Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 21 Nov 2011 01:30:09 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Nov 2011.

Sun 20 Nov Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
3 Baillon's Crake and 1 Australian Spotted Crake on pond 6. Also 13 Black-fronted Dotterel
Alastair Smith

Intermediate Egret Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
Intermediate Egret (6) All on swamp. Also 1 Great Egret, 9 Cattle Egret and 5 Nankeen Night Heron.
Alastair Smith

Black Kite Kelly's Swamp
Flew directly over from the south at 12:33 and continued north without any sign of wavering from its intended direction.
PJ Milburn

Sat 19 Nov Red-kneed Dotterel; Latham's Snipe Jerrabomberra Wetlands
In addition to the Azure Kingfisher, a Red-kneed Dotterel was seen on the bank opposite Fulica hide, as well as at least 4 Latham's Snipe. They were all in relatively sparse cover among the stumps of removed willows.
Maurits Zwankhuizen

Spotted Harrier Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Immature [flying over cow paddocks to the north of the swamp]
Ian Fraser

Azure Kingfisher Jerrabomberra Wetlands
low in willows on island opposite Fulica Hide, seen several times from about 1425-1435, only one bird present as far as we could tell
Steve Holliday

Australian Spotted Crake Fyshwick Sewage Ponds
Single bird observed interacting agonistically with a Baillon's Crake on pond 6
Frank Antram Alastair Smith

Azure Kingfisher Kellys Swamp
1 bird with possibly a second bird calling seen early this morning in the vicinity of the bridge crossing Jerrabomberra Creek. Was observed again between then and 1300. According to Wilson (1999) this is the fourth record for the ACT and the first since a bird was observed at Sullivan's Creek, ANU, 3 September 1988. There are 2 other records for same site earlier in the 80s and a further 3 records from the 60s and 70s.
Alastair Smith Frank Antram

Fri 18 Nov Glossy Black-Cockatoo Mt Majura Reserve
A flock of six Glossy Black-Cockatoos flew over the upper dam on the Blue Metal Road in the Mt Majura Reserve at 7.30 pm this evening. Twenty-five minutes late, just at sunset, we saw three of them in trees near the lower dam. One was a begging youngster. Blue Metal Road goes up the hill from the Mackenzie/Grayson Street entrance.
Christine Ledger

Cattle Egret Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Undetermined number but 2 or more with cattle in very long grass in the paddock next to the Molonglo River and Dairy Flat Road. The birds were only visible when they flew between cows because the grass is so long!
PJ Milburn

Australian Shelduck Jerrabomberra Wetlands
1 male Australian Shelduck opposite Tadorna Hide at 13:30 today
PJ Milburn

Wed 16 Nov Emu Corin Road
Heading to the Square Rock Track carpark yesterday we saw 2 emus feeding in a paddock on the SW corner of Tidbinbilla Rd and Corin Road. Almost certainly originally from Tidbinbilla which is a few kms away.
Martin Butterfield

White-necked Heron West Belconnen Pond, Dunlop, -35.187475,149.018538

Daryl King

White-fronted Chat Bike path between Cotter Rd and Dixon Drive in Holder
Two birds, one male and one female.
Nick Payne & Ann Armstrong

Tue 15 Nov Brush cuckoo Bogong Creek, Namadgi National Park
Yesterday at Bogong Creek in Namadgi I observed a group of brush cuckoos. They were making their distinctive 'group' call as described by Pizzey as wild, rising, shrill, repeated phrases. These cuckoos are reported to exploit flycatcher and grey fantail nests; both these species were observed nearby.
Matthew Higgins

Mon 14 Nov White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Buff-banded Rail Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
1 immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew over putting up all the ducks. 1 Buff-banded Rail. No sign of the Pacific Golden Plover.
Frank Antram

Gang-gang Cockatoo Molonglo River, north of RSPCA
Saw two separate flocks of Gang-gangs early this morning (around 7.30 am). One of two birds and one of seven birds flying along the river from East to West. First time have seen G-G in this area for some months. Seemed to be deliberate in their flight to West, i.e. not moving from tree to tree.
Michael Kingsford

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