Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 13 Oct 2014 16:15:44 +1000
   Birdline Western Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 12 Oct 2014.

   Wed 8 Oct Black Bittern Cocos Keeling Islands , West Island
   Spotted on the road to the swimming beach by Liz Znidersic. Had time to
   drive back to town for a camera. See in same spot with head up roosting
   later in the afternoon.
   Liz Znidersic
   Tue 7 Oct Broad-billed Sandpiper Cocos Keeling Island
   One Broad-billed Sandpiper amongst a small group of waders. A first for
   Geof Christie
   Sat 4 Oct Striated Grasswren (race oweni) Neale Junction Nature Reserve
   Proposed elevated species Sandhill Grasswren A. oweni (Christides et al
   2013) photographed 36km north of the junction. this completes an
   'Amytornis Odyssey this calendar year, during which time I have been
   lucky enough to photograph all 18 ssp proposed in the above-mentioned
   Christides review of the genus. Although fresh Grasswren tracks were in
   great abundance in the 'good patch' of spinifex habitat 10-14km south
   of the Junction, I failed to hear a peep there, despite several
   extended (four-hour) searches. After a highly successful trip through
   South Australia along the Anne Beadell Hwy, it was disappointing to
   find evidence of extensive burning in recent years throughout most of
   the accessible aspects of the reserve. No Princess Parrots nor
   Scarlet-chested Parrots were encountered, contrasting an apparent
   abundance of both species on the SA side of border. I would recommend
   anyone intending to visit Neale Junction to consider the drive from the
   east, which at present, at least, is in terrific shape, and with more
   complex vegetation accompanying both Mallee and Mulga woodlands, and
   seemingly, a much higher incidence of birds and reptiles. It needs to
   be kept in mind however, that the eastern approach is much much
   rougher, and requires additional permits.
   John Weigel
   Broad-billed Sandpiper Cocos Keeling Islands , South Island
   One Broad-billed Sandpiper with a small group of waders.
   Geof Christie
   Saunders Tern Cocos Keeling Islands,SouthIsland sand flats.
   There are now 7 Saunders Terns roosting on the same sand bar as
   previous years. More should arrive and stay until March. There is now
   10 differant species of migrating waders on Cocos.
   Geof Christie
   Fri 3 Oct Black Falcon Farm Dam approx 2km North of Minilya Bridge
   Travelling south to Carnarvon from Exmouth and noticed a lot of bird
   activity around dam just off NW Coastal Highway. Stopped to investigate
   and found 30+ Budgerigars, 20+ Cockatiels, 30+ Diamond Dove, 2
   Whistling Kites and 1000+ Zebra Finch at the dam drinking. Whilst
   observing this a new raptor flew and and all the birds were immediately
   agitated. Watched bird and photographed and saw that bird was a Black
   Ross Jones
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