Birdline Australia Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 01:30:20 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 7 Feb 2010.

Mon 1 Feb       Lesser Paradise Kingfisher Saibai Island , Queensland 
Adult Lesser Paradise Kingfisher (also known as Aru/Little Paradise
Kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis) found dead in the township on Saibai
Island on the 25th January. This is a new bird for Australia. Given it's
location in the street, it most probably hit powerlines. The specimen is
now in transit to a museum. The most obvious feature that makes it a
Lesser Paradise Kingfisher and not a Common Paradise Kingfisher is that
with the exception of the tail streamer (a recently erupted white-tipped
pin), the entire tail is blue. The species is reported to be common in
the Trans-Fly region of Southern PNG. Feedback and comments welcome.Some
pics of the specimen can be found here: . Also
lots of Uniform Swiftlets, Papuan Flowerpeckers, Collared Imperial
Pigeons and a Black-headed Gull on both islands. 
Bob Gosford, Rohan Clarke 

Sun 31 Jan      Little Curlew Western Treatment Plant, Victoria 
2 Little Curlews on western side of Austin Lagoon. Bit of a puzzle when
I first saw the first bird with shelducks, head was tucked in, looked
very strange & buffy & I couldn't work out what would have a pale
central crown stripe, but when it stuck it's bill out it was short &
slightly downcurved, I knew it was a Little Curlew. Later saw another
bird with it. Unfortunately too closely associated with a flock of
nervous shelducks, so flew away when I tried to get photos, but got
identifiable shots of perched birds & better ones in flight. Had a Wood
Sandpiper in south-west corner of Austin Rd. Nice views of 2 Spotless
Crake on north side of Little River Ford. Too dull for good photos. 
Kevin Bartram 

Wed 27 Jan      Cockatiel Croajingolong, Victoria 
2 Cockatiels were seen flying over bushland along Mallacoota Rd near
Double Creek. This may be a first record for Croajingolong and east
Tim Dolby 

Thu 21 Jan      Uniform Swiftlet Boigu and Saibai Islands, Torres
Strait, Queensland 
First birds seen on Boigu on about the 19th January. Seen on three
different days on both Boigu Island and then later on Saibai Island up
until about 25th January. Up to four together at times but usually just
one or two. Always in the mornings and in the company of Fork-tailed
Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle, Laura Sisson and John Ewen 

        Black-headed Gull Boigu and Saibai Islands, Queensland 
Two Black-headed Gulls, one on Boigu Island and the other on Saibai
Island. Both are first winter birds about to moult into first summer
with the Boigu Island bird being slightly more advanced. First records
for Queensland. 
Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle et al. 

Tue 19 Jan      Beach Stone-Curlew Thomas River Inlet Cape Arid Nat park
WA, Western Australia 
Two observations were made over two days. The first observation was
early evening 7:15 on the 19/1/10. The bird was on the shoreline of a
closed inlet accessed from Shire camping ground, Cape Arid NP. The bird
flew off after viewing. The second observation was at 10:10am, 20/1/10.
Good lighting and at the same place. Bird moved in and out of cover
along shoreline. Moderator's note: This bird was first reported by the
ranger on the 24/01/2009 so has been present for at least a year. 
Clive Rosewarne, with Christine Schlesinger, Alexandra Rosewarne (1st to
see bird) and Jonah Rosewar 


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