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
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
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.
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
Lewis Hiller, Matt Pedersen
Malleefowl Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Nowingi Track
1 bird allowed close, prolonged approach
Thu 18 Sep Swift Parrots Heyfield Golf Course
At least 20 birds still present in the area after initial sighting 4
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.
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).
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Caulfield
A juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle was observed soaring over Caulfield
Racecourse at 1pm.
Wed 17 Sep Scarlet Honeyeater Fairy Dell
Two seen but many more heard, many Rose Robins present.
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.
Dusky Woodswallow Swan Reach, East Gippsland
80 counted resting on fences and power lines near home close to
Colquhoun Forest this morning
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.
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.
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.
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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