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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

October 2014
Tue 7highlightRed-kneed Dotterel
Shag Lagoon, King Island
Single bird seen on the back edge of the lagoon on both 7th and 8th October. Distance precluded all but a confirm ID photo. Also a single Pink-eared Duck and the amazing site of 10 Latham's Snipe feeding in the shallows.
Rob and James Hamilton 8/10 #220140
Sat 4highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Cocos Keeling Islands , South Island
One Broad-billed Sandpiper with a small group of waders.
Geof Christie 8/10 #220152
highlightSaunders Tern
Cocos Keeling Islands,SouthIsland sand flats.
There are now 7 Saunders Terns roosting on the same sand bar as previous years. More should arrive and stay until March. There is now 10 differant species of migrating waders on Cocos.
Geof Christie 7/10 #220128
Thu 2Princess Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot
Mamungari Conservation Park
Princess Parrots were found at two locations in Mamungari Conservation Park (also known as ‘Un-named Conservation Park) in the Great Victoria Desert. Three groups of 2-8 individuals were observed in the vicinity of the mid-point of the park along the Anne Beadell Hwy, 525 km west of Coober Pedy. Another group of eight individuals was encountered on the western edge of the park. Equally exciting, at least a dozen sightings of Scarlet-chested Parrots were made over a two-day period – very widely dispersed, from approximately 50km east of Mamungari, right through the park, and to beyond the WA border. The SCPs were seen as individuals, and groups of two to four birds only. A large proportion appeared to be immature. Additionally, although the ‘targeted’ new Taipan species Oxyuranus temporalis has not yet been found, we did find and photograph a very unusual, large (1.8m) elapid snake genus Pseudechis in Mamungari for which identification is very perplexing. Near-black dorsally and peppered with yellow spots. It was quite elongate, with small narrow head, so could easily be mistaken for something in Pseudonaja (Brown Snakes), or even Oxyuranus. Mamungari was intended to be only a stopover on the very rough eastern stretch of the Anne Beadell Hwy (goat track!), but proved to have some of the most impressive birding habitat I’ve seen during this very extensively travelled year. It is neither overly burnt nor grazed, and is an incredibly beautiful area. Next stop ‘The Junction’. John Weigel and Murray Scott
John Weigel and Murray Scott 3/10 #220041
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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