Published sightings for the week ending 4 Apr 2010.
Sat 3 Apr Striped Honeyeater Hunter Wetlands Centre, Newcastle
Great day birding in the wetlands centre - Striped, Brown, White-cheeked
and plenty of Scarlet Honeyeaters. Grey Goshawk and Spangled Drongos
Spangled Drongo Irrawong reserve, Warriewood
2 drongos were chatting away near the waterfall in Irrawong reserve
today, and the local group of golden whistlers seemed to take almost as
much intrest as I did in them. Not a common bird on the Northern
Fri 2 Apr Powerful Owl Picton NSW
Approximately 11.00pm Investigated galah screeching in gum tree. Taken
by owl which sat with its prey in the tree at about 5 metres high for a
few minutes before flying north with its kill in its talons.
Black Falcon Gavin's Lane, via Cudal, NSW (W of Orange)
3 Black Falcon's skirmishing over fallow paddock and on ground. Have
seen single birds in this area over last 2-3 years.
Thu 1 Apr Spangled Drongo, Speckled Warbler, Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Longneck Lagoon, Pitt Town
A pair of Spangled Drogo's which I have not seen here before plus great
views of Speckled Warbler.
Gang-gang Cockatoo Sutton Forest
Up to 20 birds seen in a wheeling flock at the back of the Sutton Forest
Inn early evening. Never before have I seen such a number of Gang-gangs
Powerful Owl Fairlight NSW
Bird heard calling at 10.00 pm then seen in gum on bare branch around 15
metres from the ground on Manly to Fairlight walk. Close to the end of
Bolingbroke Pde about 10 metres from North Harbour.
Wed 31 Mar Pacific Baza, Glossy Black Cockatoo Palmgrove, Ourimbah
Ck Rd, Ourimbah
A group of 8 Pacific Bazas were observed moving through the gum trees
during rain on Wednesday feeding on and catching phasmids in the tree
tops around our house. The birds seem to move in pairs, could have been
2 family groups, and the most I have seen together. 3 Glossy Black
Cockatoos on 29/3 and 2 Bassian Thrushes feeding on house lawn most late
Pam O'Sullivan per Alan Morris
Shy and Black-browed Albatrosses Mistral Point, Maroubra
More activity today than recently, with well over 200 Australasian
Gannets scrutinised, 50 or so Wedge-tailed shearwaters, 1 Flesh-footed
Shearwater, 1 Fluttering Shearwater, 7 Arctic Jaegers, 9 Pomarine
Jaegers, 1 Shy and 1 Black-browed Albatross all seen in an hour this
Western Gerygone, Azure Kingfisher Cottadidda State Forest (east
Three Western Gerygones observed in the White Cypress-pine part of the
forest, staying quite late into the season. Usually seen in spring and
summer. An Azure Kingfisher was also seen by a small billabong.
Southern Whiteface, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Boomanoomana (west
Southern Whiteface and Chestnut-rumped Thornbill were interesting
sightings in a mixed feeding flock with Red-capped Robin, Buff-rumped
Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill and Varied Sittella on the slopes of Mt
Tue 30 Mar Cattle Egret, Blue-billed Duck Corowa Sewage Ponds
A flock of six Cattle Egrets was observed. First return in this area for
autumn-winter when these birds are migrants. Also good to see a dozen
Blue-billed Duck on the ponds as well. Sacred Kingfisher and Australian
Reed-Warbler were also seen, quite late, they must be migrating soon.
Michael Ramsey and Matt Weeks
Mon 29 Mar Crested Shrike-tit, Azure Kingfisher Longneck Lagoon,
Pleasant walk around the perimeter of the lagoon mid-afternoon with the
highlights being Crested Shrike-tit & Azure Kingfisher. Many other
woodland birds were present such as Rufous Whistler & Nankeen Kestrel,
with Australian Reed-Warblers & Golden-headed Cisticolas in the wetland.
My visit to Pitt Town Lagoon was thwarted by it being so heavily over
grown that I couldn't get to the viewing area.
New Zealand Storm-Petrel 35 nm offshore, SOSSA Ulladulla Pelagic
Good views and images were obtained of a bird showing all the relevant
features of a New Zealand Storm-petrel. I have attached one of Raja
Stephenson's photos and a link to her webpage. Amazingly this bird was
sighted just 24 hours after a bird was seen from the Port Stephens
pelagic approx 300km to the north. These birds appear to be different
Dan Mantle and 12 others
Grey Goshawk (white morph) Cowan
One white morph Grey Goshawk was seen flying around Cowan Public School
sending local Sulphur-crested Cockatoo population berserk. [Moderator's
note: White morph birds are uncommon in this area].
Sun 28 Mar New Zealand Storm-petrel Pelagic off Port Stephens
A single bird possessing every visible distinguishing feature of a New
Zealand Storm-petrel was observed during a drift along the continental
shelf drop-off about 25 nautical miles off Port Stephens yesterday. See
the attached image (taken by Allan Richardson). Of note, I have just
been contacted by Dan Mantle, who is currently aboard the SOSSA Deep Sea
pelagic off Ulladulla, and they also had a NZ Stormy around their boat
at around 0900 this morning. More details to follow on Birding-aus. Also
seen on the pelagic off Port Stephens yesterday were 50+ Wilson's
Storm-petrels, a few Solander's (Providence) Petrels, 2 Gould's Petrels,
2 Sooty Shearwaters and a Common Noddy. [Moderator's Note: This Port
Stephens sighting will be the first for Australia if accepted by BARC.
It is very interesting that SOSSA (currently off Ulladulla) are
absolutely certain that they saw & photographed an individual of this
species on the following morning. MC]
Mick Roderick and 11 others
Black Kite Richmond Lowlands
This rare species for the county watched by members of CBOC at 1500 hrs.
cboc/ K Brandwood
Wed 24 Mar Glossy Black-Cockatoo Springwood
There have been up to seven birds feeding together or in adjacent
Allocasuarina torulosa trees in the vicinity of Springwood township. The
group consisted of a pair with a juvenile female still making begging
calls, another pair, and two adult males that appear to be nesting as
they fly off into surrounding valleys at dusk each day to apparently
feed their nesting mates (7).
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