Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 30 Apr 2012 01:30:13 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 29 Apr 2012.

Fri 27 Apr Regent Honeyeatear Moolarben Rd, Munghorn Gap N.R., New South Wales
At least 5 Regent Honeyeatears still present at the Moolarben Rd site reported previously to birdline on the 8/4. Many other species in the vicinity including Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper, Little Lorikeet, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-tit, White-browed Babbler and at least 7 other honeyeater species. Plenty more White Box yet to flower. Unfortunately a drillling rig is being set up just outside the reserve, about 150m from where the Regents currently are.
M Filipczyk

Sun 22 Apr Great Shearwater, Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Buller's Shearwater Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic, Tasmania
Highlights of a pelagic trip departing from Eaglehawk neck this morning included Great Shearwater (4th for TAS), Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Buller's Shearwater, Providence Petrel & Brown Skua. Full list and trip report to follow. James Melville, Paul Brooks, Els Wakefield, Ian May, JJ Harrison, Jeremy O'Wheel, Matt & Jeanette Fiess, Graeme & Fletcher McCormack, Jim O Shea, Liz Znidersic, Andrew Walter & Hazel Britton.
James Melville

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

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