Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 11 Jan 2015.
Sun 11 Jan Painted Honeyeater 15 km Sth of Condobolin
The four or five pairs of Painted HEs are still present and breeding.
Found a nest today with two large chicks just about to fledge. Also
present were Superb Parrots and numerous Mistletoebirds with juveniles.
Finally good rains recently have given the area some kind of Spring as
a lot of the small birds are now starting a late breeding.
White-rumped Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lesser Sand-plover,
Fairy Tern Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper located on the lake near the south western
corner of the little tern nesting area before it flew with the other
waders to within the fenced off area. It then moved between the two
spots, but appeared most comfortable inside the fence. At least 4
Lesser Sand-plovers and 2 Broad-billed Sandpipers were also present.
One Fairy Tern, two White-winged Black Terns and both knot species were
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Lachlan Hall & others
Whimbrel Deeban Spit Port Hacking
1 Whimbrel standing in with 16 eastern curlews at high tide.
Sat 10 Jan Ostrich Barham-Moama Rd and Lashbrooks Rd, NSW
Observed 12 adult Ostriches and 6 young ones at known site at
Lashbrooks Rd. We were approx 1 km down Lashbrooks Rd looking east.
Birds were well away from Lashbrooks Road but could be seen with bins
Jim and Greg Caine
Streaked Shearwater, Common Noddy. Sydney Harbour National Park-North
Seen my first Streaked Shearwater for the summer today in with
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and 2 Common Noddys flying north close to the
Wandering Whistling-duck, Black-backed Bittern, Australasian Bittern
Two Wandering Whistling-duck were observed and photographed in the
central pond off Petersham Rd (the first one you get to taking the
gravel track past the entrance building). Subsequently, two
Australasian Bittern were flushed (see ebird for details). 3
Black-backed Bittern were flushed near the dirt mound overlooking the
central pond the ducks were on, and a further single male was flushed
on the sewage ponds.
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Meredith Thomas
Black Falcon Hiney Road, Orange
Two Black Falcons perched in dead tree over paddock with calling Brown
Quail, one flew when disturbed.
White-rumped Sandpiper & Broad-billed Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper still present in same spot. Also noteworthy were
3 Broad-billed Sandpipers briefly 6-6:15pm
Lesser Sand Plover Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Amongst the usual mix for this time of year was a lone Lesser Sand
Plover. Photographed attached.
Peaceful Dove High Range, Wombeyan Caves
One bird heard mid-morning today, by Wombeyan Caves Rd. My first record
for the Southern Highlands.
South Island Pied Oystercatcher Bundagen Headland
Originally we saw the SIPO on the beach about 2km North of the end of
Tuckers Rd. It then flew north about 500m to the rocks on Bundagen
Headlands. There it rested with Australian Pied Oystercatchers allowing
good comparison, until a Sea Eagle flew over and flushed all the birds
present. In flight the SIPO was noticeably smaller than the APO, with a
broad white trailing edge to the wing, joining the body, and a pointed
white mark going up the back. After they had settled again a pair of
APOs began to hassle the SIPO, eventually driving it south down the
beach. It returned ten minutes later and was again driven off to the
north, eventually flying out of sight. Under observation from
approximately 2pm to 2:30pm.
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton; Chris Burwell; Antonia Burwell-Rodriguez
LIttle Egret Nepean Weir, Penrith
2 Little Egrets at different times. One hunting along weir itself, then
a second bird about two hours later arriving from downstream. An
interesting note is that the previously dense population of nesting
cormorants (for several years) across the river is no more. For some
unknown reason the only nesting birds I've seen were three darters (3
nests), but the rest of the large quarry lake appeared just about
devoid of life.
Fri 9 Jan White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
Good views at close range with about 9 others from 10:30-11:45am. Good
comparison views next to Red-necked Stint. WRSA slightly larger,
browner and duller, bill slightly decurved, tail feathers protrude past
the tail. Speckles and some streaking on flanks. Overcast, no wind
about 26C. First seen at Shoalhaven Heads on 5/1/15. Photo attached and
eBird list attached but not complete.
Thu 8 Jan Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Forest Kingfisher, Coastal Emu Brooms
Head Road, Taloumbi
While observing an adult male Coastal Emu with 8 black-headed juveniles
foraging actively in a paddock we heard two Little Bronze-Cuckoos in a
nearby paperbark. When I located the Cuckoos I could see that they were
both adult males. One was displaying to the other by spreading its
wings and one was calling with a harsh call that I had not heard
before. It was neither of the calls described for the species in
HANZAB. I thought I saw a third Cuckoo but as the two males were moving
about a fair bit it was hard to tell if there was an additional bird. A
Forest Kingfisher was heard calling in the distance. The Emus
disappeared suddenly when two Dingoes showed up.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Wedge-tailed Eagle Matcham NSW
Seen 500 m Central Coast Hwy. There is evidence of feeding at the
location as there are multiple rabbit kills near a large eucalyptus.
Seen in flight being hassled by magpies. This is the 3rd sighting since
25 th Dec.2014
Sat 3 Jan Square-tailed Kite Basin View, St Georges Basin, South Coast
adult foraging at tree-top level around houses in Basin View Parade
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