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

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

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Moderators' Note

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

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January 2018
Tue 16Red-whiskered Bulbul
One RWB at the end of Sherwood Ave. The first RWB I've recorded in the Southern Highlands. A bit odd.
Lorne Johnson 16/1 #233330
Little Eagle
One adult bird seen soaring above paddocks 4km west of Hume Hwy on Canyonleigh Rd. I've not seen a Little Eagle in this local before.
Lorne Johnson 16/1 #233329
Mon 15Little Eagle
Bullarah (approx 70km west of Moree) Private Property
Further information
Pat Johnston 16/1 #233327
highlightCotton Pygmy-goose, Comb-crested Jacana
North Ballina wetlands
Single Cotton Pygmy-goose at same site as bird reported Aug-Sep last year (see; not sure where else it was mentioned). Foraging close to a couple of Pacific Black Ducks and Coots at northern end of wetland. A couple of Jacana also present. No photos - perhaps someone will take one.
Peter Higgins 15/1 #233321
Powerful Owl
Wollongong Botanic Gardens
One bird observed in tree above walking track near the entrance to the Rainforest garden.
Terrill Nordstrom 15/1 #233319
Little Tern
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
One pair of parent birds with two fledglings. Parent birds still feeding the fledglings but trying to encourage the fledglings by flying over them constantly with a fish in its beak. Last week there was a flock of 24 fishing in the bay.
Julie Keating 15/1 #233318
Sun 14highlightLittle Shearwater & White-necked Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
After 48 hours of gale force southerlies we were surprised to find a Little Shearwater, which gave extended views as it fed with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Pure white underwing noted by all observers, compact size and short wings. Lots of Fluttering Shearwaters seen at the same distance all with noticeable darker feathering around the axillaries.(Moderator Note: Little Shearwaters reports are subject to review by RAC.AKM) Also seen a White-necked Petrel, Shy Albatross, 6 Black-browed Albatross and a few Pomarine Jaegers. Inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins and a small pod of False Killer Whales sighted as well
David Mitford, Corey Callahan and Nick Giles 16/1 #233326
highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Tempus Two Winery, Pokolbin (Lower Hunter Valley)
An adult female Red-chested Button-quail was found drowned in a pool at the Tempus Two Winery on Sunday by Alwyn Simple, who recovered the bird and photographed it.
Alwyn Simple per Mick Roderick 16/1 #233325
highlightMasked Owl
Moruya (private property)
A very vocal and active male bird gave great views last night. Also present were Souther Boobook, White-throated Nightjar, Two Greater Gliders and a Yellow-bellied Gliders. Our thanks to the land owners. The sighting is on private land and the land owners have expressed that they do not wish for their address to be made public).
Julie Morgan, Demetrios Bertzeletos 15/1 #233320
Eastern Curlew; NO Plumed Whistling-duck
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Single bird on the north side of the rock platform at low tide (approx 2:30). Also 20 Golden Plovers, lots of Red-necked Stints (didn't count), 12 Turnstones and 15 Sooty Oystercatchers. Offshore good numbers of shearwaters - mostly Wedge-tailed; some Fluttering-types and some large Jaegers but to far off to tell exactly. (Conditions made scope use hard - 40 km/h+ gusts southerly so couldn't catch details.) No sign of the Plumed Whistling-ducks on the Golf Course as reported for 13 January - checked all the ponds as there were very few golfers out.
Tom Wilson 15/1 #233316
Aleutian Terns
Farquhar Inlet
7 sighted across channel at rear of little tern site around 1.30 There was one Little Tern with them Birds were resting .Almost gale wind blowing from the South, Also 1 Double Banded Plover. The Aleutian Terns were standing seperately to a larger group of mixed birds .
Milton Smith 15/1 #233311
Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
Pair feeding in the shallows in the SE corner of the lagoon 9:30 AM. Other waders present, 7 Pcific Golden Plovers and 30 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. eBird checklist
Michael Rutkowski 14/1 #233308
Sooty Tern, Long-tailed Jaegars, Shy Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Highlights of an afternoon sea-watch at Maroubra today were a Sooty Tern, 4 Long-tailed Jaegars and a Shy Albatross, along with 7 Black-browed Albatross plus the usual shearwaters.
Robert Griffin and Cory Callaghan 14/1 #233307
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Air services site, Shanes Park
Seen this morning inside a melaleuca hollow.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 14/1 #233303
Sat 13Satin Flycatcher
Eurobodalla Botanical Gardens
1 male bird observed fighting viciously with a male Leaden Flycatcher.
Demetrios Bertzeletos + Eurobodalla Natural History Society Outing 14/1 #233310
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern, Ruff, Brahminy Kite
Stockton Sandspit
Common Gull-billed Tern observed easily at Stockton Sandspit yesterday morning. A Ruff was also seen [spotted by Edwin Vella], associating with the sharpies. All the usual waders present along with a Brahminy Kite (Moderator's Note: same birds/observers as #233301 but publishing both reports as photographs of the different highlight species are provided. MR). eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles, Edwin Vella 14/1 #233305
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern, Ruff
Stockton Sandspit
Common Gull-billed Tern showing very well for most of the morning for a number of observers as well as a a Ruff amongst 200 Pacific Golden Plover, 300 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 90 Eastern Curlew, 2 Red-necked Stint, 100 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 150 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Black-winged Stilt and 60 Red-necked Avocet. Other birds seen included 3 Caspian Terns, about 50 Little Terns (with birds from both Australian and Asian breeding populations), one or two Ospreys and Brahminy Kite.
Edwin Vella et al 14/1 #233301
Plumed Whistling Duck
Long Reef Golf Course
I was delighted to find grazing, a flock of 19 Plumed Whistling Ducks. They were amongst the Masked Lapwings adjacent to the main pond. Observed from 5pm to 7pm. Not many golfers out due to hot and windy conditions. A few times they took flight when a buggy passed by. Photos taken eBird checklist
Kerry Allen 14/1 #233296
Buff-banded Rail.
Sydney Park
Four Buff-banded Rails. One adult seen on western side of pond south of bridge. The other adult and two juveniles on eastern side of same pond. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 13/1 #233284
Fri 12Beach-stone Curlew
Foreshore Walk, Nambucca Heads
3 birds seen in the middle of the day from the boardwalk at Gordon park. Birds flew in from down river and landed on the bank at the opposite side of river eBird checklist
Bashir Khan 14/1 #233298
Spotted Harrier
Bullarah approx 70km West Of Moree (private property)
Took flight out of damp vegetated silt tank to earth dam (40degree day) circled several times before going to a wet burrowed pit 200m away. Further information
Pat Johnston 13/1 #233283
highlightGrey Ternlet, White-necked Petrels
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
There was a Grey Ternlet feeding in with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters just off Long Reef Point this afternoon and 2 White-necked Petrels flew south close in to the Point.
michael ronan 12/1 #233278
Common Sandpiper
St Huberts Island, Brisbane Water
A pair of Common Sandpipers were seen and photographed in the foreshore Reserve, feeding amongst the mangrove roots at low tide, at Boyd Close, St. Huberts Island this morning. The last previous Central Coast record for a Common Sandpiper was at Chittaway Point in 2008.
John & Carole Carpenter per Alan Morris 12/1 #233276
Common Gull-billed Tern
Stockton Sandspit
The Common Gull-billed Tern is still present at Stockton Sandspit, seen this morning at around 10:30am. The bird was seen loafing amongst godwits and hunting for crabs (which it was successful in doing). Good numbers of Pacific Golden Plovers are using the sandspit at the moment too. I counted 260 birds out on the mudflats and rocks (flushed from the saltmarsh by a pair of Brahminy Kites). Some birds remained in the saltmarsh so this is a minimum count.
Mick Roderick 12/1 #233272
Bush Stone-curlew
1 male, 1 female with 2 chicks sighted on the corner of Palmers Lane and Empire Bay Drive. They went back into the bushland next to the acreage estate at approximately 6:50am after being on the grassy corner foraging. Saw the female Curlew grab a cicada from the grass. (Moderator's Note: This is a great sighting as this pair is in addition to the other 5 known pairs nesting or with young in the Brisbane Water Area. AKM)
Julie McTackett 12/1 #233271
Thu 11highlightEastern Ground Parrot, Eastern Grass Owl, King Quail
Partridge Creek (Port Macquarie)
At 8:15pm a Ground Parrot was heard calling twice from tussocky swamp in the back paddock adjacent to the airport. Five minutes later a likely second bird was calling from a bit further away. It is my understanding that this species historically occured in the area but there have been very few, if any, confirmed records for many years. It is certainly my first record here and we conjecture that these birds might be refugees from the recent devastating fire in Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve. We also had nice views of a male Grass Owl and earlier in the evening a female King Quail flushed from under our feet. There is strictly no public access to this section of the site. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy, Tony Bischoff, J&P Hudd, M&T Baker 11/1 #233268
highlightBlack Noddy
Cathie Creek Estuary
Black Noddy resting on the beach at the front of Lake Cathie in mixed flock of Common, Crested & Little Terns. Some feather damage apparent but seemed to fly well when flushed by passers by. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy, Tony Bischoff, Tony & Margie Baker 11/1 #233267
Red Knot
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
A single Red Knot observed associating with Red-necked Stints on the rock platform at low tide.
Dean Purcell 11/1 #233264
Laughing Kookaburra
Koala Beach Estate
Kookaburra's drilled nest hole in staghorn attached to eucalypt in residential area. Two chicks. Storm knocked staghorn with two chicks inside to ground however reinstalled by residents. One fledged today the other still waiting.
Irene Timmins 11/1 #233260
Wed 10Square-tailed Kite
Allambie Heights NSW
Saw a bird gliding over the treetops just above me.A screeching flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos was flying above the kite .
Geoff Longford 10/1 #233256
Mon 8Powerful Owl
The Barracks camp ground, Coolah Tops NP
Call back was used to successfully attract a Powerful Owl to the camp site. After a first, distant response at about 8 pm, the bird appeared right next to the camp site in response to a second call issued at 8:15, when the attached photo was taken. There is an earlier sighting of a Powerful Owl on ebird by M. Moffat, from 29 October 2015, checklist S26096177.
R. Druce 12/1 #233270
highlightKing Quail, Australasian Shoveler
Holsworthy STW, Harris Creek
3 birds flushed about 7:30 am. Tiny, dark and fairly uniform dorsal, tail heavy flight, soft peep calls. My first record in Cumberland County since the early 1980s. Also surprising were 3 Australasian Shovelers, all males. Surprising because many ducks have left, presumably breeding inland. For example, only 2 Hardhead present, about 98 fewer than were there a month ago. eBird checklist
David James 11/1 #233259
Sun 7highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
13 birds present at approx 1:30 pm today. Also counted at least 20 Sanderling, 1 Greater Sand Plover and there was a Beach Stone Curlew on the far side of the inlet.
Tom Wilson 7/1 #233241
Black Kite
Tomerong, Jervis Bay area
Have seen 'large kite-like' raptors with concave tail-ends several times around this area in the last three years.Have been informed that 'black kites don't get to his area-either too far south or too coastal or both,I can't remember exactly'.Trouble is,never had the binos to hand.Today's kite kindly flew back into view when I had a good look to confirm the species.
Andy Wood 7/1 #233240
Sat 6highlight Aleutian Terns
Old Bar, near Taree
Found thanks to the previous reports from Liam and others
Phil Bernie 7/1 #233238
Brown Quail, Buff-Banded Rail
Sydney Olympic Park
2 Brown Quails seen on open track next to "Spiral Hill" to the north (exactly where you said they were Tom Wilson) plus a Buff-Banded Rail
Veronika Grether 7/1 #233235
Streaked Shearwater
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
1 Streaked Shearwater flying south just off Long Reef Point this afternoon.
michael ronan 6/1 #233232
Square-tailed Kite
Single bird seen circling low over tree tops along Yallambee Road. Possibly the same bird seen nearby over the Pacific Highway 28th December.
Carl Corden 6/1 #233230
Australian Shelduck.
Eastlakes golf course
Two continuing Australian Shelducks on pond below the 4th and 15th fairways. Also present at same location, Latham’s Snipe (6), Baillon’s Crake, Little Grassbird and Tawny Grassbird. Unable to get photo of Shelducks. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 6/1 #233228
Fri 5Superb Fuit-dove
Nightcap National Park- Old Big Scrub Flora Reserve, Gibbergunyah Range Rd
At least 3 birds present. Also many Rose-crown Fruit-doves and Wompoo Fruit-doves. Appeared to be feeding on the abundant ripe fruit of the Native Grape (Cissus) and Purple Cherry (Syzygium crebrinerve). While this is within the normal distribution records and sightings of this rainforest dove are uncommon.
David Charley 6/1 #233231
Baillon’s Crake.
Sydney Park
One observed under bridge at south end of the main pond. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 5/1 #233222
Thu 4Wandering Whistling Duck, Brown Quail
Sydney Olympic Park
2 Whistling Duck still present, sitting out in the open on the north side of the Eastern Water Treatment Pond, but tucked tight against the reeds so not easy to see from the viewing area. Also 4 Brown Quail seen on the open track next to the "Spiral Hill" to the north of the open area.
Tom Wilson 4/1 #233205
Wed 3Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake
Eastlakes golf course
A late afternoon/early evening visit to Eastlakes Golf Course turned up two Spotless Crakes with two chicks, a Baillon's Crake, two Latham's Snipe and a Little Grassbird all out foraging on the mudflats of the pond below the 4th & 15th fairways - the water levels very low at the moment.
Robert Griffin 3/1 #233203
highlightLittle Shearwater & Brown Booby
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A very good 5 hour seawatch this afternoon. An adult male Brown Booby was seen around 2:30pm. 15 Long-tailed Jaegers, 40 Pomarine Jaegers (including 3 dark morphs) 35 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, 10 Black-browed Albatross (including 3 adults) 500 Wedgies and 200 Short-tailed Shearwaters. The big surprise was a fairly close Little Shearwater: Very pale on underwing with no dark feathering except on margins, very small size with bat-like flight pattern, NO saddlebags and slightly capped appearance. We both saw and agreed on these features. (Moderator's Note: The Little Shearwater is on the Review List of the NSWORAC and as such the record is subject to a Review by the Committee. AKM)
David Mitford and Robert Griffin 3/1 #233201
highlightLesser Frigatebird (*Amendment of Great Frigatebird, #233156 30/12/2017)
Hastings Point Headland
My observation of a Frigatebird on the 30th of Dec was in poor light and brief. I was able to examine photos taken in better light and I realise I made a mistake reporting it as a Great Frigatebird. Please amend my sighting to a Lesser Frigatebird. (Moderator's Note: the original post of Great Frigatebird will be replaced by Lesser Frigatebird soon - we are posting with today's date for notification purposes before amending later. MR).
Barry Davies 3/1 #233195
Tue 2Curlew Sandpipers
Lake Menindee, Menindee far west N S W
Curlew Sandpipers on Lake Menindee, with Lake Menindee nearly drained, its a shame to see that these endangered Migratory birds will soon loose this important Habitat. ( also seen them here last year ). Further information
Geoffrey Stuart Looney 5/1 #233225
highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Remaining at site; at least 4 seen, together with other tern spp, including 100+ Little Terns of various ages, and waders including 20 Eastern Curlews.
Colin Scouler, Alan Rogers, Graham Blackwell and Alec Gillespie 3/1 #233196
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Mogareeka Inlet
A pair of Beach Stone-curlews seen at Mogareeka while monitoring the Little Tern colony. An uncommon bird this far south. (Moderator Note: Great photo, great record, I wonder if they will breed there next year? AKM).
Leo Berzins 2/1 #233191
Mon 1Red-necked Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
2 Marsh Sandpiper, 2 Red-necked Avocets and Royal Spoonbill. At southeast side of lagoon. Swamp Harriet overhead.
Peter Johnston 15/1 #233315
Australian Little Bittern
Jabiru Wetland, Casino
Single bird seen well as it flew low over dense settaria grassland between two wetlands. Also heard at least one additional bird calling from dense reed beds.
David Charley 1/1 #233186
Long-tailed Jaeger & Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
2 close Long-tailed Jaegers, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, 1 Black-browed Albatross, 50 Short-tailed Shearwaters, only 30 Wedge-tailed Shearwater, 1 Australasian Gannet and a couple of Flesh-footed Shearwaters seen this afternoon.
David Mitford 1/1 #233185

December 2017
Sun 31Superb Parrot
Bakers Swamp, 23km south of Wellington on Mitchell Highway
Five birds flew over the road to the west in box woodland.
Darryl Smedley 1/1 #233176
Streaked Shearwater, White-necked Petrel.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
Seen my first Streaked Shearwater of the summer at about 3pm off Long Reef in feeding with a flock of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and at 5pm a White-necked Petrel flew south with the strong northeasterly.
michael ronan. 31/12 #233174
Wandering Whistling-Duck, Zebra Finch
Sydney Olympic Park
Two Wandering Whistling-Ducks [continuing birds] in the south side of the Eastern Water Quality Control Pond at Wentworth Common. Most uncommon at this location.Seen from the viewing platform but it did take time and persistence! Seven Zebra Finch seen at Wentworth Point in front of the units.
Jenny & Rod Stiles 31/12 #233171
White-breasted Woodswallow
Rowland Reserve, Bayview
Great views of 8 White-breasted Woodswallows perched on Yacht masts and flying around this morning. They seemed to favour the area around -33.663151, 151.304325 and were still present when we left at 9am. Interestingly, one bird was repeatedly feeding another on the wing, indicating possible local breeding.
Jayden Walsh and Mike Barrow 31/12 #233170
highlightBrown Booby.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
An adult Brown Booby seen flying north about 11.30 am off Long Reef.
michael ronan. 31/12 #233169
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck
Lake Wallace, Wallerawang
This morning I counted at least 1450 waterbirds on the lake including 1000 coots, 3 Blue-billed and 2 Freckled Ducks. Musk Ducks, Great Crested Grebes and several other species are with small chicks. Incredibly this is the site chosen for tonight's NYE fireworks, which I'm told will be set off on the eastern side of the lake near the arboretum.
Carol Probets 31/12 #233164
Painted Honeyeaters Breeding
15km South of Condobolin
Site is a patch of myall trees right beside the West Wyalong road. There are around 10 pairs of birds here. Some already have fledged chicks while others are still sitting on eggs
Warren Chad 31/12 #233162
Sat 30White-throated Nightjar, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Gibraltar Reserve
Private property. 2x W-T Nightjars, 120+ W-T Needletails and a Masked Owl amongst 32 other species enjoyed at the new cabin table over breakfast to dinner. Further information
Simon & Monica Clayton, Mike & Jill 1/1 #233188
Ground Parrot, Southern Emu-wren
Bundjalung National Park
At least four Ground Parrots calling from wet heath. Using GIS area was estimated at 20ha. Two pairs of Emu-wren also seen well.
David Charley 1/1 #233187
Magpie Geese Breeding
Graincorp Swamp Narromine
About 40 birds spread around the swamp in pairs and threes. From the railway line I was able to see two nests which both had around a dozen eggs. This site is about two km out of Narromine on the Tullamore road and is best observed from the railway line just past the silo complex. Also present were 8 Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage, 2 Plumed Whistling Ducks, 1 Int Egret, both Spoonbills and numerous Pacific Herons
Warren Chad 31/12 #233161
White-throated Needletail
Woggoon Nature Reserve, Condobolin
Single bird seen flying over dam at dusk. Also 4 Frogmouths and 2 Owlet Nightjars
Warren Chad 31/12 #233160
White-throated Needletail
Nyngan Rotary Park and Riverside Caravan Park
approx. 15 needletails flying over the Bogan River and surrounding area. (Moderator's Note: Uncommon this far inland in NSW.AKM) Further information
michael Crosland 30/12 #233157
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Hastings Point Headland
One flew over the headland for about an hour at dusk. The light was poor when I saw it but probably male adult. (Moderator Note: The Great Frigatebird is on the review list of the NSW Records Appraisal Committee because it is a very rare bird in NSW, where as the Lesser Frigatebird is more regular in NSW. Therefore the acceptance of this report would be subject to a review by the Committee. AKM)
Barry Davies 30/12 #233156
Wandering Whistling-Duck
Sydney Olympic Park
Still present at pond on Wentworth Common but cryptic in heat of day, tucked in along north side in thick aquatic vegetation, not loafing out with the Hardheads.
Dion Hobcroft 30/12 #233153
Plum-headed Finch
Wollar Rd
Single adult male seen with small group of Zebra Finch in road side vegetation (exotic grass) on Wollar Rd between Ringwood Rd and Bylong Valley Way. A handful of Horsfields Bushlark also seen in general area.
Andrew Robinson 30/12 #233151
Fri 29Sooty Terns
35 km east of Old Bar
2 Sooty Terns seen at sea, a lot harder to find than their onychoprion cousins to the west.
David Mitford 30/12 #233159
highlightLittle Bronze Cuckoo
Capertee Valley
The bird was located behind the homestead, flying between the Ironbark and along the creek. First heard distinctive, descending short series of 6 or so whistles and then got to see the bird several times, in various positions and numerous photos. Tail pattern confirm as subspecies barnardi. Very surprised to see this species in the area, and I believe this is an extension to this species range. (Moderator's Note: A remarkable find and well south of regular range. A bird was recorded at Seaham [Hunter R catchment] in April 2004, and a bird was seen at Mitchell Park, Cattai 13/11/2000 and again 23/9-10/10/2001 by Keith Brandwood et al (Aust. Birds 33:125) which is the furthest south that they have been recorded. MR).
Kevin Bartram, David W Eades, Patrick Scully 30/12 #233146
highlightCommon (Asian) Gull-billed Tern, Ruff
Stockton Sandspit
Seen briefly resting on the beach at Stockton Sandspit at roughly -32.882016, 151.791087 at dusk, about 2 hours after high tide. 27 Australian Gull-billed Tern present shortly before. Also 1 Ruff. (Moderator's Note: This record will be subject to NSW ORAC review. It is the 2nd record for NSW this year, the first being on 4th Nov at Shoalhaven Heads. It is the 2nd report from Stockton Sandspit; the first being from David James and Dion Hobcroft 22/02/1991. MR) eBird checklist
Michael Kearns 30/12 #233144
Turquoise Parrot, Painted Button-quail, Spotted Quail-thrush
Mogo Camp, Yengo NP Bucketty
An early morning visit to Mogo Camp, which was looking good after some rain, found a female Turquoise Parrot and two Spotted Quail-thrush feeding on the mown grass camp ground; 4 Little Lorikeets, a male Painted Button-quail with 2 small chicks, 1 Common Bronzewing, Crested Shrike-tit, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters feeding young, 12 Dusky Woodswallows and a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren. Along Settlers Rd to and from Bucketty to the Camp, there was another Painted Button-quail, Common Bronzewing and Bar-shouldered Dove. The last time there was a Turquoise Parrot at this site was on 5/12/2015 when it was an adult male that was feeding on the grass camp ground.
Alan Morris, Allan Benson & John Reidy 29/12 #233142
Wandering Whistling Duck
Sydney Olympic Park
Circular pond at Wentwoth Common. 2 Wandering Whistling Ducks (Photo through scope.). Also Hardhead, Australian Grebe, Great Egret, Reed Warbler.
Michael Barton 29/12 #233139
Thu 28highlightWhite-necked Petrel
35km east of Myall Lakes NP
1 White-necked Petrel, 6 Grey-faced Petrel and 1 Sooty Shearwater seen at sea.
David Mitford 30/12 #233158
highlightAleutian Terns
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Aleutian Terns still in residence at Old Bar. Six were seen by us to return between eleven o'clock and midday. More were reportedly seen after we left with a total of ten at last count. Lesser Sand Plovers, Sanderling and various other shore birds and Terns were also present.
Daniel McKeon, Christina Port 28/12 #233137
highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Old Pipeline Track, Hexham Swamp (Hunter Wetlands National Park)
Female Red-chested Button-quail found early this morning along the old pipeline track on Hexham Swamp, just to the north of the Shamrock Street (McDonalds) track intersection. The bird was initially nervous, freezing mid-stride for an extended period in the middle of the track (see video on link). It then started feeding along the edge of track and wandered right up to my car (see the video clip that should follow the one at the link below). I also flushed a Stubble Quail further south and there have been both Brown and King Quails reported out here in recent weeks. There were also 10 Brown Songlarks this morning, over a couple of km of track. About 450 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 7 Curlew Sands and some greenshanks (heard only) are making the place look reminiscent of Jan-Feb 2014. No sign of the Yellow Wagtail reported from Sunday (incidentally, which was seen briefly again by Ian Benson yesterday). Further information
Mick Roderick 28/12 #233130
Stockton Sand Spit
A single bird seen around 9.15 AM and was not long after flushed with the whole flock of waders as an Australian Hobby flew over, attempting to catch one of the smaller waders. It didn't return over the next half an hour that we were present.
Dick Jenkin , David Ongley 28/12 #233129
Wed 27Double-banded Plover
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
While everyone had been so absorbed looking at the Aleutian Terns. I wondered if anyone else noticed the Double-banded Plover at Old Bar. We also had 7 Aleutian Terns and 13 Sanderling there as well that morning. (Moderator's Note: there was at least one Double-banded Plover reported on many lists/reports from people visiting to see the Aleutian Terns during December, with some reports of 2 birds as early as 12th Dec. We are publishing this because it did not appear in any Birdline posts and could have been 'over-summering' birds. MR)
Edwin Vella 9/1 #233252
Wandering Tattler
Kingscliff Beach
A single bird spotted by sharp-eyed cousin Fred as it flew into rocks on the northern breakwater at the mouth of Cudgen Creek yestereday afternoon..
Jeff Melvaine 28/12 #233132
Sun 24highlightAleutian Tern (10)
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
For those birders who have yet to see the Aleutian Terns, there were at least ten birds at the location this evening, sheltering from the very windy and very wet conditions with crested terns and the odd little tern at the northern end of the latter's fenced-off breeding area. Hopefully, photos to come. Thanks Liam Murphy for first reporting them.
Mike Wood 24/12 #233116
highlightYellow Wagtail
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Brief views of (probable) yellow wagtail this afternoon at Hexham Swamp. Unfortunately no photos were taken. Bird was located about two-thirds of the way along the track in the muddy edges of on the right hand side. Other observations of note included about 15 White-fronted Chats, approx. 600 Sharp-tailed Sandoipers and a Brown Songlark was heard calling. 32°51'30.8"S 151°41'03.1"E (Moderator's Note: This is the first report of a Yellow Wagtail from the Hunter Estuary since June-July 2014 when a bird was present at Hexham Swamp over several weeks during winter (prior to that there had been at least 7 birds at Hexham during summer/autumn. MR).
Ian Benson 24/12 #233114
Sat 23highlightRed-capped Robin (breeding record)
Air Services site - Shanes Park
Adult pair seen nesting on this site (last breeding record for Blacktown LGA was back in 1994). Also see was a Square-tailed Kite flying low over the woodland, a pair of adult Wedge-tailed Eagles, Crested Shrike-tits, Black-faced Monarch, Rufous Fantail, Varied Sitellas, White-winged Choughs, Chestnut-breasted Mannkins and Spotless Crake heard.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 23/12 #233107
Fri 22highlightAustralasian Bittern, Australian Little Bittern, Spotless Crake
Googik Heritage Walking Track
In the swamp adjacent to the power easement behind St. Columba school (Port Macquarie) we had two Little Bitterns calling strongly for more than 30 minutes on dusk. An Australasian Bittern was also seen circling over the swamp in the twilight. Other good birds included Spotless Crake, Latham's Snipe and Australian Raven (an uncommon bird coastally in this area and my first record for this site). eBird checklist
Liam Murphy, Tony Bischoff, Julia & Peter Hudd 22/12 #233106
Azure kingfisher
Parkes/Eugowra Road
An Azure Kingfisher flew across in front of the car about 2.30 this afternoon on the Parkes/Eugowra Road, about 15 kilometres from Eugowra. Further information
Robert Shore 22/12 #233105
Superb Parrot
Near Orange NSW
30 birds seen at Hillside Harvest Berry Farm today in Borenore NSW
Michael Miller 22/12 #233101
Tue 19Eastern Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Australian White Ibis, Freckled Duck, Pink-eared
Lawrence Egret Colony
A rather brief assessment of the breeding activity at the colony recorded 30+ active Great Egret nests, 300+ Cattle Egret nests (some with nestlings), 100+ birds and 40+ nests of Royal Spoonbills, 10+ nests of Australian White Ibis. The Australasian Dater and up to 4 cormorant species were also nesting. I Freckled Duck observed as well as a number of Pink-eared Ducks. Intermediate Egrets were almost certainly also nesting but much of the colony has moved to the far side of the wetland and none were clearly seen on nests.
Greg & Val Clancy 28/12 #233133
Regent honeyeater, Turquoise parrot
Capertee Valley
Two Regent Honeyeaters feeding in Mugga ironbarks behind the Homestead in Capertee National Park. Turquoise Parrot was drinking at small dam at Bird Stop 5 on Crown Station Road
Allan & Rosie Pidgeon 21/12 #233098
highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Continuing birds. After some time from about 2:45pm, we observed 9 Aleutian Terns found at south end of Inlet/bay roosting amongst the shorebirds. Some birds flew off after about 40 minutes. Hot day but nice ocean breeze.
Carla Jackett, Peter Madvig and others 20/12 #233086
Lewin's Rail, Spotles2 Crake
Elizabeth Island, near Grafton
Lewin's Rails - 3 heard while paddling kayak around Elizabeth Island early this morning. Brief glimpses of one which was with another individual. 3rd bird in different location some distance away on opposite side of island (Elizabeth Island is a fairly large river island in the Clarence River). Spotless Crakes - 2 heard calling from bullrushes on W side of island, one observed walking out of bullrushes along shore in sparse reed coverage and up onto a dead tree branch lying on waters edge. Disappeared back into bullrushes. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins 19/12 #233080
Mon 18highlightAustralian Shelduck
Eastlakes golf course
I was surprised to find a pair of Australian Shelducks feeding with the black ducks on the shallow "middle lake" 15th fairway. Looks like it's the first time they have been recorded at this location. eBird checklist
Richard Murray, David Mitford 18/12 #233079
Pink-eared Duck
Woy Woy, within Brisbane Water
Lone duck seen swimming close to shore with a pair of mallards. 300m east of Woy Woy wharf. Unusual sighting for this salt water lake. (Moderator Note: Interesting record as I know of no previous records for Brisbane Water, and since 1997 there have been regular waterbird surveys of the Central section of Brisbane Water and no Pink-ears have been recorded during such surveys. AKM)
Peter Johnston 18/12 #233075
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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