Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 14 May 2012 01:31:10 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 13 May 2012.

Sun 13 May Osprey Spring Creek, Torquay
Spotted this morning an Osprey fishing in Spring Creek Torquay, The Osprey caught a nice size bream as seen in photo perched with its catch in a moonah tree.
Tim Byrne

Fri 11 May Pink Robin Bannockburn Bushland Reserve
Brown Goshawk (2) Good views of one whilst perched high above one of the water points. Painted Button-quail (1) flushed whilst walking one of the trails. Pink Robin (1) female gave good but brief views. Photo taken to confirm identity.
Hedley Earl

Thu 10 May Red-browed Treecreeper Woodend, Wood Street
One bird in degraded forest/woodland along the train line about 500m down the line from Woodend Station. First time I've recorded it within the town boundaries. Not too far from western extent of range here; very few local records around Woodend/Macedon.
Lawrie Conole

Spotted Quail-thrush Mt Raymond Regional Park
Spotted Quail-thrush (5) Flushed a pair from the side of the gravel road approaching the summit and a further 3 individual birds while walking amongst the rock strewn western slope below the towers
Len and Jacquie Axen

White-naped Honeyeater, Chestnut Quail-thrush Hattah-Kulkyne N.P.
1 White-naped Honeyeater was seen just after turning off the Robinvale Rd to the park entrance. 3 Chestnut Quail-thrush seen at intersection of Old Calder Hwy/Nowingi track. Many other honeyeaters throughout the park. including White-fronted, Striped, Yellow-plumed, Spiny-cheeked, Singing, Blue-faced, White-eared, Noisy Miner and Red Wattlebird. Photo of Crested Bellbirds which were plentiful and highly visible.
Arthur & Denise Carew

White-bellied Sea Eagle Hattah-Kulkyne N.P.
Sea-Eagle over lake at Hattah, chased off by Whistling Kite. 14 Great-crested Grebe. Today, app 40 Great Cormorant collectively foraging, 15 Pelicans circling, plus others on water.
Arthur & Denise Carew

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Borrow Pits Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
4 seen moving west in the reeds just above Borrow Pits this morning at about 10am .
Tim Mckellar

Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Parrot Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single Glossy in Borrow Pits, 15 Blue-wings on Austin Rd. Cattle, Great, Intermediate and Little Egrets - not often I have seen all 4 species in one visit. Banded Lapwing on Beach Rd. Spotted Harrier in T-Section. Little Tern off 15E.
Dave Torr and Chris Tetis

Wed 9 May Litle Black Cormorant Hattah-Kukyne N.P.
App. 300 Little Black Cormorants collectively fishing on Little Hattah Lake this morning. Water levels high. A great days birding (65 species) despite being overcast and showery.
Arthur & Denise Carew

Eastern Curlew Ricketts Point
2 on rocks out from cafe.
Ruth Gallon

Tue 8 May Grey Goshawk Morphed White /Black-winged Currawong Hawkesdale Racecourse Reserve /Hawkesdale Township
Grey Goshawk sighted during recent study at Hawkesdale Racecourse Reserve good to see still in area ! Flock of Black-winged Currawong with white on the base of one or two primaries observed to the west of highway for the last week
Lawrence Whitehead

Glossy Ibis Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single Glossy Ibis in shallow lagoon just off Paradise Road. Large numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints still remain at mouth of Little River. Otherwise quiet day.
Alf Forbes

Azure Kingfisher Lake Elizabeth, Forrest
One bird on post next to two canoes.
Kay Campbell and Trish Stephens

Powerful Owl Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
In large Peppercorn tree off limits between Tigers and Vegie Patch. Alerted to it's presence by half a Ring Tail Possum at the base of the tree. A very welcome visitor.
Deb Crosby

Pink Robin, Swift Parrot Newport Lakes Park
There was an immature male Pink Robin with pink wash on chest and dull white spot above bill, plus a female nearby, in dense scrub above The Amphitheatre area. The two birds were interacting strongly, with much chasing and intensified contact calls. Also 4 Swifties flew in as I was leaving the carpark.
Steve Davidson

Mon 7 May Little Eagle (several) Cnr Anderson's Road and Princess St, Bellarine Peninsula
Following the recent leads of Tom Fletcher and Gordon McCarthy I was fortunate to spot a pair of light morph little eagles quartering paddocks around the intersection above around mid-morning. Both most definately light morph. Another lone light morph was seen only a few km south along Princess Street within minutes. Later in the day I saw a pair - one light, the other dark morph in almost exactly the same spot. Not lucky enough to spot the STK. Note the close resemblance of the underwing pattern of the dark morph Little Eagle and STK
Andrew Martin

Little Eagle Gillies Rd, Drysdale
A dark/rufous Little Eagle came to notice as it was being hassled by a pair of magpies. As their combat drifted over several farms a Whistling Kite joined the fray.
Hedley Earl

Sun 6 May New Zealand Storm-Petrel, Long-finned Pilot Whale Portland - Birdlife Australia Pelagic
Our trip was exciting because of the pod of 20 Long-finned Pilot Whales that we saw very closely as they swam up to the boat and went under it. But it became exceptional when we recorded Victoria's first New Zealand Storm-Petrel (Paul's photo attached). We also saw a White-fronted Tern and a Brown Skua on a day when the number of species and the number of individuals were quite low.
Chris Lester, Paul Dodd et al

Banded Stilt Stockyard Point , Westernport
160 + in assorted plumage. Also present Red-necked Stint, Red Knot, Red-capped & Double-banded Plover, 7 Eastern Curlew and 1 Gull-billed Tern.
Graham Beal

Eastern Barn Owl Hume Highway, between Chiltern & Melbourne
Eleven dead Eastern Barn Owls were counted on the side of the road on a drive to Chiltern and back.
John Barkla, Fred Smith & David Kelly

Sat 5 May Brolga Greens Lake, Corop
On the northern shoreline of Greens lake (south east of Rochester) 2 Brolgas were sighted around 4 pm on Saturday.
Colin Judkins

Square-tailed Kite Curlewis/Wallington
An immature bird seen on three occassions over the last week in paddocks on the Bellarine bounded between Hermsley, Coriyule, Jetty, Drysdale-Ocean Grove, Swan Bay and Curlewis Roads. Also present in Coriyule Rd. were 2 Little Eagles.
Tom Fletcher & Gordon McCarthy (1)

Fri 4 May Swift Parrot Williams Rd, Locksley
10 birds feeding on lerp in River Red Gums along creekline
Doug Robinson

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