Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
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Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, January 27, 2014 to Sunday, February 2, 2014:

Area: SA

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Location: Murray's Lagoon, Kangaroo Island

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (4) mud, shallows, dead timber, alongside 
dense forest of live, flooded  paperbarks, SE extremity of massive expanse of 
floodwater, c 1 km from usual shoreline of lagoon proper.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (332) impressive concentration of 
birds feeding on drying mud and shallows with copious covering of waterlogged 
(dead) Orthrosanthus (Native Iris) tussocks, SE extremity of massive expanse of 
floodwater, c 1 km from usual shoreline of lagoon proper. Flock of about 30 
feeding on muddy shores of NW sector

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) (5) Mostly along flooded E sector; one at 
W end.

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) (34) 28 adults; 6 immature-made up of 
three broods x 2. Mostly in mud and shallows of SE sector; also 6 in NE sector; 
several at W end. Incredible increase in this species on brackish paperbark 
wetlands over past 10+ years!

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (11) 9 adults and 2 small chicks 
observed in shallows beneath dense fringing paperbarks; others heard. Low 
density numbers widespread around entire shoreline.

Black-tailed Native-hen (Gallinula ventralis) (100s) feeding around edge of 
floodwaters, running into flooded paperbarks for refuge, fledged young present.

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (3) flushed from flooded paperbarks; 
possibly others present, hidden away in vast epanse of flooded paperbark 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1) immature female accidentally flushed 
from dying immature Black-tailed Native Hen quarry; flew around in circles 
above injured bird lying in shallows.

Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) (3) three uniformly dark immature birds 
flushed from roost in SE sector, flew around overhead.

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (100+) c 50:50 ratio of bright breeding 
plumaged males and females, deep open water of W sector.

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Thursday, January 30, 2014


Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Location: Aldinga Scrub CP

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (3) Feeding actively near gate 2 on 
Cox Road

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor) (1) South of Boomerang Track

Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) (15+) Many birds in the section of the park 
north of Cox Road

Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) (20+) Many adults and young in the same 

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Sunday, February 2, 2014


Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Location: Onkaparinga River RP

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (2) 1 bird near the ponds west of 
the old railway bridge; 1 bird near the east bank of the river 400m north of 
the same bridge.

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) (1) In the newly growing reeds on 
the river bank near the car park (but none seen from the boardwalk)

Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (2) Flushed while crossing the boardwalk

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Sunday, February 2, 2014


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