Lathams Snipe.
Tom Wilson 31/12 #229645
Thu 29highlightPied Heron, Brolga (pr nesting)
Lake Coolah via Narrandera
The heron was clearly seen close to the road and remained in view for 10 minutes before flying off out of sight. This may be the same bird that was reported from Lake Cargelligo area a couple of weeks ago. The Brolgas had been seen a week before and one was sitting in exactly the same spot today so it assumed they are nesting. See Ebird for full list. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 29/12 #229628
Glossy Ibis
Stanthorpe Drive, Kanahooka (restricted access)
Observed two Glossy Ibis feeding along the edge of the island in the pond. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 29/12 #229626
Wed 28highlightDiamond Dove
Bimbi State Forest
Small flock of 5 Diamond Doves feeding on side of Nowlans road. Other good birds included Mallee Ringneck, White-browed Babblers, Red-capped and Hooded Robins, Masked Woodswallow and White-browed Woodswallows with recently fledged young. Great birding considering the high daytime temperatures. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 29/12 #229634
Diamond Dove
San Isadore, Wagga Wagga
A single Diamond Dove was seen and photographed by Chris Steele at San Isadore. and reported on Facebook. Diamond Doves have been reported from a number of locations in eastern NSW in the past few weeks so that this observation is consistent with those sightings.
Chris Steele per Alan Morris 29/12 #229624
Gouldian Finch (black face) (2)
One M and one F Gouldian Finch seen flying in rainforest edge vegetation and trying to forage in Pittosporum, she-oak and leaf litter by the roadside of Williamson Drive. Female had a green band on leg, seen briefly with binoculars. Definite ID but I do not have a camera - of course, these must be aviary escapes in any case. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 28/12 #229620
highlightCrested Penguin juvenile
Lord Howe Island
unknown juvenile crested penguin, suggestions have been juvenile Snares Crested or Fiordland Crested Penguin Any identification offered? (Moderator's Note. Email if you know which species!)
Ian Hutton 28/12 #229619
Tue 27Gould's Petrel, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Terns
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Close views of a Gould's Petrel and Sooty Terns, along with a brief pass from a Buller's Shearwater were the highlights of an unscheduled mid-week SOSSA trip. Other birds of note were a number of both Shy and Black-browed Albatrosses, a few Grey-faced Petrels and several Pomarine Jaegers. Overall though, birds were unco-operative and did not seem hungry. Further information
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kiama 28/12 #229617
highlightDiamond Dove, Black-chinned Honeyeater (2)
Back Yamma State Forest--South-west Dam
Also Turquoise Parrot (10+), Superb Parrot(6), Blue Bonnet (12), Crested Shrike-tit, Black-eared Cuckoo(2), Hooded Robin (6+) and a small flock of White-throated Needletail (14).
Lorand Szucs 28/12 #229616
Varied Triller
Myall Lakes National Park--Mungo Brush
Varied Triller seen briefly at start of rainforest walk and calling most of the morning.
Judy Christie 27/12 #229607
Mon 26White-throated Needletail
Black Range, Bega
About 20 to 50 White-throated Needletails were seen flying at or just above tree top level during the afternoon in cloudy and humid conditions. As they were flying low and fast it was very difficult to estimate how many birds there were.
Andrew McCutcheon 29/12 #229625
Sat 24Pacific Baza
Boobook Mountain Cottage (Bellawongarah)
Heard calling several times at 1:00pm from the house. Several records for property.
Carla Jackett, Nigel Jackett 26/12 #229602
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Two seen in the rainforest next to Williamson (?) Rd leading up to the EcoTel. Southern range extremity. Also a Peregrine Falcon over town and Eastern Reef Egret on a rocky embankment in the inlet.
Oakley H Germech 24/12 #229596
Topknot Pigeon
Station St. Thornleigh
Two Topknot Pigeons in fruiting palm tree in Station St., Thornleigh. Only my second sighting of the species in this area; the first was on 12/12/16 (already reported).
Nick Hodges 24/12 #229594
Fri 23Black Bittern
Gradys Creek Road at Lions Road, Cougal, nt of Wiangaree
1 bird in Grady's Creek under the high railway bridge.
Rob Elvish 27/12 #229605
Musk Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe
Eastlakes golf course
Female Musk Duck on the big lake in deep water near the 17th green / new excavation works. Observed swimming, diving, showing its fan tail. Hoary-headed Grebe non-br. or immature on the top lake near the sheds feeding close to the shore. It skittered across the water when we bumped into each other. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 23/12 #229592
Beach Stone-Curlew
Nambucca River Entrance
Three Beach Stone-Curlews seen at 1725h. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 23/12 #229590
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Osprey Close, Lake Cathie
Two birds preening low to ground in banksia tree. Been six years since last birds seen in this area
Darin Rounsevell 23/12 #229586
Thu 22Glossy Ibis
Panboola, Pambula.
Glossy Ibis x 16 feeding in Tips Billabong, Panboola. Unusual here.
Barbara Jones 23/12 #229584
A lone female Figbird was close to home briefly this morning. My first record for the Southern Highlands. Species #189 for Bundanoon.
Lorne Johnson 22/12 #229581
Wed 21Topknot Pigeon, Square-tailed Kite
Monash Country Club, Ingleside
A flock of about 30 Topknot Pigeons passed over the golf course in the early afternoon and about an hour later, a pair of Square-tailed Kites were seen quartering the fairways at treetop level.
Roger McGovern 22/12 #229576
Latham's Snipe
Dee Why Lagoon
Good views of single bird in flight. Flushed from reeds along eastern path behind beach.
Peter Diegutis 21/12 #229571
Tue 20highlightGrey Plover, Sanderling
Eurobodalla National Park--Lake Brou
3 Grey Plovers, 2 Sanderlings and 3 Black-tailed Godwits present amongst decent numbers of Red Knots, Bar-tailed Godwits, Red-necked Stints, Sharpies, 50+ Red-capped Plovers, PGP etc. . eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 22/12 #229580
Brush Turkey
Drumalbyn Rd, Bellevue Hill and gully
Approx 9:20am a Brush Turkey flew/glided almost over my head, from my roof or the adjacent massive fig, into the gully between Drumalbyn and Latimer Roads. About 1:20pm I saw it cross the road and forage a bit in the grass verge, then walk further SE.
Renée Ferster Levy 21/12 #229573
Square-tailed Kite
Macquarie Park
One Square-tailed Kite chaed by other birds. Flying over 940 Talavera Road, Ryde. Good views.
Alana Lindsay 20/12 #229566
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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