Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 28 Jan 2013 01:31:14 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Jan 2013.

Sun 20 Jan Eastern Yellow Wagtail Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate, Queensland
Seen in north-west corner of lagoon. Usually near the roosting Little Black Cormorants and foraging on short grass or the exposed mud.
Ged Tranter, Rick Franks

Sat 19 Jan Great Shearwater (BARC submission required) Mistral Point, Maroubra, New South Wales
A Great Shearwater was sighted this afternoon amongst Wedge-tailed Shearwaters flying south at around 15:30, close-in off Mistral Point. Features noted were: black cap, greyish upper wing, distinctive white bar on upper aspect of tail, mainly white underwing with significant dark trailing edge and dark axillary lines. Shortly after this sighting a pod of very active False Killer Whales appeared off Mistral Point heading south. Three to four adults were accompanied by at least one youngster - the juvenile breached many times in a row which was delightful to watch. An amazing day. Working through video footage of the whales . . . Moderator's note (NH): This amazing observation will require a submission to BARC.
Ray Gobbe and Fiona Brook

Wed 16 Jan Lesser Black-backed or Heuglin's Gull Broome waste facility, Western Australia
A large gull that is either a Lesser Black-backed Gull or a Heuglin's Gull has been at the waste facility in Broome (nw WA) since at least Wednesday 16th Jan. It has been observed on each of the four days since then and appears quite settled. This is a potential new species for Australia; when the identification is fully resolved this post will be updated.
George Swann, Jim Allen, Mike Carter, Richard Baxter, Rohan Clarke

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