Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 17 Mar 2014 03:01:04 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 16 Mar 2014.

Sat 15 Mar American Golden Plover Point Cook Coastal Park, Victoria

Mervyn Marsh, Scott Baker, Simon Mustoe

American Golden Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper Point cook, Victoria

Mervyn marsh, Scott Baker, Simon Mustoe

Fri 14 Mar Broad-billed Sandpiper Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island, Queensland
Flock of around 100 Broad-billed Sandpipers at the Port of Brisbane wader roost (get key at visitors centre, open weekdays).
Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram, Maria Valencia

White Wagtail Leanyer Sewage Ponds, Darwin, Northern Territory
This morning a White Wagtail was spotted at Leanyer Sewage works, at first it was seen on the southern side near the pipes and raised road in between the ponds just as you come in from Hodgson Drive (literally where track 3 is marked in Niven's book). Later it was seen on the north-eastern side.
Luke Paterson, Gerry van Wees and Sarah Burgess

Thu 13 Mar Eastern Yellow Wagtail Lake Tinaroo foreshore, Queensland
Near the mouth of Peterson Creek with Lake Tinaroo; flock of 8 seen; larger numbers seen previously by Peter Tuck, Alan Gillanders and Steve Murphy. Weather overcast but dry. Requires approach by kayak with sightings from the water but also possible to stalk along shoreline. Birds flighty and often take off, sometimes circle high and return; other times land a little further away. Subspecies probably tschutschensis but possibly also taivana. The flock appears to have been present for a number of weeks.
Peter Valentine and Peter Tuck

Sun 9 Mar Light-mantled Albatross, Black/Tahiti/Kermadec/White-necked Petrels, Streaked Shearwater, Sooty Tern Port Stephens Pelagic, New South Wales
A great autumn's day at sea off Port Stephens with warm water specialists in the form of Kermadec, Tahiti and White-necked Petrels, as well as a Streaked Shearwater that remained faithful to the boat for 4 hours. A Sooty Tern and the full complement of jaegers, including the most stunning adult Long-tailed, were also seen. A Black Petrel that tried hard to hide amongst the Flesh-footed Shearwaters was photographed as well. The bird of the day though was a surprise visitor in the 26 degree water, being a Light-mantled (Sooty) Albatross (photograph by Michael Kearns) that had most people gobsmacked as it flew south, unfortunately not providing good views but still a thrill to have encountered, particularly amongst the otherwise 'tropical feel' suite of birds. A submission to NSW ORAC for the Light-mantled Albatross will be provided soon.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V.Argonaut

Sat 1 Mar Fiordland Penguin (immature) Coal Point, Bruny Island, Tasmania
Moulting bird found among boulders by Erik Hayward, Catherine, Noah and Els Wakefield. Observed deceased by Robert Hamilton on 12th March.
Els Wakefield

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