Published sightings for the week ending 26 Aug 2012.
|Sat 25 Aug
||White-winged Black Tern, Lewin's Rail, Glossy Ibis, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper etc
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Quite a good day at Werribee, lots of birds, although not too may waders. Highlight was the White-winged Black Tern, reported last week. Got photos of it, obviously not a juvenile (wrong time of year for one thing!). Also had a Lewin's Rail run across the track to the hide at the Little River Mouth (still can't get a photo of one). 1 Glossy Ibis at the Beach Rd Lagoon. 7 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, some in good breeding plumage with 1 Curlew Sandpiper and about 50 RN Stints at the Paradise Lagoon.
One male Red-capped Robin see on the Forest Road north side of Serendip Sanctuary today at app 2.30pm. Very blurry reference shot attached.
Paul Hackett per Echidna Walkabout
|Thu 23 Aug
Single, very large Black Kite quartering over paddock south of and adjacent to Bacchus Marsh Racecourse on Bacchus Marsh - Balliang Rd at 12:30hrs today.
4 or 5 female Crimson Rosellas observed feeding from wattles in a mallee area north of Skylark road in the Whipstick section of Greater Bendigo NP. Well north of usual range.
Also seen in the area were a pair of Crested Bellbird, a party of Painted Button-quail, Purple-gaped and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Shy Heathwren and Brush Bronzewing. Gilberts Whistler heard.
|Wed 22 Aug
Troups Creek Catchment Hallam Rd.
3 Latham's Snipe flushed during monthly Melbourne Water Survey. Also of interest 12 Cattle Egret and a sub-adult Peregrine Falcon.
Arthur Carew and Robert Wright
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Spotted Quail-thrush (1) Redbeak track
||White Indian Peafowl ( feral )
Langwarrin Fauna & Flora Reserve
Single bird in dense undergrowth at 1430 near junction of Paperbark and Military tracks. This sighting has been reported to Parks Victoria for appropriate action. (Moderators note: although feral Indian Peafowl reports would not normally be published as they do not fit any of the Birdline report criteria, we chose to publish this report because it may be of interest to local birdwatchers.)
|Tue 21 Aug
Barralliar Island, Western Port
2 roosting on island. Also a Sooty Oystercatcher, 48 Double-banded Plover, 450 Red-necked Stints, etc. This was part of a count for the BOCA Western Port survey (Birdlife Australia), delayed by previous bad weather. A pair of Little Penguins nesting on island. 104 Royal Spoonbills roosting in paddocks near Bullock Swamp on French Island nearby, 3 pairs of Cape Barren Geese one of them with a small young.
Richard Loyn and Chris Chandler
In garden between Flowerdale and Strath Creek
|Mon 20 Aug
Beach Rd, east of Avalon Airport
A group of 27 in a flooded field - a large number anywhere.
Branch Rd, You Yangs Regional Park
Sub-adult unexpectedly seen in late afternoon low over trees at edge of You Yangs Park.
Richard Nowotny & Jenny Michaels
|Sun 19 Aug
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Pleased to say that the Oriental Pratincole is still present at WTP. Watched and photographed for 1 hour on Western Lagoon 2. 13.00-14.00
2 Freckled Duck seen from Minsmere hide on the opposite side of the lake
||Common Diving Petrel
St Kilda Beach
Four beach washed Common Diving Petrels were found on St Kilda Beach adjacent to Luna Park over the last few weeks. One was found yesterday and the other three were found a few weeks ago.