Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 23 Apr 2012 01:31:36 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Apr 2012.

Mon 16 Apr Freckled Duck Lake Monger , Western Australia
Three Freckled Duck seen at Lake Monger around 11:00am today. They were on the north side of the reeds which are in the SW corner of the lake.
Damien Cancilla per BirdsWA

South Polar Skua Bremer Bay , Western Australia
Stewart Ford and I made the trip to Bremer Bay yesterday afternoon, arriving around 4:30pm. We did a seawatch from the fisheries harbour at the end of Swarbrick Rd. The South Polar Skua was seen about an hour later, flying quite close to shore, before landing in the water several times. The pale head was very obvious. A Brown Skua landed beside the South Polar, and was noticeably larger, with a darker brown head.
Nigel Jackett and Stewart Ford per BirdsWA

Thu 12 Apr Streaked Shearwater, Arabian Sheaterwater Red Bluff an hour north of Carnarvon, Western Australia
Over the Easter break I observed a very large number of Streaked Shearwaters (at least 300) amongst a 'mega flock' of at least 4000 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters whilst seawatching from Red Bluff an hour north of Carnarvon, WA on the 12th April. Also of note, were what I consider to be at least 3 (up to about 30) Persian (Arabian) Sheaterwaters. Size comparison was easily made with wedge-tailed /streaked shearwaters flying around the birds. ID was made by ruling out other shearwater contenders (Hutton's, Fluttering, Little and Tropical). Features noted where extensive white 'face' and encircling eye (ruling out huttons/fluttering), extensive dark underwing and brown colouration (ruling out Little), lack of any white on rump ('blinkers') (ruling out Tropical), dark undertail coverts. Due to the distance of the observation I was unable to make out feet colour. I am happy to receive comments/questions/suggestions on this observation. Very large numbers (400+) of full breeding White-winged Black Terns where observed. Also seen where good numbers of Roseate Terns, Common Noddies, Hutton's Shearwaters.
Nathan Waugh per Birding-Aus

Tue 10 Apr Pied Butcherbird, Painted Finch Karntama village, Christmas Creek Minesite, Pilbara, Western Australia
Over a few days earlier in the month, Painted Finch, Zebra Finch, Red-backed Kingfisher, Black Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Spotted Harrier, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, White-winged Triller
Gary Stevens

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