Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 3 Mar 2014 03:01:29 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Mar 2014.

Sun 2 Mar Grey-headed Lapwing Amata Waste Water Treatment Plant, South Australia
Large, unusual Lapwing observed at approx. 1530 after very quiet weeks at the sewage ponds. Raced home to collect scope and camera sorry, such average photos for such a rare bird! Very wary and would not allow close approach. **Access to Amata and communities on the APY Lands is only possible through a permit system. Be warned - Men's business/ceremony is occurring in this part of the APY Lands at the moment and this site sits on the eastern edge of very 'sensitive' country.
David Hartland

Thu 27 Feb Asian Gull-billed Tern Stockyard Point, Westernport Bay, Victoria
As reported by Tim last weekend there is an Asian Gull-billed Tern (race affinis) consorting with a large group of regular GBT (race macrotarsa) at Stockyard Pt. The bird was seen again this morning with 73 Gull-billed Tern on a rising tide. Smaller size and finer bill are obvious when compared to other GBT. Also there were 166 Far Eastern Curlew, a Whimbrel, 55 Aus. Pied Oystercatcher and 5 Caspian Tern. As I was walking back I also flushed a Lewin's Rail from under a lone mangrove out on the mud.
Steve Davidson

Wed 26 Feb Cotton Pygmy-Goose (subject to submission to NSW ORAC) Lake Harrison, Geneva -Kyogle, New South Wales
5 Cotton Pygmy-Geese at the southern end after a long period with none. 1 Latham's Snipe also. [Moderator's note (NH): Last year August through September there was a male Cotton Pygmy-Goose at this site. This new record is only the sixth in NSW since 2007 according to Birdline NSW. Sightings of Cotton Pygmy-Geese should be submitted to NSW ORAC.]
Rob Elvish

Sun 23 Feb Beach Stone-curlew Point Franklin, Otways, Victoria
Rock platform between Pt Franklin and Parker River inlet. 1 individual seen. Sighted at around 9 am.
Michele Kohout

Wed 19 Feb Erect-crested Penguin The Skerries, East Gippsland, Victoria
Single bird observed on the rocks within the seal colony. A single Little Penguin also observed.
Tony Mitchell

Sat 8 Feb Eurasian Hoopoe Galiwinku - Elcho island NT , Northern Territory
The Lone Eurasion Hoopoe has been a regular visitor to my back yard for about a week. It is feeding on large grubs it pulls from the earth. It visits at around 4pm daily.. With a break in the weather and the ground drying- up it will be interesting to see how long it stays around?
Tim Wethers

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