Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 00:05:06 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, October 31, 2011 to Sunday, November 6, 2011:

Area: SA

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011

Location: The Washpool, Button Road, Aldinga.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (15) A loose group feeding and 
resting some with the more than 50 Black-winged Stilts present in the 
shallowest part of the lagoon which is starting to dry up now.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (8) Eight birds, 4 of which were immatures, 
feeding in a loose association with 3 Straw-necked Ibis in the drier vegetated 
margins of the lagoon.

Reported by: Jeffrey Crocker on Monday, October 31, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Location: Whites Road Wetland, Bolivar

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (20) Twenty birds were present on the 
western-most pond. A few birds had traces of red at the base of their bill.

Reported by: Michael Wood on Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Location: Jones Road, Hahndorf.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) (1) A single Bird on dam bordered by 
Balhannah Rd, Jones Rd and Pains Rd, Hahndorf.

White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) (1) Same location as above.

Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) (1) Same location as above.

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (10) Eight males + two female/juvenile.

Reported by: Bob Snell and Kevin Williams on Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Location: Altona Landcare Reserve

Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) (1) One Square-tailed Kite flying high 
over Altona following the North Para River in a northerly direction. This is 
the third time in three years I have seen this species in the Barossa! Always a 
good day when one of these turns up, especially in SA! I imagine you could 
count the total number of these birds that are in SA at one time on one hand! 
Poor quality photo attached as the bird was quite high!

Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) (1) One male half way up entrance track to 
shipping container.

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (2) Pair in middle of reserve just 
off the orange track as usual.

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) (4) In a mixed flock with Red-browed 
Finches, with both the Diamonds and the Red-brows collecting nesting material.

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) (5) Still lots of Horsfield's 
around, although I didn't come across any Shining Bronze-cuckoos this trip.

Reported by: Chris Steeles on Thursday, November 3, 2011


Date: Friday, November 4, 2011

Location: Lower Murray Goolwa

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (3) Two about 20m east of car 
parking area at eastern end of the island on downstream side of barrage. The 
third bird about 100m further east.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (150) Feeding on large area of 
exposed mud adjacent to the barrage island.

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) (50) Feeding on large area of exposed mud 
adjacent to the barrage island.

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) (1) Adult with young. in reeds 
alongside the parking area for the bird hide on Barrage Road.

Reported by: Bob Snell and Kevin Williams on Saturday, November 5, 2011


Date: Friday, November 4, 2011

Location: Goolwa Barrage

Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) (1) One, immature, perched on 
timber structure at entrance to lock.

Reported by: Bob Snell and Kevin Williams on Sunday, November 6, 2011


Date: Friday, November 4, 2011

Location: Goolwa Ponds. Kessell Road, Goolwa.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) (1) Feeding along shore line of the group 
 of small ponds alongside Kessell Road.

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (1) In reeds on far shore of the 
first of the old effluent ponds.

Reported by: Bob Snell and Kevin Williams on Saturday, November 5, 2011


Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) (4) A week ago one juvenile of the two 
was seen standing on top of the nest (same as the week before). Today one was 
flying and the other was still in the nest, and we watched the parent feed  the 
nest occupant (with much screaming from the youngster).

Overnight we heard heavy tramping on the veranda roof, followed by a bird 
screaming. Then there was the sound of something being banged on the roof. We 
guess that a winged predator (kestrel ? barn owl ? not the kites, they normally 
eat mice) knew that swallows roost under the veranda and made a noise to stir 
them up. Then one or two were picked off as they took flight. We didn't go out 
to investigate in case we disturbed more swallows and in case more met an 
unfortunate end.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Sunday, November 6, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Location: Beyond Eco Housing Development Hayborough Fleurieu Peninsula

Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla) (2) First observation of this species in this 
new development.

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (4) Birds were seen in 3 separate 
ponds,again this was my first observation of this species in these maturing 
ponds (4 years )

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (1) Single bird was in the last pond before 
brickyard Rd. 15 birds were seen by a friend Dennis Wright the day before. 45 
species were recorded in a little over 1 hour.

Reported by: Winston Syson on Sunday, November 6, 2011


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