|Sat 19||White-bellied Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic, Queensland||
|A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.|
|Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217415|
|Wed 16||Spangled DrongoAnglesea Heath, Victoria|
|Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.|
|Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson 16/4 #217357|
|Tue 15||Regent HoneyeaterTeal Track (Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP), Victoria||
|Single banded individual found hawking insects and foraging in small amount of ironbark blossom. This sighting is notable as it is a bird released to the wild in 2010 - it was seen in the park again last year, but is now the first bird known to survive 4 years after release. On top of recent sightings near Chiltern and at Rutherglen, perhaps there will be a few more Regents floating around the north-east this year.|
|Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 16/4 #217369|
|Sun 13||Collared (Magnificent) Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - now with link to photosBrittania Seamount off Ballina, New South Wales|
|Highlights of day 2 of Paul Walbridge's trip (for day 1 see #217306 in Birdline Central & Southern Queensland) were: A Collared Petrel (paler than the three at Queensland Seamount), 10+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels, a Red-tailed Tropicbird, 3 White-tailed Tropicbirds, a Streaked Shearwater, two White-faced Storm-petrels, large numbers of Tahiti and Kermadec Petrels, good numbers of Gould's Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 White Terns, many Sooty Terns (plus the usual Grey-faced & Providence Petrels, Wedge-tailed & Flesh-footed Shearwaters). P.S. 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrel is an undescribed taxon similar to large NZ Storm-Petrels with darker underwings (previously seen off Ulladulla, NSW [March 2010]; SEQ and New Caledonia). This taxon may represent the mysterious 'Striped Storm-Petrel 'Pealea lineata' or 'Thalassidroma lineata' (see discussion in our submission of the Ulladulla bird in March 2010). More research needs to be done. Here is a link to Raja's photos: Further information|
|The crowd on Paul Walbridge's Seamount pelagic 14/4 #217324|
|Sat 12||Collared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts, Queensland||
|Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual. |
|Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge. 14/4 #217306|
|Sun 6||Little Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron)Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing), Queensland||
|In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.|
|Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217387|
|South Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission)Port MacDonnell Pelagic, South Australia||
|A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.|
|Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel. 8/4 #217222|
|Sat 5||Regent Honeyeater Hopetoun Rd (Rutherglen) , Victoria||
|The most amazing and lucky sighting of this species I have ever had. While slowly driving past the Wicked Virgin olive grove along Hopetoun Rd north of Rutherglen I noticed a mobile friarbird flock in some roadside trees. Amazingly a Regent flew out in front of the car hawked some insects and flew back into some ash trees. The bird was then observed for over 10 minutes and continued to hawk insects and associate with the friarbirds. Not in it's usual habitat around Chiltern, this bird must be moving around with mobile friarbirds flocks which were quite prevalent around Rutherglen today. Not banded, appeared to be an adult male. Photo thanks to Vic Duncombe. Further information|
|Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217199|
|Fri 4||South Polar Skua (Subject to submission to BARC)Lord Howe Island, New South Wales|
|1 pale-ish intermediate morph South Polar Skua halfway between LHI and Ball's Pyramid. Also White-bellied Storm-Petrels, Little Shearwater, Kermadec Petrels and a White-necked Petrel the following day. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of South Polar Skuas should be submitted to BARC]|
|Tobias Hayashi 8/4 #217221|
|Sun 23||Plum-headed FinchJohn Knight Memorial Park, Lake Ginninderra, Australian Capital Territory||
|A lone bird among a flock of about 20 Red-Browed Finches. I saw it yesterday and again today in my garden which is in the townhouse complex adjacent to the park. Grainy photo attached.|
|David Marshall 23/3 #216863|
|Sat 22||Tawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford), Victoria||
|Further to previous report, the bird has been seen again today. Occupying area about 150 metres along the grass track that leads north east from the Seaford North Primary School boundary. The habitat is a mix of paddock grasses, stands of native rush and Tree Everlasting (Ozothamnus ferrugineus) about 2-3 metres in height, adjacent to the Phragmites reed bed of the wetland proper.
The bird is extremely furtive and very difficult to get sustained views of. It was initially flushed from a dense stand of juncus but has been sighted most often in the lower branches of the Tree Everlastings. Has retreated several times to the phragmites but always seems to return to the Tree Everlasting area.
Obviously larger and bulkier than Little Grassbird (which occurs in the reedbeds adjacent to this site) with large tail at times evident when flying off. Plain underparts, a sort of off-white colour, seemingly paler on the throat. Noticeable rufous cap and strong black markings on wings and back. Has been calling as well- a distinctive metallic buzzing type of call, typical of the species. Has reacted only once to playback, however.
There were plenty of other birds using this habitat, including Grey Fantails, White-plumed, and New Holland Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and Goldfinches.
The combination of call, size, shape, rufous crown, bulky tail, plain (totally unstreaked) off-white underparts rule out any other possibilities previously observed at the wetlands such as Little Grassbird, Striated Fieldwren or even Rufous Songlark.
Very wary bird and difficult to get on to for anything but the briefest of views.|
|Andrew Silcocks et al per Sean Dooley 22/3 #216844|
|Fri 21||Tawny GrassbirdEdithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Seaford), Victoria||
|Found by Andrew Silcocks on the BirdLife Australia monthly survey for Melbourne Water, the bird has been seen again today (Sat 22nd).
Attached is one not great photo but the best Andrew could get of this extremely furtive bird. Will post another shot soon with more details, which combined with this photo is enough to be confident it is this species.
If accepted, will be the first confirmed Victorian record.|
|Andrew Silcocks, Sean Dooley 22/3 #216843|