Published sightings for the week ending 18 Jan 2015.
Sun 18 Jan Marsh Sandpiper Hird Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Eight Marsh Sandpipers in shallows. Also 2 Glossy Ibis and 2 Spotted
Sat 17 Jan Dollarbird Seymour River Walk
Dollarbird sitting quietly in a hollow about 30m above ground in a
River Red Gum. Another Dollarbird atop a dead tree across the river
Valerie La May
possible Grey-headed Lapwing Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
John Hall, photographed this bird in a bird hide near Chiltern NP on
the 5th DECEMBER 2014. At this time there are no more details. Attached
is an image of the bird in flight. Published to encourage people to
look out in the area.
John Hall per James Mustafa (Australian Twitchers Facebook Group)
Fri 16 Jan Common Greenshank, Glossy Ibis McDonald Swamp Wildlife
Pair of Common Greenshanks in shallows next to drain track near
Lancaster Rd. Also 30 Glossy Ibis still present.
Freckled Duck Lake Murphy
Five Freckled Ducks in southern section seen from east side.
Thu 15 Jan Pink-eared Ducks Elsternwick Park, Brighton and Elsternwick
Public Golf Course
2 in Golf Course and 1 at Elsternwick Park Lake. Infrequent visitor.
Sooty Owl Morwell National Park
Seen and heard at Billy Creek Weir just after dark. Stayed high in the
canopy and hawked (presumably) for insects.
Brett Whitfield and Lachlan Clark
Pink-eared Duck Banyule Flats Reserve
Two birds resting on a log in the middle of the wetland during the
afternoon. Only the second time I've seen them here.
Terek Sandpiper Glenelg Estuary, Nelson
Single Terek Sandpiper foraging in shallow water beside sand bar with
Bar-tailed Godwits, Common Greenshanks and Red-necked Stints nearby.
Eastern Koel Yarra Glen
Its call alerted me to it presence - stayed about 5 min emitting its
Wed 14 Jan Grey Goshawk (White Morph) Timboon - Rail Trail
Single bird seen approx 500m left from beginning of rail trail track.
Adrian de Leiros
Horsfields Bushlark Sinclairs Road Rockbank
Bushlark seen on farm fence along Sinclairs Road , near Reed Crt.
Second sighting in this area in two days.
Tue 13 Jan Ground Parrot ( eastern ) Marlo aerodrome
Two Ground Parrots were observed on separate occasions during an
extended walk around the perimeter of the Marlo aerodrome this morning.
Around 0940hrs Jacquie disturbed an adult bird from regenerating
heathland vegetation alongside the boundary track while some two hours
later around 1130hrs, I flushed another bird from short heathland scrub
at the nw corner of this site. An earlier EGBOC Camp noted 6 birds from
this same area but recent observations have been few and far between
relying almost exclusively on sound records.
Len and Jacquie Axen
Freckled Duck & Gold-headed Cisticola Cardinia Creek Parklands (North)
In pond on other side of western fence - 3 Freckled Duck, Grey Teal,
Chestnut Teal, Hoary-headed Grebe, Australian Wood Duck, Eurasian Coot
& Purple Swamphen. Around walking track - Gold-headed Cisticola (1
seen, several heard), 3 Black-shouldered Kite, Grey Fantail, Willie
Wagtail, Superb Fairywren, Eastern & Crimson Rosella, Red Wattlebird,
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. (Also S21327419)
Nankeen Night-Heron Tanti Ck, Mornington
Single bird observed foraging on bank of creek just after heavy rain
stopped at ~3:30pm
Channel-billed Cuckoo Ringwood
Was shocked this morning to discover the distinctive sound of a
channel-billed cuckoo. I first heard it distantly when still in bed
(approx 9.45) which I brushed off as a particularly excited and
hysterical kookaburra. Re-heard at 10.20 to the northeast approx. 500
meters away from Norwood Reserve. Perhaps this is the same bird sighted
in the area on dec 23. A quick wander down the block couldn't locate
the bird. There are a few large fig trees in the area and many large
old pines, similar to the habitat where the birds are seen annually in
Mon 12 Jan Glossy Black-cockatoo Tulloch Ard Lookout Walk, Snowy River
Heard then seen along walking track to Tulloch Ard Gorge lookout, while
leading tour with Echidna Walkabout. Feeding on Casuarina. 3 birds
seen, with at least 1 adult male
White-throated Needletail Warranwood
Seen while standing on the roof, at 8pm initially 3 White-throated
Needletails cruised over the house from the North heading South in a
loose bunch then 10 minutes later a single WtN cruised over from the
West and headed North.
Grey Goshawk Colac 10' Cell
4 individual Grey Goshawk sightings today. First on the way out
Carlisle/Colac Road just past the Irrewillipe turn off at 7:30am.
Second on Old Carlisle Track about 9am. Third on the way home going
through Larpent at 4pm, then the fourth just on the outskirts of Colac
at about 4:10pm.
Sun 11 Jan White-winged Choughs Viewbank
7 in red gums at end of Martins Lane. This species is rare in middle
Sat 10 Jan Black falcon Donnybrook
Single bird observed flying over John Laffan Reserve (Donnybrook
Mon 5 Jan Long-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Banded Lapwing
Dowitcher located on the southern end of the lake by a birder from
Deniliquin who contacted us immediately. Water levels had greatly
receded. However, given the rain in the past few days (writing this
report very late), they may well be up again. At least 4 Pectoral
Sandpipers and 6 Banded Lapwings were also observed.
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Owen Lishmund, Meredith Thomas & others
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