Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 10:12:03 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, June 21, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010:

Area: SA

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Location: Strzelecki Track - north of Montecollina Bore

Banded Whiteface (Aphelocephala nigricincta) (8-10) 

Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) (4) 2 nesting pairs in th same location

Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) (4-6) 

All these species seen in the one spot.

Reported by: Steve Potter on Saturday, June 26, 2010


Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Location: Whites Road Wetland, Bolivar

Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) (2) Two birds seen on transmission 
lines along Whites Road, not far from the entrance into the park off the same 

Reported by: Michael Wood on Thursday, June 24, 2010


Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Location: Rocky Gully, off Maurice road near Murray Bridge

Grey Falcon (Falco hypoleucos) (1) Mature pair seen on two occasions one hour 
apart  above Rocky Gully creek, approximately 600m from railway crossing on 
sideroad off Maurice road.

The two grey falcons were first observed riding thermals too distant for 
positive i.d. A brown falcon was also seen earlier in the general area. 
Definitive i.d. was made an hour later, when the two grey falcons were spotted 
at twice tree height, circling close to each other. The male departed towards 
the South at impressive speed and flight efficiency, calling loudly two or 
three times. The female remained for a few minutes, allowing the clear 
identification of grey falcon characteristic features (two observers MP & JP), 
and then departed at a more leisurely rate in an easterly direction. At no time 
did the falcons show an interest in hunting (or landing, unfortunately), 
despite the presence of several species known to be prey. It is possible that 
these birds have been displaced from more northerly outback regions by recent 
inundation. They may be seeking a more suitable place for breeding, although 
the Rocky Gully environs would appear to be a small island of suitable habitat 
in an ocean of degraded landscape.

Reported by: Jeff Philcox on Sunday, June 27, 2010


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