Birdline NSW Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 01:31:00 +1000
Birdline NSW 

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Jun 2010.

Sun 27 Jun      Little Eagle Acacia Gardens (approx. 45km NW of Sydney
I enjoyed watching a light-morph adult Little Eagle circling very low
over my backyard for several minutes around lunch time today. This is my
second sighting over my backyard within the last 14 months but I also
had another sighting a few hundred metres away in July last year. Winter
is certainly great to look out for exciting raptors. 
Edwin Vella 

        Brush Cuckoo, Glossy and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo, Brisbane
Water National Park (Pearl Beach sections) 
A great sunny winter day. Lots of bird activity in and around Pearl
Beach. Sightings also included: several Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Musk
Lorikeet, Spotted Pardalote, Scarlet Honeyeater, Yellow-faced honeyeater
(very common), White-naped Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Golden
Whistler, Brush Cuckoo, Grey Fantail. 
Charles Hunter, Chris Hunter 

        Kelp Gull, Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Yellow-tailed
Black Cockatoo Coogee Beach 
More than two dozen Black-browed Albatrosses, one Shy Albatross, one
Sooty Oystercatcher, many Australian Gannets and a Kelp Gull seen from
the beach throughout the afternoon. Several albatrosses came quite close
in - certainly between the beach and Wedding Cake Island. The Kelp Gull
was an adult sat on the island. Three Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flew
over the town itself around 4.30 pm. Quite a few New Holland Honeyeaters
in the Dunningham Reserve. 
Tony and Johanna Keene 

Sat 26 Jun      Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Whistling Kite, Varied
Sittella Mynua Bay, Dora Point & Woods Point, Lake Macquarie 
Six White-bellied Sea-eagles seen this morning, 4 at Mynuna Bay, I Dora
Creek and an immature at Woods Point; an Osprey seen at Myuna Bay and
another at its nest at Woods Pt; 2 Whistling Kites at Dora Point, and
another at Woods Point, and Sitellas at Myuna Bay & Woods Pt. 
Alan Morris & 14 members of Birding NSW 

Thu 24 Jun      Azure Kingfisher, Osprey, Grey Goshawk Towra Point
Nature Reserve 
Azure Kingfisher: (1). Osprey (1): Chased by a Sea Eagle which forced it
to drop a large, freshly caught Silver Bream. Grey Goshawk: Grey morph
near reserve Gate (1). 
Kurtis Lindsay 

        Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Semi-)Circular Quay/Sydney Cove 
A pair of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos appeared out of the mist over
the Quay/Cove this morning, flying south-east towards the Botanic
Robert Griffin 

        Double-banded Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler and Pacifc Golden
plover Soldiers Pt and Pelican Pt, Norah Head 
At midday today a total of 17 Double-banded & 4 Red-capped Plover, 8
Red-necked Stints, 3 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Pacific Golden Plover, 1
Grey-tailed tattler and 1 Sooty Oystercatcher were seen at the two
adjoining reefs. 
Alan Morris 

        Swift Parrot Brittania Drive, Wattanobbi near Wyong 
Two birds were first found by Diana Hogan in the area between 80-100
Brittania Drive feeding in Spotted Gum, Lemon-scented Gums and
Ironbarks. They have been present with Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets since
11/6/10 and today I found 4 feeding on lerps in an Ironbark (Eucalyptus
paniculata). This is the second record for the Central Coast this year,
on 12/5/10, 7 seen feeding in Swamp Mahogany flowers by Michael Phelps. 
Alan Morris & Diana Hogan 

Wed 23 Jun      Wandering Albatross Dunningham Reserve, Coogee, NSW 
Normally, Coogee is not such a good spot for sea watching because the
birds are too far out, but today it was fairly good: 1 Wandering
Albatross, 4 Yellow-nosed Albatross, at least 25 Black-browed Albatross,
1 Hutton's Shearwater + at least 150 Fluttering-/Hutton's Shearwater, 9
Prions (sp), ca 75 Australasian Gannets, 1 immat White-bellied
Sea-eagle, 1 Kelp Gull. Moreover, at least 11 Humpback wales, a small
pod of dolphins and what looked liked a fur seal. 
Michael Tobler 

        Forest Kingfisher Partridge Ck, nr Port Macquarie 
One bird seen on the power lines. I was checking out the area for it
after I had a report that 2 birds fitting its description were there on
Saturday the 19th. 
Matt Hinze 

Sun 20 Jun      Crescent Honeyeater, Eastern Bristlebird, Southern
Emu-wren Barren Grounds Nature Reserve 
Nice sunny hour spent at Barren Grounds. A few Eastern Yellow Robins
also seen as well as White-browed Scrubwrens and Brown Thornbills. I ran
into some birders from the Central Coast and Canberra who had just
flushed 3 Ground Parrots on the plateau at nearby Budderoo National
Charles Hunter 

        Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Western Sydney Parklands (Northern
Section) near Richmond Road 
Good sighting of Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo 
Chris and Jane Gregory 

        Peregrine Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, White-bellied Sea Eagle Moore
Park, Sydney 
Falcons both hunting, eagle high overhead 
Eric Finley 

Sat 19 Jun      Scaly-breasted and Musk Lorikeets Kurrajong village 
At least 4 Scalies and a few Musks present with dozens of Rainbows in a
huge flowering blue gum-type eucalypt in the grounds of the public
school. Scalies are rare visitors in the area. Local orchardists are
complaining about the increase in Rainbow numbers here - until a couple
of years ago these were occasional visitors, now common residents. 
Eric Finley 

Tue 15 Jun      Russet-tailed Thrush Wingham Brush, Wingham 
3 pairs of Russet-tailed Thrush observed within 45 minutes during quick
Martin Cachard 

Tue 8 Jun       Swift Parrot Cleared former housing land - Roderick
Street, Minto 
Over the previous three weeks many Musk and a few Little Lorikeets seen.
2 Swift Parrots seen on the 8th. More interesting than yet another
Graham Buchan 


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