Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 5 Aug 2013 07:14:17 +1000

Birdline New South Wales

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Aug 2013.

Sun 4 Aug Swift Parrot Dunbogan caravan park near Laurieton
We saw at least 12 Swift Parrots, late morning, feeding in Forest Red Gum. There were both adults and immature birds feeding on both nectar and lerps. They were feeding with many Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and a few Noisy Miners and Noisy Friarbirds. They dispersed around midday but when we returned late afternoon there were at least 20 birds counted.
Peter West and Sue Proust

Painted Button-quail, Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Speckled Warbler Air services site at Shanes Park (approx. 10km west of Blacktown CBD)
At least 4 Speckled Warblers were here with one bird carrying nesting material in its bill. Good to see that they are still breeding here. Also seen was a female Painted Button-quail, a few Rose Robins, lots of both Varied Sitellas and Buff-rumped Thornbills, Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Shining Bronze and Fan-tailed Cuckoos, White-winged Choughs, 3 Spotless Crakes and 2 Lewin's Rails. The Lewin's Rail is another addition for the Shanes Park bird list.
Edwin Vella

Grey Goshawk, Spotted Harrier Orara Way, 3 km N of Glenreagh
Grey morph Grey Goshawk flew from power pole and adult Spotted Harrier flew low across road in front of car.
Greg and Val Clancy

Barking Owl cnr of Coolong and Nurran Roads Vaucluse
Barking Owl calling from and seen in a large Fig tree at 8.30pm
Marie Lister

Barking Owl Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
Popped in to find that Barking Owl and came upon it as was reported yesterday.

Swift Parrot Mulgoa Nature Reserve
At least 15 Swift Parrots seen and many more heard in the location Jenny Stiles et al mentioned previously. It is worth noting that many of the Eucalypt species (mostly Eucalyptus moluccana and Eucalyptus tereticornis) are budding and ready for a mass flower within the next week or so.
Brendon Levot, Tom makinson, Tom Hickman, Brett Heterick.

Eastern Barn Owl warriewood wetlands
Eastern Barn Owl at 3.30 this afternoon.
Alex james

Barking Owl Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
Single Barking Owl still present in the palms to the east of the footbridge about 100m south of the "1.3 km marker" on the track from Jamieson Park. Thanks to Jenny Stiles for the tip-off after I missed it yesterday! The owl called for the whole 15 minutes I was there. Max Breckenridge arrived a few hours later and it was still present. Glossy Black-Cockatoo presence was indicated by shredded casurina seeds, and an early returning (?) Shining Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling.
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge

Powerful Owl Lane Cove National Park (Devlin's Creek)
Late morning walk along the track near Belinda Crescent, North Epping. Quite a good number of species for Winter. Powerful Owl (1) sitting in Pittosporum undulatum.
Mark Cachia

Powerful Owl, Grey Goshawk (White Morph), Glossy Black-Cockatoo Warriewood Wetlands/Irrawong Reserve
Single Powerful Owl roosting on track beyond waterfall in Irrawong; 2 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flew along the escarpment approx 8:30am; white morph Grey Goshawk in Warriewood Wetlands calling loudly. A small party of Brown Gerygone included 3 individuals that had black faces/foreheads - possibly some food residue? No sign of Noisy Pitta at the little waterfall in Irrawong at 8am this morning. Golden Whistlers and Eastern Yellow Robins very active; at least 3 Australian Brush-turkeys working on mounds.
Tom Wilson

Australasian Figbird, Red-kneed Dotterel Mehi River, Moree East
A pair (M & F) Australasian Figbirds are still present (reported last on 21 July). The male bird was photographed and heard calling, it was mimicking the local parrots (Red-winged and Pale-headed Rosellas) as well as King-Parrot (which aren't present). Numerous Red-kneed Dotterels were observed wading on the muddy edges of the Mehi River (first observation for the township). Noisy & Little Friarbirds and Fairy Martins have returned.
Curtis Hayne

Caspian Tern, Glossy Ibis, Buff-banded Rail Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay
Caspian Tern on the main pond waterbird refuge. 2 Buff-banded Rails on the track in front of the hide at the refuge and 2 Glossy Ibis on the pond at Wentworth Common
Michael Barton

Sat 3 Aug Speckled Warbler Cobbitty Rd, Cobbitty (approx. 70km SW of Sydney CBD)
Saw a couple in blackthorn beside this fairly busy road. I have seem them at the same location back in 2000 when I was also chasing someone's sighting of a Hooded Robin (a bird that has just about disappeared from the Sydney region).
Edwin Vella

White-winged Triller Cut Hill Rd, Cobbitty
Saw a female White-winged Triller at the same time I was watching the Western Gerygone. An early returning migrant or a bird that has over-wintered.
Edwin Vella

Western Gerygone Cut Hill Rd, Cobbitty (approx. 70km SW of Sydney CBD)
I was surprised to see a Western Gerygone beside Cut Hill Rd in Cobbitty. There has been been sightings here long ago and this is the only second location I have seen them in the Sydney region (the other place I have seen them is Shanes Park near Blacktown).
Edwin Vella

Swift Parrot Cut Hill Rd, Cobbitty (approx. 70km SW of Sydney CBD)
At Cobbitty, I was surprised to find the Swift Parrots at 2 places and both were in Bell Miner colonies presumably after lerps. I saw at least 8 Swifties beside Cut Hill Rd but the exact number was hard to ascertain as they were quite scattered and hard to see. Some of the Swifties were perched quite low down in the African Olives (about 2 metres above the ground) presumably to get away from the aggressive Bell Miners which I saw chase the Swift Parrots.
Edwin Vella

Black-chinned Honeyeater Warwick Farm
Four Black-chinned Honeyeaters in a small patch of woodland opposite Warwick Farm racecourse on Governor Macquarie Drive. Fuscous Honeyeaters were also present – as was a single White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike.
Michael Paul

Bush Stone-curlew, Mangrove Gerygone Davistown waterfront near Pine Street, Central Coast
A special event was held at the Davistown waterfront to highlight the publishing of a booklet about the Bush Stone-curlew population around Brisbane Water by the Gosford Friends of the Bush Stone-curlew. The event included a walk along the waterfront to a private house where a pair of Bush stone-curlews, along with last season;s chick, reside in a large open garden adjacent to a wetland/saltmarsh! One of the 5 breeding pairs of Bush-stone Curlews on the Central Coast, total known population 19 birds!. Enroute we passed a pair of Mangrove Gerygones, while a Striated Heron, Yellow Thornbills and Great Egrets were also present.
Alan Morris & 40 participants.

Pacific Baza North Richmond
7 Pacific Bazas in forest on Steep Hill Terrace Road 2 km from Bells Line of Road
david potter

Noisy Pitta, Buff-banded Rail, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo & Glossy Black-Cockatoo Lower Pappinbarra
A single Buff-banded Rail seen, later 35 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo flew over, later several Glossy Black-Cockatoo heard just before dusk, and twenty minutes after sunset two Noisy Pitta were heard calling many times. One Pitta was close, the other was distant. Previously here one has only called twice at that time.
Ian Kerr

Barking Owl Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
Late afternoon visit to look for the Barking Owl reported by Carol Abbott yesterday, Very excited to find it [thanks Carol] still there! Barking Owl (1) Roosting in a palm tree [ near a large fallen hollow tree on the edge of the path] about 1km down the track [starting at Jamieson Park, park at the Esplanade] along the lake towards South Creek Reserve
Jenny Stiles

Swift Parrot Scheyville National Park
Went to check out the Swift Parrots. As previously reported at the entrance of Scheyville National Park.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe

Budgerigar, Tawny Grassbird, Golden Whistler, Australasian Shoveler Moree Common
Birds were very plentiful. 25 Budgerigars flew over the site, many Tawny Grassbirds present in the (dry) briarbush grassland. Australasian Shovelers 4 (1 M& 3 F). 14 Plumed Whistling Ducks were also seen along with the usual Pink-eared Ducks (large flocks - 300+, some were mating). 100 Pelicans were fishing, photographed one that caught a carp. Black-fronted Dotterels were seen to be chased by a Restless Flycatcher. 25+ Brown Quails, 50+ Plum headed Finches were observed feeding on grass seeds, an Olive backed Oriole was HC, lots of Spotted Bowerbirds were active, Pale-headed Rosellas and Red-rumped Parrots at nest hollows, Black shouldered Kites were mating and lots of White-winged Choughs were busy, 1 at a nest already. An immature Golden Whistler and Brown Goshawk were observed (which are both uncommon).
Curtis Hayne

Swift Parrot Mulgoa Nature Reserve
Tried to try one more time to find the reported Swift Parrots & succeeded finally! We saw 10 although I am sure there were more. Finding the parrots is complicated by large numbers of chattering Bell Miners, Orioles and Rosellas in the same area. Several poor photos obtained. Swift Parrot (10) Probably more as the birds were high in the trees and hard to spot. Walk across the reserve on the Dillwynia West track and then turn right along the southern boundary on the Dafa trail. The parrots were a couple of hundred metres along this track.
Jenny Stiles

Spangled Drongo Western Track, Wolli Creek, Earlwood
A single Spangled Drongo spotted on this morning's survey. Also saw a male Golden Whistler. Both at the eastern end of the Western Track, near Illoura Reserve.
Melissa Mason and Therese Alting

Little Eagle Castlereagh
Along Castlereagh Rd this morning. Light morph.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Fri 2 Aug Wedge-tailed Eagle Werai
3 Wedge-tailed Eagles cruising on thermals late afternoon (Moss Vale side of Werai). Not a place I've had them before.
Lorne Johnson

Fairy Prion 5 km NE offshore of Port Macquarie
Went on a Whale Watching trip off Port Macquarie, and there were between 30-40 Fairy Prions which were feeding around where a number of Humpback Whales were lolling around. Prions are known as Whale Birds and these Prions were feeding in the oliy water left behind by the Whales. Australasian Gannets and one White-bellied Sea-eagle the only other other birds present. 7 Humpback Whales were encountered and one remained in the same location for over half an hour and this is where the prions were feeding.
Alan Morris

Barking Owl Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
At first heard, then seen sitting in a Palm tree, to the left of the track, between Jamieson Park and the RSL Anzac Village.
Carol Abbott

Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt Casino Wetlands
A total of 127 Glossy Ibis with at least 5 pairs in the early stages of constructing nests. Nesting Glossy Ibis very rare on the northern rivers. All nests in low dead shrubs. Most nests only cms above the water. 117 Black-winged Stilt in a large and noisy flock.
David Charley

Swift Parrot Scheyville National Park (Pitt Town-Dural Rd)
In addition to ~30 or so Swift Parrots at Mulgoa NR this morning, I came across a further ~20 Swift Parrots feeding on lerps with Bell Miners at the Pitt Town-Dural Rd entrance in Scheyville NP. Some calling, but fairly inconspicuous while feeding in the canopy. Jacky Winter and Crested Shrike-Tits also present.
Max Breckenridge

Thu 1 Aug Brolga, Glossy Ibis Crowsnest Swamp, Glenugie
Adult Brolga sitting on nest while mate was foraging some distance away. 15+ Glossy Ibis foraging in wetland.
Greg Clancy and Warren Thompson

Hoary-headed Grebe, Pink-eared Duck, Black-necked Stork Four Mile Lane and Finlaysons Road, Swan Creek
Nine Hoary-headed Grebes in three separate groups on different wetlands and a group of 4 Pink-eared Ducks on another. An adult Black-necked Stork was standing on its nest. This pair of Storks lost their two nestlings recently.
Greg Clancy and Warren Thompson

White-necked Heron Sutton Forest
5 birds together in a paddock by Golden Vale Rd late this afternoon. I've never seen five together before.
Lorne Johnson

Wed 31 Jul Singing Honeyeater Glenbrook, Lower Blue Mountains
I was fortunate enough to be invited to hopefully spot a Singing Honeyeater that has been visiting a Glenbrook backyard recently. The bird was first reported in May by Jo Barrett to Blue Mountains Bird Observers and it has been seen on and off since. It made a few brief visits yesterday and was easily identifable. It has been photographed a number of times and the attached photo was taken in the backyard in May. There appears to be only one bird and it is a long way east of its usual range.
Mark Ley, Jo Barrett, Therese Ramage

Grey Goshawk 'Seagulls' Carpark, Tweed Heads West
Was sitting on a power line.
Jed Knight

Pink-eared Duck Centennial Parklands
4 Pink-eared Ducks in the middle of the duck pond seen at 3pm today
Nathan falla

Tue 30 Jul Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Vale of Ah Reserve, Milperra
A lone bird flying over Vale of Ah in mid morning was presumably an escapee. HANZAB cites evidence for feral populations in Sydney, but I've never seen any signs of this. [Moderator's note (NH): I haven't seen any evidence for a feral population and would therefore treat this bird as an escapee. There are scattered observations of this species in the Sydney area. E.g. I saw one in February 2013 in Leichhardt, another one was seen in February 2013 in Chatswood.]
David James

Powerful Owl, Noisy Pitta Irrawong Reserve
Two Powerful Owls seen up beyond the main waterfall. Also seen late in the afternoon, near the small waterfall, the Noisy Pitta.
Kerry Allen

Eastern Osprey Woodfield Ave, Bundeena
One Eastern Osprey observed for two minutes flying in large circles above the entrance to Bonnie Vale Camping Ground at 16.45. Bird was calling repeatedly and exhibited "jerky" wing movements. Was eventually chased off by Australian Ravens.
Deryk Engel

Nutmeg Mannikins Monterey and Banksia
20 Nutmeg Mannikins at corner Scarborough Park President Ave/Colson Crescent. 41 Nutmeg Mannikins at A.P.Austin Football field(near Eve St Wetlands)
Oliver Williams

King Quail, Masked Owl Gibraltar Reserve
2 King Quail heard calling 0730, Masked Owl heard c0100. It is likely the Masked Owls have fledged a single young this year.
Simon Clayton & 1 other

Mon 29 Jul Caspian Tern Lake Belvedere, Bicentennial Park, Sydney
Highlight of a quick visit to Bicentennial Park was a very confiding Caspian Tern.
Paul Johnstone

Ground Cuckoo-Shrike Pilliga
2 Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes at the corner of Pilliga Road and Colrose Road.
Steve Edwards

Turquoise Parrot, Glossy Black-Cockatoo West Pilliga
3 Turquoise Parrots on the Western Way, 1 about 200 meters east from the Coonamble-Pilliga road and 2 about 300 metres on the western side. Also a Glossy Black-Cockatoo on the Western Way about 2km East of Coonamble-Pilliga Road.
Steve Edwards

Superb Parrot Stanley Park Area, East Kurrajong, 2758
A male Superb Parrot seen flying over heading NNW at 16:00. Quite probably an aviary escapee but I cannot confirm that unless someone knows of a recent escape. [Moderator's note (NH): Yes, most likely an escapee. However, there aren't many Superb Parrots reported on PetSearch and ParrotAlert. That's why I decided to publish this post (but not to index it for the bird atlas.]
Matthew Stanton

Sun 28 Jul Red-necked Avocets, Black-fronted Dotterels, Pied Oystercatcher + Dee Why Lagoon
Observed between about 2:00-3:00PM. 11 Red-necked Avocets, Eastern Great Egret, 2 Black-fronted Dotterels, 4 Hoary-headed Grebes, Pied Oystercatcher, 3 Royal Spoonbills, Buff-banded Rail + handful of White-faced Herons.
Steph Turnbull

Rose Robin, White-eared Honeyeater Mount Kaputar National Park (Waa Gorge)
During a visit to Waa Gorge yesterday with Michael Dahlem, we observed a lone female Rose Robin before spotting a lone male Rose Robin in the car park area. Lots of mixed Thornbills - Buff-rumped, Inland, Yellow, Striated and Weebills. Striated Pardalotes were nesting. Several Eastern Spinebills were heard calling, only a single immature bird observed. Scarlet Honeyeaters were heard calling almost everywhere and many were observed, there would of been more than 10. Other special honeyeaters in the area included a White-eared Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater and Red Wattlebirds. 4 Wedge-tailed Eagles soared overhead.
Curtis Hayne, Michael Dahlem

Banded Lapwing 20 km south of Terry Hie Hie
4 Banded Lapwings seen feeding on low grass vegetation by the side of the Terry Hie Hie to Waa Gorge road, near big water puddles from recent rainfall. The roadside was being grazed by cattle. No other suitable habitat visible in the whole area.
Michael Dahlem, Curtis Hayne

Common Diving-Petrel, Brown Skua long reef aquatic reserve.
Highlights from a sea watch today were 1 close in Common Diving-Petrel and 6 Brown Skuas.
michael ronan.

European Goldfinch Condobolin STW
1 male European Goldfinch in company with Zebra Finches. Zebra Finches were nest building. My first sighting of a European Goldfinch in the Lachlan Shire. Also present were lots of Pink-eared Ducks and Australasian Shovelers and one dead Magpie Goose at the side of main pond.
Warren Chad

Sat 27 Jul Tawny Frogmouth, Fairy Martin Whittakers Lagoon, Moree (Combadello Weir)
A dead Tawny Frogmouth was found, not previously found in the area (that is - during the daytime). Also seen were lots of Fairy Martins with even larger flocks of Welcome Swallows along the Mehi River. Fairy Martins have been absent since mid-February so they should fully return soon.
Curtis Hayne

Sat 27 Jul Noisy Pitta, Spangled Drongo Warriewood Wetlands
Noisy Pitta still present and showing well in the vicinity of the small waterfall at the end of Irrawong Rd. Also one Spangled Drongo, and a count of 30+ Grey Fantails within the first 100m after Irrawong Rd. If anyone happens to find the lens cap of my Nikon Monarch Binoculars, I would greatly appreciate getting it back!
Joshua Bergmark

Swift Parrot, White-necked Heron, Musk Lorikeet, Australian Reed Warbler Plumpton area
Two Swift Parrots seen flying at Hanna Reserve, clear enough for a positive ID but behind branches (no photo). White-necked Heron reported earlier this month still present at same location. Many Musk Lorikeets in the area and at Plumpton Park where an overwintering pair of Australian Reed Warblers were also calling.
Mark Fuller

Fluttering Shearwaters Warden Head Ulladulla
Many hundreds of Fluttering Shearwaters were seen this morning flying southwards,they almost rivaled the numbers of the Short tailed Shearwaters seen here when returning to breed in the spring.
Bob Rusk

Fri 26 Jul Black-necked Stork Bulahdelah
One Black-necked Stork flying east over the hwy just south of town at 5:20pm.
Ian Kerr

Fan-tailed Cuckoo Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley
One Fan-tailed Cuckoo was heard calling for some time at 11:00 am on the fringe of the rainforest.
Carla Jackett

Wandering Whistling-Duck, Freckled Duck Lismore Lake
Seven Freckled Ducks keeping around 650 Wandering Whistling-Ducks company. (This is a large number of Wandering Whistling Ducks for NSW - AKM Moderator)
Hans Wohlmuth

Yellow-nosed Albatross Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
A single Yellow-nosed Albatross seen offshore and a Gull-billed Tern closer in.
Clive Meadows & Louise Earnshaw

Dusky Woodswallow Front gate of Charles Sturt Uni campus, Orange
Two birds seen flying overhead, hawking for insects. Very early return for this species in the area (last seen here May 14th); usually expect them back in early September. Co-ordinates: -33.2482 149.1145
Tiffany Mason

Swift Parrot, Striated Pardalote Mulgoa Nature Reserve
A two hour visit this morning eventually yielded brilliant views of Swift Parrots along the southern fenceline where they have been reported recently. 17 was the maximum definite number I had at one time but this included a few that I could hear beyond my range of sight, and goven the cryptic nature if foraging Swift Parrots, there could easily be as many as 50 or more there. Also seen was a Collared Sparrowhawk, and I heard a Striated Pardalote (never an easy species in the Sydney basin) in a nearby house's garden.
Ashwin Rudder

Australian Ringneck Killcare, NSW
A dark-headed Ringneck, mostly likely a Twenty-eight Parrot form was seen at my house. (Moderator's note. This is an obvious escapee, and occasionally these are reported on the Central Coast.AKM)
Jan Herbert

Thu 25 Jul Fairy Martins, Tree Martins, Australasian Shoveler & Hoary-headed Grebe Eastlakes Golf Course
Return migrant Fairy Martins(6) a couple of Tree Martins a Hoary-headed grebe and two Australasian Shoveler (present since at least Friday 19th July) were all seen today.
David Mitford

Blue-faced Honeyeaters Wisemans Ferry
6+ Blue-faced Honeyeaters seen around the Wisemans Ferry Australis Resort. Plenty of other larger honeyeaters around there too (Noisy Friarbirds, Little & Red Wattlebirds). 1 Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Tom Wilson

Grey-crowned Babbler; Black Kite Sextonville Road Dobies Bight (west of Casino); Casino tip
Group of three Grey-crowned Babbler in Melaleuca alternifolia wetland alongside Sextonville Road; around 80 Black kites still hanging around Casino tip.
Ian Colvin

Double-barred Finch Tweed West
In a small group
Sam Ford

Hooded Plovers Dolphin Point/Burrill Lake Entrance
At 1pm seen on the sand spit at the entrance to the lake were 10 Hooded Plovers including 2 imm,also seen were 15 Redcap and 3 Double banded Plovers. Along with 4 Masked Lapwings,2 Pied Oystercatchers and the 4 Bar Tailed Godwits that have overwintered here this year.
Bob Rusk

Freckled Duck, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Flat Rock Dam- Southwest of Nowra
Following on from Duades report, I counted 220 Freckled Ducks this morning at 930 am. Many Yellow-tufted HE around and saw one White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike. Ducks best seen from the bridge. Photos taken.
Carla Jackett

Wed 24 Jul Freckled Duck Flat Rock Dam, West Nowra
Well over 100 Freckled Ducks observed on Flat Rock Dam, West Nowra. They are on the Northern side of the bridge and can easily be seen from the road. They were reported yesterday by Roger B on the IBOC facebook page and were still there late this afternoon.
Duade Paton

Cicadabird Ballina Heights Cycleway
Early return of migrant. One male Cicadabird seen feeding but not calling during to-days outing. Also recorded flock of approx. 20 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins.
June Harris and Brunswick Valley Birdwatchers.

Swift parrot Mulgoa Nature Reserve
We observed about 6 Swift Parrots perched in tall eucalyptus trees and in flight on the south side of the reserve. Shortly afterwards we saw a male Rose Robin active in the undergrowth shrubs. On the north side of the park, returning to the car, we saw a small group on the fence rail which comprised of a female Scarlet Robin and two Jacky Winters.
Bob Sinclair and Gerry Flanagan

Red-necked Avocet, Australasian Shoveler Dee Why Lagoon
Australasian Shoveler and Red Necked Avocets in lagoon. Best observed from wildlife refuge on eastern end via car park 0700
Mike barrow

Tue 23 Jul Restless Flycatcher, Red-kneed Dotterel Richmond Lowlands
Highlights of a quick visit to Richmond were a Restless Flycatcher at Pugh's lagoon, 3 Red-kneed Dotterels (& 4 Black-fronted) by the water alongside Powell's Lane, and over 100 Cattle Egrets on a small ploughed field on Cornwallis Road.
Paul Johnstone

Gull-billed Tern Wader Pond, Ash Island (Hunter Estuary)
121 Gull-billed Terns roosting on dusk on Wader Pond along with a few stilt and avocet. Though light was poor, it did appear that the majority were in breeding adult plumage. Spotless Crakes calling from vantage point along Bell Frog Track.
Mick Roderick and Allan Richardson

Pacific Baza, Glossy Black-Cockatoo Coutts Crossing
One Baza flying north calling, second bird heard calling to the south. Pair of Glossy Black-Cockatoos landed in eucalypts/corymbias near cemetery.
Greg Clancy

Rose Robin Irrawong Reserve
Spotted early afternoon along the boardwalk
Kerry Allen

Rose Robin, Azure Kingfisher, Large-billed Scrubwren, Bassian Thrush Royal National Park (Wattle Forest)
All seen early afternoon.
Bruce Roubin

Hoary-headed Grebe Middle Creek Reserve, Narrabeen Lakes
Hoary-headed Grebe (1) Single bird feeding in the lake

Mon 22 Jul Little Eagle, Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Nankeen Kestel McMahon's lagoon, Tatham west of Lismore
All birds were observed flying over lagoon.
David Charley

Black Falcon Coraki area, northern rivers
Rare on the north coast of NSW. Pair nesting in large Forest Red Gum. From behaviour at nest change over they are sitting on eggs.
David Charley

Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck McPherson Road Swamp, Tuggerah
27 Freckled Ducks, 7 Pink-eared Ducks, 4 Pacific Black Ducks, 1 Hardhead and 2 Grey Teal roosting on a low piece of land in the middle of the swamp at midday. Other species seen: 1 Black-shouldered Kite, 1 Hoary-headed Grebe, 1 Australasian Grebe, 12 Masked Lapwings and 40 odd Eurasian Coots.
Nick Carson

Spotted Quail-thrush Between Colo Vale and Yerrinbool
One Spotted Quail-thrush seen feeding by the side of the Hume Highway's northbound lanes this morning at 7:10am. Most surprising. The first time I've seen a SQT in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson

Sun 21 Jul Freckled Duck Gum Swamp Forbes
About fifty Freckled Ducks present late in afternoon. 200 plus Pink Eared Ducks. numerous Grey Teals and Coots. Adult Sea Eagle on nest with other bird sitting not far away.Most waterfowl I have seen there for months.
Warren Chad

Black Kite Castlereagh
One adult bird observed near Gate 12 at the quarries just after 14:00 yesterday in very windy conditions.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Spotted Harrier South Grafton
Adult Spotted Harrier gliding low over railway tracks near Pacific Highway and railway viaduct.
Greg and Val Clancy

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Redfern, inner city Sydney
A pair with 2 dependent and loudly begging young seen just after sunrise. This is my first local record in around 2 years although they are frequent in the eastern suburbs..
Eric Finley

Wed 17 Jul Caspian Tern Sydney Olympic Park (Waterbird Refuge)
Adult bird seen waiting near near the tidal gates for the fish to come in.
Kerry Allen

Tue 16 Jul Swift Parrot Swans Lane, Quorrobolong
32 Swift Parrots flew over Swan Lane (near Sandy Creek Rd).
Ted wnorowski

Mon 8 Jul Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Eastern Yellow Robin Riverlea hills
Heard then saw 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos flying overhead. Later that day i saw a Eastern Yellow Robin hunting around the garden. Haven't seen either for quite a while.
Sueanne Gibbons

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