Published sightings for the week ending 13 Jul 2014.
|Sun 13 Jul
Surfcoast Highway, Mount Duneed
At 12:03 hrs, a sub adult was seen soaring over the highway as I traveled toward Torquay.
|Sat 12 Jul
All Nations Park, Northcote
The bird was clearly visible for 20 seconds before disappearing into the reeds in the small lake in the park. I regularly visit this lake and have never seen a Rail there before. Yesterday there was also a Little Pied Cormorant, 5 Purple Swamphens, and the usual Pacific Black Ducks and Welcome Swallows.
Junction of Fisheries road and Frankston /Tooradin road.
Seen flying across the road at Midday.
||Southern Emu-Wren, Lewins Rail
Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve (Lake Connewarre)
Southern Emu-Wrens in lignum and Lewin's Rail flushed from sedgeland on southern shore of Lake Connewarre. Glorious White-bellied Sea-Eagle perched on fence on one of the delta islands.
||Pacific Golden Plover, Double-banded Plover
Great Salt Swamp, Barwon Heads Rd, Connewarre
A single Pacific Golden Plover amid 104 Double-banded Plovers and numerous Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers on partially filled ponds.
Still approx. 12 swifties in the same area as last week. Feeding up high.
|Fri 11 Jul
Ewing's Morass Wildlife Reserve
One Scarlet Honeyeater (possibly two) were heard calling from flowering mistletoe along Old Station Road this morning.
Jacquie and Len Axen
A singing Rufous Songlark has returned to private property along Marfleets road. Although I've seen the occasional wintering bird in the north of the state, I can't recall hearing one singing so early.
A Black Kite flew over the park at 10:30am.
|Thu 10 Jul
3 birds seen in paddocks near water reservoir, Princes Freeway 500m east of Garfield North Road.
Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
One bird roosting on rocky islet a 20 metres offshore with about 10 Little Pied and 1 Pied Cormorants. Have now seen all five cormorants at this site in the last three years.
|Wed 9 Jul
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park (Hattah Lake)
An amazing sight to locate 19 Caspian Terns on the almost dry small pond/sand pan behind Lake Hattah on the scenic drive route. I have never seen such large numbers of this species together.
||Mallee Emu wren
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park (Konardin Track)
Following up at report from James Mustafa on July 1 and his subsequent advice, a group of around 8 birds were located on the Konardin Track at 10.50am. The birds were calling loudly exactly 100 metres up the track from the Nowingi Track junction, about 50 metres off the road on the left hand side coming from the junction. As quick as they appeared, they soon disappeared just as quick.
Murray-Sunset National Park
Thanks to precise instructions from Hedley Earl and Jenny Spry, at least 3 grasswrens were located together 700 metres from the start of the Mt.Crozier Track from the Pink Lakes end. Located and photographed at 8.10 am on the right hand side of the road coming from Pink Lakes, about 100 metres in off the road. Birds were calling loudly. This particular spot appears to be a very reliable location for this species as this is where Hedley and Jenny have seen this species in the past.
|Tue 8 Jul
Snowy River estuary
The Beach Stone-curlew first reported from the Yerrung River inlet (20/6) was observed around noon on Tuesday roosting in exactly the same position as per earlier Mots Beach observations (28/01-23/03). Could it be the same bird? Locating it has been extremely difficult due to extremely high tides that have covered all the sand and mud flats east of the Snowy River entrance.
Len and Jacquie Axen
Barn Owl seen near the yacht club and bike path in Queenscliff, initially seen by Susan Russel on the road next to the bike path, Lachlan Manley rang wildlife rescue but the bird was able to fly, it was found by Lachlan Manley and Jennifer Carr later in the evening on a pole by the side of the road and bike path.
Susan Russel, Lachlan Manley and Jennifer Carr
|Mon 7 Jul
Juvenile Spotted Harrier seen flying over open farmland halfway between Clyde and Berwick. Mobbed by ravens and magpies.
McLeods Waterholes, Drysdale.
At least 370. 300e flushed from loafing in willows at SW cnr by dog onshore, onto open water. Another 70+ around edges of main lake. In complete survey of Lake Lorne in prev hr: nil Freckled Ducks.
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh
|Sun 6 Jul
Hillview Estate Municipal Reserve, Bacchus Marsh
Another sighting of possibly the same butcherbird seen on April 21st. In the same location beside the train line on the southern side of Bacchus Marsh. Calling from an exposed perch, early in the morning.
Bernie McRitchie, David Whelan
Two White-bellied Sea-eagles were perching high in trees then soaring over the waterways near Ankers Causeway at Laanecoorie Reservoir.
|Fri 4 Jul
Hattah Nature Drive, Hattah-Kulkyne NP
A flock of 31 seen at 1120 hours roosting on a small salt pan between Lake Hattah and Lake Bulla.
Charles, Emma, Reuben and Joseph Silveira
|Tue 1 Jul
||Olive Whistler, Satine Bowerbird
1:45-4pm single Olive Whistler and Bassian Thrushes at the visitor centre along with a winter flock of 15 Satin Bowerbirds (predominantly) green birds. Along trails least 5 Superb Lyrebirds, 1 Whipbird and 1 Pilotbird.