Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 4 Jan 2015.
Sun 4 Jan Mangrove Gerygone Royal National Park--Bonnie Vale
Mangrove Gerygone heard singing from mangroves near the Bonnie
Vale/Maianbar bridge this afternoon.
Whistling Kite Bay Street, Greenwich, edge of Lane Cove River
A whistling kite flew close to the coastline heading westward at
10.20am this morning. I have not seen this species in this part of the
Black-faced Monarch, Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake, Spotted Harrier
Pitt Town Lagoon
Highlights from Pitt Town Lagoon this morning were 4 Baillon's Crake,
many Spotless Crakes were heard calling but remained hidden in the
reeds and a Spotted Harrier cruising over the reeds. What I thought was
pretty unusual for Pitt Town was a Black-faced Monarch in the trees on
the edge of the lagoon.
Topknot Pigeons Ferdinand Street, Hunters Hill
4-5 Topknot Pigeons flying and then landing in Liquid Amber tree in our
garden around 9 am.
Red-necked Avocet, Shoveler, Fecked Duck and Pink-eared Ducks Tuggerah
Waste water Treatmnet Plant, Wyong Rd Tuggerah
There are still 32 Red-necked Avocets on the back of the STW, along
with 78 Black-winged Stilts, 9 Shovelers, 2 Pink-eared and 2 Freckled
Ducks. Black-shouldered Kites and a Swamp Harriers also present as well
as about 460 Grey Teal, 120 Hardheads, 80 Hoary-headed Grebes and many
Little Grebes plus the usual waterbirds, great birding at present!
Regent Bowebird, Green Catbird, Spectacled Monarch Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Male Regent and 2 females feeding on kangaroo apple. This is just past
the old generator site. Also attracting Lewin's Honeyeater, Green
Catbirds and Silvereye. Male Satin Bowerbird seen nearby. Seen
yesterday was a Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarchs, Rufous
Fantails, 2 European Blackbird & Bul Buls.
Allan Benson & Alan Morris
Sat 3 Jan Black-necked Stork, Latham's Snipe, Grey Gosdhawk McPhersons
Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
The Black-necked Stork has been present the past 3 days at this site,
however this morning (4/1/15) from 600-1000 hrs it has been present
along the foreshore off Tuggerah Bay, seen from Geoffrey Rd Chittaway
(per Dellas Johnson). Other birds at McPhersons Swamp include 2+
Latham's Snipe, White-necked Heron, Intermediate Egret, Grey Goshawk,
Black-shouldered Kite, 2 Red-kneed Dotterel & 2 Chestnut-breasted
Mannikin. A Wedge-tailed Eagle & White-throated Needletails were
sighted there on 1/1/15
Alan Morris, photo Dellas Johnston
Grey Goshawk, Regent Bowerbird, Topknot pigeon Strickland State Forest
One Grey Goshawk flushed from the creek vegetation next to the trail.
One Female/imm Regent bowerbird (poor photo attached) and two Topknot
Pigeons. Rufous Fantails and Black Faced Monarchs also.
Lesser Sandplover (2), Wandering Tattler (2) Boat Harbour, Kurnell
On high tide this morning there were a pair of Lesser Sandplovers and a
pair of Wandering Tattlers at Boat Harbour, Kurnell. For Wandering
Tattlers see the 2 images for Jan 3 taken by Gary Dunnett in the
Further Information link to his Flickr photo album.
Gary Dunnett, Ken Gilmour, Bruce Roubin
Peregrine Falcon Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Two birds, appeared to be adults of the same sex (same size), probably
males, in aerial display high to the south of the Village. Circling
together then one would rise up stall briefly and fly towards second
bird. Both birds presented their talons to each other but no contact
was made. This was repeated a few times until the birds moved out of
sight in an easterly direction and appeared to be still displaying.
Nankeen Night Heron Nepean Weir, Penrith
In the nearly eight years of me visiting this area, not once have I
seen this bird here. I am sure they are around, but it was a surprise
landing of one in a small eucalyptus along the upper part of the walk,
which alerted me to its presence. I got some great views, especially as
a couple of walkers by flushed it and it descended down to the river
from up near the sake brewery where I saw it.
Fri 2 Jan Pheasant Coucal Royal National Park--Mt Bass
One Pheasant Coucal heard calling from low trees adjacent to heath near
the south end of the Mt. Bass Fire Trail.
Pacific Baza Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Baza heard calling in morning. Two observed the day before (01 Jan 15)
flying into eucalypts at edge of village near Cemetery.
Pacific Baza Armidale Street, South Grafton
Adult with heavy wing moult gliding north over residential area.
White-fronted, Painted, Brown Honeyeaters, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
"The winery", Whitton Stock Route Rd, Binya SF
An early morning visit to this site started with a flock of 12 Major
Mitchell's Cockatoos landing in a dead tree beside the car. In the
winery block itself, a Brown Honeyeater (rare for the area) and then a
White-fronted Honeyeater (even rarer) plus a Painted Honeyeater showed
themselves albeit briefly. A group of 8 Turquoise Parrots also flew
overhead and 12 Superb Parrots flew over the car as I was driving off.
A good start to my 2015 list!
Red-necked Avocet, Pink-eared Duck Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
20+ Avocets still on back pond. Single Pink-eared amongst mass of
Hardhead, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australasian and Hoary-headed
Latham's Snipe, Red-rumped Parrot Tuggerah, Central Coast Wetlands
3 Latham's Snipe flushed. 8 Red-rumped parrots including adults and
immatures. Red-rumps are uncommon on the central coast so this is
significant breeding record
Black-necked Stork, Latham's Snipe McPherson Road Swamp
Swamp very full with limited bird life. Black-necked Stork the stand
out bird. 2 Latham's Snipe flushed
Thu 1 Jan Satin Flycatcher Pope's Glen track, Blue Mountains National
Two active nests found 70 metres apart along the Pope's Glen track. At
least six adult Satin Flycatchers (and one nestling) seen along the
Spotted Harrier (I'mmature) Cornwallis
While I spent time photographing two recently fledged Brown Falcon
chicks (one still had down on its head), an immature Spotted Harrier
flew over the treetops coming from Bakers Lagoon. Sadly, I had to take
shots into the sun, so it is very contrasty, but I still managed some
good images of this beautiful young bird. I believe there may be at
least one nesting pair in the Nepean-Hawkesbury region, as for the last
two or more years I have been seeing young birds (photos taken too) as
well as many adults. However, it would be difficult to locate a nest if
there were one.
Spotted Harrier Freemans Reach
Adult Spotted Harrier spotted and photographed near corner of Argyle
Reach Road and Freemans Reach Road this afternoon. It was interesting
to note the harrier's behaviour from a distance, as initially I thought
it may have been a Square-tailed Kite. The harrier was hovering over
the treetops with feet fully down for a while.
Black Falcon, Glossy Ibis Bushells Lagoon, Wilberforce
There were at least six Glossy Ibis at the lagoon and five Whistling
Kites were harassing them at various times during mid-afternoon. I
suddenly noticed a larger falcon appear from the south and join the
kites harassing the waterbirds. The falcon then flew on towards the
town of Freemans Reach. Only a poor ID shot was taken of the falcon,
but the characteristics of plumage and its flight made ID a snap.
Wed 31 Dec Sooty Owl McKeown's Valley near Devil's Coachhouse, Jenolan
An excellent end to 2014. Two Sooty Owls calling repeatedly after dusk
(one seen well). Then male Spotted-tail Quoll seen running along road
close to caves, when leaving Jenolan.
Black Bittern,Australian Hobby,Osprey Erina Creek, Erina
While cruising on Erina Creek between East Gosford and Erina, we saw
one Osprey, two Australian Hobbies and a Black Bittern.
Richard & Peter Street, Andrew Melville
Single bird in flooded paddocks next to Pacifica Hwy approx. 3 - 4 km
north of Ulmarra.
Magpie Goose Grafton
A gaggle of at least 40 birds in a paddock adjacent to the Pacific Hwy
just past the BP on the north side of Grafton
Osprey, Spotted Crake, Little Tern Eastlakes
Great to see an Osprey hawking over the ponds this morning, scaring the
hell out of a flock of Masked Lapwings. Other good birds included a
Spotted Crake, a Black-fronted Dotterel chick perhaps 10 days old, 3
Horsfields Bronze Cuckoos, a Little Tern plus 2 Whiskered Terns, Swamp
Harrier, Brown Goshawk, a single Lathams Snipe, several Royal
Spoonbills, an Intermediate Egret and two pairs of Rufous Whistlers.
Tue 30 Dec Blue-billed Ducks Lake Wallace, Wallerawang.
At least 3 Blue-billed Ducks present along with Musk Duck, Great
Crested Grebes and large numbers of various other waterbirds including
Eurasian Coot, Hardheads, Hoary-headed Grebes etc.
Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Dollarbird Iluka Road, Woombah Village
Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling in park. Adult pair of Dollarbirds feeding
nestling in hollow in Small-fruited Grey Gum on roadside.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Common Greenshank Badgery's Creek
A single Common Greenshank was seen and photographed foraging along the
edges of the dam opposite the intersection of Elizabeth Dr and
Badgery's Creek Rd.
Ashwin Rudder & Simon Gorta
Sun 28 Dec Beach Stone-curlew Fingal Head
A bird sitting with what appeared to be one chick. (Note that in Linda
Brannian's Report for Birdlife Northern Rivers dated 25/11/14, in the
review of beach nesting birds in Tweed Shire, no mention is made of
Beach Stone-curlews nesting in the Fingal Head area, although single
birds have been reported. AKM)
Buff-banded Rail Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Overcast day on the Hunter River Floodplain with good numbers of
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Rednecked Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and a
single Marsh Sandpiper and Common Greenshank. Three Australian Spotted
Crakes observed as well as a pair of Buff-banded Rails with three
dependent chicks out for a forage.
Black Petrel Fingal Beach
The bird was seen sitting on the beach on Sunday (28th December) and
found dead this morning. It was taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
for storage and QLD Museum informed.
Glossy Black Cockatoo Boultwood Street, Coffs Harbour
2 birds feeding in belt of trees
Sat 27 Dec White-chinned Petrel Sydney Harbour National Park - North
Highlight from a seawatch off North Head was a White-chinned Petrel:
noticeably larger than a Flesh-footed Shearwater with a much larger
head and neck with a deeper pale bill; heading north, low graceful
flight with bowed wings only 200 meters off the headland.
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