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Birdline Victoria

Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

We support ethical birding .


Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings directly to Chris Purnell at Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. However, it is worth noting that there have been a number of reports. We also won't be publishing any more Koel reports this Summer unless it is an extension of their known range.

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January 2018
Sun 14White-headed Petrel
Port Fairy Pelagic at Continental Shelf
Highlight for us on the pelagic organised by Neil Macumber Bird flew around the boat before moving away. eBird checklist
Hedley & Irena Earl 15/1 #233313
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger
Port Fairy Pelagic
2 pale type birds seen and photographed (On VORAC review list). Other highlights included White-headed Petrel, Northern Royal and Wandering Albatross (2). Orca (2) also being a big highlight.
Dan Ashdown, Scott Baker, Kev Bartram et al. 14/1 #233306
Yarra Bend Park
2 gang-gangs (male and female) heard and then seen adjacent to the Yarra River from the walking track below Yarra Boulevard, about half a kilometre upstream from Studley Park Boathouse. First time I've observed gang-gangs in this area, though I have seen them much further up the river in Templestowe and Eltham. Moderators note: Gang-gang Cockatoos are regular in the suburbs from late summer onwards. Published as close to city and one of first reports
Harry Saddler 14/1 #233304
highlightAustralian Painted-Snipe
Yarrackigarra Swamp Wildlife Reserve
3 Painted-Snipe, 2 males and 1 female. Habitat - large redgum swamp, lots of reeds and big areas of mud flats, receding water line, a number of other waders present.
Angus Schmidt 14/1 #233299
Sat 13Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Alan Boddington recorded a record number of Intermediate Egrets yesterday. The previous highest number recorded at the WTP was 4 birds. It was therefore very surprising when Dez and I recorded 7 Egrets in breeding plumage settling in pond 7 of the T Section lagoons. This is a record number for the WTP. The birds moved about a little but ended up with 4 Little Egrets in the Western Lagoons pond 5.
Dez Hughes and Maarten Hulzebosch 13/1 #233294
Blue-billed Duck
Swan Reach
One male and one duckling. On private property with photos taken of both.
Findlay Stuart 13/1 #233289
Fri 12Pacific Swift
3 Forkies seen amongst at least 40 Needletails over Mia Mia track near Newstead when the cloud came in low and stormy late morning
Simon Starr 12/1 #233281
Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
5 in summer plumage this morning on main pool.
Alan Boddington 12/1 #233273
Great Knot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
T section Pond 7, 8.40 am Compared to adjacent Red Knot: sl. larger stockier bird with proportionately smaller rounder head. Longer sl. downcurved bill. Less pronounced supercilium Pale feather fringes on back, mantle and scapulars creating more patterned appearance. Poor distant record shots taken.
Dez Hughes 12/1 #233269
Thu 11Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Allen Noble Sanctuary (Aireys Inlet)
Single adult bird seen after alarm calls from Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos around midday.
Jim Caine 12/1 #233279
Wed 10Australian King Parrot
Wyndham City Council Civic Centre. (Werribee)
One juvenile or adult female bird flying over lawn in westerly direction at 9am. A very uncommon species in and around Werribee. This is only my 3rd record in 30 years. Even more remarkable is that it is following Peter Gibbons record from last Saturday of a male bird.
Maarten Hulzebosch 10/1 #233258
Noisy Friarbird
Birdwood Avenue Cowes
Very vocal and seen all through the day, possibly the same bird reported on 11/1/18 in Ventnor?
Keith Caldecott 10/1 #233257
White-throated Needletail
Mt. Rowan, Ballarat
At 10.30am 700 or more flying high in a northerly direction, some circling lower.
Murray Grant, Helen O'Donnell 10/1 #233254
Tue 9highlightBlack-faced Cormorant
Johns farm, Millers Access Rd, Ensay VIC 3895 (private property, no public access)
One immature bird found on rural property 75 km from the coastline, which is out of range for this species. Left again soon after sighting. Moderator's note :usually a strictly coastal species on mainland Aus. Very interesting record. SB
Robert Plumtree 10/1 #233255
Mon 8Dollarbird
Lockwood South
One bird heard calling late in day.
David Mcinnes 9/1 #233253
Australasian Bittern
Heathdale Glen Orden Wetland, Werribee
Flying low over reeds harassed by a Silver Gull. Seemed to land in the reeds out of sight from the boardwalk.
Dave Torr 8/1 #233243
Sun 7Superb Parrots
Swamp Road, Numurkah
A flock of about 15 Superb Parrots seen at 6.45 hrs close to Numurkah.
Catarina Gregson 7/1 #233236
Sat 6Australian King-Parrot
Hoppers Crossing
At 17:25, I observed an adult male Australian King-Parrot at one of the eleven bird baths in my large garden on this very hot day. Many other resident native and other species present showing the benefit of maintaining watering points for birds.
Peter Gibbons 6/1 #233229
Newport Lakes Park
On the island near the stepping stones. Not great views and it did not fly, but bluey-grey, a bit bigger than a Myna and with a bright red bill! No camera with me of course...
Dave Torr and 2 visiting americans 6/1 #233227
Fri 5Freckled Duck
Begola Wetlands, Ocean Grove
50+ birds present. Some showing red bills indicative of breeding. (Moderator's Note: Freckled Ducks have been recorded here for at least the last 3 years with a highest count of 260. MA)
Pete and Lisa Nunn 13/1 #233295
Song Thrush
Maribyrnong River trail
Single bird observed perched in tree along the trail between Pipemakers Park and Edgewater wetlands.
Jason Camilleri 5/1 #233220
Thu 4Australasian Figbird
Figbirds have bred in Mallacoota with a nest found in the central part of the town. A pair were also seen in a street next to Shady Gully Bushland Reserve.
Ben Sinclair 8/1 #233248
Painted Honeyeater
~5 in scattered trees in farmland Bartsh Road, often in box mistletoe, some display flights.
Richard Loyn 5/1 #233223
White Throated Needletails (4)
Cement creek road East Warburton
Des, Freya and Jeremy Palmer 4/1 #233217
megamegaWandering Tattler
Pearl Point, W of Bemm River
1 bird seen and heard on rocks with very low tide. It later joined a Grey-tailed Tattler on the same reef to provide good comparison including with call. Good photos of Wandering show long nasal groove feature. Moderator's note : only second Vic record, previous being at Timboon Inlet in 2016.
George Appleby & Chrissy Freestone 4/1 #233216
Leaden Flycatcher
Ditchfield Bushland Reserve
A pair nesting. Excellent views of both birds, and of M&F Satin Flycatchers for comparison. No photos taken by me, but others have been getting good pictures.
Roy Chester 4/1 #233214
megamegaWhite-cheeked Honeyeater
Cape Conran Coastal Park--Old Coast Rd, Yeerung River West Branch crossing
1 bird seen repeatedly but briefly each time. Photos taken but not downloadable at present as travelling. NH H/E also present for comparison. Moderator's note: Perhaps only 5-6 records for state including Mallacoota and Raymond Island in recent years.
Chrissy Freestone & George Appleby 4/1 #233207
Wed 3Painted Honeyeater
Beechworth (Diffey Rd/Bartsh Rd)
One singing in mixed box woodland (near rail trail). Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters also very common at this site.
Richard Loyn 3/1 #233200
Turquoise Parrot
Beechworth (Diffey Rd/Bartsh Rd)
A male in mixed box woodland (a strange mixture of Long-leaf Box, Red Stringybark and various Gums, with a dense understorey sometimes inhabited by Eastern Whipbirds). Not common at this elevation (~600 m asl).
Richard Loyn 3/1 #233199
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Elsternwick Park, Brighton
Walking my dog this morning at 7:30 am I was suprised to hear the distinctive call of the Gang Gang Cockatoo. After seeing a flock fly into the gum trees on New Street I identified 6-7 birds with a mixture of males and females present. I have seen plenty down the Great Ocean Road but never ever this close to the city. It made my morning!
Adrian Dubar 3/1 #233197
Tue 2Wood Sandpiper
Bellarine Lakes Resort Golf Club, Moolap
Seen around the edges of the ponds near the clubhouse.
Ross Potter 2/1 #233192
Mon 1Dollarbird
Boonoonar Road at Kulkyne Way, Colignan
SinA sle Dollarbird flew over as I walked into the lignum at the end of Boonoonar Road on the bank of the Murray River. Seen well with unique shape, flight style and white patches. I thought this was further west than usual.
Indra Bone 9/1 #233251
Glossy Ibis
West side of One Tree Swamp/Two Tree Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve, Corop
About 55 seen on swamp margins and flooded irrigation bay on west side of reserve. All four egrets also present on one pond (14 Eastern Great, 2 Intermediate, 2 Little and 2 Cattle). The nearly 1000 ha swamp had shallow water throughout and full of waterbirds, including 100s of Whiskered Tern, 5 Brolga, one flock of 12 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Doug Robinson 2/1 #233193
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Silvan Reservoir Park
We saw a raptor soaring in the distance that first appeared to be a Wedgie. But in the binoc's it was clear the bird was a Sea-eagle. No prior eBird reports for this site. eBird checklist
Val La May, Margaret Lo 2/1 #233190
Pacific Koel
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
First record of this species at this Reserve in 50 years of compiling records. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 1/1 #233179

December 2017
Sun 31Painted Honeyeater
Buckland Gap
One calling hard on our property Ryan Lane: has been present since mid October, probably 3 pairs within ~2 km, ~600m asl.
Richard Loyn 1/1 #233184
highlightAsian Gull-billed Tern (ssp affinis)
Stockyard Point
Between 9 and 10 am (about 1-2 hours before high tide), two Asian Gull-billed Terns (ssp affinis) at Stockyard Point with approx. 20 Australian Gull-billed Terns (ssp macrotarsa), 5 Caspian Terns and 30 Whiskered Terns. As well, there were about 350 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 100 Curlew Sandpipers, 50 Red-necked Stints, 2 Pied Oystercatchers and assorted Silver and Pacific Gulls. There was 1 Sooty Oystercatcher on rocks near the car park.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 31/12 #233166
Sat 30Dollarbird, Peaceful Dove
Gunbower State Forest, River Track
The Dollarbirds are back at Gunbower this year, a few seen and heard early morning along the River Track. Also a couple of Peaceful Dove which I have not seen at this site before.
Jason Camilleri 5/1 #233221
Scarlet Honeyeater
3 during short walk round lake (1 singing, 2 calling). Seemed less obvious than 2 weeks ago when I found ~20 in town gardens and round lake, mostly singing.Part of general irruption, at higher elevation (560m asl) than most records.
Richard Loyn 1/1 #233183
Long-billed Corella
Two Long-billed Corellas observed by Duncan Fraser at Maffra and reported on Birdline by John Hutchison. This is a second sighting by Duncan at Maffra. There are very few records for Long-bills in Gippsland.
Duncan Fraser 30/12 #233155
Baillon's Crake
Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
A single bird seen walking on lily pads near the Olympic corner with several Spotted Crakes. It emerged for about 5 seconds before vanishing into the lily pads. Although there are many old reports of Baillon's Crake here, there haven’t been any for a long time as the water is now too high.
Indra Bone 30/12 #233150
Australian Spotted Crake
Pauls Wetland, Wendouree
A probable first for the site. 2 birds feeding on exposed mud. They walked up on to the central island when I approached.
Indra Bone 30/12 #233149
Fri 29Banded Lapwing
Patho Plains
283 Banded Lapwings counted. 47 along Davis Road, 69 along Angus road and 167 along Connell Road.
Simon Starr and Michael Mills 29/12 #233141
Wed 27Black Kite
Annya State Forest
One bird circled the Annya Fire Tower three times just prior to watch ending. Vagrant in southwest Victoria. No photo as camera was already on the ground.
Peter Barrand 28/12 #233131
Tue 26White-throated Needletail (20+)
Beech Forest (Otway Ranges)
Flock flying over the forest around 8.30am. Cool morning and sky was only partly cloudy. Also seen were a pair of Gang Gang and a fly over of 3 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo.
Max O'Sullivan 26/12 #233123
Brown Quail
Steele Creek Reserve
6 Brown Quails sited in 2 separate groups (1 of 4 and 1 of 2). I've seen this species twice at this location before, but never more than a single bird. Sorry about the poor photo. Dusky Woodswallows also sited with a handful of youngsters in the company of 2-3 adults. Also a single Sacred Kingfisher seen flying down river. eBird checklist
Mark Camilleri 26/12 #233121
Mon 25highlightGrey Falcon
Good friend John McLaughlin, got a brief glimpse on Christmas Day of a lone Grey Falcon travelling ENE at around 30 metres height on 14th street, Irymple, halfway between Cowra & Sandilong Avenues, at around 6pm. Great Christmas present me thinks!
John Mclaughlin 27/12 #233128
Rufous Fantail
Brisbane Ranges National Park--Anakie Gorge
A pair of Rufous Fantails feeding and twittering in dense vegetation on the Anakie Gorge walk.
Bernie McRitchie 26/12 #233125
highlightGrey Goshawk. White Morph
Lake Tutchewop
Grey Goshawk [White Morph] observed flying along Benjeroop Rd,beside Lake Tutchewop.
Bernadette Haywood 25/12 #233119
Sun 24Red-capped Robin, Southern Boobook
Werribee Gorge State Park
Male Red-capped Robin seen near a family of Scarlet Robins. The Boobook was flushed three times as I walked along, but it was well hidden each time. I therefore had no chance for a photo. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 24/12 #233113
Australasian Bittern
Hospital Swamp Wetland, Connewarre
1 bird flushed from reeds allowing slow prol9nged flyover views
John Newman 24/12 #233112
Fri 22Koel (Calling)
Beach Road, Black Rock
Calling through most of the night and into early morning ~6:30.
Mark Stanley 22/12 #233100
Thu 21Southern Whiteface
Lake Eppalock
Single bird seen well on Murrowood Lane, perching on small dead tree with Jacky Winter. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 21/12 #233092
Wed 20Scarlet Honeyeater
Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
Single male Scarlet Honeyeater singing from the top of a huge Horse Chestnut tree in the school grounds off High Street, about 15 minutes after sunset (twilight). First I've come across since they were abundant before the big wet weekend a couple back.
Lawrie Conole 20/12 #233090
Scarlet Honeyeater
Seymour Bushland Park
Hopefully not yet a Trashbird! Heard it in a different spot in the Park: by the dam. Even had my camera, but couldn't find the wretched bird that called loudly for about 10 minutes. eBird checklist
Val La May 20/12 #233088
Tue 19megamegaEastern Yellow Wagtail
Lake Colac
Heard unusual peeping on lakes edge from above Wetlands Track. Located fairly easily, but took a while to work out what it actually was. Typical wagtail behaviour, bobbing tail, short undulating flights. A bit of olive green on the back, but no obvious yellow markings. Possibly an immature female. eBird checklist
Adam Fry and Ian Davies 19/12 #233081
Mon 18highlightLittle Egret
Princess Park (Queenscliff)
At least 24 birds noted during a 40 minute viewing of nesting colony in two large pines at corner of Wharf and Gellibrand Streets. Breeding first noted in late 2016 by Tom Fletcher. Nesting commenced this season in November, with more birds present than last season. Five egg shells and one recently dead egret hatchling noted beneath the nest trees.
Tom Fletcher, Gordon McCarthy, Barry Lingham 19/12 #233085
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Outlying population
Repeat report of highlights
Of general interest to birders
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant
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