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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

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

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location and number of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) unless they are in unusual locations, are seen with unusual prey or have been seen performing atypical behaviour.

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December 2017
Thu 14highlightAleutian Tern (important information regarding access)
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Birders are reminded that there is an active Little Tern nesting colony within the estuary that may inadvertently be disturbed by people trying to access the area where the Aleutian Terns are being seen. Little Terns are listed as Endangered in NSW and this colony is actively managed by the NSW National Parks Wildlife Service, who have requested that all birders follow the below route when accessing the inlet (refer to attached map). Park at the beach access which is about 700m along the track from the caravan park, then walk up the main beach north until the fence on your left stops. Then you can cut left, and backtrack to wherever the Aleutian Terns are roosting. This avoids any confusion as to where the Little Terns and Red-capped Plovers are/aren't nesting. Note this is an old aerial photo and the opening/entrance to the estuary is currently closed. Rangers will be present over the coming days to make sure people are doing the right thing. 15 birds have been confirmed as present at the site today (14/12)
Hunter Central Coast Branch NPWS, per Mick Roderick 14/12 #233048
Brown Falcon
Warriewood Wetlands
Oceanvale Complex area near to the ponds. Hunting amongst the trees, perching then flying to another perch a few times after being pestered by Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos. Second sighting in as many weeks.
Alex Moffat 14/12 #233045
highlightRose-crowned fruitdove
Eastlakes golf course
7am . One immature rose-crowned fruitdove. Behind main tool shed.
Bas Hensen 14/12 #233043
Wed 13Turquoise Parrot (12), Diamond Dove (6)
Binya State Forest--Wattle Dam
At 38 degrees I sat for 4 hours at the dam and 27 species came in for a drink. The Turquoise Parrots were mostly males coming in singly and no juvenile birds were seen so they must be still breeding. The parrots came in at all times whilst I was watching. See eBird list for details. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 14/12 #233044
Black Falcon, Black Kite
Woodford Island, opposite the Clarence Broadwater
One Black Falcon perched on cross arm of power pole opposite paddock of burnt sugar cane. 5+ Black Kites low over paddock. Black Falcon first seen in area in late August and last sighting was on December 3 near Roberts Creek Road on Woodford Island. The tail of that bird appeared to be moulting with feathers either very worn or some missing as the fanned tail had gaps in it. The tail of the bird today did not show any wear or gaps so has either moulted (very quickly) or it was a different bird. The bird did appear to be moulting body and head feathers with a patchy black and brown appearance.
Greg Clancy 13/12 #233041
Pacific Baza (breeding record)
Hornsby Heights
2 adults nest with 2-3 babies high in red gum on front street boundary.
Hepworth 13/12 #233039
Tue 12Broad-billed Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboula east
Continuing bird first reported by Duade Paton on Saturday. Good views through scope early afternoon at low tide. Feeding alone on edge of largest sandbar. 3 Red-knots and a pair of A. Hobbys. Very few shorebirds pesent. eBird checklist Further information
Carla Jackett Nerida Hudspith Joy Williams 13/12 #233038
highlightGreater Sooty Owl
Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve
Greater Sooty Owl roosting in a cave. Location Borenore Karst Reserve approx 20km west of Orange NSW. (Moderator's Note: A Sooty Owl was photographed in a cave at this same location by Chantelle Bruton on 30/10/2017, as posted on the Australian Bird Identification Facebook page. This is a very western location for Sooty Owls and the surrounding habitat [open White Box woodland] is very atypical for this species - a very interesting find. MR).
Simon Hayes 12/12 #233034
highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Ten Aleutian Terns seen by several observers today, though only after the tide had dropped so that sandbars were exposed in the inlet. The birds were mostly loafing at the waters edge on a couple of the sandbars that were close to the ocean. One or two flew off towards the ocean while we were there. The attached photo shows an individual in flight with a Little Tern. Congratulations to Liam Murphy on this incredible discovery.
Mick Roderick, Ian Benson, Craig Anderson and others 12/12 #233032
Mon 11megamegaAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
This morning I located no less than 13 Aleutian Terns out on the sandflats of Farquhar Inlet, just north of Old Bar. It is one year and one week since I photographed two of this species at exactly the same location. The attached back-of-camera photo shows the distinct combination of bill shape, head pattern, forked tail and dark trailing edge to inner wing. Many more photos taken and will upload to eBird and Australian Twitchers Facebook page later. Access is easiest by parking along the road to Mudbishops Point reserve and wading across a few shallow channels out towards the north-east of the flats. Please consider that the adjacent dunes are home to a Little Tern breeding colony and many waders are also using the area. A BARC submission will be prepared. (Moderator's Note: A remarkable record of what would be a first for Australia, notwithstanding the report from this time last year. MR)
Liam Murphy 11/12 #233028
Pacific Baza [and Satin Bowerbird]
I was delighted to see my first Pacific Baza in Greenwich [indeed, on the Lower North Shore] this morning, although I know they have occasionally been recorded near here. This one was perched low over Gore Creek near the Greenwich side of River Rd. [The Bowerbird, an immature male with the dark green throat and upper breast, was bathing and preening in the canalised part of Gore Ck near the Bob Campbell Oval.]
Ted Nixon 11/12 #233023
Sun 10Tree Martin
Brickmakers Creek Liverpool
The first time I have seen Tree Martins here in 26 years. The birds may have come from the Georges River up Cabramatta Creek to Brickmakers. I saw five birds at one time.
Ian Bailey 11/12 #233030
White Ibis
Dee Why Lagoon
Nest-building activity noted, a first for me at Northern Beaches. (At Auburn they nest in suburban front-yards).
David Sawyer 10/12 #233012
Sat 9White-throated Nightjar
Timmallallie Dam, Pilliga Forest, No. 1 Break Road
On the way through the scrub stopped at Timmallallie Dam at 5:00 for a quick check. Used my recorder to play calls of both White-throated and Spotted Nightjars. White-throated answered almost immediately; Spotted was not detected. Bird was also audio-recorded. (Moderator's Note: this is right on the western known limit of their range. MR) eBird checklist Further information
Michael Dahlem 13/12 #233040
Common Sandpiper
Richmond Lowlands
The Common Sandpiper was still present on the dam beside Powells Lane so I would say a different bird to the one seen at Bushells Lagoon on the same day.
Edwin Vella 10/12 #233016
Common Sandpiper
Bushells Lagoon, Freemans Reach
Highlight of a quick afternoon visit was a Common Sandpiper. Other good birds were a pair of Red-capped Plovers, 3 Red-necked Stints, and a pair of Musk Ducks.
Stephen Hey, Paul Johnstone 10/12 #233013
highlightWhite-chinned Petrel, Buller's Shearwater
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
A White-chinned Petrel and a brief sighting of a Buller's Shearwater were the highlights of the December SOSSA trip. Other birds of interest were 30+ Shy (White capped) and a single Black-browed Albatross, 12+ Wilson's Storm-petrels, 10+ Grey-faced Petrels and a Pomarine Jaeger. Short-tailed Shearwaters were still moving south in high numbers.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 9/12 #233008
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Single bird feeding with a single Red-necked Stint. Also saw with 4 Red Knots on raised sand bar just south of lookout at the southern car park. Also feeding on eastern lakes edge. Saw this species almost on the same day at same location in 2014. eBird checklist
Duade Paton 9/12 #233007
Fri 8highlightBuller's Shearwater, probable Cook's Petrel, Sooty Tern
Pelagic out of Swansea
A very enjoyable pelagic out of Swansea saw 22 species recorded, including a couple of unidentified 'types'. Highlight was probably a Buller's Shearwater that appeared in the wake of the boat about 5 miles out from the heads on the return leg; one of 7 shearwaters recorded. A distant Cookilaria has been shown on images to have an evenly pale head not contrasting with the upperparts and was probably a Cook's, but this won't likely be confirmed. Good numbers of albatross, including a Wandering-type, about 8 Shy-types (including a juvenile White-capped), a Campbell and 3 Black-broweds. 30+ Wilson's Storm-petrels and 3x White-faced. A juvenile Sooty Tern appeared at the same time as the Cookilaria.
Mick Roderick, Allan Benson and 20 others 9/12 #233003
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
Continuing presence of an immature Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. For a photograph and more information please see the eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 8/12 #233000
Thu 7Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
Continuing presence of an immature Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. For photographs and more information please see the eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 7/12 #232995
Terek Sandpiper, Great Knot
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Good range of waders on the falling tide this afternoon at Boat Harbour. Single Great Knot & Terek Sandpiper the pick amongst 49 Pacific Golden Plover, 77 Red-necks Stint, 4 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers & 12 Ruddy Turnstone. Also 58 Little Tern & 7 Common Tern noted.
michael ellison 7/12 #232993
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (breeding record)
Laughtondale Gully, Maroota
By no means a rare species in the Hawkesbury, but it was pleasing to see an adult pair calling and feeding two fledged immatures about 1 km from the southern end of Laughtondale Gully Rd. A single bird was also seen a further 2 km down the road. Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters very common as usual here. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 7/12 #232991
Wed 6Banded Lapwing (5), Painted Honeyeater (4)
Cnr Millis Rd and Gum Creek Rd Hanwood via Griffith
Lapwings were on the road where the recent weekend rain had flooded - 2 on the road and 3 others on the channel bank. The Painteds were along Gum Creek Rd.
Max O'Sullivan 7/12 #232987
Painted Honeyeater
McCann Road north of Griffith
Lots of mistletoe along roadside where Painted, Singing and Striped Honeyeaters were found. Also Black Honeyeaters at Campbell's Swamp.Thanks to Max O'Sullivan for his help this morning.
Les Main 6/12 #232983
'Bellawongarah' - private property
One Pilotbird called several times from the rainforest near the house. Not very common here as they were 8 years ago for a few years. Wet day and cool. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 6/12 #232982
Tue 5Little Egret
Ansells Pt, Geoffrey Rd Chittaway
This small nesting colony of Little Egrets located on the NSW Central Coast is underway again with currently 8 nests in the colony. The colony has been going at least since 1989, usually 8-20 pairs. It started in casuarinas at Chittaway Point West but over the years has gradually moved south nesting later in Swamp Oaks (Casuarina glauca) & 2 very large Lilli Pillis (Acmena smithii), but nowdays all the nests are in the one large Camphor Laurel Tree located on the bank of Ourimbah Creek. The loud popping noises associated with breeding egrets and birds with long two breeding plumes coming from their heads, are features of this colony. This is the furthest south that Little Egrets breed in coastal NSW although they to do breed much further south in inland NSW, particularly when suitable, at Almond Rd Swamp, Leeton and in the Redgums along the Murray River.
Alan Morris 7/12 #232992
highlightRose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
An immature Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove was seen at GPS -33.983958, 151.065137. For more information, please see eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 5/12 #232979
Sun 3White-throated Needletail
St Lukes Park, Concord, w Sydney
Minimum 230 birds heading nw over the park. Could have been many more, was unable to continue count. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 5/12 #232973
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Single bird seen flying over houses near Larkin park and Nyngan pool.
michael Crosland 3/12 #232966
Pacific Golden Plover (6), Crakes, Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
All 3 species of Crake (Baillon's, Australian and Spotless) still showing well along with a Freckled Duck and 6 Pacific Golden Plover.
Edwin Vella and Michael Ronan 3/12 #232963
Sat 2highlightLesser Frigatebird
Dee Why Headland
Phographed by David Noble - appears to be a 3rd year female Lesser Frigatebird - from David James' paper: Further information
David Noble (per Andrew Taylor) 11/12 #233024
White-throated Needletail
Carr's Creek bridge Grafton NSW
Approx 300+ WTN observed flying low overhead & feeding over nearby Carrs Creek, Carrs Island and Clarence River in large concentrated flock. Observed for approx one hour from 6:30am. More WTN observed scattered over Grafton on way home (approx 30+). Email report submitted to Prof Michael Tarburton. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins 2/12 #232957
Fri 1Noisy Pitta
'Bellawongarah' - private property (restricted access)
Noisy Pitta heard calling at 6:10am from our rainforest near the house yard. Also heard yesterday at the same location. Call recorded.
Carla Jackett 1/12 #232948

November 2017
Thu 30Satin Flycatcher, Red-capped Robin
Megalong Valley
At least 6 (3 pairs) of Satin Flycatcher along Pulpit Hill Creek in the Upper Megalong Valley. A nesting pair provided a nice comparison alongside several Leaden Flycatchers at Blackheath Glen Reserve. An immature Red-capped Robin was seen well just east of the road on the Six Foot Track. Several White-winged Trillers and a nesting pair of Dusky Woodswallow were found along Megalong Creek east of the main road. Red-browed Treecreepers, Cicacdabirds and Brush Cuckoos were all very evident and seen well. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge and Simon Gorta 1/12 #232951
highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
A male Little Bittern first heard calling and then seen well in dense sedge at Belmore Swamp, right on dusk. White-throated Nightjars also heard at several spots along Seale Road. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 1/12 #232949
White-throated Needletail
M1 Motorway Service Centre Wyong
Approximately 30 birds seen flying above the M1 just south of the service centre at 7.30 am this morning. Roughly at Easting 351185, Northing 6319233. (Moderator Note: Must have been a good morning for Swifts on the Central Coast today, with similar numbers at Karuba Oval, Berkeley Vale and at Murray St Bateau Bay at 800 hrs. AKM)
Deryk Engel 30/11 #232946
Wed 29Emerald Dove, Regent Bowerbird (8)
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Single Emerald Dove sited - has been seen at this site on just a few occasions. A high count of 8 Regent Bowerbirds including 3 males and 5 "brown" birds were seen prominently but distantly. Two confiding Wonga Pigeons and flyover of a White-Bellied Sea-Eagle amongst others. eBird checklist
David Vickers 30/11 #232947
Painted Honeyeater (6)
McCann Rd Lake Wyangan Griffith
Painteds were very visible and vocal along this road running alongside the almond orchard along with many Mistletoebird, Singing H/e, Spiny-cheeked H/e, Mallee Ringneck and Double-barred Finch.
Max O'Sullivan and Carsten Fog from Denmark 29/11 #232940
highlightAustralasian Bittern (5), Blue-billed Duck (10), Black Honeyeater
Campbells Swamp (Griffith)
A visit to the swamp this morning with a Danish birdwatcher produced many good sightings including the Oz Bitterns - 4 flew up out of the reeds together and one a little later. On the way down from the car park, a pair of Black Honeyeaters were seen. At the hide, there was a gathering of Blue-billed Ducks (10) including 4 ducklings. 3 Musk Duck were also seen with one juvenile duckling. Lots (20+) Magpie Geese and 4 Freckled Duck - none showing any sign of breeding colours on the bill. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan and Carsten Fog from Denmark 29/11 #232939
Mon 27Australian Brush Turkey
Wigram Road turning East into Upper Road, Forest Lodge 2037
Mature Brush Turkey walking North up Wigram Road and turning East into Upper Road, Forest Lodge 2037.
Kim Hague-Smith 10/12 #233017
Magpie Goose
Koala Beach Estate
Up high in a Casuarina. Awkward balancing act, but stayed for a while.
Irene Timmins 29/11 #232936
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Long Reef Golf Course
19 feeding on seeds of coast banksias. Also 10 very small Moorhen chicks, all the same age, on one of the small ponds. As well as a pair of Spotted Crakes, foraging in the open; and Brown Quail calling near surf club.
David Sawyer 28/11 #232927
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Wattle Forest. Royal National Park.
Still at usual site, fig tree by the dead tree. Figs are running low, no other birds feeding on the tree. Maybe time to move on. Best to patiently wait for the bird to move, otherwise, very hard to see. Further down the track, pass the fallen tree. Feeding on the ground. Green Catbird, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Bassian Thrush and Lyrebirds. Also nesting Golden Whistler and Yellow Robin. Plus, sadly, a male Blackbird.
Peter Johnston 27/11 #232920
highlightWandering Whistling Duck
Eastlakes golfcourse
One adult WW Duck in lake next to Wentworth Av, visable from foot bridge over the road. Also Latham's snipe, Baillon's Crake ,next lake over.
Bas Hensen 27/11 #232917
Sun 26Banded Lapwing
6km NW Rappville, Casino
This is a confirmed breeding record as the property owner reported 3 young hatched - I have observed 1 young at fledgling stage today along with both parents. (Moderator Note: There are very few breeding records for far North-east NSW. AKM)
Lyle McNamara 26/11 #232911
Brown Falcon
Warriewood Wetlands
1 bird seen well, soaring on thermals for about 10 minutes. A rare bird on the Northern Beaches of Sydney eBird checklist
Jayden Walsh 26/11 #232898
Sat 25Australian Brushturkey
Single bird along the Greenway about 100m south of Marion St. (Moderator's Note: This report should also be sent to John Martin of the Royal Botanic Gardens who is collecting records of Brush Turkeys in Sydney, as he is documenting their spread in the city and 9 birds have already been wing-tagged. Photograph any the wing-tagged birds and or report your birds to AKM) Further information
David Hair 26/11 #232894
Regent Honeyeater
Capertee NP, Glen Alice
At least two Regents (one tagged, one not) spotted at Capertee National Park along the river not far from homestead. Other interesting sightings for the day included a pair of Turquoise Parrots not far from Glen Alice, a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles feeding off a joey carcass just before the bridge to Glen Alice at the intersection and plenty of Brown Tree-creepers throughout the valley.
Jason Grubba 25/11 #232893
Little Eagle
Royal National Park, Audley
Little Eagle sighted 4 times mid-afternoon working the updraught along the western side of the Hacking River at the start of Lady Carrington Drive.
Biggles Csolander 25/11 #232892
Fri 24Pacific Baza
One bird flying over the Hume Hwy about 3pm. This is the first time I've seen a Pacific Baza on the Hume Hwy in eight years of driving between the Southern Highlands and Sydney. I have never seen on in south-west Sydney or the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 24/11 #232875
Rose-Crowned Fruit-dove
Wattle Forest, Royal National Park
Continuing bird still present in a fig tree on the hillside a few hundred metres in [next to a burnt tree]. Topknot Pigeons and Satin Bowerbirds also present. Still quite a bit of fruit left.
Jenny & Rod Stiles 24/11 #232873
Thu 23Magpie Goose
Campbells Swamp (Griffith)
At least 20 adult geese with 2 broods (about 8 goslings each) of recently hatched young. Also about 15 Blue-billed Ducks incl 5 half grown young.
Bob Moffatt 24/11 #232871
Top-knt Pigeon, Square-Tailed Kite
Larool Creek Valley, Thornleigh
Upon arriving home around 6pm saw a flock of 15 Top-Knots flying silently around the valley. A short time laterwas alerted to the presence of a raptor by the local Sulphur-created Cockatoo community and had excellentviews of the kite flying low over the trees.
Lewis Benham 24/11 #232870
Painted and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters, Little Eagle
Medhurst Bridge, Martindale
A twenty minute morning tea break late in the morning found two Painted Honeyeaters, 3 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters, a Little Eagle, and the usual Jacky Winters, Double-barred Finches and Yellow-rumped Thornbills at this site. Close by at Martindale Public School was an Australian Hobby and a male Brown Goshawk and there was another Hobby at nearby Bureen.
Alan Morris 23/11 #232866
Long Reef Golf Course
One female or juvenile found dead near the side of Pittwater Road. This species is very scarce on Sydney's Northern Beaches (now even more scarce!). I actually found it 29 Sept. but had been in freezer until now awaiting identification.
David Sawyer 23/11 #232862
Wed 22highlightRed-capped Robin (successful breeding), White-winged Triller, Little Lorikeet
Kedumba Valley, Blue Mountains National Park
An incredible number of Red-capped Robins was seen, mostly at Kedumba Crossing, including 5 breeding pairs (i.e. two pairs with two fledglings each and three pairs with a single fledgling each), 2 non-breeding pairs (i.e. without young) and 4 apparently lone females. This is only our second record of Red-capped Robins in the valley, from regular visits since 2012 (a pair was seen in dry conditions last year). Also, 5+ White-winged Trillers (males in breeding plumage and one male in non-breeding plumage), two small groups of Noisy Miners (our first record in the valley), 30+ Little Lorikeets whizzing around frequently (this species is always recorded in the valley) and many other excellent birds
Kalang Morrison-Jones, Milo Morrison-Jones, Ira Dudley-Bestow 23/11 #232869
Square-tailed Kite
Observed and photographed. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 22/11 #232855
Tue 21Emerald Dove
Bundewallah (Kangaroo Valley road)
At 6:50pm an Emerald Dove was observed walking on Kangaroo Valley road ahead of me while driving to Berry. It flew off as i got close but i had good views of its body from the back showing distinct pinky brown body with green wings. Smaller than a Brown Cuckoo-Dove with much shorter tail. A good record. Is the new name Brown-headed Dove? Race rogersi. Further information
Carla Jackett 21/11 #232852
Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Wattle Forest, Audley - Royal NP
The adult Rose-crowned Fruit-dove showed very well for all of us present after initially spotted by a visiting young American birder who was not aware of its presence that us local birders were out looking for! It was in a fairly open Port Jackson fig associating with a few Topknot Pigeons, 2 Green Catbirds and Satin Bowerbirds within a couple hundred meters into the rainforest and about 9 am.
Edwin Vella et al 21/11 #232847
Square-tailed Kite
Bilgola Heights
A magnificent pair of Square-Tailed Kites twice majestically circled Bilgola Heights this afternoon before heading north towards Palm Beach. Very spectacular sighting. In the last few months in the Northern beaches area I have seen Osprey, Australian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon and Brown Goshawks so it appears to be a good area for raptors.
Dave Koffel 21/11 #232845
Buller's Shearwater
Lennox Head Headland.
Highlights of a seawatch this morning was a close in Buller's Shearwater, large numbers of Pomarine, Arctic and a lone Long-tailed Jaeger, together with thousands of Short-tailed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters all travelling south. In addition there was a medium sized pterodroma petrel with pale grey upper parts grey crown and very white under wings and body very small black carpal bar hardly noticeable which could have been a Cook's Petrel.
michael ronan. 21/11 #232844
Mon 20Plumed Whistling-duck, Black-eared Cuckoo
Back Yamma State Forest
A few good hours in the morning with many of the woodland birds being very vocal after recent rains there. There was a Black-eared Cuckoo calling and showing well as well as a good host of other woodlands birds included several Hooded and numerous Red-capped Robins, Jacky Winters, Southern Whitefaces, Diamond Firetail, Blue Bonnets and very good numbers of Speckled Warblers (many appear to be nesting so were probably the main target for the Black-eared Cuckoo to parasitise). There were lots of White-throated Needletails initially flying quite low in the nice early morning light and higher later in the morning with a few Dusky Woodswallows and a single White-browed Woodswallow heard. Also 2 Plumed Whistling-ducks with other ducks in one of the dam s there.
Edwin Vella 22/11 #232857
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Wallace
There were at least 11 Blue-billed Duck on the northern side of Lake Wallace as well as 500 Hoary-headed Grebe. Lots of Musk Duck and Great Crested Grebe also.
Edwin Vella 21/11 #232851
Noisy Pitta
Hidden Valley, Palmgrove
2 Noisy Pittas heard and one briefly glimpsed at 11:30 am 200 Metres down the track on the left.
Nick Giles 20/11 #232835
Sun 19Topknot Pigeon
Black Range, Bega
At least three Topknot Pigeons were feeding on the fruits of a Mock-olive tree (Notelaea venosa) in a wet forest area on our block at Black Range. Also two Channel-billed Cuckoos, and a single Dollarbird are present in the general area about 5 km south of Bega.
Andrew McCutcheon 20/11 #232834
highlightBlack-bellied Storm-petrel, Black Petrel, Gould's Petrel and Sooty Tern
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlights of a successful pelagic today were singles of a Black-bellied Storm-petrel, Black Petrel, Gould's Petrel and Sooty Tern all out at the shelf.
Rob Hynson & David Mitford for all on board the MV Avalon 19/11 #232826
White-throated Needletail (3)
The weekend storms brought the first birds in for the season. (Moderator Note: Not the first for the season, they were first recorded in the Hunter Valley from 16/10/17 and then from Sydney 24/10 see posting 232447, and subsequently at Bateau Bay & Berkeley Vale, Central Coast 27-28/10/17.AKM) Further information
Lorand Szucs 19/11 #232821
Sat 18Juvenile Pacific Gull
Puckeys Estate, Wollongong
Single Juvenile bird seen on the sand bar between Puckeys Estate and Stuart Park. An adult bird was also seen on 7/11/17 from the Puckeys Estate beach. The weather was still overcast after a night of thunderstorms and heavy rain. Dodgy Iphone pics attached. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 19/11 #232825
Ground Cuckoo Shrike
13 K's North of Ashford
2 Ground Cuckoo Shrikes perched on fenceline, Bonshaw to Ashford road. Flew short distance to ground in paddock nearby before I could get a photo
June Harris 19/11 #232822
highlightPomarine, Long-tailed, Arctic Jaegers
Richmond River, North Wall (Ballina)
Impressive occurrence of jaegers during a single hour in late afternoon. Light easterly wind, overcast with showers. Minimum 75 Pomarine Jaegers, most heading north, but several groups more stationary, harassing Crested Terns, in packs of 4-6. Also at least 3 Arctic and one immature Long-tailed Jaeger seen at close range, heading north.
Oluf Lou, Hans Wohlmuth 18/11 #232813
Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Wattle Forest
Continuing bird - found today in the rain at 9am on the tree at the location reported yesterday (thanks to Paul Lynch), and appearing to be forced to move on in its canopy with the flapping wings of 6 or so feeding Top-knot Pigeons. Interesting that this tree is a Port Jackson (Rusty-leaved) fig, whilst there is still much ripe fruit on the sandpaper figs on the flat of Wattle Forest itself.
Bruce Roubin 18/11 #232804
Fri 17Australian Little Bittern (Black-backed Bittern), Wandering Whistling-duck
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
Two very vocal birds calling from the reeds in the late afternoon and then an adult male took flight over the reeds very close to where I was standing. I also heard them here the following day. Also seen on 3 consecutive days (17-19th Nov) was a single Wandering Whistling-duck. Baillon's, Australian and Spotless Crake also present as well as a Black-tailed Native-hen, 27 Whiskered Terns, 8 red-necked Stints, 1 Curlew and 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Edwin Vella 21/11 #232850
Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Royal National Park--Wattle Flat
This morning about 150m south of the car park. To the right of the track feeding in a fruiting fig tree on a rocky slope. Will upload photos to eBird later today.
Paul Lynch 17/11 #232794
Thu 16highlight Buller’s Shearwater & Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Surprised to see a Bullers Shearwater today going north with hundreds of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, only my 2nd November record here. Later with Simon Gorta we saw a couple of Black-browed Albatross, up to 20 Pomarine Jaegers and 1 Arctic Jaeger. Virtually no Short-tailed Shearwaters despite days of onshore winds and it being almost peak passage for non-breeders. Simon also saw a couple of False Killer Whales and we both saw Common Dolphins.
David Mitford and Simon Gorta 16/11 #232789
Little Button-quail
Larkin Oval, Nyngan
Almost stood on a juvenile Little Button-quail while the kids were at little athletics. Further information
michael Crosland 16/11 #232787
Freckled Duck
Maffra Lake, Maffra. Roughly 40km south of Cooma
At least 84 Freckled Ducks were observed resting on the southern shore of Maffra Lake. The lake is the driest we've seen it in the last three years. Also present were about 100 Pink-eared Ducks, 100 Black Swans, several hundred Eurasian Coots and large numbers of Shelducks, Hoary-headed Grebe, Grey and Chestnut Teal, Hardheads and Black-winged Stilts. Of interest were 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, the first we've ever seen in the district.
George Madani, Lachlan Hall 16/11 #232784
Australian Shelduck
Wilford Lane Wetlands Milton
Hi we had four Australian Shellduck at the wetlands this week along with large numbers of Chestnut and Grey Teal, White-headed Stilt, Sharptailed Sandpipers and Pacific Golden Plovers (1st time I have came across the plovers at this site), a few Swans, Royal Spoonbills as well as the Masked Lapwing (40), Sea-eagles (2) and Whistling Kite (1), Red-kneed Dotterel (2)
Charles Dove - Chris Brandis 16/11 #232782
Square-tailed Kite
A nesting pair of Square-tailed Kites with 2 chicks, we thought they were nesting at this site last year but were unsuccessful in finding them. Picture of the female feeding one of the chicks.
Charles Dove 16/11 #232781
Pale-vented Bush-hen, White-eared Monarch.
Terania Creek Road, Nightcap National Park.
4 Pale-vented Bush-hens were seen well this morning just before you get into the national park, also 2 White-eared Monarchs were nest building.
michael ronan 16/11 #232780
Wed 15highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Lake Wallace, Wallerawang
Heard calling in the reeds on the western side of the lake. Also Australian Spotted Crake and all the usuals including Latham's Snipe, Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks during a visit with Peter Taylor and a Limosa group.
Carol Probets 25/11 #232888
Black-chinned Honeyeater, Pale-headed Rosellla
Macquarie Marshes
a sinlge black chinned honeyeater was seen in a river red gum while stopped near Big Terrigal Creek. 100 + white browed woodswallows at same location. A single pale headed rosella near Bulgeraga Creek Bridge.
michael Crosland 15/11 #232776
highlightRose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Royal N.P. - Wattle Forest
The Fruit-Dove reported earlier is still there in the same tree with 30+ Topknot Pigeons. Great bird happily feeding on figs. Further information
Lorand Szucs 15/11 #232774
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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