Published sightings for the week ending 8 Jan 2012.
|Sat 7 Jan
Leanyer Sewage Ponds, Darwin, Northern Territory
The Spotted Whistling-Duck first seen 27/12/11 at Leanyer Sewage Ponds was refound this afternoon and was observed from 1640 to 1810. This is the first record of the species for the Northern Territory.
|Mon 2 Jan
Lord Howe Island, marsh adjacent to airport, New South Wales
During a week on Lord Howe Island (26/12/2011 to 2/1/2012) we had a total of 41 bird species. Besides the "usual suspects" we had the following: Australian Wood Duck: 1 male, airport 30/12/2011; Hardhead: 1 female, airport 30/12/2011; Wandering Albatross (exulans) 1, Ball’s Pyramid 1/1/2012; White-necked Petrel 2, Ball’s Pyramid 1/1/2012; Great Cormorant: up to 4, main island 26/12/2011-1/1/2012; Wandering Tattler: 1, Ned’s Beach 30/12/2011 and again 2/1/2012; Oriental Pratincole: 1, airport 2/1/2012. We did not see the two winter-breeding tubenoses and the introduced Masked Owl. Besides birds, we saw a bat (ID pending), Lord Howe Island Gecko, Rainbow Skink (not LHI Skink) and lots of fish.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson
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