Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 12 Mar 2012 01:31:16 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 11 Mar 2012.

Mon 5 Mar Collared Sparrowhawk Secret Harbour residence, Western Australia
Heard a loud impact against the window and found this predator recover in time to 'finish' the job. However it was sufficiently stunned to spend a couple more minutes on the lawn before taken flight with it's meal. Great viewing!!
Gary Stevens

Sun 4 Mar Painted Button Quail Just South of Cape Naturaliste Light House, Western Australia
Painted Button Quail crossed the road just in front of the car. Wandered slowly across the dirt road and into the bush. Not sure how common they are in the area as it is the first I have seen.
Phil Hunter

Sat 3 Mar Little (Tricoloured) Grebe Roebuck Plains , Western Australia
Late on Saturday 3rd March, I briefly observed a 'Little Grebe' on some ephemeral water on Roebuck Plains near the Broome Bird Observatory. The taxonomy is interesting. The IOC have now split Little Grebe, and the new species Tricoloured Grebe is the closest to the north of Australia, and hence it is very likely to be this species. BARC has been looking into the previous records of "Little Grebe" in Australia (Darwin & Qld) as to whether they are Tricoloured Grebes. This is the first record for Western Australia.
Per Frank O'Connor (via Birding-aus)

Hodgson’s Hawk-cuckoo Home Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
The next side-trip was to Home Island, where one member of the group (Scott) had views of a Hodgson’s hawk-cuckoo.
Tim Faulkner, Rick Webb, Scott Ryan and John Weigel per BirdingAus

Saunder's Tern South Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
A trip to South Island on motorized canoes was a birding highlight, giving tremendous views of 10+ Saunder’s Terns, one Gull-billed Tern, six Grey-tailed Tattlers, 40+ Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderling, Red-necked Stint, and both Greater and Lesser Sandplovers. Common Noddies were seen on the trip back to West Island.
Tim Faulkner, Rick Webb, Scott Ryan and John Weigel per BirdingAus

Pin-tailed Snipe, Green-winged Teal, Large Hawk-Cuckoo West Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
First bird was Green Junglefowl. In fast succession came White-breasted Waterhen, Nankeen Night-herons, and Little Egrets. Western and Eastern Reef Herons were foraging at the tidal flats at north end of runway, along with a single pied Stilt, a single Eastern Curlew, Whimbrels, and Striated Heron. Lesser Frigatebirds were present in good numbers, with only a few Great Frigatebirds. Then a run to the quarantine station where we flushed 10+ Pin-tailed Snipe (thanks to the detailed tip from Pam Jones from Dory’s café). We were to see these snipe several more times, and later found a single bird near the airstrip. Then in fading light we went to the swamp where we immediately saw a single Green-winged (Eurasian) Teal. We were to see this bird on several subsequent visits to the only substantial freshwater body on the island. Also seen on West Island was a Large-hawk Cuckoo at the north end of the quarantine station and several frustrating views of cuckoos/koels around the Cocos Beach motel area of settlement. A single Watercock was flushed at the lime plantation near the swamp.
Tim Faulkner, Rick Webb, Scott Ryan and John Weigel per BirdingAus

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