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3/11/2015

Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to Eremaea eBird, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with Eremaea eBird and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. Include date, location, and numbers of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery efforts of these severely declining species: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
July 2015
Sat 4Fairy Prions, White-fronted Tern, Pacific Gull
Botany Bay National Park--Cape Banks
Great views this afternoon of at least 12 Fairy Prions only a few metres from the shore at the tip of Cape Banks. 4 Black-browed Albatross were also very close in (as well as several more further out to sea). A single White-fronted Tern and an immature Pacific Gull over the seaward rock platform.
Iain Blake 4/7 #223800
Scarlet Robin
Kioloa Coastal Campus (ANU)
A pair of Scarlet Robins on fenceline, feeding on ground below.
Margaret Hamon 4/7 #223797
Fri 3Wandering Whistle Duck
Pottsville
~100 Wandering Whistlers at artificial wetland north of Seabreeze Estate Pottsville
Bob Moffatt 3/7 #223792
Thu 2White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Powers Rd, Seven Hills
While going for a short walk during my lunch break, I was surprised to find a dark-morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike in the weedy vegetation alongside the creek beside the southern side of Powers Rd a few hundred metres north of the railway station car park. I was able to watch it at close range for a couple of minutes before it was chased off by a White-plumed Honeyeater.
Edwin Vella 2/7 #223785
Wandering Whistling Duck, Hobby and Grey Goshawk
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
At 8.30 am this morning when the Temp was 7C, a single Wandering Whistling Duck was seen amongst 82 roosting Hardheads and 19 Freckled Ducks that could be observed through the break in the fence, two thirds away westwards along McPherson Rd. Also seen were a pair of Grey Goshawks and an Australian Hobby on the wires. Later a Sea-eagle and a Nankeen Kestrel were seen at this site. This is the first record for a WWD on the Central Coast since when a pair were observed at nearby Gavenlock Rd Swamp on 28 October 2012.
Alan Morris & Allan Benson 2/7 #223783
Wed 1Wilson's Storm Petrel
7 km off Nambucca Heads
Several Storm Petrel's together with Indian Yellow Nosed Albatross and a lot of Prions, close but not close enough to ID. The best of the day was by far about 25 Humpback Whales doing what they do best to impress. They were no more that 50-70m from the boat. The best day ever.
Peter Mackey 2/7 #223784

June 2015
Tue 30Diamond Firetail
Warrabah Station Rd, west of Kingstown.
30+ Diamond Firetails in mixed flock of Double-barred Finches, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Crested Pigeons and Magpie-larks. All feeding in open paddock.
Peter Higgins, Robert Tatham, David Read and Michael Cheers 3/7 #223794
Regent Honeyeater
Cathie Village Track
A pair of Regent HE present at the original pollarded Swamp Mahogany as reported in mid/late May. Other birds here included Spangled Drongo, Eastern Spinebill, Red and Little Wattlebird, Figbird, Lorikeets, corvids... 3.30 p.m. Sunny, 18*C
Ted & Robbie Giblin 30/6 #223765
Mon 29highlightBroad-billed Prion
South Ballina beach
A beach washed Broad-billed Prion along with a Black-browed type Albatross found on South Ballina beach this afternoon.
Steven McBride 29/6 #223753
Powerful Owl
Featherdale wildlife park
On my morning round myself and my head keeper heard noisey minors hanging out in a tree on the main pathway. When he went to see what the noise was about he spotted a powerful owl (wild) bird hanging out which was awesome because they haven't been spotted in our park for quite a long time. We do house captive powerful owl which could have attracted this bird in- however pretty cool way to start our morning!
Jake Webb & Sarah Moncrieff 29/6 #223740
Sun 28Southern Giant Petrel, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
5km North-east of Cabbage Tree Island, Port Stephens
A Southern Giant Petrel circled around a whale-watching boat 5km NE of Cabbage Tree Island so close I could see the greenish bill tip. At this point of time (c 1605 hrs) there were 62 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross sitting on the water in three small flocks, no other species of Albatross were seen in the 3 hours. 70+ Australasian Gannets were also present due to school of bait fish passing by. I had a count of 22 Australian Fur Seals roosting on rocks at Cabbage Tree Island, I wonder what impact these might be having on the Fairy Penguins that nest on Cabbage Tree, and nearby Broughton & Boondelbah Islands?
Alan Morris 29/6 #223744
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Prions, Pacific Gull, Kelp Gull, White-fronted Tern
Mistral
A calm, warm afternoon at Mistral Point was excellent for whale-watching (c.17 humpbacks seen between 2.30-5) and a number of decent seabirds including a juv pacific gull & white-fronted tern close in, more distant kelp gull, distant prions & BB albatrosses and a good closer view of an adult Indian yellow-nosed albatross. Gannets & cormorants to finish.
Michael ellison 28/6 #223736
Sat 27Prions, Giant-Petrels
Ballina Lighthouse Lookout
Great day for "sp." seabirds, with poor light, frequent showers, and the birds being a long way out. At least 150 Prions and min. 3 brown Giant-Petrels, a Fluttering-type Shearwater and a winter Jaeger.
Hans Wohlmuth, Steven McBride 27/6 #223721
Fri 26Nutmeg Mannikins
Kyeemagh
11 Nutmeg Mannikins behind the St George Soccer ground, Black-shouldered Kite hovering nearby. 13 Avocets still in nearby wetlands.
Oliver Williams 27/6 #223718
Powerful Owl, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Grey Butcherbird
Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
Powerful Owl roosting at a fat Waterhousea tree a short walk behind gift shop - check with volunteer at the gift shop. A flock of 10+ Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flew over the park. A Grey Butcherbird was found foraging in the restricted Government House area, flew out briefly in the Harbour shore area.
Tun Pin Ong 27/6 #223713
Brahminy Kite
Spencer Township
Brahminy Kite observed flying across the river & coming to roost in a gum tree high on the hillside behind the local cafe this afternoon.
Jenny Stiles, Marie Lister, Carol Abbott & Margaret Murray 26/6 #223711
Beach Stone-curlew
Hastings Point
Two birds on sand flats including one with engraved leg flag yellow A2
Bob Moffatt 26/6 #223709
Fairy Prion
Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
Approximately 20 Fairy Prions feeding in close to Tacking Point. An immature White Breasted Sea Eagle appeared and made two stooping attacks on individual prions and missed on both occasions. Fluttering type shearwaters and Gannets were present further out to sea.
Tim Morris 26/6 #223707
Thu 25Regent Honeyeater
cnr Dirah & Karikernie Sts Lake Cathie
Two birds, as previously reported, seen feeding on lerps in a Swamp Mahogany at the start of the Lake Cathie Village Track. All the Swamp Mahogany trees have now ceased flowering. The birds were seen at the same site the previous day by other observers.
Alan Morris 29/6 #223742
Wed 24Wandering Whistling Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Jacana
Kings Creek Road Swamp, Wauchope
For the first time this year, I found 11 Wandering Whistling Ducks on this a swamp, along with the lone Pink-eared Duck (previously reported ) and a lone Jacana. Striped Honeyeaters were feeding and calling in adjacent Swamp Oaks.
Alan Morris 29/6 #223743
highlightPacific Gull
South Maroubra Beach
2 immature Pacific Gulls resting together on the rockshelf at the Southern end of Maroubra Beach. Seen while whale watching mid afternoon on a mild & calm winter's day. Also seen 1 Kelp Gull and a Peregrine Falcon
Kerry Allen 25/6 #223694
Sun 21Sacred Kingfisher
Wiseman's Ferry
Unusual winter record of Sacred Kingfisher on the Hawkesbury River near Mill Creek. (Moderator's Note: Some Sacred Kingfishers over-winter in mangroves along the coast and in River Red Gum forests along the major inland rivers. AKM). Also of note were a Spotted Harrier at Maroota and a pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos near Spencer.
Roger McGovern 21/6 #223670
Sat 20Musk Duck
Richmond Lowlands
The female Musk Duck was still present beside Powells Lane Also seen was a flock of about 100 Zebra Finches, 5 Dusky Woodswallows, a female Brown Goshawk on the ground plucking away at what appeared to be a Cattle Egret, a light morph Little Eagle being mobbed a few times by a flock of Galahs and a Black-shouldered Kite giving an a adult Sea-eagle a hard time.
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 21/6 #223677
Black Kite
Bakers Lagoon, Richmond
One seen in the distance flying over the lagoon.Also a nice adult Spotted Harrier seen quartering over the long grass beside Bakers lagoon in the late afternoon.
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 21/6 #223676
Cape Petrel, Buller's Albatross,Fairy Prions, Campbell's Albatross.
Wattamolla, Royal National Park,
Large numbers of sea birds off Wattamolla today including Buller's Albatross,also seen my first Cape Petrel for the winter and at least 1000 prions also 2 Campbell's Albatross,4 Giant Petrels and 3 Brown Skuas.
michael ronan. 20/6 #223660
highlightBlack Kite
Neutral Bay
Noisy Miner alert, Black Kite being chased by Magpies and Currawongs with Rainbow lorikeets circling around. At my home in Neutral Bay,13:45 Saturday. Could clearly see its forked tail as it soared off to Milsons Point. Slight southerly breeze, Sunny and cloud patches. Further information
Dick Dallimore 20/6 #223656
Fri 19highlightAntarctic Prion and Buller's Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Stacks of birds today: 150 Fairy Prions, some of which came close enough to identify easily, with them at least 2 Antarctic Prions, 25+ Black-browed Albatross, 1 Shy Albatross, 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and a single Buller's Albatross. Early signs are promising for seabird sightings this winter.
David Mitford 21/6 #223672
Thu 18Fluttering Shearwater, White-fronted Tern & Black-browed Albatross
Soldiers Point, Norah Head
A three hour seawatch this morning 9.30 to 12.30 turned up over 400+ Fluttering Shearwaters feeding relatively close in to the reefs at Soldiers Point at high tide. There were 23+ White-fronted Terns roosting on the rocks or feeding in the surf, 2+ Black-browed Albatross that hung around the whole time, one adult and one immature; 200+ Gannets well out, many pods of Humpback Whales, while on the rocks there was 1 Great Knot, 19 Red-capped Plovers, 6 Double-banded Plovers, 4 Sooty Oystercatchers, 20+ Red-necked Stints, 8 Ruddy Turnstones and 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers and a Nankeen Kestrel and Sea-eagle were also present.,
Allan Benson and Alan Morris 18/6 #223642
Tue 16Barking Owl
Howlong, NSW
A Barking Owl was observed sitting on the Russell Street street sign about 11 pm. It was a quite foggy night but the bird was seen clearly in the headlights
John Harris and Fred Bohner - Wildlife Experiences P/L 19/6 #223652
Hoary-headed Grebe
Woodford Dam, Blue Mountains
A single Hoary-headed Grebe seen on the lake. Uncommon in the Blue Mountains, this is the first I have seen here. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 16/6 #223624
Mon 15Superb Parrot
Whittakers Lane, Howlong
7 Superb Parrots seen flying in the vicinity of Whiitakers Lane during a very dull and misty day.
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences P/L 19/6 #223653
Pacific Baza
Centennial Park
A pair of birds seen around the depot in the middle of the park at c1pm. Very confiding - within 30m & moving from tree to tree whilst being mobbed by noisy miners & a magpie. Finally moved off over the Brazilian Fields. Possibly same as pair observed at Bradley's Head, Mosman in early May?
Michael Ellison 16/6 #223623
Bush Stone-curlew
Pottsville
Loose flock of 11 individuals northern end Pottsville North caravan park
Bob Moffatt 15/6 #223620
Noisy Pitta
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
100 m north of the guide hall
Ian Kerr 15/6 #223617
Sun 14Forest Kingfisher, Jacky Winter
Googik Track, Lake Innes Nature Reserve
2 Forest Kingfishers seen in swamp at southern end of Googik Track adjacent to garbage tip perimeter fence. 3 Jacky Winters at same location, perched on posts on inside of the fence. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 15/6 #223622
megamegaNew Zealand/New Caledonian (type) Storm-Petrel
Pelagic off Port Stephens
Highlight of an amazing winter pelagic off Port Stephens was a New Zealand/New Caledonian (type) Storm-Petrel, the identification of which is being discussed and will likely remain unresolved for some time. The bird looks like a New Zealand SP but has similar traits to the 'New Caledonian / Coral Sea Storm-Petrels' that have been seen off the Qld coast, in waters around New Caledonia and off Ulladulla in March 2010. The bird was essentially identical in appearance to the NZSP accepted by BARC off Swansea in April 2013 and in behaviour to the one seen off Port Stephens on 28 March 2010 (being the first Australian record of NZSP and literally the day before the Ulladulla bird was seen). It was very similar in size and behaviour to (and thus easily lost within) the numerous Wilson's Storm-Petrels that were around the boat, though some on board commented that it may have been marginally bigger. This is the first winter record of either a NZSP or CSSP type bird in NSW waters. It was an outstanding day for albatross, with >130 Indian Yellow-nosed seen (70-80 alone behind a trawler 3 miles from the heads), good numbers of Campbell (x7 adults), Shy-types (all adults), but only 3 Black-broweds. There were 3 Buller's also and likely just the one Gibson's (images need to be scrutinised). There were moderate numbers of Fairy Prion, 20+ Solander's Petrels, 2 Hutton's/1 Sooty Shearwater and a single Northern Giant-Petrel. Most unusual was an unseasonal Arctic Jaeger just a few miles inside the shelf harassing a flock of Silver Gulls that were with us the entire day (photo of the stormy by Allan Richardson).
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V.Argonaut 15/6 #223618
Little Eagles
Sydney
A pair of Little Eagles flew from Centennial Park over Moore Park, one dark and one light phase. [Moderator's Note: We have received 20+ reports of Little Eagles over the last two weeks from the Sydney region, so we will refrain from publishing any more sightings from this apparent "influx" for the moment - please refer to eBird. This is an interesting occurence, as for the last few years only a couple of pairs have been resident in Sydney. JB]
Eric Finley 14/6 #223615
highlightArctic Tern
Austinmer Beach
Thrilled to see an imm. Arctic Tern a little off Austinmer Beach this afternoon at 2pm while scanning for whales. Watched the Tern for five minutes as it fished behind breaks and several surfers. It eventually headed north. White rump/tail clearly visible; black outer tail feathers also obvious. Illustrations in latest Slater most match its flight appearance. A tick for me. Additional ID Notes: The clear bright-white rump meeting grey back was one deciding point. There’s a clear cut off point between white and grey, unlike more of a smudge in WFTs. Also, dark smokey-grey-meets-black in shoulders. Wingtips darker on a WFT imm in my experience. Also, the black cap seemed to start above middle of the eye, with a dagger-like bill.
Lorne Johnson 14/6 #223610
Sat 13highlightAntarctic Prion
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlight of an excellent pelagic trip off Sydney were several (perhaps six) Antarctic Prions amongst good numbers (c.100) Fairy Prions. Also six albatross species including more than 30 Indian Yellow-nosed, 10 Providence Petrels, 7 Great-winged Petrels (six appeared to be nominate macroptera and one gouldi), 2 Brown Skuas and one Northern Giant Petrel. A Humpback Whale breaching clear of the water close to the boat was another great spectacle. (Antarctic Prion photograph courtesy of Steve Hey)
Roger McGovern and all on the MV Avalon 14/6 #223603
highlightBrahminy Kite
Spoon Bay, Wamberal
A single bird seen hunting along the shoreline between North Wamberal Beach and Spoon Bay late in the afternoon. Roosted in the dune vegetation however was hunted out by Australian Raven and flew back south. Maybe its the same one recently seen on the Hawkesbury? (Moderator's Note: An adult Brahminy Kite was seen at The Entrance Channel on 8/6/15 by Tim Faulkner and there has been no recent reports from the Hawkesbury so that I assume it is the same one.AKM)
Paul & Luke Shelley 14/6 #223602
highlightRegent Honeyeater (5)
Wiseman's Ferry
At the golf course I was to surprised to hear first, then locate 5 Regent Honeyeaters feeding in a number of flowering Lemon Scented Gums with numerous Noisy Friarbirds and fewer other species of honeyeaters (including a few Scarlet Honeyeaters). The Regents appeared not to be faithful to a particular eucalypt and I observed one male perch and display in a non-flowering Lemon Scented Gum for quite some time and opposite where the other 4 where spending more time feeding in with the Friarbirds. I could not see any of these Regents with leg bands. I then went back to the golf course about 2 hours later and could not locate any Regent Honeyeaters despite the same sort of honeyeater as before. I did however see 5 Blue-faced Honeyeaters, a pair of adult Satin Bowerbirds and 9 White-winged Choughs in the nearby picnic area.
Edwin Vella 13/6 #223600
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Jacky Winter
Laughtondale Gully Rd, Maroota
Good numbers of honeyeaters were about beside Laughtondale Gully Rd - Noisy Friarbirds, Little and Red Wattlebirds, White-eared, New Holland, White-cheeked, Yellow-tufted, White-naped, Yellow-faced and Eastern Spinebills. Also saw a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, 3 Jacky Winter (all perched together on the same power line), Bar-shouldered Doves etc.
Edwin Vella 13/6 #223599
highlightBrush Bronzewing, Little Eagle, Dusky Woodswallow
Wianamatta Nature Reserve, Cranebrook, Western Sydney
Spent the morning searching for the recently reported - and banded - Pink Robin. No sign of it but lots of activity otherwise. Thornbills are very conspicuous. Honeyeaters are across the reserve with the greatest concentration - and variety - centered around a few isolated flowering eucalypts. Photograph attached showing Yellow, Buff-rumped (banded) and Striated Thornbills, Varied Sittella, Brush Bronzewing, Little Eagle (dark morph) and Dusky Woodswallow. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 13/6 #223598
Fri 12Lewins Rail, Mistletoebird
Warriewood Wetlands
At about 4:25pm this afternoon I heard a Lewins Rail calling from about 3m away near where the hybrid ducks hang. I could see the bush moving and saw a tiny bit of the bird but as per usual not good views. Also heard a Misteltoebird in the same spot
Jayden Walsh 12/6 #223588
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Middle Road, Paxton
Single Turquoise Parrot seen in bushland on private property off Middle Road, just north of Paxton. This species is extremely scarce in the Cessnock woodlands with less than one record a year reported on average these days (in fact the last reported birds I can find were from HEZ in October 2011).
Mick Roderick 12/6 #223586
Wed 10highlightBlack Kite (1) Pink Robin (1) female
Wianamatta Nature Reserve
Another attempt for Pink Robin this time turned up a reasonable candidate, a female plumaged robin with two rich tan wing bars in thick paperbark woodland in NE corner of reserve. Silent and shy views were quick and no chance for photo. Could not see if banded. I did find a banded Rose Robin with a pink chest, calling frequently in the same location, where there are quite a few banded birds (Yellow Thornbill, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Spinebill). A single Black Kite flew over the same area with several Aust. Magpies in pursuit giving a very good view. A rare bird in the Sydney county.
Dion Hobcroft 11/6 #223578
Tue 9Red-necked Avocet
Ettalong Beach NSW
Single bird landed on water then swam into shore and settled amongst the seagulls.
Jill Davis 10/6 #223571
highlightVaried Sittella (5) Brush Bronzewing (1 male) Whistling Kite (1)
Wianamatta Nature Reserve, Cranebrook
Wandered around hoping I might jag the Pink Robin, no luck with this. Also White-cheeked, White-eared and Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Brown Gerygone, Striated, Brown and Buff-rumped Thornbills..
Dion Hobcroft 9/6 #223559
Spangled Drongo
Pacific Highway, Turramura
2 drongoes seen flying around the Community Gardens opposite Rohini St approx 6:50am. Being harassed by Noisy Miners. [Moderator - Spangled Drongos are regular winter migrants to the Sydney area. Today's reports are the last ones that will be published this season as it is now clear that they have arrived in good numbers - AR]
Tom Wilson 9/6 #223550
Mon 8Spangled Drongo
Irrawong Reserve
2 Spangled Drongos seen extremely well and heard calling. [Moderator - Spangled Drongos are regular winter migrants to the Sydney area. Today's reports are the last ones that will be published this season as it is now clear that they have arrived in good numbers - AR]
Jayden Walsh 9/6 #223552
Little Eagle, Lewin's Rail
Air services site, Shanes Park
A pair of Little Eagles were showing quite well and also seen was a dark morph Brown Falcon (one took off from the ground in the Melaleuca woodland), lots of Rose Robins (at least 8 in various plumages), 4 Crested Shrike-tits, a single White-throated Tree-creeper (a very rare resident in Shanes Park with probably only one or a pair still around there), lots of Buff-rumped Thornbills but unfortunately no Speckled Warblers (they appeared to be getting harder to find here). There were also quite a number of Spotless Crakes calling in the swamp and we also heard a Lewins Rail call from it usual location.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 8/6 #223548
highlightSwift Parrot
Dharawal Nature Reserve (restricted access)
Swift Parrots were seen on a number of occasions with a maximum of 12 individuals observed flushed out of a single tree. It is likely more individuals were present. All sightings were in 'atypical' Swift Parrot habitat - widely scattered and stunted Scribbly Gums/Sydney Peppermint above a dense closed shrubland of Dagger Hakea and Banksia ericifolia. They appeared to be feeding in the Scribbly Gums which were not in flower - so unsure what they were targeting. This sighting indicates usage of habitat (like Royal NP sighting last year) likely to have been overlooked in the past (especially as most of such areas have restricted access on the Woronora Plateau) and has important management consequences such as potential impacts of current and proposed longwall mining on the plateau.
Martin Schulz and George Madani 8/6 #223545
Sun 7Pacific Baza
R.A.A.F Memorial Park, Whalan, Mount Druit
A grouped 3 Pacific Bazas in the trees of the Park
Robert Coveny per Alan Morris 10/6 #223564
Freckled Duck, Southern Emu-wren
McPherson Road Swamp
Saw 9 Freckled and a couple of Pink-eared Ducks, 2 Intermediate Egrets, a couple of Tawny Grassbirds and a White-bellied Sea-eagle flying over. I also came back later in the day to see if any Australasian Bitterns were about as the habitat looked ideal for them. I did not see any bitterns but I did find a pair of Southern Emu-wrens (male and female) in thick vegetation beside the western end of the swamp.
Edwin Vella 8/6 #223547
Fairy Prion, Brown Skua
Soldiers Point (Norah Head)
A 2 hour sea watch produced not a single Albatross probably due to the calmness of the sea but I did see about 10 Fairy Prion, about 25 Fluttering Shearwaters, about 50 Australasian Gannets (several offshore diving for fish) and a Brown Skua chasing the Crested Terns. I saw one Humpback Whale and about 20 Bottlenose Dolphins during the 2 hours I was there.On the rocks were 21 Double-banded Plovers (all but one on the reef at the southern end of Soldiers Beach), 7 Red-necked Stints, 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 2 Grey-tailed Tattler, 3 Sooty Oystercatchers and a single White-fronted Tern.
Edwin Vella 8/6 #223546
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Lake Cathie
Our male & female pair are still at the same site, but in a wider area.
Ted Giblin & Raul and Sandra Orcajo 7/6 #223536
highlightPink Robin
Wianamatta Nature Reserve, Cranebrook, Western Sydney
Adult female retrap caught in mist net in banding project. This bird is the same one that was caught and banded at the same location in August 2014. Australian Bird Study Association
Darryl McKay 7/6 #223535
Eastern Osprey, Double-banded Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Single Osprey flew along and then perched on south side of cliff for approx 10 mins at about 11am. 2 plovers seen on the rocks at the far end of the reef. No sign of the Pacific Gull reported recently.
Tom Wilson 7/6 #223532
Little Eagle
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Single pale phase bird cruised over my house heading west approx 1:50pm. Quite high, stopped and circled a couple of times.
Tom Wilson 7/6 #223531
Sat 6Varied Sitella
Leura Cascades
6 Varied Sitellas seen at midday in my garden (Cliff Drive) opposite the national park. Feeding on Robinia trunk, about 2 metres from me. Seen again on following day, 7th, at around 8am amongst maple tree. Fine day , excellent viewing.
Judith Gillespie 12/6 #223590
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Kulnura
I was driving slowly along Finns Rd looking for Blackbirds when a pair of Turquoise Parrots flushed from the grass and flew up into a tree. A big surprise. Didn't find any Blackbirds!
Nick Carson 9/6 #223555
Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Humpback Whale
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
In addition to visits to Lady Carrington Drive and Wattle Flat (see respective reports), we spent an hour and a half at Wattamolla. Standout bird, in addition to the usual Rockwarblers, Heathwrens and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, was a Shining Bronze Cuckoo - seemingly bizarre habitat. Some among our group set up a scope for seawatching. Conditions were flat with a very light westerly. In spite of our best and constant efforts, we saw very few seabirds, with only five albatross (all Black-browed) among the more regular handful of Crested Terns, and Silver Gulls. A group of c.50 Gannets was observed feeding some way offshore. No prions or any other winterish species were recorded. The highlight however was two Humpback Whales slowly moving north barely 200m off the cliffline, with some breaching observed.
Josh Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Andrew Walker, Julian Teh, Lachlan Hall, Simon Gorta 6/6 #223521
Black Bittern
Deepwater Park, Milperra
The Black Bittern was observed again today at noon at the western pond on Maxwell Avenue.
Iain Blake 6/6 #223520
Buller's Albatross, Fairy Prion, Brown Skua
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
Highlights of a sea watch of the royal national park today were 3 Buller's Albatross, 25+ Fairy Prions, 1 Brown Skua. Also about 50 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross.
michael ronan. 6/6 #223518
Australian Logrunner
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
After many attempts over the last few years, today we finally managed to nail a showy pair of Logrunners for our Sydney Basin Lists. A few kms north of the southern gate. Lots of Scarlet Honeyeaters about and many many Superb Lyrebirds too. Several deer seen too.
Josh Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder, Andrew Walker, Julian Teh, Lachlan Hall, Simon Gorta 6/6 #223514
Fri 5Red-necked Avocet, Black-winged Stilt
Tuggerah Bay Saltmarsh, Lake Rd Tuggerah
There was a group of 46 Red-necked Avocets & 30 Black-winged Stilts at the Tuggerah Bay Saltmarsh on Friday. Other species present were Swamp Harrier, Swan, White-faced Herons, Little Egret, and White Ibis. This site is located at the end of Lake Rd Tuggerah, 800 m down the Lake Rd Firetail, that passes through Tuggerah NR and Tuggerah SCA..
Alan Morris 7/6 #223530
Red-necked Avocet
Kyeemagh Wetlands
14 Red-necked Avocets again today outnumbering the regular stilts in the wetlands behind the Bestic St Stadium.
Oliver Williams 6/6 #223513
Freckled Duck
Wonga Wetlands
Saw at least 15 Freckled Ducks along with some Shovelers and a couple of Pink-eared. They were mixed in with lots of teals
roslyn king 6/6 #223510
highlightSwift Parrot
Phil Adams Park, Corrimal, Illawarra
6+ individuals feeding in flowering Ironbarks in small park with remnant ironbarks, Woolybutts and Forest Red Gums. Left area when a Brown Goshawk appeared and flew to nearby flowering trees in Corrimal High School to the east. Yesterday seen some 750m to north west in flowering planted gum on edge of Corrimal Memorial Park.
Martin Schulz 5/6 #223507
Southern Giant petrel
The Pass, Byron Bay
Large petrel 100m off the beach drew attention by sitting on the water resting it seemed. Large dark figure was approachable to within 5m (by surfboard) and then attracted to 2m away by finger wiggling like a fish. Juvenile bird with plain tan like bill with green grey tip. Bird gradually floated out to sea.very light winds but cold.
Duncan Fowler 5/6 #223506
Bush Stone-curlew
Pottsville North Caravan Park
Loose flock of (at least) 7 individuals - northern end of park
Bob Moffatt 5/6 #223505
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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