Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:35:05 +0000
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, December 28, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Location: Tolderol Game Reserve

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (3) Seen from photo point 1 
feeding on the wing with some of the hundreds (thousands?) of Whiskered Terns.  
Along with many other species including large numbers of waders and ducks, the 
inundated wetlands are currently a magnificent spectacle.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Monday, December 28, 2015


Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Location: Goolwa Channel Hindmarsh Is

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (50) Nice to see Golden Plovers back in 
channel albeit well upstream of Murray Mouth (lot of disturbance from dredge)

Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) (3) Adult and two imm birds on 
channel beacon a considerable distance upstream.

Reported by: William Brooker on Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Date: Saturday, January 2, 2016

Location: Tanunda Sewage Ponds

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (50) 36 on the last upper pond and 14 on 
the last lower pond.

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) (100s) Mostly on the upper ponds.

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (1) Near the platform on the last upper 

Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) (1) On the last lower pond.

Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) (2) On the fence along Golf Links Road, and 
subsequently on the track to the lower ponds.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Saturday, January 2, 2016


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: St Kilda  - Area in front of St Kilda Beach Hotel and along pathway 
towards the playground.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (+1000) Not less than a few thousand 
birds feeding on the receding tide. It was by far the highest number I have 
ever seen feeding together at one site.

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) (+80) Feeding on the beach area 
with some juveniles amongst the group

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) (+200) One large group feeding together, 
and a few singles running around with the Red-capped Plovers

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) (80) None were flying, all were roosting on 
the sand

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) (+200) The usual number of Swans swimming just 
offshore and some roosting

Also seen were small numbers of both Oystercatcher species, and another 15 
species of the common birds around this area

It was very windy and not a good day for birding and using a scope was 

Reported by: Rod Tetlow on Sunday, January 3, 2016


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