Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 13 Dec 2010 01:30:14 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 12 Dec 2010.

Thu 9 Dec Island Monarch Cassini Island, Western Australia
BARC has received an excellent submission from Merrick Ekins of an Island Monarch seen and photographed on Cassini Island off the Kimberley coast in WA on 15 October 2010. This species has not previously been recorded as occurring anywhere in Australia other than on the external territory of Ashmore Reef. First seen at Ashmore in 2004, it has now been seen on each Kimberley Birdwatching's annual spring trip since 2007 (4 visits) and was present there in April and November 2010 when up to 4 individuals were present although not seen every day.
Merrick Ekins per Mike Carter

PURPLE-BACKED STARLING, etc CK Is, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Update Thursday 9 Dec 2010 from Cocos: 1. 1 x COMMON REDSHANK photographed on North Keeling; 2. 3 x BULWER'S PETREL at sea between West Is and North Keeling; 3. 1 x JOUANIN'S PETREL at sea between West Is and North Keeling; 4. 1 x PURPLE-BACKED STARLING photographed on Home Island this morning; 5. 1 x male WATERCOCK on Home Island this morning. Flushed and only seen by three people. Separate bird to the one seen by David James on West Island four days ago; 6. Up to three seperate EURASIAN HOBBY on the islands; 7. 2-3 ORIENTAL CUCKOO on West and Home Islands; 8. 8-10 PIN-TAILED SNIPE on West Island.
Per Richard Baxter

Little Bittern (1), Australasian Bittern (2), Intermediate Egret (34) The Reedbeds, Mathoura, New South Wales
Further to Simon Starr's earlier report from same site, 2 Australasian Bittern and 1 Little Bittern seen between 0615 and 1000. Latter, a male, flew across 20m gap between reedbeds in front and to left of hide (20-30 m away) in full sun. 3 Little and perhaps 1 Australasian Bitterns calling again.
Jim Allen

Tue 7 Dec Western Ground Parrot Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia

Nigel Jackett, Jaime Hall, Nathan Waugh

Mon 6 Dec Red-throated Pipit, Eastern and Green-headed Yellow Wagtail Behind Woolworths, Western Australia
With the aid of Adrian Boyle, George and Mark Swann are now satisfied that a Pipit that they have been watching for two days on the new sports ground behind Woolworths in Broome is a Red-throated. The three Australian records of this species have been within 2 km of this point. The bird is very flighty not allowing close approach. Sharing these ovals are 50/60 Yellow Wagtails of two species, Eastern and Green-headed (taivana).
Adrian Boyle, George and Mark Swann per Mike Carter

Eurasian Hobby, Watercock, Yellow Bittern, Large Hawk Cuckoo, possible Japanese Sparrowhawk Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Just received a phone call from Richard Baxter. His party has just joined a group led by David James who has been on Cocos (Keeling) Islands for a few days. David's group reports a Eurasian Hobby on Horsburgh Is and a Watercock on West. There is an obliging Yellow Bittern on West and Richard reports a Large Hawk Cuckoo and possible Japanese Sparrowhawk on West and the island residents report a large raptor! There is water from a recent cyclone everywhere.
Richard Baxter, David James et al, per Mike Carter

Sun 5 Dec Striated Grasswren, Dusky Grasswren, Little Woodswallow Tankanu Loop Road (sth. Kanpi/Nyapari) APY Lands, South Australia
3 X Striated Grasswren in the bottom of mulga adjoining large stretch of spinifex grassland. 'Pishing' kept them stationary and somewhat confused) for a few seconds before they darted away, calling but not showing themselves again! Small family party of Dusky Grasswren on nearby spinfex covered hill. 3 X Little Woodswallow also seen in the same area 300m from large hills/rocky outcrops among mallee stand in sand hills. One pair were nesting, the other sighted about 200m from this pair. Other Woodswallows abundant (Masked/Blk. faced) only my 2nd sighting of this species in the far NW of S.A. in 5 yrs.
David Hartland

Sat 4 Dec Grey Ternlet Lady Elliot Island, Queensland
(2) on eastern tip of island
Mat & Cathy Gilfedder

Oriental Pratincole Tennant Creek Sewage Ponds, Northern Territory
Single bird in non-breeding plumage seen foraging among flocks of Australian Pratincole in the drained impoundments at the western end of the ponds. Photo at url below
Chris Watson

Mon 15 Nov Yellow Bittern and Peregrine Falcon (race calidus) Christmas Island. , Christmas Island
Also seen juvenile Peregrine Falcon race calidus - the Siberian race.
Lisa Preston per Mike Carter

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