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The purpose of Birdline Australia is to publish records of national interest, and to provide a site to post reports for regions not otherwise covered by a birdline or similar service.

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Moderators' Note

The Fairy Tern Monitoring Group has asked that is anyone is aware of nesting Fairy Tern (i.e. a colony hidden away on a sandbank somewhere) to contact Chris Chandler, email

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

January 2015
Wed 28megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard (2)
Lake Joondalup, Western Australia
A second Crested Honey Buzzard, an adult male, was seen today at 10.30am along with the immature male bird originally found by Jon Anderson on 5 Jan and again 25 Jan (a single bird was subsequently seen 26 and 27 Jan by a number of birders). The immature male flew down the centre of the lake in display flight. It was followed by the adult male which perched briefly at the southern end, before the two birds circled together northwards along the eastern edge of the lake. Photo: Immature male by Steve Reynolds.
Plaxy Barratt, Daniel Mantle, Steve Reynolds, Sue Abbotts, Mark Newman, Nick Brown, Pam Smith 28/1 #222003
Mon 26megamegaCrested Honey Buzzard
Lake Joondalup, Western Australia
E side of Lake Joondalup, opposite Ariti Avenue (Wanneroo). Further information
John Anderson via Birdswa 26/1 #221967
Sun 25South Island Pied Oystercatcher and Common Noddy
Bundagen Headland -South of Sawtell
Single SIPO observed with three Sooty Oystercatchers. SIPO in same location as previous observations. Also 200+ Common Terns, Little Terns resting on rocks with lone Common Noddy. Large groups of Common Terns and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters working close to shore feeding on scaps from pelagic fish feeding.
Michael Cheers, Kevin Cheers and Anthony Moore 26/1 #221968
Malayan Night Heron
Cocos Keeling Island West island
Been lurking around the southern end of town and spent all day under Jonnys boat. On Friday it sat in the middle of the road and a car had to drive around it.
Geof Christie 26/1 #221965
Fri 23highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper (Update)
Lake Wollumboola, New South Wales
White-rumped Sandpiper feeding at water's edge
Tony Dawe plus other birders 23/1 #221915
Tue 13megamegaWestern Osprey
Cocos Keeling Island West Island
First spotted during cyclone Kate on christmas day and finally located in the far corner of the inner lagoon. Cyclone Kate came down from Java and passed christmas island then onwards towards Cocos Island .
Pam Jones and Geof Christie 14/1 #221786
Mon 12Painted Snipe
Barkley Homestead
2 Painted Snipe (now believed adult male and Female) in a puddle at the back of the Barkley Homestead Campground. Seen at 6PM, both birds very happy to stay wading despite approaches eBird checklist
Mick Jerram 12/1 #221758
Tue 6highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Between Tuckers Rock and Bundagen Headland, S of Coffs Harbour
Following up on Phil Gilmour's excellent sighting yesterday, we observed a single likely SIPO in the same area, associating with Australian Pied Oystercatchers. We walked all the way to Bundagen where at least 6 pied-type and 2 Sooty Oystercatchers were present on the rocks. Three pied oycs flew off to the south - from where we had walked - and we followed these up, getting good views. As reported yesterday, the bird showed clearly shorter legs, longer bill with less deep base, much more extensive white on upperwing, clearly reaching the trailing edge of the inner secondaries, the pointed/tapered white patch on the upper back, and extensively white underwing, including whole of innermost secondaries, bases of remaining secondaries and inner primaries, and most greater primary coverts. Other species at Bundagen included Pied and Great Cormorant, Ruddy Turnstone, Crested Terns and Silver Gulls. Could anyone looking for the bird, whether successful or not, please let me know via - thanks.
Peter Higgins, Michael Cheers & Peter Richards 6/1 #221660
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper, Fairy Tern
Lake Wollumboola, New South Wales
Came across the White-rumped Sandpiper on the lake shore near the Little Tern breeding area early this morning. We are guessing it's the same bird from Shoalhaven Heads seen yesterday. Also, a single Fairy Tern identified, as well as 3 White-winged Black Terns.
Lachlan Hall, Henry Coleman, Stanley Tang and Andrew Walker 6/1 #221646
Mon 5highlightVon Schrenck's Bittern
Home Island, Cocos Keeling Islands
This little bittern was walking slowly around in the bushes under a tree in the garden at Oceana House. It flew off into some other bushes and has not been since despite much searching. Further information
Pam Jones 6/1 #221663
highlightPossible South Island Pied Oystercatcher
between Tuckers Rock and Bundagen Headland, about 15kms south of Coffs Harbour
This bird was seen this morning with two Australian Pied Oystercatchers. It had clearly shorter legs and longer bill and more white on trailing edge of upper wing and more white on underwing. Poor photo of flying bird attached. I also have photo on beach with Australian Pied Oystercatchers I will include in a separate post (see sighting #221633). [Moderator: this bird appears an extremely good candidate for SIPO - with luck more photos will confirm this incoming days. AR]
Phil Gilmour 5/1 #221632
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales
A White-rumped Sandpiper was seen roosting at high tide amongst a flock of 80 Red-necked Stints on the foredune at the old rivermouth. See attached link for approximate location. Park at eastern end of River road and head south for about 500 metres. Also 2 Lesser Sand Plover and 1 Whimbrel seen. eBird checklist Further information
Nigel and Carla Jackett 5/1 #221626
megamegaWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales
A single White-rumped Sandpiper was found at Shoalhaven Heads this morning by Nigel Jackett. Identification has been confirmed.
Nigel Jackett via facebook per Ashwin Rudder 5/1 #221625
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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