Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:05:13 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, October 27, 2014 to Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Area: SA

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Location: Kangaroo Island

Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma) (1) adult photographed in wooded 
grassland on N outskirts of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, 15 Oct 2014; 2nd record 
for KI (C Baxter for Neeltje Grootenboer). Only other KI record was of a lone 
adult in farmland NW of Kingscote on 11 October 2011; replicated timing thought 
to be birds on passage from inland wintering grounds back to SE Australia 
breeding grounds.

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (2) breeding; incubating eggs at nest on 
sandy delta of Harriet River Mouth, Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, 11 October 

Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (1) initially Wreckers Beach, later feeding 
in rock pools at The Tadpole, D'Estrees Bay, KI, 13 October 2014

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (1) in samphire saltmarsh at 
American River foreshore, KI, 20 October 2014 (C Baxter for N Redman)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) (2) newly discovered active 
nest in mallee tree on N coast of KI, 13 October 2014 (C Baxter for N Maurovic)

White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) (1) Freshwater Tagell's Lagoon, lower 
reaches of Cygnet River, KI, 15 October 2014; rare on KI but observations of 
single transient birds are increasing.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) (10) Freshwater Tagell's Lagoon, 
lower Cygnet River, KI, 15 October 2014; including a pair incubating eggs in 
large stick nest high in River Red Gum near a backwater swamp.

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (c 150) still present on freshwater Duck 
Lagoon, lower Cygnet River, KI, 25 October 2014; have been camped/feeding here 
since start of September 2014.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) (12) briefly stopped-over and fed at Emu 
Bay foreshore, KI, 21 October 2014 (C Baxter for K. 'Snow' Dennis).

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) (c200) in green pasture and lawns 
at Hanson Bay Sanctuary, Western KI Caravan Park and to a lesser extent, 
Flinders Chase NP visitor area, Karatta, KI, 28 October 2014; small number of 
pairs bred at all three locations during winter; FCNP breeding massively 
reduced from 1980's when c 90 pairs bred on pastured flats near HQ; grassy 
flats, in absence of previous superphosphate fertiliser regime, have now 
largely reverted back to Native Couch (Sporobolus sp), mosses, lichens, Blue 
Devil (Eryngium sp)  and Bulbine semibarbata.

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Location: Cook

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (1) sewage pond at Cook Siding, E-W Railway 
Line, SA, 25 October 2014 (David Baxter)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (2) sewage pond at Cook Siding, E-W 
Railway Line, SA, 25 October 2014 (David Baxter)

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (1) sewage pond at Cook 
Siding, E-W Railway Line, SA, 25 October 2014 (David Baxter)

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Date: Monday, October 27, 2014

Location: On our Rockleigh property

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) (2) The bee-eaters are back and in their 
usual spot along the creekline. Many of the trees still consist of burnt 
branches and twigs, so it was lovely to see them again. A willie wagtail was 
not so welcoming. It attacked one of them then sat on the vacated twig, 
although it had at least 100 nearby twigs to choose from.

Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) (6) One of the most depressing spots in our 
property is the direct seeding, which we used to call the Amazon Jungle, but 
which now consists mostly of dead Acacias. But it is not all bad. 2 of the 
elegant parrots sat in a dead bush and were easily seen among the leafless 
twigs, while another 4 flew around 'zitting'.

There were about 6 weebills, including a tiny one that looked as if it was 
mainly fluff, although it flew competently. A singing honeyeater decided they 
were in its territory and there ensued a spectacular aerial chase.

Yesterday evening there was a spectacular lightning storm, with brilliant forks 
going to ground all around us, and plenty of overhead flashes. But we breathed 
a sigh of relief when rain came and the lightning stopped, with no fires 

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Monday, October 27, 2014


Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Location: Bates Siding, E-W Railway Line

Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) (2) a belated report of suspected 
Princess Parrot observation near Bates Siding, E-W Railway Line, mid year 2014; 
in communication with David Baxter, regular on freight train run from Port 
Augusta to Cook, he described as having a reasonably good view of two parrots 
about the size of blue bonnets with lime green wings and unmistakeable pink 
throats/breast fly briefly in front of train. He reported this to me at the 
time and for one reason or another I have only now reported it; unusual 
southerly report but undoubtedly genuine.

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Location: North Adelaide, River Torrens path

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) (1) The first time we have heard it this 
spring at the regular location opposite the zoo.  The frogmouth was calling 
from what appeared to be a stick nest, and a visit in the daylight revealed a 
bird still sat on the structure, which was less flimsy than last year's effort. 
 Perhaps nesting is really happening.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Thursday, October 30, 2014


Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Location: Thompson Beach

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (4) birds scattered along coast.  very 
timid.  quite prominent black bellies on a couple of birds

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) (30) seemed particularly timid today.

Red Knot (Calidris canutus) (1) one lone bird observed feeding with godwits

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (5) well camouflaged at Thompson Beach!  
able to get quite close for photograph without disturbing the birds

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (20) feeding with stints along the 
coast line

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) (1) everywhere!

Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) (24) very pretty in breeding plumage.  
beautiful sight all lined up together standing in the water

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) (2) in breeding plumage hanging out with the 
great egrets

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) (1) one bird observed adjacent 
to the beach

Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) (1) One bird being harassed by singing 

Reported by: Peter Corcoran on Saturday, November 1, 2014


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