Rare Birds on Ashmore Reef again

To: "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Alastair & Clare Smith" <>
Subject: Rare Birds on Ashmore Reef again
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 16:39:02 -0000
Alastair Smith reports the occurrence of three rare birds on West Is., Ashmore Reef.
Eurasian = Northern Hobby: A juvenile seen and photographed well on 2.11.03. Not yet officially on the Australian list but previously reported from nearby seas by John Darnell on 25 Nov 1997 and possibly from Christmas Is. Vagrants previously reported from Java & Timor. Another new bird for Australia.
House Swift: One on 5.11.03 seen and photographed (just adequate).
Pale White-eye: 3 on 8.11.03. In Australia, this species is restricted to islands in Torres Strait over 2,000 km to the east. But it is present about 110 km to the north in the Lesser Sundas where it is called Ashy-bellied White-eye. Not previously recorded in WA or NT.
The Hobby and Swift will need BARC endorsement and the White-eye should be assessed by authorities in WA.
Exciting stuff to keep us all on our toes.
Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
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