Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 29 Nov 2010 01:30:46 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 28 Nov 2010.

Sun 28 Nov Radjah Shelduck Myall Lakes
The long staying Radjah Shelduck was frequenting the campsite at the Myall Shores resort on Bombah Point this weekend.
Murray Lord

Topknot Pigeon Lyndale Avenue, Port Macquarie
Although not unusal for the area I was pretty happy to have two Topknot Pigeons braving the Noisy Miner gang for a quick snack from a fruiting Bangalow Palm in the front yard today.
Tim Morris

Wompoo Fruit-dove Lower Pappinbarra
Several near a Morton Bay and Creek Sandpaper figs on the river bank at 9 am.
Ian Kerr

White-throated Needletail Roseville
About 50 birds were seen flying over Roseville at about 4:30 this afternoon, first ones I've seen this year.
Nathan Ruser

Sat 27 Nov Plumed Whistling-Duck Canowindra - Eugowra Rd, 4.5 kms west of Canowindra
Pair of Plumed-Whistling Ducks with 10+ very new ducklings on large dam to north of road at the dairy. 230+ were at this dam for several days from 26th October.
Rosemary Stapleton

Pilotbird Bundanoon
Three birds heard in two different sections of Morton National Park. Other highlights recorded in and around NP: Superb Lyrebirds, Black-faced Monarchs, Wonga Pigeons, Satin Bowerbirds (tremendous bower seen along Governors Lane; cicada shells, straws and blue marker lids part of bower decorations), Gang-gang Cockatoos, Little Ravens, Channel-billed Cuckoos, Shining-bronze Cuckoos and a Brown Goshawk mobbed by Pied Currawongs and Australian Magpies.
Lorne Johnson

Australian Painted Snipe, Freckled Duck, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Red-chested Buttonquail Wanganella area, Deniliquin district
Some great birds were seen in the Wanganella area in the last couple of days. Three Freckled Duck were seen on private property on Friday. On Saturday three Red-chested Buttonquail (a male and two females) were seen on the TSR. Three Australian Painted Snipe (a female and two males) and a Painted Snipe nest with four eggs were recorded at Wanganella swamp, as were two Wandering Whistling-Ducks.
Philip Maher

Grey Goshawk North Turramurra (shops)
Single bird circling very low over the shops on Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra approx 10:15am - appeared to being mobbed or hassled in flight by Welcome Swallows. Local Noisy Miners stayed on the ground and definitely not happy.
Tom Wilson

Fri 26 Nov Square-tailed Kite Moruya Heads
A single Square-tailed Kite was seen over the Moruya Heads general store, being pursued by Magpies and Wattlebirds.
Margaret Hamon, Maggie Mance, Denyse Dent

Wed 24 Nov Superb Parrot Dodds Lane, Grenfell
A flock of 8 birds seen just off the Highway. On 25 Nov , 10 km west of Young, saw another 2 Superb Parrots.
Ivor Preston & Karen Doyle

Tue 23 Nov Australian Koel Albury
Male common Koel, heard on & off over past 2 weeks. Seen calling 23/11 around 6.30pm from tall pine tree in semi-rural country on the outskirts of Albury.
Janet Chapman

Australian Painted Snipe Wanganella Swamp, Deniliquin district
A pair of Australian Painted Snipe was present today at the Wanganella Swamp. Also, the Brolga pair that was trumpeting on 20 October has two two-week old babies.
Philip Maher

Australian Figbird Manly Selective Campus, Dee Why
The Figbirds are still here, possibly the best spot in Sydney for them. They're heard calling throught the school day, every day for the last few months. Someone rescued an unfledged bird from Harbord Rd today (handed into WIRES), which shows they must be breeding in the area too. Probably don't need to report these anymore...
Joshua Bergmark

Rockwarbler Figure of Eight Pool, Burning Palms, Royal National Park
A party of 4 among the boulders on the wave platform. Sunbathing/anting behaviour in late morning sun & occasional wave spray drift. Inquisitive enough to be captured by landscape lens.
Chris Charles

Little Eagle Wilford Lane Wetlands Ulladulla
First Little Eagle seen this year in Ulladulla. Luckily forewarned by 2 Magpies alarm calls as it sailed 40 mtrs overhead. With the low altitude and the classic underwing pattern it made the ID of this beautiful bird the easiest thing. There have also been a few sightings of the Square-Tailed Kite, seen by everyone but me, at Narrawallee and Mollymook over the last 2 weeks. They seem to be regular visitors now over the last 2/3 years.
Bob Rusk

Mon 22 Nov Tawny Frogmouth Harold Reed Reserve, Middle Cove, Sydney
A Tawny Frogmouth on the nest with at least one chick within easy view from my front deck.
Lorna Bloom

Sun 21 Nov Buff-banded Rail Lake Wallace, Wallerawang

Chris Chafer

Peregrine Falcon Bundanoon (The Amphitheatre, Morton NP)
Two birds hunting near scarps late afternoon.
Lorne Johnson

Australian Owlet-nightjar, Phesant Coucal, Grey Goshawk, Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo Cattai NP (approx. 60km NW of Sydney CBD
A very good number and variety of birds this morning at Cattai NP with good sightings of a Grey Goshawk on a couple of occasions, an immature Owlet-nightjar seen flying from one tree and into a hollow, quite a number of Bar-shouldered Doves, Brush Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal (very vocal ate the same place as last weekend), Rainbow Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds, a male Cicadabird, Crested Shrike-tit and a number of nesting birds including Rufous Whistlers, Grey Fantail, White-throated Gerygone and Bell Miners.
Edwin Vella et al

Brush Cuckoo., Turquoise Parrot Warrumbungles NP near Visitor Centre
Brush Cuckoo heard calling over a period of 15 minutes. Atlas shows this bird at its western limit. A kingfisher calling in a dead tree lead to seeing a pair of Turquoise Parrots
Ivor Preston & Karen Doyle

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rockwarbler, Pheasant Coucal Chiltern Track, Ingleside
Single Heathwren seen briefly in scrub close to track entrance at Chiltern Rd. Family party of 5 Rock Warblers seen about 2/3 of way along track. 2 Coucals calling from separate points on the track (far enough apart to be different birds). Also several Cicadabirds calling and 2 seen; lots of Variegated Wrens and more regular bushbirds.
Tom Wilson

Sat 20 Nov Beach stone-curlew Towra point, Botany Bay
Observed from boat by members of AWSG on official monthly Botany Bay wader count.
Debbie Andrew et al. Reported by Bruce Roubin

White-throated Needletail Lane Cove, Sydney
About 12 birds cruising slowly at low level above the house. Weather was fine, sunny, 24 degrees.
Stephen Mannix

Australasian Bittern (1), Plumed Whistling-Duck (50), Red-chested Button-quail (1) Native Dog Swamp Berrigan (southern NSW)
Some very exciting birding this morning. At the southern section of the swamp an Australasian Bittern was heard booming at the Nangunia Tank. 30 or so Plumed Whistling-Ducks were also here. At the northern section of the swamp more Plumed Whistling-Ducks (about 20), a single Budgerigar, Blue Bonnets and a Red-chested Button-quail was calling from mixed grassland and lingum between the road and the swamp.
Michael Ramsey

Magpie Goose (1), Budgerigar (25), Spotted Crake Boomanoomana (west of Mulwala, southern NSW)
A couple of great sightings this morning. At the wetlands along the Barooga Road a single Magpie Goose flew over. Nearest population is at Corowa about 50km east. Australian Spotted Crake and Little Eagle also here. Along the Yarrawonga Road on the way the Berrigan at least 25 Budgerigars feeding in native grasses and perched in a Grey Box. Also near the Budgies were singing Brown Songlarks, Horsfield's Bushlark and a pair of Cockatiel. 200+ Little Raven were also here feeding on swarming locusts.
Michael Ramsey

Satin Bowerbirds Nepean Weir area
I went to check out the bower near the weir in the hope of getting some photos of the male and female interacting like I reported last Saturday. I set up a remote camera and the female eventually warmed up to it and began to inspect the bower. The male was still around, albeit somewhat shy. There were also fledged Bell Miners and I observed Eastern Whipbirds feeding their young as well.
Ákos Lumnitzer

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