Published sightings for the week ending 11 Sep 2011.
|Sun 11 Sep
A Grey Goshawk (grey morh/phase) was flying with a flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos near home this afternoon. The cockies, though raucous, with the odd individual making the half-hearted moves toward the raptor, seemed not to care about the bird's presence, really. At one stage, the goshawk was in the very middle of the cockatoo flock.
Mosman, Mosman Bay (Avenue Road)
Heard my first Cannel-billed Cuckoo today in Mosman.
St Helens Park (approx 5 km south of Campbelltown)
Four Swift Parrots foraging in flowering Ironbarks at a Cumberland Plain Woodland remnant off Kellerman Drive, St Helens Park.
|Fri 9 Sep
Bowan Park Rd - about 20 km west of Orange
Pair of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes on the road and moving around nearby paddocks due to harrassment by locals - Noisy Miners. Location adjacent to an established 3.3 km revegetation wildlife corridor " Mousehole Lane Reserve to Kurrafalls" planted by Cudal Landcare.
Kurrajong Hills, Galston village, Hornsby Heights
1, 2 and 4 birds in each of the above nw Sydney locations between 7.15 and 830am, (followed by a further 4 sightings much further north in Urunga and Nambucca later in the day).
|Thu 8 Sep
Koonenberry Mountain NSW Block
Australian Bustard (4) Standing beside hwy north of Green Lake in characteristic bill-raised stance. Clearly seen from bus by group.
Levenstrath nr Grafton
Approximately 100 Little Corella flying in general westerly direction. Most seen at this location.
A Brahminy Kite was seen flying south, about 50 meters off shore from the Newcastle baths at 2pm today.
2km north of Uki in northern NSW
Single bird in dry sclerophyll forest. My first sighting for the season.
|Wed 7 Sep
||Red-rumped Parrot, White-plumed Honeyeater
Tempe Reserve (near Sydney International Airport)
Delayed flight, seven hours to kill so pleasant discovery over the road at Tempe Reserve (800m walk from Airport). A couple of healthy ponds amongst shipping containers, a highway and 747s. Birds seen included Golden-headed Cisticola, Willie Wagtail, one Red-rumped Parrot, several Superb Fairy-wren, White-plumed Honeyeater, Pacific Black Duck, Eurasian Coot
|Mon 5 Sep
Menindee NSW Block
6 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in tree Menindee township. Large numbers of Great Egret and Nankeen Night Heron and nesting Whistling Kites on Lake Wetherell.
|Sun 4 Sep
Summit of Pigeon House Mountain
Two Rock Warblers came close enough to touch while I was sitting on the summit rocks of Pigeon House. There has to be an easier location!
Wilson Park, Wentworth Falls
While sitting quietly in the bush behind the tennis courts at the start of the Charles Darwin Walk, I couldn't believe my ears when I heard a Regent Honeyeater call. Scanned the trees and saw the bird high in a eucalypt. After a few moments it flew out of sight and I haven't seen or heard it since. The area has lots of flowering Banksia ericifolia with loads of Little and Red Wattlebirds, New Holland Honeyeaters and there were flocks of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters moving through on their southward migration. The Regent may have been travelling through with these as I haven't been able to find it again, but if anyone is in the area it would be worth keeping an eye out.
Fairy Bower, Manly
1 Adult Kelp Gull flying south down and around beach at Fairy Bower and then on South at about Midday
||Brown Goshawk, White-throated Tree-creeper, Yellow- tufted Honeyeater
Single Brown Goshawk heard calling then seen perched at 0900 this morning. 5-6 Yellow- tufted Honeyeaters mingling with White- eared and White- naped Honeyeaters. White- throated Tree- creepers calling loudly and seen foraging on tree trunks. Also a small flock of Dusky Woodswallows hanging around on power lines.
Off Glen Alice Rd saw two Pallid cuckoos.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe
|Sat 3 Sep
Round Hill-Nombinnie NR
Pair at ponded water on track beside railway line, 11 km west of Lake Cargelligo-Cobar road at 3 pm. Walked slowly into mallee when approached.
|Fri 2 Sep
Walking through shallow wetland, when suddenly there was a 'chak' and a Latham's Snipe flew off. It circled the wetland for about a minute then disappeared.
Also saw a Red necked Avocet (which i havent seen for years) fly across the lake and land with some Black winged Stilts, Pelicans, Both the Dotterels, Royal Spoonbills and a couple Gull billed Terns.
Also observed a Varied Triller with Black faced Woodswallows and a Black tailed Native Hen with Little Grassbirds!
Cumberland State Forest
A pair behaving like they were at home
Boat Harbour, Cronulla Beach
2 Adult Kelp Gull on small rocky outcrop to South of Point at about 16:30
|Thu 25 Aug
Seen in a public water storage. Very small bird. A really tiny bit smaller than a Black fronted Dotterel. When walked up PWS wall the bird was moving into the sun and you could tell it was an immature by the green.
Saw a small bird dash across the water before but didnt know what it was but now i reckon it was the bird i saw. Probably was there all the time i went but you couldnt of seen it because of all the vegetation that was there.