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Birdline New South Wales

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

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

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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: 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:

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October 2015
Fri 9highlightPainted Honeyeater
Back Creek State Forest
calling and seen at small dam just a few hundred metres into the forest, 16kms east of West Wyalong
Simon Starr 9/10 #224964
Thu 8Eastern Barn Owl
Richmond Lowlands
One bird flying over paddock.
Keith Brandwood 9/10 #224951
Wed 7highlightOrange, Crimson & White-fronted Chat, Brown Songlark
Chat Alley, Lake Cargelligo
A wonderful display of three chats, songlarks and pipits.
Ann Millard 7/10 #224934
Baillons Crake, Latham's Snipe
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
Crake has been present for some days, the Snipe is on the western edge of its range in NSW
Ann Millard 7/10 #224932
Black Kite
Pimlico, south west of Ballina
Two groups (6 in each) of Black Kites scavenging around sugar cane harvesters. Appears as if there is now a small more or less resident population in the local area and a seasonal influx of nomads.
David Charley 7/10 #224926
Mon 5highlightCrimson Chat
Seldom Seen Guest House, "Kiembah", 6 kms from Eugowra (restricted access)
Pair of Crimson Chats (M&F) observed on track at a distance of about 10 metres between two grassy paddocks with growth to a height of about 40 cms. Flew to the wire fence between the track and the right paddock, where they perched for about 10 seconds, offering crippling views, before disappearing into the grass. No time for a photo. Please note this is private property and we were fortunate to be overnight guests (with prior bookings essential) and therefore allowed free run over this large property. I note an E-bird report of the species at Back Yamma State Forest (forty minutes drive north west) in September 2009, and the sightings at Capertee Valley, well to the east ,over the weekend, so perhaps this may be suitable habitat for this eastward movement ? eBird checklist
Cameron Ward, Janette Ward 8/10 #224943
Bassian Thrush
Goodenia Rainforest Walk, near Pambula
Several (~6) Bassian Thrush seen flying conspicuously around in the forest and walking quite near the path. Though records of birds for the far south coast are thinly spread in general, I wouldn't assume this is a rare species here. However, the number of Thrush and their lack of secrecy was very surprising. (Also, either a Scarlet Honeyeater or Mistletoebird seen from directly below - flew away before I could clearly ID between the two small red birds, but either way a notable extra sighting.)
Oakley H Germech 5/10 #224912
Eastern Osprey, White-winged Triller, Rufous Songlarks
Great River Walk, Penrith
Mark and I had a good morning along the Great River Walk in Penrith with 67 species recorded including an Eastern Osprey, 2 Rufous Songlarks, a female White-winged Triller, Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo (Channel-billed, Fan-tailed, Koel and Shining Bronze-cuckoos also heard), a Little Egret, Azure and Sacred kingfishers, Satin Bowerbird and quite a number of Mistletoebirds.
Edwin vella and Mark Fuller 5/10 #224906
Pallid Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark
Bundanoon (Shangri la Road)
Species 182 and 183 for Bundanoon. My first record of Pallid Cuckoo for the Southern Highlands. On another note, there were many Masked and White-browed Woodswallows over home about 8am this morning.
Lorne Johnson 5/10 #224905
highlightCrimson Chat
Capertee Valley, along road from Glen Davis to Wollemi NP
Five Crimson Chats (2 males & 3 females) seen about 5:30pm, just after the track passes close to a bend in the river, near some ruins on the left. This is before you enter the national park boundary.
Carol Probets, Carl and Mindee Poldrack 5/10 #224904
Australian Magpie
Coomba Park - Wallis Lake
Saw a group of Magpies with one notable odd one. He was red instead of white.
Barbra Schmidt 5/10 #224888
Sun 4Black Bittern, Mangrove Gerygone
Quibray Bay, southern Sydney
An adult Black Bittern flushed when kayaking inside mangroves on north side of Quibray Bay. Apparently not reported previously in Towra Point NR. Also several Mangrove Gerygone singing beautifully. eBird checklist
Andrew Taylor 6/10 #224914
Bar-tailed Godwit
Eastlakes golf course
No Woodswallows, but happy to see this single bird feeding very successfully on fairway. Only my second record here, still there on the 5/10/15.
David Mitford 5/10 #224911
Plumed Whistling-Duck
60+ birds at Sewage Ponds.
Neville Schrader 5/10 #224886
Caspian Tern (2), Little Egret (1), Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Pitt Town Lagoon
Early this morning at Pitt Town Lagoon there were a pair of adult Caspian Terns busily patrolling the north-eastern side of the lagoon where there were 22 Red-kneed Dotterel, 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and about 20 Black-winged Stilts. Like my last visit there about 2 weeks ago, there were very few ducks including only about 7 Pink-eared Ducks present and not much more Grey Teal. They've all gone to Riverstone instead!!
Edwin Vella 4/10 #224882
Masked Woodswallow
Bundanoon township
A pair of Masked Woodswallows were seen in a high flock of about twenty White-browed Woodswallows, mid-afternoon, over home. I've only seen WBWs once before in five years of living here. The MW is species 181 for my Bundanoon list.
Lorne Johnson 4/10 #224880
highlightCrimson Chat, Regent Honeyeater
Capertee Valley
Crimson Chat (adult male) observed along the road between Glen Davis and the Wollemi NP campground, near the "ruins" on the left side of the road heading towards the campground after crossing Capertee Creek. About 2:30pm seen. 3 unbanded Regent Honeyeaters were recorded earlier in the day in Capertee during the survey.
Leo Skowronek 4/10 #224879
Southern Giant Petrel
Lighthouse Beach (Port Macquarie)
Dark brown / black juvenile washed up on shore amongst rocks on northern end of beach below lighthouse
Chris Slade 4/10 #224877
White-browed Woodswallow
Bellawongarah (Berry Mountain)
At 3:20pm about 60 or more Woodswallows appeared from the northeast flying over the property fairly high The calls were what alerted me. I could make out the details of one bird clearly showing dark body underneath, light wings and tail underneath and white edge to tail. The white brow was also seen. Hard to make out most as flying high and light was fairly bright. Warm day, medium winds and light cloud cover at the time. The Morcombe App seems to fit White-browed, although this may have been a mixed flock.
Carla Jackett 4/10 #224876
Square-tailed Kite
Lane Cove National Park
Currently there is a pair of square tailed kites nest building in the Lane Cove National Park.
michael ronan. 4/10 #224874
Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Powerful Owl
Boronia Park, Hunters Hill
A flock of 47 woodswallows passed overhead fairly quickly this morning around 8:30. I managed to pick out at least 3 Masked Woodswallows, while the others I got onto were all White-browed. An awesome encounter just 5mins from home! There were also two Powerful Owls (immature and adult) roosting in a paperbark just upstream from the waterfall. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 4/10 #224870
Sat 3Pallid Cuckoo, White-browed Woodswallows
Wianamatta Regional Park
A Pallid Cuckoo heard calling for quite some time and a few White-browed Woodswallows also seen. Other birds present include Pacific Baza calling high above, 3 species of Accipiters seen or heard, Varied Sitellas, Sacred Kingfisher, several White-throated Gerygones, lots of Rufous Whistlers, etc
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 3/10 #224864
highlightPainted Button-quail, Shorebirds
One Painted Button-quail seen briefly but quite well running on the ground off Farm Rd. Also nearby on the dams were at least 22 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 4 Red-kneed and 2 Black-fronted Dotterels, 75 Black-winged Stilts, 27 Pink-eared Ducks in with about 300 Grey Teal and a single Australasian Shoveler, 9 Hoary-headed Grebe and at least 3 Spotless Crakes heard. White-winged Choughs also nesting.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 3/10 #224862
White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
Mixed flock of over 30 White-browed and Masked Woodswallows flying just above tree height and circling over Burns, Rd Wahroonga for approximately 10 minutes before heading east. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay 3/10 #224861
highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow; Masked Woodswallow
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Mixed flock of approx 70 birds circling quite low over my house approx 10:45am; low enough to be easily able to pick out both species with naked eye. Mix looked about 3:1 in favour of White-browed, but many higher up birds harder to pick. First time ever in this area for me (in circa 17 years in the area)
Tom Wilson 3/10 #224854
Fri 2highlightLewin's Rail, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Southern Emu-wren, White-throated Nightjar
Koreelah National Park Camp Ground
Lewin's Rail calling at 06:19am in dense mixed grassland dominated by blady grass; emu-wrens nearby in similar habitat. Bush-hen calling on several occasions over two days, in closed cover of Lomandra tussocks along Koreelah Creek. White-throated Nightjar calling around midnight over eucalypt forest along the creek.
Roger Jaensch 7/10 #224929
Double-barred Finch
Wallaby Gully Road at Q4 Fire Trail, Ellalong
A flock of 12 Double-barred Finches on my father-in-law's property this morning. The first time I've seen them there in 11 years of visiting his farm. Other birds of note on and near his property - 2 Jacky Winters, a Brown Treecreeper, White-browed Woodswallows (circa 15), 2 Grey-crowned Babblers and 4 Torresian Crows.
Lorne Johnson 2/10 #224853
highlightWestern Gerygone
Singleton Training Area (north-east of Broke)
Single Western Gerygone in planted Eucalypts / bulloke vegetation. This is a fair way east for this species, at only 60km from the coast. There was also a flock of ~150 White-browed/Masked Woodswallows in the forested area. A Chestnut-rumped Heathwren was doing Rainbow Lorikeet and Galah mimicry and Horsfield's Bushlarks were also vocal and doing plenty of mimicry in the paddock areas. (Moderator's Note: I remember a time (1960s) when Western Gerygones were regular and nested at nearby Belford SF, which is even closer to the Coast. AKM)
Mick Roderick 2/10 #224852
Black Faced Monarch and Bassian Thrush
Strickland State Forest - Central coast NSW
Plenty of Black faced Monarchs on arboretum track Strickland state forest. Bonus sighting a pair of Bassian thrush. Great views of both species.
Luke Shelley and Paul Shelley 2/10 #224837
Thu 1highlightPainted Honeyeater
Warkworth, Hunter Valley, NSW
Foraging in Mistletoe in Grey box ironbark woodland at base of sandstone escarpment between Bulga and Warkworth
Dan McKenzie 8/10 #224945
Red-necked Avocet & Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Tuggerah State Conservation Area (South Tacoma)
62 Red-necked Avocets & 15 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, as well as a roosting flock of about 20 Caspian Terns, a few Bar-tailed Godwits & a Striped Honeyeater calling from a casuarina by the lake shore.
Marc Anderson 2/10 #224847
Black-necked Stork, Latham's Snipe & Restless Flycatcher
West Byron Wetlands
Male and a female Black-necked Storks also small flock of Black -fronted Dotterels, Buff-banded Rail and small flock of about 6 Latham's Snipe. The Australian Reed Warbler was also very noticeable on the ponds. The Restless Flycatcher was at the picnic table. All up excellent morning bird watching. (Moderator's Note: There is nothing unusual about a Black-necked Stork in northern NSW coastal areas north of Bulahdelah and reports unless it is an unusual aggregation, will not normally be published as there are 70 breeding pairs and an equal number of juveniles and non-territorial birds in that Region - note that they are not "Jabirus". Except for the number of Snipe and the Restless Flycatcher, there is nothing unusual about the rest of the sightings. AKM)
angela Powell 2/10 #224844
White-browed/Masked Woodswallows
Shortland (Hunter Estuary)
Today I heard several calls of White-browed or Masked (or both) Woodswallows from my house in Shortland, on the southern edge of Hexham Swamp. Thing is, I never saw them so cannot actually say which species it was, or could have been both of course. They were obviously very distant and I never got onto them with my bins ...there were several raptors soaring that distracted me too ;-) I tried in vain to find them by driving onto Hexham Swamp itself, where there was not a single shorebird owing to the water levels from the recent El Niño fuelled rains.
Mick Roderick 1/10 #224829

September 2015
Wed 30Rufous Songlark
Linden Ridge, Blue Mountains
Very unusual sighting for the Blue Mountains. Single bird seen on a large open rocky area adjacent to steep gullies and forest. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 30/9 #224808
Noisy Pitta
Waterman track- Matcham- Central Coast
Observed Noisy Pitta in waterman track. Terrible mobile phone photo. Good views from track.
Luke Shelley and Paul Shelley 30/9 #224805
Tue 29Australian Shelduck (juvenile), Crimson Chat, Wood Sandpiper
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
At least 5 Shelducks were present, with 1 juvenile seen. Other noteworthy birds included 2-3 adult Crimson Chats, a single Wood Sandpiper and about 150 Whiskered Terns.
Andrew Walker 2/10 #224843
highlightWhite-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Wentworth Falls in Blue Mountains
Large numbers of woodswallows on 29th and 30th, mostly White-browed with a few Masked. At one stage I counted 500 wheeling around over Jamison Valley and soaring higher and higher until they were just specks overhead.
Carol Probets 30/9 #224807
highlightMasked and White-browed Woodswallows
Kurmond Road Wilberforce 2756
Mixed flock of both species heading east 12.30pm
Keith Brandwood 29/9 #224800
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Edward Street, Molong (NW of Orange)
Saw a single bird calling from top of a tree.
Stephen Gibbs 29/9 #224786
Mon 28Logrunner
Sea Acres Nature Reserve
Male. I've never seen at this site before.
James Oates 30/9 #224806
Channel-billed Cuckoo (and various spring migrants)
Scarborough Park, Kogarah
2 Channel-bills, my first sightings of the season. [Moderator's Note: From various reports on birdline, email servers, Facebook and eBird, it seems that most summer species are well and truly back to most of the NSW coast. In consequence, we will not be publishing more migrant reports of species such as cuckoos, dollarbirds, flycatchers, etc. JB]
Oliver Williams 29/9 #224798
Bar-shouldered Dove
Bundanoon township
Very happy to hear a Bar-shouldered Dove calling near home this morning at 6:30am. Species 180 for my Bundanoon list and my first record of a BSD in the Southern Highlands!
Lorne Johnson 28/9 #224768
Sun 27Satin Bowerbird, Square-tailed Kite
South Turramrura
Female Satin Bowerbird on private land leaving chook house after eating the chook food. Have also been seeing a Square-tailed Kite on multiple occasions since early September.
Jenny Zvolanek 28/9 #224780
Ground Cuckooshrike
Simpson Drive, Grenfell
During our ninth survey weekend around Grenfell in the South West Slopes IBA, up to five Ground Cuckooshrikes were seen feeding in grassland along Simpson Drive. One or more birds were seen by many of the 27 surveyors.
Elisabeth Karplus and Birding NSW surveyors 28/9 #224774
highlightArctic Terns, White-chinned Petrel, White-headed Petrel, plus usual pelagic species
Offshore--Kiama - continental shelf
The highlights of the postponed SOSSA pelagic trip were definitely the 2+ Arctic Terns as well as sightings of single White-chinned and White-headed Petrels. The trip went Sunday due to the unsafe conditions on Saturday, although it was still quite rough anyway. Altogether there were 28 species sighted offshore, other species included Wandering, Antipodean and Buller's Albatrosses, Cape, Solanders, Grey-faced and Great-winged Petrels, White-faced (20-30) and Wilson's Storm-petrels. There was also both species of Giant Petrels, as well as a Brown Skua. A full species list will be posted on the SOSSA website. Further information
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 28/9 #224769
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-kneed Dotterel
On private property, at least 400 Grey Teal with a single Australasian Shoveler, a pair of Black Swans with their young cygnet, 11 Hoary-headed and 4 Australasian Grebes, 50 Black-winged Stilts (several pairs gearing up to breed with one bird appearing to be already on a nest), 2 Red-kneed and 2 Black-fronted Dotterel, 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and a few Spotless Crakes also heard. Conditions are looking very good for more shorebirds to arrive here like a few years ago when we had a number of different migratory shorebird species and a small group of Australian Painted Snipe also had turned up. Certainly more waterbirds here then at Pitt Town Lagoon last weekend!! Very sadly this very important site for both waterbirds and shorebirds is earmarked for development!
Edwin Vella 27/9 #224766
Litttle Eagle
McDonalds Rd Lizarow
A light phase Little Eagle observed for over an hour at private property . Initially perched in a Norfolk Island pine, it then flew to the ground to feed on what was probably a rabbit it had killed previously. It was then disturbed by the horses in the paddock and flew to perch. A pair reported there for a couple of days.
Allan Benson 27/9 #224763
Blue-faced Honeater, Australian Figbird, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Featherdale Wildlife Park
All of these birds were sighted in one of our well established figtrees in the park, really cool to see and hear all of these birds first thing in the morning!
Sarah Moncrieff 27/9 #224752
Sat 26Ostrich
Thule, SW of Deniliquin
Adult pair in sheep paddock.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224961
Superb Parrot, Azure Kingfisher, Tawny Frogmouth, White-faced Heron, Long-billed Corella
Island Reserve, Deniliquin
One pair of Superb Parrots observed mating (photos show male feeding female then mating with her), One Azure Kingfisher observed on Tarangle Creek, Adult Tawny Frogmouth and White-faced Heron on nest, Long-billed Corellas inspecting nest hollows in River Red Gums.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224960
Wedge-tailed Eagle
A family friend reported one of the local Wedge-tailed Eagles unsuccessfully tried to take her small dog, then later returned and took off with one of the chooks. Property is on the edge of Kurrajong village. Other raptor sightings over the weekend included a single Little Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Grey Goshawk.
Eric Finley 28/9 #224770
Satin Bowerbird
Pinegrove Memorial Park, Minchinbury
One female bird seen near the lake. Also 2 active nests of the resident Apostlebirds also seen there too. There appears to be a few Satin Bowerbirds in the Blacktown LGA recently.
Edwin Vella 27/9 #224765
Square-tailed Kite
Bents Basin State Conservation Area
Single adult soaring over in mid afternoon
David James and Brigitte Dawson 27/9 #224759
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
1 heard near Illawong Bay
Jayden Walsh 27/9 #224753
Fri 25Black Falcon
N of Booroorban, S of Hay
Falcon swooped low over grass near highway then flew low across road in front of our vehicle.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224958
highlightBudgerigar, Crimson Chat, White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
Norwood section of Lachlan Valley National Park
3+ Budgerigars, 2 inspecting hollow in Black Box, small groups of Crimson Chats, flock of woodswallows mainly White-browed but a few Masked.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224957
Short-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Great-winged Petrel,
Norah Head and Soldiers Point
Between 1500-1600 hrs thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters were streaming past Norah Head and Soldiers Point heading south. This was one continuous long line of birds about 100m wide, and about 300m offshore. Some feeding was taking place but most birds were just moving southwards. In the feeding flocks there were some Wedge-tailed Shearwaters present as well as Australian Gannets, one Great-winged Petrel flying north, many smaller terns probably White-fronted but they were too far offshore to tell, although 5 WF Terns were roosting on Soldiers Point, some Fluttering type Shearwaters were also seen. As the Tasmanians would say "The yowies are back".
Alan Morris 25/9 #224740
Short-tailed Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
The annual Short-tailed Shearwater migration has massively ramped itself up with birds streaming south at a conservative 15,000 per hour at lunchtime. Later towards dusk still going through in similar numbers but further out.
David Mitford 25/9 #224739
Regent Bowerbird
Murphys Circuit, Ashtonfield, Maitland
A male Regent Bowerbird in tree, unusual location
Mike Jacobs 25/9 #224729
Thu 24highlightPlains Wanderer, Inland Dotterel, Banded Lapwing, Brown Songlark, Horsfield's Bushlark
Private property between Booroorban and Wanganella, S of Hay
Two Plains Wanderers observed at night and were photographed mating, Brown Songlarks and a Horsfield's Bushlark were also present, 2+ Inland Dotterels on adjacent property with Banded Lapwings. All seen on Phil Maher's Plains Wanderer tour.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224956
Black-necked Stork
Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road, aboout 6.5km from Whiporie
Lone female observed standing in long grass near small swamp. Photographed at a distance of about 65m through the open passenger side window of my car, but flew off when I stepped out for a closer view and a Masked Lapwing closer top the road gave the alarm. Nearer to the Elliotts Road intersection, two Wedge-tailed Eagles were seen, one of which had been feeding on road kill (wallaby).
Jeff Melvaine 27/9 #224754
Great-winged Petrel & Wandering (type) Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A Great-winged Petrel(gouldii) today was the only Pterodroma seen in 3 days of strong winds.15 Black-browed Albatross, 11 Shy Albatross, 1 immature Wandering (type) Albatross and 1 Giant Petrel (sp.) seen today. 30 Prions observed, 2 Fairy Prions the rest probably Fairy. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were the most numerous Shearwater 300 approximately.
David Mitford 24/9 #224727
Glossy Ibis
Sydney Olympic Park
In the ponds between Haslams Creek and Allphones Arena. Has been there for a couple of days now.
David Langley and Anita Mudge 24/9 #224724
Wed 23highlightBlue-winged Parrot, Black Falcon, Crimson Chat, White-winged Fairy-wren
Oolambeyan National Park
One Parrot flushed from scrub, Falcon observed flying high over, small groups of Chats possibly associating with White-winged Fairy-wrens that were at the same location.
Gould League Bird Study Camp per Greg Clancy 9/10 #224955
Tue 22highlightShort-tailed Shearwaters
Mistral Point, Maroubra
First Short-tailed Shearwaters of the spring with over 1000 noted, about 400 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Smaller numbers of Hutton's Shearwaters and Fluttering Shearwaters also passing south. 2 Brown Skuas, 1 Giant Petrel, just into double digit counts for Shy Albatross and Black-browed Albatross.
David Mitford 24/9 #224728
Pink-eared Duck, Diamond Firetail, Musk DUck
Pejar Dam, Crookwell Road
A flock of 17 Pink-eared Duck were on the reservoir, near the overflow along with a single Musk Duck. A single Diamond Firetail was flitting about the car park.
Martin Snowball 23/9 #224715
Black-faced Monarch
Erina Creek Erina
A single bird calling than sighted within the Riparian Zone near Lakala Ave. First for the season for me.
Paul Shelley 23/9 #224713
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Another Blue-faced Honeyeater, single bird seen regularly nearby in Cliff Rd/ Gormley St since 12th Sept, calling repeatedly most days for about 20mins from 5.30am, then again from 5.40pm
Mike Felstead 22/9 #224712
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Single adult Blue-faced Honeyeater observed in a Bangalow Palm in my backyard. The invasion of northerners continues. (Moderator's Note: So far this year there have been 5 reports of isolated observations of single Blue-faced Honeyeaters right across the Central Coast, but the birds have not stayed. AKM).
Paul Burcher 22/9 #224699
Mon 21Superb Lyrebird, Rockwarbler
River Rd, Lower Portland
A freshly fledged Superb Lyrebird was very tame on the roadside. It had lots of down on the back and juvenile lyres. A pair of Rockwarblers where seen on the cliff above the road. A host of spring migrants including Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Whistler, White-throated Gerygone, Sacred Kingfisher. Several pigeons including Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Wonga Pigeon, Common Bronzewing and Bar-shouldered Dove.
David James & Dion Hobcroft 22/9 #224705
Blue-faced Honeyeater, Pied Butcherbird
Wisemans Ferry
Single adult Blue-faced Honeyeater around the grounds of the Golf Club. Bred here several years ago and was reported nearby a few months ago. Two adult Pied Butcherbird near their nest behind the tennis courts and and a yearling in the same vicinity
David James & Dion Hobcroft 22/9 #224704
Superb Parrot
Jugiong, private property
A pair showing well and looking for prospective hollows in large red gums on a private property 10kms east of jugiong
James lee Fong 21/9 #224687
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo, Painted Honeyeater
Merriwindi SCA
One BEC calling and seen well at intersection west of Trapyard Dam. Two Painted Honeyeaters calling strongly and displaying at Trapyard Dam itself. Painted Honeyeaters heard and seen at 4 other sites west and east of the Baradine-Pilliga Rd in the forest. Good numbers of White-winged Trillers, White-browed and Masked Woodswallows throughout the Pilliga Forest. White-backed Swallow at the creek crossing just east of Kenebri.
Max Breckenridge 21/9 #224684
Eastern Koel
Tamar Street Ballina
Female bird feeding on Bangalow Palm fruit. (Moderator's Note: It is interesting to note how the first Channel-bills and Koels turn up in Sydney-Newcastle and afterwards there is a gradual infilling of the places missed!-AKM).
David Charley 21/9 #224679
Sun 20highlightMagpie Goose, Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Lake Forbes, near corner of Newell Highway and Cross Street
A stunning flock of 23 Magpie Geese along the shore of Lake Forbes, near the corner of Newell Highway and Cross Street. A local lady told that they have been there for three weeks already. While watching them a single Yellow-billed Spoonbill flew overhead to East.
Harry Nyström, Markku Nurminen, Chris Dwyer 21/9 #224697
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck
Gum Swamp (Forbes)
Three Blue-billed Duck males were observed from the hide, as well as at least 3 Freckled Duck with the other regulars; e.g. White-bellied Sea Eagles are nesting successfully with a well-grown chick.
Harry Nyström, Markku Nurminen, Peter & Penny Madvig, Chris Dwyer 21/9 #224696
Rainbow Bee-eater
Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh NSW
2 birds hawking from fence line perch halfway along. Castlereagh rd
Adrian O'Hara 21/9 #224686
Leaden FLycatcher
Ingleside Chase Reserve, Warriewood
My first record for the season.
Jayden Walsh 21/9 #224678
Black-faced Monarch, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Green Catbird
Wattle Flats Royal National Park, Sydney
Quite a bit of activity in the morning along this track which unfortunately has become overgrown half way through making it impossible to continue through to where we had more chance of finding a Lyrebird. As it's not an official track we were told maintenance would not be done, which is a pity. ( Moderator's Note: One of the first Black-faced Monarch records for the season. AKM)
Ted Blackmam, Sharon Gotleib, Lorna Bloom 21/9 #224676
Dusky Moorhen in aberrant plumage
Marsden Park
Saw an aberrant plumaged Dusky Moorhen beside Glengarrie Rd as per attached photo.
Edwin Vella 20/9 #224675
Caspian Tern, Red-necked Avocet
Pitt Town Lagoon
Things appeared fairly quite with no sign of any migratory shorebirds despite the water level coming down and exposing a bit of mud. The highlight was a Caspian Tern in breeding plumage with a Silver Gull and a single Red-necked Avocet with only 5 Black-winged Stilts and 4 Red-kneed Dotterel. There appeared to be no more then 50 ducks (mainly Grey teal) on the lagoon which included a single Australasian Shoveler amongst them.
Edwin Vella 20/9 #224674
Sat 19Lewin's Rail.
Wattamolla, Royal National Park.
Surprised to see a Lewin's Rail up near the top of a steep heath covered slope in the Royal National Park on the 19 th.
michael ronan 2/10 #224842
Australian Shelduck, Banded Lapwing, Glossy Ibis, Black-tailed Native-hen, Baillon's Crake
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
Several (at least 4) Australian Shelducks were seen in the ponds, also 2+6 Glossy Ibis, a single Banded Lapwing, 2 Native-hens and 7 Baillon's Crakes were seen at the ponds. Including Variegated and White-winged Fairy-wrens, White-breasted Woodswallows, Red-capped Plovers, Red-necked Avocets, Cockatiels etc.
Harry Nyström, Markku Nurminen, Peter & Penny Madvig, Chris Dwyer 21/9 #224694
Pied Honeyeater, Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush
Round Hill NR, Old Wheat Paddock and surroundings
Pied Honeyeater was heard well for quite some time and at last briefly seen flying overhead towards NE. A Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush was seen in Nombinnie NP and two others were observed (other one was seen and the other heard) at the old Wheat Paddock.
Harry Nyström, Markku Nurminen, Peter & Penny Madvig, Chris Dwyer 21/9 #224690
Shy Heathwren
Round Hill NR, Murrin Bridge Rd 1km S of railroad crossing
Single bird heard singing loudly on the West side of the road at around 33°3'23" S 146°13'7" E.
Harry Nyström, Markku Nurminen, Peter & Penny Madvig, Chris Dwyer 21/9 #224689
Rainbow Bee-eater, Jacky Winter
Cedar Brush Creek, west of Yarramalong
Located on powerlines, about 1 km west of Spring Valley Lane on the Yarramalong-Cedar Brush Creek Rd, were a group of 8 Rainbow Bee-eaters and a pair of Jacky Winters. These are the first Bee-eater records for the Central Coast this spring.
Alan Morris & David Peet 21/9 #224677
highlightBassian Thrush
Munghorn Gap NR
One Bassian Thrush observed foraging on floor of tall Rough-barked Apple, Grey Gum and Yellow Box forest in a deep spring-fed gully in Munghorn Gap NR. Small area of rainforest adjacent. Good views. My first sighting in Munghorn Gap. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay and John McCrea 19/9 #224662
Double-barred Finch
Colo Vale
Stoked to see fourteen Double-barred Finches on private property in Colo Vale today. My first record of this species in the Southern Highlands. A pair of Scarlet Robins also seen.
Lorne Johnson 19/9 #224661
highlightRed-lored Whistler.
Nombinnie Nature Reserve
We chose to avoid well-documented sites in the region in the belief that the species had probably been chased too hard, too often. That decision probably caused the loss of a lot of shoe-leather. Birds finally located at a previously unreported site in the western region of the reserve. One bird seen and heard and disappeared quickly. Further on two seen, whistled in and posed happily for happy snaps.
Paul Newman and Jean Newman 19/9 #224659
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Lorikeet St Terrigal
One adult Blue-faced Honeyeater observed from my verandah foraging on flowering Turpentine at about 10am this morning. This is my first record for Terrigal.
Paul Shelley 19/9 #224656
Pacific Baza
Mehi River, 25km west of Moree
A lone Pacific Baza was observed performing an amazing tumbling flight - possibly in courtship. This is very far west for this species although one was sighted at the same location in December 2013. The closeby Whittaker's Lagoon is now full and thriving with life. Watering was put in place last month by the LLS with the help of a neighbouring irrigator. Also note that the nearby Gwydir Wetlands SCA is currently open to the public until 30 October, it coincides with a season of environmental water releases and gives an opportunity for people to see the amazing response of these wetlands to water flows. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne 19/9 #224655
Fri 18Crested Shrike-tit
Lake Cargelligo STW
Male appeared briefly on dead tree beside pond at dusk. Pizzey says they occur along the darling. Perhaps they also occur along the Lachlan. [Moderator's Note: While there is a hole in CST distribution centred on Cobar, Lake Cargelligo is still within the range of this species, and a number of (sparse) records occur in the region. The closest proper population centre would be in Cocoparra to the south. JB]
Carl Weber 21/9 #224685
highlightSpotted Bowerbird
Banora Point
Private residence overlooking Tweed River, Fingal peninsula (south bank of river) and Pacific Ocean. Rear balcony backs onto steep slope with vine scrub containing fruit trees and exotic pest plants. Pointed out by occupant who had not seen it before. Conspicuous nuchal crest suggests male bird. Observation made in short interval between extended rain periods, during which 1 female and 1 male Regent Bowerbird were seen, also several Spangled Drongo and Australasian Figbird (both sexes). Unusual habitat for Spotted Bowerbird suggests an escapee.
Jeff Melvaine 20/9 #224669
Pied Honeyeaters, Crimson Chats, Red-backed Kingfisher, Hooded Robin
Cobar, road on the way to Fort Bourke
Great bird activity in the scrub either side of the road just before it climbs to the lookout at the reservoir at Fort Bourke. Also very vocal Crested Bellbirds, Horsfields Bronze-Cuckoos and other honeyeaters.
Rosemary Stapleton 19/9 #224649
Lathams snipe
Cut Hill Reserve Cobbity NSW
Lathams Snipe have returned again this year to Cut Hill Reserve
John Dodd 18/9 #224647
Dollarbird, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pacific Koel and Lewin's Rail
Warriewood Wetlands
Spring has well and truly arrived, with all species either heard or seen well.
Jayden Walsh, Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang 18/9 #224644
Thu 17Spotted Quail-thrush
Bald Rock National Park
Seen on the roadway at 6.30 am this morning about 3 kms north of Bald Rock Bush Retreat. It was on the main dirt roadway through the area, between Bald Rock National Park and Boonoo Boonoo National Park.
Robert Shore 17/9 #224639
Wed 16Glossy Black-Cockatoo
McCarrs Reserve, Church Point
One female drinking from a roadside puddle and calling at 5:30pm - just before sunset. Very happy to see her.
Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang 17/9 #224634
Eastern Grass Owl
Pacific Highway, Shark Creek
Fresh roadkill on edge of highway - collected for Australian Museum via Grafton NPWS freezer.
Greg Clancy 16/9 #224629
Bell Miner
Deepwater Park, Milperra
The last bird I wanted to see at Deepwater was Bell Miner (2+) this morning. There are lots of colonies on the other side of the Georges River in Liverpool LGA but these might be the first in Bankstown LGA.
David James 16/9 #224624
Magpie Goose
Orange Botanical Gardens
Four birds perched in Pine trees at 0900 in the morning.
P. Bannatyne (report submitted by Neville Schrader) 16/9 #224623
Whistling Kite (1) Topknot Pigeon (2) Channel-billed Cuckoo (2) Nankeen Kestrel (1)
Yaralla Estate, Concord
First ever Whistling Kite on the local patch! Also of note Caspian Tern in Major's Bay.
Dion Hobcroft and Janene Luff 16/9 #224619
Gang-Gang Cockatoo
Johnston Park, Canley Vale
[Moderator's Note: We are regarding this as likely to be an escapee due to poor quality habitat at the site and surrounding area. JB]
Michael Barton 16/9 #224608
Tue 15Dollarbird, Leaden Flycatcher
Single Dollarbird seen on northern side of Boambee Creek (which is at northern end of Sawtell) in morning (~09:30). Late in day (~17:30) single adult male Leaden Flycatcher heard calling, and seen, near top of Boambee Headland. Both are first returns for Sawtell this year. Noisy Pitta also heard near Leaden Flycatcher.
Peter J Higgins 16/9 #224618
Mon 14Eastern Grass Owl
Highway 1 near Taree
Fresh road kill. Picked up by Trish Evans & delivered to the Aust Museum in Sydney. Apologies for the delay in reporting this but saw the other entry:- Eastern Grass Owl Pacific Highway, Shark Creek Fresh roadkill on edge of highway - collected for Australian Museum via Grafton NPWS freezer.
Ann Millard for Trish Evans 25/9 #224735
megamegaGrey-headed Lapwing
Penrith Lakes and Regatta Centre
Security continued to permit access to this unique species on condition of not crossing roped off areas. Although timid, patience provided good views and photographs at quite close range.
John Balding, Nigel and Rebecca Coghlan 14/9 #224589
Rainbow Bee eater
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters hawking over the escarpment at lunchtime. Also a Varied Sitella on ironbark saplings
Mike Felstead 14/9 #224587
Pallid Cuckoo
59 kurmond Road Wilberforce 2756
one bird calling in dawn chorus
Keith Brandwood 14/9 #224585
Black Bittern
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Adult male fishing in mangrove roots on the western pond on Maxwell Ave about 07:45
David James 14/9 #224581
Channel-billed cuckoo
Featherdale Wildlife Park
We house a nber of channel-bills in captivity and this time of year when the wild birds migrate down this way we see a number of wild birds hangout around the park! This was the first spot in the park for the season.
Sarah Moncrieff 14/9 #224580
Sun 13Brown Gerygone
Sydney Olympic Park
Single Brown Gerygone vocal and seen well at Wentworth Common, my second record for SOP, fourth for patch (other records at Yaralla). Also present Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2), Little Egret (1), Red-necked Avocet (150).
Dion Hobcroft 16/9 #224620
Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Blue Bonnet
Yarranjerry State Forest, Ariah Park
A pair flew over this Reserve and another was seen at Ariah Park Recreation Ground, and at nearby Arbortree Reserve on 11/9 one was seen and photographed by Barbara Melville. Several pairs of Blue Bonnets were seen in around Ariah Park, while one pair were seen on 11/9 near the former village site of Mimosa, SE of Temora. Both species are on the eastern edge of their range at these locations.
Alan Morris & 28 other members of CCGBNSW 15/9 #224601
White-breasted Sea-Eagle
Nepean Gorge
The Nepean Gorge White-breasted Sea-Eagles have two chicks in the nest at the present moment.Good views from the Nepean Belle lunch cruise.
Graham Groves 15/9 #224598
Magpie Goose
Two bird looking nervous and out of place. Standing on flattened reeds on edge of Macquarie River. Access from Hereford Rd Carpark. Have been told that up to six are present on the Macquarie River in Bathurst at present. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay 15/9 #224594
Southern Giant-petrel, Cape Petrel, Wandering Albatross
Port Stephens pelagic
Highlights of a very enjoyable day at sea off Port Stephens yesterday were singles of both giant-petrel species, with this being only the 2nd Port Stephens pelagic with a Southern recorded (the only other trip was 23-09-2012 when we had 2 birds). A Cape Petrel (australe) that arrived at the boat about 6 miles inside the shelf on the return leg was a bonus. We also had 4 Wandering-types, comprising 2x Wandering (exulans) and 2x Antipodean (both gibsoni). Attached image shows a tussle between the SGP and one of the exulans birds for a piece of chicken skin. Also good numbers of Hutton's Shearwaters with at least 70 counted, including 33 in one photographed group. Numerous and widespread Wedge-tailed Shearwaters too.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V.Argonaut 14/9 #224588
Spotted Quail-thrush
Putty Rd
Also Sacred Kingfisher, White-throated gerygone, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Buff-rumped Thornbill and a few Speckled Warblers.
Lorand Szucs 14/9 #224583
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
On private property, 3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers have returned with 48 Black-winged Stilts, a White-necked Heron, 11 Hoary-headed Grebe and Spotless Crakes. Interestingly there were no Pink-eared Ducks (there were 155 seen on my last visit there and being the most abundant duck species) but there were about 160 Grey and about 10 Chestnut Teal. In surrounding bush land there were lots of Rufous Whistlers, White-throated Gerygones, Scarlet Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds, Shining Bronze and Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Olive-backed Orioles, White-winged Choughs, Crested Shrike-tits, Varied Sitellas, Double-barred Finches etc.
Edwin Vella 13/9 #224576
megamegaGrey-headed Lapwing, Musk Duck, Rainbow Bee-eaters
Security were kind to allow birders this morning into the grounds of the International Regatta Centre in Castlereagh. However unfortunately, access will not be permitted over the next few weeks but the lapwing may still be viewable from outside the gate. Here I was able to get crippling views and photos of the Grey-headed Lapwing from my car at and near the original site where at times it came foraging within a few metres from my car. I watched it even chase away the Noisy Miners. A drive around the Lakes beside Castlereagh Rd produced a Musk Duck, about 10 Great Crested and about 50 Hoary-headed Grebe, a Little Egret, quite a number of Rainbow Bee-eaters, Restless Flycatchers etc.
Edwin Vella 13/9 #224575
Rainbow Bee-eater
Lower Portland, Hawkesbury River
A loose flock of about 30 migrating Rainbow Bee-eaters seen at Lower Portland - first spring record for Sydney? Also at least 10 White-throated Gerygones seen and heard along the Hawkesbury on a perfect spring day.
Roger and Louise McGovern 13/9 #224569
Sacred Kingfisher and Common Koel
Bonnie Vale Bundeena NSW
Both heard calling whilst bird watching in the locality.
Deryk Engel 13/9 #224565
Sat 12Rainbow Bee-eaters
Large flock of 100+ Bee-eaters flew from trees bordering Boambee Creek (northern edge of Sawtell) at about 17:15; flock continued to swirl about over the creek and riparian vegetation before settling in a small group of large mangroves on an isolated 'island' in the Creek. The entire flock, or large subsets of it, repeatedly seen to lift off and swirl about for several minutes before again settling in mangroves. I left as it got dark and most birds apparently settled in mangroves at that time (~17:45). This number of Bee-eaters highly unusual for area - in fact birds not normally present here in summer - and no Bee-eaters seen at the site a couple of days later. (There are a number of pairs of Bee-eaters 1-2 km further north, but nowhere near this number of birds.) Interesting behaviour.
Peter J Higgins 16/9 #224621
Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous Whistler and Rufous Songlark.
Springdale near Temora
The first Sacred Kingfisher returned to the Temora Area on 12/9 when one was seen on powerlines near Springvale, which is 19 km east of Temora. The following day another was seen at Arbortee Reserve, Ariah Park, 30 km W of Temora. In my experience, usual arrival time is about 20 September. The only other migrants that were obvious in the woodlands around Temora were Rufous Whistlers and Rufous Songlarks.
Alan Morris & 28 other members of CCGBNSW 15/9 #224602
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Rowes Lagoon
2 birds visible at the N end of the site. eBird checklist
Viv Rolland 14/9 #224590
Eastern Barn Owl
Richmond Lowlands Richmond nsw
one bird perched on roadside post the other one in flight some distance away.
Keith Brandwood 14/9 #224584
3 species of Accipiter including a white-morph Grey Goshwak
Laughtondale Gully
Beside Laughtondale Gully Rd, we saw all 3 species of Accipiter with a white-morph Grey Goshawk (see attached pic showing the nice translucent plumage), a Brown Goshawk and a Collared Sparrowhawk!
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 13/9 #224577
highlightAntarctic Prion, Sperm Whales, Striped Dolphins
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
An Antarctic Prion was the only minor avian highlight on a very quiet day for pelagic birds. However, there was huge compensation provided by close range views of a group of 8 Sperm Whales and a pod of about 40 Striped Dolphins, the first record of this latter species off Sydney for many years. (Dolphin photo courtesy of Nigel Miller)
Roger McGovern and all on the MV Avalon 13/9 #224568
megamegaCommon Redpoll
Mt Pitt National Park Norfolk Island
Update on the Redpolls. Still easily seen on the Summit track where it joins the Mt Bates track. Flock contains 16 birds with a good ratio of males to females, usually encountered feeding amongst the grass along the track. The previously reported SIPO at the Kingston heritage area has appeared to have gone, having not been seen since Tuesday morning
David and Sue Harper 13/9 #224564
Sooty Owl
Bundanoon (Bonnie View, Morton National Park)
A Sooty Owl uttered its falling bomb call 4 times between 6:30-7pm. It was in a densely vegetated gully below the escarpment I was on. First time I've heard a Sooty there since 2012. Two Australian Owlet-nightjars also heard.
Lorne Johnson 12/9 #224554
White-throated Nightjar
Mount Sugarloaf, near Newcastle
One bird seen briefly flying at treetop height over George Booth Drive near the beginning of Mount Sugarloaf Road, at 6.06pm. Did not call. eBird checklist
Michael Kearns 12/9 #224553
highlightSwift Parrot
Armidale State Forest (west side)
Single bird observed flying out from mature trees on PP to the south of the native re-plantings within the western side of the Armidale State Forest. Bird looped around in full sun and moved back in these trees, good views as it flew, calling the whole time.
Adam Fawcett 12/9 #224551
megamegaGrey-headed Lapwing
Penrith Regatta
Between Gates B and C (opposite Gate 19)
John Rogers 12/9 #224546
Varied Sitella
Near intersection of Rockvale Road and Apple Tree Drive, Armidale
Good views of a pair of Sitellas observed foraging in trees on the edge of Armidale township, moving to the south east.
Adam Fawcett 12/9 #224545
Fri 11Superb Parrot
Narraburra and Combanning South areas, east of Temora.
During a 5 day visit to the Temora Shire, 29 members of the CCGBNSW birded across the Shire seeing 115 species and checking out the local reserves as part of the monitoring for the South West Slopes Important Bird Area. Superb Parrots were seen at 6 locations, usually in small numbers of 2-6 birds in and around Temora. The largest two groups were near Mirrool Creek Bridge, Nurraburra (12 birds) and on 12/9, 22 near the site of the old Combanning South Public School, east of Temora. This compares with 8 being seen at 4 sites in and around Temora over three days 21-23/8. Obviously the return southern migration had then only just commenced.
Alan Morris & 28 m,embers of the CCGBNSW 15/9 #224604
Barn Owl
Stoked to see a Barn Owl fly over Bundanoon Rd, Exeter, early evening. First living Barn Owl I've seen in the Southern Highlands (dead specimen at Aylmerton years ago).
Lorne Johnson 12/9 #224543
highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
In a Cowra town garden - just near the high school. A possible first for the Cowra area. No known sighting records from the current BA Cowra Woodland Bird Program -13 yrs running. EBird map shows nearest other sightings to be just west of Lk Cargelligo , being + 230 kms west of Cowra.
Neale Coutanche (report submitted by John French) 11/9 #224537
Rainbow Bee-eater
Four birds flying south and feeding with mixed flock of Dusky Woodswallows (10) and Welcome Swallows (12) low over houses.
Neville Schrader 11/9 #224536
Pacific Koel
Heard calling from near Boondah Rd at 4:00
Jayden Walsh 11/9 #224533
Thu 10White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Orara River, Coutts Crossing
Nestling Sea-Eagle on nest.
Greg Clancy & Warren Thompson 12/9 #224560
Brolga, Nankeen Night Heron, Black-necked Stork
Adult pair of Brolgas with large juvenile in wetland, second pair with one bird sitting on infertile egg; Adult female Stork on nest with young nestling, one Night-Heron perched in Moreton Bay Fig.
Greg Clancy 12/9 #224559
Sacred Kingfisher, Crested Shrike-tit, Black-chinned Honeyeater
Southgate State Forest
Kingfisher being chased by Fuscous Honeyeaters - first return of season; 2 Shrike-tits, one seen one heard, rare near Grafton, Black-chinned Honeyeater heard calling.
Greg Clancy & Warren Thompson 12/9 #224557
Grey Goshawk, Tawny Grassbird
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Single bird singing and eventually seen well at the abandoned market gardens at Deepwater Park. My first record for Bankston LGA. Also a male and female Grey Goshawk following each other, looking like they might nest.
David James 10/9 #224529
megamegaGrey-headed lapwing
Penrith Lakes and Regatta Centre
The bird was first seen around 6.15am and stayed around until I left at about 8.30am. It spent most of its time on the grass around Gate C. We were lucky enough to be granted access at around 7.30 am which gave us greater views. Bird still present until late afternoon, and has been seen again by Ashwin Rudder, Shoshana Rapley today (11th).
Bernie OKeefe, Carla Jackett, and others 10/9 #224523
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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