Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 3 Dec 2012 01:30:57 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Dec 2012.

Fri 30 Nov Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane Roost, Queensland
1 bird at the high tide roost with Godwits, great knot etc
Roy Sonnenberg (via Rob Morris)

Wed 28 Nov Tiger Shrike Home Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Tiger Shrike found at the Oceania House gardens on Home Island. This appears to be a different individual than that which was seen and photographed two weeks earlier on West Island. Also an Oriental Cuckoo and a possible Large-hawk Cuckoo on Home Island. Asian race of Dollarbird on Horsburgh Island.
John Weigel

Sun 25 Nov Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo West Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo on West Island, Cocos. Also Oriental Koel. Resident (and very helpful) birders Pam Jones and partner Geof had seen a Hodgson's a week earlier and also saw the Oriental Koel independently. Other birds that I have seen on West Island include the long-serving Eurasian Teal, an unidentified Shipe sp, two Oriental Pratincols, 6 Barn Swallows, Striated Heron, and stampedes of white-breasted waterhens.
John Weigel

Little Ringed Plover Anbangbang billabong near Nourlangie Rock, Kakadu NP, Northern Territory
This bird was seen from very far, in deference to crocodile habitat between me and it. The photo is greatly cropped. Several other photos show a complete white ring around the back of the head, which I think eliminates all Aus plovers save Little Ringed and Common Ringed plovers. This photo best shows the wide extent of the breastband on the side of the breast, which I think is characteristic of Common Ringed Plover. I have limited experience with the species (in Europe) though I got to see the first California record (in complete summer plumage) this year. I understand that Little Ringed Plover is the more "common" species in the region.
Chet McGaugh

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