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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, Max Breckenridge, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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4/6/2018

Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. 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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au. 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. Likewise we will not be publishing every Square-tailed Kite sighting posted to Birdline because of a significant increase in reports in recent years, particularly in coastal areas (with the exception of the far north coast).

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January 2020
Mon 27Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Sydney Airport
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow reported here some months ago for the Sydney Domestic terminal appears still to be in residence. Sighted near Gate 52 but obviously mobile. All-chestnut crown together with dark blotch on white cheek patch and pale neck collar rule our House Sparrow.
Chris Rehberg 27/1 #244340
Sun 26Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
1 Wood Sandpiper present (in front of hide) and 3 Marsh Sandpipers. 3 crake species seen, 2 Australian Shelduck, 32 Glossy Ibis and 51 Red-necked Avocet. Lagoon is drying out and wader numbers are increasing. Duck numbers are decreasing with 1 Freckled Duck, 2 Pink- eared Ducks, 6 Shovelar and 2 Chestnut Teal.
Martin Snowball 27/1 #244339
highlightBarred Cuckooshrike
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Saw a bird land high in canopy before being very quickly swooped by another and disappearing - not re-sighted. Thankfully I took a couple quick photos with sufficient detail to confirm the ID: finely barred breast neatly cut-off, grey head, yellow eye. Very brief encounter. (Moderators Note; This is an extraordinary record, but not the first for Sydney, one was collected there in 1886! Subsequently 1 in Wollongong Bot.Gardens in 1998, a few days later at Thirrroul! No other records! Great work Chris!. AKM) eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 26/1 #244333
Sat 25highlightCook's Petrel, Streaked Shearwater, Sooty Tern
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
A Cook's Petrel (possibly 2), 6 separate Streak Shearwater sightings and numerous Sooty Tern's were the highlights of the 25 Jan SOSSA pelagic. Other birds included Shy Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels, White-face and Wilson's Storm-petrels. We also had a pelagic Great Egret, heading east, a few kilometres offshore.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 25/1 #244331
Peaceful Dove
Integral Park, West Dapto
One Peaceful Dove seen. Did not call. Also, 20 Dollarbirds and 14 Bar-shouldered Doves. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 25/1 #244330
highlightBlack Noddy
Seal Rocks Lighthouse Walk
A lone Black Noddy off of the Seal Rocks lighthouse between 1037 & 10:41 this morning following some rain last night. Smaller than Silver Gull, Similar black all around plumage & quite fluttery flight. Seen this species previously on Lord Howe Island. eBird checklist
Archie Brennan 25/1 #244327
Blue-faced Honeyeater
18 Walker Avenue Kanwal NSW 2259
A single pair feeding on protea flowers. This is the third year they have appeared. Being hassled - to no effect - by Noisy Miners.
Neil Bevege 25/1 #244324
Fri 24Mangrove Gerygone
Quibray Bay
One seen in mangroves at the far end of the beach. The Kentish Plover was not seen at Quibray Bay or Bonna Point
Allan Richards 24/1 #244323
Wed 22Black Falcon
Upper Rollands Plains, Littles Loop Rd
See circling above dairy farm hay storage and silage heap.
Phillip Shelley 22/1 #244314
Tue 21Glossy Black Cockatoo
Cedar Crossing Road Collombatti
3 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in casuarina equisetifolia today. I counted 6 previous day flying near same location. Although the Bushfires last November came close to this location this bush was untouched . The casuarenas are prolific in this area Typically owners of small acreage around here clear their casuarinas treating them as hazardous fire risk Our property is close to the Tamban State Forest which was bushfire affected.
Milton Smith 21/1 #244306
Turquoise Parrot
Bettington Road, Blackheath
Single adult male seen well. First local record, most likely due to movements associated with the recent fires. eBird checklist
Daniel Kurzawa 21/1 #244303
Mon 20highlightBlack-naped Tern
Sandon River, Broomes Head
Single bird roosting on rocks near river mouth among Little, Common and Crested Terns. Pair of Beach Stone-Curlews further upstream. (Moderator's Note: Subject to review by NSWORAC. If accepted this will be the 3rd record for NSW, two previous reports for Fingal beach 15/2/1984 and same place 3/11/2010. AKM)
Harry Hines 23/1 #244317
Little Eagle and Peregrine Falcon
Ulan Rd, Budgee Budgee
A light morph Little Eagle and approximately 80m above a Peregrine Falcon soaring on thermal updraft just past the intersection of Ulan Rd and Wollar Rd eBird checklist
Tomas Kelly 22/1 #244311
Wompoo Fruit Dove
Lauffs Lane Wyong Creek
Private Property, feeding on Bangalow Palm seeds. Sighted and photographed by Ron Newell. Observed another years ago. At same property, that hung around for a month or so, returning 3 months later with no tail feathers
Ron Newell 20/1 #244300
Pectoral Sandpiper
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Became aware of this bird when it was reported by a local birding group on 14 Jan. I checked my photos for Boat Harbour and found it in the background of a shot taken 9 Jan. Bird is still there today, making 11 days at least. Good opportunity for clear views of an uncommon bird. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 20/1 #244297
Superb Parrot
Warrumbungle National Park--Gurianawa Track
Approximately six Superb Parrots were observed calling and flying past the Warrumbungle Visitor Centre at 8:15am. This is the first time I have observed these parrots in the park. These parrots have been sighted here by others in the past, but only ever during the autumn and winter months. (Moderator's Note: In my 45 years association with WNP, I have not known them to be present in the general area in January either, and certainly they are more likely to be seen to the west of the Park near Gumin Gumin rather inside the Park. AKM)
Matthew Piper 20/1 #244296
Sun 19Gang Gang Cockatoo
Gibbons Rd, Moss Vale
60 + in 2 concurrent flocks flew over paddock and overhead, into pines, didn't stay long. Like candles on a Christmas tree. No camera!
Peter Madvig 21/1 #244302
highlightWompoo Fruit Dove
Beckingham Road Tumbi Umbi
Continuing bird that was first reported by Malcolm Hill on the 12th of January. Seen sitting in a Gum Tree along the council reserve on Wyong Road but has been reportedly been feeding regularly in Palm Trees around the neighbourhood.
Daniel McKeon and Graham Nelson 19/1 #244291
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Tea Gardens
Single male Painted Snipe still present in retention pond off Shoreline Drive
Kate Buys 19/1 #244286
Little Eagle
Moruya River Estuary
Little Eagle along Estuary
TONY Dawe 19/1 #244285
Sat 18Little Raven
Kurrajong Heights
A flock of at least 30 birds feeding on ground in cleared land adjacent to areas extensively burnt in the recent fires. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 21/1 #244301
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Niagara Park Stadium
Flock of approx 20 Gang Gangs in trees at entry to Niagara Park stadium.
Andrew Whitaker 20/1 #244294
Australian Little Bittern
Centennial Park
When scanning large cluster of papyrus on pond just outside Lachlan Swamp at 5:45pm I heard a Little Bittern calling from within this cluster, on northern side. The call was two croaks, then a series of five croaks. The bird was then silent. Definitely not another bird or frog species. Matched call in an eBird library recording. Unfortunately, the bird didn’t show itself. Female Australian Little Bittern also seen at Sydney Park a few days back by Chris Gladwin and I - see eBird for more info.
Lorne Johnson 18/1 #244283
Grey-faced Petrel, Shy Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Good conditions produced: 1 Grey-faced Petrel, 1 Shy Albatross, 14 Long-tailed Jaeger, 9 Pomarine Jaeger, 40 Fluttering Shearwater, 1 Hutton’s Shearwater, 350 Short-tailed Shearwater, 280 Wedge-tailed Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater and only 1 Flesh-footed Shearwater.
David Mitford 18/1 #244281
Fri 17Glossy Ibis
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
2 birds flew in early this afternoon. Rarely seen at the wetlands.
Mark Leary 17/1 #244275
Thu 16Tree martins
Coopers lane, west of Coraki
Huge flock of Tree Martins ( well in excess of 2000 birds). Many juveniles in the flock. Roosting in the crowns of large Forest Red Gums. Photograph shows density in an extremely small portion of one tree. I have never seen such a large congregation of these birds before.
David Charley 16/1 #244269
Wed 15Pectoral Sandpiper
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Seen in company with others of Macarthur Bird Group Betty Ray, Chris Munson. Only noted when we all looked at pictures after leaving the beach.
Brenda Parkinson 16/1 #244264
Tue 14Plum-headed Finch
Pilliga Lagoon TSR
Mob of 18 heard (and recorded) and then seen flying over around 6 this morning (too dark for a photo). They were in cumbungi right by the bridge over the lagoon, which still has water in it. This mob is much farther inland (ca. 100 km W of Narrabri) than other recent sightings reported on ebird from the western slopes of the GDR.
Michael Dahlem 14/1 #244257
Mon 13Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Beckingham Road, Tumbi Umbi, NSW
Observed by a non birder after seeing a post of the bird seen at Cooranbong.(Moderator's Note: Rare bird on the Central Coast, generally only reported once every 3-4 years. AKM)
Brin Hinchcliffe 15/1 #244263
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern (race affinis)
Trutes Bay Terranora Inlet. Tweed River
One Common Gull-billed Tern race affinis amongst group of 15 Australian Terns flying and picking prey off the mud at low tide. Photographed by Gary Quirk and posted on FB Bird ID site for confirmation.
June Harris 15/1 #244262
Sun 12highlightRuff
Pitt Town Lagoon
In addition to the birds reported by Tom Wilson, I also saw a single Ruff first thing this morning and unfortunately it was not relocated following the initial sighting. The conditions for species variety are very good at Pitt Town currently with plenty of exposed mud.
Simon Blanchflower 12/1 #244238
Black Bittern (possible courtship behaviour)
North Narrabeen (Mullet Creek)
I had the fortunate opportunity to watch a local pair of Black Bittern displaying to each other with various head movements to each other and low hissing sounds (unlike the "Whooooo" calls I usually hear from them). I observed the pair for well over half an hour taking many photos of their behavior.
Edwin Vella 12/1 #244237
highlightAustralian Little Bittern, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
Single male Little Bittern flew left-right in front of hide approx 9:15am and dropped into dense cover. Not seen again. 4 Wood Sandpipers moving from NW corner along north and NE shoreline. 2 Marsh Sandpipers and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper at south end. 3 crake species all showing well. At least 8 Yellow-billed Spoonbill and 30 Glossy Ibis present. No sign (for me) of 2 Black-tailed Godwits seen but were seen earlier by others.
Tom Wilson 12/1 #244236
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Tea Gardens
1 male seen in the retention dam adjacent to Shoreline Drive. Originally seen by Lyn Moon. eBird checklist
Andrew Walker, Stanley Tang and Nick Thompson 12/1 #244235
Sat 11Rainbow Bee-eater
Kurrajong Hills
12 birds passing to north over Wheeny Creek canopy. My 2nd local record in 20 years. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 13/1 #244245
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Moorland, NSW
Large Flock of 100+ (102 counted) Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos roosting and foraging in Radiata Pines and Tallowwoods along Jericho Road, Moorland. eBird checklist
Guy Smith 11/1 #244231
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Laurieton
10 GBC Observed flying and calling then landing in Eucalyptus trees at the end of Lord st Laurieton also present were 5 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, which have been calling for the past week.
Stephen Gallivan 11/1 #244229
Fri 10Black-tailed Godwit, Wood and Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
Seen on the lagoon this morning were 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Wood and 2 Marsh Sandpiper, about 40 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 2 Red-necked Stint, 43 Red-necked Avocet, 15 Glossy Ibis, 3 Spotless and a single Baillons Crake and a Blue-billed Duck.
Edwin Vella 10/1 #244218
Superb Parrot
Howick Street, Bathurst
9 birds flew across Howick Street, from Carrington Park, this morning. Watched as they headed up Howick Street towards the Post Office..! (NW). Heard calls from Macquarie River yesterday afternoon but didn't get a sighting. Coords (from Google Maps): -33.419443, 149.583847
Tiffany Mason 10/1 #244217
Thu 9Spectacled Monarch
Ourimbah RTA Reserve, Ourimbah
Heard calling along the trail but unfortunately was not seen. (Moderator's Note; Having been regular at this site each summer for the past 5 years, none were reported during the summer of 2018/19, so interesting to see that they are back! AKM).
Dean Purcell 10/1 #244221
Marsh Sandpiper, Spotless Crake, Australian Crake
Pitt Town Lagoon
2 Marsh Sandpipers still present, right of hide. 2+ Spotless Crakes, 2 Australian Crakes, 140+ Pink-eared Ducks
Alan Rogers 9/1 #244213
Shining Flycatcher, Torresian Kingfisher, Mangrove Honeyeater
Cobaki Broadwater
A good day exploring the mangroves and as usual got good numbers of Torresian Kingfisher (nesting) and Mangrove Honeyeater (probably nesting). Two pairs at least of Shining Flycatcher.
David Charley 9/1 #244212
Australian Brushturkey
Jauncey Place Reserve, Matraville
Eastern suburbs mega! Seen near the storm water drain. Apparently been around since Christmas.
David Mitford 9/1 #244209
Tue 7highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern
Stockton Sandspit
Single bird seen coming in to roost with Australian Tern on the in coming tide. The Tern sticks out because it looks like a small Silver Gull from a distance. Photo use is of the Common Gull-billed and Australian Terns for size comparison.
Daniel McKeon 7/1 #244202
Latham’s Snipe, Black-tailed Native-hen and 20 Glossy Ibis
Flowerdale Lagoon, Wagga Wagga
1 Snipe flushed from the reeds. Also sighted am and pm on 5th Jan at same location. 1 Native-hen. Glossy Ibis at several sites on lagoon.
Camilla Donnelly 7/1 #244201
Mon 6Brush Bronzewing
Wakefield Road, Wakefield
Was a passenger in a Ute driving along near Rhondda Road and there was a male literally on the road edge. Definitely a Brush Bronzewing - possibly so exposed due to lots of fires locally and heavy overcast when seen. Seemed to be busy feeding
Paul Schofield 7/1 #244200
Black-eared Cuckoo
Bushells Lagoon
Adult still visiting and feeding in usual tree. Very confiding.
Alan Rogers 7/1 #244192
Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
Two feeding near the hide.
Alan Rogers 7/1 #244191
Glossy Ibis, Grey Goshawk & Brush Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
Singles of Glossy Ibis, Brush Cuckoo, Grey Goshawk, Australian Hobby, Red-necked Stint and White-winged Triller present. 20+ Little Tern using the main lake as a post breeding crèche, but unfortunately no further sightings of the Black-backed Bittern seen briefly on 2.1.20 by Corey Callahan.
David Mitford 6/1 #244189
Sun 5Spotless Crake
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens--Lake Nadungamba
I was photographing Dusky Moorehen babies next to the cement overflow outlet when this little one popped out right next to me. It’s a lifer So I had to double check with someone what it was. According to Ebird only sighted here once in 2017 and a few times in 2016.
Brett Mezen 5/1 #244180
highlightRoseate Tern, Aleutian Tern, Grey Plover
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
A Roseate Tern in breeding plumage was roosting in the main mixed flock of terns at Farquhar Inlet this afternoon. Approximate location -31.945776, 152.606994. To my knowledge there are few records for this species for NSW and all are from the far north coast. One Aleutian Tern was also present, and at the southern end of the lagoon were two Grey Plovers. Sanderlings were notably absent. (Moderator's Note: Roseate Terns are on the NSW review List. There have been only 5 accepted records for these birds in NSW 3 for Ballina and 2 for Woody point, Iluka. AKM)
Liam Murphy & Tony Bischoff 5/1 #244179
Sat 4Little Lorikeets
Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong) (restricted access)
Small flock, at least 12 birds, observed in flowering eucalyptus, swing bridge end of walk. Numerous other flocks observed in immediate area.
Meryl Newton 11/1 #244227
Wompoo Fruit Dove
Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong) (restricted access)
First observation in Port Jackson Fig ( near Swing Bridge) at 8:30 am . With numerous sightings during following week. First reported by Maurice Ashton one week ago. Another observation of second bird 10 th January, in same tree.
Meryl Newton 11/1 #244226
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Niagara Park, Central Coast, New South Wales
Flock of 11 birds feeding in eucalypt Spotted at approx 6.30pm Group included adults and juveniles. ( Moderator's Note: Gang Gangs occur widely across the Central Coast particularly in the forests on the Somersby Plateau and Kulnura-Bucketty area but less frequently in the urban areas and 11 is a high number for this location. AKM)
Leah Tsang 4/1 #244174
Fri 3Banded Lapwing
Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Finns Rd, Menangle
A single Banded Lapwing seen in flight with a flock of Masked Lapwings and Pied Stilts flushed by a Swamp Harrier. White wing-bar well visible in flight along with the black breast band. At the dam at (-34.126829, 150.703132) which is viewable from Finns Road. eBird checklist
Timothy Paasila 3/1 #243165
Topknot Pigeon
Johnston Street, Annandale
6 adults perched on top of a large shrub in a suburban garden
Tony Palliser 3/1 #243164
Thu 2Black-eared Cuckoo
Bushell's Lagoon
Still present this morning in tree by 'car park' area before causeway. Also two Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos
Neil Friswell 2/1 #243157
Wed 1Red-capped Robin (female)
Bushells Lagoon
ID confirmed on ABID. I have never seen one there previously
Brenda Parkinson 23/1 #244320
Freckled Duck
Kianga WTP and Lake
A pair of Freckled Duck seen loafing on an exposed log in the middle of Kianga Lake, close to the edge that abuts the treatment plant. Noteworthy to also have 30+ Hardhead in the area and Restless Flycatchers with fledged young in the bush immediately south of the plant - I have not seen either of them at this site for the past three years. Seen while trapped in Narooma area during bushfire crisis. Some bird species were laying low and seemed affected by persistent conditions. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 7/1 #244198
Varied Triller
Myall Lakes National Park--Rainforest Walk
Great views of a Varied Triller feeding at -32.539977 152.310774 . The previous day had 2 white-winged trillers also on the Rainforest walk.
Jayden Walsh, Shane Walsh and Leo Skowronek 4/1 #244170
Glossy Black Cockatoo
private property 20 km Sth of Condobolin
Up to eleven birds seen feeding at this site and drinking from the dam numerous times over last few days. Group includes two pairs each with a begging juvenile . Also at this site this morning were three Superb Parrots and one Painted Honeyeater
Warren Chad 2/1 #243158
Common Gull-billed Tern
Stockton Sandspit
A single bird amongst a group of about 40 Australian Terns. Presumably continuing bird from last week. eBird checklist
Tim Henderson 2/1 #243156
Topknot pigeon
Albion Street, Pennant Hills
My first species of the year. Three birds accessing water bowl in garden; the lack of rain presumably responsible. In 23 years this has not happened in my garden.
Nick Hodges 1/1 #243153
highlightLittle Woodswallow
Cape banks road La Perouse
Single light phase adult bird. Just before pistol club on the left. (Moderator's Note: The additional photos provided show the lack of white in the primaries and grey rather than white in the underwing!. This is an extraordinary record for the Sydney Region and no doubt reflects the problems for birds created by the bushfires and the drought. AKM)
Bas Hensen 1/1 #243150

December 2019
Tue 31Black-eared Cuckoo x1 / Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos x3
Bushells Lagoon
One Black-eared Cuckoo seen in tree on left of road as you face south, before the causeway, at least to 5pm. Three Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos also seen - initially in one of the first trees on the right hand side, then later feeding on the flats together on the eastern side of the causeway, then one later in the Black-eared's tree. (Count of 3 is certain). eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 31/12 #243146
Black-eared Cuckoo
Bushells Lagoon, Feemans Reach
Just a note to advise that the Black-eared Cuckoo is still in residence in the same tree by the improvised 'car park' at Bushells Lagoon. Last sighted at 0930 this morning.
John Laing 31/12 #243143
Mon 30Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, Horsfield"s Bronze-cuckoo
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
Two Wood Sandpipers, 8 Glossy Ibis, 3 Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, 1 Brush Cuckoo and 2 Southern Emu-wrens were the highlights of a morning at the Dairy Swamp. (Moderator's Note: up to 17 Glossy Ibis were seen later in the day by Frank Ullrich, I think that is the most ever reported on the Central Coast! AKM).
david catt 30/12 #243138
White-throated Needletails and Fork-tailed Swifts
San Remo, NSW
Approximately 90 White-throated Needletails and at least 3 Fork-tailed Swifts this morning (approximately 10:45) at San Remo on the NSW Central Coast (Coordinates: -33.2108, 151.5293). The large flock was flying at a range of heights along Scenic Drive and surrounding coastal woodland and residential areas. eBird checklist
Tom Kelly 30/12 #243137
Topknot Pigeon
Carlotta Street, Greenwich
2 Topknots in the large eucalypt. Never seen here before.
Judy Clark 30/12 #243136
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Marine Drive, Tea Gardens
Feeding in fig next to ferry wharf. First I've ever seen in the area.
Leo Skowronek 30/12 #243135
Sat 28Grey Goshawk
Bushells Lagoon
Also I really think worth a report was a sighting of a Grey Goshawk (grey morph). It came and it went but on this very hot day it was a wonderful sight!
Christopher Gregory 30/12 #243140
Black-eared Cuckoo
Bushells Lagoon
40 degree day and cuckoo looked hot with classic cuckoo wing droop. Even so lots of activity with 30+ birds reported on eBird by Jane. Didn't see any other young cuckoos and the bird we saw, as you can see from the photo looks a bit "worn". It was in the first tree on right as you hit the causeway..
Chris and Jane Gregory 30/12 #243139
Whiskered Tern
Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga
19 individuals (Moderator: 19 individuals were also counted here 14/11/2019, with lesser numbers from the 10/10/2019 onwards)
Camilla Donnelly 28/12 #243123
Glossy Ibis
Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga
1 individual on the northern shore of Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga
Camilla Donnelly 28/12 #243122
highlightBlack-winged Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Black Petrel
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
The SOSSA pelagic from Kiama went ahead in somewhat bumpy conditions, with 2-3 m swell and increasing wind over the day. Little activity until the shelf edge, but upon starting the drift, slowly a sizeable flock of birds was attracted, predominantly consisting of Flesh-footed Shearwater, Grey-faced Petrel and Wedge-tailed Shearwater. A Long-tailed Jaeger appeared, soon followed by a rather pale Kermadec Petrel. We eventually picked up several Black Petrels, with the three the largest number present at any one time, but a fourth bird was seen on the day. Two of these were captured, one was carrying a band from the New-Zealand scheme. Well in our drift, a cookilaria got spotted, which did a single fly-by and came close enough to be identified as a Black-winged Petrel, with diagnostic features photographed. Just when heading inshore after checking the slick, we got another fly-by of a Black-winged Petrel, this could be the same bird, or another one. Another highlight was the amount of White-faced Stormpetrels, at some point 7 got counted on the slick, with a few more flying around the boat. A stop inshore at 45 fathoms produced many jaegers, several Pomarine and several Long-tailed, in among the shearwater flock. A full trip report will be prepared and posted on the SOSSA webpage soon, and an ORAC submission for the Black-winged Petrel will be prepared. (Moderator's Note: A great late December pelagic! MR)
Vincent Mourik and all aboard MV Kato 28/12 #243121
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo, Glossy Ibis
Bushells Lagoon
3 black eared cuckoo now present at 7.00 to 8.00pm.. One with strong black eye stripe and two very pale. All 3 in tree by gate at unofficial car park spot at same time. 7 glossy Ibis present. Water level dropped a lot since last Monday. (Moderator's Note: some people have commented that the two 'very pale' birds may be immature Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos, hence if photographic evidence of 3 BECU could be obtained that would be useful. MR)
Martin Snowball plus 2 others. 28/12 #243119
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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