Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 16 Jan 2012 01:30:29 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 15 Jan 2012.

Sun 15 Jan White Wagtail Lake Gwelup , Western Australia
Andrew Hobbs just called me. The Birdlife Australia WA photographic group saw a White Wagtail at Lake Gwelup this morning. It was on the mudflats near and could be seen from the boardwalk in the south west corner. This is the first record for WA for maybe a decade, and possibly the first for the south west.
Frank O'Connor per Andrew Hobbs

Thu 12 Jan Black Bittern Cocos Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Local resident Pam Jones has reported a Black Bittern (second record? for the islands)
Pam Jones per Rohan Clarke

Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, Asian Koel, Yellow Bittern, Grey Wagtail & Eurasian Teal Cocos Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Mike Carter and four others report the following rarities from Cocos Islands in the last few days. Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo (1, possibly 2), Asian Koel (female), Yellow Bittern, Grey Wagtail, the long staying Eurasian Teal (Green-winged Teal), a probable Japanese Sparrowhawk and an Intermediate Egret.
Mike Carter and four others per Rohan Clarke

Wed 11 Jan Rockhopper Penguin Denmark, Western Australia
Two penguins have been found on beaches in Denmark on the south coast of WA. They are believed to be one-year-old Northern Rockhoppers which are normally found on Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean, 4,000 kilometres from WA. Denmark vet David Edmond has taken in the two, which have come ashore to moult, for safety. The two penguins will be released on a nearby island.
per ABC News

House Swift Broome Port area , Western Australia
A House Swift was seen over the Broome Port area at 17:45 yesterday evening. No doubt the sighting is associated with the recent passage of Cyclone Heidi that is now over Port Hedland.
George Swann per Rohan Clarke

Fri 6 Jan Semipalmated Plover Bundaberg, Queensland
Found by Chris Barnes near Bundaberg on privately owned land. Since seen by Nev & Jann Capell, Bill & Jack Moorhead. 2 further expeditions on Fri afternoon and Saturday morning failed to find it.
Nev Capell

Buff-breasted Button-quail Hills opposite Lake Mitchel, Queensland
Male and female seen on the rocky slopes. the female seen on the ground briefly but well.
Rob Morris

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