Birdline Australia Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:30:17 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 12 Sep 2010.

Wed 8 Sep       Scarlet-chested Parrot 25deg 04.059'S 129deg 55.790'E,
Northern Territory 
After having spent two unsuccessful days searching at some of Ian Mays
sites for Scarlet-chested Parrots, James and Alexander Watson gave up
the search and were on their way home when they stopped the car to look
at a Thorny Devil. Sheer luck because right there were five SCP's! The
spot was at 25deg 04.059'S 129deg 55.790'E, 81.9 km west down the Docker
River Road from its junction with the road to the Olgas. The habitat was
burnt mulga and mallee. The permit to travel that road is easy to get at
the Yulara visitors centre. 
James and Alexander Watson 

Mon 6 Sep       Ringed/Semipalmated Plover and Semipalmated Plover
Broome , Western Australia 
Hi All, A few minutes ago Adrian Boyle found a Ringed/Semipalmated
Plover roosting with other shorebirds in Roebuck Bay near Broome WA.
George Swann (Kimberley Birdwatching) has just checked the Broome Sewage
Ponds and the long staying Semipalmated Plover is there so this is
definitely a second individual. ID is still pending given somewhat
distant views. Habitat might suggest Ringed over Semipalmated Plover -
but then both the recent Tuross Heads (NSW) and Corner Inlet (Vic)
Semipalmated Plovers were in estuarine habitat. 
Adrian Boyle and George Swann per Rohan Clarke 

Sat 4 Sep       Ground Cuckoo-shrike 30km's east of Nyapari Community,
APY Lands, South Australia 
Two birds sighted flying in distinct G.C.S. fashion close to Nyapari and
another pair sighted close to Mulga Park Homestead, north of Amata (same
day, same trip). 
Keith & Shirley Johnson (via David Hartland) 

        Spinifexbird Deering Hills, S. Kanpi, APY Lands, South Australia
Single bird spotted at 11:30am foraging quietly on side of large, rocky
hill covered with large hummocks of spinifex after previous day/evening
of heavy rain). Have been searching this site for Rufous-crowned Emu
Wren (w/out luck) but regular sightings at same site of Dusky Grasswrens
- however, my first sighting of this species at site, despite numerous
visits over a few years. The bird did not call at all during 10-15 mins.
of following closely to confirm i.d. It fanned its tail occasionally
whilst searching low cover for insects (is this usual?). No evidence of
nesting or possible partner during sighting. No luck seeing it the
following day (same time) with Keith & Shirley Johnson helping in the
search. Wil return to site to try and photograph bird in coming days. 
David Hartland 


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