Published sightings for the week ending 18 Jul 2010.
Sat 17 Jul Letter-winged Kite Burrumbuttock, NSW (36km NW of
Albury), New South Wales
Single adult letterwing kite seen by two experienced observers (one of
whom, DMW, has seen them before). Bird was seen in flight at a distance
of 100m and was seen for 1min. White tail, black shoulder (dorsal
surface) and black line (under surface) all clearly visable. Tern-like
flight with deep wing-beats. All pale primaries. Extremely pointed
wings. Further attempts to resight bird failed. Last seen flying SW
(towards Howlong). Bird seen on private property within the township of
Burrumbuttock, 36km NW of Albury)
David M. Watson and Maggie J. Watson
Sat 10 Jul Roseate Tern Lee Point, Darwin, NT., Northern Territory
Single bird seen on exposed rocks of beach, amongst Gull-billed Terns
and Red-capped Plovers. All salient features obvious : long black cap
'pulled down' over nape, longer, forked tail (longer than wings when
sitting), dark orange bill, white forehead. Friend and I debated the
i.d. for many minutes whilst observing the bird, our only point of
confusion was the dk. orange bill (not quite 'red' as illustrated or
described in either Pizzey/Knight or Simpson/Day) however, since
returning home and accessing images of birds online the sighting seems
likely. Perhaps worth a look by a Darwin resident with more experience
with these birds and this site???
David Hartland, Alex Pickburn
Wed 7 Jul Gouldian Finches Bird Billabong, Marrakai Track and
Umbrawarra Gorge Road, Northern Territory
Gouldians seen on recent birding trip to Darwin/Top End at three
distinct sites. (7/07) Black Faced and juvs. seen in tree tops 200m from
Bird Billabong carpark on slight rise heading out of the park (small
group, dozen or so) (8/07) Single red-faced Gouldian seen in small flock
of Masked Finches on Marrakai Track/Rd. (S 12 49' 10.2" : E 131 24'
59.1") (12/07) Single juv. seen with Long-tailed Finches (with dull yet
distinct plumage, green wings etc.) at Copperfield Creek
crossing/causeway on Umbrawarra Gorge Road S. of Pine Creek.
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