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Published sightings for the week ending 29 Dec 2013.

Sun 29 Dec      Black-browed Albatross, Shy Albatross. north head manly.
About 50 albatross of north head today with 35 black browed albatross & 15 shy 
michael ronan.

        Common Tern Lake Belvedere, Sydney Olympic Park
Single Common Tern photographed sitting on a post in the middle of Lake 
Belvedere late this afternoon. Certainly a rarity here-no. 172 on the local 
patch list!
Dion Hobcroft

        Wedge-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon Bundanoon township
This morning, I watched 4 Wedge-tailed Eagles making the most of blowy 
conditions over the wooded range and paddocks by Blue Gum Rd. One bird was a 
juvenile. Pot hook displays from the birds and rolling and parrying from one 
bird when another dived at it, was tremendous to see. A Peregrine Falcon 
gliding and soaring over home for quite a while was also terrific.
Lorne Johnson

Sat 28 Dec      Superb Parrot Start of Barryrennie Rd, Cowra
Large (100+) flock of Superb Parrots seen at start of Barryrennie road early 
this morning feeding on roadside. Large number of juveniles present. Smaller 
flock (25) observed later near Fragar Rd.
Jon & Alison Elliott

Sat 28 Dec      Whimbrel, Peregrine Falcon Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Whimbrel (1) Peregrine Falcon (2) Flew low over the small beach at the end of 
the track

Sat 28 Dec      Great Knot, Red Knot, Red-capped Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler 
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Visited the shelf on a lower than normal high tide. Apart from the usual 
suspects at this time of year the highlights were: Red-capped Plover (3) 
Grey-tailed Tattler (2) Great Knot (1) Red Knot (1) Photograph attached.
Greg McLachlan

        Curlew Sandpiper, Whiskered Tern Breeza
On two farm dams near the Kamilaroi Highway at Breeza (just across the rail 
track), 2 Curlew Sandpipers were spotted (photo). My first sighting of this 
species, which has not been seen inland recently. Together with many common 
aquatic birds, there were also about 10 Whiskered Terns (photos taken), which 
have been scarce in recent months. The farm dams may have had an influx of 
birds from nearby Goran Lake, which is now dry.
Michael Dahlem

        Musk Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grassbird Quipolly Dams
At the NEW Quipolly Dam, amongst numerous other aquatic birds, one male Musk 
Duck (top panel; further information link) and 3 Great Crested Grebes (bottom 
panel) were spotted. A Little Grassbird was heard calling from reeds.
Michael Dahlem

        Little Bittern Deniliquin
A great few days birding around Deniliquin with the highlight being the Little 
Bittern in a pond in the township.
Bernie OKeefe, Hedley and Irena Earl

        Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Rainbow Bee-eater Quipolly Dams
At the OLD Quipolly Dam, next to a whole slew of more common aquatic species, 4 
Freckled Ducks (photo; one bird at centre) were spotted today, a male 
Australasian Shoveler (photos obtained) and overhead a flock of about 40 
Rainbow Bee-eaters (photo taken; not the season for them to be in a flock; 
usually observed in such numbers when it is time to migrate). The water level 
is low, ducks can feed almost everywhere; the water's edge is about 15 m from 
the bird hide.
Michael Dahlem

        Sooty Oystercatchers Warden Head, Ulladulla
20 Sooties were seen on the rocky platform below the lighthouse at Warden Head. 
These were probably driven there by the many holiday makers seen on all the 
local beaches. It should be noted that on the wader count 2 wks ago we seen 
around 4 on our section in the survey.
Bob Rusk

        Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Collared Sparrowhawk, Dollarbird 4 
Goodhugh Street, East Maitland (Private home)
Added 4 new species to my backyard list. Pacific Baza (1) Wedge-tailed Eagle 
(2) Collared Sparrowhawk (1) Dollarbird (1)
Grant Brosie

Fri 27 Dec      Eastern Bristlebird Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Many Eastern Bristlebird's heard along the main trail including a very 
confiding bird feeding out in the open for 15 minutes.
Robert Hynson

Fri 27 Dec      Freckled Duck, Whistling Kite, Hoary-headed Grebe Tuggerah STW
A check of the waterbirds late afternoon found 8 Freckled Ducks, the most that 
have been present here all year. They were mixed in with 400 Grey Teal and 350 
Hardheads, 80+ Black Ducks and 12+ Hoary-headed Grebes. Other birds present 
included 20+ Fairy Martins, 3 Whist;ling Kite, a White-bellied Sea-Eagle, a 
Swamp Harrier, 16 Royal Spoonbills and Reed Warblers.
Alan Morris

        Ruffs, Broad-billed Sandpiper, 'unusual' sandpipers, Yellow Wagtail 
Hexham Swamp
We had four sightings of Ruffs yesterday afternoon, comprising at least 2 
birds. Single Broad-billed Sandpiper amongst the hordes of Sharpies and others 
(best recent count of Red-necked Stints, at 35). Towards dusk we found a bird 
that appeared initially to be a Sharpie/Pectoral-type bird, with yellow legs, 
streaked chestnut crown, buffish tinge to feathers on the back and mottled 
colouring on the chest that was reasonably sharply demarcated to the white 
underparts (similar to a Pec). Then we saw the bill(!), which appeared very 
much like a Curlew Sands bill. It was marginally larger than a neighbouring 
Sharpie. The bill is too long for a Cox’s Sandpiper and the strong super speaks 
against a Cox’s as well(?), but I’m at a loss to work out what it was. Of 
course, as soon as we repositioned to get it in a better light it flushed. A 
poor image is attached at the bottom of the three images. A second ‘peep’ was 
seen soon after, about stint-sized, perhaps marginally bigger with a longish 
bill (longer than one would normally expect on a Red-necked Stint) with a pale 
base to the bill. It was nearly dark when we were watching it so plumage 
features were hard to judge. Legs were dark. A Yellow Wagtail was seen this 
morning (28/12) by Tony Bischoff and Ann Lindsey (who had 3 Broad-billeds this 
morning too).
Mick and Steve Roderick, Tony Bischoff

        Grey Goshawk Irrawong Reserve
A single white morph bird seen swooping, emerging with a small bird and bejng 
persued by a Dollarbird. The size of the prey was fitting with a Dollarbird as 
was the colour, locally the only other candidate would be a young Purple 
Swamphen from neighbouring Warriewood Wetlands.
Nathan Ruser

        Pink-eared Duck, Intermediate Egret Castlereagh
On a small, roadside pond, four Pink-eared Ducks have been stationed since 
Christmas Day among many Australian Wood and Pacific Black Ducks. An 
Intermediate Egret was also there this evening.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Thu 26 Dec      Australasian Bittern (3), Banded Lapwing (15), Australian 
Pratincole (5) Rice Farm at Willbriggie south of Griffith
The bitterns have been recorded on this rice farm since 17 November and today 
the three were seen flying from one rice bay to another. Also the Pratincoles 
had a chick - only one chick seen. The Banded Lapwings and Pratincoles were all 
in freshly ploughed paddocks.
Max O'Sullivan

        White-throated Needletail Cambridge Gardens, Penrith area
At least 100 in small groups hawking low over suburbia heading in an easterly 
direction. I saw more heading south towards Penrith.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Wed 25 Dec      Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Mona Vale - private property
Dark grey and white "piebald" cockatoo, crest mostly dark grey with some yellow 
through it, extremely tame. Has it been someone's pet? How does it get this 
colouring? Totally accepted by other cockatoos and even appears to be the 
dominant one. [Moderator's note (NH): It's a melanistic Sulphur-crested 
Cockatoo. Not necessarily an escapee. However, if you believe it is, you should 
post your sighting to; or 
(lost & found pets). Hopefully the owner will find his/her lost pet.]
Susan Newman

Tue 24 Dec      Collared Sparrowhawk Red Rock, Coffs Harbour
Collared Sparrowhawk (1) Photographed with prey - probable Blue-faced Honeyeater
Jean & Paul Newman

        Australian Koel Moree Golf Course, Moree West
The Pheasant Coucal that was present (and heard calling only) from mid-November 
to early December (3 weeks total) is no longer present. Instead, now a single 
Australian Koel has suddenly made its presence which was heard callling only. 
The Koel (believed to be a calling male) was heard calling from gums near the 
riverbank whereas the Pheasant Coucal was heard calling from low dense 
vegetation on the riverbank. Koels, like the Pheasant Coucal are rare in the 
area, unlike the very common Channel-billed Cuckoo, of which young are around 
at the moment.
Curtis Hayne

        Osprey, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, White Bellied Seaeagle 
Merimbula Creek, Merimbula, NSW
Pair of Ospreys, male and female judging by the size difference, seen around 
midday in a large eucalypt on Merimbula Creek, approx 300m upstream of 
footbridge, with a fresh kill (large Bream). Also excellent views of 2 Little 
Egrets in breeding plumage on Back Lake, a flushed Nankern Night Heron and lots 
of waterfowl on the creekline. Bush birds including Yellow Thornbill with young 
and a hunting White-bellied Sea-Eagle also seen.
Helenna Mihailou and James Vincent

        Pink-eared Duck, King Quail, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, 
Red-kneed Dotterel, Richmond Lowlands
Quick stop along the Richmond Lowlands lanes with dropping water levels. 
Pink-eared Duck (1), King Quail heard between Triangle L and Cornwells Rd, 
Royal Spoonbill (1), Yellow-billed Spoonbill (6), Red-kneed Dotterel (8 
including 6 on the stud dam near bend in Old Kurrajong Rd), Black-fronted 
Dotterel (6)
Eric Finley (2906)

        Pied Oystercatcher Mill Stream, Sydney Airport
4 Pied Oystercatchers observed feeding at the entrance of the Mill Stream this 
morning. Over the years we've often seen one or two, but never 4. Possibly a 
successful breeding this year? Also an unusual observation 2 Eastern Osprey at 
the southern end of the main runway in the early afternoon.
Nigel Coghlan

        Spotted Harrier Warden Head, Ulladulla
This morning an adult Spotted Harrier glided leisurely passed 4 mtrs in front 
me, riding the thermals along the cliff face. These are rare in this area and 
this is the first SH I've seen down here for app 4yrs . At first I almost 
dismissed it as Squared-tailed Kite, which are now seen regularly down here 
over the last few years.
Bob Rusk

        Sooty Owl, White-throated Nightjar, Southern Boobook, Owlet Nightjar 
Jenolan Caves
2 x Sooty Owls active and calling at dusk on the McKeown Valley trail. Also a 
White-throated Nightjar was seen hawking for insects and an Owlet Nightjar and 
Southern Boobok heard calling.
Marc Anderson

Mon 23 Dec      Swamp Harrier Murwillumbah
Adult and Juvenile. Juvenile under pattern looked like a Whistling Kite.
Jed Knight

        Plumed Whistling Duck Dam on Dunns Boundary Road Corner, Maraylya
9 on far side of dam
Barry Lancaster

        Grey Goshawk Cheltenham Station
A Grey Goshawk flew over Cheltenham Station and landed in one if the gums at 
Cheltnam Girls High. It was being harassed by Cockatoos the whole way.
Steve Edwards

        Banded Lapwing Cornwallis Road Windsor end
Forty six Banded Lapwing feeding on turf farm.
Keith Brandwood

        Fork-tailed Swift Bay Street, Botany
5 Fork-tailed Swifts flying East, at least 2 showing wing moult Observed just 
before Southerly change.
David Mitford

Sun 22 Dec      Blue-faced Honeyeater 23 Ashgrove Place Bundanoon
The bird was observed in a tall eucalypt (|E. Macarthurii) in my garden. It 
called several times, and was eventually chased away by a Noisy Miner. It was 
obviously a Blue-faced Honeyeater, which I have previously observed in North 
Queensland. Three of us heard the call, which we checked on Morcombe's app to 
make sure we had identified it correctly.
Jennifer Shepherd

        Ground Parrot, Spotted Quail-thrush, Sooty Owl Ben Boyd National Park
Two night camping at Saltwater Creek camping grounds. Plenty of interesting 
birds around camping grounds particularly in the heath and coastal banksia 
forest including: Striated Fieldwren, Southern Emu-wren, Brush Bronzewing, 
Scarlet Honeyeater and heaps of very noisy Yellow-tailed Cockatoos. During the 
night we heard calls of Southern Boobook from the camp and Sooty Owl when 
driving Saltwater Creek track. There was resident Tawny Frogmouth at the camp. 
Other interesting birds: Spotted Quail-thrush and Rose Robin (near Disaster Bay 
Lookout), Ground Parrot (2), Tawny-crowned honeyeater ( track trough the heath 
to City Rock lookout,
Ted Wnorowski

        Little Lorikeet Milperra
Twice on Sunday afternoon a pair of Little lorikeets flew over the yard heading 
towards the former Riverlands Golf Course
David James

        Eastern Yellow Wagtail Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
After seeing Mick Roderick there, I managed to spot 2 Yellow Wagtails which 
were very hard to approach. Like Mick, saw thousands of Sharpies, 45 Marsh 
Sandpiper, 50 or so Whiskered Terns and lots of Australian Crakes all over the 
place. Only 2 White-fronted Chats seen. though.
Edwin Vella

        White-winged Black Tern Ash Island, Hexham
7 White-winged Black Terns were amongst 100 or so Whiskered Terns beside 
Wagtail Way. Also present were c300 Red-necked Avocets, 20 Sharp-tailed 
Sandpipers, an Osprey with a White-bellied Sea-eagle beside the River and a 
young Spotted Harrier perched beside Bell Frog Way.
Edwin Vella

        White-throated Needletail, Collared Saprrowhawk Near Howes Valley, 
Putty Rd
At 10:50am WTNTs in two small groups of about 15 in each were hawking low at 
treetop level around one kilometer past halfway house truck stop. Further 
north, at Howes Valley Creek, a pair of Collared Sparrowhawks were soaring low.
Ákos Lumnitzer

        Black Kite, Black Falcon Scone area
At least 100 Black Kites hanging around the area near meat works at Scone. We 
also saw a Black Falcon (female) that buzzed in over the field making all the 
Starlings take flight.
Ákos Lumnitzer and David Hollands

Sat 21 Dec      Masked Owl, Sooty Owl Murramarang National Park
Spotlighting in the park starting from a picnic area near Princess Hwy (1.3 km 
north from the turn off to Durras North Dr) and following Dangerboard and 
Forest Rd. We could hear a begging calls of Masked Owl chick from their usual 
nesting hole near picnic site. We also got very good view of adult Masked owl 
coming back to the hollow with a small prey. Sooty Owl were calling along 
Forest Rd (at least 2). Southern Boobooks were constantly calling.. Also seen 
one Tawny Frogmouth ( just near Princess Hwy)
Ted Wnorowski

        Black Bittern, Spottless Crake, Cicadabird Tomakin, nsw
Surprisingly good place for birding - particularly near the Tomaga River bridge 
and on the grounds of the Moorings Resort. Black Bittern roosted on the trees 
near the resort lagoon. I've seen it several times walking around the lagoon. 
Other interesting birds: Striated Heron, Cicadabird, Leaden Flycatcher, Azure 
kingfisher, Royal Spoonbill, Tawny Frogmouth, Nankeen Night heron, 
Square-tailed Kite, White-throated Needle-tail. Another good birding spot in 
nearby are Bevian Rd Wetland. There was a large flock of Hoary-headed Grebes 
(200), Nankeen Night Heron (6), Spotless Crake (1), Grey Goshawk (1) and plenty 
of Brown Gerygones
Ted Wnorowski

Fri 20 Dec      Mash Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier Wilfords Lane wetlands, Lake 
A young Spotted Harrier was flying over pasture near wetland. Plenty of waders 
and ducks in the wetland ( I was lucky to get the access to the site). Over 200 
Pink-eared ducks and a small group of A. Shovelers (at least 4). At the edge of 
wetland (mostly on the drying mud): Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (41), Curlew 
Sandpiper (5), Black-fronted Dotterel (2). In the little very shallow creek 
nearby a solitary Marsh Sandpiper was foraging. Lake Burrill (from the 
village): Musk Duck (1 - male), Buff-banded Rail (1), Azure Kingfisher. 
(Moderator's Note: See posting for Spotted Harrier at Ulladulla on 24/12/13 
same bird?AKM)
Ted Wnorowski

        Osprey, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Bawley Point Headland nsw
Twelve Ruddy turnstones were feeding along the surf zone. A pair of Sooty 
Oystercatchers on the beach. Osprey appeared from nowhere flying above our 
heads. Two Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters calling from the old wattle tree at the 
entrance to the Bawley Pt.
Ted Wnorowski

        Beach Stone Curlew, Little tern, Pacific Gull Burrill Lake Estuary 
Dolphin Pt
A single Beach Stone Curlew on the beach. There were also: Little Tern (2), 
Red-capped Plover (2), Sooty Oystercatcher (2) and juvenile Pacific Gull among 
Silver Gulls and Crested Terns.
Ted Wnorowski

        Sanderling, Hooded Plover, Little tern Lake Conjola Nature Reserve
At the entrance to Lake Conjola approx. 40 Little Terns (some breeding) and 
good selection of waders: Hooded Plover (1), Ruddy Turnstone (4), Red-necked 
Stint (3). Bar-tailed Godwit (3), Australian Pied Oystercatcher (2), Red-capped 
Plover. There was also a single Sanderling running on the beach with turnstones
Teed Wnorowski

        Black Bittern Fishermans Paradise, Lake Conjola
Very good view of Black Bittern flushed out casuarina branches overhanging 
Conjola Creek (just past Fishermans Paradise when Conjola Creek is entering the 
Ted Wnorowski

Sat 14 Dec      Chest-nut-rumped Heathwren, Square-tailed Kite, Rockwarbler, 
Pilotbird, Pacific Baza Morton National Park (12 Mile Rd)
I was bird watching along 12 Mile Rd up to the plateau (beyond George Boyd 
lookout). At the dense heath on the plateau Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens were 
common singing from the top of hakea bushes. The rocky picnic area near the 
entrance to the Rainforest Walk was excellent for Rockwarblers. We also found 
there: Green Catbird, Wonga Pigeon, Rufous Fantail, Pilotbird (2). Granite 
Falls - Pacific Baza (1 in a tree) and Square-tailed Kite flying over the falls.
Ted Wnorowski

Mon 2 Dec       Freckled Duck, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Intermediate Egret 
McPhersons Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
A check of this wetland mid afternoon found 18 Freckled Duck still present. 
Other interesting species included 6 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, Tawny 
Grassbirds, 1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill and 10 Royals, Torresian Crows and 
Cisticolas, 2 Intermediate Egrets.
Alan Morris

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