Published sightings for the week ending 2 Jun 2013.
|Sun 2 Jun
||White-fronted Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail
Lonsdale Flora and Fauna Reserve
White-fronted Honeyeater A small but largely black and white bird with yellow on wings and unmistakable white face markings of white-fronted HE, about 4 Diamond Firetail seen in and around small collection of drooping sheoaks
Drive around this excellent yellow gum and stringybark woodland location with BirdLife Horsham, starting at Lake Rd finishing in a central location beside a grazing paddock
|Sun 2 Jun
Western Treatment Plant
The Northern Shoveler is still present and this morning was in company with two dozen Australasian Shovelers in a pond on the western side of Lake Borrie. Pasting the co-ordinates -38.010602,144.565873 into Google Maps (satellite view) will identify the actual pond which is approachable from the east across the track separating the two largest Lake Borrie ponds (9 and 24).
Royal Park, Parkville
3 birds in the east of the park.
Bunyip State Park
First I have recorded here in many visits - Diamond Creek near the Camp Road crossing. An Olive Whistler nearby as well.
Toora Beach (Nooramunga Marine Park)
Dozen or more Double-banded Plovers in various stages of plumage amongst large number of Red-necked Stints on mud flats to right of hide. Very cold SW wind.
Kow Swamp - Mitiamo Rd North of Pyramid Hill
Two very co-operative & photographic friendly Black Falcons seen perched on a farm fence adjacent to the Kow Swamp - Mitiamo Rd this afternoon.
Keith & Judy Humphreys
Pound Bend, Warrandyte
A male Rose Robin was seen this morning flitting about in riverside trees a short distance North of the main car park, clockwise on the circuit track (also reported by Sonja Ross early last month). It stayed around long enough for good views and some ID photos (one attached).
Alan and Hazel Veevers
|Sat 1 Jun
Yarrowee River, near Mount Pleasant, Ballarat
White morph Grey Goshawk observed sitting in a tree, calling. Also seen in flight, being mobbed by two magpies.
Elster Creek, Elwood
A rather late Arctic Jaeger was harassing Silver Gulls and even a Pacific Gull. I am not 100% sure about the identity of the bird being chased in the photo. There were also 4 Great Egrets in the Elster Creek area today that’s 4 more than usual at this site! 1 was on the Elwood Foreshore, 1 in the Elwood Canal and 2 just upstream from Glenhuntly Rd in the narrow bluestone channel). There was also a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike next to Point Ormond hill (quite uncommon here at this time of year). Also of interest was a small pod of about 5 Burrunan Dolphins hanging around about 200m off Point Ormond for over an hour.
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Quite surprised to see a Spotted Harrier flying over Gilpin Park this morning, being mobbed by a Silver Gull and a Little Raven.
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson
|Fri 31 May
|| Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-winged Stilt, Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill
Albert Park Lake
Seen in wetland area near Albert Road. Two Red-kneed Dotterels, 5 Black-winged Stilts including 2 juveniles. Common but much appreciated.
||Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Pink-eared Duck
Lake Hamilton Beach, Hamilton
Freckled Duck (1) sleeping on sand bar west side of beach.
Australasian Shoveler (8) & Pink-eared Duck (6)
preening and bathing on edge of sand bar.
|Thu 30 May
||Swift Parrot, Olive-backed Oriole
You Yangs Regional Park
Walking through the Western Plantation for about an hour. Overcast, following morning showers.
Swift Parrot (4) Seen briefly a couple of times moving between trees.
Olive-backed Oriole (2) Surprisingly late sightings. Called a couple of times. Possibly a third bird.
|Wed 29 May
Very approachable Boobook roosting in a street tree in Mill Park. Only 3-4 metres off the ground allowing me to walk beneath it. One of our tree crew members was about to cut the branch off when he saw the bird.
|Tue 28 May
||Little Lorikeet, Swift Parrot
Lonsdale Flora and Fauna Reserve
Saw approximately ten Swift Parrots and four Little Lorikeets feeding in Yellow Gums.
Ian Morgan, Brian Cordes, Tim Mintern
|Tue 28 May
||Diamond Firetail and Grey-crowned Babbler
Airstrip Rd, Euroa
Two firetails were seen near the start of Airstrip Rd, adjacent to the Euroa exit from the Hume Highway. Two babblers were observed just north of Drysdale Rd. These were the highlights of a week around Euroa while undertaking vegetation surveys.
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences
|Mon 27 May
Shepherd's Bush, Glen Waverley
Had a great view of a Rose Robin in the dogs prohibited area of Shepherds Bush. Also good to see 1 Bassian Thrush in same area. Unfortunately didn't have camera but had good look through binos.
|Sat 25 May
Eastwood Golf Course, Kilsyth
Accompanying a flock of Australian King Parrots.
||Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Double-banded Plover
Vaughan Island, Pomborneit East
While inspecting a property on the edge of Lake Corangamite we saw large flocks of shorebirds. Estimated numbers of Banded Stilts between 1000 and 2000, Red-necked Avocets in the low 100's and 30 to 40 Double-banded Plovers some still in breeding plumage. Also saw several large rafts of Hoary-headed Grebes and a few Red-capped Plovers. Thats just at the southern end of this large Western District Lake.
Andrew McCutcheon, Rob Youl et al
Wakiti Creek Resort, Kotupna
After some searching stumbled across a pair of Grey-crowned Babblers at the wakiti church area, birds were about 60 metres from church in low understorey, were being harassed by 3 noisy miners... Managed some decent shots for Identification purposes
|Fri 24 May
Coliban water treatment plant, Epsom
A lone bird seen feeding amongst red-necked avocets in Lagoon 7.
first time i've seen such a wader at this location in 2 years of regular visits...though I am advised it was spotted by the Victorian Birdlife group doing a tour on Apl 28th..
|Tue 21 May
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
3 Swifties flying north over Crusoe Reservoir.
Miles Geldart, [park ranger ] per Ken Dredge