Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, December 30, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) (20) We have a very small shallow pool 
made from the bottom of a plastic 44 gallon drum, filled with the run-off from 
the rainwater tank. There is not much surface water around at this time of 
year. At dusk about 12 juvenile crimson rosellas flew in and took it in turns 
to have a bath and a drink, perching in-beween times on the dead flower spike 
of an aloe or on the carry bars on our car, or on the veranda roof (with only 
their tails visible). A bit of squabbling went on, but they mostly took in 
turns. When they had finished it was the turn of the adults, about 8 of them. 
We watched them for about 15 minutes, not daring to move even inside the shed. 
The least movement from us, and they were off.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Monday, December 30, 2013


Date: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Location: Private Property, SUNNYDALE (Big Bend) MLS

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (1) One Male bird. This is the first 
sighting of this species in 35 years of birdwatching on our block.

Reported by: Sue Winwood on Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Date: Monday, December 30, 2013

Location: Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park

White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons) (2) An adult feeding a 
juvenile in the north-eastern corner of the reserve.

Reported by: Michael Wood on Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Date: Monday, December 30, 2013

Location: Pareora Farm, Port Wakefield

Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) (5) On a second visit to the location we 
managed to get good views and photographs of the birds that were roosting in a 
dead tree.  Four were with two Black shouldered kites and a fifth bird was in a 
separate tree about 500 metres away.  The property owner is very obliging and 
is welcoming birders to visit and see the birds and sign the visitor book.

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) (2) With four of the LWK's

Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) (5) Five birds seen in a paddock of 
pea stubble.  One pair had two small chicks.  The property owner may ask 
birders not to drive into this paddock now she is aware of the presence of 

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) (100+) On a previous visit two days ago there were 
150+ black kites roosting in trees behind the homestead.  At 7am they took 
flight and went across to the local abattoir to join others...possibly 200 in 
total.  Fewer birds were seen today.

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) (2) Two seen near to the homestead

Reported by: John Fennell and Jared Hawkes on Monday, December 30, 2013


Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Location: Whicker Road Wetlands

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (1) Male in non-breeding plumage. In shallow pond 
bordering Whicker Rd. approx 300 metres north of second gate, however the bird 
flushed and not relocated.

Reported by: Joseph Dafoe on Saturday, January 4, 2014


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