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1/29/2014

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April 2014
Sat 19highlightWhite-bellied Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic, Queensland
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217415
Wed 16highlightSpangled DrongoAnglesea Heath, Victoria
Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.
Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson 16/4 #217357
Tue 15Regent HoneyeaterTeal Track (Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP), Victoria
Single banded individual found hawking insects and foraging in small amount of ironbark blossom. This sighting is notable as it is a bird released to the wild in 2010 - it was seen in the park again last year, but is now the first bird known to survive 4 years after release. On top of recent sightings near Chiltern and at Rutherglen, perhaps there will be a few more Regents floating around the north-east this year.
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 16/4 #217369
Sun 13highlightCollared (Magnificent) Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - now with link to photosBrittania Seamount off Ballina, New South Wales
Highlights of day 2 of Paul Walbridge's trip (for day 1 see #217306 in Birdline Central & Southern Queensland) were: A Collared Petrel (paler than the three at Queensland Seamount), 10+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels, a Red-tailed Tropicbird, 3 White-tailed Tropicbirds, a Streaked Shearwater, two White-faced Storm-petrels, large numbers of Tahiti and Kermadec Petrels, good numbers of Gould's Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 White Terns, many Sooty Terns (plus the usual Grey-faced & Providence Petrels, Wedge-tailed & Flesh-footed Shearwaters). P.S. 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrel is an undescribed taxon similar to large NZ Storm-Petrels with darker underwings (previously seen off Ulladulla, NSW [March 2010]; SEQ and New Caledonia). This taxon may represent the mysterious 'Striped Storm-Petrel 'Pealea lineata' or 'Thalassidroma lineata' (see discussion in our submission of the Ulladulla bird in March 2010). More research needs to be done. Here is a link to Raja's photos: Further information
The crowd on Paul Walbridge's Seamount pelagic 14/4 #217324
Sat 12highlightCollared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts, Queensland
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge. 14/4 #217306
Sun 6Little Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron)Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing), Queensland
In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217387
highlightSouth Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission)Port MacDonnell Pelagic, South Australia
A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel. 8/4 #217222
Sat 5Regent Honeyeater Hopetoun Rd (Rutherglen) , Victoria
The most amazing and lucky sighting of this species I have ever had. While slowly driving past the Wicked Virgin olive grove along Hopetoun Rd north of Rutherglen I noticed a mobile friarbird flock in some roadside trees. Amazingly a Regent flew out in front of the car hawked some insects and flew back into some ash trees. The bird was then observed for over 10 minutes and continued to hawk insects and associate with the friarbirds. Not in it's usual habitat around Chiltern, this bird must be moving around with mobile friarbirds flocks which were quite prevalent around Rutherglen today. Not banded, appeared to be an adult male. Photo thanks to Vic Duncombe. Further information
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services 7/4 #217199
Fri 4highlightSouth Polar Skua (Subject to submission to BARC)Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
1 pale-ish intermediate morph South Polar Skua halfway between LHI and Ball's Pyramid. Also White-bellied Storm-Petrels, Little Shearwater, Kermadec Petrels and a White-necked Petrel the following day. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of South Polar Skuas should be submitted to BARC]
Tobias Hayashi 8/4 #217221
April 2014
Sat 19highlightWhite-bellied Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic, Queensland
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217415
Wed 16highlightSpangled DrongoAnglesea Heath, Victoria
Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.
Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson 16/4 #217357
Sun 13highlightCollared (Magnificent) Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - now with link to photosBrittania Seamount off Ballina, New South Wales
Highlights of day 2 of Paul Walbridge's trip (for day 1 see #217306 in Birdline Central & Southern Queensland) were: A Collared Petrel (paler than the three at Queensland Seamount), 10+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels, a Red-tailed Tropicbird, 3 White-tailed Tropicbirds, a Streaked Shearwater, two White-faced Storm-petrels, large numbers of Tahiti and Kermadec Petrels, good numbers of Gould's Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 White Terns, many Sooty Terns (plus the usual Grey-faced & Providence Petrels, Wedge-tailed & Flesh-footed Shearwaters). P.S. 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrel is an undescribed taxon similar to large NZ Storm-Petrels with darker underwings (previously seen off Ulladulla, NSW [March 2010]; SEQ and New Caledonia). This taxon may represent the mysterious 'Striped Storm-Petrel 'Pealea lineata' or 'Thalassidroma lineata' (see discussion in our submission of the Ulladulla bird in March 2010). More research needs to be done. Here is a link to Raja's photos: Further information
The crowd on Paul Walbridge's Seamount pelagic 14/4 #217324
Sat 12highlightCollared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts, Queensland
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge. 14/4 #217306
Sun 6highlightSouth Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission)Port MacDonnell Pelagic, South Australia
A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel. 8/4 #217222
Fri 4highlightSouth Polar Skua (Subject to submission to BARC)Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
1 pale-ish intermediate morph South Polar Skua halfway between LHI and Ball's Pyramid. Also White-bellied Storm-Petrels, Little Shearwater, Kermadec Petrels and a White-necked Petrel the following day. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of South Polar Skuas should be submitted to BARC]
Tobias Hayashi 8/4 #217221
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