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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW 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. We may also consider publishing unusually-plumaged birds (e.g. albinistic/leucistic/melanistic) if they are considered interesting or are uncommonly seen.

Birdline New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Max Breckenridge, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the BirdLife Australia Atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) or Square-tailed Kites unless they are in unusual locations or are seen with unusual prey etc.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

July 2022
Wed 6highlightWandering Albatross (D. exulans)
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Fantastic views of a Wandering Albatross this morning as it passed close to the cliffs flying south. I was surprised to not see a single Grey-faced Petrel given the large numbers observed yesterday afternoon. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 6/7 #267125
Tue 5highlightWhite-headed Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A 2 hour seawatch this afternoon produced a White-headed Petrel (2nd bird of the day !!!) 95 Grey-faced Petrel, 1 Shy Albatross, 1 Southern Giant Petrel and 10 Black-browed Albatross. WHPE is very rare in July off Sydney with September being the best month to see them from land. No Shearwaters, no Prions and no Skuas.
David Mitford and Liam Murphy 5/7 #267123
highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
Highlights of a three hour seawatch off long Reef Point this afternoon was a White-headed Petrel,150+ Grey-faced Petrels, 5 Giant Petrel sp.
Michael Ronan 5/7 #267122
Sun 3Northern Giant-Petrel & Grey-faced Petrel
Fort Drive, Newcastle
Many seabirds off Fort Drive Newcastle, including two Northern Giant-Petrels, 15 Grey-faced Petrel, a Shy type Albatross and many Fluttering /Hutton's type Shearwaters. eBird checklist
Archie Brennan, Aaron David 4/7 #267119
Grey-faced Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
The strong winds this afternoon produced a reasonable haul of seabirds: 52 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Campbell Albatross, 2 Shy Albatross, 1 Northern Giant Petrel, 2 Giant Petrel (sp) and 31 Grey-faced Petrel. A lot of absentees e.g. Prions, Brown Skua and IYNA.
David Mitford 3/7 #267117
Sat 2Black-browed Albatross, Fluttering Shearwater ,White-fronted Tern
Redhead Park
Many seabirds off Redhead Park, Newcastle including 1 Black-browed Albatross, 100+ Fluttering Sherwaters, 2 Hutton's Shearwaters, 2 White-fronted Tern and another 1500+ Fluttering/Hutton's type shearwaters. eBird checklist
Archie Brennan 4/7 #267118

June 2022
Wed 29highlightYellow-plumed Honeyeater
Mutawintji National Park--Rockholes Loop Walk
Surprised to see a Yellow-plumed Honeyeater amongst a big mixed foraging flock getting into flowering Eremophila and fruiting mistletoes. Probably the biggest concentration of Spiny-cheeked and White-fronted Honeyeaters I've seen anywhere, the sound echoing around the rocks and caves was incredible. No other eBird records for YPHO within 100 km. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 3/7 #267114
Buff-banded Rail
Bendeela Rd. Kangaroo Valley ( approx -34.72306, 150.52139)
Surprised to see a Buff-banded Rail feeding on a dead Grey Kangaroo on the side of the road. Watched it feeding for about 20 minutes and it was still there when we left, consumed a lot of meat in this time. eBird checklist
Michael Rutkowski 29/6 #267107
Fri 24Rose Robin
An adult male Rose Robin was with a small group of Weebills and Thornbills right behind the Rural Fire Station (Moderator's Note: I had suggested that this record be placed on Birdline because I could find no recent records for Rose Robins in the general area, on eBird. AKLM)
Tricia Sweet 5/7 #267121
Buller’s Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Northern Giant Petrel, Fluttering Shearwater
Terrigal Pelagic
An enjoyable albeit slow-ish trip out of Terrigal on Friday produced 10 species of Tubenose, including; Buller’s Albatross - 2 (1), Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross - 8 (3), Shy Albatross - 1, Campbell Albatross - 6 (3), Black-browed Albatross - 20 (5), Northern Giant Petrel - 1, Providence Petrel - 15 (3), Fairy Prion - 6 (1), a few Hutton’s Shearwater and close in an impressive 3000+ (perhaps as many as 5000) congregation of Fluttering Shearwater loafing / feeding over baitfish. Also observed were Brown Skua - 2 (1) and White-fronted Tern - 2.
Andrew Robinson, Dean Purcell and 10 others on board 26/6 #267102
White-winged Chough
Fagan Park, Galston
We were very surprised to see 4 White-winged Choughs at Fagan Park yesterday. I have not seen any in this LGA before.
Jenny & Rod Stiles 25/6 #267099
Sun 19Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Georges Heights Oval, Headland Park
Spotted a young Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove up in the foliage above a dirt track in Headland Park, Mosman. Very obliging bird that was undisturbed by the foot traffic, moving around leisurely in its tree and allowing close approach. The dirt track begins at the carpark at the end of Dominion Crescent and the dove was spotted 50m along the track at the point where it veers to right. eBird checklist
Jordan Webber 19/6 #267088
Sat 18Mangrove Honeyeater, Beach Stone-curlew
Saltwater Inlet, Bundjalung National Park
Mangrove Honeyeater attracted to flowering Forest Red Gums. Eventually flew back towards the mangroves on Goodwood Island. Lone Beach Stone-curlew on edge of mangroves on Goodwood Island near Saltwater Inlet.
Greg Clancy and members of the Clarence Valley Birdos 18/6 #267081
Satin Bowerbird, Regent Bowerbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Silvereye
Iluka Bluff Picnic Area
Female or immature bird feeding on fruits of Celerywood, joined by Regent Bowerbirds, Lewin's Honeyeaters, an Olive-backed Oriole and Silvereyes. Observer's second only record for the Iluka Peninsula. An irregular autumn-winter visitor to the Clarence lowlands.
Greg Clancy and members of the Clarence Valley Birdos 18/6 #267080
Wed 15Pacific Gull
Tacking Point Lighthouse
An immature bird was photographed flying north past Tacking Point Light house. (moderator's Note: The last one seen on the Mid North Coast in the Hastings Birdwatchers area of interest, was at Harrington Breakwall, seen by Warren Chad 5/6/2021, but the last one seen in ther Hastings/ Port Macquarie LGA was at North Haven 26/6/2018 by Peter Coxon. Rare bird indeed for this area. AKM)
Richard Shaw 15/6 #267071
Tue 14Pacific Gull
Currarong rocks, Beecroft Peninsular
An immature Pacific Gull was photographed on the Currarong Beach rocks, between the shop park and the boat ramp, an unusual bird for this location.Hanging out with a Pelican. eBird checklist
Jane Clifford 14/6 #267070
Mon 13highlightSwiftlet Sp, Radjah Shelduck, Fairy Martin
Batemans Bay Water Gardens
Swiftlet sp photoed at around 2 pm over Batemans Bay Watergardens. It was on show for three minutes and came in with a large influx of Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins and one Fairy Martin (the later being the first record of the species for me at this site and the initial reason I got the camera out). Unfortunately I only got the one picture before the local Collared Sparrowhawk scared everything away. It was uniformly dark underneath- maybe slightly paler then the upperparts. Whatever it is, it is not an Australian Swiftlet. Radjah Shelduck has returned as well.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 13/6 #267068
Sun 12Pacific Baza
Sydney Park
Single bird seen flying into a grove of trees NW of the large southern pond, it stayed here for a couple of minutes during which it was photographed. It then flew away after being harassed by noisy miners. First eBird record for this location. eBird checklist
Paul Rowan 12/6 #267066
Sat 11Eastern Osprey
Gore Cove Greenwich
My first sighting in the Cove since August last year. Presumably one of the pair that nests in Chatswood West. And the cormorants are finally coming back after a conspicuous absence because of the turbidity of the water after the prolonged rains. Amongst them was a Great Cormorant, the first I've seen off Greenwich since 2007 [though there's a pair that frequents the lower reaches of the Lane Cove River] Forty years ago they were common in this part of the Harbour.
Ted Nixon 11/6 #267062
Fri 10Magpie Goose
Wetland along Big River Way Clarenza
250+, possibly up to 300, adult and juvenile Geese loafing around wetland. Largest number for the Clarence Valley in recent years.
Greg Clancy 11/6 #267060
Pacific Emerald Dove
Mile End Rd Reserve
Single bird flush from the ground at the side of the track, landed nearby but scared off by a walker before it could be photographed. Distinctive bird with brown body and green wings so easy to identify but rare in this area. Also a possible sighting of an immature Rose- crowned fruit Dove at Caddies creek further along the track. Distant views so no certainty, but green colour with yellow colouring on the belly could be seen. eBird checklist
Michael Rutkowski 10/6 #267059
Thu 9Pacific Gull
Bateau Bay
Juvenile Pacific Gull flying north over the rock platform and Bateau Bay. (Moderator's Note: 7th Central Coast record, the last report was at The Entrance 28/6/2019. AKM)
Elizabeth Noble 9/6 #267055
highlightComb-crested Jacana
Stockyard Ponds, Pinegrove Rd, Saumarez
Followed up on a report by Krishna on Armidale birdwatchers yesterday (8/6) of a possible jacana. Confirmed this morning at the same location, 1 very mobile juvenile feeding on vegetation in the middle of the dam. Very surprising record for inland NSW! eBird checklist
Tim Henderson, Heath Milne 9/6 #267054
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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