Published sightings for the week ending 22 Jun 2014.
|Sun 22 Jun
Jones Bay Wildlife Reserve
Hundreds of this species on sandbars in Jones Bay Eagle Point 7km (direct) South East of Bairnsdale or 1 km by kayak North from the boat ramp on the Silt Jetties, Rivermouth Rd, Eagle Point. Most of the birds were seemingly asleep or resting on one leg with a minority feeding.
Jets Gymnastics, New Gisborne
A group of four very noisy Scarlet Honeyeaters in flowering Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus ovata) outside Jets Gymnastics in Hamilton Road, New Gisborne. Also new holland honeyeaters, red wattlebirds.
|Sat 21 Jun
Two Powerful Owls roosting on a private property in a tall evergreen behind the Darebin Parklands. The residents tell me these birds have been present for almost three weeks now and that there was a single P. Owl in the same spot in 2012.
|Fri 20 Jun
Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
Unbanded bird seen hanging around with - and continually mimicking - a group of Red Wattlebird.
Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve
A single adult Sea-eagle was well seen passing over the reserve. Heading north, presumably to Lake Nagambie. An interesting siting for a dry woodland reserve with no wetlands or major waterways nearby
|Thu 19 Jun
8 Swift parrots flew directly overhead along Champion Rd heading NW.
Paul Rose and Jesse Rose
|Wed 18 Jun
||Orange Winged Sittella (albino)
A rare all White Sittella was sighted by my friend and we photographed it.
||Little Tern and Caspian Tern
Victoria Lagoon - Ruckers Lane, Hollands Landing
Observation of 42 Little Tern flying over and resting on the far west side of Victoria Lagoon. Unable to determine fully what plumage but appears to be in near non-breeding. One juvenile seen clearly on the fringe of the wetland. No calling between the birds heard which is typical after breeding. In addition 14 Caspian Tern in non-breeding and juvenile plumage sitting further down along the edge. Only third time to my knowledge Little Terns have overwintered at Victoria Lagoon in the past 15 years.
|Tue 17 Jun
One adult calling. Seen briefly near the main entrance gate. A few birds seem to over-winter in this region some years.
||Freckled Duck, Australian Shoveler
South Morang wetlands, Plenty Gorge NP
2 Freckled Duck and 8 Australian Shovelers seen with Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Wood Duck and Coot on the Wetlands, accessed from the cnr of Gledswood Rd & Wilton Vale Rd, Hawkestowe.
||Freckled Duck (2) Blue Bill Duck (1) Pink Eared Duck (7) Aust. Shoveler (2)
Eastern Treatment Plant, Boundary Road
Ponds all full , heaps of birds , mostly in the Pond opposite Gun Club Entrance , First time I can recall seeing Freckled Ducks here. 2 Shovelers, though lots of birds on eastern side and partially hidden.
|Sun 15 Jun
||Olive Backed Oriole
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Youanmite Nature Conservation Reserve
Magnificent views of a sub-adult White-bellied Sea Eagle circling slowly, at low altitude, over the group as we walked beside an ephemeral wetland on the Nine Mile Creek enroute to the Youanmite Bushland Reserve. Not seen previously in this reserve.
BirdLife Murray Goulburn
||White-bellied Great-winged Petrel, Cape Petrel etc
Port Fairy Pelagic
A strange petrel with a white belly seen on the continental shelf & flew around the boat for quite some time, giving observers a bit of a heart-attack. But several photos & looking up guides the only conclusion we could come up was a Great-winged Petrel with a worn white belly exposing the white bases to the feathers. The bill shape, underwing pattern, facial pattern, size & foot colour only fit this species, probably subspecies macroptera. Also seen 2 Cape Petrels, probably subspecies capense, Buller's Albatross, 1 Sooty Shearwater, several Grey-backed Storm-petrels, heaps of prions, but only Fairy Prions. Other highlight was a good number of Northern Giant Petrels, about 9, including the palest headed adult Northern I've ever seen!
Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber, Scott Baker & those aboard the Reliant.
Woodend Children's Park
Two adult male King-Parrots heard then seen in Five Mile Creek riparian vegetation beside the playground. Very few records in the Macedon Ranges.
|Sun 1 Jun
||Pink Robin, Brown Treecreeper
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
A brown bird found three times (or possibly three different birds) looking for food in the late afternoon along with many Brown Treecreepers.