Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:05:05 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, April 1, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013:

Area: SA

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Location: Rockleigh

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla) (1) 

Thank you to everyone who inquired about our property after the March 26th-27th 
bushfire. Luckily the CFS succeeded in stopping the fire from crossing 
Rockleigh Road, which is about 2km from our boundary.  Had it crossed Rockleigh 
Road it we and our neighbours would have been burnt out. Many many thanks to 
the CFS.

Tragically the Bushland Conservation property a little further north, which 
Birds SA regularly visits, was very badly damaged. Most of the fences and about 
70% of the land was completely burnt out. It will be a long time before it 
starts to recover and the birds come back. The fire started just north of the 
Bushland northern boundary. The fire started about 12 noon on the 26th March 
when a sparks from a loader being used to unearth quartz rocks ignited stubble 
on an adjacent property, and with the strong gusty winds and hot dry conditions 
it travelled about 12km before being stopped.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Location: Laratinga Wetlands, Mount Barker.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (1) An adullt in breeding plumage 
feeding in shallow water close to shore on Pond 11.

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (1) One male in Eucalypts between 
ponds 7 and 8.

The Stilt had been found by Kevin Williams at around 14.00 who then phoned me 
(Bob Snell) with the news. The Crested Shrike-tit was seen whilst searching the 
'swale' for Spotless Crake. The Crake was showing before and after Bob Snell's 
visit, but NOT during! Kevin reports that the Shrike-tit has been present in 
this area for about a week.

Reported by: Kevin Williams and Bob Snell on Thursday, April 4, 2013


Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Location: Behind the Barrage Goolwa, second pull in.

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) (60) Large flock on mud flat.

Reported by: Winston Syson on Friday, April 5, 2013


Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Location: Goolwa Ponds Hassel Rd Goolwa

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (2) Birds were among 7 species of Ducks in 
the large pond to the bright of the hide.

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) (40 +) Birds were in the large 
pond to the right of the hide.

Reported by: Winston Syson on Friday, April 5, 2013


Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Location: Finniss, South Australia

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) (1) Spotted Harrier flew low over 
Strathalbyn to Goolwa Road approximately 15km north of Goolwa.

Reported by: Bob Snell and John Hatch on Friday, April 5, 2013


Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Location: Kangaroo Island

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila) (50) mostly immature birds feeding on fruits 
of Ruby Saltbush Enchyleana tomentosa along rock wall embankment at Kingscote 
foreshore (near jetty); Kangaroo Island, 4 April 13.

Sanderling (Calidris alba) (3) camped at back of beach with 10 Hooded Plovers 
(8 adults; 2 immature), Vivonne Bay Beach c 1km E of Eleanor River Mouth, 
Kangaroo Island, 6 April 13

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (16) 8 adults and 2 immature together; 
adult pair; adult pair; adult pair; spread across 4 km of Vivonne Bay Beach, 
Kangaroo Island, 6 April 13

Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (2) 1 at Seal Bay, S coast of Kangaroo 
Island, 5 April 13
1 at Stokes Bay, N coast of Kangaroo Island, 5 April 13

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (10) brief look revealed four birds 
roosting on dead paperbarks on edge of brackish shoreline of NW Murrays Lagoon 
(Curly Creek Mouth), Kangaroo Island, 5 April 13
6 birds at freshwater Becky's Lagoon, Karatta, SW Kangaroo Island, 2 April 13

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (200) mostly at roost in tight 
flock; others feeding in shallows, NW corner of Murrays Lagoon, Kangaroo 
Island, 5 April 13

Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) (1) roosting at Chapman River estuary, 
Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, 4 April 13

Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (7) feeding along edge of dense dry Phalaris 
beds, Shoal Bay Winery, Bay of Shoals, Kangaroo Island, 15 March 13. Earlier 
unconfirmed reports suggest birds were present from late February 13 to mid 
March 13. Very few obs of this sp on KI and this the first confirmation of a 
significant covey of birds on KI.

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (2) feeding atop carpet of 
Sarcocornia samphire, exposed at low tide, American River foreshore, Kangaroo 
Island, 5 April 13

Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) (4) 3 adults and 1 sub adult, 
roosting in two large Monterey Pines P. radiata, American River foreshore, 
Kangaroo Island, 5 April 13

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Sunday, April 7, 2013


Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Location: Dry Creek Saltfields

Black Falcon (Falco subniger) (2) A pair sitting on power pole on eastern 
track, photos taken. With the pair so close together gave good view of size 
difference between male and female.

Reported by: William Brooker on Sunday, April 7, 2013


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