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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

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
Thu 23White-fronted Honeyeater
Alice Springs Desert Park
A small group of White-fronted Honeyeaters (mostly juveniles) spent the morning foraging in flowering Eremophila longifolia outside the Nocturnal House.
Pete Nunn 23/10 #220417
Wed 22Red Goshawk
Kakadu National park
One Red Goshawk was observed in the south of Kakadu National Park, had some great views before it took off.
Luke Paterson 23/10 #220422
Mon 20highlightLong-toed Stint
Alice Springs Sewage Ponds
Long-toed Stint photographed foraging among Sharpies in EP7. Little Curlew still present, 12 Australian Pratincole, and single Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Chris Watson 20/10 #220360
Fri 10Bourkes Parrots
Kunoth Bore
24 Bourkes Parrots were counted coming into drink late dusk, most birds arriving near dark. Possibly more, calls heard but to dark to count. A Spotted Nightjar also came to drink 3 times.
Steve Roderick 10/10 #220189
Wed 8highlightGrey Honeyeater
4.4kms west of Ochre pits West Mac Ranges
Single bird feeding and calling in Mulga.
Steve Roderick 9/10 #220174
Mon 6White-fronted Honeyeater
Alice Springs Desert Park
Several birds feeding on flowering grevillea in the sand country habitat this morning. Pied and Black Honeyeaters also observed in this location in recent days.
Pete Nunn 6/10 #220108
Sun 5highlightPainted Honeyeater
Threeways Roadhouse
Report on behalf of John Pearson vie eBird: "turned up at water hole with Grey-headed Honeyeaters". eBird checklist
Chris Watson per John Pearson 10/10 #220177
Sat 4highlightWhite-browed Treecreeper
Owen Springs Conservation Reserve
Single bird seen and photographed at side of the road, low on the trunk of a mulga tree, climbing up right hand branch then jumped into the lighter left hand branch before flying off across the road. Did not hear it calling. eBird checklist Further information
Richard Waring, Moses Waring 5/10 #220080
Fri 3Bourke's Parrot
Kunoth Bore
Single bird flew down to dam about 5:30 pm, then no more until 6:45 pm when a small flock of 10 arrived eBird checklist Further information
Richard Waring, Moses Waring 5/10 #220082
Thu 2highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Single bird foraging alone in EP7c.
Pete Nunn 6/10 #220111
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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