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Sun 26highlightTawny Grassbird
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin, Victoria
Good views, perched on reeds at eastern end of the eastern swamp. More rufous/tawny than Reed Warbler, larger than Little Grassbird. "Chip" calls a perfect match to David Stewart's recordings. eBird checklist
Matthew Crawford and Colin Clark 26/2 #230215


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Sun 26Ruff
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
A Ruff seen amongst Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the Tinchi Tamba high tide roost. First seen and listed by Rob Clemens and Ross Smith yesterday. This area where the bird is is in the north of the reserve and requires gumboots to get out there. eBird checklist
Rick Franks and Ged Tranter 26/2 #230216


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Sun 26Australasian Bittern
Sutton Forest
I was driving along Golden Vale Road at 100km at 8:10pm... passed an Australasian Bittern standing in the opposite lane! I was shocked. Length of thick neck, overall brown appearance and height ruled out imm Nankeen Night-heron. Definitely not a Bush Thick-knee. I did a u-turn so as to get a better look at the bird, but it had gone. My wife was with me - she also identified the bird in Pizzey & Knight. Rural habitat, with several dams. My second Australasian Bittern in thirty years of birding!
Lorne Johnson 27/2 #230223
highlightBarred Cuckoo-shrike
Urunga boat ramp
Six cuckoo-shrike including two adults and four immature birds. An adult fed one of the young birds on one occasion. All in a small-leaved fig
David Charley 26/2 #230217
Glossy-black Cockatoo
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Kalkari Discovery Centre
Male and female feeding in a small stand of casuarinas just past the kangaroo lawns approx 12:30pm. Heards GBCs calling when at Bobbin Head approx 11:15am but could not locate the birds - possibly the same pair moved up the hill?
Tom Wilson 26/2 #230213
highlightPied Heron breeding
Waterbird rookery near Lake Banar 18 km SW of Condobolin
The Pied Heron reported last week was seen again this morning but is now accompanied by four chicks who have just left the nest and are following the parent bird around begging for food
Warren Chad 26/2 #230211
Sat 25highlightOriental Pratincole
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Oriental Pratincole still present this morning in the same place as reported yesterday until about 8:30am when it took off and flew into the distance in a north-east direction - did not return as of 3pm. Other highlights included at least 4 Black-necked Storks, a Black Falcon, Spotted Harrier, Australian Hobby, hundreds of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Greenshank, and Rufous Fantaili, and Mangrove Gerygone seen in mangroves.
Simon Blanchflower, Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller et al and the Brisbane Mob 25/2 #230203
Fri 17Black Honeyeater
8 Mile Tank Rd Rankins Springs
This site is on private property but the birds can be seen easily along 8 mile tank Rd at the Griffith Rd end. There were 100 plus Black HEs at this site in the mallee with lots of juveniles present. Other birds of note were Diamond Dove, Brown Treecreeper, Dusky Woodswallow and a pair of Budgies
Warren Chad 26/2 #230212


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Thu 23Bush Stone-curlew
Firebreak near Juno Mine, Tennant Creek
Fresh tracks. Bird(s) not seen. eBird checklist
Jesse Carpenter 23/2 #230183


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Sun 26Black-faced Woodswallow
15 kms west of Balaklava
2 adults with an immature, suggesting local breeding. Fairly rare in this area.
Paul Taylor 26/2 #230214
Blue-billed Duck
Port Wakefield
One Blue-billed amongst 9 species of duck, including 10 Freckled and 2 Musk Ducks.
Paul Taylor 26/2 #230210


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Sun 26Pacific Swift, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Eumeralla Flora Reserve (Anglesea)
One Pacific Swift seen flying over above Welcome Swallows + 1 Tree Martin, by Karen Weil, Alan Crawford and myself. Second individual sighted in the day (first at Distillery Creek). At least 3 Chestnut-rumped Heathwren calling profusely near tracks in reserve with one possible sighting flitting across path. Also 7+ Southern Emu-wren, 2 Brown Quail. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech, Karen Weil, James Cornelious, Alan Crawford 26/2 #230221
highlightDiamond Firetail, Pacific Swift, Grey Goshawk
Great Otway National Park--Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
One Diamond Firetail calling prodigiously over the dirt road between the soak and the toilet block - very shy and flighty, but seen well by all observers once it settled in a sheltered area (photo by Karen Weil). Surprising find for the area. Also one Pacific Swift over soak with min. 30 needletails, seen by Bruce and myself. White morph Grey Goshawk flying over toilet block past needletails and Dusky Woodswallows. Overall activity in area overwhelming, with over 30 species visiting the soak over the course of three hours, including White-necked Heron, Satin Flycatcher (pair), Gang-gang Cockatoo, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Rufous Fantail, and others. Moderators note: very few records of Diamond Firetail in Otway region generally. SB eBird checklist
Oakley Germech, Karen Weil, James Cornelious, Bruce & Lynn Richardson, Alan Crawford 26/2 #230220
80 Glossy Ibis
Koorangie Game Reserve Second Marsh
The Marshes are full of birds at present. Also 168 Blue-billed Duck on First Marsh, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, and lots of Black-tailed Nativehen and Red-kneed Dotterel.
Simon Starr 26/2 #230219
highlightFreckled Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
Female/young bird seen roosting on a log in the middle of the main wetland, and later swam quite close. See attached eBird checklist for detailed description. First time I've seen one here. Apologies for the awful digibin photo. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 26/2 #230218
megamegaTawny Grassbird
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin
Good views, perched on reeds at eastern end of the eastern swamp. More rufous/tawny than Reed Warbler, larger than Little Grassbird. "Chip" calls a perfect match to David Stewart's recordings. eBird checklist
Matthew Crawford and Colin Clark 26/2 #230215


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