Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 21 Apr 2014 03:01:31 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Apr 2014.

Sat 19 Apr White-bellied Storm-Petrel Southport Pelagic, Queensland
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Wed 16 Apr Spangled Drongo Anglesea Heath, Victoria
Spangled Drongo (1) seen by two observers. Observed for several minutes as it perched high up on transmission lines (Cnr. Ridge Trk and Pipeline Trk.) Unmistakable, clear views through binos with obvious long forked tail feathers. Was being mobbed by Dusky Woodswallows. Unfortunately no adequate photo as phone camera images are not discernible.
Daniel Pendavingh & Glen Johnson

Tue 15 Apr Regent Honeyeater Teal Track (Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP), Victoria
Single banded individual found hawking insects and foraging in small amount of ironbark blossom. This sighting is notable as it is a bird released to the wild in 2010 - it was seen in the park again last year, but is now the first bird known to survive 4 years after release. On top of recent sightings near Chiltern and at Rutherglen, perhaps there will be a few more Regents floating around the north-east this year.
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen

Sun 13 Apr Collared (Magnificent) Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - now with link to photos Brittania Seamount off Ballina, New South Wales
Highlights of day 2 of Paul Walbridge's trip (for day 1 see #217306 in Birdline Central & Southern Queensland) were: A Collared Petrel (paler than the three at Queensland Seamount), 10+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels, a Red-tailed Tropicbird, 3 White-tailed Tropicbirds, a Streaked Shearwater, two White-faced Storm-petrels, large numbers of Tahiti and Kermadec Petrels, good numbers of Gould's Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 White Terns, many Sooty Terns (plus the usual Grey-faced & Providence Petrels, Wedge-tailed & Flesh-footed Shearwaters). P.S. 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrel is an undescribed taxon similar to large NZ Storm-Petrels with darker underwings (previously seen off Ulladulla, NSW [March 2010]; SEQ and New Caledonia). This taxon may represent the mysterious 'Striped Storm-Petrel 'Pealea lineata' or 'Thalassidroma lineata' (see discussion in our submission of the Ulladulla bird in March 2010). More research needs to be done. Here is a link to Raja's photos:
The crowd on Paul Walbridge's Seamount pelagic

Sat 12 Apr Collared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts, Queensland
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge.

Sun 6 Apr Little Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron) Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing), Queensland
In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.
Roger Jaensch

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