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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, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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

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February 2018
Mon 19highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
For those wondering whether to make the trip ... there were still 5 birds present on small sand islets at 10 o'clock this morning. The patch behind the head on one of the birds was noticeably darker than that on its companions - I assume this is a sign that it is beginning to assume breeding plumage
Ted Nixon 19/2 #233616
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Shoplands Road, Annangrove
Several good views of a single bird perched in low shrubs in a small patch of remnant sandstone heath. My only record since 2002 but I deliberately sought this species this morning armed with a recording of its typical calls. Its great when a plan works.
Darryl Smedley 19/2 #233610
Sun 18Little Raven
Congewai Valley, Cessnock LGA (Lower Hunter)
A large gathering of over 100 Little Ravens seen/heard in the Congewai Valley, nestled in between the Watagan Mountains and the Myall Range in the south of Cessnock LGA. This follows reports of flocks of Little Ravens mixing with Aussie Ravens on the flats in the Hinton area last week. Both are unusual observations as Little Ravens are normally much further west in the Hunter Valley. I also am 95% certain I heard Little Ravens around Pokolbin yesterday (17/02) as well. YouTube link below has the calls of the Little Ravens, with Aussies discernible in the background between 0:22 and 0:25. Further information
Mick Roderick 18/2 #233606
Spotless Crake (3)
Pitt Town Lagoon
At least 3 Spotless Crake seen approx 7:30am on the last remaining mud on the west side of the lagoon. The lagoon is almost dry with only about 3 or 4 smallish pools left and waterbird numbers are well down (I also saw 2 turtles hauling themselves along between pools but it may be too late for them?). Also 100s of hirundines (Welcome Swallows, Tree & Fairy Martins) feeding on small flies that are resting on the mud. At least 12 Little Grassbirds very visible and active.
Tom Wilson 18/2 #233599
Sat 17highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
At least 5 Aleutian Terns still present on Saturday morning. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 19/2 #233617
Latham's Snipe
Audley, Royal National Park
Wattle Forest had plenty of birds including lots of Satin Bowerbirds (one active bower seen), 2 Green Catbirds, Wonga Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-doves, Black-faced Monarch, very obliging adult and young Rufous Fantails, 2-3 Bassian Thrush, 3 species of Scrubwrens (all obliging) and a very tame Superb Lyrebird (foraging quietly right next to me and at one time only a metre off my foot) . Beside the Hacking River there were both Azure and Sacred Kingfishers and a Latham's Snipe foraging on the mud (the first time I have seen the later in the park).
Edwin Vella 18/2 #233601
Darter, possible Sanderling
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 Darters were actively fishing in the very rough sea of the NE corner of the rock shelf at approx 3:30pm. I see Darters in the Golf Course, but I am not sure I have ever seen them in a truly marine environment like this (esp as it was pretty rough). Also a possible Sanderling - very white sandpiper in with the Ruddy Turnstones and not much smaller. Noticeable bigger than the Red-necked Stints. Was flushed by an Osprey and did not relocate.
Tom Wilson 18/2 #233598
Grey Goshawk - White morph
Browns Field, Campbell Drive, Wahroonga
At 6 PM a magnificent white phase grey goshawk rose from gully with ringtail possum, just plucked from drey - not a nice way to go!
Nick Billington 18/2 #233596
Black Kite
S of Tea Tree Creek, between South Grafton and Coutts Crossing
1 Kite over paddock near road. First local record for a couple of months.
Greg Clancy 18/2 #233595
Streaked Shearwaters
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Excellent sea watch from North Head this afternoon where 6 Streaked Shearwaters flew south in the space of a couple of hours.
Michael Ronan 17/2 #233588
Turquoise Parrot, Speckled Warbler, Pied Currawong
Dead Filly Tank, Pilliga West SCA
This location is right on the western edge of the species' range. Both Speckled Warbler (audio recorded) and Pied Currawong (seen and heard) have been reported to ebird from the Pilliga West SCA before (without detailed location info), but no Turquoise Parrots yet. The attached photo shows 2 of a flock of 25-30! (best bet: 28; I am not good at counting, certainly not a flock that flushes before sunrise, and of which I had not seen a single one descending to the water's edge for a drink...). What is special about this, in the context of my report #233585, is that at this time/location the distributions of these 3 eastern species overlapped with that of the Crested Bellbird. Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/2 #233586
Crested Bellbird
Dead Filly Tank, Pilliga West SCA
Not seen, but heard - can vouch for at least two different voices. Audio was obtained, one of which is posted at the URL below. A Crested Bellbird was found at the same location a few years ago by the Pilliga Forest Birdwatchers, but since then, to my knowledge, none have been found there or elsewhere in the Pilliga Forest since about 2012. There are no reports on ebird since about that time either. The Pilliga Forest is on the eastern edge of the species' range. Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/2 #233585
Spangled Drongo, Brown Honeyeater, juv Koel
Eastlakes golf course
One Drongo, 2 Brown Honeyeaters, 3 Spotted Pardalotes, 1juv. Eastern Koel, all behind toolshed, 5 Latham's Snipe.
Bas Hensen 17/2 #233584
Fri 16Long-tailed Jaeger
Mistral Point, Maroubra
1.5 hours produced: 11 Long-tailed Jaegers, 4 Pomarine Jaegers, 18 Flesh-footed Shearwaters and astonishingly only 15 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. 7 of the LTJs were on the deck and were eventually identified once a pod of Inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins came through and ‘flushed’ them.
David Mitford 17/2 #233587
Turquoise Parrot
One Turquoise Parrot feeding in grass and then flew to a tree for a while before flying strongly to the north. First noticed as a small parrot but gave characteristic high pitched peep call. It called again when it departed. Location was an old Sydney Water compound adjacent to the bush. There is no reason it wasn't a wild bird. Bird was immature or female.
John Reidy 17/2 #233582
Buller's Shearwater.
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
The highlight from a seawatch off North Head this afternoon was a Buller's Shearwater
Michael Ronan 16/2 #233568
Wed 14highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern, Black-tailed/Bar-tailed Godwit, Eastern Curlew
Micalo Island, Clarence Estuary
9 Gull-billed Terns including 2 in non-breeding plumage that were not of the local race macrotarsa. 26 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 9 Eastern Curlews, 13 Pacific Golden Plovers, 19 Black-winged Stilts, 1 Common Greenshank and 1 Marsh Sandpiper. (Moderator's Note: The observer has since provided several more photos from the site which have confirmed that there is at least one [likely two] Common (Asian) Gull-billed Tern. Common Gull-billed Tern is on the review list for NSW ORAC and this is the 3rd record for this spring/summer in NSW. This would be the first record of more than one bird at a site for NSW though, if confirmed. MR).
Greg Clancy, Gary & Margaret Eggins, Jeff Thomas 18/2 #233594
Tue 13Red-tailed Tropicbird
Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head
There was a Red-tailed Tropicbird flying north about 4.30 this afternoon off North Head.
Michael Ronan 13/2 #233555
Mon 12White-faced Storm Petrel
Kioloa headland
Sadly at about 5.15 pm a deceased bird found next to the Marine Rescue Station. The bird despite having some rigor mortis was in very good condition, the ants hadn't even found it yet. Death possibly the previous night due to collision with MR Station or other nearby structure while being attracted to MR Station lights.
Paul & Carol Lynch 16/2 #233567
Pectoral Sandpiper.
Copi hollow, Menindee far west N S W.
2 birds wading in shallow water, very quiet. ( Sedge wetlands ). They were on Lake Menindee earlier, but our biggest lake is now empty (drained ) and they have moved to the next lake in the Menindee Lakes system. Apart from these sightings ( 2018 ) My only other sighting of this wader in Menindee was in 2002.
Geoffrey Stuart Looney. 14/2 #233556
Pacific Baza (4)
A party of 4 flying in circles and calling over Bundeena oval around 10.30am, some performing tumbles. Gradually moving south over the adjacent Royal N.P.
Bruce Roubin 12/2 #233545
Sun 11Black Petrel, Rufous Whistler
Pelagic off Port Stephens
The highlight of the Port Stephens pelagic yesterday was a Black Petrel that gave good views on several passes of the boat. We also had 5 White-faced Storm-petrels (4 of them found feeding a couple of miles inside the shelf break), a Sooty Shearwater and about 7 Grey-faced Petrels. But perhaps the other 'highlight' was seeing what has now been identified as most likely a Rufous Whistler flying past the boat on a south-easterly trajectory at ~30km from the heads (-32.8409962 152.4687994).
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V. Argonaut 11/2 #233541
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
First record of this species at home since the colony in the gully at the back of my block disappeared following a prescribed burn in 2010. One bird noted in a small mixed flock of Yellow-faced Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater and White-naped Honeyeater plunge-bathing in my swimming pool. They were having a great time until the resident Little Wattlebirds turned up to spoil the fun.
Darryl Smedley 11/2 #233535
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Very pleased to see 2 Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens along the fire trail this morning. First sighting since the burn off a few months back and I was worried they were no longer in the area.
Simon Blanchflower 11/2 #233531
White-headed Pigeon
Nielsen Park
White-headed Pigeon flown from a large street side fig tree across my yard towards Vaucluse House. May have been more. Never seen one in this part of the eastern suburbs.
Marie Lister 11/2 #233522
Sat 10Square-tailed Kite
Westfield Tuggerah
Around 4pm was circling closely over the treetops behind the shopping centre before moving east, continuing to (I presume) hunt. As I had no camera, sadly no photo. (Moderator's Note. There is nothing unusual about a Square-tailed Kite on the Central Coast as this is the 15th sighting reported since 1/1/18 for that LGA that I am aware of! In fact Square-tailed Kites are now commonly being reported along the whole length of the NSW Coast. Accordingly, unless there is something special about an observation, a breeding record perhaps, Birdline will no longer publish sightings of this species,made east of the Divide. AKM)
Paul Schofield 12/2 #233552
Coastal Emu
Palmers Island, W of Yamba
Adult male Emu with small black-headed juvenile in ploughed sugar cane field. Two other adults in same field. This coastal population has declined rapidly in the past few years with less sightings in the last 12 months than in previous years.
Greg & Val Clancy 10/2 #233521
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Azure Kingfisher, Royal Spoonbill
James Creek Road Wetland, Harwood
Two adult female Snipe still present and active during day including in sun. One displayed with wings spread when foraging flock of Royal Spoonbills approached closely. 5+ Dotterels on wetland. Two Azure Kingfishers in mangroves on creek opposite.
Greg & Val Clancy 10/2 #233520
Sooty Shearwater, Sooty Tern
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
One of the highlights of a rather windless day was a brief flyby by a Sooty Tern. Birds were becalmed in the conditions at the shelf only taking flight when we started moving again. 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Hutton's, 5 Fluttering, 27 Flesh-footed and 6 Short-tailed Shearwater were part of the mix along with a dozen Pomarine Skua and 4 Grey-faced Petrel. A pod of Melon-headed whales and Risso's Dolphins also added some excitement. Photograph courtesy of Corey Callaghan. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, David Mitford and all observers on the Avalon IV 10/2 #233519
Fri 9Pied Honeyeater (male) Turquoise Parrot (1)
Binya State Forest--Wattle Dam
Unexpected to see the Pied Honeyeater this morning. Only one Turquoise Parrot but it was the middle of the day - they tend to come in in the early morning or late afternoon. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 9/2 #233513
Thu 8Grey Goshawk (white)
Hyams Beach Road, Jervis Bay
In the light woodlands part-way down the hill into Hyams Beach.Spooked by me on my road bike. I stopped to take a look and it did so also. Further information
andrew wood 9/2 #233512
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Seen soaring (at medium height) over Balmain mid-afternoon today, drifting southeast in the breeze. Brought to my attention by our local Magpies who were flying alongside it, calling but not attacking - more like escorting it off their patch.
Robert Griffin 8/2 #233506
Lathams Snipe
Royal National Park--Willow Tree Flat
Observed from the downstream end of Willow Tree Flat, on the opposite bank. Has apparently been in the vicinity since earlier this week. eBird checklist
Roger Giller 8/2 #233505
Wed 7Pheasant Coucal.
Maddens Plains
Behind model plane field. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 7/2 #233495
Tue 6Latham's Snipe
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange
3 , one bird foraging, 2 roosted on timber emerging from water, 8.30 am.
Marita Macrae 6/2 #233494
Spotless Crake
Sydney Park
Observed at southern end of main pond near bridge. Also seen were Latham Snipe and Buff-banded Rail. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 6/2 #233492
Mon 5Satin Bowerbird
Deep Creek, Narrabeen
One green bird heard, then seen. This species seems to be colonising the area, hitherto was relatively unknown. (The spring before last I saw 2 greens at nearby Cromer).
David Sawyer 5/2 #233486
Sun 4Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Nightcap National Park, Rocky creek dam
Great views of 7 Barred Cuckoo-shrikes near dam. 2 birds quite close and gave great viewing for ten minutes. Such a good looking bird when seen close. Hard to see in NSW, this appears a good site for them from previous posts. Note the dam is closed for renovations which mite be another month. Pheasant coucal also heard calling at this site.
Tom Petty 4/2 #233485
highlightFairy Prion
Tacking Point Lighthouse
During a 1 hour seawatch from Tacking Point this afternoon I had good views of a Fairy Prion in quite close to the wash. Unexpected, however I note Steve McBride's beachwashed bird at Ballina yesterday and Mick's note regarding the recent wreck of this species in NZ, so perhaps not just a random sighting but part of an unusual event that is occuring? The other highlight of this seawatch was nice views of an in-close Sooty Shearwater. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 4/2 #233479
Sat 3megamegaLetterwing Kite
Swamp Rd Kiama
2 letterwing kites flew over my car. Very clear sight of underwing pattern black bar across wing from body to"elbow" slightly bent at end black fiinished just beyond elbow no colour on wing at tips. flying southern direction. definitely not black-shouldered. flying over farmland.... [Moderator Comment: Moderators are treating this as a possible record and are publishing this exceptional report in the hope that others may be able to follow it up - AR]
Kara Eddington 5/2 #233491
highlightGrey Ternlet
Flat Rock (Ballina)
A Grey Ternlet at Flat Rock late this afternoon, along with a White-winged Black Tern amongst the other usual Terns & waders.
Steve McBride 3/2 #233475
Oatley Park
Two adult Osprey were viewed from Webster's Lookout this afternoon. Ospreys have not been recorded in Oatley since early October last year. For more information and a photograph please see eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 3/2 #233474
Black Falcon,
Broadwater to Coraki Road
1 Black Falcon soaring near Richmond River in the locality of Dungarubba south of Lismore Further information
June Harris 3/2 #233473
highlightAustralasian Bittern, Little Bittern
Kiagarthar Cotton Swamp 20km West of Condobolin
Still 2000 plus waterbirds at this site. Walking through early this morning I heard a Little Bittern calling from cumbungi and then I flushed an Australasian Bittern from a sedge area in shallow water. It flew towards my car and landed and was flushed again just as I left. Other species included Glossy Ibis, Sharpies, Whitebreasted Woodswallow, White Fronted Chat, Sea Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Blacktail Native Hen, Shelduck(10) and my first record of Golden Headed Cisticola for this area. There were still numerous Spotted and Baillons Crake
Warren Chad 3/2 #233467
Fri 2highlightBuller's Shearwater, Fairy Prion
South Ballina beach
Singles of Buller's Shearwater, Fairy Prion & Grey-faced Petrel, found dead beach-washed between South Ballina & Broadwater beach. Also a few dead Fluttering Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater & Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. (Moderator's Note: There have been reports of beachcast Fluttering Shearwaters from the Illawarra (50+ birds) and smaller numbers from the Central/Hunter/Mid-north/North coasts in the past week or so. There have also been wrecks of hundreds of Fairy Prions on the Tasman coast of New Zealand, with warm water resulting from La Nina conditions implicated for the starvation of birds. See the further information link for details. Furthermore, Fairy Prions would not normally be expected in NSW waters in Jan/Feb. MR) eBird checklist Further information
Steve McBride 3/2 #233469
Thu 1Square-tailed kite
Seen circling low over residential yards and repeated tight circles around large trees in and around St John's Anglican grounds eBird checklist
David Ongley 1/2 #233460

January 2018
Wed 31Brush Turkey
Sizeable concentration of at least a dozen, including one small brown chick running around in a pumpkin patch. The adults were mostly roosting in tall trees, but those on the ground were unusually wary and ran off at great speed. The site, in McPherson Street and private property, is a veritable forest of a former plant nursery. Another concentration, about 18 months ago, is on the bushland grounds of the Salvation Army at Collaroy, also private property, where I saw about 10 in one tree, and a Powerful Owl roosting nearby.
David Sawyer 2/2 #233462
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Eulah Creek
Two Glossy Black-Cockatoos were heard departing out of eucalypt trees at the next door neighbours' property, near the junction of Box Gully Road with Eulah Creek Road, 20 km E of Narrabri. They flew away in a westerly direction and were not seen. Since I have come to live here, in late 2006, this is the only time I have found them at this particular location, apart from the period Dec 2014 - March 2015. In both cases, the sightings followed large bushfires in the Pilliga Forest. Further information
Michael Dahlem 1/2 #233457
highlightAustrallian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis)
Bruxner Highway at Emigrant Creek Wetland (West of Ballina)
Bird first discovered by Chris and Sheila Izzard at approximately 17:00, still present at 19:30. The first record of this species for the site.
Gus Daly 1/2 #233455
Australian Brush-turkey
Mount Kaputar National Park--Upper Bullawa Creek
A single Australian Brush-turkey briefly strolled out into the open early in the morning at the end of Upper Bullawa Creek Road, near the scout camp, giving just enough time for a photo before it disappeared again. It has been more than 4 years since last I managed to find one on the western side of the Nandewar Range (at the time in Deriah Aboriginal Area). eBird checklist Further information
Michael Dahlem 1/2 #233454
highlightAleutian Tern, Sanderling, Beach Stone-curlew
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Today when the wind was blowing from the south at 35 km per hr, in the drizzling rain and a high tide of 2 m we managed to see 11 Aleutian Terns that were roosting close to but separate from some 26 Common Terns. Also present were 3 Sanderlings, one Large Sand Plover, two Lesser Sand Plovers, 2 Double-banded Plovers, 78 Pacific Golden Plover, 76 Bar-tailed Godwit, 53 Eastern Curlews, 200+ Red-necked Stints, 30+ Red-capped Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Caspian Terns, 2 Gull-billed Terns, 30 Little Terns and many Silver Gulls. A Beach Stone-curlew was present in the dunes and Brown Quail on the road to Mud Bishop Point!
Alan Morris, Rex Schmidt, Doug Hocking, Michael Scobie & Bruce Caldwell 31/1 #233453
Wandering Tattler
Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie
Three Wandering Tattlers have been present in Port Macquarie this summer, utilising the various rock platforms between Town Beach and the southern end of Flynns Beach, where I found them settling down to roost late this afternoon. We've had this species here for at least three consecutive seasons, so they could probably now be considered regular visitors to the area. However, to my knowledge, this is the first season that more than two birds have been seen together. Moderator Note: I have seen 3 together on rocks at the northern end of Miners Bch PM possibly in Feb 2015. AKM)
Liam Murphy 31/1 #233452
highlightDiamond Firetail
Bit of a surprise when I received a call about a Diamond Firetail has been spotted at the Sportsground in Ulladulla, one you would not expect in this region. It was not behaving like a former caged bird and very wary indeed, we had to remain at a fare distance from the bird.
Charles Dove and Chris Brandis 31/1 #233450
Mon 29highlightBlack-breasted Buzzard
Bullarah Locality (Private Property) 70km West of Moree NW NSW
After wacking its prey on the ground for a couple minutes flew away with dinner. (Moderator's Note: Lovely photo, interesting record as it is well east of the usual range which is basically west of the Darling/Warrego Rivers. AKM) Further information
Pat Johnston 29/1 #233438
highlightCotton Pygmy-goose
North Ballina Lakes
Sub-adult male sighted today and last week, thanks to the report a couple of weeks back. This site is directly next to the turn off to new housing estate on the right, next to the hockey fields. Although this is not the same bird from last year report, as that bird was photographed was an adult male. This bird still had light eye stripe, brown stripe over head, mixed wing colours of juvenile and emerald green on wings, bright white on front of face and behind the eye and down the neck was dirty white all leading to being a sub-adult male. Great bird to see in NSW.(Moderator's Note. This species is on the Review List for NSWORAC.AKM).
Tom Petty 29/1 #233437
Rainbow Bee-eater
Bens Walk (Nowra)
Seven Rainbow Bee-eaters still present on the Shoalhaven river, viewed from Bens Walk, Nowra. Uncommon Summer migrants for a number of years at this location. eBird checklist Further information
Carla Jackett 29/1 #233436
Sun 28Woompoo Fruit Doves, Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove, Logrunners
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
A fantastic early morning: Excellent views of a pair of logrunners interacting on the path. Good views of a couple of Russet-tailed Thrush (small Zoothera with a bright rufous rump) Pale Yellow Robin and other common rainforest birds However, the highlight was the very high numbers and variety of doves and pigeons: 30++ Brown cuckoo doves 20 Topknots pigeons Excellent views of a wonga pigeon and many calling 20 Woompoo fruit doves- fantastic views 1 rose crowned fruit dove 1 emerald dove Calling common bronzewing Most of the large pigeons were in a large fig tree which is fruiting heavily. Too reach the tree walk along the shorter trail until you reach a picnic bench, than immediately turn right and walk uphill, the tree should be within sight in 20 meters.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 28/1 #233433
White-necked Petrels.
Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head
Excellent seawatch this afternoon with 3 White necked Petrelsl flying south one only 200 meters off the Point.
Michael Ronan 28/1 #233430
Sat 27Aleutian Terns
Old Bar, near Taree
The birds are still present. Two were seen at 1 pm on the 27.01.2018. Other shorebirds as previously reported.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 28/1 #233434
Sooty Owl
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
At least 8 different birds heard, including one within 20 meters of the path. But unfortunately none seen. (Another birder photographed an individual on the same night).
Demetrios Bertzeletos 28/1 #233432
Double-banded Plover
Lake Wollumboola
A single juvenile Double-banded Plover was sighted on the north-east shore of Lake Wollumboola together with low numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, Red-necked Stints, and Red-capped Plovers. eBird checklist
Martin & Penny Potter 28/1 #233431
Topknot Pigeons
Royal National Park, Audley Weir
Two large flocks (30+ birds each) of Topknot Pigeons flying over Lady Carrington Drive area Royal National Park. Most likely disturbed by the fires. Wattamolla will be closed for at least a month according to the NP staff.
Marie Lister and Harry Boorman 28/1 #233426
Australian Painted Snipe, Latham's Snipe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Swamp Harrier
James Creek Road Wetland, Harwood
Two adult female Painted Snipe still present from 5.30 PM until 7.30 PM. One to two Latham's Snipe and 7+ Black-fronted Dotterels also on wetland. An adult Swamp Harrier flew low over the wetland. Also observed by David Charley, Geoff and Natalie Ryan and Dick and Margaret Branch. The Painted Snipe were resting and then feeding closer to the road than when originally located.
Greg & Val Clancy 27/1 #233423
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Blue Mountains National Park--Wentworth Falls
Pair feeding with young at the end of the day.
Rosie Cartwright 27/1 #233418
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe, 3 crake species
Pitt Town Lagoon
Single male seen on one of the central islands approx 7:45am. Distant views clearly showed white epaulettes and other features . Viewed from the open mud on the east side looking west. Also 3 crakes - several immature Spotless and a pair of Spotless with chicks; singles of Spotted and Baillons.
Tom Wilson 27/1 #233412
Fri 26Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
2 birds circling over N Turramurra just to west of Bobbin Head Rd approx 2:30pm. Came up from the south (first saw them when driving up Bobbin Head Rd south of Burns Rd). Did not get to check them out with bins so no idea on whether either individual was an older or younger bird
Tom Wilson 26/1 #233411
Pacific Baza (3)
Blackbutt Creek Reserve, Gordon
Two adults feeding a dependent fledgling. May suggest a local breeding record. eBird checklist
David Vickers 26/1 #233408
Thu 25Painted Honeyeater and Southern Boobook
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
An adult Painted Honeyater photographed by Thomas Watts in an Angophora floribunda at Putta Bucca Wetlands. Also a roosting Boobook present. Photo by Thomas Watts.
Thomas Watts c/- Kurtis Lindsay 28/1 #233427
Ruddy Turnstone, Pacific Golden Plover, Sooty Oystercatcher, Red-necked Stint, Nankeen Kestrel
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
12 Ruddy Turnstone, 15 Pacific Golden Plover, 12 Sooty Oystercatcher, 20 Red-necked Stint, low tide. 1 Nankeen Kestrel on cliffs.
Veronika Grether 26/1 #233405
highlightPied Honeyeater
Bullarah (Private Property) approx 70km west of Moree (NW NSW)
Adult Male approx half a km from last year sighting of Female on 20th Feb 2017. (Moderator's Note: A great record. Very few reports of Pied Honeyeater in NSW during 2017/2018, particularly northern NSW, and very few overall from this part of the state. MR) Further information
Pat Johnston 25/1 #233403
Mon 22highlightAustralian Painted Snipe, Latham's Snipe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Comb-crested Jacana
Wetland on James Creek Road, Harwood
Two adult female Australian Painted Snipe present and foraging at edge of wetland emerged from vegetation at 7.30 PM. (One bird was seen 20/18 (see #223389) and 2 observed by Gary & Darryl Eggins at 8.30 AM on 22 January.). A Latham's Snipe with a rufous-brown head and neck, 7+ Black-fronted Dotterels and a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana were also on the wetland. A pair of adult Wedge-tailed Eagles was soaring over the hill nearby and 6+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks and 3+ adult Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were south of the wetland. . NOTE: THE WETLAND IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE OWNER DOESN'T LIKE PEOPLE HANGING AROUND. YOU CAN VIEW THE BIRDS FROM THE ROADWAY BUT PARK YOUR CAR CAREFULLY WHERE THE ROAD WIDENS AS THERE IS PLENTY OF TRAFFIC OFTEN DRIVING QUITE FAST. DO NOT GO THROUGH FENCE.
Greg Clancy, Warren Thompson & Dehn von Ahlefeldt 23/1 #233391
Brown Falcon, Freckled Duck
Yallah Bay Road, Yallah
One Brown Falcon was observed on a tower and in flight. Several Freckled Ducks present at the main pond. Water level is quite low. Hot morning in the low 30's. eBird checklist Further information
Carla Jackett and Illawarra Birders 22/1 #233387
Sun 21Gull-billed Tern Asian ssp affinis
Stockton Bridge, Newcastle
The Asian Gull-billed Tern is still present at Stockton. I easily located it at 9.30 am on sand and mudflats at the base of the north-western end of Stockton Bridge. It was close to 9 Australian Gull-billed Terns ssp macrotarsa so comparisons were able to be made. Other terns on the spit were 5 Caspians and 2 Little Terns. It was still there at 12.30 when I left. I think it will stay at the Stockton site for a while. Other birds of interest were a Brahminy Kite, a solitary Whimbrel, 100+ Golden Plover, a flock of 60+ Red-necked Avocets, 40+ Eastern Curlew and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and scores of Bar-tailed Godwits. Couldn't find the Ruff.
Dave Koffel 21/1 #233379
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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