Birdline Australia Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 01:30:17 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 21 Feb 2010.

Sun 21 Feb      Magpie Goose Lake Purrumbete, Victoria 
A single bird at the western end of the Lake Purrumbete settlement. 
Richard & Margaret Alcorn 

        Grey Goshawk (white form) Lake Bullen Merri, Camperdown,
This morning flying over the lake. Also seen nearby Brown Goshawk and
Black-shouldered Kite. At Mt Leura, only a few kms away, 2 Peregrine
Falcons were observed flying at a soaring Little Eagle. 
Richard & Margaret Alcorn 

        Oriental Plover Price 5570, South Australia 
First observed on 12 February, for the past four days the 4 Oriental
Plovers have been present morning and afternoon within the paddock
approx. 10 km from Price township at 34 21" 450S, 137 58" 850E.) On the
odd visit when birds are not evident immediately, they usual appear if
one returns after an hour or so absence. Morning visits before 9.00 hrs
is best to avoid heat haze, flies and sea breeze 
Ian May 

Sat 20 Feb      Ruff Reedy Lake, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria 
One Ruff foraging in the company of 150 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Reedy
Lake. Enter from southern end of Moolap Station Road and walk east to
the Lake. Bird was seen around the flooded Melaleuca bushes (these are
near some nest boxes). Also at this site one Wood Sandpiper,
Black-tailed Godwits, Marsh Sandpipers, Greenshanks, Red-kneed Dotterels
and Masked Lapwings. 
Ash Herrod, Robyn Atkinson, Steve Atkinson, Ken Haines 

Fri 19 Feb      Possible Eurasian Curlew Stockton Sandspit, Newcastle,
New South Wales 
There is a report of a Eurasian Curlew on Stockton Sandspit. 
Phil Hansbro 

        Oriental Pratincole Roebuck Plains, Western Australia 
A minimum of 60,000 Oriental Pratincole's are currently feeding on
Roebuck Plains along the highway to Port Headland. 
Adrian Boyle 

Thu 18 Feb      Oriental Plover Price, South Australia 
4 Oriental Plovers (18 Feb. 2010) at in a paddock approx. 150 metres
south west of Hills Rd otherwise known as Mac's Beach Rd near Price. 
Ian May 

Wed 17 Feb      Little Curlew Unpaved Road , Bird Island, Wallaroo.,
South Australia 
Three birds in a paddock, seen from the road leading down to the beach.
First reported by Teresa Jack on 16 Feb 2010. Birds tend to stick
together and appear to be settled. 
Edward Smith 

        Plumed Whistling-Duck Wilby, Victoria 
Overnight more Plumed Whistling-Ducks have arrived at a large farm dam.
There are now over 20. I managed a photo this morning. The birds were
very flighty and took off soon after the photo was taken giving their
whistling calls and then settling in a paddock nearby. 
Michael Ramsey 

        Ringed Plover Finucane Island near Port Hedland, Western
Possible non-breeding Ringed Plover on Finucane Island near Port
Hedland. Marieke would like to point out that 1. the Finucane Island
site is not accessible to the public and; 2. the wetland is now
completely inundated with runoff from an overflowing sump and no longer
suitable for waders. He notes that there are mudflats all around the
Finucane Island coastline with large numbers of of waders including
Greater and Lesser Sand Plover - so the Ring Plover may well be in
association with these species. Also at the Walkabout Hotel sewage ponds
(Port Hedland) Star Finch and a family of Flock Bronzewing were seen
Marieke Weerheim per Tim Dolby 

Tue 16 Feb      Little Curlew, Oriental Plover Bird Island Conservation
Park, South Australia 
Ms Teresa Jack (16/02/10) found 3 Little Curlew and 3 Oriental Plover at
Bird Island CP. Road south of Wallaroo SA (approx. 50 km nw of Price) .
17th Feb. several observers including myself met Teresa at the Wallaroo
site and were lucky enough to see the 3 Little Curlews. 
Teresa Jack per Ian May 

Sun 14 Feb      Gould's Petrel, Royal Albatross, Buller's Albatross,
Pomarine Jaeger, Grey-backed Storm-petrel etc Pelagic trip off Port
MacDonnell, South Australia 
One Gould's Petrel seen passing the boat a few times over continental
shelf. Also 1 immature Southern Royal Albatross, a brief view of a
Buller's Albatross, an immature Pomarine Jaeger. Awesome views of
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel & White-faced. Good numbers of Black-browed &
Yellow-nosed Albatross. 
Kevin Bartram 

Sat 13 Feb      Laughing Gull Lord Howe Island, New South Wales 
After looking all week, the imm. Laughing Gull was at last sighted &
photographed on North Beach at low tide. It was in company with Godwits,
Ruddy Turnstones & P. Golden Plovers. 
Brian & Meg Johnson 

        Western Whipbird Innes National Park , South Australia 
Western Whipbird, Innes Nat Park Roysten Head trail. Several individuals
calling. Lucky to finally see one pop out of the scrub and give good
views. Also Black Falcon, perched on roadside 5 km South of Port
Wakerfield on highway -adult bird perched on dead roadside tree. 
eddy smith 

        Elegant Parrot Cape Nelson, Victoria 
Happened upon 3 Neophemas at the edge of the main carpark at Cape
Nelson. I was astounded to see 2 with a 2-toned blue-frontal band &
wings, & the yellowish olive upperparts (not greyish-olive) confirmed my
ID. 2 adult Elegant Parrots were bathing in a small pond with a juvenile
Blue-winged Parrot. There were another 20 or so Blue-wings in area,
mostly juvenile. Also flushed 2 Beautiful Firetails near the lighthouse.
Heaps of Rufous Bristlebirds singing, & a few glipses also. Lots of
birds around, Silvereyes, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. Also Peregrine flew
over, then was seen going straight out to sea! Seabirds scattered
offshore, best was a Black-browed Albatross & an Arctic Jaeger. 
Kevin Bartram 


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