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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

November 2014
Sun 23highlightYellow Wagtail
Copperfield Dam
Observed a Yellow Wagtail sp at Copperfield Dam today. Very hot looking (40 deg C). Actively feeding and 'wagging' Further information
Mick Jerram, Peter Eve, Bruce Reynolds and Marcus Batten 23/11 #221000
Wed 5megamegaEastern Yellow Wagtail (tschutschensis)
Noticed smallish bird on water's edge at Papunya Sewage Ponds. Has similar flight jizz to Grey Wagtail seen in Alice Springs WTP last year. Took photos. Checked photos with others more knowledgeable in this area. Stated too tall in legs and tail too short for Grey Wagtail, ID as Eastern Yellow Wagtail ssp. tschutschensis. eBird checklist
Richard Waring 5/11 #220685

October 2014
Mon 27highlightWhite wagtail
Lee Point
Hi all, This morning at around 6:05 AM I saw a white wagtail at Lee Point. It was a very short encounter, I entered the beach at 5:55 and was looking at some sandplovers on the rocks near the entrance. I then walked further on the beach heading to Buffelo Creek for the shorebird count. on the right of the entrance of the beach you have a line of casuarina trees and I was about halfway those trees when the white wagtail flew towards me. It was still pretty dark because sunrise was a couple of minutes later. The bird flew at a height of about 5-7 metres in its typical undulating flight (up-down) and called with it's typical "dzip" every time it was at its lowest point of it's flight. tail was relatively long and slim. wings were pretty wide and it had a short head. I'm a Dutch Intern at CDU and see white wagtails (I know different subspec. but silhouette and sound are still the same) on a daily basis back home and I see them very often flying over like the bird did this morning. In short: I'm 100% sure it was a white wagtail. I don't no how often there are white wagtails in Darwin but if not, I hope you guys are able to find it again. Cheers
Coen van Tuijl 27/10 #220470
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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