Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 29 Dec 2014 08:42:52 +1000
   Birdline Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 28 Dec 2014.

   Wed 24 Dec Red-necked Phalarope, Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Very few migratory waders present early this morning. Whispered Terns
   and Banded Stilts also low numbers. Red-necked Phalarope eventually
   located at southern end of lake around 1130am (where previously
   reported) an earlier sighting of bird in flight with flock of
   Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at nearby Lake William was also considered
   likely candidate. The Long-billed Dowitcher still present -seen resting
   on Northern shore later in day.
   Scott Baker, Tim Bawden
   Tue 23 Dec Grey Wagtail Charles Darwin Uni
   The wagtail first seen several weeks ago showed well today, flying
   several times between the drainage pipes and the rocks downstream of
   the bridge, where it feeds when the tide is low.
   James Dickson
   Red-necked Pharalope Lake Tutchewop
   All credit must go to Bob Hughes who located the bird amid hundreds of
   waders in the scope, then confirmed by Michael Sturmfels, who are both
   familiar with the species. My job was to photograph it so as to
   determine its correct ID. It was found this afternoon on the south
   eastern section of the lake, about 500 metres from where the pelicans
   roost. If you plan to search for it, be aware that it preferred to swim
   rather than wade, so it is most likely to be behind the waders feeding
   on the shoreline. The bird allowed me to approach very closely and even
   then did not flush!
   Bob Hughes, Bernie OKeefe, Michael Sturmfels and Russell Hughes
   Watercock Cocos Keeling Islands West Island farm
   Seen from the car feeding under a fruit tree with a gang of Green
   Breasted Jungle Fowls.
   Geof Christie
   Fri 5 Dec Eurasian Hobby Cocos Keeling Island Direction Isl
   First spotted on Direction Island on the 5 December by a group of
   visiting birders ,. Stayed in the picnic area for 10 days and was
   twitched by a second bird tour. Then seen to fly off to West Island but
   no sighting yet.
   Geof Christie and many others.
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