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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: Include date, location, and numbers of birds.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

November 2014
Sun 23Glossy Black Cockatoo
Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
2 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina about halfway along the track at around 11:30am. I also heard a Scarlet Honeyeater and had a Rufous Fantail displaying about 1 metre away.
Jayden Walsh 23/11 #220981
Powerful Owl
Sun Valley
A juvenile (or immature) Powerful Owl roosting among foliage. Good to see that have been able to breed recently with so many Sulphur-crested Cockatoos taking over in the area. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 23/11 #220980
Sat 22highlightBlack Petrel, Long-tailed, Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
The highlight of todays SOSSA pelagic was a single Black Petrel. While it didn't stay around, it was well sighted by all on board. There were also at least 2 Long-tailed Jaegers (well worn plumage), as well as 3+ Arctic and 5+ Pomarine Jaegers. Other birds included Black-browed, Campbell and Shy-type (White-capped) Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels and Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and a single Hutton's Shearwater. Numbers of Crested Terns were extremely high, 100+ which would be the most ever sighted on a SOSSA trip. Cetacean highlight was a small pod of Risso's Dolphins, which gave close, extended views before moving off. Further information
Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K 22/11 #220971
Little Bronze Cuckoo
King Creek, Wauchope
Initially heard and then seen in my garden before it was chased off by a Noisy Miner. This is the second year that I have recorded this species at this location.
Clive Meadows 22/11 #220964
highlightLong-toed Stint
Kooragang Dykes
On the Kooragang Dykes wader survey this morning a single Long-toed Stint was found among roosting Curlew Sandpipers. Also seen were a Pectoral Sandpiper a Common Sandpiper and three Great Knots.
Dan Williams, Liz Crawford, Chris Herbert and Greg Little 22/11 #220960
highlightPainted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot
About a dozen Painted HEs calling continually and chasing each other around in pairs in Myall trees 15 km South of Condo near Wallaroi Ck.Its been a very dry spring here but the grey mistletoe has loads of fruit and the birds look like they may be going to breed. Also present were a small group of Superbs. They dont usually turn up here until January so they were a bit of a surprise.
Warren Chad 22/11 #220954
Australian King-Parrot
Mehi River, 30km West of Moree
Whittaker's Lagoon has been bone dry for over a month now. ALL birds observed in the vicinity of the Mehi River and in open scrub. 4 Australian King Parrots were observed and heard calling, a very unusual find out this far west and especially during drought. They have been absent from their usual locations to the east this year including Terry Hie Hie, close to the Nandewar Range. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 22/11 #220953
Fri 21Budgerigar
Leard State Forest
Budgerigars are usually seen in the North-west slopes around the end of the breeding season, but today we found four perched in a Cypress pine tree on the edge of the Leard SCA, south of Maules Creek. Further information
Michael Dahlem 21/11 #220938
Red-necked Avocet
Eastlakes golf course
One Red-necked Avocet back this morning 8am. David Mitford reports that it was still around at 10 am.
Bas Hensen 21/11 #220935
Thu 20Fork-tailed Swift
Lane Cove National Park - De Burghs Bridge (Lane Cove Rd)
2 birds seen approx 7:30 am (from bus) at treetop height just on north side of bridge. All dark with just a white rump. Only 2 seen but bus was moving
Tom Wilson 22/11 #220957
Plumed Whistling Duck
Corowa Piggery, off Redlands Road
Over 200 Plumed Whistling Ducks around the settling ponds behind the piggery off Redlands Road. 2 Magpie Geese left at the Corowa Sewage farm, also a single Freckled Duck and good numbers of blue-billed ducks.
Matt Weeks 21/11 #220936
Wed 19Wandering Tattler, Sanderling, Red Knot
Flat Rock, Skennars Head, Ballina
2 Wandering Tattlers, 4 Sanderling, 2 Red Knot and 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were amongst the usual Grey-tailed Tattlers, Ruddy Turnstones, Pacific Golden Plovers and Red-necked Stints, Common and Little Terns at Flat Rock, mid morning.
Alan Morris, 23/11 #220984
Painted Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Masked Woodswallow
Leard State Forest
Walking along the perimeter of the Leard SCA yesterday morning, I found one Painted Honeyeater, a pair of Diamond Firetails and 3 species of woodswallows breeding in the area. Next to a nesting pair of Dusky Woodswallows, there were a few families of White-browed Woodswallows with juveniles and a family of Masked Woodswallows (which I don't get to see often), also with two juveniles (photo). Further information
Michael Dahlem 20/11 #220919
highlightBrahminy Kite
Hawkesbury River near confluence with Colo River
Single Brahminy Kite seen well perched in a tree then gliding, along the Hawkesbury River, downstream of the confluence with the Colo River at around midday today.
Jon Spicer-Bell 19/11 #220914
Bar-tailed Godwit
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
1 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding with 19 Eastern Curlews on dusk at high tide. Godwits used to be regular summer visitor but have been missing for last two summers.
Julie Keating 19/11 #220913
Tue 18Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National Park)
2-4 Barred Cuckoo-shrikes feeding on small yellow figs in Nightcap National Park this morning.
michael ronan 18/11 #220899
Mon 17Lewin's Rail
Landing Lights Wetland, Barton Park, near Sydney Airport
2 birds calling at sunset. Multiple records Botany/Eastlakes side of airport but the only report for Cook's River area I can find is 1893. Not recorded by Neil Rankin in his Barton Park surveys 1967-1980, or mentioned in Keast's 50 year retrospective which included area. Also present an immature Brown Honeyeater perhaps indicating breeding in the area eBird checklist
Andrew Taylor 18/11 #220895
Superb Fruit-dove.
Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National Park)
Found a nesting pair of superb fruit doves this morning this is my 8th nesting record of this species in the nightcap national park .
michael ronan. 17/11 #220885
Sun 16highlightWhite-chinned Petrel, Gould's Petrel
Port Stephens pelagic
The highlight today of the Port Stephens pelagic was a White-chinned Petrel; just the second ever recorded on pelagics outside of Hunter Region ports (the first being 16/08/2003 out of Swansea). The bird was initially called as a Black Petrel and there were a few people on board that would have preferred that to a White-chinned. It remained faithful to the boat for about half an hour. Good views were had of a single Gould's Petrel and there were good numbers (~40) of Great-winged Petrels. A Long-tailed Jaeger visited the boat on several occasions at quite spaced intervals. We saw several Shy-type Albatrosses (I think 7 was the final count), with one bird being identified as a juvenile White-capped. Despite having ~35 Flesh-footed Shearwaters in October, we did not see a single bird today.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V.Argonaut 16/11 #220872
highlightBlack Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlights of a rough day out on the ocean with delegates from the World Parks Congress were a Black Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, White-faced Storm Petrel and high numbers of Great-winged Petrel (50 individuals - all gouldi). A total species count of 20 was good for November.
Roger McGovern and all on the MV Explorer 16/11 #220861
Magpie Goose
Mehi River, Moree
The total number of Magpie Geese is still increasing, 90 birds were observed today, the biggest number yet. Further information
Curtis Hayne 16/11 #220855
Red-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
At long last I have been able to establish that the pair of Red-backed Kingfishers at the Bullawa Creek bridge (Eulah Creek Road) are indeed nesting (see photo; female entering tunnel). At this stage they must be incubating. White-backed Swallows are also still around, but no sign of breeding activity. Further information
Michael Dahlem 16/11 #220849
Latham's Snipe
Mason Park, Homebush
Single Latham's Snipe seen flying over the water in wet weather about 8.30am and approx. 25 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers observed feeding. About 40 Red-necked Avocets sighted from the bird hide at Olympic Park Wetlands.
Richard Gardner 16/11 #220845
Sat 15Painted Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Turquise Parrot, Emus, Rufous Songlark
Nattai Nat Park - High Range NSW
Fleeting visit by one Painted HE, continued to call but not sighted again, 2 Turquoise Parrots, one White Throated Gerygone, 8 Emus, 2 Rufous Songlarks
Kaye Varlow 17/11 #220888
Magpie Goose
Wetland at edge of Pacififc Highway, Clarenza
65+ Geese at edge of water with some partially hidden in reeds. Probably an underestimate as heads were popping up in reeds throughout the area. Some sitting on flattened reeds but probably not nesting as they weren't sitting low enough to be incubating. Similar numbers present also on 13 Nov when Russell Jago and Matt Templeton assisted with the count. Largest number at this site for a while and none present at dam NE of Coutts Crossing where 5-70 birds had been observed recently.
Greg Clancy 17/11 #220880
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Whiskered Tern
Lawrence Egret Colony Swamp
Only 1 Freckled Duck located, 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, 30+ Whiskered Terns, terns mostly in partial breeding plumage.
Greg Clancy & Clarence Valley Birdos members 17/11 #220879
Pallid Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher, Spangled Drongo
Mantons Road, Lawrence
Cuckoo heard calling, Honeyeater observed and photographed by Pam Kenway (they were silent), Flycatcher heard calling and Drongo was at a small dam where other birds were drinking.
Greg Clancy, Pam Kenway & Clarence Valley Birdo members 17/11 #220878
Rufous Scrub-bird, Olive Whistler
Barrington Tops National Park
Stalked a Rufous Scrub-bird calling just off the Gloucester falls track. I got so close, then it stopped calling. I could hear it moving in the under growth and then it crossed the path in front of me. where it resumed it's calling. Olive whistler came to check me out throughout all this.
Andrew O'Brien 16/11 #220854
White-throated Needletail
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Seen most mornings this week arriving from 6:30 and staying over the area for a few hours feeding, moving daily from ridge to ridge. Mon. 10/11 40 11/11 0 12/11 100 13/11 80 14/11 30 15/11 20
paul griffin 15/11 #220831
Fri 14White-throated Needletail
Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts Crossing
5+ Needletails flying over.
Greg Clancy 17/11 #220877
Eastern Koel
Possibly two birds calling from early morning. First sighting for me this season.
Neville Schrader 14/11 #220813
Thu 13Australian Owlet-nightjar, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Common Cicadabird
Bridge on Champions Creek, Somervale Road, Tucabia
Owlet-nightjar calling @ 14:37 hrs, Cuckoo and Cicadabird heard calling.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin 17/11 #220881
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Iluka Road, Woombah
Trill call heard.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 14/11 #220827
Australian Hobby
White Bridge, Tucabia to Wooli Road
Adult Hobby perched on dead branch at edge of Ironbark containing a stick nest - almost certainly the Hobby nest but bird not seen to go to nest. It was calling repeatedly.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin 14/11 #220826
White-throated Needltail, Brown Thornbill, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Hobby
Bushland off Elizabeth Street, Iluka
11+ Needletails low over canopy. Juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo begging, 2 Brown Thornbills in attendance but not seen to feed Cuckoo. One Hobby over canopy and houses.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin, Lindsey Nietmann 14/11 #220825
Pacific Baza
Flying over Cnr of Junction Rd and Grosvenor St. Adult - distinctive size, wings and barred chest. Always great to see - seemingly a more frequent Sydney sighting. Still worth reporting? [Moderator's Note: This species is certainly becoming more common in Sydney - reports are good to document the range changes, but remember to submit to eBird! JB]
David Vickers 13/11 #220812
Olive Whistler, Paradise Riflebird, White-eared Monarch, Pacific Baza
Mt Nardi (Nightcap National Park)
Highlights from nightcap national park this morning was an Olive Whistler and 6 Paradise Riflebirds including 1 adult male and 1 displaying immature male. Also 3 Pacific Bazas and a White-eared Monarch.
michael ronan 13/11 #220810
Wed 12highlightSuperb Parrot
Cowra Area
Hundreds of Superb Parrots seen between Darlington Point and Bathurst over our long drive east on Wednesday. Of particular note was the large numbers east of Cowra (numerous flocks, one in excess of 80 birds near Lyndhurst, 70kms from Bathurst). This is unusual in that this species is usually only seen in small numbers this far east.
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Nathan Ruser 14/11 #220818
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Fivebough Wetlands
No less than 5 (possible more) Australasian Bitterns flushed whilst walking around Fivebough at midday. Also many Baillon's Crakes, Red-kneed Dotterels, a few Marsh Sandpipers, and possibly 2 Little Bitterns heard unfortuntely briefly.
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Nathan Ruser 14/11 #220815
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Cowra (Corner of Logan Street and Victor Street)
As reported earlier this year, we found at least 2 Eurasian Tree Sparrows associating with House Sparrows at this intersection. eBird checklist
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Nathan Ruser 14/11 #220814
Tue 11highlightEastern Grass Owl
School Lane, Braunstone
An owl flew across in front of our car at c.21:00 hrs and landed in a eucalypt. I presumed from the habitat that it would have been a Masked Owl as it was too large and dark for a Barn Owl. As I didn't have a portable light I turned the car to shine the headlights in its direction and it took off and flew between the trees. To our surprise it was dark brown on the upperparts and had long dangling legs that protruded way past the tail - it was an Eastern Grass Owl. There is suitable habitat in the general vicinity (grassland, wetlands etc.) but this is my first record for the Orara Valley. Val noted the brown upperparts and long dangling legs to support my ID.
Greg & Val Clancy 14/11 #220823
Regent Parrot
Euston Regional Park
A few Regent Parrots located at the site previously reported by David James in the late afternoon. eBird checklist
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Nathan Ruser 14/11 #220817
Lashbrook Rd in paddock at -35.620553,144.346123
Two females found very easily en. route to Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop along the Moama-Barham Rd. eBird checklist
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Nathan Ruser 14/11 #220816
White-throated Needletails
Lower Pappinbarra
23 seen high overhead this afternoon.
Ian Kerr 11/11 #220789
highlightAustralian Little Bittern and Freckled Ducks
Eastlakes golf course
Male seen very briefly. Also 4 Freckled Ducks still present. Blurred record shot from back of camera attached.
David Mitford 11/11 #220788
Australian Brush-turkey
Meadowbank (TAFE grounds)
Three Australian Brush-turkey appeared on the TAFE grounds at Meadowbank. They are very busy building their nest and can be see walking among students eating their lunches (near Meadowbank railway station).
Ted Wnorowski 11/11 #220783
Freckled duck
Eastlakes golf course
2 freckled ducks on lake between golf courses .No sign of red-necked avocet
Nathan falla 11/11 #220779
Mon 10Freckled Ducks and Whiskered Tern
Eastlakes golf course
4 Freckled Ducks present, 1 near the maintenance shed and three near track where the two courses meet. Single Whiskered Tern on main body of water.
David Mitford 11/11 #220782
White-throated Needletails
Cottan-Bimbang National Park
11 WTNT seen above Knodingbul Road as well as 6 Rufous Scrubbirds heard (one seen), and one Powerful Owl carrying the rear end of a Greater Glider.
Ian Kerr 10/11 #220775
Superb Parrot
Molong, Back Saleyard Rd
20 Superb Parrots in Cootamundra wattles in my yard. Not seen this many before. Numbers seem to be increasing.
Les Main 10/11 #220774
Sun 9Glossy Black-cockatoo
Burralow Creek camp area, Bilpin
7 birds over the weekend in casuarina along the creek bank
Chris Chafer 10/11 #220770
Pallid Cuckoo
Burramoko Ridge, north of Blackheath
Pallid Cuckoo calling in timber [dry schlerophyll] on a high ridge, which I thought unusual.
Ted Nixon 10/11 #220769
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Shelduck, Cattle Egret, Dollarbird, Pectoral Sandpiper
Lord Howe Island
During Ian Hutton's Bird Week on Lord Howe Island, several noteworthy observations were made , including Australian Shelduck (3-8/11), Pectoral Sandpiper (4-8/11) and 6 Cattle Egrets (6/11, most in full breeding plumage) at Moseley Park Swamp by the Airport, Dollarbird (4-5/11) at Ned's Beach, and - the highlight - a South Island Pied Oystercatcher at the Airport and surrounding areas (6-7/11).
Denise and Chris Kane, Catherine Johnson, Ian Hutton, Hans Wohlmuth and various others. 9/11 #220760
Red-necked Avocet, Wood Sandpiper
Bushell's Lagoon
At Bushell's Lagoon, there was a Wood Sandpiper with 43 Sharpies, 8 Red-kneed and 4 Black-fronted Dotterels, 2 Red-necked Avocets, another 29 Pink-eared Duck, an adult White-bellied Sea-eagle, a Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Grassbird etc.
Edwin Vella 9/11 #220757
Marsh Sandpiper, Little Egret, Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
At Pitt Town Lagoon this morning I had a Marsh Sandpiper with about 7 Sharpies, c25 Red-kneed and 2 Black-fronted Dotterel, 5 Freckled and c80 Pink-eared Ducks and a Little Egret.
Edwin Vella 9/11 #220756
Black Kite
Black Kite circling beside road about 10 kilometers east of Casino this morning.
michael ronan 9/11 #220749
Square-tailed Kite
Eurobodalla National Park--Beachcomber Holiday Park
Pair at nest approx 30 metres up a Spotted Gum (E. maculata). Very solidly built nest of sticks, perhaps a little under a metre across. One bird remained in nest and other visited periodically. Saw this adult very well and in detail. Noted that its dark primaries extended beyond the tail when bird perched, that it had a whitish face, forehead and chin, a dark tip to the bill, yellow iris, pale legs and feet, rufous underside and pale translucent bullseyes in underwing in flight. Have rather poor photos. Link below to Eremaea eBird list may not open but full list is a available on that site eBird checklist
Kim and Geoff Larmour 9/11 #220748
Magpie Goose
Mehi River, Moree
Over the last couple of weeks Magpie Geese have returned back to their usual wide spot, on the Mehi River, north side of the township (near the main street/CBD). They have not been seen since the last weekend of August. Yesterday about c. 25 Magpie Geese were found, now today a total of 80 Magpie Geese all together resting on a flat. This is the largest number I have ever seen here and unusual for the township. Further information
Curtis Hayne and Michael Dahlem 9/11 #220747
Black Bittern
Mullet Creek Warriewood
A single Black Bittern was seen well this morning at Mullet Creek near the 'weir'. Also of interest was 2 Dollarbirds seen hawking for insects along the creek and about 4 Magpie Lark nests. The Black Bittern has been present here for well over 2 weeks.
Jayden Walsh 9/11 #220740
White throated Needletail
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Flock of 25-30 birds seen approx 7:45am. Low down and circling - feeding on something. Birds were calling as well. First Sydney sighting for me this season.
Tom Wilson 9/11 #220734
Sat 8highlightRed-necked Avocet
Eastlake Golf Course
7 Avocets feeding with Black-winged Stilts; also a Latham's Snipe. [Moderator's Note: This appears to be the first record for Eastlakes. JB]
Ted Nixon 10/11 #220768
highlightAustralian Shelduck
Lord Howe Island
A single Australian Shelduck shuttling from airstrip swamp to sit in The Lagoon, approx 50m offshore. A local told me that this is the first Shelduck since 1985. In searching (unsuccessfully) for reported SIPO, a range of waders were found, including 20+ Whimbrels and 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. Also on this day Jack Shick reported a Black Petrel approx 4nm off-shore.
John Weigel 9/11 #220759
Brown Falcon, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Around noon, I went for a quick looks at Riverstone and can confirm that there are 2 young in the Brown Falcons nest with their parents seen hanging around nearby as well as a Pallid Cuckoo. Also seen were 9 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers with 5 Black-fronted Dotterels on a dam, 2 Shining Bronze-cuckoos, a male Leaden Flycatcher, Sacred Kingfisher, White-winged Triller, Crested Shrike-tits, Olive-backed Orioles, Golden and Rufous Whistlers, Varied Sitellas, Crested Shrike-tit etc. Not bad for an hour visit!
Edwin Vella 9/11 #220755
Blue-faced Honeyeater, Apostlebird
Nurragingy Reserve
Yesterday morning, I joined Mark for the What Bird is That Workshop in Nurragingy Reserve run in conjunction with the Blacktown Council and CBOC. We all enjoyed a good few hours with a family group of Blue-faced Honeyeaters with young, Scarlet Honeyeaters, Apostlebird and a group of White-winged Choughs, Australasian Figbirds , Crested Shrike-tit and what looked like a Square-tailed Kite flying away from us.
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller et al 9/11 #220754
Forest Kingfisher, White-eared Monarch, Varied Triller
Huonbrook, Mullumbimby
Highlights from this morning was a Forest Kingfisher sitting on power lines. A pair of Varied Trillers building a nest also a pair of White-eared Monarchs and there was 4 Spangled Drongo nests within 100 metres of each other.
michael ronan 9/11 #220750
White-breasted Woodswallow
Gosling Creek Reserve, Orange
Two birds hawking for insects along with eight Dollarbirds.
Neville Schrader 9/11 #220737
Little Egret
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange
Single bird in breeding plumage, scarce at Orange..
Neville Schrader 9/11 #220736
Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Satin Bowerbird, Spangled Drongo
Coutts Crossing Village
Heard Little Bronze-Cuckoo and Spangled Drongo in our backyard. Drongos are rare at this site this time of year because they are usually breeding in wetter forests but an immature has been hanging around. Adult male Bowerbird bathing at bird bath and dish near our back door.
Greg Clancy 8/11 #220724
White-throated Needletail
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Sighted most mornings this week flying east, sometimes returning west shortly after. 15 early in the week, 4 later when it was overcast and 50 today with the return of clear skies.
paul griffin 8/11 #220715
Black-tailed Native-hen
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange - private dam at W end
1 Black-tailed Native-hen along with at least 5 Latham's Snipe feeding on open mud flats on quickly drying dam. Able to be seen from road.
Rosemary Stapleton 8/11 #220713
Fri 7Common Cicadabird, Painted Button-quail, Varied Sittella,
Chambigne Nature Reserve/State Conservation Area (restricted access)
Cicadabird heard calling (also on on Nov 4-6) at various sites, female Button-quail flushed from near creek line, 5+ Sittellas feeding in mixed flock with Grey Fantail, Rufous Whistler, female Leaden Flycatcher, Red-backed Fairy-wrens etc.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 9/11 #220741
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Bundanoon township
One bird calling behind the sewage works this afternoon. Species no. 173 for town. I'm surprised it's taken me four years to add this to my Bundanoon list.
Lorne Johnson 9/11 #220739
White-throated Needletails
Telegraph Point
50 seen on a Hastings Birdwatchers outing, on private property, 1.5km SW of town. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 9/11 #220733
Red-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow, Little Eagle
Eulah Creek
Still keeping an eye on the pair of Red-backed Kingfishers near the Bullawa Creek bridge (photo) and trying to find their nest tunnel (so far without success), this morning I have confirmed 4 active Rainbow Bee-eater nests in the area. In total there are about 10 bird species nesting along a 200 m section of the dry creek bed. Today there were 4 White-backed Swallows (inset on left), which are not showing any signs of breeding activity. As a bonus, today a Little Eagle passed over (second inset, upper right). Further information
Michael Dahlem 7/11 #220708
Thu 6Collared Sparrowhawk, Brush Cuckoo, Musk Lorikeet
Chambigne Nature Reserve & State Conservation Area (restricted access)
Adult female Sparrowhawk sitting on nest in Coastal Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis (also observed on Nov 7), Brush Cuckoo heard calling at two sites on Nov 6 (also at different site on Nov 5), 11 Lorikeets observed at one site and 5 at another.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 9/11 #220742
White-throated Nightjar, Australian Owlet-nightjar, White-throated Needletail, Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Chambigne Nature Reserve, W of Coutts Crossing
White-throated Nightjars heard calling at two sites, also observed at separate site on Nov 3 (one seen one heard), 2 heard at fourth site on Nov 4 (all records at night), Owlet-nightjar heard calling during the day (also on Nov 3) and heard at night at four other sites. 50+ Needletails flying ahead of storm clouds. Two Bronze-Cuckoos heard calling (one heard calling same site on Nov 7).
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 8/11 #220725
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads
Couldn't find either the Grey Plover or Sanderlings that were reported on 3/11/14 (Reported at Shoalhaven Heads side of Comerong Island NR). I did however find one Pectoral Sandpiper with the Godwits and lone Red Knot after sunset on a rising tide. The bird could not be relocated this morning (7/11/14)
Lachlan Hall 7/11 #220710
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Lord Howe Island
Single found during Lord Howe Island Bird Week (no specific site details).
Ian Hutton (per Facebook) 7/11 #220709
White-throated Needletail
Lower Pappinbarra
3 heading west at 7:20am then 5 minutes later 3 heading east, possibly the same 3. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 6/11 #220699
Little Eagle, Freckled Duck and Pink-eared Duck
Tuggerah Waste Water Treatment Plant
Visiting family on the central coast and checked out this location previously posted last week. Besides the 40 plus Red-necked Avocet and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper resident, additional interesting birds included Curlew Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Black-winged Stilts, 2 Freckled Ducks and 6 Pink-eared Ducks, with a late fly over from a Little Eagle.
Pete Knock 6/11 #220697
Superb Parrot
Bretts State Forest, Coleambally
Passing through Colleambally early afternoon I stopped briefly and found about 15 Superb Parrots in small groups, resting in cypress pines and feeding on acacia seeds. Probably plenty more present. Some young birds amongst adults.
David James 6/11 #220694
highlightSuperb Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, White-eared Monarch
Nightcap National Park
Excellent numbers of pigeons at Rocky Creek Dam today. 10+ Superb Fruit-Doves (seen 3 males and 2 females and heard at least 5 more), about 30 Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves and up to 40 Wompoo Fruit-Doves. 2 White-eared Monarchs near the entrance. Emerald Doves and Wonga Pigeons were also there in good numbers.
michael ronan 6/11 #220691
highlightNoisy Pitta
Plenty of bird activity around my residence this morning after yesterday's storm, yielding sightings of a Noisy Pitta, calling from 10m high branch (!), Eastern Koel, Cicadabird and Black-faced Monarch. Nice to be home for a short spell.
John Weigel 6/11 #220687
Wed 5highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow
Hunter Economic Zone (south of Abermain, near Cessnock)
The White-browed Woodswallows that we first saw in HEZ on the 26th Oct (along with some Masked) have remained and are nesting. The attached image shows a male standing alongside a nest that a female had been sitting on just prior to the photo being taken. Although hard to count, there would have been about 30-40 birds in the area (which I didn't explore extensively). There could easily have been Maskeds present but I wasn't able to confirm this. Both species have bred in HEZ in recent years and is the only place that White-broweds have been confirmed breeding in the Lower Hunter and is the only place that Maskeds have been confirmed breeding anywhere in the Hunter Region.
Mick Roderick 6/11 #220690
Glossy Ibis
Eurobodalla National Park at 36 15 48S 150 08 41E
Single Glossy Ibis seen throughout the day at the lagoon within the Holiday Park. We note that this species is not commonly reported for the south coast. Have photos eBird checklist
Kim and Geoff Larmour 6/11 #220686
Barred Cuckoo-Shrike, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, White-eared Monarch
Mebbin National Park
Only 1 Barred Cuckoo-Shrike at Mebbin National Park, Murwillumbah. Also 10 Wompoo Fruit-Doves, 3 White-eared Monarchs and 1 big Tiger Snake beside a fallen log which I almost walked on.
michael ronan. 5/11 #220681
Southern Boobook, Australian Hobby
Gwyneville, Wollongong
One bird heard at 9pm. Also, an Australian Hobby seen at 7pm.
Lorne Johnson 5/11 #220675
Pacific Baza
Forest Way, Belrose, Sydney
Single Pacific Baza in trees alongside busy road at 7.00am this morning.
Kevin Stone 5/11 #220666
Tue 4White-winged Triller, Sacred Kingfisher, Weebill, Double-barred Finch, Peaceful Dove
Private land between Chambigne Nature Reserve and Chambigne State Conservation Area (limited access)
Adult male Triller observed in flight and perched in tree, Sacred Kingfisher, Finch and Dove observed in flight and Weebill heard calling.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 9/11 #220744
Forest Kingfisher, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Nankeen Night Heron, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Chambigne Nature Reserve, W of Coutts Crossing (restricted access)
Kingfisher observed at ridge site (single bird observed at second site on Nov 3), Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling, Night Heron heard calling at night, adult pair of Glossies feeding in Black She-oak along creek line.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 8/11 #220726
Australian Brush-turkey
Farnells Rd, Katoomba
An acquaintance sent me a phone pic she took of a bird in her Katoomba garden this morning - thinking it was a "Bush Turkey". Couldn't believe it - yes - an Australian Brush-turkey. Her place is about 1.5 km from the recent fires. Apparently, only the 2nd reporting in Katoomba (will try checking up with the Blue Mts Bird Observers when that first report was). Will keep an eye out in my travels.
pic sent to John French - 4/11 #220657
White-throated Nightjar, Powerful Owl, Musk Duck
Wollemi National Park--Dunns Swamp
White-throated Nightjar seen on road near the Ganguddy campground about 8pm on the 3rd November, and was also heard calling early in the morning, along with a distant Powerful Owl (and many Southern Boobooks). Also Musk Duck displaying and calling.
Marc Anderson 4/11 #220654
Hooded Robin, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Painted Buttonquail, Crested Shrike-Tit
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
Plenty of bird activity along the Capertee River this morning, with many species calling/singing including 2 x Hooded Robin, at least 2 x Black-chinned Honeyeater, 1 x Painted Buttonquail & a Crested Shrike Tit. No Regent Honeyeaters seen or heard.
Marc Anderson 4/11 #220653
highlightCommon Cicadabird, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Hobby, Mangrove Gerygone
Sydney Olympic Park
Single Common Cicadabird heard calling very clearly from inside Newington NR. Heard while walking the path along the western side of Woo-la-ra. Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo very vocal at the Waterbird Refuge. Australian Hobby in flight over Narrawang. Also Mangrove Gerygone (vocal at several sites, including the Brickpit), Leaden Flycatcher (Wentworth Common), Red-kneed Dotterel (Brickpit) and Brown Quail whistled in to within a metre of where I was standing at Wentworth Common. A good spring morning with 75 sp. recorded.
Max Breckenridge 4/11 #220648
Southern Whiteface
Corner of Ophir Road & Cashens Lane, west of Bathurst
Stopped here on the way to work this morning to ID a bird on the fence (White-winged Triller) then noticed a Southern Whiteface on the fence opposite. Only detected the one bird, but rather pressed for time...also Buff-rumped Thornbills, Grey Fantails, Australian Raven and Grey Butcherbird.
Tiffany Mason 4/11 #220644
Mon 3highlightBeach Stone-curlew, Grey Plover, Little Tern, Sanderling
Comerong Island Nature Reserve
A single Beach Stone-curlew was roosting on the beach near a breakwater wall (opposite Crookshaven Head boat ramp). Good selection of waders on the beach and mudflats on the Shoalhaven Head site including: Little Tern (2), Pacific Golden Plover (103), Bar-tailed Godwit (156), Grey Plover (1 - nice black armpit showed during flight), Eastern Curlew (21), Red-necked Stilt (26), Whimbrel (3), Red Knot (2), Ruddy Turnstone (3), Sanderling (2), Red-capped Plover (27), Australian Pied Oystercatcher (6 + 2 very small chicks). In the swamps and ponds just 1 km for the Ferry : Black-fronted Dotterel (2), Marsh Sandpiper (1), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (16), and 4 very cheeky Buff-banded Rail (running in open at the edge of swamp vegetation). [Moderator's Note: Visitors to the site failed to relocate any of the highlighted species today, 6/11. JB] eBird checklist
Ted Wnorowski 5/11 #220668
highlightPectoral Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Sanderling, Lesser Sand Plover, Little Tern
Lake Wollumboola
Fantastic waders, very easy to observe, mostly Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (236 - scattered in small flocks around lake edges) and Red-necked Stints (62). Other waders: Lesser Sand Plover (1 in nearly perfect breeding plumage), Sanderling (3), Marsh Sandpiper (1 - south east part of the lake), Red Knot (1), Ruddy Turnstone (1), Pectoral Sandpiper (1), Pacific Golden Plover (1), Red-capped Plover (3), Red-necked Avocet (38 - southern part), Grey-tailed Tattler (3). Little Tern (38). [Moderator's Note: Visitors to the site failed to relocate any of the highlighted species today, 6/11. JB] eBird checklist
Ted Wnorowski 5/11 #220665
Australian Shelduck
Coomaditchy Lagoon Reserve
Heard new bird call & looked to the south side of the lagoon to see 4 Australian Shelducks. 1 male & 3 females. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 4/11 #220664
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rockwarbler, Crested Shrike-tit, Variegated Fairywren, Hooded Robins
Capertee Valley--#8 on C. Valley Bird Trail brochure (Coorongooba campsite area of Wollemi NP)
1 Chestnut-rumped Heathwren 1.7 km into Coorongooba campsite area of Wollemi NP on river bank. Emerged from undergrowth and sang heartily on low exposed branches at eye level about 6 m away for 1.5 minutes. All key features of ID readily observed and song was "territorial song" as per Pizzey and Knight e-guide repeated many times. Then sank back into undergrowth. Pair Variegated Fairywrens and 1 Rockwarbler on entrance to above NP (cattle grid). 1 Crested Shrike-tit at campground. Many Hooded Robin pairs drier areas of valley. ebird list when home tomorrow to laptop.
Rob Reed 4/11 #220658
Olive Whistler
Barrington Tops National Park--Devil's Hole Campground
2 x Olive Whistlers singing near the Devil's Hole campground
Marc Anderson 4/11 #220656
Wedge-tailed Eagles
Moonan Brook (-31.914644, 151.313353)
Wonderful encounter with at least 11 x Wedge-tailed Eagles which had evidently been feasting on a carcass. I first flushed three from behind a rise as I drove past, then others appeared soaring overhead, while still more were perched in the distance on a few dead trees.
Marc Anderson 4/11 #220655
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Foxglove Oval, Mt Colah
Three female Glossy Black-Cockatoos were observed drinking from a drainage pond in a small bushland strip between Foxglove Oval and Lancelot Street (southern end). They seemed tame, and were undeterred by my presence. There is a reasonable amount of Allocasuarina spp. in this suburb, although it is an interesting sighting for a relatively urban area of Mt Colah. (No photo available).
Tom Hickman 4/11 #220650
highlightPale-vented Bush-hen
Avery's Creek (Private Property), Glenreagh
A single Pale-vented Bush-hen heard calling last night from reed bed along the creek of our property. Has started calling intermittently evenings and early mornings over the weekend. Mostly the single note repetitive piping call. I have now recorded this calling / breeding activity at this site for the last 3 years. Very difficult to get a photo opportunity.
Pete Knock 4/11 #220645
White-throated Nightjar
Deriah Aboriginal Area (restricted access)
Using playback around sunset tonight, I attracted one nightjar that came to check me out on the "Brush Turkey Trail". It stayed air-borne, so no photo. The absence of white underwing spots indicates that this was a White-throated Nightjar (which is the call I had played). Later a few distant calls were heard from a gully where I had previously recorded White-throated Nightjar calls. Further information
Michael Dahlem 3/11 #220641
Sun 2Plum-headed Finch, Painted Honeyeater, White-browed Woodswallow
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
Family group of Plum-headed Finches feeding in blackberries (2 ad, 3 juv), also Painted Honeyeater calling, a pair of dark phase Little Cuckoo-shrikes, a Restless Flycatcher, and about 40 White-browed Woodswallows. A Striped Honeyeater at the junction from the main road to Genowlan Road.
Chris Gladwin 5/11 #220674
Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail
Capertee Valley--#2 on Capertee Valley Bird Trail brochure
1 male Glossy Black-Cockatoo feeding on north side of road in small roadside casuarinas between #2 and #3 birders signposts, as well as 2 Black-chinned Honeyeaters, 3 Diamond Firetails and an immature Hooded Robin. What an impressive and most welcome job has been done with the new signposts throughout the valley.
Chris Gladwin 5/11 #220673
Tawny Frogmouth
Ewen Park, Cooks River, inner west Sydney
Pair of Tawny Frogmouth with 2 young. Another pair reported nearby on the Cooks River at the Boat Harbour also with 2 young. And a pair with young in Addison Rd Marrickville (via Damon Bassett). Interesting apparent local increase of this elsewhere common species. There was only one record prior to 2007 in over 60 years of surveys by Neil Rankin, Arnold McGill et al. of the apparently suitable habitat of nearby Wolli Creek (several records 2007 on).
Andrew Taylor 3/11 #220627
highlightFreckled Duck, Latham's Snipe
Pitt Town Lagoon
Had a good 2 hours this morning at Pitt Town Lagoon with 71 species recorded including 11 Freckled and 56 Pink-eared Ducks, a single Australasian Shoveler, 22 Hardhead, 18 Red-kneed and 2 juvenile Black-fronted Dotterels, 2 Latham's Snipe, 8 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 2 Whiskered Terns and heard both a Spotless Crake and a Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo.
Edwin Vella 2/11 #220618
Sat 1Red-necked Avocet, Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
2 Red-necked Avocet, 4 Freckled Duck, also 20+ Pink-eared Duck and 20+ Chestnut-breasted Mannikins
Chris Chafer 3/11 #220630
highlightBarred Cuckoo-Shrike, Little Shrike-Thrush
Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour
One adult and one immature Barred Cuckoo-Shrike in the resort car park. Little Shrike-Thrush on coastal walk.
Tim Morris 2/11 #220613
Pacific Baza
Darvall Park, West Ryde
Thanks to Michael Ronan for spotting this Pacific Baza pair on Friday. They are still present in the reserve, and were observed for about an hour.
Anna Schutz & James Panetta 2/11 #220599
White-winged Triller, Rufous Whistler & Lewin's Rail
Eastlakes golf course
In the section south of Wentworth Avenue, a male White-winged Triller was signing in the pine trees near to Begonia Street. Two Lewin's Rails holding territories in this section. I would suspect at least another three territories elsewhere at Eastlakes. Rufous Whistler also singing here. Male Scarlet Honeyeater seen and heard midweek near Fairy Martin colony.
David Mitford 2/11 #220597
Red-necked Avocet & White-throated Nightjar
Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
At around 19:00 hours about 40 Red-necked Avocets observed feeding in the far pond at the end of Cantree Road. Also seen was a group of 12 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers with one smaller wader that could not be identified due to fading light (possibly a Red-necked Stint or a species of similar size). As I was walking back to the car a White-throated Nightjar flew past quite low (seen as a silhouette).
Dean Purcell 1/11 #220595
Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Red-necked Avocet
Pitt Town Lagoon, Windsor
5 Freckled Duck, 2 Red-necked Avocet, 2 Whiskered Tern, 3 Australasian Shoveler, 1 Swamp Harrier - all from bird hide.
Chris Gladwin 1/11 #220592
Latham's Snipe, Red-kneed Dotterel, Intermediate Egret
Marsden Park
At Marsden Park this morning beside South Street was an Intermediate Egret, a Latham's Snipe, 2 Red-kneed Dotterel, 6 Black-winged Stilts and an adult White-bellied Sea-eagle.
Edwin Vella 1/11 #220586
highlightRed-necked Avocet, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pallid Cuckoo
At Riverstone this morning, I saw 3 Red-necked Avocets (2 adults and a an immature bird) being a new bird for the Blacktown LGA (bird no. 235 on my Blacktown LGA list). On the same pond were 3 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and 3 Black-fronted Dotterel. Other birds present around Riverstone included a Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Eastern Great Egret, 2 Pallid Cuckoos, 3 White-winged Trillers, 7 Zebra Finches and the pair of Brown Falcons were seen near but not on their nest.
Edwin Vella 1/11 #220585
Little Tern and Common Tern
Sydney Airport
2 pairs of Little Terns and up to 30 Common Terns observed feeding east of the third runway.
Nigel Coghlan 1/11 #220584
White-throated Needletail, Powerful Owl, Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
150+ White-throated Needletails seen this morning flying over the wetlands at about 8am. A Powerful Owl was seen above the main waterfall in Irrawong Reserve on Thursday and today whilst at the little waterfall a single Rufous Fantail was seen (my 1st one this season with little report of others) along with a single Black-faced Monarch but unfortunately my birding was cut short by a big hailstorm.
Jayden Walsh 1/11 #220583
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Batemans Bay
Today At Batemans Bay Australian Pied Oystercatcher sitting on nest with 1 egg near boardwalk, other birds 4 Bar-tailed Godwits & White-bellied Sea-eagle.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe 1/11 #220580
Australian King-Parrot
Scott Park, Sans Souci/Sandringham
One male Australian King-Parrot. I,ve never seen one in this location before. 2 years ago saw a pair in Scarborough Park, Ramsgate.
Oliver Williams 1/11 #220578
White-throated Needletail
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Up to 10 WTNT sighted most mornings this week flying east over this area, except for Tue. when there was a southerly wind (and none) and Fri. when there was a light northerly and about 25. Today overcast with emerging winged insects and flying ants attracting pair of Rufous Fantails and Black-faced Monarch. White-browed Scrubwren now feeding young in nest, in blady grass in shaded area. The insect is a type of cricket.
paul griffin 1/11 #220575

October 2014
Fri 31White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Lake Wollumboola
My first visit to the lake, 5.30 pm an immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew in from the ocean carrying a Short-tailed Shearwater, see photo. I will submit a full bird list to ebird later.
Paul Lynch 2/11 #220622
highlightCalifornia Quail
McGraths Hill
Adult male California Quail in back garden of our house in McGraths Hill [Moderator's note (NH): There is a small population of this species near Wollongong; wondering if the McGraths Hill bird is just an aviary escapee or if there are more free-ranging California Quail around?]
Elaine Everett-Klimas 2/11 #220606
Pacific Baza
Darvall Park, West Ryde
Pair of Pacific Bazas feeding on large green grubs in Darvall Park late this afternoon.
michael ronan 31/10 #220571
highlightBrolga, Australian Painted Snipe
Gwydir Wetlands--'Bunnor'
Whilst on the Gwydir Wetlands Tour, at least 150 Brolgas were observed in wheatfields (photo shows 47 birds). A single male Australian Painted Snipe was also observed. The property is opened to the public until 30 November 2014. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 31/10 #220567
Pacific Baza
One Pacific Baza calling loudly as it flew over my place this morning. Never heard or seen by me before in the urban area of Epping.
Brian Downer 31/10 #220563
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Coutts Crossing Village
Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard in our backyard this morning.
Greg Clancy 31/10 #220560
highlightSuperb Parrot
Hume Highway near Jugiong
Lone male then flock of 12 Superb Parrots, followed a couple of minutes later by pair. All flying north just below crown height of planted Casuarina cunninghamiana.
Rodney Falconer 31/10 #220554
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
It's all happening at the Bullawa Creek bridge (Eulah Creek Road): The male Red-backed Kingfisher is proving his mettle, bringing the female offerings, in this case a skink (photo; male to the lower right). Now there are about 25-30 White-backed Swallows, all active to even agitated (photos taken); no sign of them entering or leaving a nest tunnel. Lots of other species are either nesting or busy feeding juveniles (it may be of interest that Mallee Ringnecks are also breeding here, on the eastern edge of their range; photo taken, begging calls recorded). Further information
Michael Dahlem 31/10 #220552
highlightRegent Parrot
Euston Regional Park
At dawn there were not Regent Parrots at Lock 15 where I saw them yesterday afternoon, so I suspect a pre-dawn departure. Between 7:00 and 9:30 I saw about 10 seperate pairs flying under the canopy and one pair perched in Black Box Woodland. Have not seen any signs of them in Mallee, where they supposedly forage.
David James 31/10 #220550
Thu 30Pacific Golden Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Purry Burry Pt, Primbee
5 pm, 1 Pacific Golden Plover (photo) & 30 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers present. The Red-necked Stints were absent & the Black-winged Stilt numbers had dropped to only 4 from 40 two days ago.
Paul Lynch 2/11 #220624
highlightHorsfield's Bronze-cuckoo, Brown Goshawk
Marion Light Rail Station, Leichhardt
1 Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo heard for about 20 seconds calling consistently and loudly whilst the tram doors were open. Must have only been 10-15 m away from the station. Sadly I was in a rush so wasn't able to locate the bird. Not a bird often recorded in the Inner West. A female Brown Goshawk was observed at Arlington Station about 5 minutes later.
Simon Gorta 1/11 #220591
White-winged Triller, Musk Lorikeet
Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts Crossing
White-winged Triller heard - a big year for the White-winged Triller in the Clarence Valley - some years totally absent others, like this, quite common. Two Musk Lorikeets feeding in trees.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220562
Square-tailed Kite
Kangaroo River, SE of Coutts Crossing
One Square-tailed Kite floating over tree canopy not far from River.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220559
Pacific Baza, Restless Flycatcher, White-winged Triller, Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark
Gully between Blaxlands Creek and Koukandowie Creek, W of Coutts Crossing
Adult pair of Pacific Bazas in flight over Creeks, male performing undulating display briefly, pair of Restless Flycatchers, pair of Willie Wagtails and pair of Magpie-larks nesting in willows along gully. Two White-winged Trillers (adult male observed, second bird not observed) in nearby trees.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220558
Lower Kangaroo Creek
Swamp Harrier, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, White-winged Triller, Brown Falcon
Adult female Swamp Harrier flew low over wetland disturbing all of the wetland birds; two dark Brown Falcons perched on power poles and trees along road, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo flew into shrub with family of Superb Fairy-wrens (apparently searching for nest) and the Cuckoo was attacked by the Superb Fairy-wrens and the pair of White-winged Trillers.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220557
Pacific Baza, White-winged Triller, Grey-crowned Babbler, Satin Bowerbird
Coutts Crossing Village
Adult pair of Pacific Bazas in sky over village dropped down swiftly and flew into or close to trees; adult female White-winged Triller and female plumaged Satin Bowerbird feeding in flowering Silky Oak. Five Grey-crowned Babblers, including 1+ juveniles, in shrubs.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 31/10 #220555
highlightRegent Parrot
Euston Regional Park
In the morning I saw 2 birds flying over Black Box Woodland. In the afternoon I found about 25 pairs of Regent Parrots in River Red Gums along the Murray River at Lock 15 and the along the ‘Day Use Trail’. Could be more, I didn’t have time for a thorough search. Some pairs were squabbling over hollows and at least one pair had a begging fledged chick. There are a few reports on birdline of Regents seen near Euston (e.g. crossing the Stuart Highway), and this appears to be the source. I think there is a published estimate of 25 pairs nesting in the Park, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were quite a few more at the moment.
David James 30/10 #220541
highlightBlack-eared Miner and Yellow-throated Miner hybrids?
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
Many of the miners in Kemendok appear to show strong remnants of Black-eared Miner, with all-dark faces from the bill and over the eye, an obvious malar stripe, and uniform (unscaled) mantle. However, they have slightly pale rumps and slightly pale tips to the tail feathers, though these are less prominent than in pure Yellow-throated Miners. They seem consistent too. This is just across the Murry River from Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, but very different habitat and condition.
David James 30/10 #220540
Pallid Cuckoo, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
A juvenile Pallid Cuckoo being fed by Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters in Mallee.
David James 30/10 #220539
Pheasant Coucal, Turquoise Parrot
Tycannah Creek, Terry Hie Hie
A Pheasant Coucal was observed at the Tycannah Creek crossing at Terry Hie Hie at about 8:10 am. It was constantly hassled by a pair of Willie Wagtails. 2 Turquoise Parrots were observed and heard calling in the woodland. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 30/10 #220534
Wed 29Red-necked Avocet, Red-necked Stint & Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
This evening a group of 12 Red-necked Avocets were seen feeding and roosting on the Dairy Swamp, this is the first record for the Reserve and the 192nd species reported for the Reserve since 1996. Other birds present were 19 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 3 Red-necked Stints (a very rare visitor) and 4+ Red-kneed Dotterels and a lone Latham's Snipe, amongst the other usual waterbirds. Red-necked Avocets are also present in the Tuggerah area at the Tuggerah STW, and Chittaway Point and Tuggerah Bay saltmarsh on Tuggerah Lake. (Public Access to the Central Coast Wetlands is available 10am-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and during the week providing that the Skydivers are operating.).
Alan Morris 1/11 #220590
Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Dam NE of Coutts Crossing
51 Magpie Geese and 150+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks at dam. The 5 Magpie Geese present at the dam before the Twitchathon were nowhere to be seen on Twitchathon Sunday but a few days later......!!!
Greg Clancy 31/10 #220561
Whiskered Term
Pitt Town Lagoon
10 Whiskered Tern busy over lagoon today. Have been there at least since Sunday. Also present Chestnut and Nutmeg Mannikins, Double-barred and Red-browed Finches. Also Marsh Harrier.
Michael Rutkowski 29/10 #220526
Common Sandpiper
Long Beach
1 Common Sandpiper in Storm Drain at Long Beach, Batemans Bay
Tony & Stephanie Dawe 29/10 #220525
Tue 28Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Black-winged Stilt
Purry Burry Pt, Primbee
5.30 pm 13 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 7 Red-necked Stints & 40 Black-winged Stilts sighted in the shallows of the eastern bay. Photo of the Red-necked Stints & 2 of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers attached.
Paul Lynch 2/11 #220623
highlightTurquoise Parrot, Painted Button-quail
Back Yamma State Forest
At Back Yamma SF we had a number of Turquoise Parrots with young, Inland Thornbills, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Button-quail etc.
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller, David Koffel 2/11 #220619
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo, Red-capped Robin
Kemendok National Park, Monak near Gol Gol
2 juvenile Black-eared Cuckoos, both being fed by pairs of Red-capped Robins in Black Box Woodland. (Moderator's Note: These are very interesting sightings. HANZAB states that there is only one report of a Black-eared Cuckoo laying its egg in a cup shaped nest, and that was the nest of Red-capped Robin. Were these Red-caps the original hosts, or are they secondary hosts? AKM).
David James 30/10 #220538
highlightPainted Button-quail
Waters Street, Hornsby
Likely exhausted nomad found in garage of flats in suburban part of Hornsby.
Ian Scrivener (per Paul Burcher) 30/10 #220536
Caspian Tern
Iron Cove, Leichhardt, Inner West, Sydney
A single Caspian Tern foraging over shallows of Iron Cove in front of Leichhardt Pool. Occasionally reported further west around Homebush, but first I've seen in many years of running around Iron Cove
Andrew Taylor 29/10 #220517
Grey Goshawk
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Grey Goshawk seen flying south toward river 7pm this evening
Mike Felstead 28/10 #220515
Sacred Kingfisher
Bellevue Hill - Sydney
Dead Sacred Kingfisher.
Oscar Arnott 28/10 #220510
Mon 27highlightBlue-billed Duck, Black-tailed Native-hen
Gum Swamp (Forbes)
At Gum Swamp in Forbes we had 5 Blue-billed and c25 Freckled, c 200 Pink-eared Ducks, c200 Hardhead, Whiskered Tern, 7 Black-tailed Native-hen, Cockatiel and a Nankeen Night-heron.
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller, David Koffel 2/11 #220621
highlightPainted Honeyeater
Back Creek State Forest, Wyalong
At Wyalong we had a few Painted Honeyeaters, Red-capped Robin with young, Speckled Warblers and nesting Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller, David Koffel 2/11 #220620
Grey Goshawk
Scarborough Park, Monterey
One white morph Grey Goshawk, Scarborough Park, Ramsgate/Monterey.
Oliver Williams 1/11 #220577
highlightWhite-browed, Masked Woodswallows and Rose-crowned Fruit-doves
Myall Lakes National Park--Mungo Brush
3 mixed flocks of White-browed & Masked Woodswallows, 10-30 birds in each. Location is around 800 m from the beach. Also Rose-crowned Fruit-doves still present. [Moderator's note (NH): Interesting mix of dry inland and rainforest species near the beach!]
Steve Roderick 27/10 #220483
Black Kite
Hoskinstown Plain
Reported by a reliable neighbour. Largish raptor with a forked tail. Dark undersides and dark brown on top. Followed the baler for a long period. This is the first I have heard of for this area although a few are reported each year from the nearby ACT. eBird checklist
Martin Butterfield 27/10 #220479
Red Knot
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
Red Knot foraging alone by waters edge around 1.30 in afternoon.
Julie Keating 27/10 #220475
highlightLittle Bronze-Cuckoo
Tamarind Close, Richmond Hill, 8 km east of Lismore
One Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling this morning. The usual 4 note descending call plus 2 of the trilling calls. This is the second Little Bronze-Cuckoo for Oct. in our garden.
June Harris 27/10 #220468
Sun 26Spotted Quail-thrush, White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike & Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Mogo Camp, Yengo NP Settlers Rd Bucketty.
The Spotted Quail-thrush that have been present at Mogo Camp, since 3 October, were still there this day. Also seen were 6+ Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters and a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, all rare birds on the Central Coast.
Alan Morris, Mike Kuhl & Nick Carson 1/11 #220587
White-winged Triller
Hastings River Valley
White-winged Trillers have arrived on the north coast with the dry weather and were present throughout the Hastings Valley during the Twitchathon at Forbes River, Byabarra, Rosewood Road and Fernbank Creek Road.
The Ninja Pigeons (Tim, Drew and Frederik Morris) 28/10 #220514
Pacific Baza
Anchorage Caravan Park, Iluka
Adult Pacific Baza sitting low on nest in Flooded Gum.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220508
Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Wandering Tattler
Woody Head rock platform, Bundjalung National Park
c.22 Greater & 2+ Lesser Sand Plovers, 1 Wandering Tattler - all loafing on rocks.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220507
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Gwydir Highway, Ramornie
1+ Black-chinned Honeyeater heard calling.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220506
White-throated Needletail
Truckstop on Gwydir Highway, E of Washpool National Park turnoff
One White-throated Needletail flying over Highway.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220505
Rufous Scrub-bird, Southern Emu-wren, Scarlet Robin
Surveyors Creek, Gibraltar Range National Park
Rufous Scrub-bird heard calling at edge of rainforest gully, Southern Emu-wrens heard calling in heathland and Scarlet Robin observed in recently burnt area.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220504
White-winged Triller, Varied Sittella, Forest Kingfisher
Upper Coldstream Road, Tyndale
Adult male White-winged Triller and 3+ Varied Sittellas in trees and Forest Kingfisher heard calling near wetland.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220503
Buff-banded Rail, Chestnut Teal
Fullers Road, The Parade Ground, near Ulmarra
Buff-banded Rail feeding at water's edge near Chestnut Teal.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220502
White-winged Triller
Washpool Road, near Four Mile Lane, Clarenza
White-winged Triller heard singing.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220501
Spangled Drongo, Common Cicadabird
Bellbird Gully, Gibraltar Range National Park
Adult Spangled Drongo constructing nest in Brush Box. Common Cicadabird heard singing.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220500
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Kurri Kurri Woodlands, Hunter Valley
Around 30 Woodswallows, mostly White-browed.
Hunter Home Brewers (Steve & Mick Roderick, Craig Anderson & Lucas Grenadier 27/10 #220482
Square-tailed Kite
St Ives
At around midday whilst working in Richmond Ave, St. Ives, my daughter alerted me to a large 'hawk' flying low over the roof and tree tops. It was an adult Square-tailed Kite and I was lucky enough to observe it for a minute as it quartered the area - which is adjacent to the wildflower garden. Eventually to was seen off by an unlikely alliance of Masked Lapwings, Australian Magpies and an Australian Raven!
Nick Billington 27/10 #220478
Satin Bowerbird, Green Catbird, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Topknot Pigeon, Black-faced Monarch
Royal National Park--Werrong Track
The Black-faced Monarchs were up the top along the road but more heard down the track as well as whistlers. In the section between the clifftop plateau and about 50 m from the (supposed) meteorite lake (dry at the moment) at least 5 x female-type Satin Bowerbirds feeding and bickering in a native fruit tree. More heard close by. The same area where the Topknot Pigeon was photographed the previous morning. The Green Catbird and Yellow-throated Scrubwren at the dry lake. Superb Lyrebird unusually high in a tree (I think he was eating the fruit) at the lake. He tried very hard to mimic some whistles I gave him and came down quite low to have a bit of a vocal spar with me but wasn't well practised which makes me think he was quite young. Lots of White-browed Scrubwrens and thornbills, Crimson Rosellas, two Australian King-Parrots and quite a few Sulphur-crested Cockatoos around lake area. The Cliff foliage at North end of the beach held Eastern Yellow Robin nest. Superb Fairywrens and some Lewin's Honeyeaters. White-bellied Sea-eagle seen flying out to sea and around the southern beach clifftop. Butcherbirds, Pied Currawongs and Laughing Kookaburras up near the cliff top carpark. Further information
Richard Hardiman 27/10 #220471
Apostlebird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-winged Triller, White-thoated Needle-tail
Nurragingy Nature Reserve
A pair of Blue-faced Honeyeater with their two chicks were feeding near the pond. On the track near creek we found 3 juvs of White-winged Triller still fed by their parents. A pair of Apostlebirds is still building their nest. We saw Collared Sparrowhawk (probably male - very small bird) feeding on a Magpie Lark chick near the entrance to the reserve. 23 White-throated Needle-tails were circling over reserve.
Ted Wnorowski 27/10 #220467
highlightBlack-tailed Native-Hen
Lake Wallace
One Black-tailed Native-Hen with Eurasian Coots and Dusky Moorhens in the reed-lined cove south of the main loop road on the lake's western side. Also displaying male Musk Duck and a female Musk Duck with young.
Nick Leseberg 26/10 #220463
Red-necked Stint
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Banded Red-necked Stint seen with other Stints
Mark Young 26/10 #220461
Australasian Figbird
Eulah Creek
This afternoon I caught a brief glimpse of the red eye patch of a male Australasian Figbird in our garden, 20 km East of Narrabri. It had a go at our mulberries and disappeared before I could get a photo. This species usually does not come out of the ranges; so far I have seen them this far West only once (two immature birds at the time). Further information
Michael Dahlem 26/10 #220455
Sat 25White-fronted Chat, Brown Songlark, White-winged Fairy-wren
Chat Alley, between Lake Cargelligo and Euabalong
Having driven along Chat Alley 9 times in the past two weeks, I am pleased to report that finally on 25/10/14 we actually saw a male White-fronted Chat, only Chat seen in 9 visits. Brown Songlarks, a single bird only, were seen on two visits but the morning the Chat was seen, there were 9 Brown Songlarks feeding in the small area of saltbush. When we returned after 6 pm and after the Twitchathon had commenced there were none to be seen!. Other birds present included Brown Falcon, Zebra Finch, Southern Whiteface and White-winged Fairy-wrens.
Alan Morris. Mike Kuhl & Nick Carson 1/11 #220589
Marsh Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Common Greenshank, White-fronted Chat
Lake Cargelligo Waste Water Treatment Ponds
Birds seen at the start of the Twitchathon by the Central Coast Champion Choughs team included 20 White-fronted Chats, 2 Australian Shelducks, 1 Greenshank, 6 Red-necked Stints, 2 Marsh and 200 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1 Latham's Snipe, several Spotted Crakes including one with two tiny chicks, 5+ Baillon's Crakes, one Spotless Crake heard calling, 12+ Black-tailed Native-hens, 200+ Whiskered Terns, 4+ Freckled Ducks, many Shovellers and Pinkears, Variegated and White-winged Fairy-wrens etc . A White-winged Black Tern was seen by others.
Alan Morris, Mike Kuhl, Nick Carson 1/11 #220588
Hooded Robin, White-winged Triller, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Dusky Woodswallow, Weebill
Graman-Ashford Road, SW of Ashford
Adult male Hooded Robin, adult male White-winged Triller and Dusky Woodswallow observed, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo and Weebill heard calling. Jacky Winter and Musk Lorikeet also present.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220509
Powerful Owl, Noisy Pitta, Australian Owlet-nightjar
Coachwood Picnic Area, Washpool National Park
Powerful Owl heard calling to east at night. Noisy Pitta heard calling throughout the night. Australian Owlet-nightjar heard calling.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220499
Eastern Barn Owl
Emmaville to Dundee Road
Two separate Eastern Barn Owls perched on fence posts a few kilometres apart.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220498
Barking Owl, Turquoise Parrot, Southern Boobook
near Strathbogie, W of Emmaville, Ashford-Emmaville Road
Adult pair of Barking Owls responded to imitation of call and flew in for good views at 20:30 hrs. Turquoise Parrot seen at dusk (only seen by Russell). Southern Boobook heard calling at night.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220497
Australian Ringneck, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Pale-headed Rosella
Reedy Creek, Warialda
One Australian Ringneck, 4+ Pale-headed Rosellas and 5+ Chestnut-breasted Mannikins along creek.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220496
Eastern Barn Owl
Fossickers Way, south-east of Warialda
Road kill Eastern Barn Owl on Fossickers Way.
Black-necked Stalkers (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220495
White-winged Triller
Park in Glen Innes
Female White-winged Triller in exotic trees.
Black-necked Stalkers team (Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago) 28/10 #220494
highlightBrolga, Latham's Snipe
Chaffin Swamp, Tucabia
Adult Brolga sitting low on nest in swamp. One Latham's Snipe foraging nearby. Brolga not present on October 26. Nest presumably robbed by predator.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 28/10 #220493
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Aust. Shoveler, Yellow-throated Miner
Gunnedah sewage treatment plant
Freckled Duck (1), Aust. Shoveler (3+), Pink-eared Duck (100s), Blue-billed Duck (5+), Yellow-throated Miner (2)
Dodgy Drongos - Max Breckenridge, Nick Livanos and Grant Brosie 27/10 #220474
highlightHooded Robin, Spotted Bowerbird, White-backed Swallow
Kelvin Road, north of the Boggabri-Manilla Road
Absolutely firing! Heaps of White-browed, Masked and Dusky Woodswallow, White-backed Swallow and Rainbow Bee-eater. Hooded Robin carrying food. Spotted Bowerbird, Australian Koel and Yellow-throated Miner at the farm house. Other good birds included Southern Whiteface, Restless Flycatcher and Peaceful Dove.
Dodgy Drongos - Max Breckenridge, Nick Livanos and Grant Brosie 27/10 #220473
highlightTurquoise Parrot, Brush Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater
Borah Travelling Stock Reserve
3 Turquoise Parrots and 3-5 Black-chinned Honeyeaters (the latter heard only). Brush Cuckoo was an unusual sighting. Unfortunately Borah has suffered from over grazing and dry conditions which was reflected in the low numbers of seed eaters. Only 2 Diamond Firetails were seen. Several flowering gums were filled with small honeyeaters but Little Lorikeets were only present in small numbers. Rainbow Bee-eaters, White-browed Woodswallow and Tree Martins were common.
Dodgy Drongos - Max Breckenridge, Nick Livanos and Grant Brosie 27/10 #220472
highlightBarking Owl, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo, Gilbert's Whistler, Turquoise & Superb P.
Back Yamma State Forest
Barking Owl, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo and Gilbert's Whistler were amongst the more surprising species we located in the lead up to, and during, the twitchathon. Also many Turquoise Parrots and Superb Parrots hanging around.
Joshua Bergmark, Ashwin Rudder, David Rudder (Fly By Nightjars) 27/10 #220464
Spotted Quail-thrush
Mogo Camp Yengo NP
A male Spotted Quail-thrush walked around the picnic area, in the open, at midday. Yellow-tufted, Brown-headed, White-eared Honeyeaters, along with Noisy Friarbirds were present.
Carol Abbott 25/10 #220448
highlightNorthern Royal Albatross (subject to NSW ORAC submission), Black Petrels and Wandering Albatrosses
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
Highlights of todays SOSSA pelagic included a Northern Royal Albatross (which stayed with us for 3 1/2 hours), 2 Black Petrels and 20+ Wandering/Gibson's Albatrosses. Other birds sighted, Providence and Great-winged (Grey-faced) Petrels, Campbell, Black-browed and White-capped Albatrosses, 1 Flesh-footed, a few Hutton's and Fluttering Shearwaters. Numbers of Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters were high as well. We also had 20+ Wilson's Storm-petrels, 2 Arctic and 1 Pomarine Jaeger, along with the regular species. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Northern Royal Albatross should be submitted to NSW ORAC.] Further information
Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K 25/10 #220446
Wonga Pigeon, Large-billed Scrubwren, Black-faced Monarch
Robertson Nature Reserve
3 Wonga Pigeons calling. Also present: Brown Cuckoo-dove, Large-billed Scrubwren, 3 Brown Gerygones, Shining Bronze-cuckoo and Black-faced Monarch.
Lorne Johnson 25/10 #220444
Common Cicadabird
Macquarie Pass National Park
One Common Cicadabird calling late arvo. Other birds of note: Brown Gerygone, Brown Cuckoo-dove.
Lorne Johnson 25/10 #220443
Fri 24Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Australian Pelican
Bundanoon township
1 Whistling Kite over dam at Shangri-la Rd. It got into a fight with a Swamp Harrier. An Australian Pelican was on the dam. Whistling Kite and Australian Pelican are new birds for my Bundanoon list, now bringing the total to 172 species.
Lorne Johnson 25/10 #220445
highlightWhite-throated Needletail, Brush Cuckoo
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
About 15 WTNT flying east in a group at 9:00am. Single WTNTs have been sighted over the past week. This plus the direction of the group indicate they are resident in the general area and were on a feeding patrol, probably to one of the coastal NPs, returning later to somewhere west, possibly in the Casino area. This speculation is based on last year's observations when a group was seen daily flying east. Also seen Brush Cuckoo courtship feeding: adult male Brush Cuckoo feeding a barred adult female. The male was chasing flying insects, probably tiger moths. [Moderator's note (NH): Thanks to Rohan Clarke for commenting on Brush Cuckoo courtship feeding and barred adult female Brush Cuckoos.]
paul griffin 25/10 #220437
Latham's Snipe
Wetland/dam just to W of Spring Crk Resevoir, Orange
3 Latham's Snipe; 2 seen along edge of first dam on private property to W of reservoir, the third just beside the road on western side of the bend before getting to headwaters of reservoir. First sighting for me in Orange this season.
Rosemary Stapleton 24/10 #220435
White-winged Triller, Little Lorikeet, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Burrawan Forest Drive (south), Port Macquarie
Two singing male White-winged Trillers. Little Lorikeets feeding in flowering Scribbly Gum and 2 Glossy Black-Cockatoos.
Tim Morris 24/10 #220433
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
Both pairs, Red-backed Kingfisher and White-backed Swallow, are still present downstream of the Bullawa Creek bridge (Eulah Creek Road). There are now definitive signs of breeding activity (composite photo). The Red-backed Kingfishers have been observed again defending their territory. Along a 200-m section of creek bed no other kingfishers are permitted, but at least 4 more species have been found to be nesting: Striated Pardalote, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Noisy Friarbird. One of the White-backed Swallows (the only tunnel-nesting swallow species in Australia) was also seen diving down to the carved-out creek bank, but was obscured from view while on the ground for only about 10 seconds. They had been observed showing territorial behaviour earlier (previous report from the same location). Further information
Michael Dahlem 24/10 #220424
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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