Published sightings for the week ending 4 Apr 2010.
Fri 2 Apr Magpie Geese Waterways Estate Braeside
Two magpie geese in the wetlands at Waterways Estate Braeside
Brian and Dorine Bending
Scarlet Honeyeater Banyule Flat
Adult male feeding from box mistletoe flowers in wattles beside Yarra
River, near old windmill 500m from main wetland. A second bird calling
nearby (contact call, a querying "swee?").
Thu 1 Apr Blue billed duck Andersons swamp, Boundary Rd Sunshine
The recently filled "lake'held a variety of common water birds and also
a few raritys for the area. Blue Billed Duck, Shovellers,cattle
egrets,and 5+ Australasian grebes. The cover provided by still
standing weeds in the previously dry swamp could explain this as hoary
headed grebes are the usual species seen over the last 40 years.
Flame Robin Jawbone Reserve, Williamstown
1 Male and 2 females on fence at fishing club end of Maddocks Rd. Birds
flew across to sporting ovals . 1 Other Female was sighted at Leakes Rd.
Scarlet Honeyeater LaTrobe Uni, Bundoora
Willing to be corrected on ID but looks like juvenile/female to me. In
scrub between lowest lake and Crissane Rd in West Heidelberg this
morning. Lousy light so photos not the best, sorry.
Brolga Western Treatment Plant
Solitary Brolga sighted foraging in wetland ponds - one of the 280 south
lagoons. The individual was sighted from the road at approx. 2:00pm.
Flame Robin, Gilbert's Whistler, Painted Honeyeater,
White-throated Needletail Killawarra Forest
Flame Robin: first for autumn-winter, a warm brown immature bird seen on
a fence near Camp Rd. Gilbert's Whistler: on northern edge of forest
(1). Painted Honeyeater: surprised to see one bird flying over Mattamia
Rd, another heard calling briefly at The Camp. White-throated
Needletail: solitary bird seen over Camp Rd, amazing it is still about.
Many autumn-winter migrants now in the forest such as Crimson Rosella,
Australian King-Parrot, Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters,
Eastern Spinebill, Spotted Pardalote and Golden Whistler. Hundreds of
Noisy Friarbirds as well.
Wed 31 Mar Cattle Egret, Brolga Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
At least 40 Cattle Egret near the No. 2 Pumping Station (in the company
of a large herd of cattle). Two adult Brolgas in the T-Section lagoons
which is a concern as a week ago there was a juvenile with them.
John Stirling & Sonja Ross
5 Brolga Yarrawalla
5 adult Brolga together in flooded paddock between Pyramid Hill and
Durham Ox. This area used to regularly get 20 plus Brolga flocking in
autumn. Since the drought, 5 is a good number.
Tue 30 Mar White-backed Swallow, Brolga, Rufous Songlark Rutherglen
Flock of 8 White-backed Swallows and a pair of Brolga were seen east of
the town. A late staying Rufous Songlark was observed on powerlines near
Michael Ramsey and Matt Weeks
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, White-throated Needletail,
White-winged Triller, Olive-backed Oriole Chiltern-Mt Pilot National
Fantastic morning in Chiltern Forest and surrounds. Lots of activity in
the forest with many Mugga Ironbark and Box sp. flowering. Highlights
were 45+ White-throated Needletails over Bartley's Block and
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes at most sites, all light morph. Some late
staying summer migrants included a female White-winged Triller at
Bartley's Block and an Olive-backed Oriole at Donchi Hill. Autumn-winter
migrants are also about in the forest now with Yellow-faced and
White-naped Honeyeater, Golden Whistler, Eastern Spinebill, many Grey
Fantail and flocks of pardalotes observed. Good to have a moderate
number of Noisy and Little Friarbirds back in the forest as well.
Michael Ramsey and Matt Weeks
Rose Robin Wallan Cell
Male seen and photographed , Bird was seen with a mixed group of
Thornbills , Brown , Straited and Buff Rumped, Grey Fantails and
Straited Pardalote. (1).
Black-fronted Dotterel Wetland Boorhaman North
8 Black-fronted Dotterels in the wetland beside the Jones Swamp Road at
Australian Hobby Deep Creek Drive, East Doncaster
A pair in flight over the top of the hill. (2). Unusual in the area.
Mon 29 Mar Painted Button-quail Boggy Creek, Bullumwaal, 25 km N of
Party of 3+ seen on track in creek-side forest during rainy weather.
Single bird also seen in vicinity on rece several days earlier.
EGBOC group (per Chris Healey)
Black Falcon Yambuk
One flying over town.
Crimson Rosella (leucocistic ) Upwey, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria
A beautiful yellow Crimson Rosella in our backyard. I've never seen one
and had a hard time working out what it is. Apparently, it's a mutation.
Apart from the red face, all its body is yellow.
Sun 28 Mar Wood Sandpiper, Magpie and Cape-barren Goose Eastern
On the BA Vic ETP bird count a single Wood Sandpiper was recorded. Also
seen was single Magpie and Cape-barren Goose, and 14 Double-banded
Plover, and Little Eagle.
Mike Carter et al per Tim Dolby
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
A juvenile flew over the lake from east to west and disappeared behind
the island; scared the hell out of lots of ducks and darters.
Double-banded Plover, Brown Quail Western treatment Plant
Resting in the short growth on T Section pond 5 there were more than 120
Double-banded Plover at about 10:00 am. Some still had remains of
breeding plumage. Two Brown Quail were flushed at the gate as we entered
the T Section area. There were also 2 adult Sea-Eagles on 280 South Rd
near pond 56, one with what appeared to be a small duck or teal.
Jen Spry, Joy Tansey and B-A waders outing group
Sat 27 Mar Buller's Albatross, probable White-chinned Petrel, Sooty
Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger Cape Nelson
Nice south-easterly happening. To help there was a fishing boat about
1-2 ks from shore. There were 40 or so albatrosses, c30 Black-browed, 4
Shy, 2 Yellow-nosed. A black Procellaria petrel was amongst them, large
size compared to Short-tailed Shearwater, albatrosses & gannets; short
tail & pale bill identify as one of the 3 black Procellaria, much more
likely to be White-chinned than others. Buller's albatross came in later
from about a k out, seen for about ten minutes. hung around boat for a
short time then flew off. It was an adult. Grey head with white cap,
broad yellow stripe on top of bill & underwing pattern like
Yellow-nosed, identified bird. Sooty Shearwater flew close to shore.
Large size & distinctive white in primary coverts, identied from
Short-tailed. 9 jaegers seen, 6, Arctic, 3 Pomarine, 2 light morph, one
dark. Lots of Fluttering types also seen.
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