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Tue 25crimson rosella
clearwater street, ormiston
two birds in tree calling
jeremy wynne 25/9 #235544
Sun 23highlightAustralian Pratincole
Lake Coolmunda
Feeding on the highway side of the lake, back from the waterline near the grass area. Single bird observed for the afternoon. Photo taken from campground side of fence, included for reference.
Kim Cumes and Pauline Brennan 24/9 #235542
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lake Clarendon
Single bird with 200+ sharpies. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter and Michael Daley 23/9 #235526


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Mon 24Barn Owl and White-throated Nightjar
Garigal National Park (East)
Adding to the influx of Barn Owls in Sydney, I had great views of 1 perched at eye level on Slippery Dip Trail at around 11pm, my 4th sighting on the Northern Beaches in under a month, this species is typically rare in the area. 2 White-throated Nightjars were also heard calling throughout the night.
Jayden Walsh 25/9 #235543
Little Eagle
Private property off Hilltop Road East Jindabyne (no public access)
First noticed the Little Eagle last year searching for prey over our property. It has now built its nest in a large gum tree near our house and yesterday caught a rabbit underneath its nesting site. Today it has been circling the paddocks around us and is now sitting on the nest.
Carole Jones 24/9 #235535
Sun 23Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Combaning State Conservation Area, Cootamundra
A group of 6-8 Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters were seen feeding with 4+ Brown-headed & 6 White-plumed Honeyeaters, and 3 White-winged Trillers on two flowering Mugga Ironbarks, in a sea on non-flowering Box and Ironbarks in Combaning SCA. There is only one previous report (in 1999) of Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters in the Cootamundra District for the Birdata Atlas Data Base 1998-2018, and these birds would be well east of their usual range.
Alan Morris,photo Marg Kibby & 19 members of CCGBNSW 24/9 #235539
Eastern Barn Owl (deceased)
Wilberforce
A freshly killed bird seen beside Wilberforce Rd. Also saw the remains of another Barn Owl at Bushells Lagoon the same morning.
Edwin Vella 23/9 #235531
Spotted Harrier
Bushells Lagoon
A juvenile Harrier seen beside the dried up lagoon.
Edwin Vella 23/9 #235530
Banded Lapwings
Freemans Reach turf farms
A pair of Banded Lapwings with 2 chicks in the turf farm bordered by Batchelors Wharf Rd, Gorricks Lane and Freemans Reach Rd.
Edwin Vella 23/9 #235529
Masked and White-browed Woodswallow, Rufous Songlarks
Cornwallis Road, Cornwallis
Along Cornwallis Rd, had a flock of about 40 White-browed and 10 Masked Woodswallows in trees beside the road and the river, 3 or 4 Rufous Songlarks, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Crested Shrike-tit, Olive-backed Oriole and a Sacred Kingfisher.
Edwin Vella 23/9 #235528
Sat 22Striped Honeyeater, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Red-kneed Dotterel
Bethungra Dam, Cootamundra
A pair of Striped Honeyeaters were seen and photographed on the access road just before entering Bethungra Dam, while around the dam edges were two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 4 Red-kneed Dotterels. There are no previous records for Striped Honeyeaters or Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, and only one previous record for Red-kneed Dotterels in the Cootamundra-Bethungra District in the Birdlife Australia Atlas Data Base 1998-2018.
Alan Morris, photo Marg Kibby & 19 members CCGBNSW 24/9 #235540
Superb Parrot, Barking Owl & Southern Boobook
Cootamundra Caravan Park
During the period 21-24/9/18 the Central Coast Group Birding NSW held a camp for the Cootamundra District, based at the Caravan Park. During that time up to 6 Superb Parrots were present each day feeding in the trees in the adjoin Park, and were seen to be feeding on Yellow Box blossum, lerps on Yellow- Box and Red Gum leaves and feeding on grass seed on the ground. There were none present on 15-18 May 2018, and during our visited, they were seen in pairs and small numbers at ten sites across the District. Also present in the CP was a Barking Owl, heard by different people on two successive nights and Southern Boobooks were heard calling each night. Despite the fact that there have been 427 atlas sheets submitted to the Birdlife Atlas data Base 1998-2018, for the Cootamundra District, there are no previous reports for Barking Owls and only six reports for Southern Boobook in the database.
Alan Morris, photo Christina Port, & 18 members CCGBNSW. 24/9 #235538
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
Single bird seen in flowering ironbarks on 22 and 23 Sep. Trees are buzzing with mainly White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds, and a few other species - the Regent can be hard to pick out and is less active than the other species. Sightings so far have been early-mid morning and late afternoon. 5th (and best) honeyeater addition to my home list in this current unprecedented flowering event, which looks like it has a couple more weeks to run. (Moderator's Note: There was also a juvenile bird photographed in a backyard in Springwood on Friday, that has not been seen since. MR) eBird checklist
Eric Finley 24/9 #235533
highlightNorthern Royal Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Antipodean Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
The highlight of 22 September SOSSA trip was a Northern Royal Albatross that stayed with us for much of the day. Other albatrosses included Wandering (2+), Antipodean (7+), Buller's (2), Black-Browed (3) and Shy (30+). We also had a Northern Giant Petrel, a Brown Skua, several Solander and Grey-faced Petrels, plus a number of Fairy Prions. The Short-tailed Shearwater migration is in full swing, with flocks of 30-100 birds constantly moving through, there would have been 5000+ within sight of the boat during the day. (Moderator's Note: Identification has swung back to a Northern Royal. ORAC submission will follow. MR).
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 22/9 #235518
Sat 8Caspian Terns
Pitt Town Lagoon
Two Caspian Terns in breeding plumage resting in Pitt Town Lagoon. Infrequent visitor, looks like the last eBird report here was 4 years ago.
Richard Murray 25/9 #235546


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Mon 24highlightWhite-necked Heron
Creekton Lagoon, Saundridge Rd. Cressy
Single bird feeding in roadside lagoon.
Bill Scott-Young 24/9 #235537


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