Fork-tailed Swift and Lake Mokoan

To: "Birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Fork-tailed Swift and Lake Mokoan
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:14:14 +1100
Hi birders

Just back from a few days work at Lake Mokoan in NE Victoria near Bendigo.

One Fork-tailed Swift seen above Welcome Swallows, Tree and Fairy Martins, Dusky and White-breasted Woodswallows on 24 January 2006 about 8:30pm. Fine and hot - just seen by chance whilst looking at the lower flying birds - odd to see just one.

Other Mokoan highlights included Australian Little Bittern (2 sites), Australasian Bittern (1 site), both heard only - a group of 90 Freckled Ducks including males in resplendent breeding condition (bright red faces) - Intermediate Egrets in breeding plumage - breeding Brown Quail - 2 Plumed Whistling-Ducks - LOTS of Latham's Snipe - a small rookery of Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants (c. 30 nests all up) - lots of raptors.

Lake Mokoan, 23-27/1/2006
c1=mok; numbers indicate frequency
  1  Stubble Quail                        Coturnix pectoralis
  3  Brown Quail                          Coturnix ypsilophora
  1  Plumed Whistling-Duck                Dendrocygna eytoni
  1  Musk Duck                            Biziura lobata
  1  Freckled Duck                        Stictonetta naevosa
  2  Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
  1  Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
  3  Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
  5  Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
  3  Australasian Shoveler                Anas rhynchotis
  3  Grey Teal                            Anas gracilis
  3  Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
  1  Pink-eared Duck                      Malacorhynchus membranaceus
  2  Australasian Grebe                   Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
  1  Hoary-headed Grebe                   Poliocephalus poliocephalus
  4  Darter                               Anhinga melanogaster
  2  Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
  1  Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
  2  Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
  3  Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
  6  White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
  4  White-necked Heron                   Ardea pacifica
  4  Great Egret                          Ardea alba
  2  Intermediate Egret                   Ardea intermedia
  1  Nankeen Night-Heron                  Nycticorax caledonicus
  2  Australian Little Bittern            Ixobrychus dubius
  1  Australasian Bittern                 Botaurus poiciloptilus
  5  Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
  4  Straw-necked Ibis                    Threskiornis spinicollis
  2  Yellow-billed Spoonbill              Platalea flavipes
  1  Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
  1  Black Kite                           Milvus migrans
  4  Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
  1  White-bellied Sea-Eagle              Haliaeetus leucogaster
  3  Swamp Harrier                        Circus approximans
  1  Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
  1  Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
  1  Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
  3  Brown Falcon                         Falco berigora
  1  Black Falcon                         Falco subniger
  1  Nankeen Kestrel                      Falco cenchroides
  5  Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
  2  Dusky Moorhen                        Gallinula tenebrosa
  2  Black-tailed Native-hen              Gallinula ventralis
  1  Eurasian Coot                        Fulica atra
  1  Painted Button-quail                 Turnix varia
  5  Latham's Snipe                       Gallinago hardwickii
  1  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper               Calidris acuminata
  1  Black-fronted Dotterel               Elseyornis melanops
  2  Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
  2  Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
  1  Common Bronzewing                    Phaps chalcoptera
  4  Crested Pigeon                       Ocyphaps lophotes
  1  Peaceful Dove                        Geopelia striata
  4  Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
  4  Little Corella                       Cacatua sanguinea
  6  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
  1  Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
  5  Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
  5  Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
  1  Fork-tailed Swift                    Apus pacificus
  2  Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
  1  Sacred Kingfisher                    Todiramphus sanctus
  1  Rainbow Bee-eater                    Merops ornatus
  6  Brown Treecreeper                    Climacteris picumnus
  5  Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
  4  Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
  3  Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  1  Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
  2  Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
  5  White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
  1  Black-chinned Honeyeater             Melithreptus gularis
  4  White-fronted Chat                   Epthianura albifrons
  2  Eastern Shrike-tit                   Falcunculus frontatus
  2  Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
  3  Restless Flycatcher                  Myiagra inquieta
  6  Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
  6  Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
  2  Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
  6  White-breasted Woodswallow           Artamus leucorynchus
  5  Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
  6  Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
  3  Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
  2  Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
  2  Singing Bushlark                     Mirafra javanica
  1  Australian Pipit                     Anthus australis
  3  House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
  3  Diamond Firetail                     Stagonopleura guttata
  2  European Goldfinch                   Carduelis carduelis
  6  Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
  5  Tree Martin                          Petrochelidon nigricans
  3  Fairy Martin                         Petrochelidon ariel
  5  Australian Reed-Warbler              Acrocephalus australis
  1  Little Grassbird                     Megalurus gramineus
  3  Rufous Songlark                      Cincloramphus mathewsi
  2  Brown Songlark                       Cincloramphus cruralis
  3  Golden-headed Cisticola              Cisticola exilis
  5  Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
  2  Eastern Grey Kangaroo                Macropus giganteus
  2  Swamp Wallaby                        Wallabia bicolor
  3  Fox                                  Vulpes vulpes
  1  Rabbit                               Oryctolagus cuniculus
  2  Red-bellied Black Snake              Pseudechis porphyriacus
  1  European Carp                        Cyprinus carpio
104 species

*Lawrie Conole *GradCertOrnith MEIANZ*
*/Principal Zoologist

Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
/Flora and Fauna Consultants/
88B Station Street
*FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia*
E-mail: lconole [at]
Ph: (03) 9489 4191; Mob: (0419) 588 993
Fax: (03) 9481 7679
ABN 83 006 757 142

Get Thunderbird! <>

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message:
'unsubscribe birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU