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1/29/2014

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 chrischandler1959@gmail.com.

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July 2014
Mon 28Ostrich
Dulkannina Stn, nr Marree, Birdsville Track
Further to the recent report, an adult male Ostrich was seen twice, once three days ago and again today, whilst travelling up and down the Birdsville Track. The bird is on Dulkannina Station, a couple of stations out of Marree. Both times it was seen close to the road, and while wary, did not seem too afraid of people, allowing for approach to within a few metres by car. This and its apparent familiarity with cows, is leading me to suspect this is not an entirely wild bird.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 28/7 #218920
Sun 27Grey Falcon
Clifton Hills Stn, Birdsville Track
One pair of Grey Falcons were seen in the late afternoon (5pm) near Cowarie. A return visit the next afternoon saw only a Brown Falcon and a pair of Nankeen Kestrels.
Russell Yong, Jeremy Ringma & Jasmine Lee 29/7 #218936
Sat 26highlightAtlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (BARC submission in prep), Wandering Albatross and Bullers Albatross
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic, New South Wales
Highlight of the SOSSA July 2014 trip was an Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, which did a few passes at the shelf break. It was well photographed and a submission to BARC will be forthcoming. Other good sightings included 2 Wandering Albatross, a number of Antipodean/Gibson's Albatrosses and 3+ Buller's Albatrosses. Numbers of Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Campbell Albatrosses were also high. Other sightings included 2 White-fronted Terns, 4+ Brown Skuas, 6+ Fairy Prions and 6+ Providence Petrels. Noted absences were any Giant-Petrels or Cape Petrels. It has been nearly 2 years since there was a Cape Petrel sighting on a SOSSA trip off Wollongong. Photos will be available on the SOSSA website, see Further information
Brook Whylie, Rob Hynson and others on board the Sandra K 27/7 #218897
Thu 24Radjah Shelduck
Gunnedah Saleyards, Gunnedah
Single bird feeding in wet drain across from Saleyards within 2m of Kamilaroi highway at 0935hrs. Shelduck feeding in association with White-necked Heron. Photos taken to be uploaded when possible.. (Moderator's Note. This is an intersting record. Radjar Shelducks are on the Review List for the NSWRAC, so a urrf should be submitted to the Committee to confirm the sighting-AKM)
James Faris 24/7 #218830
Tue 22Gouldian Finch
Miniata Park (restricted access), Northern Territory
Often I have bad phone reception and have to walk into my front yard to have a conversation! Whilst on a business call today I looked straight up at a beautiful Male Red-faced-Morph Gouldian Finch!! There was a duller female flittering around also. A nice distraction from Work Miniata is on the boundary of Nitmiluk Park eBird checklist Further information
Mick Jerram 22/7 #218795
Sat 12Ostrich
Near Clayton Station, Birdsville Track
An ostrich seen running along the roadside on the way to and from Birdsville.
Karen McMahon and Jennifer Gleeson 13/7 #218651
highlightNoisy Pitta
Bermagui Boardwalk
At least two Noisy Pittas were seen at Bermagui on the NSW far south coast, the second bird (not photographed) did not have blue on the wing, but there appeared to be more than two birds. The boardwalk at end of Wallaga Street, Wallaga Lake. Walk to end of boardwalk then just past little hut you will come to shaded bush area along path where we found the pittas [Moderators' notes: This represents Australia's most southerly record for this species (TD). To get more than one vagrant Noisy Pitta is extraordinary (AKM). The records of the Eurobodalla Natural History Society show that the first record of this species in the area was of a juvenile in 2002 at nearby Akolele (Julie Morgan, Recorder, ENHS)] Further information
Chris Hemmingsen 12/7 #218633
Fri 11Painted Finch
De Grey River (Great Northern Hwy), Western Australia
Several birds, male, female, immatures found at an old campfire. They were seen and photographed consuming small pieces of charcoal. Birds passed small pieces beak to beak before swallowing. Some research reveals that aviary birds are regularly fed charcoal as a dietary supplement. The only mention I can find on the net is a paper from 1963 which notes Finches doing similar. That researcher reported shooting a few for further examination! My report and further reports delayed because of bush travel
Paul Newman 29/7 #218928
Tue 8megamegaYellow Bittern
North Lakes SE Queensland
Still present this morning. Paul Walbridge & Brian Russell found a female Ixobrychus Bittern on Sunday which was far more prone to fly around and its call was different to another Australian Little Bittern present. Photos were sent down south for analysis and the immediate response was that it was probably a Yellow Bittern; this has since been confirmed by J.Davies, D.Rogers & M.Carter and an expert based in Asia. Paul will now write up and submit the record as the first live mainland sighting. Paul will give out further details. Contact him on: Paul.Walbridge@health.qld.gov.au The particular lake is in a rather peaceful section of the complex and we expect visiting birders to show respect for the local residents e.g. with Parking. The streets are rather narrow and won't stand up to large numbers of extra vehicles. Also one would expect observers to keep to the footpaths and observe the birds from a respectful distance. Can the local 'Photographers' please respect all the birds present, stay on the path and not disturb the area, and refrain from cutting vegetation down to get good shots.
Rob Morris & Andrew Jensen 8/7 #218571
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