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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.

September 2014
Sat 20highlightMallee Emu-wren
Wyperfeld National Park, Victoria
A family of Mallee Emu-wren was seen on the Discovery Walk at Wyperfeld National Park in an open area of tea-tree heath.
Matthew Crawford 20/9 #219803
Sun 14Arctic Tern
Port Fairy Pelagic, Victoria
1 juvenile Arctic Tern seen for a few minutes around 9.55 today. Numerous photos taken. Diagnostic distinct and long black trailing edge seen, translucent underwing, small bill & domed head all characteristic of this species. Other a very quiet day with birds reluctant to feast on our burley & fewer species expected. Other highlight include a Common Diving Petrel photographed on the shelf, 1 Wandering type Albatross (probably gibsoni) flew past.
Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber, James Mustafa etc 14/9 #219711
Fri 12megamegaNorthern Pintail
Hastie's Swamp
3 adult drake Northern Pintails where seen on Hastie's Swamp. The birds were watched between 3.00 & 4.00 pm feeding by upending. Then they flew off down the swamp and have not been seen since.
Chris Doughty per Mike Carter 17/9 #219742
Fri 5highlightJavan Pond Heron
Cocos Keeling Island
Sighted again on the same sheltered beach on Home island at low tide .First sighted early December 2013.
Pam Jones and Geof Christie 11/9 #219628
Tue 2highlightCrested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard
Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome
George Swann advises that at 09.15 this morning while leading a tour group, he saw a Crested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard at Nimalaica Wetland north of Broome. He considers that it was an adult male. Unfortunately no photos were obtained. This could be the third report from mainland Australia proper with others recorded or reported from Christmas Island, Cocos and Ashmore Reef. eBird checklist Further information
George Swann per Mike Carter 2/9 #219501

August 2014
Thu 28megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee, New South Wales
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area. Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Sue Chatfield 28/8 #219417
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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