Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 16 Jan 2012 01:31:04 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 15 Jan 2012.

Sun 15 Jan White Wagtail Lake Gwelup , Western Australia
Thanks to Andrew Hobbs, I went to Lake Gwelup with Rob Lambert. Park in Seagrave Street at the south of the lake (where it is cut off in the middle), and walk down the path to the boardwalk and the pergola type hide. Quite a few others turned up while we were there. The bird was very easy to find. The bird was on the mud to the right behind the ducks. It sheltered in the shade of a thin dead typha reed a few times, but it usually did not take too long for it to come out. It is sub species 'leucopsis'. Bright white forehead. White face. Black crown leading down the back of the neck grading into the grey of its back. Quite a bit of white on the wing at rest. The end of the wings at rest are brownish, maybe worn feathers? The black bib on the upper breast is quite washed out. We also saw of interest. Buff-banded Rail (2) Australian Spotted Crake (2) Baillon's Crake (1) Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (2) An introduced bird to a few lakes around Perth and maybe in decline. There should be a lot of photos, as it was found by the Birdlife WA photographic group!!
per Frank O'Connor

White Wagtail & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lake Gwelup, Western Australia
White Wagtail leucopsis (1) First reported this morning by Birdlife WA Photographic group and seen by quite a few birders during the afternoon. The lack of black eyeline, the white throat above the bib and the small bib indicates that this is the subspecies 'leucopsis'. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (2) Introduced bird to several lakes around Perth
Bruce Wedderburn

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

Sat 14 Jan Rufous Treecreeper Piney Lakes, Western Australia
Four Rufous Treecreepers just flew over my car from Leach Highway / Riseley Street side of Piney Lakes. Just now going back with camera into the north part of the Lakes..
per Alan Galbraith

Thu 12 Jan Buff-banded Rail & Australian Spotted Crake Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Western Australia
During a quick visit to Bayswater we were lucky enough to see two Buff-banded Rails and an Australian Spotted Crake near the bird hide.
per Sandra and Ian Wallace

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

Mon 9 Jan Banded Stilt, Intermediate Egret & Red-necked Avocet Lake Joondalup Picnic Cove , Western Australia
About 25 Banded Stilts and 6 Red-necked Avocets at Lake Joondalup Picnic Cove area today and a single Intermediate Egret. Also a few thousand of the common waterfowl (Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Shoveler, Musk Duck, 50 Blue-billed Ducks), ~100 Great Egrets in breeding dress, 1 Night Heron, Pelicans, all three Grebe species a brood of Hardheads etc.
per Dimitris Bertzeletos

Sun 30 May Western Yellow Wagtail West Island Cocos-keeling Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Australia's first Western Yellow Wagtail. (Moderator: As of January 2012 this sighting had not been reported to BARC.)
Richard Baxter

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