Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:35:06 +0000
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, October 19, 2015 to Sunday, October 25, 2015:

Area: SA

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Location: Smaller pond off western side of Main South Road and Onkaparinga 
River road bridge, adjacent to Old Noarlunga township and alongside the Boy 
Scout Hall

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (1) One or two of the Blue-billed Ducks 
have been appearing in the ponds off Main Sth Rd each year around 
Winter/Spring, likely because this is the only pond/lake that has water now and 
almost all year around. Was unaware if they actually bred here or not until 
this morning when I photographed a female and 4 ducklings hugging the reed beds 
on the far side of the smaller and deeper pond this morning. First sighting of 
ducklings of this species I've seen, and lovely to think they may continue to 
breed annually, here's hoping they continue each year

Reported by: Colin Cock on Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Location: Goolwa Effluent Ponds

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (5) Five adults feeding in a tight 
group loosely associated with 8 Black-winged Stilts although when disturbed 
they all flew around together but settled again and returned to feeding 

I was surprised how shallow the main pool is. The Stilts were walking around in 
the centre of it. Two of the 3 smaller pools are completely dry. The value of 
this site has declined since the construction of two high banked reservoirs 
adjacent and to which there is no public access. The entrances to the site now 
have elaborate rustic wooden signs stating "Kessell Road Ponds". The money 
would have been better spent on buying some water!

Reported by: Jeffrey Crocker on Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Location: Point Sturt Road, Point Sturt, private property

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea) (1) A single bird heard calling 
over the last few days. This is the second sighting at this location in the 
past two years(September 2013).

Reported by: Michaela Doecke on Thursday, October 22, 2015


Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Location: Sandy Creek Conservation Park

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) (1) Adult male bird sighted near 
restored cottage (adj. Pimpala Rd). It aggressively pursued a pair of grey 
shrike-thrush for 200m from where first sighted, but later returned to 
investigate a processional caterpillar nest. It remained silent for the 10 
minute observation period and did not respond to calls.

Reported by: Jeff Philcox on Sunday, October 25, 2015


Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Location: Washpool ALdinga

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) (1) 20 Cape Barren Geese feeding 
in grass on Northern side of Washpool

Water in both ponds, but drying out. Usual Black winged Stilts, Grey Teal, 
White faced Heron, Black Swans, Masked Lapwing, Whiskered Tern, 2 silver gulls.

with Margaret Moxon & Christine Bates-Brownsword

Reported by: Sue Winwood on Sunday, October 25, 2015


Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Location: Dry Creek Trails Valley View

Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) (1) With young, but as is very often the 
case, the nest is very close to a Magpie Lark's nest. This fact is also 
prevalent at Whites Rd in 3 areas around the smallest of the bottom ponds/lakes.
Also noted that the Horsfields Bronze-Cuckoo is still around the pile of dead 
branches/sticks in the paddock at the bottom of the smallest of the ponds/lakes.
Photos attached.

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) (1) At least 30 meters up a gum 
tree. Photo attached.

Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) (1) 2 Willie Wagtails making 
their danger signals attracted me to a dark patch in a tree some 50 meters 
away. Not the best photo but looks to me like a Collared Sparrowhawk.

Reported by: Gordon Pateman on Sunday, October 25, 2015


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