Birdline Victoria Update - 7 August 2005

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Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 10:34:48 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 214
For the week ending: 7 August 2005

7 August
At Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve there were 8 Swift Parrots, 11
White-browed Babblers, 3 Black-chinned Honeyeaters, a White-bellied
Cuckoo-shrike, 5 early return or overwintering Dusky Woodswallows and a
Black Kite. Thanks Michael Ramsey

7 August
At Seymour Bushland Reserve there was a Speckled Warbler. Thanks Michael

6 August
There was a Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle soaring above Point Addis.
Thanks Peter Fuller.

6 August
There was a Spotted Harrier at Mt Pollock near Inverleigh. Thanks Peter

6 August
A pair of Red-capped Robins were back at their old haunts on the Avon River
at Bushy Park today. Thanks Duncan Fraser.

4 August
One Black-browed Albatross was seen at 9.15 am on 4 August from the
Queenscliff - Sorrento Ferry, approximately midway across the Bay - Strait
passage in open water. Conditions were windy (15 knots from the south),
showery and cold (10 C?) following the passage a major cold front about 12
hours earlier. Thanks Andrew Walter.

3 August
An Eastern Curlew was observed foraging on the sand flats adjacent to the
mouth of the Snowy River. An uncommon sighting in Marlo during early August.
Thanks Len Axen

2 August
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Tuesday 2 August: 3 Gang-gang Cockatoos. Thanks
Richard Nowotny.

1 August
During the EGBOC outing to Raymond Island uninterrupted views of a Grey
Goshawk soaring high above the former primary school site were recorded by a
number of observers. Chris Healey/Len Axen.

1 August
Approximately 2km from Genoa on the Melbourne side, feeding in thick
roadside Casuarinas, were 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos -male, female and
probable juvenile. Also one Tree Martin at Genoa. Thanks Steve Davidson.

1 August
A Purple Swamphen was seen saw at the Elster Creek on 1st August is the
first definite report for the City of Bayside that Michael Norris knows of
since February 1958. Thanks Michael Norris.

1 August
A single Major Mitchell's Cockatoo was observed for some ten minutes in the
Jackson's Creek Valley at Sunbury. It was with a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
and the two acted together. The Major Mitchell was in no way distressed or
concerned, sitting for some time in a tree and preening. The pair eventually
flew off upstream. Thanks Roger McGlashan.

Late July
In the past week, the strip of Foreshore Road, Corio (between Geelong
Grammar and the Shell Refinery) has yielded the following: Peregrine Falcon;
a pair of Black-shouldered Kites (seen several times); Barn Owl; Whistling
Kite (a pair seem to have nested between here and Lara last spring-summer).
Thanks Russell Woodford.

31 July
Westgate Park (Fisherman’s Bend) Sunday 31 July: A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater,
5 Crested Pigeons, and a Pink-eared Duck (my first sighting in 3 years of
visits). Thanks Richard Nowotny.

30 July
At least 500 Freckled Ducks were still present on Lake Guyatt in Sale as
well as a single Azure Kingfisher nearby, and 42 Cattle Egrets coming in to
roost. Thanks Steve Davidson.

28 July
A Northern Royal Albatross (adult) observed from carpark lookout at "The
Passage" Port Fairy also Shy Albatross (4) and Black-browed Albatross (8+).
Thanks Peter Barrand.

26 July
At lunch today (after a kick of the footy, around 1:30pm), saw 50+
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying Albert Park'wards over the St Kilda Rd
and Toorak Road Intersection making a lot of noise. Thanks Vin Lam.

25 July
There was a single Fairy Martin with a small flock of Welcome Swallows just
inside the gate going from Western to Eastern Treatment Plant near Lake
Borrie, thought this was strange enough at this time of year to report. John
& Sue O’Malley.

24 July
On Sunday 24th July at about 2:30 in the afternoon I saw Barn Owl behind
Edwards Place, Edwardes street Reservoir. It was in a stand alone Eucalypt
with many Lorikeets. The Lorikeets were screeching at it, but not attacking
it. After 30 seconds or so it left the tree and flew North. I didn't expect
to see anything special, I was just going to the supermarket because it was
half time at the football. Thanks John Gray.

24 July
8000 Eurasian Coots at Lake Modewarre near Whittlesea. Thanks Sean Dooley.

24 July
It was a quiet count at the regular Eastern Treatment Plant survey but the
Australasian Bittern and Fan-tailed Cuckoo were good sightings. Thanks Mike

24 July
Dean Ingwerson, along with Noel, Asha and Brenna Billing, saw an
Australasian Bittern along the coast in the Western Treatment Plant this
afternoon. It was sitting out in the open next to the coast track, near the
causeway across to the Borrow Pits, when we found it. Had great views for
several minutes before it hid in some reeds, only to fly out to the coast
shortly after.

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