Published sightings for the week ending 19 Jan 2014.
|Sun 19 Jan
Bendigo: Kennington Reservoir
4 Freckled Ducks sighted near the bird hide. Also a White-necked Heron - an unusual sighting for this location.
Hospital Swamp Wetland, Connewarre
Two Brolgas observed foraging in Hospital Swamp (-38.231202,144.38908)
Distillery dam Whipstick
Boy are these things flighty.
At least 4 Brush Bronzewings at the distillery dams Campbells Rd Whipostick Forest this morning. 9,30am
Greg and Janice McKay
|Sat 18 Jan
Large dark raptor noticed through window with 'fingers' on wings. As it turned, the distinctive forked tail was clearly visible. A first for our home list of 34 years.
|Fri 17 Jan
Warby Ranges foothills near Glenrowan
Hot double-barred finch seen on our back fence just above one of many shallow dishes of water we had out for birds on this 44 degree day.
||Latham's Snipe,Baillon's Crake
Mt St Joseph's Pond Altona
At 18:00hrs,aedst, Latham's Snipe x1: Baillon's Crake juvenile x1; Australian Spotted Crake x6 (most number visible at one time); Spotless Crake x2, Buff-banded Rail x2 adults & x1 juvenile. Pond is reduced to a shrinking pool.Much exposed mud.
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
5 pm. Cool change starting after 5 very hot days.
Fork-tailed Swift (100) At least 100 fairly high up, arriving just ahead of the cool change. Going northwest.
Wedge-tailed Eagle (1) High up with Swifts.
A dozen little forkers over my backyard just now (1830hrs)
Mt St Josephs pond
observed at 7.15am this morning from the viewing platform. Good expanse of mud visible but drying fast.
|Wed 15 Jan
Mt St Josephs pond, Altona
Observed at 7.15am this morning from the viewing platform.
Point Nepean National Park
Morning visit - already very hot but a good amount of bird activity. Early enough also to avoid all the tourists and families from Melbourne getting to the beach.
White-throated Needletail A large flock was first seen around 8.30am - they flew across Defence Road flying towards the point. Caught up with them again on the Eagles Nest walk approximately 30mins later.
James Mustafa (3042)
Lonsdale Lakes Wildlife Reserve (Lake Victoria)
Sultry overcast some light rain 28 C. Fork-tailed Swift (30) circling and flying slowly eastwards.
|Mon 13 Jan
Knox Transfer Station
In the 'no-public access' area of the site along the north west boundary (sedge & button grass habitat). Very vocal and territorial. I have not seen this species here before.
Now an amazing number of 22 Banded Lapwings around the dam on Lavis Road. At least a couple of immature birds in the flock.
Heard around 8.30. Female seen flying then perched around 10.30
|Sun 12 Jan
||Broad-billed sandpiper, Baillon's Crake,Lewin's Rail and Ruff.
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
broad-billed s/piper and Baillons Crake in pond near gate four,Ruff in drying marsh towards Bird hide. Lewins Rail was bathing in the drying pond near gate to Spit.
Corrie and Ian Macartney and Will Bridgeman
||Possible Forest Kingfisher
Appeared to be slightly smaller than the Sacred Kingfisher with deep blue on wings and completely white breast. Top of head was deep blue with broad black band over the eyes. Large white spot in front of eye diagnostic with white collar extending all around back of neck. [Note: needs confirmation - a photograph of this bird would be fantastic.]
|Sat 11 Jan
Point Cook Coastal Park
A Peaceful Dove seen in the pine trees East of the Homestead by a member during our January outing.
Jackson Airey on behalf of RFNC (GF)