Birdline South Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
Date: 22 Dec 2014 07:05:37 +1000
   Birdline South Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 21 Dec 2014.

   Wed 17 Dec Lewin's Rail Black Swamp (Currency Creek Winery)
   6 individuals heard calling within a 50m area where the trail crosses
   the watercourse by the rail bridge.
   Thomas Jaensch
   Mon 15 Dec Banded Stilt Lake Robe Game Reserve
   500 Banded Stilt in two groups - south side and further north.
   Malcolm Cousland
   Sun 14 Dec White-necked Heron Highland Valley
   On 14/12/14 I saw a White-Necked Heron flying southwest from a
   neighbour's dam at Highland Valley on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty
   Ranges SA. I observed the bird through binoculars for about 45 seconds
   until it disappeared over a ridge. The species was clearly identified
   by its folded neck, dark back & wing plumage, white front & white spots
   on the leading edges of its wings. This is only the second sighting of
   this species I've had in 27 years here, the last being in September
   1994 after a very wet winter & before an extremely wet December.
   Currently, we're experiencing a very dry December after a very dry
   spring so I've observed the species in two weather extremes.
   Adrian Watkins
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