Published sightings for the week ending 4 Jan 2015.
Sun 4 Jan Eastern Curlew, Banded Lapwing Western Treatment Plant
Eastern Curlew seen Western Lagoons and Banded Lapwings seen in
Paddocks opposite Avalon Airport on Beach Road.
Corrie & Ian Macartney
Red-necked Avocet Fishers Wetland (Newhaven)
One lone Red-necked Avocet resting amongst the resident Aust Shovellers
and Black Swans. It is the first time we have seen an Avocet at Fishers
Sally & Derek Whitehead
Sat 3 Jan Long Billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
Seen at southern end surrounded by Sharp Tailed Sandpipers and other
waders. Did not flush.
Nick, Tom, Alex, Robyn and Duncan Goode
Fri 2 Jan Many waders (several 1000), Terns, Plume Whistle Ducks etc.
The main swamp is drying but going out with a bang with 1000s stilts,
sandpipers, Whiskered Terns, swans, Glossy Ibis etc. etc. It literally
will be dry within days - so hurry - superb photographic opportunities.
To access go to boat ramp and walk directly south for 1-2 kms towards
the maroon area (Red Milfoil) and enjoy. Need water bottle, hat, old
runners and binos, spotting scope, camera
Thu 1 Jan Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Mistletoebird and
White-throated Gerygone You Yangs Regional Park
Speckled Warbler, Mistletoebird and Buff-rumped Thornbill all seen at
the junction of the asphalt road leading from rangers station and the
great circuit loop track, pulled over and all birds were seen just on
side of road. We tracked down the White-throated Gerygone on Branding
Yards track where was last seen, calling beautifully
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds and Andrew Allen
Black-chinned Honeyeater (2) , Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (1), Pjnk-eared
Duck (1) Serendip Sanctuary
Black-chinned and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater were near the observation
tower just before north arm dam, also at the dam 1 lone Pink-eared
Duck, also of note on dam was a lone Red-kneed Dotterel 3 Black-tailed
Native-hens and at least 700 Magpie Geese
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds and Andrew Allen
Spotless Crake (1) Grey Plover (2) Banded Plover (10) Western Treatment
Spotless Crake in pond just inside gate 4 near boat ramp on Beach Rd,
easily observed with 2 Spotted Crake. 2 Grey Plovers and 2 Bar-tailed
Godwits on the Spit and Banded Lapwings were in usual spot along Beach
Rd heading towards Avalon.
Philip Peel and Andrew Allen
White-winged Triller (2), Red-capped Robin (3) Woodlands Historic Park
Early morning start, 54 species but definitely highlight being male and
female white-winged triller and 3 robins chasing each other around near
sugar gum plantation
Philip Peel and Andrew Allen
Black Falcon and Australian Hobby Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One female harassing a large flock of Shelduck resting in the paddock
adjoining Avalon (Beach Rd. east of Avalon Airfield). Also one
Australian Hobby plucking a small bird while perched in a dead tree
near the Little River ford.
Julian Lea-Wood and Tom Fletcher
Eastern Osprey Hume Hwy near Wodonga
Eastern Osprey seen flying over lagoon off side of Hwy between Wodonga
and Albury but on the Wodonga side just! Very surprised to see it there
so far inland.... but there was no mistaking it! It was low, close and
in good light! Moderators note: no photos available for 100 %
confirmation. Posted for others to follow up.
Freckled Duck, Pectoral Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Two Freckled Ducks on the "box" in the pond 24 (south-east of Lake
Borrie); single Pectoral Sandpiper in the first lagoon north of boat
Mark Stanley, Annette Hatten
Cape Barren Geese Baxter -Mornington Peninsula Freeway north of Eramosa
We were driving southwards down the Freeway at 11.30 this morning and I
noticed eight, maybe 9, Cape Barren Geese in a short-grass paddock
beside the Freeway. Paddock probably cut for hay - lots of horses and
hay rolls around. As I asked "Where are we?" Eramosa Road West
appeared. Melway says the site is in Baxter.
Lewin's Rail, Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake Truganina Swamp, Altona
About 8am, immature Lewin's Rail seen close to the fence beside the
path that runs south from the railway line between two swamps. 1x
Spotted and Spotless Crakes in the same area. Same three species seen
in the same area yesterday around the same time.
Southern Boobook, Blue-winged Parrot Brisbane Ranges National Park
We were barely 100 metres along Sheep Track when the Boobook flew to a
tree branch just in front of us at 11.15am this morning. Also surprised
to see a pair of BWPs in such dry woodland.
Hedley and Irena Earl
Buff-banded Rail La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
1 seen right next to the car near corner of Research Ave & the Ring Rd
next to a small pond.
Little Corella Camberwell
At the stroke of midnight, a small agitated flock settled briefly in a
very large poplar before flying off calling. Apparently disturbed by
the sound of fireworks from the city, possibly closer. I haven't seen
them for months in the local area.
Wed 31 Dec Eastern Koel Benalla. Clarendon Street
Gained our attention by calling loudly from the tree, an exotic, in the
garden next door. Flew around the neighbourhood a few times before
appearing to go to roost locally. Too dark to gain any photos.
Bill & Jackie Morecraft
Long billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
Resting in the water close to the Southern shore among a group of
Robyn Duff, Noel Renouf and 3 others
Grey Goshawk(white phase), Cicadabird Yarra Ranges National
Park--Badger Weir Park
Vocal pair of white phase Grey Goshawk present again today (also seen
on 19th Nov), and a pair of Cicadabird still present were the
highlights of a great morning's birding. A great way to end the year.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
Brush Bronzewing Glenfern Valley Bushland
Pink-eared Duck, Eastern Koel Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
A pair of pink-eared ducks was doing circle work on the Ornamental Lake
in the Gardens this morning. I'm not sure if that is a first for the
Gardens but certainly the first pink-ears seen by Trisha or me. Also
saw a male koel flying across the Ornamental Lake at the same time as
we could hear another calling. It's possible that there's two pairs of
koels in the Gardens. Yesterday we saw a great egret in full breeding
plumage. This bird has probably abandoned any breeding attempt this
year due to lack of inland river flooding. From David Plant: Re Phil
Maher's sighting of Pink-eared Ducks and querying if it was the first
sighting at the RBG.They have been recorded there in 1997, 2002 and
Tue 30 Dec Spotted Quail-thrush Croajingolong National Park--Genoa Peak
We flushed a single Spotted Quail-thrush from the Genoa Peak trail,
about halfway to the top in a rocky section.
Glossy Ibis McDonald Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Up to 50 Glossy Ibis (some in breeding plumage) feeding on the North
East shoreline located off Lancaster Road. Water in the lake is going
through drawdown phase creating opportunities for waders.
Adrian Martins via Anthony Sloan
Long Billed Dowitcher and Square Tailed Kite Lake Tutchewop
The Long Billed Dowitcher is still at Lake Tutchewop. It was found by
us this morning in the SW corner of the lake. It wasn't in the water
but was in some of the shoreline scrub sheltering down with the STSP to
keep out of the strong wind. Also on the way up and also on the way
back a Square Tailed kite was seen hawking above the road just north of
Greg and Janice McKay and Dave Livermore
Mon 29 Dec Square-tailed Kite Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
Flew low over the dam & camping area.
Kathy Costello, Val La May, Jenny Lawson, Julie Rundell
Tue 23 Dec Leucistic eurasian coot Lake Murphy
Observed from a long distance through binos appeared to be a Leucistic
Eurasian Coot swimming amongst a throng of other water birds (including
hundreds of other Coots) on Lake Murphy.
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