Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 28 Nov 2011 01:30:15 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Nov 2011.

Fri 25 Nov Spotted Whistling-Duck Daintree River, Queensland
7 birds swimming in the river during an afternoon boat trip. Could be some of the birds which were recently at Wonga Beach which is not far away. New location for this species.
Murray Hunt (Daintree Boatman Nature Tours) via Keith Fisher

Tue 22 Nov Australian Painted Snipe Royal Park, Trin Warren Tam-boore Wetlands, Victoria
Near path end of boardwalk - Snipe standing on path having just left dense reeds. Bird froze before flying off. Also sighted Sacred Kingfisher. (Moderator's Note: a significant record for inner Melbourne, observers should keep a lookout in their local suburban wetlands for this species).
Andrew Williams

Mon 21 Nov Red-tailed Tropicbird Alfred Cove, Western Australia
I was shocked to see a Red-tailed Tropicbird at Alfred Cove this morning. It was flying high up above Burke Drive going east. On 25th October I also saw a Red-tailed Tropicbird at Thomsons Lake and on this occasion it was down low flying over the lake as if looking for food. A day after a tropicbird turned up at Herdsman Lake and I believe it was the same bird. Given these recent sightings it seems possible that November may be a time when this species flies off to find new territory etc so may be a time to keep an eye out for unusual white birds!
per Robyn Pickering (BirdsWA)

Sun 20 Nov Eurasian Hoopoe Roebuck Plains Roadhouse, Western Australia
The Hoopoe was seen well by at least 12 observers on Saturday (19th Nov) in the mid-morning. It was also present at about 3pm happily feeding on the roadside lawn out the front of the caravan park. Adrian Boyle saw it again today (Sun 20th Nov) at around 1pm on the same lawn area when he dropped by.
Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle

Great Shearwater, Black Petrel Pelagic off Port Stephens, New South Wales
Single Great Shearwater that visited the boat for most of our 3 hours at the shelf. Also 3 Black Petrels (all around the boat at the same time), a single Gould's Petrel, 2 Sooty Terns, an unseasonal Brown Skua and a host of other birds on a great day at sea.
Mick and Steve Roderick, Allan Richardson and 10 other observers

Thu 17 Nov Pechora Pipit, Island Monarch Browse Island, Western Australia
A single Pechora Pipit (3rd for Australia) and an immature Island Monarch (2nd record for an island off the Kimberley coast) were observed and photographed on the 17th Nov.
Rohan Clarke, George Swann, Mike Carter and Ash Herrod

Sun 13 Nov Chestnut-cheeked Starling Ashmore Reef, Ashmore Reef
1 immature male observed and photographed over four days. New bird for Australia
Rohan Clarke, George Swann, Mike Carter and Ash Herrod

Thu 10 Nov Brown Shrike subspecies lunionensis Ashmore Reef, Ashmore Reef
1 adult male observed and photographed on a single day. This is about the fourth record for Australia, the first away from Christmas Island and as far as I am aware the first time this subspecies has been identified in Australia.
Rohan Clarke, George Swann, Mike Carter and Ash Herrod

Tue 8 Nov Pechora Pipit, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Arctic Warbler, Oriental Reed Warbler Browse Island, Western Australia
A Pechora Pipit (2nd Aust record), Asian Brown Flycatcher, Oriental Reed Warbler, Timor subspecies of Arafura Fantail (semicollaris), two Arctic Warblers, naturally occurring Tree Sparrows and migrant northern hemisphere Peregrine Falcons were all recorded on Ashmore Reef during a recent survey there.
Rohan Clarke, George Swann, Mike Carter and Ash Herrod

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