Published sightings for the week ending 23 Dec 2012.
|Sun 23 Dec
Goulds Lagoon, Granton
Black-fronted Dotterel (1) corner with main road
|Sun 23 Dec
||Baillon's Crake (juvenile?)
Goulds Lagoon (Eastern Side)
Probable juvenile adjacent to railway line - under tail barring indistinct and tail not held "cocked". Visible at same time as Australian Spotted Crake for size and under tail comparison. 2007hrs.
Single bird remains in region of mud at north-western end of main lagoon. Flushed at 1940hrs and clearly visible later.
Single bird seen from hide looking in the direction of wooden steps at 1915hrs. Barring under tail. A lifer for me!...
|Thu 20 Dec
Single bird calling in tree outside McDonalds, and when investigated, flew off towards ANZAC Park. Becoming very cosmopolitan - though no accounting for taste!
|Tue 18 Dec
||Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Family of four feeding on Banksia cones about 2m off the ground, in the grounds of Ulverstone Central Primary School, about 7am.
|Mon 17 Dec
||Ground Parrot, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Southern Emu-wren
One adult Ground Parrot calling from thick buttongrass and low heath and observed well. Seen along the section of private road SE of the runway. Southern Emu-wren and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater were present as well.
|Fri 14 Dec
Peter Murrell Reserve, Kingston
Single bird seen feeding and preening in medium sized gums around mid afternoon. Along left hand side of Coffee Creek fire trail, just north of junction with track from the Penrhyn car park.
|Wed 12 Dec
260km SSE of Hobart
A highlight of 11-21 December Subantarctic Islands trip on Heritage Expedition’s ‘Spirit of Enderby’ was sighting of three congregations of Broad-billed Prions– most in heavy moult - on the first day in Australian waters. The largest group of at least 1,000 BB Prions was encountered 140 nautical miles (260km) SSE of Hobart (45 01S, 149 06E). Heading southwards, two subsequent groups of 500+ birds were observed at 45 17S, 149 22E and 45 29S, 149 33E.
John Weigel and Adam Walleyn
|Wed 5 Dec
Logan Lagoon, Flinders Island
On the 5th December 2012, Dr Sue Robinson (DPIPWE) and myself observed approximately 2000 Banded Stilts at the northern end of Logan Lagoon, Flinders Island (55G 609616 E, 5552961 S). Feeding in a typical line formation in shallow water near the centre of the lagoon they were later disturbed by an unidentified raptor and seen flying in a large mixed flock with 100s of Australasian Shelducks.
Since our first sighting in February 2012 (see below), it is of note
that there has been only one other sighting of Banded Stilts on Flinders
Island, that of 17-19 October 2012 (DPIPWE). I spoke with the Flinders Island PWS Ranger and he was unaware of any reports and had not seen the stilts personally during the intervening period. It is unclear whether the stilts remained on the island or in the interim, they moved on. The absence of sightings may be simply due to the lack of survey effort/observations.
James Melville per Liz Znidersic
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