Published sightings for the week ending 30 Nov 2014.
Sat 29 Nov Australian Spotted Crake Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
2 birds 'frolicking' or so it seemed. Southern end of lagoon very close
to Hestercombe Rd.
Latham's Snipe Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
2 birds flushed from cover close to water at northern end.
Banded Lapwing Esk Hwy before Avoca
A pair with their young were sighted close to highway (main road), also
saw another pair on the wing crossing Royal George Road.
Mon 24 Nov Black Swan (breeding) Roaring Beach Lagoon
A pair of Black Swans with five cygnets was observed on the lagoon. In
nine years of observations at this site, this is the first sighting of
a breeding pair.
Cath de Little
Swift Parrot, Bar-tailed Godwit Bir Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Five Swift Parrots observed flying between two young blue gums
(Eucalyptus globulus) in flower, with their unmistakable chattering and
calling. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit was ramming its bill into the wet
tidal sand; only the second sighting on this beach, first in 2006.
Cath de Little
Sun 23 Nov Lathams Snipe Hydro Bay, Arthurs Lake
At least a dozen birds disturbed while walking across the marsh leading
down to the lake.
Sat 22 Nov Swift Parrot Tatnells Hill, above Waterfall Bay, Tasman
Perhaps forty or so Swift Parrots in very active and noisy small
parties among the wet scrubland by the coastal track on the E side of
Tatnells Hill, above the Eucalyptus delegatensis treeline. The birds
seemed to be feeding in low vegetation and periodically flying up into
the scattered myrtle and other trees. I could never confirm feeding,
but the most likely blossoms for them would be Richea dracophylla or
Anopterus glandulosus - not exactly typical parrot-food! On the subject
of Swift Parrots, those that were around Taroona in the spring have now
moved on, but I'm still hearing and seeing those that have been hanging
around flowering bluegums at Rosny College and the Rosny Hill TMAG
facility for the past few weeks.
Southern Giant Petrel (white morph), Northern Royal Albatross, Salvin's
Albatross etc. Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A beautiful white morph Southern Giant Petrel was one of the highlights
of this trip. The bird had clean, white plumage with no dark feathers
at all but had dark eyes and bluish feet, so wasn't an albino. Photo
courtesy of Rob Hamilton. Other highlights included 2 Northern Royal
Albatross, 2 immature Salvin's Albatross, a White-headed Petrel and 5
Parasitic Jaegers, which is a high count for an Eaglehawk trip.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta
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