Published sightings for the week ending 28 Feb 2010.
Sun 28 Feb Southern Boobook Merri Creek. East Brunswick.
One Southern Boobook in the large weeping willow (it's good to someone
making good use of a willow) directly below CERES on the opposite side
of the creek. It was quite well hidden but it's position was given away
by some pesky Noisy Miners (they also have their uses it seems).
Pacific Golden Plover Eumeralla Estuary & Beach
10 birds seen on rocky platform at mouth Eumeralla River (if it had been
running) associating with Double-banded & Red-capped Plovers and
Red-necked Stint. Excellent viewing, all 14 members HAMBOCA present got
see them through our telescope.
Spotted Quail-thrush Bribane Ranges NP
Near Switch Road and Shaft Track. Male flew up onto a bare branch about
5 m away. Other birds: Yellow-tufted, New Holland, Yellow-faced,
Brown-headed, White-naped and possible Black-chinned (caught a brief
impression of blue eyebrow but did not see chin) Honeyeaters, Musk
Lorikeet, Long-billed Corella, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet
Robin, Golden & Rufous Whistlers, Grey Shrikethrush, Red-browed
Painted Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo, White-throated
Needletail Killawarra Forest
Painted Honeyeater: 1 at Mattamia Road, 1 at the oval and 1 a little
further east at the camp. With so much mistletoe flowering at present
they may hang around for a while to take advantage of the mistletoe
berries. Black-eared Cuckoo: Seen near Mattamia Road, also calling a lot
as well, seems odd timing. White-throated Needletail: Two groups seen,
one at Mattamia Road and Frosts Crossing.
Sat 27 Feb Ruff Reedy Lake, Bellarine Peninsula
A Ruff was seen with 20 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Reedy Lake, Bellarine
Peninsula. (As reported previously by Ash Herrod), park at the car park
at the southern end of Moolap Station Rd, and walk east through the
gate. There is a wader roosting site about 100m north-east, in an area
favored by Red-kneed Dotterel (20+). Also here (among the many
waterbirds) were Black-tailed Godwit (6), Marsh Sandpiper (3) and 2
Glossy Ibis. I arrived around 2:00pm, and the birds seem to move to
other roosting sites around 4:00+.
Scarlet Honeyeater Coolart, Mornington Peninsula
One male seen in casuarinas outside the Information Centre. At the same
location where Brian Thomas saw & photographed 2 Scarlet Honeyeaters,
one female and possibly an immature on 26/2/2010.
Lewin's Rail Mount St Joseph Wetlands (Altona)
Sighted from Southern Platform , one chasing other into flight , 1
landed in front of south Platform other paused for ( pretty poor )
photo, then rushed back into reeds. About 10 minutes later another bird
seen running through gap on north side, Opposite South Platform. (2).
Black Kite Moonee Ponds
Flying down Puckle Street, presumably window-shopping
Scarlet Honeyeater Lerderderg Gorge
Richard & Ken Lang
Fri 26 Feb Rainbow Lorikeet - albino Royal Park, not far from Royal
I was walking along the eastern edge of Royal Park after the football
(about 1830) when a flock of around 12 Rainbow Lorikeets flew over
heading south. The last bird in the flock was an albino with a very pale
yellow tinge to its plumage. I also saw 6 Red-rumped Parrots feeding on
the Royal Parade nature strip, seemingly oblivious to heavy traffic on
one side and cyclists and pedestrians on the other.
Little Curlew Bulban Road, Werribee/Little River
One Little Curlew in a paddock amongst a dozen Banded Lapwings. It was
seen 900m from Newton's Rd going towards Edgars Rd, on the south side.
This is the same area that it was seen in the previous year.
Thu 25 Feb Brolga, Nankeen Night Heron Port Fairy
For anyone interested in photographing the night heron I recommend the
wharf at Port Fairy near the boat ramp. A male in breeding plumage plus
a juvenile can be seen daily walking around fishermen quietly on the
wharf. I took photos for an hour with the juvenile and the adult within
three meters. An adult was there the week before xmas 2009 so arguably
they are resident and quite people friendly. On the way home towards
Ararat I came across a pair of brolga knee deep in Lake Buninjon.
Azure Kingfisher, Purple-crowned Lorikeet Chinaman's Island
Azure Kingfisher: Perched on dead limb of a willow against the sunset,
very nice views (1). Purple-crowned Lorikeet: In lightly flowering
planted box tree, unsure of species. Lorikeets have been very scare in
North East Victoria over the last year (1).
Southern Emu-wren, Scarlet Honeyeater Yellingbo Nature Reserve
family of five Southern Emu-wrens, one or two Scarlet honeyeaters and a
Satin flycatcher today.
Common Sandpiper Altona (mouth of Kororoit Creek)
The Common Sandpiper is still present at the mouth of Kororoit Creek in
Altona. We tried twice in the evening (at low tide) and dipped, but saw
it this morning between 7:10am and 7:30am (at high tide). The bird was
initially on the mudflats at the creek/drain junction, but then flew to
the far bank of the creek, about 20-30m from the junction.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow
Wed 24 Feb Rainbow Beeeater, Little Eagle, Common Bronzewing
Rowsley Valley, near Bacchus Marsh.
Five Raptor species sighted today in the Rowsley Valley, including a
Little Eagle. Several Common Bronzewings were sighted as well as a
family of Rainbow Bee-eaters.
Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper Cheetham Salt works, Moolap
Two Ruffs and a Pectoral Sandpiper at the salt works this afternoon. One
of the Ruffs in the attached photo. Please note there is no public
access permitted at this site.
Tue 23 Feb Lewin's Rail Mt St Joseph pond, Altona
One bird seen about 6pm for about a minute at the back of the large gap
in the reeds opposite the south platform. Water level is back down to
1.13m, and this is my first sighting since it filled up a couple of
Mon 22 Feb Spotted Harrier Strathlea, east of Maryborough
I followed this bird as it flew north for about 3 km along the ridge to
the east of the Strathlea Road, eventually losing sight of it as it
headed north towards the Moolort Plains. This is my second sighting of
the species this summer (also seen 13/1).
Brolga, Little Curlew Western Treatment Plant, Werrribee
Two adult Brolga with one juvenile in paddock north side of Beach Rd,
just west of Point Wilson Road. Probably same birds as observed on
previous occasions (last year), in T Section grasslands as chick
developed. Three Little Curlews on southern side of Austin Road Pond
No.2 (thanks to previous sightings).
Ruff Reedy Lake off Moolap Station Rd, Bellarine Peninsula
Was seen with Sharptailed Sandpiper, Greenshank and Godwitts this
morning on the Northeastern side on the lake.
Kay and Kirsty Campbell
Sun 21 Feb Wedge-tailed Eagle Old Boral Quarry, McKimmies Road
Bird was sitting on limb of large Gum tree inside perimeter fence of
quarry. was in same place on previous Friday.
Common Sandpiper Mouth of Kororoit Creek, Williamstown
Following up Colin Mulvogue's report from Friday. About 7.30am (high
tide), flushed it from the rocks at the water's edge beside the hide at
the end of Maddox Rd. It flew 50m east and landed among the rocks on the
east side of the drain running into the sea there. Was able to watch it
feeding from under the the tea trees opposite.
Welcome Swallow (albino) Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
An albino Welcome Swallow was amongst the Welcome Swallows taking to the
air from the fence on the boundary of The Spit Reserve as we drove along
the adjacent track. The albino was then seemingly hounded to quite a
height and into the distance by a number of the other Welcome Swallows.
My apologies for the photograph which is a rear view and taken when the
bird had been chased quite some distance.
Plumed Whistling-Duck, Fork-tailed Swift, Bush Stone-Curlew,
Painted Honeyeater North central Victoria
A really nice selection of birds was seen around the central Murray
district - with the Murray Goulburn BOCA group. Near Wilby 34 Plumed
Whistling-Duck were seen on a small dam (up from 20 on 17/02/2010 and 6
on 16/02/2010, reported by Michael Ramsey). At Lake Mokoan there were
10+ Fork-tailed Swift (and another single bird was seen at Chiltern Dam
No 2.) and 2 Brolga. Also seen were: 1 Spotted Harrier and 2 Bush
Stone-curlew near Rutherglen; 2 Painted Honeyeater Bartley's Block,
Tim Dolby, Paul Dodd, Ruth Woodrow & Murray Goulburn BOCA group
Little Curlew, Wood Sandpiper, Double-banded Plover, Red Knot MW
A good day's birding at Werribee with nearly 90 species and plenty of
waders, some of which are coming into breeding plumage. 3 Little
Curlews, a Wood Sandpiper and a Double-banded Plover at Austin Road
lagoon and a Red Knot on the coast east of the Little River. A
Buff-banded Rail, several Australian Spotted Crakes and an albino
Welcome Swallow behind the Spit.
Sat 20 Feb Black Falcon Nelson boat ramp area
Flying/gliding toward NE. Travelling very quickly. Too quick for a photo
but a thoroughly lovely look through the binos.
A-M Burgoine, Jane Hayes, Samantha Greiner
Little Curlew Western Treatment Plant
Three Little Curlew on Austin Rd No 2 pond, easily visible from road
between this pond and T-Section Lagoons. John Barkla (see his posting
for today) had shown us the Pectoral Sandpiper earlier and we
reciprocated by showing his group the curlews. Our only photo was an
ad-hoc digi-scope shot using a pocket camera.
Alan and Hazel Veevers
Painted Button-quail Hawthorn East
Single bird pecking around the back lawn 2m from my house in the middle
of the suburbs. Never seen one here before.
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