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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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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

November 2014
Sat 22highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
Long-billed Dowitcher observed this morning on the southern shore. eBird checklist
Alastair Smith, Scott Ryan 22/11 #220966
Fri 21highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
Birds still present North side.
Luke Shelley 21/11 #220942
Thu 20highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220999
highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220998
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
The bird was seen this morning on the southern shoreline.
Peter and Helga Waanders per Simon Starr 20/11 #220920
Mon 17Long-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
Bird observed and photographed on Northern shore of the lake this morning. Many birders present.
Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington, Trevor Lumb. 17/11 #220891
Sun 16Splendid Fairy-Wren (Malurus splendens)
Thunder Swamp Wildlife Reserve, Dingee Vic
Unconfirmed immature bird sighted August 2014, November same transect, young male approaching full plumage sighted. [Ed note. significant range expansion: most south-easterly confirmed record.] eBird checklist
Greg Licence 22/11 #220951
Fri 14highlightGrey Wagtail
Birthday Creek Falls - Paluma Range National Park
One individual, non-breeding plumage, observed hopping upstream from the falls at approx. 10am. Bird was flighty and flew to low branches when initially approached, then continued upstream, maintaing a significant distance from us. One distant and heavily cropped photograph attached here to support the record. I note there is one previous record from the same location from 1993.
April Boaden and David Hall 16/11 #220853
Mon 10highlightAmerican Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
Bird still present at Latitude: -35.499044 Longitude: 143.753457 Waiting on ID confirmation
James Mustafa, Scott Baker and Tim Nickholds 10/11 #220773
highlightSemipalmated Plover
Pelican Point
eBird checklist
Maureen Christie and Helen Vaughan per Bob Green 10/11 #220767
Sun 9highlightSemi-palmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks, SA
A Semi-palmated Plover found by Maureen Christie and Helen Vaughan, photos have been studied and the identity has been confirmed.
Maureen Christie & Bob Green (finders M Christie & H Vaughan) 12/11 #220799
highlightRed Turtle Dove
Rocky Point Crescent, Settlement. Christmas Island
Observed Red Turtle Dove on the 9/11/14 between 16.20 and 17.45 while out walking along Rocky Point Crescent, Settlement, Xmas Island in the afternoon. Was feeding busily on grassed area between homes and foreshore. Very flighty and reluctant to allow me to get too close.
Julian Miles 11/11 #220780
Fri 7megamegaDowitcher sp. (either Long-billed or Short-billed)
Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
A Dowitcher sp. either Short-billed of Long-billed has been recorded and photographed at Lake Tutchewop but confirmation of which species is required. Posted here to confirm this sighting and obtain more photos is possible.
Eremaea Moderators via Peter Sawyer 10/11 #220771
Thu 6highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
Single found during Lord Howe Island Bird Week (no specific site details).
Ian Hutton (per Facebook) 7/11 #220709
Wed 5highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail (tschutschensis)
Papunya, Northern Territory
Noticed smallish bird on water's edge at Papunya Sewage Ponds. Has similar flight jizz to Grey Wagtail seen in Alice Springs WTP last year. Took photos. Checked photos with others more knowledgeable in this area. Stated too tall in legs and tail too short for Grey Wagtail, ID as Eastern Yellow Wagtail ssp. tschutschensis. eBird checklist
Richard Waring 5/11 #220685
Sun 2highlightYellow Honeyeater
Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
A single bird perhaps 800 kilometres out of range and the first record for south-east Qld. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 2/11 #220614
Yellow Oriole
Proserpine River, Glen Isla Road, Proserpine
A number of Yellow Orioles heard calling along the banks of the Proserpine River. Have not heard them this far South before.
Dale Mengel 2/11 #220612

October 2014
Wed 29highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Nairns (Peel Inlet), Western Australia
Single bird in mud flats and samphire between bird hide and river mouth. The bird had been reported earlier in the day by Craig Lester and then successfully twitched by a number of birders over the next 2 days. No further reports of the bird from the 31/10 onward. eBird checklist
Ross Jones 3/11 #220629
highlight Little Ringed Plover
Nairns, Western Australia
Craig Lester per Birding-aus 29/10 #220522
Mon 27highlightWhite wagtail
Lee Point
Hi all, This morning at around 6:05 AM I saw a white wagtail at Lee Point. It was a very short encounter, I entered the beach at 5:55 and was looking at some sandplovers on the rocks near the entrance. I then walked further on the beach heading to Buffelo Creek for the shorebird count. on the right of the entrance of the beach you have a line of casuarina trees and I was about halfway those trees when the white wagtail flew towards me. It was still pretty dark because sunrise was a couple of minutes later. The bird flew at a height of about 5-7 metres in its typical undulating flight (up-down) and called with it's typical "dzip" every time it was at its lowest point of it's flight. tail was relatively long and slim. wings were pretty wide and it had a short head. I'm a Dutch Intern at CDU and see white wagtails (I know different subspec. but silhouette and sound are still the same) on a daily basis back home and I see them very often flying over like the bird did this morning. In short: I'm 100% sure it was a white wagtail. I don't no how often there are white wagtails in Darwin but if not, I hope you guys are able to find it again. Cheers
Coen van Tuijl 27/10 #220470
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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