Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 27 Jan 2014 03:01:17 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 26 Jan 2014.

Sun 26 Jan Red-throated Pipit Lake McLarty, Western Australia
Alan Collins found a Red-throated Pipit in the SE corner of Lake McLarty early this morning. Still present at 8.30am. Apparently looks like a darker Aus Pipit and has traces of red on the throat. [Ed note. there is a couple of previous Australian records for this sp. - 1/6/1992, 12/6/2010 - both Broome. TD]
Alan Collins per John Graff via birding aus

Sat 25 Jan Red/Rufous Morph Pied Heron Fogg Dam wall, Northern Territory
1 Individual observed and photographed wading and feeding on leeches as water overflows the road on the dam wall. Footage taken by Alan Marshall. [Ed note: Very interesting looking bird. The comment has been made that, aside from features such as bill, it looks surprisingly like a Reddish Egret from c. America / US. TD]
Mick Jerram

Tue 21 Jan Grey (Red) Phalarope Leanyer/Sanderson WTP, Northern Territory
Lone individual Phalarope sighted and photographed! ID confirmation required although getting more sure of ID! Bird was very, 'weather bashed', quite ragged and seemed to have only 1 foot.
Mick Jerram, Gus Daly

Thu 2 Jan Chinese Sparrowhawk Big house, Home Island, Cocos Islands, Cocos Keeling Islands
Seen 2,3,4 of January. ID not clinched until 4th of January, when Scott got perched views & I finally got photos of the bird in flight. Same individual as seen by Rohan Clarke, Geof Christie and Pam Jones 1/12/13. BARc submission is forthcoming.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker

Javan Pond Heron Southern end of Home Island on the lagoon side, Cocos Keeling Islands
1 pond heron flushed from the banana plantation, flew onto the tidal flats and started fishing alongside a Nankeen Night-Heron. Watched on and off for half an hour or so. Got good views, but bird fairly skittish, despite this managed to get reasonable photos. A small, mostly white heron, with a chestnut back, identifying it as a pond heron. Scott who is familiar with both Javan & Chinese Pond-Herons, identified this as a Javan Pond Heron because of the buffy patches over it's neck, indicative of breeding plumage, intermixed with streaking of a non-breeding bird. Record pending a BARC submission.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker

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