Birdline Victoria Update No. 204
For the week ending: 15 May 2005
Highlights of a Port Fairy Pelagic trip for BOCA include the good numbers of
prions attracted to the krill offshore, close approaches by an adult Sooty
Albatross and a Soft-plumaged Petrel beyond the shelf and reasonable views
of a Southern Royal Albatross. Thanks Rohan Clarke.
There were 2 Australian King-parrot at Reef Hills Park. Thanks Michael
A pair of adult White-bellied Sea-Eagles were soaring high over the Avon
River at Bushy Park. Thanks Duncan Fraser.
At the Killawarra Forest (Camp Picnic Area), there was a Black Falcon, 3
Red-capped Robin, 4 Speckled Warbler, 3 Flame Robin and two pairs of Hooded
Robin. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
At Boweya Forest, 9 late Little Friarbird, a Painted Button-quail, 5 Dusky
Woodswallow, a Rufous Songlark, 5 Noisy Friarbird, a Hooded Robin and 5
Blue-faced Honeyeater. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
A survey for King Quail on French Island uncovered 7 Quail. Other notable
sightings for the day were Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle at Linleys Swamp
on the northern end of the Coast Rd. 18 Blue-winged Parrots (no
Orange-bellied!) in the dry salt marsh about 1km north of Tankerton (no OBPs
seen recently on the island). Thanks Martin O'Brien.
Interesting waterbirds seen during a Edithvale Wetlands Survey included
single Australasian Bittern and Cattle Egret, while small numbers of waders
were present, including a Marsh Sandpiper (unusual for May). A Pied
Cormorant was only the fourth record at the wetland on the monthly survey,
while a Little Eagle was the fifth record all but one being on the May
survey. Thanks Mike Carter.
A flock of about 25 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew over La Trobe
University, Bundoora, at 10:30am this morning. Heading south-west towards
the city. Thanks Dean Ingwersen.
A white morph Grey Goshawk was seen feeding on a Tawny Frogmouth at Camp
Eureka near Yarra Junction. Thanks John Miller.
There was a Peregrine Falcon on a powerline corner of Derby & New Streets,
Kew eating a starling for at least 40 minutes. Thanks Vivienne Zethoven.
A single Nankeen Night-heron feeding on the grass field of Johnstone Park,
in front Geelong Town Hall and Arts Gallery (Geelong CBD). Thanks Alex
Large rafts of Australasian Gannets have been observed off the ocean beach
at French's Narrows, while small numbers of Double-banded Plovers are
present on the sand flats at the mouth of the Snowy River. Thanks Len Axen.
An adult Powerful Owl was observed in an Alder tree clutching a half-eaten
possum in Gipps St, East Melbourne. It was later seen perched in an English
Elm on the median strip of Powlett St, snoozing, at 5pm. Thanks Shane Browne
& Steve Davidson.
A huge flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos (approximately 150 birds) flew
noisily over my house in Park Orchards in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Thanks Anne Hope.
Noel Gross reported large numbers ( dozens!!) of Little Wattlebirds near
Cockatoo ( they are quite uncommon here in the hills) and a Wonga Pigeon (
very uncommon ) at her home at Symons Road, Avonsleigh. Thanks Graham Beal
The highlights of the monthly Port Fairy Pelagic include: 1 Slender-billed
Prion, 2 Antarctic Prions, 10 Sooty Albatross, a Common Diving-Petrel, a
White-fronted Tern and a White-chinned Petrel. Thanks Mike Carter.
Further, a single Bush Stone-curlew, four Speckled Warblers, a juvenile
Turquoise Parrot and a group of Diamond Firetails were seen at the Warby
Ranges State Park. Thanks Aaron Organ.
Five Swift Parrots were seen approx. 200 metres north of the Readymix site,
along Lancashire Road (east side of the Hume Fwy), Chiltern - Mt Pilot
National Park. Other species of note include Turquoise Parrots at Bartley
Block, Hooded Robins at Donchi Hill, and Painted Button-quails along
Greenhill Road. Thanks Aaron Organ.
Seen actively feeding in the shallow waters of Lake Tyers, near the
entrance, was an adult Little Egret in non breeding plumage. An infrequent
visitor to this site. Thanks Jacquie and Len Axen.
At Shaw's Flat Rutherglen the following birds were seen: Zebra Finch (2),
Western Gerygone (1), White-breasted Woodswallow (2, late), Rufous Songlark
(1, late), Black Falcon (1), Barking Owl (1), Red-kneed Dotterel (1), Little
Friarbird (1, late), Blue-faced Honeyeater (1), Azure Kingfisher (1), Pallid
Cuckoo (1, late). Thanks Michael Ramsey.
There were 2-3 Superb Parrots at the Watsonia Barracks. This is a restricted
area. Thanks James Watson.
There was a Wagtail, probably a White Wagtail, at Mallacoota Inlet. Thanks
A raucous flock of 22 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos was seen circling over the
Marlo township this afternoon. The regular sighting of this species seems
indicative of its expansion into the Far East Gippsland area. Thanks Len
Interesting sightings that occurred during an EGBOC outing along the rail
trail at Nicholson included, 1 Wedge-tailed Eagle, 1 Little Eagle, a small
party of Yellow Thornbills, a pair of Flame Robins, both Golden and Rufous
Whistlers, a very inquisitive male Olive-backed Oriole, and a single Darter
perched amongst the riverside vegetation. Thanks Len Axen.
There was a Powerful Owl about five metres above the ground in full view
between the track and the Yarra River at Chelsworth Park, Ivanhoe. Also
Crested Shrike-tit nearby. Thanks Noel Billing.
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