Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, November 11, 2013 to Sunday, November 17, 2013:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013

Location: Vivonne  Bay Kangaroo Island

Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) (1) Hundreds beach washed along 
Vivonne Bay, 3ks, also more on 11/11/13. One dead bird on West Bay, K.I.

Did not visit any other leach locations while on the island.

Reported by: Heather Connolly on Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Location: Port Macdonell

Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) (500+) Many hundreds flying 
east to west along the coast,and sheltering inside the breakwater.

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (10-15) On rocks at the western end of 
Racecourse Bay.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (36) Flock at the western end of 
Racecourse Bay.

Reported by: Nathaniel Doecke on Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Location: Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (5) At least 5 birds feeding and / or 
roosting on Pond 11 (see map for Reserve).

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (2) Feeding on exposed mud. One on 
Pond 9, one on Pond 8.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) (1) Feeding on Pond 11.

Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) (4) Several nests but one 
nest with two almost fully grown chicks.

Water level quite low on Ponds 9, 10 and 11.

Reported by: Martyn Price on Monday, November 11, 2013


Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Location: Morphett Street, Mt Barker

Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) (1) First spotted sitting on 
roof of one of the shops near Video Ezy. Flew off toward Morphett Street 
looking for prey and landing in one of the street trees. I followed. Flew out 
of tree and into a small bush, at GPS location given above, hunting for House 
Sparrows. Allowed me to walk right up to bush and peer inside. Could see the 
bird sitting motionless - did now move but kept a watchful eye on me. After 
several minutes I moved on leaving the bird to go about its business.

Reported by: Martyn Price on Monday, November 11, 2013


Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Location: Mac's Beach, south of Price Salt Field.

Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica) (3) 3 Gull-billed Terns out on the flats 
with hundreds of Waders. My first sighting of this species for St Vincent Gulf 
and Yorke Peninsular.
Good numbers and varieties of Waders.

Reported by: Teresa Jack on Monday, November 11, 2013


Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Location: Port Arthur, Yorke Peninsular.

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (45) So happy to arrive at high tide 
and find 45 Eastern Curlew, higher than the usual numbers seen in this and 
nearby locations. Mind you I am still studying the photos just incase some of 
them turn into Whimbrel.

Reported by: Teresa Jack on Monday, November 11, 2013


Date: Monday, November 11, 2013

Location: Basham's Beach Port Elliot from the car park to 1 km west.

Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) (229) 218 birds were dead along 
1km of beach. 2 birds were alive on the beach and 9 were struggling in the 
surf. some birds had had their heads bitten off.

Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) (4) Birds were diving about 1 km off shore.

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) (4) This is the first time that I have 
observed Whiskered Terns fishing out over the surf line?

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (1) Single bird resting above the high 
tide mark.

Reported by: Winston Syson on Monday, November 11, 2013


Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Location: Wirrina Cove Resort

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) (1) An adult bird flying over 
the Wirrina Reservoir. It was being mobbed by several angry Silver Gulls.

Reported by: Nathaniel Doecke on Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Location: Greenfields Wetland, Magazine Road

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (1) After some hours, appeared in shallows amongst 
Sharpies close to where originally reported - late, but still good light. 
(Islands past first bridge on way to hide.)

Reported by: Jim Allen on Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Date: Friday, November 15, 2013

Location: at Magazine Rd Wetlands

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) (1) Little Egret (Breeding) at Magazine Rd 
Wetlands - Photo available

First time I* have encountered a Little Egret (Breeding) at this location.

Reported by: Gordon Pateman on Sunday, November 17, 2013


Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Location: Milang, SA

White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) (7) A group of seven White-necked Heron in 
lakeside paddock 3km south of Milang.

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) (200+) 200 to 300 Whiskered Terns hawking 
over lakeside paddocks between Milang and Kindaruar Road.

Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) (1) 3.5 km south of Milang.

Reported by: Bob and Maureen Snell on Sunday, November 17, 2013


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