Published sightings for the week ending 27 Oct 2013.
|Fri 25 Oct
||Ruff (x2), Marsh Sandpiper (x2)
Pitt Town Lagoon, New South Wales
Whilst trying (and failing) to pick out the previously reported Pectoral Sandpipers, we located a Ruff (in front of the reed island, feeding at about -33.589907,150.857165), and had to triple check when a few minutes later, on scanning the nearby shoreline, we found a second Ruff (about 70m further along). Two Marsh Sandpipers also seen right in front of the concrete "hide" on the mound. No sign of Painted Honeyeater.
Joshua Bergmark and Max Breckenridge
|Thu 24 Oct
Cove Road, Stanmore, Queensland
A Regent Honeyeater associating closely with a Little Friarbird, in (non-flowering) eucalypts and other small trees along road and in paddock, in vicinity of 665 and 689 Cove Road, Stanmore (NNE of Woodford). Observed several times during 16:30-17:00; striking black and gold pattern in flight. Photos obtained at distance; enlargement provided.
|Tue 22 Oct
Lakefield National Park (White Lily Lagoon), Queensland
Single bird seen by 3 observers about 1100-1130 and then again at about 1600 hrs. Our initial attention was drawn to "the small bird paddling in circles" about 40m from the lagoon parking/viewing area. It was identified by its small size (smaller than Jacana), general white and grey colour, backswept black eye markings, straight thin black bill, obvious white wing bar in flight and paddling behaviour. The bird made several short erratic flights of about 20m allowing us to see its wing pattern. Several photos were taken but the distance and the size of the bird makes it difficult for good photo but does confirm id when seen in large format (i.e on TV screen). The bird was not located the next day despite 2 attempts, the addition of another observer (QPWS Ranger) and a spotting scope.
Anne Stokes, Chris Armstrong and Sarah Hafner
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