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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Tue 2megamegaCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Citrine Wagtail seen well this morning (6:45-8:30am), on the mudflat in front of the bird hide. It was chased by a Red-kneed Dotterel and flew out of view, but returned a few minutes later. (The Citrine Wagtail also made a late and brief appearance the previous evening at 5.30pm).
Max de Beer, Andrew Stafford 2/9 #219496
Mon 1Buff-banded Rail
Lane Cove National Park
During spotlighting last night, one Buff-banded Rail was continuosly calling near the camping ground at the end of Plassey Road, edge of the cemetry.
Fatih Sam 2/9 #219497
Wedge-tailed Eagle
This afternoon I located the female of my local eagle pair with last year's young perching in a large tree along Castlereagh Road.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/9 #219491
Swift Parrot
Deep Water Park Milperra
A single Swift Parrot flew over Blue Gum Farm at about 8 am and at about 8:30 3 flew in and landed in emergent red gums before disappearing in flowering Blue Box. Could be more, but difficult to find amongst hundreds of raucus Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds, scores of Rainbow Lorikeets (nesting) and tens of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets (also nesting). A male Australian Hobby was inspecting an old corvid nest, perhaps thinking about nesting? Single adult Nankeen Night Heron on the island in the first pond. Loads of honeyeater too.
David James 1/9 #219487
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Cremorne Point
Saw a Oriental Cuckoo (female/hepatic) this morning whilst on the way to catch the ferry to work. Flew from a tree beside the path being harassed by Australian Magpies and flew into adjacent trees near the toilet block on the point. Not bad for the first day of spring.
Simon Blanchflower 1/9 #219482
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetland, Mudgee
Seen over the course of several hours from dawn onwards. Easily viewed and obliging. Also sighted Plum-headed Finches at the site from where we were looking at the wagtail.
Rowan Mott 1/9 #219481

August 2014
Sun 31Rainbow Bee-eater
Main Beach, Byron Bay
4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen over the eastern end of Main Beach this morning. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 1/9 #219478
highlightSwift Parrot
Dunheved Golf Course (near St Marys)
This morning, I spent an hour or so walking around the edge of Dunheved Golf course near St Marys and hoping to see the Emu that Mark had seen on Friday. I did not see the Emu but was quite impressed with the numbers of birds about where were the abundance of privot in fruit could have partly explained this. Silvereyes (both the resident and tassie migrants) were in abundance and there were also quite a number of Olive-backed Orioles as well as at least a couple of Figbirds. Other birds present included Bar-shouldered Doves, Azure Kingfisher, Brown Goshawk, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Gerygones, Varied Sitellas but best of all were at least 12 Swift Parrots (and there could have been more) foraging for lerps in the eucalypts.
Edwin Vella 31/8 #219476
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Warbler, Fuscous Honeyeater
Patonga and environs
Nice views of four Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarinas half a kilometre up the Great North Walk from Patonga. Distant photos attached. Further along the track near Warrah Trig and the adjacent coastal lookout (which has great views of the Lower Hawkesbury and Barrenjoey), we saw a single Rock Warbler (a reliable spot for this species) and a single Peregrine Falcon. Also saw four Fuscous Honeyaters, the first time I have seen this species in this area, probably having walked this track atleast 15 times over the last twenty years. Wildflowers and HE's in profusion.
Cameron Ward, Janette Ward 31/8 #219475
megamegaCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Seen by lots of people today up to the time we left at about 1 pm. Seems to be in worn adult female summer plumage. The very worn wing coverts make the double wingbars very narrow, suggesting it migrated here before moulting. Interesting plumage features include: dark-spoted necklace between the yellow throat and white breast; mirky ear-coverts patch; scaly grey mantle and scapulars (dark centres graduating to paler edges); grey flanks but yellow thighs. It looks very comfortable and settled, but it does like to work a lot of the shoreline, moving around regularly. Noted one avid photographer who moved down from the banks into the shoreline habitat that the bird sometimes frequents, but he moved back when I asked him too. I hope others can be patient and put the bird's comfort before their own need to get better photos. I think this bird may hang around and moult if it feels comfortable. Sure hope so.
David James, Brigitte Dawson, Ian McAllan and others 31/8 #219473
Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands Mudgee
Wagtail seen by 15+ observers between 8.00 and 8.30 and still showing well when we left. Please note there are two hides at the wetlands and the wagtail is seen from the one on the quarry track not the one that is sign posted.
Allan Benson, Alan Morris and Mike Kuhl 31/8 #219472
highlightBrush Bronzewing
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
In addition to Henry Coleman's report from yesterday, I saw two Brush Bronzewings today and on the 2nd and the 3rd of this month I saw one in the same area (near the large bridge and freshwater pond)
Jayden Walsh 31/8 #219471
Square-tailed Kite
Warden Head, Ulladulla
A STK was seen this morning sailing along the escarpment at app 11am. There was possibly 2 but I didn't get a good look at the other bird which could have been the commoner W B Sea Eagle. This is the first sighting for me this season but Mike Jefferis has seen two, on seperate occasions, flying along the escarpment at Rennie's Beach last week.
Bob Rusk 31/8 #219466
Kelp Gull, Pacific Golden Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 Kelp Gulls sitting in with a large (200+) mixed roost of Silver Gulls and Crested Terns on the SE corner of the reef flat approx 7am. All the birds were flushed off the reef flat by some surfers crossing out to the end and the 2 Kelp Gulls appeared to head off south. Also one Pacific Golden Plover seen on the reef flat, together with 15 Sooty Oystercatchers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones and approx 20 Red-necked Stint.
Tom Wilson 31/8 #219465
Sat 30Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Managed to see and photograph the Citrine Wagtail after only about an hour or so of waiting at the bird hide (thanks to all the other birders present for the helpful advice!).
Carl Corden 2/9 #219498
Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail was seen by a number of observers between 12:15 and about 1:45pm, it was flitting quickly between locations, and foraging in the muddy edges. I am not aware of it being seen for the following hour or so. Many photos much better than mine were taken. Despite the warning sign I almost stepped on a brown snake, so tread carefully.
Christine D 31/8 #219464
70 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Great Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler
Mixed goup of waders observed 'roosting' approx 100m west of Yamba Tavern on flats near mangrove on banks of Clarence River. Most of the usual wader locations inundated by extremely high tide.
Darryl and Gary Eggins 31/8 #219463
Citrine Wagtail, Plum-headed Finch, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Little Eagle
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Besides the Citrine Wagtail (which showed well up to at least 3:30 pm), there were also 3 Plum-headed Finches around the wetland, a pair of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (both light and dark-morph birds) and a Little Eagle.
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller et al 30/8 #219459
megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail was present this morning at 7.30am in front of the bird hide.
Richard Baxter (posted on Birding-Aus) 30/8 #219457
Black-necked Stork
Ellalong Lagoon, Paxton
A female Black-necked Stork was seen today on the far side of Ellalong Lagoon.
Christina Port and participents with Follow that bird 30/8 #219452
Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe
Penrith Regatta Center
A Little Egret was hunting on the southernmost edge of the racing lake, near the security station end in the company of a breeding Royal Spoonbill. About 30 meters beyond, there were two adult Great Crested Grebes diving, looking for food. I've never seen the grebes in this close and on this very lake. They tend to be on the less people inhabited water bodies.
Ákos Lumnitzer 30/8 #219451
highlightBrush Bronzewing, Black Bittern
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
On this cool and rainy day, a Brush Bronzewing was on the pipeline track around midday. I haven't seen Brush Bronzewings at Deep Creek for years; since the area around the pipeline track was weeded, and I'd thought they'd left the area. Good to know there's still at least one around. I wonder if others have seen any more recently? Also saw a Black Bittern which was nice :) . A nice pair of Azure Kingfishers near the dog park, and a vocal female Lyrebird.
Henry Coleman 30/8 #219450
Australian Koel
Kingsford, Sydney
Male Australian Koel calling for a few minutes at about 10.30am. The first of the season. Cold, rainy, day. eBird checklist
Michael Hooper 30/8 #219446
Fri 29Swift Parrot, Black-necked Stork
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
A pair of Swift Parrots were disturbed from the only flowering Swamp Mahogany at this site located behind the houses, and they flew past in front of me. Also present was the immature Black-necked Stork but following heavy rain, the wetland is full and the Freckled Ducks would appear to have departed,. Tawny Grassbirds and a Black-shouldered Kite were the only other significant birds present.
Alan Morris 29/8 #219443
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Giants Creek (Upper Hunter Valley)
At least 4 Regents still present in flowering ironbark (spp.) along Giants Creek Road. Many of the smaller HE's seem to have left the site and there are not as many Noisy Friars (and no Red Wattlebirds now). Still plenty of Fuscous and Spiny-cheeks present however. Also 3 White-winged Trillers, a family of 4 Hooded Robins and many White-browed Babblers.
Mick Roderick 29/8 #219442
Citrine Wagtail (probable)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
We got brief views of the wagtail that was reported yesterday. Unfortunately the light was failing but the bird was clearly a Motacilla wagtail. We will go back in the morning to try for a better look. eBird checklist
Frank Antram with Chris Cott 29/8 #219441
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail found and reported yesterday by Sue Chatfield was present at the same location today. I arrived at 0830 but it took about 15 minutes to get onto the bird. Kurtis and then (a pretty excited) John arrived soon after. The best strategy is to position one's self in the hide and scan the far shoreline, in particular a section on the right-hand side of the shoreline at the base of a fallen dead she-oak that is splayed out. The wag favoured this area for foraging for quite some time this morning. If the bird is not immediately obvious just wait for movement as it can disappear behind rocks and weeds. It also occasionally visited the muddy patch closer to the hide, as well as the narrow 'levy' of rocky substrate that separates the main body of water to the one behind (to the left of its 'favourite' spot). Twice it was seen to fly into dead trees, once in response to a Peregrine circling high above. There were numerous occasions where we lost sight of the bird but it wasn't long before it reappeared, so be patient. I understand that it was seen late this afternoon by a local birder and I would imagine that there will be plenty of people there over the weekend (a scope is advisable for scanning the far shore but you may get away without one over the weekend).
Mick Roderick, Kurtis Lindsay and John Weigel 29/8 #219440
Rufous Whistler
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
A single male Rufous Whistler was seen at 1:35pm on the Western side of the park just north of the Guide Hall. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 29/8 #219439
Red-rumped Parrot and Glossy Black-Cockatoos (4)
Oatlands NSW and Tascott NSW
An interesting day - I saw 2 Red-rumped Parrots feeding at Oatlands NSW (photo included - you may need to zoom in to top right as it was taken by phone of bird in flight). Later this afternoon - 4 Glossy Black-Cockatoos in my garden at Tascott feeding - just departed at dusk. I have noticed a regular pattern with the Glossy Black-Cockatoos in recent years - they spend a lot of time feeding in the area from late August to end October and return to feed in March and April - we see them in Summer too but they only pass occasionally and tend not to feed for long periods as they do in the aforementioned months.
Andrew Whitaker 29/8 #219438
Baillon's Crake
Fivebough Wetlands Leeton
A single bird clearly seen this morning along with 4 Spotted Crake. Spotless Crake were calling in the cumbungi but not showing. This is the first Baillon's seen this season - the first last year wasn't recorded until 21 September! Also a male Musk Duck was displaying in the settling ponds.
Max O'Sullivan 29/8 #219436
Dunheved Golf Course, St Marys
Good numbers of Olive-backed Orioles and Australasian Figbirds were feeding on privet berries, along with small flocks of Silvereyes. An Emu was also feeding on the berries and had been present for some time judging by the amount of berry-laden scat present. Probably an escapee from the captive group on a nearby housing development. I'm not sure what the status of these remaining individuals is, a starting point for a wild population of Sydney?
Mark Fuller 29/8 #219435
Topknot Pigeon
Pelican Flat
Topknot Pigeons feeding in cabbage palms along Soldiers Road
bill boyd 29/8 #219430
White-headed Pigeon
Belmont Central
White-headed Pigeon feeding in camphor laurels opposite Belmont TAFE in old school grounds
bill boyd 29/8 #219429
Pacific Baza
Terrys Creek Parklands
Vimiera Park Also in adjoining residential trees of tall eucalypts Vimiera Road & Essex Street. Found regularly here the whole month of August this year.
Irene Timmins 29/8 #219425
Thu 28megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area. Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Sue Chatfield 28/8 #219417
Red-necked Avocet
Lake Rd, Tuggerah Lake, Central Coast
Around 40 Red-necked Avocets end lake rd
luke ullrich 28/8 #219414
Wed 27Regent Bowerbird
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Regent Bowerbird an altitudinal nomad, left this week for highland forest having arrived in May. Note the yellow eye of the imm. male, which differs from the dark (brown) eye of the female.
paul griffin 27/8 #219407
Wandering Albatross and thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters
North Head, Sydney
One Wandering Albatross, 6 Shy & ~15 Black-browed Albatross plus many thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters [Moderator's note (NH): According to Ivan's description they were likely Fluttering Shearwaters. However, due to the current preponderance of Hutton's Shearwaters in the area, I was hesitant regarding the identification on species level.]
Ivan Chapman 27/8 #219406
White-headed Pigeon
Turramurra station
Two White-headed Pigeons on power lines at north end of station approx 7am
Tom Wilson 27/8 #219399
Mon 25Pacific Baza
Adult bird, flew around various trees in garden emerged landed on Frangipani with a small green tree frog in its beak. Then using its claws held it and consumed it. It hung around for about 30 minutes.
Rod B-King 25/8 #219376
Sun 24White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-dove
At least 50 White-headed Pigeons flew low overhead at the corner of Derby& Somerset St. 8 came down to perch on powerlines and at least 25 roosted on the corner of Sutherland Rd on the other side of the M2. The rest kept flying. Several Brown Cuckoo-doves also feeding in Privet at the same site and a further 9 seen at Sutherland Rd. eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles 26/8 #219394
Noisy Pitta, White-eared Monarch
Iluka Nature Reserve
One Noisy Pitta heard calling during day. This was the only one heard in Reserve over three days possibly due to wet weather or possibly others had returned to their breeding areas. One White-eared Monarch heard calling briefly.
Greg Clancy 26/8 #219390
highlightSwift Parrot
St Clair
Saw 2 Swift Parrots, with several other similar sized birds hiding from view, feeding in a gumtree around 2pm. Stayed for well over 30 minutes before taking off. One adult and one that looked juvenile in appearance.
Johan Olsson 25/8 #219379
Wandering Albatross
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
Highlights of the Sunday SOSSA pelagic were approx. 20 Wandering-type Albatross (13 of which were exulans). Again not a single Cape Petrel and also no Giant-petrels on either trip. A detailed trip report and pictures will be posted on the SOSSA website soon Further information
Nikolas Haass and all on the Sandra K 25/8 #219370
Southern Boobook
Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
8.30pm Southern Boobook calling from a thick Norfolk Island Pine near the entrance to Nielsen Park.
Marie Lister 24/8 #219367
Spotted Quail-thrush, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Jacky Winter
McMahons Creek Rd, Yarramundi
Along McMahons Creek Rd I had 2 Spotted Quail-thrush calling on the ridge at the end of the road, a Common Bronzewing, Brown Cuckoo-dove, Peaceful Doves, numerous Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Jacky Winters, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Weebills, 2 Restless Flycatchers, Crested Shrike-tit, Varied Sitellas and also heard an Azure Kingfisher at the creek.
Edwin Vella 24/8 #219366
highlightBlack Bittern, Grey Goshawk
Yarramundi Reserve
On my walk along the river at Yarramundi Reserve, I saw a Black Bittern (flushed beside the river at the end of the eastern trail. This is only the second time I have seen one here), an Intermediate Egret, a Grey Goshawk, an adult White-bellied sea-eagle, quite a number of Bar-shouldered and a few Peaceful Dove, at least 3 Azure Kingfishers, Olive-backed Orioles, Fan-tailed and Shining Bronze-cuckoos, quite a number of both Mistletoebirds and Varied Sitellas as well as a male Rose Robin
Edwin Vella 24/8 #219365
Swift Parrot, Little Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet
Deep Water Park Milperra
Huge numbers of parrots and honeyeaters feeding on flowering Blue Box (Euc. bauriana) at Deepwater Park, Blue Gum Farm entrance, this morning. Amongst 1,000+ deafening Musk Lorikeets we found 2 Swift Parrots in the picnic area past the paintball complex. They were sitting still in the top of stringybark for a few minutes before vanishing. Trying to relocate them was like looking for a needle in a hay stack with so many noisy lorikeets. 2 pairs of Little Lorikeets flew over. Several pairs of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, some with newly fledged dependant young. Heaps of Rainbow Lorikeets, plus Red-rumped Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Little Corella rounded out a spectacle of parrots.
David James & Brigitte Dawson 24/8 #219347
Sat 23Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Iluka Nature Reserve
One Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove heard calling briefly during break in rain.
Greg Clancy 26/8 #219391
Grey Goshawk, Brown Falcons
Saw both Grey and Brown Goshawk at the northen end of Marsden Lane. I think this is the first Grey Goshawk in Riverstone despite having seeing them a number of times in neighbouring suburbs. I have now seen all of Sydney's raptors (including Spotted Harrier, Black Falcon, Square-tailed Kite and Little Eagle) at Riverstone apart from Osprey! I also had the resident pair of Brown Falcons (off Park Rd).
Edwin Vella 24/8 #219364
Swift Parrot
Acacia Gardens
Saw and heard a Swift Parrot flying over (and quite fast) at 8.30 am and heading south. Lots of Musk Lorikeets at the moment in the area.
Edwin Vella 24/8 #219363
highlightWandering-type Albatross, Pacific Gull
Wattamolla, Royal National Park.
Highlights from a sea watch off Wattamolla today was an adult Pacific Gull and 2 Wandering-type Albatross also about 70+ Shy-type Albatross, 150 Black-browed Albatross, 20 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 3 Fairy Prions and 2 Kelp Gulls.
michael ronan. 24/8 #219360
megamegaAtlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (BARC submission in prep), White-headed Petrel
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
Highlights of the Saturday pelagic were: 1 Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (BARC submission in prep), 2 White-headed Petrels and 15-20 Pygmy Killer Whales. Attached photos by Duade Paton. A detailed trip report will be posted on the SOSSA website soon. Further information
Nikolas Haass and all on the Sandra K 24/8 #219354
Peregrine Falcon
Middle Head, Mosman
David Potter 23/8 #219344
Fri 22Noisy Pitta
Bundjalung National Park--Woody Head
Noisy Pitta heard calling at night, also at night on 23 August. One observed flying across Woody Head access road on 25 August.
Greg Clancy 26/8 #219389
Square-tailed Kite
Ananngrove NSW
A single adult Square-tailed Kite hunting by circling along the trees along the ridge of Shoplands Road. Almost becoming 'common' here this year.
Darryl Smedley 25/8 #219380
Powerful Owl
Roosting in a large Turpentine near the track head to Lilli Pilli Falls between River Rd and the Bob Campbell Oval [7.45 a.m.]
Ted Nixon 22/8 #219322
Thu 21Powerful Owl
Garigal NP, Forestville, Sydney
Powerful Owl heard calling repeatedly near Natural Bridge in Garigal NP at 4am (21 hours into Oxfam Trailwalker)
Andrew Taylor 24/8 #219368
highlightSwift Parrot
20km SE of Tottenham
I had great views of five Swift Parrots preening themselves in the early morning sun in a stock reserve (about 7 kms east of Albert along the Melrose-Trangie Road). Maps indicate this must be about the western extent of their range at this latitude. Unfortunately by the time I went back to my car for my camera they had moved into shade and I only managed poor id photos. They eventually flew off in a south-easterly direction. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 22/8 #219319
Rainbow Bee-eaters, Double-barred Finch, Peaceful Dove
Sawtell-Coffs Harbour
4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen as report of 19 Aug; also 5+ Double-barred Finches, and 2 Peaceful Doves.
Peter Higgins 21/8 #219310
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Fern Gully Reserve Nelson Bay
Saw 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos land in a Eucalypt near my back fence in Navala Avenue. Saw the red in the tail feathers on landing then observed with binoculars. They flew to nearby pine tree. We have many She-oaks in surrounding bushland. Have been hearing & seeing them fly over for 2 weeks. Checked the call on Morcombe iPhone app.
Marea Diemar, Tomaree Birdwatcher member 21/8 #219303
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Middle Cove
Channel-billed Cuckoo calling again this morning so he's sticking around the area
Lorna Bloom 21/8 #219302
Wed 20highlight Wandering Albatross and Southern Giant Petrel
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
Another Wandering (type) Albatross, 1 juvenile Southern Giant Petrel, 1 Brown Skua, 3 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 30 Shy Albatross, 25 Black-browed Albatross and several hundred Fluttering Shearwaters feeding just beyond the surf break today. Still hundreds of Huttons Shearwaters going north and south in flocks of 15 or so. We also saw a bird which was a strong juvenile Salvin's Albatross candidate [Moderator's note: Juvenile White-capped Albatross (steadi) can look very similar to Salvin's at this time of the year].
David Mitford, Ray Gobbe and Robert Griffin 20/8 #219300
Tue 19Rainbow Bee-eaters, Double-barred Finch, Peaceful Dove
Sawtell-Coffs Harbour
10 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen at northern end of access track that runs west of the north coast rail-line between Boambee Creek and the northern end of Coffs Airport; they do not winter here (not seen here since end of last summer, and not seen here in previous winters) but occur regularly in spring-summer. Also saw a couple of small parties of Double-barred Finches (2 and 5) with many Red-browed Finches; 3 Brown Quail; and single Peaceful Dove, which recorded along this track previously but rarely elsewehere in wider Sawtell-Coffs area.
Peter Higgins 21/8 #219309
Great-winged Petrel and Wandering Albatross
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
8 Great-winged Petrels, 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and 1 Wandering (type) Albatross were the highlights today.
David Mitford and Ray Gobbe 20/8 #219299
Glossy Ibis
Llewellyn Rd wetlands, Casino
Significantly dried-out wetlands, but 14 Glossy Ibis feeding on margins
Russ Lamb 20/8 #219297
highlightSuperb Parrot
Barrier HWY, between Nyngan and Cobar
Saw three flocks of Superb Parrots with an estimated 80 birds in each flock. The parrots were feeding on spilt grain on the roadside. When I stopped to watch one flock, I observed numerous birds being struck and killed by every passing vehicle. Based on the mortalities I observed in just a short period, vehicle collisions must exact a huge toll on this species. [Moderator's note (NH): This is heartbreaking. Would be good if temporary speed limits could be introduced in situations like this.]
James Rees 20/8 #219294
Great-winged Petrel, Buller's Albatross, Fairy Prion
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
Highlights from a sea watch this afternoon were 30+ Great-winged Petrels 1 Buller's Albatross and 1 lone Fairy Prion.
michael ronan 19/8 #219290
Pacific Baza
McCarthy Rd Coutts Crossing, nr Grafton
10.30 am I was at a property when a Pacific Baza flew into the under storey of a bottlebrush about 3 m away and about 1.5 m from the ground. It kept leaning forward and moving its head to see around the trunk of the tree as it watched us for over a minute. It then dropped down onto garden pots and foraged and then returned to the original perch where it again moved to a perch where it had a clear view of us. It appeared unperturbed as it moved around to watch us. It then flew about 10 m onto the fence around the vegetable garden and appeared to look intently into vegetable patch as it moved from post to post.
Warren Thompson 19/8 #219286
Red-rumped Parrot
28 Red-rumped Parrots feeding on back oval of Magdalene Catholic High School. The most Red-rumped Parrots I've seen in the Narellan area.
Lorne Johnson 19/8 #219284
Mon 18highlightRegent Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, Rufous Songlark
Giants Creek (north west of Sandy Hollow, Hunter Valley)
4, possibly 5 Regent Honeyeaters found late yesterday afternoon feeding on Caley's Ironbark (E. caleyi) blossom in the Giants Creek valley, about 1.8km north of the Stairs Road intersection. There are many large honeyeaters dominating these and Mugga Ironbarks that are flowering well (including a Little Friarbird calling, reasonably rare in the Hunter, but mostly Noisy Friarbird, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and Red Wattlebird). I found a patch that also had smaller honeyeaters and it was here that I located at least 4 Regent Honeyeaters (all 4 were in the one tree). The 2 birds that I saw / photographed well enough did not have bands. Of significance there were 4 Regent Honeyeaters seen in flowering E. caleyi south of Merriwa on the 27th July. A Rufous Songlark singing nearby is an early arrival.
Mick Roderick 19/8 #219283
highlightGreat-winged Petrel
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
15 Great-winged Petels today, a few came in close and looked like typical gouldii. Hundreds of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Hutton's Shearwaters and Fluttering Shearwaters seen in horrible conditions. A few Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, 2 Brown Skuas and a Giant Petrel (sp). Significantly no other species of Albatross or Petrel seen, no Prions, no White-fronted Terns and no Kelp Gulls.
David Mitford 18/8 #219281
Pied Butcherbird
North Cremorne, Willoughby Bay
During the past week, on 3 different mornings I heard an unusual birdcall, repeated many times on each occasion between 5-5.30am. I recorded the call on a video (iPhone) later identifying it as that of a Pied Butcherbird. I compared the call to recording of Pied Butcherbird calls in the Pizzey & Knight iPhone Application. It resembles closely to the first of 4 calls provided: Dawn calls race nigrogularis. Camilla, QLD, by Fred van Gissel. Also in part to that of the following call: Male song race nigrogularis. Widden Valley, Baerami, NSW, Fred van Gissel. This call was also identified by my partner, who listened to the actual call, and later to the recorded authentic call. The call was coming from the direction of Northbridge Golf course. Lots of Grey Butcherbirds around, but Pied is unusual.
Jack Shapiro 18/8 #219279
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Heard calling in flight Above Port Jackson Rd, Terrigal
Jeff Drudge 18/8 #219272
Sun 17Square-tailed Kite
Single Square-tailed Kite seen drifting southwards. Unusually, very few records here this year.
Peter Higgins 21/8 #219311
highlightBuller's Albatross, adult Giant-Petrel sp.
Mona Vale Headland
2 hour sea watch 2:20-4:20pm. Single Buller's Albatross seen very close in approx 2:30; adult Giant-Petrel sp. seen close in approx 4:15. (very pale - almost white - head). In between the highlights lots of Fluttering-type Shearwaters (mostly heading north); 6 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, several Shy-type Albatross and a Fairy Penguin - the latter being slowly destroyed and eaten by a Fur Seal off Bungan Head. Also 2 Humpback Whales, both heading south. [Moderator's note (NH): The adult GP is interesting as by far the majority of GPs seen in the area are juveniles and young immature birds. Nowadays the majority of GPs off NSW are NGPs. Unfortunately, the description does not allow identification to species level. A very pale - almost white - head does not rule out NGP. Old adult NGPs get very white-headed too. No details regarding the bill tip were seen (in the distance the red tip in NGP appears dark, while the greenish tip of SGP appears concolourous with the bill body). Comment by Jeff Davies: NGP with a white head also is extensively mottled pale dorsally all over with lots of pale fringes, SGP usually show a more discrete white head against a more evenly darker rest of body with white eventually starting along the leading edge of the wing with age.]
Tom Wilson 18/8 #219271
Wedge-tailed Eagle
I saw last year's offspring with the female from the Castlereagh breeding pair of eagles this afternoon hunting beside Castlereagh Road around 15:30. It was low over the treetops and the female was also hanging around with it. It made such a spectacle that a few cars pulled over and began watching the pair. People were quite taken aback when I explained to them that one is a young bird from a pair that have a territory out here and breed most years. The attached image is not great overall, but it is a single frame with the immature and the female in it.
Ákos Lumnitzer 17/8 #219268
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Harold Reed Reserve, Middle Cove
CBC flew into a tree as I was walking in the reserve about 2 pm today. I thought I heard it calling early in the morning about 2 days ago but thought I must have been dreaming!
Lorna Bloom 17/8 #219265
Brahminy Kite
Lake Macquarie (lower)
A male Osprey was eating in a tree when a Brahminy Kite swooped on him, then chased him around aggressively for ten minutes. The Osprey then returned to the tree with his fish, followed by the Kite, who then retreated to the lake.
Rebecca Citroni 17/8 #219263
Sat 16White-winged Triller, Pallid Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark, White-cheeked Honeyeater
Cumbo (near Munghorn Gap, Upper Hunter Valley)
Several singing Rufous Songlarks and singles of Pallid Cuckoo and White-winged Triller are early returns for the Upper Hunter. Also a few Fairy Martins in the area. Dean Ingwersen saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater in a flowering Mugga Ironbark along Cumbo Road - an unusual sighting this far west in the Hunter.
Mick Roderick and Dean Ingwersen 19/8 #219287
Square-tailed Kite
Fagan Park, Galston
A Square-tailed Kite seen flying low above children's play area at Fagan Park.
Carl Corden 18/8 #219274
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Great Western Highway, Minchinbury
A single Channel-billed Cuckoo flying overhead. Not an uncommon bird but very early in the year to see one. That being said, I work with some captive Channel-billed Cuckoos and they have been very vocal of late because of the warm weather we have been having.
L. Morgan 16/8 #219238
highlightBlack-necked Stork, Freckled Duck
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
The immature Black-necked Stork was present again at this wetland today, along with 13 Freckled Duck, that appear to roost mainly along the western shore of the swamp. The stork has been present on and off at the swamp since 11/7/14.
Alan & Anne Morris 16/8 #219236
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck 150+
Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant
Freckled Duck on the first be, Pink-eared on all three
Graham & Gwen Blackwell 16/8 #219235
Black-tailed Native-hen & Buff-banded Rail
Lake Wallace
Native Hen in the same area as last sighting - Take track towards boat shed - there is a left hand track towards children's playground but keep to the right track - Native Hen has been feeding on the grass about 50 m from the junction on the left. Buff-banded Rail foraging in the open by overgrown ditch near the boat shed
Graham & Gwen Blackwell 16/8 #219234
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Castlecrag, Sydney
One Channel-billed Cuckoo heard calling. An unusually early record.
Murray Lord 16/8 #219231
Fri 15Scarlet Robin, Rose Robin, Varied Sittella, Wonga Pigeon.
Mount View Close, Razorback (Wollondilly Shire)
2 Scarlet Robins (male) pouncing and hawking seen openly in paddocks within open farmland, Rose Robin and Varied Sittella observed within wooded creek line adjacent to farmland and Wonga Pigeon seen foraging on ground within Western Sydney Dry Vine and Moist Shale Woodland vegetation community mobbed by Bell Miners above creek line. Many other birds seen including Red Whiskered Bulbul, Silvereyes, Brown and Yellow Thornbills, Scrub and Fairy Wren, Grey Shrike Thrush and Brown Goshawks overhead.
Brendon Levot and Daniel Barnett 15/8 #219228
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Sydney Harbour National Park--South Head
2 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in a conifer at Watson's Bay flew off towards the military base after being harassed by Noisy Miners this morning
Marie Lister 15/8 #219227
Peregrine Falcon
Castlereagh NSW
I was at Smith Road next to the quarries getting my dogs ready to go into my car. I heard a shrill then a really loud whoosh kind of sound and noticed the male of my local pair of falcons rise up steeply after having swooped down hard at an Indian Myna. Sadly he missed and he did a big turn in the air and stooped down into the quarry near the big lake, disappearing out of sight. Soon after he went, I hear another shrill like sound nearby and as I looked upon the power pole about 25 meters from me, the much larger female was sitting there calling. I just had time to turn my lens to her and she immediately took off after her mate.
Ákos Lumnitzer 15/8 #219223
Thu 14Pink-eared Ducks, Australasian Shovelers, Peregrine Falcon, Grey + Chestnut Teals
Pitt Town Lagoon
Observed 40+ Pink-eared Ducks, 40+ Australasian Shovelers, Restless Flycatchers, Double-barred Finches, Peregrine Falcon making a meal out of the remains of a White-faced Heron, Black-shouldered Kite, Golden-headed Cisticola, plenty of Grey and Chestnut Teals, Pied Stilts etc
L. Morgan 15/8 #219225
White-necked Heron
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
One White-necked Heron at the corner of Rickard Road and Arthur Street.
Brenda Parkinson 15/8 #219214
highlightCotton Pygmy-Goose (subject to submission to NSW ORAC)
Dam on private property Nana Glen
My friends have had a lone female Cotton Pygmy-Goose on their dam hanging about with Eurasian Coots since the end of June. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Cotton Pygmy-Geese should be submitted to NSW ORAC.]
Julie Neumann 14/8 #219209
Wed 13highlightSwift Parrot
879 Mulgoa rd Mulgoa
Juvenile Swift Parrot. Fed on sap sucking insects in small gumtrees for over an hour
Adrian O'Hara 14/8 #219207
Spotless Crake
McGraths Hill
Feeding briefly on the exposed mud at the extreme left hand edge of the roadside lagoon.
Graham Blackwell & Alec Gillespie 13/8 #219196
Zebra Finch
Spring Farm
A flock of at least 100 birds seen foraging in regenerating grassland at a residential development
Rob Laird 13/8 #219195
Tue 12Blue-billed Duck
Lismore STW, Three Chain Rd
Four Blue-billed Duck at rear of eastern pond. (NB Permission required to enter STW)
Russ Lamb 13/8 #219184
Black-shouldered Kite
A Black-shouldered Kite, escorted by two Australian Ravens, over Balmain shopping centre today (cnr Darling and Montague St), heading south west into the wind. Listed as a rare visitor to the Leichhardt LGA.
Robert Griffin 12/8 #219179
Rose Robin
Pinecliffe, 10kms, SW of Molong.
A clear, sustained sighting, for the second day. Only the second sighting at this site, the previous one being in May 1991.
Bruce Tinsey 12/8 #219178
Mon 11Red Browed Finch
Curl Curl Lagoon
Janice hales 12/8 #219173
highlightBlack Bittern, Nankeen Night Heron, Australasian Shoveler
Deep Water Park Milperra
Another sighting of a female or immature Black Bittern at the Blue Gum Farm ponds (seen Sunday as well). 5 sightings since early July, probably just a single bird, although I did see a male here here in May and June. Single Nankeen Night Heron back roosting on the island after a short absence. Pair of Australasian Shovelers on the main Blue Gum Farm pond. Two Azure Kingfishers in the mangrove creek feeding the pond. 2 Hoary-Headed Grebes on Kelso Pond. Scarlet Honeyeater and White Naped Honeyeater scattered amongst the numerous Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Fuscous Honeyeaters and New Holland Honeyaters. Single imm Nankeen Kestrel unusual for this location.
David James 12/8 #219164
Sun 10Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Grafton, Rushforth Rd
Small flock of Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding on insects on leaves in mature eucalypts on roadside. Harassed by Fuscous Honeyeaters. One Yellow-billed Spoonbill on small dam closer to Coutts Crossing. Dams have very low water levels.
Michael Cheers 11/8 #219162
highlightWedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwater, Southern Giant-petrel, Wandering and Gibson's Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
The first Wedge-tailed (4) and Short-tailed (1) Shearwaters of the season off Sydney were seen on this pelagic trip. Also recorded were 25 Black-browed Albatross, 3 Campbell Albatross, 30 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 5 Shy Albatross, 4 Antipodean Albatross (all gibsoni), 1 Wandering Albatross, 2 Northern Giant Petrel, 1 Southern Giant Petrel, 5 Brown Skuas and 3 Hutton's Shearwaters.
Roger McGovern and all those on the boat 11/8 #219158
Southern Boobook Owl
Port Kembla Beach
Very lucky to spot my first Southern Boobook Owl in the dune tea-tree scrub. It tolerated me taking a couple of photos. Then as my field guide states it silently disappeared.
Paul Lynch 10/8 #219153
Swift Parrot, Jacky Winter
Mulgoa Nature Reserve
A few Swift Parrots were heard this morning about the western end of Mulgoa NR. Also present were a few Bar-shouldered Doves, a male Satin Bowerbird, Azure Kingfisher, Jacky Winter, a few Restless Flycatcher, Lewin's and several Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Olive-backed Oriole, some Buff-rumped Thornbills and Rose Robins. Overall there were very good numbers of winter birds. It was interesting seeing groups of Bell Miners mobbing the few Noisy Friarbirds seen and I also saw a Bell Miner chase away a Noisy Miner at one stage! The Bell Miner is certainly the dominant bird in this area.
Edwin Vella 10/8 #219152
Little Corella
147 Levenstrath Rd. Levenstrath nr Grafton
Dense flock of at least 50 possibly 100 Little Corella flying in easterly direction towards grain bins where stock being hand fed.
Warren Thompson 10/8 #219144
Sat 9Tawny Grassbird
Pitt Town Lagoon
Two Tawny Grassbirds in reedbeds near the bird hide. Also 10 Chestnut-breated Manikin. On the lagoon 200+ Pink-eared Duck. A Peregrine Falcon and Australian Goshawk also.
Chris Chafer 12/8 #219170
Fluttering Shearwaters
Port Kembla Beach
At 4pm viewed about 1500 Fluttering Shearwaters 500 to 700 metres off the beach. They were very busy flying & feeding backward & forward on a section of water only about 600 metres. The lower half of photo only shows approx. 1/3 of the birds viewed.
Paul Lynch 10/8 #219150
Satin Bowerbird, Scarlet Robin Lewin's Rail, Speckled Warbler
Air services site at Shanes Park
I led the Birding NSW outing to Shanes Park. We were delighted to add a new bird to the Shanes Park bird list being a stunning adult male Satin Bowerbird and my first for the Blacktown LGA. There were very good number of other birds at Shanes Park and some of the interesting finds ncluded this time a pair of adult Scarlet Robins, a number of Rose Robins, 2 White-throated Treecreepers (rare for the Blacktown LGA) as well as both Speckled Warbler and Lewin's Rail heard.
Edwin Vella and Birding NSW 10/8 #219149
Kelp Gull
Kurnell Boat Harbour
Lorand Szucs 10/8 #219147
Eastern grass owl
Diggers Camp Rd, Yuraygir NP
Early morning we were walking a management trail that passes through very dense heath when we flushed a grass owl from a medium size bush. It flew a very short distance to another bush with wings lifted up and legs dangling. As we approached its new position it flew down to the dense heath and disappeared.
Hedley & Irena Earl 10/8 #219141
Noisy Pitta
Sandon River Campground, Yuraygir NP
Following information given to us by the park ranger we were delighted to visit the area and find a most accommodating pitta! It was just roaming around the campground seemingly not bothered by anyone. What a particularly pretty bird!
Hedley and Irena Earl 10/8 #219140
Spotted Harrier, Little Eagle
Blaxland rubbish tip
Posting this on behalf of my friend who visited the tip looking for Black Kites today. He saw three Black Kites along the Nepean River, near Russell Street (Emu Plains) on Friday, August 1 (photos seen and verified by me). No Black Kites at tip though, except the two above mentioned birds of prey.
Ákos Lumnitzer for Peter Phelan 9/8 #219132
Black Bittern
berowra valley regional park.
Flushed a Black Bittern from creek side vegetation while walking the great north walk near the fish ponds this afternoon.
michael ronan. 9/8 #219127
Satin Bowerbird
Lalor Park
Saw male and female in creek behind my house, never seen them around before. This is a very urban area and never expected to see them. Will get photo tomorrow
Wayne Cullen 9/8 #219124
Spotted Harrier
About 10:30 this morning my wife and I noted an adult harrier soaring near Smith/Castlereagh Rd corner. Nice to see them around still to date.
Ákos Lumnitzer 9/8 #219122
highlightNoisy Pitta, Barking owl
Sirius cove Taronga zoo
That pitta has been there for over a month now and is not an escape. There has been a few Noisy Pittas in the zoo grounds, one last season, and two sighted briefly this year. Barking owl reported a month ago still in zoo grounds, located near tiger and fennec fox enclosures, heard calling during am.
Tom Petty 9/8 #219121
Pacific Baxa
Pottsville Road
Single adult alighted on overhead electricity wires on Pottsville Rd - adjacent to Sleepy Hollow rest area, heading towards Mooball.
Rodger Willows 9/8 #219116
highlightNoisy Pitta
Footpath between Sirius Cove and Taronga Zoo, close to path to Artist Camps
My husband John and I spotted Noisy Pitta sorting through leaf litter only one metre off path at 10.30am. The path is regularly used by dog-walkers, some of whom don't keep their animals on a lead. So I don't know if the bird will survive. We have a bad picture which we can send later. Amazingly, we spent an hour on Friday looking got the it's reported to be seen earlier near the little waterfall at Irrawong reserve/ Warriewood Wetlands. Can our bird be an escapee? Surely a first for this area. [Moderators Note: Noisy Pittas do winter in the Sydney basin each year, however Sydney Harbour would be interesting - will check out myself shortly (SB)]. Marianne and John Huxley, Mosman (members of Birding NSW etc) Further information
Marianne Huxley 9/8 #219115
Fri 8Blue-billed Duck, Freckled Duck
Gum Swamp Forbes
Lots of action at the swamp this afternoon around 4 pm. 100s Pink-eared Ducks, Hardheads and Grey Teal. 30 plus Freckled Ducks and Aust Shovellers. 2 brightly coloured Bluebills fighting for the attention of a female. Much fighting, squabbling and courtship activity.
Warren Chad 9/8 #219113
Black Falcon
Parkes rubbish tip
Around lunchtime today there were 2 Black Falcons in arial combat with the 30 or so Black Kites which are a regular at the tip. Along with the usual Ravens and White Ibis there were 4 Pelicans rummaging through the trash. 21st century new age tip birds.
Warren Chad 9/8 #219112
Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork
The Washpen, Swan Creek
4 Yellow-billed Spoonbills foraging in wetland; adult male Black-necked Stork flew from wetland in direction of Pacific Highway.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219111
Magpie Goose, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Pacific Highway, Clarenza
30+ Magpie Geese and 80+ Chestnut-breasted Mannikins at small wetland near Highway.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219110
Glossy Ibis, Black-necked Stork
Chaffin Swamp, Tucabia
6+ Glossy Ibis foraging in shallows of wetland, adult pair of Black-necked Stork Storks loafing at edge of wetland.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219109
White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Varied Sittella
Upper Coldstream Road, Tyndale
Adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle on nest in dead tree, 2 Varied Sittellas heard calling in trees nearby.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219108
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Black-necked Stork, Red-kneed Dotterel, Australian Hobby
Lawrence Egret Colony Swamp
11+ Freckled Ducks and 265+ Pink-eared Ducks foraging in water and loafing on logs in water; Adult female Black-necked Stork loafing on bank; 3 Red-kneed Dotterels at water's edge; 1 Australian Hobby in sky above swamp.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219107
Peregrine Falcon
Lawrence Road, S of Lawrence
Two adult Peregrines female perched in dead tree (nest tree), male flew from hollow in same tree flew to living tree then flew to female and mated.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219106
Glossy Ibis, Swamp Harrier, Varied Sittella, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, White-throated Gerygone
Crowsnest Swamp, Coldstream River, Smalls Forest
29+ Glossy Ibis foraging in wetland, 2 Swamp Harriers in air above swamp, 2 Varied Sittellas, 1 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo & 1 White-throated Gerygone in eucalypts near the Avenue Road.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 8/8 #219105
Southern Boobook
Lower Pappinbarra
Two Southern Boobooks started the seasonal constant calling early this evening. Last year it continued every night, all night, for a few months. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 8/8 #219104
Musk Lorikeet
Dozens of Musk Lorikeets have been feeding on flowering gums in various parts of Campbelltown's CBD over the last few days. The odd Rainbow and Little Lorikeet has been with them.
Lorne Johnson 8/8 #219103
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Got my first Wedge-tailed Shearwater flying south from long reef this afternoon.
michael ronan 8/8 #219102
Musk Lorikeet
Cowra NSW
A flock of 10 noisily enjoying two flowering Ironbarks just outside the Cowra Japanese Gardens
Les Main 8/8 #219098
Double-banded Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Single DB Plover seen with the usuals at low tide today.
Dave Vink 8/8 #219090
Southern Emuwren, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Weebill
Voyager Pt 1' Cell
A pair of Southern Emuwrens was seen in dense heath near the grill boardwalk. Single Chestnut Heathwren in low heath near the quarry responded to pishing with the 'zzrink' call; they are not singing here yet. About 10 Weebills lerping in Castlereagh Scribbly Gums. Small numbers of Fuscous Honeyeater and White-naped Honeyeater in a mixed flock with Spotted Pardalote, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Grey Fantail and Golden Whisteler. A single Little Lorikeet flew over. A single White-throated Treecreeper in ironbark woodland on the Woodland Trail was new for me at this site.
David James 8/8 #219086
Thu 7Southern Boobook
Ermington NSW
I was in the back yard last night looking for possums when my torch caught a Southern Boobook on the fence. Never seen a Southern Boobook around my immediate area so I hope it decides to stay.
Stephen Davey 8/8 #219099
Ground Parrot, Eastern Bristlebirds
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
One Ground Parrot and one Bristlebird on the service trail near the newly installed Picnic bench. One Bristlebird Between the car park and the Lodge
Jim O'Shea 8/8 #219096
Banded Lapwing/Fairy Martins
turf farms windsor
2 Banded Lapwings and many Fairy Martins returned from northern migration.
Keith Brandwood 8/8 #219087
Little Lorikeet
3 birds flew over my yard near former Riverlands Golf Course
David James 8/8 #219085
Topknot Pigeon, Azure Kingfisher
Deep Water Park Milperra
Single Topknot Pigeon seen flying over. Azure Kingfisher at the inlet of the main pond at Blue Gum Farm.
David James 8/8 #219084
Peregrine Falcon
Hawkesbury Lookout
Single bird soaring along cliff edge.
Michael Rutkowski 7/8 #219082
Swift Parrot
Rouse Hill
A small group of approximately 3-5 swift parrots have been observed over the past week on Highlands Way, Rouse Hill. They are presumably feeding off lerp insects, as there are currently no canopy species in flower. Today the group could be seen from the walking track opposite Cornell Close (to the left of the drainage line), although have been heard further into the reserve on the other side of the creek line.
Tom Hickman 7/8 #219075
Sooty Owl
One calling near town center at 2:40am this morning with cricket buzz like trills.
Ákos Lumnitzer 7/8 #219071
Wed 6Pale-vented Bush-hen
Loadstone -Lion's Road NSW
1 bird on road side near crossing of Grady's Creek.
Rob Elvish 6/8 #219057
Tue 5Pacific Baza. Little Corella, Brahminy Kite
Hawthorne Park, South Grafton
Adult pair with immature Bazas foraging in figs, poplars and eucalypts. 200+ Little Corellas foraging on ground and perched in Forest Red Gums. Adult Brahminy Kite flew to Red Gum and put all of the Corellas to flight.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 6/8 #219059
Bassian thrush
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
1 bassian thrush near the waterfall, 5pm eBird checklist
Natalie Wood 6/8 #219055
Topknot pigeon, Green Catbird
Sea Acres Nature Reserve
What a 'gem' location! Staff centre advised that it is extremely rare to sight a topknot pigeon at this location early August. Although the bird was very close it proved difficult to photograph as it kept trying to camouflage itself. Photo taked 100 metres from the end of the boardwalk at 1pm. Green Catbird silent until midday when a pair kept ' yeowing' each other allowing us to easily keep track of them.
Hedley & Irena Earl 5/8 #219044
Collared Sparrowhawk, Hoary-headed Grebe, Rose Robin
Lt Cantello Reserve, Hammondville
In a quick check of the dam I found 1 Hoary-headed Grebe (down from about 6 in May), but the Shovellers seem to be gone. A Collared Sparrowhawk flew over. White-naped and Fuscous Honeyeaters in flowering Blue Box trees (Euc. bauriana). Single male Rose Robin.
David James 5/8 #219041
White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Scarlet Honeyeater
Wurrungwuri Reserve, Moorebank
White-bellied Sea-Eagles calling frequently from trees near an old nest. Loads of Fuscus and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters with a few Scarlet and White-naped Honeyeaters. A Shining Bronze-Cuckoo was calling loudly; it is only my second locally this year, contrasting with last year when I recorded them in late May, mid June and weekly from early July to late September. A flock of Brown Gerygones was the first I've recorded locally this year, contrasting with last year when I recorded them weekly from April to the end of September. Where have they been?. Single Peregrine Falcon, White-throated Treecreeper and 2 Royal Spoonbills also present.
David James 5/8 #219040
Mon 4Turquoise parrot
Glen Davis, The Poplars (private property)
Group of 4 turquoise parrots seen daily for 3 days in same location. On the slope behind the General Manager's cottage and dam. Flushed from the ground but settled in nearby trees - great views.
Kate Buys 6/8 #219065
white-eared Monarch, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Carool, NSW
At least 3 pair of White-eared Monarch in ridgeslope subtropical rainforest. Moderately high elevation. 2 birds of Wompoo Fruit-Dove and 2 Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove.
David Charley 5/8 #219049
Regent Honeyeater
Belmont Lagoon
An adult male Regent HE was found by Jenny Powers, Chris/David Eastham yesterday morning in some Swamp Mahogany trees on the 'island' in Belmont Lagoon with moderate blossom. It was still there this morning and was guarding a favourite tree from White-cheeked and Brown HEs. Apparently it was getting a hard time from Noisy Friars yesterday but there were none there this morning. The bird is extremely vocal, but rarely is it doing 'classic' Regent HE calls, rather it is almost exclusively doing (perfect) Little Wattlebird calls. It's great to watch!
Mick Roderick 4/8 #219031
highlightYellow-billed Spoonbill, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Shinning Bronze Cuckoo
Nurragingy Reserve
A single Yellow-billed Spoonbill (new species for this site) feeding at the edge of a small pond (opposite Cockatoo Picnic site). A pair of Blue-faced Honeyeaters very busy with building their nest near the Centre. Shinning Bronze-Cuckoo calling loudly perching on the fence near creek.
Ted Wnorowski 4/8 #219028
Pallid Cuckoo
A bird called several times over about 10 minutes as we walked our dog at 7:45 this morning. Altitude about 820m AMSL and temperature about -3C!
Martin Butterfield 4/8 #219021
Sun 3Freckled and Pink-eared Ducks
Umber Umberka Reservoir, Silverton near Broken Hill
On a recent visit to this Reservoir, the water level of which is much lower than usual and has a few shallow muddy bays, amongst a flock of roosting Grey Teal were 12 Freckled Ducks, 20 Pink-eared Ducks and 6 Australian Shelducks. I have visited this Reservoir over many years and not previously seen the latter three species on this water reserve.
Alan Morris 16/8 #219237
Eastern Barn Owl
Coomaditchy Lagoon Reserve
5pm While walking the dog I had the bitter sweet experience of spotting into my first live owl (only other two I've seen were: 1 dead E. Barn Owl 21/11/97 at this site & 1dead E. Barn Owl at Puckeys, Nth Wlg circa 1998). This bird appeared to have been in the wars with a wound on its forehead & a blood smear on its right cheek (right eye appeared to be more closed than left). On the up side it was flying ok. It flew into the thick scrub & disappeared. I had a look for it the next few arvos but not seen.
Paul Lynch 10/8 #219154
Gossy Black Cockatoo
Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Tablelands Road, Wentworth Falls
Two separate pairs of Glossies were feeding low in Allocasuarina dystila? south of the old hospital
David James and Brigitte Dawson 5/8 #219043
Noisy Pitta, Grey and White Goshawk, Olive-backed Oriole, Bassian Thrush
Irrawong Reserve/Warriewood wetlands
One Noisy Pitta near little waterfall. Two Bassian Thrush in the same area. One Olive backed Oriole near Garden St. The two Goshawks in the middle of Warriewood Wetlands. Four Royal Spoonbills.
Anita Smedberg 4/8 #219034
Tree Martin, Peregrine Falcon
Moore Park, Sydney
25+ Tree Martins feeding with smaller numbers of Welcome Swallows over parkland and traffic along South Dowling St, a good sized inner city flock. A female Peregrine seen closer to Centennial Park.
Eric Finley 4/8 #219029
White-breasted Woodswallow
Belmont Wetlands
2 White-breasted Woodswallows seen separately by Jenny Powers and Chris/David Eastham, then by John and Beth Cockerell on the 3rd August at Belmont Wetlands. When I was there this morning I heard a bird calling, but had no visual. This is the earliest return date I can see for the Hunter Region in the time that annual bird reports have been compiled (since 1993). Having said that, there is mention of 2 birds being found at the same site "during July" in 1998.
Mick Roderick 4/8 #219027
Sooty Owl
Barrington Tops NP, Gloucester river campground
We took a walk to look for Masked Owls and were pleased that a Sooty came in for a look. Photo taken 200 metres from campground along Barrington Tops Road at 7.40pm
Hedley and Irena Earl 4/8 #219022
highlightWandering type Albatross, Shy Albatross, Buller's Albatross
wattamolla-royal national park.
Plenty of albatross off wattamolla today with up to 300 shy albatross ,5 wandering type albatross including 1 juvenile and 1 Buller's albatross. Also there is a spangled drongo just up from the car park.
michael ronan 3/8 #219015
Scarlet Honeyeater
Riverside Park Chipping Norton
I have never seen a scarlet honeyeater here previously, in 10 years of walking around the lake. Identified by sight and call. Unfortunately the pictures are of dreadful quality but I can post one if desired.
Brenda Parkinson 3/8 #219005
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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