I agree with this (below) and think / believe the
subject has been raised before. On a very quick look through early 1980s CBN
there is plenty of indications. They were at Jerrabomberra Wetlands in 1982,
see CBN 9 (1): 21. They were around the Tuggeranong silt trap area years
ago, even Village Creek Kambah CBN 9(3): 124 (I think that is near where Athllon
Drive is now). Jack Holland may have details. His 1985, CBN 10 (4): 114-131
article having this to say: "Several records from both sites but with no
obvious pattern. Species is not resident". I'm sure I haven't seen them in
Kambah or around Tuggeranong Lake since the lake was formed. Surely someone
could trawl through COG records or ABR and we could get a handle on this. Not
wanting to diminish concerns over the Little Eagle issue but I think
we have more believable and consistent data on a local decline (I don't know
about demise) on the White-fronted Chats than for the Little Eagle.
They are at the sewage works at Bungendore also.
Then there was the phantom "White Wagtail" mis-ids
that appear to have been White-fronted Chats a couple of years ago.