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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:

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

March 2015
Fri 27Double-banded Plover and Eastern Curlew
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
First sighting of the 7 Double-Banded Plovers that are regular winter visitors in the grass area at the end of the spit. Also 3 eastern curlews that may be overwintering like they did last year at 2.30, high tide.
Julie Keating 27/3 #222737
Thu 26Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet
Pitt Town Lagoon
2 Marsh S P AND 1 Wood SP 1 Red-necked Avocet
Keith Brandwood 27/3 #222739
highlightCrescent Honeyeater
Royal National Park - McKell Avenue
A Crescent Honeyeater was heard singing along the creek near the small entrance booth on Mckell Ave. Park at the old picnic area next to the ticket booth on the way out of the Waterfall end and the bird was calling high up in trees in the creek gully at the far east end (downstream). Rarely reported from Royal NP and this is the first time I've heard one there myself.
Marc Anderson 27/3 #222734
Double-barred Finch
Botany 1' Cell
During a short stop at the Engine Pond, I heard the nasal call and found one bird (white rump) loosely associating with a group of yellow-rumped thornbills on the ground among the Casuarinas, along the western end. Possibly an aviary escapee as it was alone, but it's the right subspecies to be a wild bird. I've never seen this species anywhere near here. [Moderator's note: the nearest breeding population is Sydney Olympic Park, 15km north-west of here - AR] eBird checklist
Rob Child 26/3 #222731
Wed 25highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads--Inlet
This bird flew in to where Red-necked Stint and Golden Plover were foraging near the waters edge and around me in the area of very extensive mud flats. I observed the bird for 30 minutes.
Jean Casburn 26/3 #222726
Topknot Pigeon, Superb Fairy-wren with leucism
Penrith Railway Station (North Side)
At 2pm a single Topknot Pigeon was perched in a tall tallowwood tree on army land. I observed it with my binnies for some time. My first ever sighting of TP in Penrith suburbia. I rushed home for my camera to no avail - it had left while I was away. I noticed a group of Superb Fairywrens, one of which had leucism of its tail feathers. It has been present here for at least 6 weeks. (Photo attached was taken today).
Bob Sinclair 25/3 #222716
Powerful Owl
Russell St Wollstonecraft
Male Powerful Owl called for approximately 5 minutes just before 12.15am. Couldn't see him, but fairly sure he was at the top of bushy tree in the yard.
Lindy Jones 25/3 #222710
Mon 23Long-billed Corella
South Cowra sports Grounds
6 Long-billed Corella's, with two feeding flying young. 500+ Little Corella's also present on the sports ground.
Neville Schrader 25/3 #222713
Kelp Gulls
Lake Illawarra estuary (Windang)
2 adult Kelp Gulls roosting on the exposed sandspit near Pine Tree Park this morning.
Bec and Nigel Coghlan 23/3 #222694
Sun 22Grey-tailed Tattler
Fern Bay oyster-racks
High number of 34 Grey-tailed Tattlers loafing on a very ricketty, long, narrow timber "wharf" at the Fern Bay oyster-beds at high tide (very high on this particular day). They were spread fairly evenly, mostly in pairs, along the full length of the structure, as per the attached photo. Apologies for the extremely poor quality of the photo, as they were taken on a waterproof compact during light rain whilst seated in my kayak. Whilst participating in a Farewell Shorebirds count of Bar-tailed Godwits at Stockton Sandspit several hours later this species along with Red-necked Avocets were about the only likely wader species who put on a "no show", although I was told that 21 to 25 had been reported on a recent count. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 24/3 #222708
Sooty Owl
At 11pm I heard the bomb whistle call of a Sooty Owl outside my house closely followed by another. I went outside and found the owl trilling excitedly, high up in a hollow bearing Blackbutt. A second bird was trilling from another Blackbutt 50m away. After 5 minutes, the second bird joined the first and they both moved lower down in the tree towards the hollow, trilling all the time. Five minutes later they went quiet and disappeared into Rumbalara Reserve. My first record of this species in Springfield.
Nick Carson 23/3 #222690
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads
Observed at high tide roost on dune between ocean and inlet as described by others. Lots of double-banded plovers also present. Red necked stints and bar-tailed godwits colouring up nicely.
Mel Mitchell & Joy Sanderson 22/3 #222687
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Bay
South Island Pied Oystercatcher Chowder Head SIPO seen feeding on a rock to the RIGHT of the track comming down to the shore line at low tide. When the rock got under water it relocated to the usual site it had been reported before. Thanks for the description how to get there. Further information
Alfred Schulte with Dave, Ian and Hazel (I hope I got this right) 22/3 #222685
Emerald Dove
Yallah Bay Road, Tallawarra
Observed & photoed in woodland on south side of road. 6 Bar-shouldered Doves also viewed & photoed. See checklist for other bush passerines observed. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 22/3 #222680
highlightBrown Booby
Potato Point
A single bird. probably a juvenile roosting on rocks with Great Cormorants
Roger Williams Jane Wright 22/3 #222679
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
2 Pectoral Sandpipers were still present at the Lagoon this morning at the same spot as previously reported
Jayden Walsh and Matt Hansen 22/3 #222677
Sat 21Rockwarbler
Brisbane Water National Park
4 birds northern end of Patonga Drive Further information
Greg Roberts 23/3 #222689
highlightBrown Booby and Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A late Streaked Shearwater seen today, but the highlight was a Brown Booby flying south hot on the heels of an Australasian Gannet, only my second Brown Booby ever here. This following behaviour mirrored that of the Masked Booby we saw in 2013. Record shot attached, massively cropped of course, as the bird was a long way out.
David Mitford 22/3 #222681
Probable Satin Flycatcher, Australasian Figbird, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Australian Hobby,
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
Flock of 16+ Aust Figbirds in remnant rainforest along creek - first record for me west of Windsor. All female-type plumage except one partially-coloured male. Female type flycatcher in roadside acacias (extensive orangey wash from throat to lower breast but also a darker grey sheen to the crown and upper sides of head indicative of Satin, however I have seen neither species here before) and a dark phase White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike were also both new for my local list as was a New Holland Honeyeater and White-necked Heron. Also of interest a Rufous Fantail and an Australian Hobby. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 22/3 #222675
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
SIPO at the usual site 2 hours before low tide. Path down to beach can be confusing. Go right at 3 forked/trunked tree which eventually leads to steps to beach. Go straight on path at this point and path ends at a cliff. SIPO preening, feeding and seems to be at home on outer rock platform.
Chris Gregory 21/3 #222665
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
The SIPO is still present at the place previously reported at Chowder Bay. It fed happily on the rocks to the joy of many bird photographers around 3.30 pm. It was still there when I left.
Bernie OKeefe 21/3 #222664
Kelp Gull
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
A juvenile Kelp Gull seen today at Long Reef during the monthly wader count. We haven't seen one there before in the several years of wader surveys that we have done. Also 2 Caspian Terns and several Pacific Golden Plovers in near complete breeding plumage.
Jenny and Rod Stiles 21/3 #222659
Eastern Koel
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Single bird heard calling (but not seen) at 9am. Getting a bit late in the year I would have thought.
Tom Wilson 21/3 #222654
Fri 20highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird
Warden Head Ulladulla
A lone Red-tailed Tropic bird was one of the many seabirds present this afternoon at wardens head, 4 Black-browed Albatross, 2 Shy Albatross, 2 Wandering Albatross, 10+ Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, various Terns and Cormorants along with over 35 Sooty Oystercatchers.
Charles Dove 20/3 #222649
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads - Inlet
Reported yesterday by Lachlan Hall. Bird still present this morning between 10:00-11:15 with the Red-necked Stints and a good number of Double-banded Plovers. Located near waters edge about 30 mins after high tide roosting and preening in small sand dune. Was flushed by a Hobby and ended up back at beach side dunes a little later. Strong winds and stormy weather approaching as I left. Two Sydney birders were leaving as we arrived who saw it before 10:00am roosting in the sand dunes with the RNST. Nice to see a Red-bellied black snake walking back to the car park. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Phil Craven 20/3 #222648
Speckled Warblers
Scheyville National Park
Four Speckled Warblers seen feeding on a track near the back gate. eBird checklist
Elisabeth Karplus 20/3 #222646
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
SIPO at the usual spot at 2.30pm
David Hair 20/3 #222644
Australasian Shoveler (>350) + numbers of other water/shore birds
Deep Pond North, Kooragang Island (Hunter Estuary)
There were 353 Aussie Shovelers on Deep Pond North this morning during the monthly count. I thought this number of this species on the coast was report-worthy. There are many hundreds of other water/shore birds also present, e.g. Black-winged Stilt (444), Red-necked Avocet (611), Black-tailed Godwit (8), Marsh Sandpiper (41; these birds have been faithful to Deep Pond North for the whole summer), Grey Teal (650), Chestnut Teal (1310) and Pink-eared Duck (309). 5 Freckled Ducks were reported here 2 weeks ago but I could not find them amongst the hordes today. There are now two 'Deep Ponds' due to the recent construction of a rail flyover that has severed the 'old' Deep Pond. The northerly of the two remnant ponds is by far the most significant of the two. This northerly pond (referred to as 'Deep Pond North') lies beneath the site of the proposed (and recently recommended for approval) T4 project, so its days may be numbered.
Mick Roderick 20/3 #222643
Fork-tailed Swift (4)
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
An excellent morning with great birds. Also 15+ White-throated Nedletails, Grey Goshawk (white morph), Rufous Fantail, Crested Shrike-tit (3), Topknot Pigeon(25+), Wedge-tailed Eagle (pair), Azure Kingfisher and a White-throated Treecreeper.
Lorand Szucs 20/3 #222642
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Tallawudjah Creek, Glenreagh
A pair of cuckoo were observed at dusk last night and confirmed as Oriental Cuckoo this morning. They were coming to the ground under a defoliated white cedar to feed on the collar of hairy caterpillar gathered at the base. Now i keep a year list and a life list (like most i guess) but also a block list ie birds recorded within the property boundary only. With a flock of white-breasted woodswallow also observed this morning the block list stands at 145 species.
Pete Knock 20/3 #222638
Thu 19Glossy Black Cockatoo
South West Rocks
Total 8 birds in Arakook Reserve Further information
Greg Roberts 23/3 #222688
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Single WBCS heard calling and then seen flying over Star of the Sea primary school. WBCS are uncommon on the Central Coast and this is the first one I've seen east of the M1 having lived locally for 35+ years.
Nick Carson 20/3 #222639
Ground Parrot
Hyams Beach Rd, Jervis Bay
Two parrots feeding on the edge of the road on the way out of Hyams Beach at 5.45pm. They allowed close viewing from the car to within 2m without being disturbed.
Max O'Sullivan 19/3 #222633
Pacific Baza
I was looking to see if about 25 White-throated Needletails that I saw earlier were still around, but instead there were 11 Pacific Bazas circling overhead in midday heat of 33C.
Phil Murray 19/3 #222628
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads
Hanging out with the many stints on the sandbar. It was a nice surprise to catch up with this little fellow again, back where it was first sighted at Shoalhaven Heads.
Lachlan Hall, Duade Paton, Matt Jones 19/3 #222624
Wed 18highlightRegent Honeyeater
Crown Station Road, Capertee Valley
50 metres to the south of Capertee Valley bird trail # 5 sign. Also White-plumed Honeyeaters in adjacent trees eBird checklist
Paul Jensen 19/3 #222635
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
3 Pectoral Sandpipers still present at Pitt Town Lagoon at the Lagoon Rd end. Large mixed flocks of juvenile Nutmeg & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin feeding in the reeds and grasses.
Jenny Stiles and Carol Abbott 19/3 #222630
Tue 17Gang-gang Cockatoo
Bloom Hill Road, O'Connell (between Bathurst & Oberon)
Flock of at least 40 Gang-gangs flying between large old Yellow Boxes on a creekline adjacent to the road, just before dusk. I've never seen a flock of this size before. Landholder was surprised to hear that the species is threatened, since there were so many of them here! She reported that they come into her yard to feed on the Cotoneaster berries (which I've seen them do elsewhere in the Central West). -33.56107, 149.71565
Tiffany Mason 18/3 #222607
Mon 16highlightWandering Tattler (5), Common Noddy
Flat Rock, Ballina
5 Wandering Tattlers roosting on the rock this evening, my highest count ever for Flat Rock. Also an immature Common Noddy & a White-winged Tern amongst the other regular Terns & waders. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 16/3 #222582
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
The SIPO is still showing very well at its usual spot (described in earlier postings) and we were able to easily observe and photograph it. It was undisturbed by nearby fishermen. It also did a brief circular flight and enabled us to observe all of its features. A great Sydney sighting!
Dave Koffel and Bob McKenzie 16/3 #222579
Sun 15highlightBarking Owl, Budgerigar
Borah Travelling Stock Reserve
Evening visit to the site to look for night birds. A small flock of Budgerigars (16) was roosting near the creek. Collared Sparrowhawk was still mobbed by other birds (magpie-larks, honeyeaters but did not move from his hiding. During the early night Southern Boobooks and Australian Owlet Nightjar were calling. Tawny Frogmouth came to investigate insect near my camping lamp. When I was leaving a Barking Owl started to call (woof woof call) from the hills.
Ted Wnorowski 17/3 #222600
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Nangahrah Bird Route
A single Regent Honeyeater was taking a bath at Nangahrah Creek (near creek crossing) and later landed on a casuarina branch and was grooming itself for ages oblivious to other honeyeaters slashing water around (Striped and Fuscous HE). On the farmland near Nangahrah Creek crossing: Hooded Robin (3), Diamond Firetail (12), Double-barred Finch (100+), Brown Songlark (1 male), Spotted Harrier (1). Other birds from this location: Crested Shrike-tit (1), Turquoise Parrot (1), White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (1 dark morph), Speckled Warbler (4), Little Lorikeet (100+).
Ted Wnorowski 17/3 #222599
highlightPectoral Sandpipers
Pitt Town Lagoon
3 Pectoral Sandpipers observed at the Lagood Rd end of the wetland mid afternoon, 2 feeding together and a third bird located approximately 200m away. Also present were 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, 2 Black-fronted Dotterels as well as various cormorants, pelicans, teals Masked Lapwings and a Great Egret.
Nigel and Bec Coghlan 17/3 #222591
highlightBuller's Albatross and Long-tailed Jaegers
Mistral Point, Maroubra
My first Buller's for a couple of years at Maroubra. Also lots of Jaegers: 9 Long-tailed, 30 Pomarine and 1 Arctic. A large feeding event occurred with 700 'brown' birds feeding in a rolling flock. 20 Flesh- footed Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Short-tailed Shearwater, 5 Fluttering Shearwaters and 2 Shy Albatross seen today as well
David Mitford 16/3 #222584
Eastern Ground Parrot, Eastern Bristlebird
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Eastern Ground Parrot flushed at the start of the service trail on the way back from walking to the end. Very windy day. Flew off towards the hut and then took a sharp right back around and then called once (assuming it was the same bird). Single Eastern Bristlebird also seen at the start of the service trail.
Charles Hunter 16/3 #222572
highlightWhite-tailed Tropicbird
Lord Howe Island
Photographed while on day 1 of Birdweek with Ian Hutton's Lord Howe Island Nature Tours. [Moderator's Note: Initially identified and published as a Red-billed Tropicbird, which would be Australia's third record, the consensus is that this is in fact a (probably subadult) White-tailed Tropicbird, as Red-billed would not have 8-9 pure white primaries, and should have a much more obviously barred rump. AR] Further information
Jim Allen 15/3 #222570
highlightAustralian Shelduck
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
The pair of Shelducks was present in the same pond as reported by Mick Roderick (10th March). Other nice sightings included 10 Common Greenshanks, several Pacific Golden Plovers (c.10), a Buff-banded Rail, good numbers of Royal Spoonbill (25+), White-fronted Chat (c.20) and teal (1000+ combined of both sp.).
Ashwin Rudder 15/3 #222569
Brush Cuckoo
Knudsen Reserve, Riverstone
Seen an adult and juvenile Brush Cuckoo this afternoon between 4pm and 5pm
Stephen and Antonella Gilmour 15/3 #222566
Rainbow Bee-eater
Eulah Creek
30 Rainbow Bee-eaters congregating and preparing for migration seen this morning around 9:00, flying about 100 m high up. Later in the day, at around 15:00, saw another flock of 20 congregating about 15 km east of Burren Junction (near Pian Creek). No photos, but recorded calls at Pian Creek. Further information
Michael Dahlem 15/3 #222562
Sat 14Turquoise Parrot, Little Eagle, Painted Button-quail
Attunga State Forest (20 km noth of Tamworth)
Two Turquoise Parrots were investigating the hollow in a large Box tree near the archery club shelter, another bird on the track. A single Painted Button-quail feeding near track. Little Eagle flying over my head near the entrance. Very good birding spot. Box gum trees were in full bloom so there were heaps of honeyeaters, mostly Fuscous HE, Noisy and Little Friarbirds but others such us Striped HE (21), Blue-faced HE (1), Black-chinned HE (3) were also there. Other interesting birds: Western Gerygone (1), Hooded Robin (3), C. Cicadabird (1 female), Rainbow Bee-eater (8), Brown Treecreeper (5). When I was leaving the forest Peregrine Falcon just caught a starling, landed on the water tank and was plucking its feathers one by one few meters from the road.
Ted Wnorowski 17/3 #222596
highlightCommon Tern - red bill and legs - plus Sanderling
Flat Rock Ballina
We dropped in to Flat Rock at Ballina for a break on the way home. There were plenty of terns but one took our interest as it had a red bill with black tip and bright red legs and feet. The bird did not have the expected full black cap (see photo) After advice from others we believe this to be a Common Tern of ssp tibetana or hirundo. Either way being well out of range. There were also three Sanderlings amongst the waders
Peter West and Sue Prouist 16/3 #222580
Pink-eared Duck, Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Marsden Park
2 Pink-eared Ducks and a Yellow-billed Spoonbill on small dam on west sde of Richmond Road. Sadly this little waterbody looks likely to disappear under the ongoing widening of this road.
Eric Finley 15/3 #222567
highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird, White Tern, Buller's Albatrosss
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlights of an excellent late summer Sydney pelagic were a Red-tailed Tropicbird, two White-tailed Tropicbirds, a White Tern, a Buller's Albatross and an unidentified fregetta storm petrel. Also a Long-tailed Jaeger, five Shy Albatross, an Antipodean (gibsoni) Albatross and three Black-browed Albatross.
Roger McGovern and all on board the MV Explorer 15/3 #222556
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
Atleast 15 Plumed Whistling-Ducks close together in the centre of a group that included atleast 31 Pink-eared Ducks and also Grey Teal and Masked Lapwing. All were standing in very shallow water to the left of the left hand grouping of pelicans as one observes from the bird hide. Scope required for a good view, as quite distant. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 14/3 #222555
Black Bittern
Mullet Creek, Warriewood
A Black Bittern was seen hunting on the edge of Mullet Creek upstream from the Warriewood Wetlands.
Elisabeth Karplus and nine people on the Birding NSW outing 14/3 #222547
Sooty Oystercatchers
Warden Head, Ulladulla
There were 31 Sooties resting on the rock shelf below Warden head. This number is unusually high ,13 to16 are frequently seen on the rocky shelf part of Racecourse beach in the winter but nothing like these numbers have been seen before. Last Friday at Comorong island at Shoalhaven we seen 20 Pied Oystercatchers.
Bob Rusk 14/3 #222546
Rufous Fantail, Sacred Kingfisher.
Meadowbank Park, Sydney.
A rufous fantail was seen flitting around in the tops of the mangrove trees along the Parramatta river this morning and 4 juvenile sacred kingfishers were also feeding on crabs in the mangroves.
michael ronan. 14/3 #222542
Fri 13highlightWhite Tern
Wybong Road, near Castle Rock (17km W of Muswellbrook)
A White Tern was observed flying between trees on Friday morning along a section of Wybong Road, about 3km west of Castle Rock and 17km west of Muswellbrook. The location is about 125km from the coast at its nearest point. The description provided to me is that the person "saw the bird fly erratically through the trees and land on the ground (he did not see it fly around, only straight through the tress to the ground). Then the bird stayed in one spot, put its head down and tried to berry itself in the dirt/leaf litter, it did not attempt to walk away." It was taken into care but unfortunately did not make it through the weekend. There have been a few storms recently but nothing that exceptional I wouldn't have thought. An interesting record and remarkable that the person actually witnessed it fly in.
un-named observer via Tas Willis per Mick Roderick 16/3 #222577
Eastern Bristlebird
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
2 Eastern Bristlebirds seen at 3pm about 500 metres up Flying Fox Pass walk. One of them showing very well about 6-7 metres away in the open. White-throated Treecreeper, Beautiful Firetail, White-browed Scrubwren also see at the same location.
Charles Hunter 16/3 #222573
Arctic Jaeger
Warden Head, Ulladulla
A pale morph Arctic Jaeger in breeding plumage was sighted off the head at app 4.00pm chasing a WT Shearwater until the Shearwater disgorged its food. Really good views of it at app 300- 400 mtrs, the sun showing the vivid white belly and primary patch of the under wing. These have seen regularly down here but not usually with the breeding plumage so clear. The BB and Shy Albatrosses have been seen off the head for the first time this season. Further information
Bob Rusk 14/3 #222545
Spotted Harrier
Matraville, Bunnerong Road
Seen flying low over allotments next to Shirley Crescent.
David Mitford 13/3 #222533
Thu 12Powerful Owls
Sailors Bay Track, Castlecrag
Adult pair - daytime roost in coachwood near waterfall
David Potter 13/3 #222532
Pacific Baza
Kurrajong Greggs Road
Single bird feeding on Phasmids in the treetops Mobbed by noisy Miners, King Parrots & Butcherbirds eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 12/3 #222528
Brown Quail
Balls Head Reserve, Waverton
This afternoon at approx 2pm a brown quail ran across Balls Head Rd from the bushland adjacent to the shore to the centre strip where the road divides, before the Coal Loader. It appeared to hide under a large stump near the lower road.
Judy Clark 12/3 #222525
Tue 10highlightRegent Honeyeater
'Highfield' farm, adjacent to Ellerslie Nature Reserve, Mt Adrah NSW 2729
Single regent honeyeater appeared at elevated birdbath near our farmhouse in company with several noisy friarbirds. First sighting of this species in 2.5 years of residence at this property. Bird bathed briefly a couple of times, groomed itself in nearby peach tree for a few minutes then flew off into nearby box-gum woodland.
David Bray 10/3 #222513
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour
Feeding on rock as photographed by Cameron Ward on 9th. Was still present when I left at 6:20pm (low tide was at 5:50pm). Fisherman on same rock did not cause it any concern, (Park at crnr Iluka & Morella Rds and take concrete steps down and then left and walk the formed flat path until sharp left hand bend, take sandy narrow track at this point and walk all way down to "beach")
Chris Gladwin, Murray Lord, Simon Blanchflower 10/3 #222512
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Double Bay (Sydney)
flying around being chased by Noisy Miners at junction of Victoria Road and New South Head road at 6:45pm
Chris Gladwin 10/3 #222511
highlightAustralian Shelduck
Hexham Swamp (Old Pipeline Track)
Male and female Aussie Shelducks present on Hexham Swamp this afternoon, on the east side of the first pond to north of the Shamrock Street T-intersection. Also present, amongst other things, were ~3000 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (a small group trying to photobomb the attached image after being flushed by a hobby), a few shoveler and half a dozen greenshank.
Mick Roderick 10/3 #222509
Black Kite
Colo Vale
Single bird by the western side of the Hume Highway about 2 km south of Church Ave turn off. The first Black Kite I've seen in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 10/3 #222501
Mon 9Sooty Oystercatcher
Dolphin point, Ulladulla
6 birds seen feeding around the rocks around midday, still present at 6pm. One has been leg banded but to distant to make out any markings.
Johan Olsson 10/3 #222503
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Balmoral Beach
The SIPO seen enjoying the delights of the northern end of Balmoral Beach this afternoon at about 3.00pm. Soon after it flew off southwards along the beach.
Sylvia Griffin 9/3 #222499
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Sitting outside at 9:50pm and heard the very loud unmistakable sound of a single cuckoo calling as it flew. It was dark, so hard to tell which distance it was flying (I'm assuming North).
David Vickers 9/3 #222497
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head, Sydney Harbour NP
Bird appeared around 4:45pm after a fisherman vacated the rock. Was showing well whilst feeding. It was further observed from 6PM to 6.20PM on the rocks just off a small stretch of sand at Chowder Head. Distant record photo attached (my camera only has a 18-200ml lens) that may help others in finding this exact location. The bird is visible to the right of centre beneath the larger rock formation. Spent at least 15 to 16 minutes within a metre of this location before moving to the top of the smaller rock on the right and facing seaward. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward and Dave Vink 9/3 #222496
Sun 8Black Kite
Streeton Lookout, North Richmond
Black Kite flying SE over Terrace Rd/ Gormley St/ Cliff Rd adjacent to the Lookout, heading toward river and Cornwallis. Mobbed by Ravens. 6.30pm. Last seen hereabouts July 2014
Mike Felstead 9/3 #222494
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
Saw the bird at same place this afternoon at about 1630 just after Dion Hobcroft but after ten minutes or so of foraging on the rocks it was spooked by a passing Cormorant and flew westwards and out of sight along the shoreline heading towards the Zoo.
Edwin Vella 8/3 #222477
White-winged Chough
Saw 6 birds flying over Sentry Drive and into the grounds of the Parklea prison. First time I have seen them in that area and the closest I have seen them to the coast in Sydney
Edwin Vella 8/3 #222475
highlightBuller's Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Streaked Shearwater.
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
Another good day for seabirds off north head with 10 to 15 early season Buller's Albatross, also my first Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross for the year and 2 Streaked Shearwaters.
michael ronan. 8/3 #222474
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Bellevue Hill - Bondi 1' Cell
a single, silent bird flying over Victoria Road. This is a very late bird, most have already left NSW (Moderator).
Marie Lister 8/3 #222473
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour NP
Present this afternoon at 330-430 pm although absent on Saturday at the same time. Tame, some kayakers getting within a few metres of the feeding bird.
Dion Hobcroft 8/3 #222472
Brown Honeyeater
Very surprised to hear a Brown HE calling from my back yard at 9 am this morning. On further investigation there were two birds feeding in a flowering gum along with Silvereyes and Yellow Thornbills. Only my second record of this species in Condo
Warren Chad 8/3 #222460
Sat 7Little Penguin, Hutton's Shearwater
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Observed a Little Penguin chasing schools of small fish - in knee deep water - on the tide covered rock shelf for close to an hour. It became stranded by the receding tide. Fortunately the few dog owners obliged when asked to leash their dogs once they realised the penguin was present (According to the signs dogs are forbidden on the shelf, but hey). I ended up herding the bird back into a channel which it was able to safely follow back to open water. The other interesting bird was a lone Hutton's Shearwater in amongst the Silver Gulls. Kelp Gull, Red-capped Plover, Reef Heron etc. present. Excuse the poor quality phone/scoped photos. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 9/3 #222493
highlightBuller's Albatross, Streaked Shearwater, Shy & Black-browed Albatross.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Good afternoons birdwatching off long reef this afternoon with good numbers of albatross including 3 Buller's albatross,10+ shy albatross, 8 black browed albatross and 6 streaked shearwaters.
michael ronan 7/3 #222457
Apostlebirds, Azure Kingfisher, White-winged Choughs
Nurragingy Reserve
A pair of Apostlebirds seen, and single juvenile Azure Kingfisher at the reserve today at about 10am near the lake. Also 2 Rainbow Lorikeets and a family of about 5 Choughs.
Stephen and Antonella Gilmour 7/3 #222451
Fri 6highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Bay
Seen again today at 5.45pm on the off-shore rock. Later time of observation suggests that movements to this location (from Shark Island) are tide related.
Bob Way, Steve Mannix 6/3 #222448
Beautiful Firetail
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
A very quite day in the Royal National Park. Two Beautiful Firetails seen at the point where the path from the car park splits.
Marie Lister and Giuilia Masoero 6/3 #222446
Thu 5Grey Goswawk, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
Streetons Lookout, North Richmond
Grey Goshawk seen from the Lookout, above paddocks adjacent to Terrace Rd 5.30 pm, appeared to be pursuing a Magpie, mobbed by 3 other Magpies, then gave up pursuit. Seen shortly afterwards quartering downstream along the Terrace. Also a White-Bellied Sea-Eagle – quartering slowly downstream at tree canopy height along the Terrace 5.15pm, later seen flying upstream above river at low height. Seen regularly here.
Mike Felstead 9/3 #222495
Long-tailed Jaeger and Shy Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
At least 5 Shy Albatross and 5 Long-tailed Jaegers this evening. 25+ Pomarine Jaegers & a Black-browed Albatross also seen.
David Mitford 8/3 #222469
Raibow Bee-eater, Common Cicadabird, Pacific Baza
Nurragingy Reserve
Autumn migrants started to appear in the reserve and also along the Eastern Creek north of Power St. Heaps of Silvereys and Yellow-faced Honeyeater also Dusky Woodswallow (10), Rainbow Bee-eater (2), Common Cicadabird (male - 1), Dollarbird (2). In the reserve also Pacific Baza (still present, feeding on stick insects), Mistletoebirds (heaps), Satin Bowerbird (2 juv or female).
Ted Wnorowski 6/3 #222438
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour
As previously reported, the bird was not visible at first but then found emerging from large rocks near ferry wharf (see photo), SE end of Island. It stayed mostly hidden roosting with Silver Gulls until it sat up and started preening. About half an hour later it flew down to the sand and rocks next to where roosting and began feeding on Oysters. Good views and 3 other birders also were there taking photos. The bird stayed in the same location until we left on the 12:30pm ferry. Very windy day. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Lorand Szucs, etc 6/3 #222435
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Head
3.30 pm. Feeding on rocks just offshore at low tide. Great close view. Access from path at junction Iluka and Morella St. Turn left at main Chowder Bay Track. After 60 m take unformed path on right down to shoreline. Also observed at 5:00pm by David Stowe and Jayden Walsh.
Carl Weber, David Stowe, Jayden Walsh 5/3 #222432
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Eulah Creek
On 5 January 2015 I reported a group of 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flying over Eulah Creek (#221618). Earlier in the season (12 December 2014) I did not report a fly-over at Upper Bullawa Creek, 5 km from here. Then on 5 February 2015 there were another 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flying over and today another 2 (no photo). I report this in the context of this being the driest summer in the Pilliga scrub in a long time and today's birds preceded smoke coming from bushfires in the Pilliga scrub (3 fires burning right now). Prior to December 2014 I had only ONCE (in 8 years) seen a Glossy Black-Cockatoo fly over Eulah Creek - ca. 40 km NE of the Pilliga scrub (now 11, in 4 separate events, within 3 months). Although small numbers, this may indicate that the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population in the Pilliga scrub is unsettled (note also increased human activity in the Pilliga over the last few years in regards to CSG exploration). Further information
Michael Dahlem 5/3 #222426
Eastern Osprey
Willinga Lake, Bawley Point
Single juvenile bird, calling while perched.
Margaret Hamon 5/3 #222424
Wed 4Eastern Osprey
Tallawarra Foreshore, Lake Illawarra
1 Osprey flying north over the lake near the boat ramp carpark
Michael Crosland 4/3 #222422
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Sydney Harbour - Chowder Bay
South Island Pied Oystercatcher seen this afternoon at the previously reported spot at Chowder Bay.
Robert Hynson 4/3 #222421
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island
was seen at island from about 11 am to 12:10 pm when it took off and headed towards the north side of the harbour.
Elisabeth Karplus, Martyn Moffat, Noel Luff 4/3 #222418
Common Noddy
Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
2 Common Noddy foraging in surf line along rocks below the Lighthouse. Birds last seen heading north close in to shore. A single Common Noddy was seen in mid February at this same location and stayed around for a few days. eBird Checklist S21976956 refers to that bird.
Clive Meadows 4/3 #222416
Square-tailed Kite
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
Juvenile Square-tailed Kite quartering and circling about 9 am was my first record for Riverside Park. Male Satin Bowerbird was my 3rd record for the park. Male Grey Goshawk. Female Crested Shrike-tit
David James 4/3 #222415
Grey Goshawk, white morph
Lyn Gordon Reserve, Thirlmere NSW
Perched on Branch of Eucalyptus then gliding to another tree with an expansive wing span. Magnificent, breath taking!!!!!!
Sophie Stringer 4/3 #222413
Tue 3Lewin's Rail, Bassian Thrush, Black-faced Monarch
Warriewood Wetlands
A short visit to the wetlands in the early morning. Three Lewin's Rails (adult and 2 large juvs) came out of sedges near Katoa Close entrance. I got an excellent view of them. Nearby 2 Bassian Thrushes and near shopping centre one Black-faced Monarch in swamp oak trees.
Ted Wnorowski 4/3 #222417
Autumn migrants, Freckled Duck
Wurrungwuri Reserve, Moorebank
Influxes of Rufous Whistler, Golden Whistler, Rufous Fantail, Grey Fantail seem to indicate some Autumn movements. Not sure if White-eared Honeyeaters are Autumn migrants or just dispersed from nearby Voyager Point Bushland. Single male Freckled Duck still at stormwater pond at edge of reserve on Brickmakers Road.
David James 4/3 #222414
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Sydney Harbour
Update: Bird has been splitting time evenly between Shark Island and Chowder Bay at -33.843928,151.254304. Can be seen from the Captain Cook Loop Ferry on passing the above site, and the tour guide on board has allowed birders to re-direct the ferry briefly to get in closer to shore in order to see the bird. Note that if flushed, the bird almost always flies straight across the harbour to the secondary site, so please be considerate both in regards to the bird's welfare and other birders.
Max Breckenrdige, David Stowe, Simon Gorta, etc. per. Facebook 4/3 #222412
Streaked Shearwater, Shy-type Albatross
Pelagic off Port Stephens (BirdLife Photography Group outing)
2x Streaked Shearwaters were the highlights of another low-diversity day at sea for the BirdLife Australia Photography Group (11 spp. outside the heads). 2x Shy-type Albatrosses were also seen. Conditions were glassy for most of the day and activity was generally low. For the 3rd consecutive PS trip (totalling nearly 9 hours wide of the shelf break) no storm-petrels were seen. It was also the first PS trip with no cetaceans of any sort seen, but it was still an enjoyable day at sea!
Mick Roderick and 13 others aboard the M.V. Argonaut 4/3 #222410
highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
A flock of 8-10 Glossy Black Cockatoo's did a fly over of the zoo. They were seen by a number of keepers, many commenting that this is the first time they have seen them in the zoo.
Andrew O'Brien 3/3 #222409
Pacific Baza
Lawrence - private property
Reported on behalf of Bill Shillam. At least 12 birds were noted today feeding in the tops of eucalypts on the property. This species is not uncommon at this site and has bred in the past. The numbers were surprising. However it should be noted that 14 birds were also seen on the 7th February at the same site
Peter West 3/3 #222408
White-bellied Cuckooshrike - dark morph
Yellomundee Regioanl Park
Single bird observed taking insects from foliage of casuarina and acacia near old homestead site.
Mark Ley 3/3 #222404
Mon 2megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park
Bird relocated today at 11:15 feeding on the NW corner of the island. Appears to be slowly moving counterclockwise feeding along the shoreline. Still present from midday next to the jetty. Numerous photos obtained, will write up a BARC submission soon. Ferry access through Captain Cook Cruises, $20 return departing Circular Quay 10:30, 12:05, 1:30, 2:15.
Joshua Bergmark, Nathan Ruser, Henry Coleman, Carol Abbott, Peter Abbott 2/3 #222396
Sun 1Masked Woodswallow
Pambalong Nature Reserve - Hexham Floodplain West
Five observers viewed eight birds flying west prior to strong storm activity over Pambelong causeway road. Grey Goshawk also made a flyby appearance.
Allan Richardson 2/3 #222398
Eastern Osprey, Rufous Fantail
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Adult female Eastern Osprey at the ponds on Maxewell Ave about 10:00 am. A Rufous Fantail was my first of the Autumn migration.
David James 2/3 #222395
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island (North), Sydney Harbour
Single bird around lunchtime on the northern side of the island, identified through Facebook.
Biggles Csolander per. Joshua Bergmark 1/3 #222393
Topknot Pigeon, Gang Gang
Bellawongarah - Berry Mountain
Approximately 150 Topknots flew very fast across my house yard at 4:40pm. Very strong winds and stormy weather this afternoon. Yesterday we had 9 Gang Gangs here, with some identified as 2 adult males, 1 adult female, 2 immature males (some red on head/crest), and 1 immature female were identified. Not uncommon here generally but don't often see them in these numbers.
Carla Jackett 1/3 #222392
Spotless Crake
Pitt Town Lagoon
3 Spotless Crakes were the birds of the morning at Pitt Town Lagoon this morning also still good numbers of Pink-eared Ducks there too.
michael ronan 1/3 #222390

February 2015
Sat 28Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Hobby, Sea-Eagles & Swamp Harrier
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
Our group finished the day 3-4pm down at the Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve and were treated to some great massed flights of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers of 3000-4000 birds that coursed and swoop over the reedbeds and marshes. It was a great sight also there were 2 Swamp Harriers, a Little Eagle, 2 Hobbies and 2 Sea-Eagles present. There were also a few Marsh Sandpipers and Greenshanks and a Buff-banded Rail.
Alan Morris & 23 members of CCGBNSW 28/2 #222386
Terek Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Pacific Golden Plover
Stockton Sand Spit
The tides were not right for a view of the Migratory waders today being high tide at 5.40 am and 6.40 pm, however because of the high river there was not much drop in the tide so that while there were virtually no Eastern Curlews or Bar-tailed Godwits, there were 435 Pacific Golden Plover, with about 300-400 Curlew Sandpipers and 300+Sharp-tailed Sandpipers roosting on the shell banks and hard to count. Also there were 4 Terek Sandpipers , 2-3 Double-banded Plovers, a few Whimbrel & Black-tailed Godwits, and Red-necked Stints. No terns or Avocets.
Alan Morris & 23 members of CCGBNSW 28/2 #222385
Brown Noddy
Nobby's Rock Platform (Newcastle)
Single Brown Noddy working the wash between Groper Rock and Newcastle Baths this afternoon. I only saw the bird flying (hence distant cropped image), but apparently it was loafing on the rocks with the Crested/Little Terns from about 4:15pm onwards. Also ~40 Sooty Oystercatchers on the rocks (max count this year here has been 50 birds).
Mick Roderick 28/2 #222384
Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Osprey, Avocets
Wagtail Way, Ash Island Ponds
CC Group, Birding NSW had an outing to Ash Island and between 1040-1140 am saw about 1500 Red-necked Avocets and 1000 Black-winged Stills, along with about 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 60+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 10+ Greenshanks, 40+ Marsh Sandpiper, breeding White-fronted Chats, an Osprey, a Sea-Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, and nearby Brown Falcon, Whistling Kite and a Little Eagle, as well as the usual ducks and cormorants and Mangrove Gerygones..
Alan Morris & 23 members of Birding NSW 28/2 #222381
Pacific Swift, Peaceful Dove
A single Pacific Swift in a loose flock of 15 White-throated Needletails (high over the sewage works) and a Peaceful Dove (at Bundanoon Oval) bring my town tally to 178 species. The first time I've seen a Pacific Swift in NSW. My second record of a Peaceful Dove in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 28/2 #222371
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
All the summer migratory birds have left, except for this one Whimbrel.
Julie Keating 28/2 #222368
Fri 27Black Bittern, Grey Goshawk
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Female Black Bittern flushed from side of 2nd pond and disappeared in mangroves. Male Grey Goshawk seen 2 days in a row. Adult White-bellied Sea-eagle carrying a fish over the river.
David James 27/2 #222363
Thu 26Magpie Goose
STP Ponds, Lake Road, Port Macquarie
A pair of Magpie Geese have been present at the Port Macquarie STP ponds since 10 February 2015. It is understood that Council has now identified that they have a nest with eggs.
Tim Morris 27/2 #222367
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The sandpiper is still at the location which has been widely reported associating with Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints. It happily stayed around for the two hours I was there.
Bernie OKeefe 26/2 #222362
highlightBlack Petrel, Buller's Shearwater, Antipodean Albatross
Pelagic off Port Stephens (BirdLife Photography Group outing)
A single Black Petrel and 2 Buller's Shearwaters were the highlights of a BirdLife Australia Photography Group pelagic organised by the Hunter Bird Observers Club today off Port Stephens. Also of note was an adult Antipodean Albatross (Gibson's) and 2 individual adult Shy-type Albatrosses. There were also 2 'getaway' sightings; one a likely 'Cookilaria', the other almost certainly a Long-tailed Jaeger. For the 2nd Port Stephens pelagic running, there were no storm-petrels seen.
Mick Roderick and 13 others aboard the MV Argonaut 26/2 #222360
highlightBush Stone-curlew
Karuah Big 4 Caravan Park
Heard calling at 3 am from mangrove / saltmarsh area.
Paul Shelley 26/2 #222359
Black Bittern, Square-tailed Kite
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Single kite flying low over the trees near park entrance. Also a Black Bittern at the first little crk/ cattai crk junction.
Mike Rutkowski 26/2 #222358
Rufous Fantail
Centennial Park
A Rufous Fantail was in the enclosed Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub remnant on York Road, adjacent to Moriah College.
Graeme Robinson 26/2 #222356
Wed 25Red-backed Fairy-wren
Private property Booral
Small family group mixed with Superb Fairy-wrens. This is by far my most southern observation of this species.
Paul Shelley 27/2 #222365
megamegapossible Kamchatka Leaf (Phylloscopus) Warbler
Werri Beach, Gerringong
Received an email forwarded from a British birder who reported a Kamchatka Warbler at the above site. The information provided reads: "Had it calling and sounded spot on the recording. The bird was in the scrub/small trees north of fish and chip shop". This sighting is being posted in the hope that someone can follow it up. Any Phylloscopus Warbler in that location would be a mega.
Ashwin Rudder for Kester (surname not given) 26/2 #222361
highlightMottled Petrel
Booderee National Park - Bherwerre Beach
One found beachwashed. Attached is a poor quality image from my phone but visible are the diagnostic combination of characters: white throat, white undertail, grey belly patch; white underwing with prominent black diagonal bar. Also along the beach were 100+ low flying White-throated Needletails hawking insects just above the sand or adjacent dunes.
Martin Schulz 26/2 #222355
Freckled Duck
A male Freckled Duck on a cruddy stormwater detention basin along Brickmakers Rd opposite the Georges Fair housing development
David James 25/2 #222348
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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