Fwd: Birdline Australia Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:41:31 +1100
Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 12 Jan 2014.

Fri 10 Jan      (Green-headed and Eastern) Yellow Wagtails Hexham Swamp, New 
South Wales
There are now at least 7 Yellow Wagtails at this site, including the one likely 
taivana bird that was seen on Wed. A second bird this morning with a yellow 
brow was seen and photographed but the identification of that bird is still 
under discussion. I strongly suspect there are more than 7 birds as I 
encountered them often by call while I was watching others and also found them 
off the track in swampy habitat. There are 5 birds in the attached image (these 
birds are very difficult to get close to!), with the taivana bird being the one 
at the rear-middle.
Mick Roderick

Wed 8 Jan       (Green-headed) Yellow Wagtail Hexham Swamp, New South Wales
A likely Green-headed (taivana) Yellow Wagtail has arrived at Hexham Swamp, 
joining the 2, maybe 3 other Yellow Wagtails. From the images I have been sent 
the features leaning towards a taivana bird are the obvious yellow brow and 
throat, olive back and nape (the head less so?) and olive-green ear coverts.
John Cockerell per Mick Roderick

        Pectoral Sandpiper (1), Ruff (1) Whicker Road Wetland, Gillman, South 
Obliging Pectoral Sandpiper allowing close views. Single Ruff (first reported 
by Joseph Dafoe on Birdpedia).
Michael Wood

Tue 7 Jan       (Eastern) Yellow Wagtail, Australian Painted Snipe Wallsend, 
Newcastle (wetland near new Bunnings), New South Wales
A non-breeding Eastern Yellow Wagtail was found by Trevor Williams this 
afternoon at a great little wetland area right next to the new Bunnings complex 
on Minmi Road, Wallsend. This is approximately 4 km from where they are being 
seen on Hexham Swamp. When I joined him I noticed a male Australian Painted 
Snipe which was feeding frantically out in the open, then walked out of view at 
the rear of the swamp. About a minute later a group of 8 more Australian 
Painted Snipes appeared about 10 m closer to the road, all of which walked as a 
group towards us and disappeared into thick veg. Finally 2 more birds revealed 
themselves in another part of the wetland. 11 Australian Painted Snipes all up 
and we all had to leave so there could be more there that weren't apparent to 
us. There are 5 Australian Painted Snipes visible in the image (the birds are 
distant and a scope is recommended) but unfortunately the Eastern Yellow 
Wagtail had just walked out of frame before I took the photo! Also present were 
6 Latham's Snipe, c.15 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and about that same number of 
Black-fronted Dotterels.
Mick Roderick and Trevor Williams

Mon 6 Jan       Australasian Bittern Bool Lagoon, South Australia
An overnight stay in the camp and while out on a night walk up to nine Bitterns 
were heard booming at various locations. The following morning produced five 
sightings of Bitterns seen in flight over the reed beds along the Gunawar and 
Pat Om Trails. One individual made an appearance as it flew over the camp site. 
Another Bittern was located and observed along the western boundary of the 
reserve and it is strongly suspected that it is attending to a nest.
Edd Smith

Fri 3 Jan       Red-necked Phalarope Barratta 10' Cell, Queensland
(Moderator's Note:- These birds were seen on private property; no trespassing) 
Red-necked Phalarope (2) Appeared slightly smaller than the Sharp-tailed 
Sandpipers and separate to colony of Whiskered and White-winged Black Tern. 
These two birds looked smaller than the terns. Cloudy conditions.
Roger Mortlock

        Superb Parrots + Hybrid?? Start of Barryrennie Rd. Cowra, New South 
Observed about 100 or so Superb Parrots as per other folk, but mixed in with 
the flock was an interesting specimen. The only way we could describe it was to 
liken it to a Superb/King Parrot mix?? About the same length, but more solid in 
the body. Any comments appreciated. See photo, I have others also. {Moderator's 
note (NH & AKM): As both its structure and colour pattern around the head looks 
somewhat intermediate between Superb and Australian King-Parrot, this is 
certainly an option. Interestingly, EUGENE M. McCARTHY (2006) lists a number of 
reports of Superb x King hybrids in his book 'Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the 
World': "Alisterus scapularis [Australian King-Parrot] x Polytelis swainsonii 
[Superb Parrot] CHR. BRO: e New South Wales (Australia). Cayley 1938; Fasey 
1908; Hopkinson 1926, 1942; Page 1914b; Prestwich 1950–1951. Internet: KING."}
John and Sue O'Malley

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