|Wed 29|| Little Ringed Plover |
Nairns, Western Australia
|Craig Lester per Birding-aus 29/10 #220522|
|Mon 27||White wagtail|
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.
|Coen van Tuijl 27/10 #220470|
|Tue 7||Red-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 4||Broad-billed Sandpiper |
Cocos Keeling Islands , South Island
|One Broad-billed Sandpiper with a small group of waders.|
|Geof Christie 8/10 #220152|
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 2||Princess 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|