Published sightings for the week ending 7 Mar 2010.
Thu 4 Mar Swift Parrot Merri Creek, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Two birds in flowering trees with Musk & Rainbow Lorikeets. Merri Creek
Clifton Hill at Heidelberg Road.
Mon 1 Mar Inland Dotterel Murnpeowie Station, Strzelecki Track,
Following recent rains that triggered a spectacular post drought
regeneration of ephemeral vegetation, irruptions of many desert nomadic
bird species is occurring. Numerous flocks of 20+ Inland Dotterel are to
be seen across stony gibber plains throughout the region. This species
is nearly always present here but their numbers have increased
substantially above their usual population.
BLUE-WINGED PITTA, GREY WAGTAIL, WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN
Christmas Is,, Christmas Island
[Aside from Cinnamon Bittern below #12669] There have been a few
interesting sightings on the island over the last week: BLUE-WINGED
PITTA (R.I.P) - on Thursday, Damian and I were snorkeling near
Thundercliff Cave and found a dead Blue-winged Pitta floating nearby -
we retrieved the remains and photographed same - bird is currently in
freezer at Parks Australia office; MALAY/JAPANESE NIGHT HERON - seen by
Parks Australia staff at Egeria Point - the area is a quarantine zone
with no public access (Tuesday); GREY WAGTAIL- 1 bird seen three days in
a row at the garbage tip - not present for last three days;
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN - 1 bird seen at garbage tip; ORIENTAL CUCKOO -
single bird seen by Ben Blewitt near The Dales car park; PEREGRINE
FALCON - single bird seen by Ben Blewitt at Martin Point; JAVA SPARROW -
11 birds seen in Poon San.
Per Richard Baxter
Semipalmated Plover Broome, Western Australia
The Plover has returned / decided to show itself again today. It was
very close to the fence and I managed to get some more photos by
standing on the dented roof of my car.
Cinnamon Bittern Christmas Is, Christmas Island
Richard Baxter photographed a Cinnamon Bittern on Christmas Island
yesterday and again today.
Richard Baxter per Mike Carter
Sun 28 Feb Whimbrel r. hudsonicus Kakadu Beach, Bribie Island,
Yesterday, Sunday, high tide / tsunami event. Strange, 1000's of birds
overflying site - none landing. On beach, 2 Pied Oystercatchers and one
lonely Whimbrel hiding along edge in long grass - nothing else.
Eventually, incoming high water forced Whimbrel higher into the open.
Many whimbrels flying overhead -finally, this one took off - away from
me - good long look at rear & rump - definitely no white, but solid dark
brown. [Editorial note: the sub-species hudsonicus, sometimes referred
to as Hudsonian Whimbrel is the New World sub-species, breeding in North
America and wintering from the southern USA to southern Chile. It
differs from the nominate in being browner in colour with brown rather
than whitish underwings and a brown rather than white rump. Some
authorities have treated it as a separate species. Tim Dolby]
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