Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 18 Jun 2012 01:31:33 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 17 Jun 2012.

Sun 17 Jun Intermediate Egret, Gull-billed Tern Loch Sport Causeway
Three Intermediate Egrets - had Little, Great and Intermediate in one binocular view. Single Gull-billed Tern. All seen from causeway to ocean beach.
Tim Bawden

Sat 16 Jun White-winged Chough Cock's Paddock, near Yarra south of Rosanna Golf Club
20+ seen feeding in patch of woodland (between Westerfolds Park and Banyule Flat). The species is uncommon this close to inner suburbs.
Lyn Easton (reported by Richard Loyn)

Scarlet Robin Boort 10' Cell
Scarlet Robin 1 male in Black Box woodland at west end of Darkers Lane near Yando Rd. Also Diamond Firetail, Hooded Robin and Rufous Songlark. [Moderator's note: This report right is at the edge of this species range in winter.]
Malcolm Cousland

Thu 14 Jun Fan-tailed Cuckoo Avalon 29 Mile Rd
Rather surprised to see a pair of brilliantly colored Fan-tailed Cuckoos sitting on a fence near the junction with Beach Rd. After a few minutes they flew into the WTP. Even more surprised to see a very large Eastern Kangaroo inside the fence at the southern end of 29 Mile Rd. [Modertor's Note: Many birds don't migrate in winter. They stop calling and move into drier habitats or disperse widely such as to the WTP.]
Hedley Earl

Rainbow Lorikeets Kaweka reserve Hargraves Street Castlemaine
4 rainbow lorikeets heard and then seen in a dead pine tree bordering Kaweka reserve at 170 Hargraves street. First time I've observed rainbow lorikeets in Castlemaine.
Greg McKay

Pink-eared Duck Lagoon Beach, Port Melbourne
Pink-eared Duck (4) In flock with 12 Grey Teal. First seen flying at 1pm, then all landed on sea about 200m off the end of Kerferd Rd pier. Every now and again they would all fly up, circle around, then land on the sea again in a slightly different location. I first noticed the Pinkys beaks when they all flew for the first time. Once landed they were very distinctive, even at that distance - strong white facial markings were the most obvious feature, and zebra stripes on sides could be seen as well. I watched them all for about 20 minutes, and they were still there when I left.
Janine Duffy

Wed 13 Jun Brown Falcon West Gate Bridge Western Support Pylon
While driving my son to school a single Brown Falcon was observed landing on the huge Western side support pylon with the Australian flag on top. A week earlier the same bird was seen at eye level on top of the bridge catching what I think were large moths mid air. It approached them with talons facing out in front and bingo - score! A nice surprise.
Raoul Symons

Tue 12 Jun Hooded Plover Marengo beach, Marengo, Great Ocean Road
3 Hooded Plovers seen on the rocks at the end of Marengo beach, near Marengo Cres, approximately 2pm.
Paul & Liz Hackett

White-fronted Honeyeater Greater Bendigo National Park (Kamarooka Section)
White-fronted Honeyeater (1) Down Burnside Rd. perhaps 300-400 meters from the main road.
R. Bruce Richardson

Spotted Harrier Maffra
Flying low over grassland just north of Maffra.
D Fraser.

Mon 11 Jun Black-faced Woodswallow, Rufous Fieldwren Lake Tyrell on lake near SW lookout
A group of 5 Black-faced Woodswallows seen, Rufous Fieldwren also present.
Kevin Bartram

Sun 10 Jun Double-banded Plover, Pied Butcherbird, Elegant Parrot Coker Dam Road Nhill
One Double-banded Plover was on Coker Dam and a flock of 30 - 40 Blue-winged Parrots were feeding beside the dam. A group of two adult and 2 juvenile Pied Butcherbirds were beside the road just on the Nhill side of Coker Dam. Three Elegant Parrots were seen in trees on the Nhill - Harrow Road.
Jenny Spry & Joy Tansey

Mallee Emu-wren, White-backed Swallow NW of Hattah township
A group of Mallee Emu-wrens next to road past the plains north-west of Hattah township. A group of White-backed Swallows flying around the plains on 10th & 11th.
Kevin Bartram

White-naped Honeyeater Old Calder HWY, near Konardon Track, Hattah Lake NP
An adult White-naped Honeyeater seen. According to HANZAB this is outside of their normal range. Also quite a few White-fronted & Striped Honeyeaters. The next day had a group of Dusky Woodswallows in the area & an immature male Crested Bellbird.
Kevin Bartram

Spotted Pardalote, nominate subspecies Lake Mournpool track, 5 k south of Lake Mournpool, Hattah Lakes NP
A female photographed at Hattah Lakes NP. Separated from Yellow-rumped by mostly reddish uppertail-coverts with an orange rump; undertail-coverts dull orange (uppertail-coverts red with yellow-rump & undertail-coverts yellow). Unusual to see this subspecies in the area.
Kevin Bartram

Sat 9 Jun 3 White-bellied Sea-Eagles Lake Bunga (Lakes Entrance)
Adult Sea Eagles mating, occasional visit by an immature (2nd year plumage?). Also seen Lewin's Honeyeater and Peregrine Falcon.
Roger Francey

Sat 2 Jun Eastern Osprey Fingal Beach on Mornington Peninsula
Being harassed in flight by adult and juvenile Kelp Gulls
Mark Lethlean

Pink Robin Fingal Beach on Mornington Peninsula
"Brown Bird"seen feeding on beach at low tide
Mark Lethlean

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