Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 8 Nov 2010 01:30:18 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 7 Nov 2010.

Fri 5 Nov Grey Falcon 9kms north of Alice Springs on Stuart highway., Northern Territory
Just beyond the rail overpass, at first light, two good views and one at a distance. Only a single bird seen and no calling.
Chris Watson & Steve Potter

Thu 4 Nov Red-billed Tropicbird (update) Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
Hank suggested that the best place to see the bird is along the Northern Hills Track. One needs to hang around for some time. He spent 3 hours the other day and only had 20 mins of action. It was first observed at Lord Howe Island on 6/10/10 . The team work amongst seabirds daily so know when they see or hear something different. It was originally thought to be a White-tailed Tropicbird. The bird was found sitting tight under a LHI teatree on the 29/10/10 and would periodically fly out amongst the Red tailed Tropicbirds giving a shrill chattering call (quite different to the Red tailed Tropics). I inspected the site on 31/10/10 and the bird was again regularly seen throughout yesterday as the bush regeneration team continued their sweep of the seacliffs for weeds. The location where the bird is sitting is off the track and access is not open to the public without a guide as it is prone to erosion/degradation and supports nesting seabirds. However the bird can be viewed from the main track across the northern hills when it is in flight. Other interesting records for the island in the past few weeks include Dollarbird, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Pectoral Sandpiper, Cooks/Pycrofts Petrel and Lesser Sand Plover. The Lord Howe Island Board maintain a database of rare/vagrant and threatened species and welcome any reputable records, which should include date, name of recorder, MGA coordinates or detailed location descriptions. For more information you can contact me during business hours at the folowing contact details. Hank Bower, Manager Environment/World Heritage, Lord Howe Is Board, ph: 02 6563 2066, email:
Hank Bower per Tim Doby

Wed 3 Nov Red-billed Tropicbird Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Per Alan McBride via Tony Palliser

Tue 2 Nov Gouldian Finch Copperfield Dam, Northern Territory
Large flock (over 50, closer to 70) moving through area and perching for about 2 minutes in various tres. Photo will be available.
Mick Jerram

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