Published sightings for the week ending 24 Oct 2010.
|Fri 22 Oct
||Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
I have been visiting one particular site here for a few weeks and it never fails to produce both crake species (by call only). The reeds are very high and there is no chance to view. Also a lot of finches present, building nests etc. I have now been able to find two Chestnut-breasted Mannikin nests, a Red-browed Finch nest and the nests of many other bush birds, including Dusky Woodswallows and two Sacred Kingfisher nests. The Brown Goshawks nesting straight over the public walkway seem to have annihilated one nest of a Dusky Woodswallow and a White-plumed Honeyeater. The White-bellied Cuckoo Shrikes are still present but I have as yet not been able to find their nest site.
|Thu 21 Oct
||Musk Duck, Pacific Golden Plover
While undertaking an official survey for Australian Painted Snipe at the quarry site (off limits to the public) yesterday, we came across a number of interesting observations. On the western side of the quarry in a large swamp we observed a male Musk Duck doing his foot flaps as well as calling from behind the vegetation once he shied away. A bit further along behind the swamp there were a number of small ponds where there were two Black-winged Stilts, but more interestingly a Golden Plover in mid-moult. It is rather difficult to ascertain whether it is an American or Pacific Golden Plover and I am still hopeful that some of the shorebird experts will verify the species. Besides these swamp wonders, we had a great selection of raptors including two Swamp Harriers, one Brown Goshawk, two Whistling Kites, two Australian Kestrels, two Black-shouldered Kites, a Collared Sparrowhawk, a White-bellied Sea Eagle with a waterbird in its talons (most likely a Coot or Moorhen) and an Australian Hobby with a rather large bird in its grips. All in all it was a fabulous survey.
|Tue 19 Oct
Washington Ave, Cromer
An adult Black-faced Monarch seen in a tiny patch of bush linking the two halves of Washington Ave in Cromer
|Mon 18 Oct
Penrith Lakes Development Corporation quarry site
I was out visiting the site on Monday prior to undertaking an Australian Painted Snipe survey and while driving around noted three Brown Falcons. It is not far from the very spot here where I have observed my first ever Brown Falcon mid last year.
||Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch
A rather wan Rufous Fantail was feeding near Gore Creek yesterday morning; also a Black-faced Monarch.
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Two Little Terns (in breeding plumage) seen at Boat Harbour roosting among the many Crested Terns, Stints, Golden Plover and Turnstone.
|Sun 17 Oct
Wollangambe Crater, Blue Mtns NP
On Sunday (17th) I saw a Beautiful Firetail on a scrubby ridge not far from the Wollangambe Crater (Blue Mtns NP).
Female Cicadabird seen at Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning, seen in the same area as a Rufous Fantail the day before. Ironically, it is the edge of an area recently levelled for power lines.
||Brush Cuckoo, Little Lorikeets
Yarramundi appears excellent for birds at the moment. There was quite a number of cuckoos - Brush and Fan-tailed, Shining and Horsfield's Bronze, Channel-billed and Koel. Other interesting birds found included one of the resident adult White-bellied Sea-eagles, several Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves, Common Bronzewing, Brown Quail, Azure and Sacred Kingfishers (3 pairs along the 1 km stretch of the eastern trail), lots of Varied Sitellas, Rainbow Bee-eaters, lots of Scarlet Honeyeaters, Mistletoebirds etc.
Along River Road at Yarramundi (above the river and a little further down from Shaws Creek), I also saw several Satin Bowerbirds and found one male with its bower partly concealed in the lantana, a Tawny Frogmouth roosting in a eucalypt, lots of Little Lorikeets in the forest red gums and heard another Brush Cuckoo.
Railway Tunnel, 4 km E of Wollar on Sandy Hollow Road
A trio of Black-chinned Honeyeaters were feeding in some flowering White Box at this known Regent Honeyeater site, although none of the latter birds were seen today.
||Apostlebird, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Crested Shrike-tit
Nurragingy Reserve Doonside
Big suprise for me. Three Apostlebirds were feeding under the casuarina tree near the Ibis picnic area at Nurragingy Reserve (where did they come from?). Six very noisy Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo were also there. On the way out (creek near Knox Rd) I found a Crested Shrike-tit.
1 Buller's Shearwater feeding together with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (>100) (schools of larger fish chasing smaller fish and the Shearwaters taking the leftovers). About 50 Short-tailed, ca 20 Fluttering Shearwaters and 4 Kelp Gulls resting on Wedding Cake Island were also seen.
||Rufous Whistler and Spangled Drongo
Eastlakes Golf Course
My first ever record of a singing Rufous Whistler (plus a female) at this location today, also noted were Spotless Crakes calling from at least 3 different places, a Sacred Kingfisher, a Buff-banded Rail, 3 Lathams Snipe and a Spangled Drongo, but still no Sharpies yet.
|Sat 16 Oct
||Wandering Whistling Duck
Just south of Holbrook NSW eastern side of the Hume Hwy.
12 Wandering Whistling Ducks were sitting on a grassy shallow bank next to a flooded grassy paddock. This was at the time of very heavy flooding in the Riverina area.
|Wed 13 Oct
||Bourke's Parrot, Brown Quail, Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Packsaddle Plains near roadhouse (Silver City Hwy)
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