Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, November 7, 2011 to Sunday, November 13, 2011:

Area: SA

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011

Location: Lake Albert, in park opposite West Tce, Meningie

White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) (1) One bird flushed from reeds as we 
stopped for a late morning coffee.

Reported by: Martyn Price and Anjie Sharma on Thursday, November 10, 2011


Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Location: Sea Parade, Port MacDonnell

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (1) A single bird observed feeding 
in the open just off the road at the base of thick shrubs. Moved into cover as 
we approached.

Reported by: Martyn Price and Anjie Sharma on Thursday, November 10, 2011


Date: Monday, November 7, 2011

Location: Balhannah

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) (28) A flock of 28 Little 
Black Cormorant feeding on Hanna Lake, Jones Road.

Reported by: Bob Snell on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Date: Monday, November 7, 2011

Location: Hahndorf

Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) (2) On dam bordered by Jones Road and Pains Road, 

Reported by: Bob Snell on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Location: Tanunda Sewage Ponds

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (1) 

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (2) 

Checked out the unfenced ponds on the way home today and found on the most 
easterly pond this lone Banded Stilt amoung the hordes of Black-tailed 
Native-Hens! This is the first time I have seen a Banded Stilt at this 
location. Also a pair of Blue-billed ducks on this pond as well.

Reported by: Chris Steeles on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Location: 3rd Avenue, St Peters

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) (1) A single bird flew 
over our street, calling, this morning. This is our first sighting from home 
since January 2011. It was flying from the general direction of the hills 
towards the city

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Location: Magazine Road wetlands

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (18) 

At the Magazine Road section of the Greenfields wetlands 59 species seen, with 
18 Spotted Crake being clearly visible.

Reported by: Chris Thomas on Friday, November 11, 2011


Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Location: Greenfields Wetland off Magazine Road

Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) (1) One male resting on small 
island S.E. of bridge nearest bird-hide. Observed and photographed (at >150m 
distance) for 15 minutes.  Bird eventually flew towards the middle of the 

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) (1) Seen in short grass on shore of 
island in S.E. quadrant of wetland. Was in full view, and appeared unperturbed 
by our presence (80m away). After 10min., it slowly walked into the taller 
grass near the centre of the island.

At present, the water level in the wetland is near optimal - ideal for most 
waterbird feeding patterns. Thousands of grey teal, coot and black-tailed 
native hen are widespread throughout. There are sufficient exposed mudflats to 
support hundreds of sharp-tailed sandpiper, with a number of separate groups. 
One in-flight photo showed over 70 sharpies and 5 red-necked stint. Other 
migratory waders were seen in (much) smaller numbers and include common 
greenshank (1), marsh sandpiper (2), and wood sandpiper (4). 

12 banded stilt (10 immature) and 11 glossy ibis, also mainly immature 
individuals, were seen within the Northern half of the wetland.   

Australian spotted crake were plentiful >50, with sometimes two or three 
visible at the one time in a low-power scope field. Only 3 Baillon's crake and 
no spotless crake or any rail were noticed.

Reported by: Jeff Philcox on Friday, November 11, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Location: Magazine Road

Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) (1) Single Male seen hiding 
under tree on small island in wetland

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) (1) Single bird seen in pool along the 
walking track and fence line. Flew off and landed on small island. Seen again 
later in same location as Australian Painted Snipe.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (20) Several small groups, mainly of 
juveniles but some adults present.

Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) (12) Small groups and 
individual birds.

Very busy at Magazine Road. A total of 44 species seen in the morning. 
Australian Spotted Crakes, Red-Kneed Dotterel and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in 
abundance. Also a Common Greenshank keeping a Marsh Sandpiper company, a couple 
of Wood Sandpipers, Glossy Ibis, Royal Spoonbills, Little Egrets ad a couple of 
Red-Necked Stints. 

Make sure to check the pools behind the wire fence in front of the old 
magazines as there were plenty of Egrets and Glossy Ibis in there.

Reported by: Richard Woodland on Sunday, November 13, 2011


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