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11/19/2014

Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to Eremaea eBird. It would be way more useful for the atlas, if observers create their lists for Eremaea eBird: You can enter all your observations into Eremaea eBird. These will appear on eBird Latest Lists and become part of the eBird Atlas. To do this you need to register with Eremaea eBird and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. Include date, location, and numbers of birds.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
January 2015
Sun 25highlightWhite-throated Needletail (1000)
Sydney Olympic Park
The biggest flock I have seen since the 1980s in Sydney covering a kilometre plus in size with hundreds and hundreds of birds centred over Meadowbank. Despite a half hour scour no sign of Fork-tailed Swift. Other good birds today included Australian Hobby (1 female), Tawny Frogmouth (2), Nankeen Night-Heron (1), Glossy Ibis (1) Mangrove Gerygone (2), Australasian Pipit (1) Black-shouldered Kite (1 juv), WB Sea-Eagle (2), Dollarbird (8)
Dion Hobcroft 25/1 #221955
Powerful Owl
Lovers Jump Creek Reserve, North Turramurra
Single bird seen roosting over the stream at south end of reserve approx 7:30am
Tom Wilson 25/1 #221953
Sat 24Glossy Ibis, Latham's Snipe, Collared Sparrowhawk
McPherson Rd Swamp, Gavenlock Rd Tuggerah
There were a group of 4 Glossy Ibis feeding in this swamp this morning, where at least 10 Latham's Snipe were seen on the Swamp. A Sparrowhawk was escorted across the wetland by Magpies and Noisy Miners; 2 separate small groups of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were seen that included juvenile birds; a pair of White-breasted Woodswallows were feeding dependant young; and Cisticolas, Tawny Grassbirds, Sacred Kingfisher and Dollarbirds were seen by 14 members of the Cumberland Bird Club.
Alan Morris and 12 members of CBOC 25/1 #221947
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Lake Chickiba, Ballina
Single Pectoral Sandpiper observed at Lake Chickiba today. My first for this site.
Steve McBride 24/1 #221931
Streaked Shearwater
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
2 Streaked Shearwaters flying in with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off north head today.
michael ronan. 24/1 #221930
Magpie Goose
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
4 birds in dead trees on eastern side of wetlands.
Mark Leary 24/1 #221927
Mangrove Gerigone
Liberty Grove Wetlands, Rhodes
One Mangrove Gerygone singing beautifully came to say hello when I attempted to mimic him. He was spotted and photographed Between the bridge and the bird lookout toward the Rhodes side of the bridge.
Richard Hardiman 24/1 #221925
Square-tailed Kite
Nowra
Two birds on Kalandar Road about 1.5 km from the highway towards Culburra in the early afternoon.
Murray Lord and Chris Gladwin 24/1 #221923
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola, Culburra
Bird showing exceedingly well all morning. Also 2 Fairy Terns, 1 Great Knot, 2 Red Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 9 White-winged Black Tern.
Chris Gladwin, Murray Lord 24/1 #221922
Fri 23highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper (Update)
Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper feeding at water's edge
Tony Dawe plus other birders 23/1 #221915
Wed 21Freckled Duck (1), Little Pied Cormorant (nesting)
Harrington Park Lake (about 6km North-east of Camden)
A single Freckled Duck observed. Also, at at least three Little Pied Cormorant nests (in the trees on the man-made island in middle of lake) that contained Adults brooding young birds.
Michael Paul 22/1 #221902
Square-tailed Kite
Beechwood
One seen very low, being harassed by magpies as it circled at 4:38pm.
Ian Kerr 21/1 #221887
Black-necked Stork
Oxley Hwy, Port Macquarie
One adult Black-necked Stork seen at 7:30 am just 700m west of the Base Hospital on the North side of the Hwy. Very uncommon in this area of late.
Ian Kerr 21/1 #221886
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The White-rumped Sandpiper was resting within the electric fence with Red-capped Plover and Red-necked Stint at Lake Wollumboola today. Also present, a Common Tern, ten White-winged Black Tern, Little and Fairy Tern, eight Lesser Sand Plover, five Red Knot and a Great Knot, a Sanderling, four Curlew Sandpiper as well as a number of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Dimitris Bertzeletos and Julie Morgan 21/1 #221884
Tue 20Barking Owl, Black-faced Monarch
Burrlow track Blue Mountains national park near bellbird hill
One Barking Owl heard calling at about 9pm we did not see the bird.
Kareena, Josh Allen 20/1 #221879
Common Noddy, White-winged Black Tern
Flat Rock, Ballina
1 Common Noddy & 4 White-winged Black Tern resting on Flat Rock late this afternoon. The Noddy appeared to have an injured wing, but seemed to be flying without a problem. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 20/1 #221878
Glossy Ibis
McPherson Road Swamp
3 seen near the McPherson Road edge of the swamp from about 250 metres west of Gavenlock Road intersection.
Graeme Robinson 20/1 #221870
Common Noddy, Sooty Terns, Pomarine Jaeger
Fort Drive, Newcastle, Hunter Valley
1 Common Noddy seen flying past, also 2 Sooty Terns and 2 Pomarine Jaegers, many thousands of Shearwaters, mostly Wedge-tailed. Only a 1hr session.
Steve Roderick 20/1 #221869
Mon 19Magpie Goose
South Grafton
98 Magpie Geese seen beside the Pacific Hwy 1.5km east of South Grafton.
Brett Allen 22/1 #221896
Streaked Shearwater
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
1 Streaked Shearwater heading south of north head this afternoon.
michael ronan. 20/1 #221874
Onychoprion-type Tern, Buller's Shearwater, Great-winged Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
One Onychoprion-type Tern was observed late in the day. It was flying south incredibly fast. No gliding involved. Sadly it was too distant to rule out either bridled or sooty, although it did appear to have a greyish back, with an intermediate wingspan between sooty and bridled (when compared with shearwaters), but it remains unidentified as no definite ID features were observed. One Buller's Shearwater was seen by a few of the observers a fair distance out. 2 Great-winged Petrel were seen earlier in the day. All other species seen can be found on the list attached. False Killer Whales (5) and a Whaler Shark (1) was also observed. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, John Graff, Ray Gobbe, Biggles, Adrian Dick 20/1 #221868
Black-necked Stork
1931 Pacific Hwy, Cowper, east of Ulmarra
Two seen in a water meadow on north side of Highway.
Colleen Lock 19/1 #221865
Australasian Shoveler (6) Peregrine Falcon (1 juv)
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Highest ever count of Shovelers here, all feeding along the far edge in amongst the teal, so quite distant and not easy to make out. Recently fledged Peregrine Falcon repeatedly chasing gulls and avocets causing a lot of panic-great views. At Mason Park there were 15 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Red-kneed Dotterel.
Dion Hobcroft 19/1 #221863
Freckled Duck, Marsh Sandpiper
Cotton farm, Ashley
6 Freckled Ducks were observed in a full 80 hectare (200 acres) irrigation farm dam. There were no other ducks present in this particular dam either and no vegetation at all. At least 250 Glossy Ibis were observed altogether in another irrigation dam, the highest count for this site. At another (low) irrigation dam, 75+ Red-necked Avocets, 200+ Black-winged Stilts, 6+ Marsh Sandpipers and 12 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were found. 250 Whiskered Terns, 100 Gull-billed Terns, 10 Caspian Terns and 10 Silver Gulls were found resting in another irrigation farm dam. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne and Ainslee Lines 19/1 #221861
Pacific Baza
Wareemba Avenue Thornleigh
3.15pm perch high in blue gum in front yard. Took photos from deck. Quiet cry as it left - flew east
Elizabeth Baxendale 19/1 #221859
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Lower Pappinbarra
6 GBC seen this morning at 6:08am eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 19/1 #221853
Sun 18highlightWood Sandpiper
Hexham Swamp
Wood Sandpiper photographed along the old pipeline track (exact location can't be confirmed) on Sunday. Very few shorebirds have been visible from the track in recent times. Hopefully these rain events may change things out there.
Jeff Jones per Mick Roderick 19/1 #221858
Golden Whistler, Satin Bowerbird,
Coutts Crossing Village
Immature Golden Whistler, probably 2nd year bird as rufous on wings very slight. This is an early record of this species which is usually an autumn-winter migrant-visitor to the local area. Adult female Bowerbird feeding two juveniles in backyard. Adult had been banded in the backyard on 22 Oct 2011.
Greg Clancy 19/1 #221856
White-headed Pigeon
Epping, corner Beecroft Road and Kandy Avenue
One adult White-headed Pigeon in a garden on the corner of Beecroft Road and Kandy Avenue. First time I see this species in the area.
Wouter Maes 19/1 #221854
Streaked Shearwater,Long-tailed Jaeger, Black-browed Albatross.
Sydney Harbour National Park-North Head.
Seen my second Streaked Shearwater flying south with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters this afternoon also 20+Black-browed albatross and 3 Long-tailed Jaegers.
michael ronan. 18/1 #221849
Crested Shrike-tit
Riverstone
Early morning between 6:30am and 7am spotted 2 Crested Shrike-tits. Also photographed Olive-backed Orioles, Scarlet Honeyeater, Yellow- faced Honeyeater, juvenile Red-rumped Parrots, Eastern Spinebills, and juvenile Rufous Whistler and golden whistler. All seen just behind the cemetery.
Stephen and Antonella Gilmour 18/1 #221847
Sat 17highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Bundagen Headland
Went on a grueling pilgrimage in searing 36 degree heat to see the SIPO. Walked from the Surf Club all the way to the point, where the bird was associating with up to three Sooty Oystercatchers on the rock platform at Bundagen Point. Also fresh Juv. Little Tern.
David Mitford 18/1 #221846
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper still present in the usual spot feeding adjacent to the Little Tern breeding area. Also several Red Knot and single Great Knot and a single White-winged Black Tern. Didn't see the reported Broad-billed Sandpipers.
Simon Blanchflower 18/1 #221839
highlightBrown Booby
28km east of Terrigal
Brown Booby seen on a fishing trip 28km due east of Terrigal, circling the boat twice at close range.
Obi Gabriel per Mick Roderick 18/1 #221838
Whiskered Tern, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Pied Oystercatcher
Clarence River, near Lawrence
Large mixed flock of terns roosting on sandpit in Clarence River 1.5km SE of Lawrence (observed approx 1km south of Lawrence ferry from Woodford Dale Rd). Approx 20-30 Whiskered Tern, 2 Caspian Tern, 1 Common Tern, many Crested Tern. Also 2 Pied Oystercatchers. Many Silver Gull. Whiskered Terns have been present on Clarence River (observed from Grafton downstream to Maclean) for previous few months.
Darryl and Gary Eggins and Maureen O'Shea 18/1 #221837
Fri 16highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird & Brown Skua
Sydney (Coast)
Went fishing out through the heads towards 12 mile (about 20kms) and saw a lot of seabirds. I'm a pretty ordinary sea-birder, but I certainly saw a lot of the same shearwaters (probably wedgetailed) and petrels (great-winged I think). A few singles though- a single Shy Albatross, a single Brown Skua, a lone Long-tailed Jaeger, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Fairy Penguins and a single Red-tailed Tropicbird. [Moderator: the observer, while familiar with Pomarine Jaegar, is unable to, with complete certainty, rule out that species in place of the Brown Skua. AR]
Henry Cook 20/1 #221871
Grey-fronted Honeyeater
The OId Wheatfield, Nombinnie Nature Reserve, Mt. Hope
A single Grey-fronted Honeyeater, was seen in the Old Wheatfield, Nombinnie NR. The bird was very flighty and disappeared quickly.
Andrew Walker 18/1 #221842
Thu 15Lesser Sand Plover & Curlew Sandpipers
Soldiers Point (Norah Head)
A Lesser Sand Plover and 15+ Curlew Sandpipers were observed between 10:45 and 11:18 out the front of the rock self (Low Tide) Other species were 76+ Red-necked Stints, 20+ Ruddy Turnstones and 4+ Grey-tailed tattlers.
Steve Merrett 16/1 #221813
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Showing well throughout late morning-early afternoon. Two Broad-billed Sandpipers, two Lesser Sand-Plovers, two White-winged Black Terns and a Whiskered Tern. No sign of Great Knot or Fairy Tern for us.
Dion Hobcroft, David James and Dean Purcell 15/1 #221810
Wed 14Scarlet Honeyeater
Ulan
Foraging and singing from flowering Rough-barked Apple (Angophora floribunda) near Corporate Rd. Up two two birds but more may have been present.
Kurtis Lindsay 14/1 #221800
Pacific Emerald Dove
Coutts Crossing Village
Adult male Pacific Emerald Dove returned to our backyard today at about 16:50 hrs. I heard its call at first and then later it was feeding on the fallen fruits of Cockspur Thorn, probably just eating the seeds, and later was seen to eat the seeds of a native Basket Grass Oplismenus aemulus. I took some photos but as the bird was continually moving they weren't as good as I had hoped for.
Greg Clancy 14/1 #221796
Wedge-tailed Eagle (x4)
Castlereagh
Four Wedge-tailed Eagles were observed by my friend at approximately 17:40 today. I am awaiting photographs. They were near gate 12 of the quarries.
Ákos Lumnitzer for Peter Phealan 14/1 #221794
highlightPlumed Whistling-Duck
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
28 Plumed Whistling-Duck resting at low tide 9.00am
Marie Lister 14/1 #221792
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Culburra Beach
Bird still present this morning in same spot - despite strong westerly - and seen by many birders. Other birds of note: Broad-billed Sandpiper, Great Knot, Red Knot, Lesser Sand Plover, Little Tern, Fairy Tern.
Lorne Johnson 14/1 #221791
Square-tailed Kite
Culburra Beach
One bird flying low over The Lake Circuit (close to shops) about 9am. Tremendous views. 3 Australian Magpies chased it away.
Lorne Johnson 14/1 #221790
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Shelley Beach, Port Macquarie.
A female Great Frigatebird was observed flying North along Shelley Beach at 11:30 this morning. (Moderator's Note: Great Frigatebirds are on the NSWORAC Review List and therefore this sightings should be referred to the that committee for review, a urrf can be down loaded for this purpose. (AKM).
Liz Hawkins per Clive Meadows 14/1 #221789
Latham's Snipe, Wandering Whistling Duck.
Swamp near Ironbark Creek, Minmi Rd, Wallsend
Flushed at least 40 Latham's Snipe which were on the drying out SW area of the swamp - (swimming pool carpark end). Also spotted a Brown Honeyeater. Saw 3 Wandering Whistling-Ducks at the Bunnings pond next door.
John French & Fiona Lumsden 14/1 #221788
highlightPlumed Whistling-duck
Waterbird Refuge, Sydney Olympic Park
30 Plumed Whistling Ducks at the Waterbird Refuge at 10:00 am today. In a tight group about halfway down the long side.
Jenny Stiles, Rod Stiles, Geoff Hutchinson, Marie Lister and Margaret Murray. 14/1 #221783
Tue 13Long-tailed Jaeger
Mistral Point, Maroubra
20+ Long-tailed Jaegers, including a flock of 14 birds together. 17 Pomarine Jaegers, 4 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, moderate numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Short-tailed Shearwaters also noted. One or two Sooty and Fluttering Shearwaters also mixed in.
David Mitford 15/1 #221804
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo, Painted Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler
Bobadeen Rd, near Ulan
Four Black-eared Cuckoos seen over the 12-13th Jan in Ironbark - Acacia linearifolia woodland. Speckled Warblers breeding (seen at five locations) and Painted Honeyeater seen and heard at three locations. Some Mistletoe in fruit.
Kurtis Lindsay 14/1 #221799
megamegaGrey Ternlet, South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Tucker's Rocks to Bundagen Headland
SIPO was finally found at ~5:30pm, about 400m South of Tuckers Rocks - bird was solitary and eventually flew North past the rocks. Aus Pied Oystercatchers also seen with 3 feeding just to the north of Tuckers Rocks and 5 or so roosting on the rocks at Bundagen Headland but the SIPO was not seen with these birds at any time. Another notable sighting was a Grey Ternlet seen briefly, offshore from the Bundagen Headland rocks.
Lachlan Hall 14/1 #221780
Little Tern
Long Reef
I observed a single Little Tern this morning at Long Reef at 8am this morning. I saw it in flight, calling and also perched on the rockshelf. I had clear views of the black tip on the beak to distinguish it from a Fairy Tern
Jayden Walsh 13/1 #221778
Emerald Dove
Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Adult male Dove observed walking on ground in our backyard at 16:05 hrs, disappeared when I rushed to get camera/scope. Reappeared at 16:35 hrs walking on path near our bird bath at our back door. Disappeared again as I went for the camera. This is our first backyard record of the species, my first for the Coutts Crossing area and my first for the Clarence Valley for some years. This bird appears to be a rare, unpredictable, visitor to the Clarence Valley.
Greg & Val Clancy 13/1 #221772
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The bird was located in the fenced-off tern breeding area. It made no attempt to move off and was quite busy just preening before it sat down to rest.
Ben Weston 13/1 #221770
Mon 12Pacific Baza
Warriewood Wetlands
Nesting site on eastern side of Powderworks road.
John Taylor 14/1 #221787
Wedge-tailed eagle
Castlereagh Rd near Penrith Regional Lakes
2 circling wedge tails over trees on East side of road. A raven chased the rather ineffectually eBird checklist
Adrian o'hara 13/1 #221776
Red-necked Avocet, Black-necked Stork
Wooloweyah Lagoon, W of Angourie
32 Avocets at high tide roost at western edge of lagoon with other shorebirds. They had to to move as tide inundated their roost. Adult Black-necked Stork foraging at north-western edge of Lagoon flew to site at western edge. Possibly one of the local adult pair which hasn't been recorded breeding since 2001.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 13/1 #221771
Square-tailed Kite
Kooloobong Park, Keiraville
At 1:45pm, one Square-tailed Kite was gliding low - then higher - above Kooloobong Park's canopy and the forest at the base of Mt Keira. I was somewhat surprised to see a STK here, considering the habitat is closed forest and rainforest; Pizzey & Knight do mention that STKs frequent these habits though. Not sure how many records of STKs there are for Wollongong area.
Lorne Johnson 12/1 #221754
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Still present today, despite somewhat miserable conditions on the beach at times! At least 3 Broad-billed SP, 2 Sharpies, and 2 Curlew SP as well. Same location as previously reported. Seen resting, feeding and in flight. I'll put up my full site list when I get home!
Elliot Leach, Lori Leach and others 12/1 #221753
Powerful Owl, Scarlet Honeyeater
Nurragingy Reserve
A young Powerful Owl was perching in a turpentine tree at the Currawong Picnic site and eating freshly killed ringtail possum early morning (7:15am). Ravens, magpies and miners were making a terrible noise and constantly harassing it. It didn't bother the bird at all. I left it after 30 minutes with few pieces of possum left under its foot. Other birds have forgotten about the owl and moved away. Also in the reserve: Scarlet Honeyeater ( 8 feeding in mistletoes near the Creek), Brown Honeyeater (1).
Ted Wnorowski 12/1 #221751
Sun 11highlightWood Sandpiper
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd, Kempsey
A single Wood Sandpiper was a nice surprise at this location. Bird landed on verge of swamp close to the road and provided great all round views. 10 Glossy Ibis present as well a several pairs of Australian Shoveler amongst the numerous Chestnut and Grey Teal. There were also 200+ Straw-necked Ibis feeding across a couple of wet paddocks on the south side. eBird checklist
Clive Meadows & Louise Earnshaw 15/1 #221802
Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake
Pitt Town Lagoon
Had good views of 2 Spotless Crakea and 5 Baillon's Crakes at Pitt town lagoon today.
michael ronan 12/1 #221761
highlightKermadec / White-necked Petrels, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Tern (60+)
Pelagic off Port Stephens
Highlights of a very wet pelagic off Port Stephens yesterday were a dark Kermadec Petrel, White-necked Petrel, 2 Buller's Shearwaters and at least 60+ Sooty Terns. Most activity was inside the last 3 or 4 miles landward of the shelf break (in fact there was very little wide of the shelf, though rain was heavy there). We also had a distant 'Cookilaria' that got away on us. 12 White-faced Storm-petrels was a good number of this species in recent times for these pelagic trips. Photo of the Kermadec by Allan Richardson.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 12/1 #221752
Painted Honeyeater
15 km Sth of Condobolin
The four or five pairs of Painted HEs are still present and breeding. Found a nest today with two large chicks just about to fledge. Also present were Superb Parrots and numerous Mistletoebirds with juveniles. Finally good rains recently have given the area some kind of Spring as a lot of the small birds are now starting a late breeding.
Warren Chad 11/1 #221750
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lesser Sand-plover, Fairy Tern
Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper located on the lake near the south western corner of the little tern nesting area before it flew with the other waders to within the fenced off area. It then moved between the two spots, but appeared most comfortable inside the fence. At least 4 Lesser Sand-plovers and 2 Broad-billed Sandpipers were also present. One Fairy Tern, two White-winged Black Terns and both knot species were also noted. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Lachlan Hall & others 11/1 #221746
Whimbrel
Deeban Spit Port Hacking
1 Whimbrel standing in with 16 eastern curlews at high tide.
Julie Keating 11/1 #221739
Sat 10Ostrich
Barham-Moama Rd and Lashbrooks Rd, NSW
Observed 12 adult Ostriches and 6 young ones at known site at Lashbrooks Rd. We were approx 1 km down Lashbrooks Rd looking east. Birds were well away from Lashbrooks Road but could be seen with bins and scope.
Jim and Greg Caine 11/1 #221737
Streaked Shearwater, Common Noddy.
Sydney Harbour National Park-North Head.
Seen my first Streaked Shearwater for the summer today in with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and 2 Common Noddys flying north close to the water.
michael ronan. 10/1 #221733
highlightWandering Whistling-duck, Black-backed Bittern, Australasian Bittern
Fivebough Wetlands
Two Wandering Whistling-duck were observed and photographed in the central pond off Petersham Rd (the first one you get to taking the gravel track past the entrance building). Subsequently, two Australasian Bittern were flushed (see ebird for details). 3 Black-backed Bittern were flushed near the dirt mound overlooking the central pond the ducks were on, and a further single male was flushed on the sewage ponds. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Meredith Thomas 10/1 #221731
Black Falcon
Hiney Road, Orange
Two Black Falcons perched in dead tree over paddock with calling Brown Quail, one flew when disturbed.
Neville Schrader 10/1 #221730
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper & Broad-billed Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper still present in same spot. Also noteworthy were 3 Broad-billed Sandpipers briefly 6-6:15pm
David Mitford 10/1 #221729
Lesser Sand Plover
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Amongst the usual mix for this time of year was a lone Lesser Sand Plover. Photographed attached. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 10/1 #221728
Peaceful Dove
High Range, Wombeyan Caves
One bird heard mid-morning today, by Wombeyan Caves Rd. My first record for the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 10/1 #221725
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Bundagen Headland
Originally we saw the SIPO on the beach about 2km North of the end of Tuckers Rd. It then flew north about 500m to the rocks on Bundagen Headlands. There it rested with Australian Pied Oystercatchers allowing good comparison, until a Sea Eagle flew over and flushed all the birds present. In flight the SIPO was noticeably smaller than the APO, with a broad white trailing edge to the wing, joining the body, and a pointed white mark going up the back. After they had settled again a pair of APOs began to hassle the SIPO, eventually driving it south down the beach. It returned ten minutes later and was again driven off to the north, eventually flying out of sight. Under observation from approximately 2pm to 2:30pm.
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton; Chris Burwell; Antonia Burwell-Rodriguez 10/1 #221723
LIttle Egret
Nepean Weir, Penrith
2 Little Egrets at different times. One hunting along weir itself, then a second bird about two hours later arriving from downstream. An interesting note is that the previously dense population of nesting cormorants (for several years) across the river is no more. For some unknown reason the only nesting birds I've seen were three darters (3 nests), but the rest of the large quarry lake appeared just about devoid of life.
Ákos Lumnitzer 10/1 #221719
Fri 9megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Good views at close range with about 9 others from 10:30-11:45am. Good comparison views next to Red-necked Stint. WRSA slightly larger, browner and duller, bill slightly decurved, tail feathers protrude past the tail. Speckles and some streaking on flanks. Overcast, no wind about 26C. First seen at Shoalhaven Heads on 5/1/15. Photo attached and eBird list attached but not complete. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 10/1 #221724
Thu 8Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Forest Kingfisher, Coastal Emu
Brooms Head Road, Taloumbi
While observing an adult male Coastal Emu with 8 black-headed juveniles foraging actively in a paddock we heard two Little Bronze-Cuckoos in a nearby paperbark. When I located the Cuckoos I could see that they were both adult males. One was displaying to the other by spreading its wings and one was calling with a harsh call that I had not heard before. It was neither of the calls described for the species in HANZAB. I thought I saw a third Cuckoo but as the two males were moving about a fair bit it was hard to tell if there was an additional bird. A Forest Kingfisher was heard calling in the distance. The Emus disappeared suddenly when two Dingoes showed up.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 9/1 #221711
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Matcham NSW
Seen 500 m Central Coast Hwy. There is evidence of feeding at the location as there are multiple rabbit kills near a large eucalyptus. Seen in flight being hassled by magpies. This is the 3rd sighting since 25 th Dec.2014
T.Jones 8/1 #221703
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola, Culburra Beach.
The White-rumped Sandpiper was found today at Lake Wollumboola and kept under observation between 11.30 and 1430 hrs. It fed unconcerned by the people present, only flying off when the other waders were disturbed by presumably potential avian predators and then returning to its favoured feeding spot along the lake foreshore near the aforementioned Little Tern nesting area, and at a distance of about 300m from the car park that is located at the junction of Lake Circuit and Eastern Circuit Rds, Culburra Village. Other birds present included Red-necked Stints, 7 Red Knots, 1 Great Knot, Red-capped & Lesser Sand Plover, Curlew and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, nesting Little Terns both on eggs and feeding young. More observers arrived after 1.30 pm.
Alan Morris, Greg McLachlan, Michael Scobie & Narelle Wright (photo) 8/1 #221702
Spotted Harrier
South Maroubra
Quartering the scrub between Magic Point and the Rifle Range, 8. 30 a.m. Also a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo.
Ted Nixon 8/1 #221696
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Newcastle Harbour
Adult female Great Frigatebird once again observed by a number of observers in Newcastle Harbour today from early morning till approx. 10:15am. The bird disappeared to the north into Stockton Bight for sometime after that and was observed again in the Harbour just before midday. When present the bird appears to be moving between two areas, the inner Harbour and Nobby's Lighthouse. Conversations with local walkers, enquiring about this "strange bird", suggests that the bird may have been present since at least January 5. There is also an unconfirmed report that there may have been two birds present earlier in the week. Due to its rarity this bird will be subject to an ORAC submission.
Allan Richardson 8/1 #221692
Wed 7Square-tailed Kite
Silverdale rd, Silverdale nsw
bird circled low over road and houses, harassed by butcher birds at one point when it tried to land in some trees eBird checklist
Adrian o'Hara 13/1 #221777
Bush Stone-curlew
Featherdale Wildlife Park Doonside
Yesterday afternoon a Bush Stone-curlew was in the main car park of Featherdale and then flew into the park it was not one of the parks birds that had excaped I'm a keeper at Featherdale and I counted all our birds and it was definitely not one of our birds did not stay for long before flying away and was not seen today. (Moderator's Note: The nearest breeding population of BSC is around Brisbane Water, in Gosford LGA. Here there is a breeding population of 3-5 pairs, most of which fledge one or two chicks per annum. Banding studies of this population has shown that there is some dispersal south of juvenile birds to Sydney's northern beach side suburbs and parklands along the Parramatta River. It is possible that this bird came from the Gosford LGA population, however the bird is too far way to indicate whether it was colour-banded.AKM)
Joshua Allen 8/1 #221697
Sooty Tern
N of Corindi River mouth (Red Rock)
Adult beachcast.
Russell Jago 8/1 #221695
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Newcastle Harbour (incl. Nobby's Beach and Carrington Basin)
An unidentified frigatebird was first seen by John and Beth Cockerell at around 1pm yesterday (7 Jan) flying west up Newcastle Harbour towards Carrington. Word went out and it was then a chase to try and locate the bird for an ID, with Lucas Grenadier providing (distant) updates from his workplace along Honeysuckle Drive. At about 5pm Ian Benson and Adam Fawcett (both on opposite sides of the harbour) found it flying over the Hunter River near the Carrington terminals. They both identified it as an adult female Great Frigatebird through bins/scopes. Later, Dan Williams got some close images from Nobby's Breakwall showing the sullied pale throat, a brownish hind collar, broad-based belly patch, lack of spurs in the underwing and one dorsal shot showing narrow and brown alar bars, all confirming the ID as a female Great (one image attached). This species is on the NSW ORAC review list and will be assessed. If accepted, it would be a first for the Hunter Region. The bird has been seen today in the same areas as well. Of interest, a long trade flow causing consistent easterly winds stretching across the West Pacific has dominated recently and there seems to be potential for a tropical cyclone to develop in the Coral Sea over the weekend too. Maybe this bird is a pre-cursor of things to come?
John and Beth Cockerell and several others, per Mick Roderick 8/1 #221690
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Hunter River, between Nobbys and Carrington
First sighted by John Cockerell at ~1330 from Queens Wharf. Several independant observers viewed the bird by ~1630 from different locations and ID confirmed. Still on river on 8/1/2015 @0830.
Adam Fawcett 8/1 #221687
highlightBush Stone-curlew
Featherdale Wildlife Park Doonside
One bird seen at about 5pm yesterday it was not an escape from the park
Joshua Allen 8/1 #221686
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Tucker's Rock
The SIPO was apparent at 7:30AM very close to the beach access from carpark, perhaps 100m north. In close association with a single Pied Oystercatcher.
John Weigel 7/1 #221675
Pacific Baza
Laurieton Retirement village
2 sub-adult birds observed calling and circling the local area, a third bird also heard calling apart from the two for the past 3 days.
Stephen Gallivan 7/1 #221669
Eastern Osprey
Nepean Weir, Penrith
I received an sms from my friend at 8:30am. She saw an Osprey at the weir! It was across the river at the weir itself in a dead branch :)
Ákos Lumnitzer for Sue Thomson of BMBO 7/1 #221668
Tue 6megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Between Tuckers Rock and Bundagen Headland, S of Coffs Harbour
Following up on Phil Gilmour's excellent sighting yesterday, we observed a single likely SIPO in the same area, associating with Australian Pied Oystercatchers. We walked all the way to Bundagen where at least 6 pied-type and 2 Sooty Oystercatchers were present on the rocks. Three pied oycs flew off to the south - from where we had walked - and we followed these up, getting good views. As reported yesterday, the bird showed clearly shorter legs, longer bill with less deep base, much more extensive white on upperwing, clearly reaching the trailing edge of the inner secondaries, the pointed/tapered white patch on the upper back, and extensively white underwing, including whole of innermost secondaries, bases of remaining secondaries and inner primaries, and most greater primary coverts. Other species at Bundagen included Pied and Great Cormorant, Ruddy Turnstone, Crested Terns and Silver Gulls. Could anyone looking for the bird, whether successful or not, please let me know via northernnsw@birdlife.org.au - thanks.
Peter Higgins, Michael Cheers & Peter Richards 6/1 #221660
Freckled Duck (5), Pink-eared Duck (2), Red-necked Avocet (45)
Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
Five Freckled Ducks were sitting on the mud shoreline at the main pond in the treatment plant. To access it, the main gates are closed, so walk on the right-hand side track, ( from Ibis Rd ), which leads to the ponds. A warning - be careful of snakes; Red-bellied Black are thought to be around. There were also 2 Pink-eared Ducks and exactly 45 Red-necked Avocets in the main pond as well. Logan Lalonde - 14 years old - visiting birder from Canada
Logan Lalonde 6/1 #221659
Brahminy Kite
Tuggerah
An adult Brahminy Kite was circling high in the sky near the Red Rooster Chicken restaurant. I got out of the car before entering the restaurant, and spied a kite sp. Reaching for the binoculars, to my astonishment, it turned out to be a Brahminy.
Logan Lalonde 6/1 #221657
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper, Fairy Tern
Lake Wollumboola
Came across the White-rumped Sandpiper on the lake shore near the Little Tern breeding area early this morning. We are guessing it's the same bird from Shoalhaven Heads seen yesterday. Also, a single Fairy Tern identified, as well as 3 White-winged Black Terns.
Lachlan Hall, Henry Coleman, Stanley Tang and Andrew Walker 6/1 #221646
Mon 5highlightPossible South Island Pied Oystercatcher
between Tuckers Rock and Bundagen Headland, about 15kms south of Coffs Harbour
another photo
Phil Gilmour 5/1 #221633
highlightPossible South Island Pied Oystercatcher
between Tuckers Rock and Bundagen Headland, about 15kms south of Coffs Harbour
This bird was seen this morning with two Australian Pied Oystercatchers. It had clearly shorter legs and longer bill and more white on trailing edge of upper wing and more white on underwing. Poor photo of flying bird attached. I also have photo on beach with Australian Pied Oystercatchers I will include in a separate post (see sighting #221633). [Moderator: this bird appears an extremely good candidate for SIPO - with luck more photos will confirm this incoming days. AR]
Phil Gilmour 5/1 #221632
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads
A White-rumped Sandpiper was seen roosting at high tide amongst a flock of 80 Red-necked Stints on the foredune at the old rivermouth. See attached link for approximate location. Park at eastern end of River road and head south for about 500 metres. Also 2 Lesser Sand Plover and 1 Whimbrel seen. eBird checklist Further information
Nigel and Carla Jackett 5/1 #221626
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Eulah Creek
Group of 5 flying over to the North at 9:45 this morning, calling one another (no photo). Further information
Michael Dahlem 5/1 #221618
Sun 4highlightWonga Pigeon, Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Wagga Wagga Botanical Gardens
1 Wonga Pigeon observed near the little zoo wandering around freely. It had no bands or any sign that it was an escapee bird, and flew up onto a tree when it was approached too closely. According to eBird, there are only a handful or records from North Eastern Victoria and a single 1991 record from Jerilderie which are worth noting as similar records. Two Tree Sparrows were also observed inside the amphitheatre where there are numerous records for them. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Owen Lishmund 13/1 #221779
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Myall Lakes National Park--Mungo Brush
I stumbled across a Regent Honeyeater low in the foliage as I was walking back to my car after a swim at North Broadwater on Mungo Brush Drive (between the Bombah Ferry and Boomeri camping ground) around 1pm. The bird was not calling nor had noticeable leg banding. The bird hung around for 5 minute as I tried to call it in to get a picture on my phone to no avail. It was chased by a Lewin’s Honeyeater and Noisy Friar Bird before disappearing. Best tick I have made this year!
Dr Andrew C M Smith 7/1 #221678
Mangrove Gerygone
Royal National Park--Bonnie Vale
Mangrove Gerygone heard singing from mangroves near the Bonnie Vale/Maianbar bridge this afternoon.
Marc Anderson 4/1 #221611
Whistling Kite
Bay Street, Greenwich, edge of Lane Cove River
A whistling kite flew close to the coastline heading westward at 10.20am this morning. I have not seen this species in this part of the municipality before.
Judy Clark 4/1 #221603
Black-faced Monarch, Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake, Spotted Harrier
Pitt Town Lagoon
Highlights from Pitt Town Lagoon this morning were 4 Baillon's Crake, many Spotless Crakes were heard calling but remained hidden in the reeds and a Spotted Harrier cruising over the reeds. What I thought was pretty unusual for Pitt Town was a Black-faced Monarch in the trees on the edge of the lagoon.
michael ronan 4/1 #221602
Topknot Pigeons
Ferdinand Street, Hunters Hill
4-5 Topknot Pigeons flying and then landing in Liquid Amber tree in our garden around 9 am.
Elisabeth Karplus 4/1 #221599
Red-necked Avocet, Shoveler, Fecked Duck and Pink-eared Ducks
Tuggerah Waste water Treatmnet Plant, Wyong Rd Tuggerah
There are still 32 Red-necked Avocets on the back of the STW, along with 78 Black-winged Stilts, 9 Shovelers, 2 Pink-eared and 2 Freckled Ducks. Black-shouldered Kites and a Swamp Harriers also present as well as about 460 Grey Teal, 120 Hardheads, 80 Hoary-headed Grebes and many Little Grebes plus the usual waterbirds, great birding at present!
Alan Morris 4/1 #221597
Regent Bowebird, Green Catbird, Spectacled Monarch
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Male Regent and 2 females feeding on kangaroo apple. This is just past the old generator site. Also attracting Lewin's Honeyeater, Green Catbirds and Silvereye. Male Satin Bowerbird seen nearby. Seen yesterday was a Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarchs, Rufous Fantails, 2 European Blackbird & Bul Buls.
Allan Benson & Alan Morris 4/1 #221596
Sat 3Square-tailed Kite
Basin View, St Georges Basin, South Coast
adult foraging at tree-top level around houses in Basin View Parade eBird checklist
Andrew Taylor 9/1 #221708
Australian Hobby (3)
Erina
Over the last couple of months, I have had almost daily sightings of a pair of Hobbies at the corner of Central Coast Hwy and Terrigal Dr, Erina. They appeared to be using an old Australian Raven nest at the top of a Hoop Pine and today I saw the pair sitting with a fledgling about 8 metres below the nest. This is only the second recorded breeding site for Hobbies on the Central Coast, the other being in an old Raven nest atop the Telstra tower in Wyong in 2012 and 2013.
Nick Carson 7/1 #221682
Black-necked Stork, Latham's Snipe, Grey Gosdhawk
McPhersons Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
The Black-necked Stork has been present the past 3 days at this site, however this morning (4/1/15) from 600-1000 hrs it has been present along the foreshore off Tuggerah Bay, seen from Geoffrey Rd Chittaway (per Dellas Johnson). Other birds at McPhersons Swamp include 2+ Latham's Snipe, White-necked Heron, Intermediate Egret, Grey Goshawk, Black-shouldered Kite, 2 Red-kneed Dotterel & 2 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. A Wedge-tailed Eagle & White-throated Needletails were sighted there on 1/1/15
Alan Morris, photo Dellas Johnston 4/1 #221598
Grey Goshawk, Regent Bowerbird, Topknot pigeon
Strickland State Forest
One Grey Goshawk flushed from the creek vegetation next to the trail. One Female/imm Regent bowerbird (poor photo attached) and two Topknot Pigeons. Rufous Fantails and Black Faced Monarchs also.
David Vickers 3/1 #221593
highlightLesser Sandplover (2), Wandering Tattler (2)
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
On high tide this morning there were a pair of Lesser Sandplovers and a pair of Wandering Tattlers at Boat Harbour, Kurnell. For Wandering Tattlers see the 2 images for Jan 3 taken by Gary Dunnett in the Further Information link to his Flickr photo album. Further information
Gary Dunnett, Ken Gilmour, Bruce Roubin 3/1 #221592
Peregrine Falcon
Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Two birds, appeared to be adults of the same sex (same size), probably males, in aerial display high to the south of the Village. Circling together then one would rise up stall briefly and fly towards second bird. Both birds presented their talons to each other but no contact was made. This was repeated a few times until the birds moved out of sight in an easterly direction and appeared to be still displaying.
Greg Clancy 3/1 #221585
Nankeen Night Heron
Nepean Weir, Penrith
In the nearly eight years of me visiting this area, not once have I seen this bird here. I am sure they are around, but it was a surprise landing of one in a small eucalyptus along the upper part of the walk, which alerted me to its presence. I got some great views, especially as a couple of walkers by flushed it and it descended down to the river from up near the sake brewery where I saw it.
Ákos Lumnitzer 3/1 #221583
Fri 2Superb Lyrebird
North Turramurra
Group of 4 birds foraging for food in undergrowth and leaf litter. 1 male displaying to female.
Narelle Barden 7/1 #221667
highlightpossible Rawnsley's Bowerbird (young male)
Border Ranges National Park--Sheepstation Creek
In a group of normal Satin Bowerbirds there was a female-coloured bird with conspicuous yellow primary panels and a more slender and longer appearing bill but with the overall size and jizz of a Satin Bowerbird. Normal Regent Bowerbirds were nearby. As neither female Satin nor female Regent Bowerbirds show yellow wing panels, we believe that this bird was a young male 'Rawnsley's Bowerbird' (Satin x Regent hybrid). A mutant Satin Bowerbird with aberrant primary colouration should have a stouter and shorter bill. So far only adult male 'Rawnsley's Bowerbirds' have been described. So, this observation might be of general interest. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get photographs.
Nikolas Haass & Frank Valckenborgh 6/1 #221664
Pheasant Coucal
Royal National Park--Mt Bass
One Pheasant Coucal heard calling from low trees adjacent to heath near the south end of the Mt. Bass Fire Trail.
Logan Lalonde 4/1 #221606
Pacific Baza
Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Baza heard calling in morning. Two observed the day before (01 Jan 15) flying into eucalypts at edge of village near Cemetery.
Greg Clancy 3/1 #221587
Pacific Baza
Armidale Street, South Grafton
Adult with heavy wing moult gliding north over residential area.
Greg Clancy 3/1 #221586
highlightWhite-fronted, Painted, Brown Honeyeaters, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
"The winery", Whitton Stock Route Rd, Binya SF
An early morning visit to this site started with a flock of 12 Major Mitchell's Cockatoos landing in a dead tree beside the car. In the winery block itself, a Brown Honeyeater (rare for the area) and then a White-fronted Honeyeater (even rarer) plus a Painted Honeyeater showed themselves albeit briefly. A group of 8 Turquoise Parrots also flew overhead and 12 Superb Parrots flew over the car as I was driving off. A good start to my 2015 list!
Max O'Sullivan 2/1 #221576
Red-necked Avocet, Pink-eared Duck
Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
20+ Avocets still on back pond. Single Pink-eared amongst mass of Hardhead, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australasian and Hoary-headed Grebe
Allan Benson 2/1 #221574
Latham's Snipe, Red-rumped Parrot
Tuggerah, Central Coast Wetlands
3 Latham's Snipe flushed. 8 Red-rumped parrots including adults and immatures. Red-rumps are uncommon on the central coast so this is significant breeding record
Allan Benson 2/1 #221573
Black-necked Stork, Latham's Snipe
McPherson Road Swamp
Swamp very full with limited bird life. Black-necked Stork the stand out bird. 2 Latham's Snipe flushed
Allan Benson 2/1 #221572
Thu 1Caspian Tern
Stockton Sandspit
Oranged flagged bird "77" spotted 9 am on Jan 1. Can't find anywhere to report on the net. Silver on other leg ? Victorian. (Moderator's Note: Go onto the Australian Wader Study Group Website, there is a option there to report siightings.AKM)
Michael Rutkowski 6/1 #221661
Satin Flycatcher
Pope's Glen track, Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath
Two active nests found 70 metres apart along the Pope's Glen track. At least six adult Satin Flycatchers (and one nestling) seen along the track.
Mark Hocking 1/1 #221568
Spotted Harrier (I'mmature)
Cornwallis
While I spent time photographing two recently fledged Brown Falcon chicks (one still had down on its head), an immature Spotted Harrier flew over the treetops coming from Bakers Lagoon. Sadly, I had to take shots into the sun, so it is very contrasty, but I still managed some good images of this beautiful young bird. I believe there may be at least one nesting pair in the Nepean-Hawkesbury region, as for the last two or more years I have been seeing young birds (photos taken too) as well as many adults. However, it would be difficult to locate a nest if there were one.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/1 #221565
Spotted Harrier
Freemans Reach
Adult Spotted Harrier spotted and photographed near corner of Argyle Reach Road and Freemans Reach Road this afternoon. It was interesting to note the harrier's behaviour from a distance, as initially I thought it may have been a Square-tailed Kite. The harrier was hovering over the treetops with feet fully down for a while.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/1 #221564
highlightBlack Falcon, Glossy Ibis
Bushells Lagoon, Wilberforce
There were at least six Glossy Ibis at the lagoon and five Whistling Kites were harassing them at various times during mid-afternoon. I suddenly noticed a larger falcon appear from the south and join the kites harassing the waterbirds. The falcon then flew on towards the town of Freemans Reach. Only a poor ID shot was taken of the falcon, but the characteristics of plumage and its flight made ID a snap.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/1 #221563

December 2014
Wed 31highlightSooty Owl
McKeown's Valley near Devil's Coachhouse, Jenolan Caves
An excellent end to 2014. Two Sooty Owls calling repeatedly after dusk (one seen well). Then male Spotted-tail Quoll seen running along road close to caves, when leaving Jenolan.
Mark Hocking 1/1 #221552
highlightBlack Bittern,Australian Hobby,Osprey
Erina Creek, Erina
While cruising on Erina Creek between East Gosford and Erina, we saw one Osprey, two Australian Hobbies and a Black Bittern.
Richard & Peter Street, Andrew Melville 1/1 #221551
Jabiru
Ulmarra
Single bird in flooded paddocks next to Pacifica Hwy approx. 3 - 4 km north of Ulmarra.
Ivor Jones 31/12 #221550
Magpie Goose
Grafton
A gaggle of at least 40 birds in a paddock adjacent to the Pacific Hwy just past the BP on the north side of Grafton
Ivor Jones 31/12 #221549
Osprey, Spotted Crake, Little Tern
Eastlakes
Great to see an Osprey hawking over the ponds this morning, scaring the hell out of a flock of Masked Lapwings. Other good birds included a Spotted Crake, a Black-fronted Dotterel chick perhaps 10 days old, 3 Horsfields Bronze Cuckoos, a Little Tern plus 2 Whiskered Terns, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, a single Lathams Snipe, several Royal Spoonbills, an Intermediate Egret and two pairs of Rufous Whistlers. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 31/12 #221540
Tue 30Blue-billed Ducks
Lake Wallace, Wallerawang.
At least 3 Blue-billed Ducks present along with Musk Duck, Great Crested Grebes and large numbers of various other waterbirds including Eurasian Coot, Hardheads, Hoary-headed Grebes etc.
Martin Filipczyk 3/1 #221595
Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Dollarbird
Iluka Road, Woombah Village
Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling in park. Adult pair of Dollarbirds feeding nestling in hollow in Small-fruited Grey Gum on roadside.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 3/1 #221588
Common Greenshank
Badgery's Creek
A single Common Greenshank was seen and photographed foraging along the edges of the dam opposite the intersection of Elizabeth Dr and Badgery's Creek Rd.
Ashwin Rudder & Simon Gorta 30/12 #221536
Sun 28highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Fingal Head
A bird sitting with what appeared to be one chick. (Note that in Linda Brannian's Report for Birdlife Northern Rivers dated 25/11/14, in the review of beach nesting birds in Tweed Shire, no mention is made of Beach Stone-curlews nesting in the Fingal Head area, although single birds have been reported. AKM)
Nick Talbot 30/12 #221533
Buff-banded Rail
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Overcast day on the Hunter River Floodplain with good numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Rednecked Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and a single Marsh Sandpiper and Common Greenshank. Three Australian Spotted Crakes observed as well as a pair of Buff-banded Rails with three dependent chicks out for a forage.
Allan Richardson 29/12 #221532
highlightBlack Petrel
Fingal Beach
The bird was seen sitting on the beach on Sunday (28th December) and found dead this morning. It was taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for storage and QLD Museum informed.
Nick Talbot 29/12 #221530
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Boultwood Street, Coffs Harbour
2 birds feeding in belt of trees
Colleen Lock 29/12 #221524
Sooty Tern
Richmond River, North Wall
A juvenile Sooty Tern seen in the mouth of the Richmond River before it headed north along the coast.
Hans Wohlmuth 28/12 #221519
Latham's Snipe, Spotless Crake
The Ponds (near Blacktown)
Saw for the first time at The Ponds a Latham's Snipe as I accidentally flushed it beside the creek side vegetation where I also had a few Spotless Crakes. There were also a number of Double-barred Finches and also lots of Weebills about (with the later with young).
Edwin Vella 28/12 #221518
Sat 27Stubble Quail
Kenneth Upton Reserve, Mt Druitt
Flushed out a single Stubble Quail. Also always hear/see Golden-headed Cisticola here.
L. Morgan 28/12 #221516
highlightWhite-chinned Petrel
Sydney Harbour National Park - North Head
Highlight from a seawatch off North Head was a White-chinned Petrel: noticeably larger than a Flesh-footed Shearwater with a much larger head and neck with a deeper pale bill; heading north, low graceful flight with bowed wings only 200 meters off the headland.
michael ronan 28/12 #221510
Beach Stone-curlew
Nambucca River
Single bird seen on river bank at Bellwood Park picnic area
Ivor Jones 27/12 #221509
Freckled Duck
Kiss' Lagoon Bega
Kiss' Lagoon, is proximal to the Bega township (corner of Old Princess Highway and Poplar St, observed at the North-West corner of the lagoon). Single female duck among many Eurasian Coots. Possibly injured or diseased on the head (see photo)
Megan Griffith 27/12 #221507
Black Bittern
Deepwater Park Milperra
A female flushed from the shore of the second pond on Maxwell Ave about 11 am. First BB I've seen locally since mid August
David James 27/12 #221502
Wonga Pigeon
Mt Hunter NSW, Burragarong Rd over Sickles Creek
Flushed from road side on bridge...large, plump grey and white pigeon
Michael Miller 27/12 #221500
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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