Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 22 Apr 2013 01:30:46 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 21 Apr 2013.

Fri 19 Apr White Wagtail M.alba leucopsis McIvor River crossing at 15°07'23'S 145°04'17'E, Queensland
This rare vagrant on the causeway at McIvor River crossing, actively feeding on the causeway and edge of nearby pools. Observed for well over an hour, and still present after 3 hours. Appears to be adult female subspecies leucopsis, as back/mantle colour is mix of grey and black, sharp contrast between black nape and grey of upper back. Pure white flanks, white on front of head and first part of crown. Large breast patch so apparently in breeding plumage.
Kath Shurcliff & Dave Houghton

Eurasian (Green-winged) Teal West Island, Cocos Keeling Islands
with Val La May Overcast morning Eurasian (Green-winged) Teal (1) Becek Besar Photo: Pam Jones 29.12.12
Pam Jones

Wed 17 Apr Saunders's Tern South Island, Cocos Keeling Islands
With Ash James. This is a late sighting for these birds, which normally leave by the end of March. Terns nearly in breeding plumage; both with yellow-orange bills and one with a very dark head.
Val La May

Sun 14 Apr New Zealand Storm-Petrel Swansea Pelagic (S 33 16 27, E 152 16 51), New South Wales
Single New Zealand Storm-Petrel seen on the Swansea pelagic yesterday. The bird was first picked up by Mike Kuhl as it made a pass along our starboard side, flying towards the bow. The bird was then lost and was re-seen in the slick a few minutes later. It was a generally quiet day at sea (probably owing to the complete lack of wind) but our cod-liver oil slick had attracted reasonable numbers (maybe 30-40 all up) of Wilson's Storm-Petrels and the NZSP was associating with these. The bird appears to be a fairly "classic" NZSP based on our current knowledge. Image by Allan Richardson.
Mick Roderick, Allan Richardson, Alan Morris, Mike Kuhl and 12 other observers

Tue 9 Apr Dollarbird Pieman Heads, Tasmania
A photographer from Hobart, Ian Robertson, has passed on this report and photograph of a juvenile Dollarbird at the Pieman Heads. His report is as follows: "The image was taken about a one minute walk from the jetty, where the Arcadia 2 stops at the jetty when taking tourists to the mouth of the Pieman River, at around 12.55pm on 9th April 2013. It landed on a dead tree next to a shack. I took 4 images and the one attached is the best of them". This would appear to be only the fourth or fifth record of the species for the state and particularly interesting, since it's clearly a juvenile bird, indicating possible breeding. Credit for Photograph is - Ian Robertson FAPS AFIAP.
Ian Robertson, per Jenny Madeline, per John Tongue

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