Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 21 Jan 2013 01:30:38 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Jan 2013.

Sun 20 Jan Spotted Harrier Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Gungahlin
Spotted Harrier (1) Came in over tree tops near the big dam at around 11.00 - greyish upperwings with black wingtips, long barred tail, glided in typical harrier-fashion with raised wings. Fairly tatty looking bird, missing several flight feathers. Marnix Zwankhuisen arrived and we relocated the bird about 10 minutes later circling up in the sky, being seen off the premises by 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles. First record for the reserve as far as I know. Other notable species included: 2 Glossy Ibis, 2 Freckled Duck, 1 Painted Button-quail (refer to full list of 71 species).
Frank Antram

Sun 20 Jan Superb Parrot Kaleen south oval/Maribyrnong Primary School
Counted 32, mix of adults and juveniles feeding on the ground
Jim Longworth

Sat 19 Jan Black Falcon Drake Brockman Drive, Holt
A female Black Falcon was over the Horse Paddocks adjacent to Drake Brockman Drive, Holt at 17:27 this evening.
PJ Milburn

Glossy Ibis Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Kellys Swamp
Glossy Ibis (3) landed in front of third hide. Also, Spotted Crake (2), Spotless Crake (1), Latham's Snipe (5), Nankeen Night Heron (6), Red-kneed Dotterel (11). From the hides, 2-3pm
Jim Longworth

Black Falcon Callum Brae
On what was otherwise a pretty quiet walk at Callum Brae we had a flyby from a Black Falcon. It cruised overhead before disappearing west(ish) over Mt Mugga. It was a large, dark falcon with a small head and a long tail. The wings were quite broad, came to points rather than fingers, and no light was visible through the primaries. The wings were held slightly up which confused me at first (this being unusual for Black Falcons) however I think the wind was changing the bird's normal wing posture, because when it banked it had the classic outline of a Black Falcon. I've probably observed over a hundred Black Falcons in the last ten years so I'm pretty familiar with the species.
Chris Sanderson and Kat Cuskelly

Fri 18 Jan Red-necked Avocet Acton Park, Lake Burley Griffin
Five Red-necked Avocets were present on the northern shore line of Lake Burley Griffin between Acton Park and the National Museum, adjacent to Lawson Crescent from 11:30 until at least 14:00 today. [Moderator's note: the birds were still being seen by other observers until at least 18:00]
PJ Milburn

Thu 17 Jan Grey Falcon Black Mountain, O'Connor
At 12:05, my attention was drawn to a falcon soaring overhead in a thermal updraft. Peregrine-like in form; creamish-white below with a pale grey crown and faint grey moustachial stripe on a conspicuously pale face. While watching the bird ride the thermal, I could see that the bird was pale grey above with contrasting dark primaries.
PJ Milburn

Wed 16 Jan Brush Bronzewing Brindabella Road above Blundell's Arboretum
A single male Brush Bronzewing was foraging for acacia seeds early this morning at the side of Brindabella Road, above Blundell's Arboretum.
PJ Milburn

Glossy Ibis Mulligans Flat
Two Glossy Ibis observed on the big dam at 1000 this morning. This is the first Eremaea record of this species at Mulligans. No sign of Freckled nor Blue-billed Duck.
Alastair Smith

Tue 15 Jan Yellow-billed Spoonbill West Belconnen ponds
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (1) A single bird on the northern end of the north island.
Michael Kingsford

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