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Published sightings for the week ending 5 Jan 2014.

Sat 4 Jan       Spotted Whistling-duck Lockhart River Sewage Ponds
After numerous visits to the Lockhart River sewage ponds from 1 January, was 
pleased to see two Spotted Whistling-ducks this afternoon mixing with six 
Wandering Whistling-ducks.
John Weigel

        Spotted Whistling-Duck Awonga Waste Treatment Plant, Weipa
11 birds present with assorted other ducks. Absent for much of dry season.
Ben Bright

Fri 3 Jan       Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Red-necked Avocet 'Duck World', 
11 observers. Very hot and dry. 7:30am -10:00am. Spent most of the time 
checking the waterbirds. Avocets have been there for at least a month. On 
Christmas day there were about 1000 seen. Freckled Duck (10) at least 10 mixed 
in with Grey Teal and Wandering Whistling Ducks at edge. Pink-eared Duck (3500) 
estimate Red-necked Avocet (350) estimate Note: - Private Property. Birding 
must be conducted from the adjacent public roads. Telescopes essential.
Marleen Acton

        Barn Swallow Somerset Drive, North Mossman
2 Immature birds with messy black chest band and short tail streamers. Good 
views with telescope on wires alongside road. What seemed the smaller of the 
two repeatedly flew up to harass the larger which merely gaped at the other 
till it re-settled alongside.
Carol Iles

        Red-rumped Swallow Somerset Drive, North Mossman
One immature associating with Fairy and Tree Martins on wires, tree over shed 
and even landing on ground with Fairy Martins.
Carol Iles

Thu 2 Jan       Purple Swamphen Unnamed Creek, Albatross Bay, Weipa
Single bird seen high up in mangrove tree. Very uncommon up here but a couple 
turn up each year usually around this time.
Ben Bright

Wed 1 Jan       Wood Sandpiper Masters Road Lagoons, Toobanna. Ingham
One bird seen on the edge of the water on the left hand side of the road coming 
from the railway line. (Google earth 18 42 53.39S 146 09 31.65E) (Moderator's 
Note: - Uncommon summer migrant)
Ian Boyd, Ivor Preston, Gil Crabtree and Bill Holmes

        Black Butcherbird Trebonne Creek, Orient Road, Toobanna Qld
Black Butcherbird seen eating a Green Tree-frog on the banks of the Trebonne 
Creek (18 43 19.16S 146 11 31.09E)
Ian Boyd, Ivor Preston, Gil Grabtree and Bill Holmes

        Zitting Cisticola Orient Road Toobanna, near Ingham
Three Zitting Cisticolas, possibly four, were seen on the northern fence-line 
of the road roughly 1km short of the entrance to the state forest at the 
eastern end of Orient Road (in the vicinity of 18°46' 41.90"S; 146°014'53.35"E)
Ian Boyd, Ivor Preston, Gil Crabtree and Bill Holmes

Sat 28 Dec      Yellow-billed Kingfisher Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Bird seen and photographed along Bushy Creek on 28/12/2013, which forms one 
boundary of the Lodge. The bird is a female. This represents a considerable 
extension to its normal range on Cape York Peninsula which extends south to the 
lower reaches of the McIlwraith Range, south east of Coen. There have been 
unconfirmed records in past years as far south as Eubenangee Swamp, north of 
Innisfail Far North Queensland. (Moderator, Keith Fisher, Note:- I have seen 
images, which were taken by one of the guests at the Lodge this afternoon. Two 
others also saw this bird. I'll post an image when I get it).
Vena Beetson via Keith Fisher

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