Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 22 Sep 2014 09:54:35 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 21 Sep 2014.

   Sun 21 Sep Painted Honeyeater Sullivan's Track, Newstead
   Two seen, others calling. First return to a regular spot
   Geoff Park
   Sat 20 Sep Cape Gannet Point Danger
   Magnificent views of a Cape Gannet that really put on a show for us
   continually displaying black line on the throat for about 30 minutes.
   Thanks to Rob Farnes and John Weigel for locating the bird. Photos
   Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines
   White-winged Chough Simpsons Park, Mitcham
   Was alone.
   Paul Kearsley
   Mallee Emu-wren Wyperfeld National Park
   A family of Mallee Emu-wren was seen on the Discovery Walk at Wyperfeld
   National Park in an open area of tea-tree heath.
   Matthew Crawford
   Fri 19 Sep Indian Peafowl French Island, Bullock rd
   Following reports of a previously unrecognised (as far as the birding
   community is concerned) feral population of Indian Peafowl on French
   Island with James Mustafa and Brian Johnson. A single bird seen briefly
   on private property near tip, another 6 birds located at end of Bullock
   road. Difficult to approach but certainly the legitimacy of this
   population does require some discussion. Either way a current
   extermination program may limit opportunities to record on Victorian
   Scott Baker, James Mustafa and Brian Johnson
   Rose Robin, Baillon's Crake Karkarook Park
   The reported male Rose Robin was seen today in the same location in the
   acacias along the path to the stables. Also seen were two Baillon's
   Crake encountered at close quarters in the southernmost wetlands in the
   late afternoon.
   Lewis Hiller, Matt Pedersen
   Malleefowl Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Nowingi Track
   1 bird allowed close, prolonged approach
   Greg Roberts
   Thu 18 Sep Swift Parrots Heyfield Golf Course
   At least 20 birds still present in the area after initial sighting 4
   days ago.
   Peter Ware & Jack Winterbottom
   Rose Robin Karkarook Park
   Good views and photos taken of one male bird. Along the path near the
   lake between the horse stables and the carpark.
   Julie Sarna
   Pallid Cuckoo Karkarook Park
   Seen today around 15:30 and on Tuesday afternoon along the path between
   the retarding basin and the bird hide. Spent some time on the outer
   fence close to Dingly Bypass. Got good ID photos today. Reporting it
   because it seems to be the first report at this location.(Moderator's
   note: indeed it is the first sighting at this location).
   Julie Sarna
   White-bellied Sea-Eagle Caulfield
   A juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle was observed soaring over Caulfield
   Racecourse at 1pm.
   Lewis Hiller
   Wed 17 Sep Scarlet Honeyeater Fairy Dell
   Two seen but many more heard, many Rose Robins present.
   Deb Crosby
   Hutton's Shearwater Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   I've been keeping an eye on a large flock of Fluttering-type shearwater
   that's been hanging offshore from the east end of the plant over the
   last 14 days or so but generally they've been way too far out to
   monitor closely. Today however in the strong southerlies several were
   pushed in close to shore to around 300m off with a feeding flock of
   gannets, cormorants, terns, etc, and amongst about 70 Fluttering SW was
   a clear Hutton's that showed a dark hood with little white visible
   around the chin, dusky axillaries and generally less white on the
   underwing; it also showed more dark feathering on the thighs that
   further differentiated it from the FSW. It clearly stood out, and in
   the time I watched I could only see one at any time, however there may
   have been more. First I've seen this sp. at WTP.
   Steve Davidson
   Dusky Woodswallow Swan Reach, East Gippsland
   80 counted resting on fences and power lines near home close to
   Colquhoun Forest this morning
   Ken Sherring
   Mon 15 Sep Swift Parrot Heyfield Golf Course
   Between 15 and twenty birds observed feeding in Red Box blossom.
   Peter Ware plus 4 other members of Birdlife East Gippsland
   Latham's Snipe Laverton Creek , Altona Meadows
   2 Latham's Snipe seen on mud in Laverton Creek in section that runs
   through A B Shaw Reserve which is a dogs off leads park. I have seen 1
   or 2 here for past three years.
   David A Richardson
   Sun 14 Sep Magpie geese Newcomb, Moolap station rd.
   A flock of about 24, can be seen along Moolap station road near the
   Gateway church, past the Bellarine HWY. Also saw Yellow-rumped
   thornbills a pair of Brolgas fly towards Reedy lake.
   Andrew Wallis
   Scarlet Honeyeater Log Crossing Lakes Entrance
   Two young birds at the picnic spot at Log Crossing. Also present a Rose
   Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin and a Beautiful Firetail amongst several
   other honeyeater species.
   Gary Oliver
   Arctic Tern Port Fairy Pelagic
   1 juvenile Arctic Tern seen for a few minutes around 9.55 today.
   Numerous photos taken. Diagnostic distinct and long black trailing edge
   seen, translucent underwing, small bill & domed head all characteristic
   of this species. Other a very quiet day with birds reluctant to feast
   on our burley & fewer species expected. Other highlight include a
   Common Diving Petrel photographed on the shelf, 1 Wandering type
   Albatross (probably gibsoni) flew past.
   Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber, James Mustafa etc
   Sat 13 Sep Beach Thick-knee Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
   A single bird, seen in early evening around 6 pm, foraging in the sand
   flats and shallows of the receding tide near the Screw Creek outlet.
   Stephen Lacy
   Black-eared Cuckoo Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park--Mt. Arapiles
   Following up earlier report. Heard then seen along left side of Summit
   Road, a few hundred metres west of the C240. Awesome views while it
   James Mustafa, Owen Lishmund
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