Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 13 May 2013 07:37:32 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 12 May 2013.

Sun 12 May Northern Shoveler, male Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
First pond on right after Little River crossing. A bit flighty and moving between ponds with other shovelers.
Mark Stanley & Annette Hatten

Wed 8 May Gentoo Penguin Fortescue Bay, Tasmania
One Gentoo Penguin was seen by a walking club group about 100m from the campground. Was present from at least 2 to 4.30pm. Only about six previous Australian records, all from Tasmania (I think).
Warwick Risby (submitted by Murray Lord)

Tue 7 May Freckled Duck, Cotton Pygmy-Goose Blackbraes Resources Reserve, Emu Swamp dam, , Queensland
Dam was fairly full with water, thousands of waterbirds present, numbers could only be estimated since we could only count about 1/2 of area with 60x scope. Freckled Duck (441) this number actually definite, but probably at least 500, more than 2/3 were immature with little spotting, did not see a single bird with red on bill. Likely to be even more birds as we could not count far reaches of shore, most birds were on logs or on shore asleep Cotton Pygmy-Goose (1000) conservative estimate.
Kath Shurcliff & Dave Houghton

Spangled Drongo Akaroa, St Helens, Tasmania
This beautiful bird has been chasing insects in our backyard all morning. Took us a while to identify it as we were looking in our Tassie bird book. Found it in our Aust one.
Dale & Lynette Smith

Forest Wagtail Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Forest Wagtail still present. The site where the bird has been showing is still contactable through Nthaba Cottage B&B.
Per Chris Watson

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