Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 25 Jun 2012 01:31:24 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Jun 2012.

Sun 24 Jun Painted Honeyeater Mia Mia Track, Newstead
Single bird calling during visit from Birdlife Ballarat members to Newstead area.
Geoff Park

Australian Bustard, Malleefowl Yanac 10' Cell
Australian Bustard: Three male Bustards recorded in sheep paddock planted with lucerne. Birds wandered slowly in front of car for about an hour. Malleefowl: Two on property south of Big Desert - also one active and several inactive mounds.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow

Sat 23 Jun Broad-billed Sandpiper, Blue-winged Parrot & Cattle Egret Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Broad-billed Sandpiper is still in Western Lagoons, about 30 Blue-winged Parrots behind The Spit NCR and exactly 50 Cattle Egret on Beach Road.
John Barkla& Alan Jordan

Red-browed Treecreeper, Large-billed Scrubwren, Rufous Fantail Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
Red-browed Treecreeper (1) observed at close range feeding Large-billed Scrubwren (3) actively feeding on fallen vines that had been dislodged during recent floods along the Cabbage Tree Creek Rufous Fantail (1) a surprising find of an immature Rufous Fantail flitting in amongst a dense thicket by the side of the access road. Jacquie and I had excellent views over some 5 minutes or so (Moderators note: Rufous Fantail are strong migrants that are very rarely recorded in winter).
Len and Jacquie Axen

Brolga Mirranatwa Hall Wetland, Mirranatwa
Pair on far bank across from Mirranatwa Hall, after 26 ml of rain over the last week this wetland is jumping with water birds, was dry wekend before.
Samantha Greiner

Fri 22 Jun Darter, Hooded Plover Py Yoot Bay, Pearl Point
On a rocky outcrop some 50 metres offshore a very bedraggled Darter was observed amongst a group of Pied Cormorants early this afternoon. HANZAB notes that the Darter may be seen at sea near the shore in calm conditions. Today however approached gale force conditions. Along the shoreline another 3 adult Hooded Plovers were seen feeding along the high tide line where more flood debris had accumulated.
Jacquie and Len Axen

Cape Barren Geese Tyabb
Two geese seen flying along train line between Tyabb and Graydens Rd Hastings. Not seen these birds in this area before.
Sue and Stephen King

Thu 21 Jun Nankeen Night Heron Snowy River upstream from the Marlo jetty
As flood waters recede across agricultural land along the lower Snowy River, a large colony of some 90+ Nankeen Night Herons has suddenly appeared and taken up residence amongst an old stand of pine trees opposite the "First Island". This is the largest single sighting that we have recorded in 24 years at Marlo.
Jacquie and Len Axen

Wed 20 Jun Australasian Gannet Offshore from Sandringham
At least 200 gannets, mostly in groups of 40-50 birds sitting on the water offshore from Sandringham around 9A.M with another 40 birds on the water off Brighton Beach. Very few terns or gulls around suggesting there was no current big schooling of baitfish. There were also 3 Sooty Oystercatcher at Sandringham, presumably the same three that have been seen this year at places like Ricketts Point and Half Moon Bay.
Sean Dooley

Tue 19 Jun Grey Goshawk (white morph) Werribee River Park, Werribee
Single bird seen along the river near picnic ground.
Paul Randall (

Pink Robin & Peregrine Falcon Edrington Park Retirement Village , Berwick
1 female Pink Robin, the first one have seen here in 11 years and 1 Peregrine, a rare vistor.
Graham Beal

Grey Goshawk Martins Rd Drysdale (lagoon in private property)
At 2.30pm this afternoon I located the very elusive Grey Goshawk that had been reported in Drysdale some weeks ago. It was perched in a tree overlooking the lagoon and stayed there for at least 30 minutes allowing fantastic views and photo opportunities. I believe this bird is currently resident in the area although there has only been 1 previous sighting.
Hedley Earl

Banded Stilt Jack Smith Lake
Two hundred plus feeding in the shallows. The lake has received a lot of water and should be good for waders in the coming season.
D Fraser, P Ware, P Goldstraw.

Mon 18 Jun Hooded Plover Snowy River entrance
9 adult Hooded Plovers were seen actively feeding amongst flood debris on the eastern spit adjacent to the mouth of the Snowy River this afternoon.
Len Axen

P. elegans flaveolus - Yellow Rosella Yandoit (south of Castlemaine)
Eight Crimson Rosellas, and one was a bright yellow colour - P. elegans flaveolus - None of us had ever seen a Yellow Rosella in the area. It was gathered up with the P. elegans and had been spotted by the other two twitchers we were with at least once in the same area in the past week, perched in the trees. Incredibly bright. We are going to try and get a photo in the next couple of weeks.
Alana Jones

Pink Robin Mont Albert North
One female beside Koonung Trail in Koonung Creek Reserve.
Knud Hansen

Hardheads Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Huge numbers of Hardhead at the WTP. Also Wedge-tailed Eagle 3, soaring over Paradise Road and Brolga 2, Paradise Road Lagoon.
Debbie Lustig

Sat 16 Jun White Bellied Sea Eagle Lake Tyers
2 Sea Eagles, one immature, over Fishermans Landing on Lake Tyers. Also single Crested Pigeon spotted at Swan Reach.
Alf Forbes

Yellow-Faced Honeyeater Echuca
2 Yellow-Faced Honeyeaters seen near Echuca on banks of the Murray River during Echuca branch of BA monthly outing. Informed local birders indicate that this is an unusual sighting in this area.
Murray Chambers

Mon 11 Jun Freckled Duck Balbirooroo Wetland, Balnarring
Two birds on a private wetland next to Balbirooroo.
Brian Thomas

Eastern Osprey Bells Beach
Took some fantastic Photo's (19 in all) from Bells Beach Main Car Park Lookout between Bells Beach and Winki-pop. (near Torquay)
Carolyn Hogan

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