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Birdline Victoria

Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

We support ethical birding .


Moderators' Note

The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings directly to Chris Purnell at Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. However, it is worth noting that there have been a number of reports. We have also decided not to publish any further reports of Eastern/Pacific Koel as they are now common in Victoria in the warmer months.

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March 2017
Thu 23Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
A Wood Sandpiper in eastern ponds then flew off with a Greenshank. Also a Glossy Ibis .
Tom Fletcher, Gordon McCarthy 23/3 #230452
Wed 22Wood Sandpiper
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
One Wood Sandpiper and a Glossy Ibis seen from the hide at Edithvale.
Brian Bending 23/3 #230454
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Lone White-headed Pigeon heard 'ooming' and then found perched in suburban front yard/street tree.
Robert Brinkman 22/3 #230450
Barking Owl
Cambridge Drive, Wangaratta
No actual sighting but heard 2 calling over 20 minutes from approx 12:30 hrs.
Brendon Corby 22/3 #230446
Mon 20highlightBlue-billed Duck
Yan Yean Reservoir
1000. Nice and calm this morning so clear view across to east shore. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 20/3 #230432
Sun 19White-faced Heron
Port Fairy Pelagic
A flock of ten White-faced Herons, flying south about 60 km from shore. The next bit of land south of there is Antarctica! Also saw a juvenile Wandering Albatross, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Jaeger, Buller's & Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Grey-faced and Great-winged Petrel, White-faced and Wilson's Stormpetrel.
Kevin Bartram & 20 others on the Birdswing tour. 20/3 #230434
Sat 18Powerful Owl
Noorilim Estate near Nagambie
I was a visitor to Noorilim Estate on Saturday when I was shown two roosting Powerful Owls. One was clutching a dead Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in its talons as it rested. Birds appeared to be unconcerned with a few people looking at them from below. Birds were in the shadows of a reasonably tall tree, no doubt waiting to go hunting in a few hours time.
Michael O'Sullivan 20/3 #230433
White-throated Needletail
Seven seen from a ridge track, at ~1100 hours, swooping low over a forested valley between Boonah and the coast.
Charles Silveira 20/3 #230431
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
These birds have been widely reported on Victoria Birders Facebook group. Seen in gums around second dam along Camp Road east of Bendigo Tennyson Road. Small Honeyeaters remaining high in canopy with distinctive fluttering/floaty flights at times. Male and females noted. Curved bill easily seen. 3 birds noted. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 19/3 #230421
White-Throated Needletail
Neds Lookout Sandy Point
The Swifts were heading South along the dunes. The Swifts were pushing into an Easterly wind today at 4.30 pm .
Rohan Bugg 18/3 #230419
Neds Lookout Sandy Point
About 150 Sanderlings were feeding along the high tide mark at 4.30 pm today.
Rohan Bugg 18/3 #230418
Great Knot, Grey Plover
Port Philip Heads Marine National Park--Mud Islands
Highlights form todays Birdlife Bayside trip were two Grey Plover and one Great Knot in breeding plumage as well as good numbers of shorebirds with some breeding plumage Turnstone and Curlew Sandpiper amongst them
Simon Starr and 40 others 18/3 #230417
Fri 17highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper, Banded Lapwing
Lake Murdeduke
Arrived at 1730 as other birders left without having locating the BBS. Immediately found a single Banded Lapwing just south of the 'car park' area before the tyres. Headed up the south western edge of the lake with no luck, but as I turned to return to the car flocks of stints and the odd sharpie started flying in. Located Buff-breasted Sandpiper in lignum at 1820. eBird checklist
Mike Honeyman 17/3 #230407
Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
One Intermediate Egret accompanying 10 Great Egrets feeding on the edge of the pond.
Tom Fletcher 17/3 #230400
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Calling & flying around pond 6.
Tom Fletcher 17/3 #230399
Thu 16Freckled Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
John Sobkowicz 17/3 #230406
Rufous Fantail
Raymond Island
Single Rufous Fantail sighted in jacaranda with Grey Fantails present.
J Sutherland 16/3 #230385
Wed 15Wood Sandpiper
Lake Marmal
One Wood Sandpiper in shallows at the northern end with a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and many Red-kneed Dotterels. Also Freckled Duck, Musk Duck and Blue-billed Ducks in pond on east side. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 16/3 #230388
highlightEastern Whipbird
Westerfolds Park
Moving along the riverbank next to mountain bike trail off the Main Yarra Trail opposite Dellas Avenue Templestowe. I've been hearing it calling on and off since 11 Feb 2017. It's unusual for this area and I keep expecting it to move on. eBird checklist
Megan Griffith 15/3 #230377
Tue 14White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Ascot Vale
White Bellied Sea Eagle (juv) seen circling above urbanised Ascot Vale (approx a bove intersection of Union and Epsom Roads) but not far from the Maribynong River, just after 6pm. I am very familiar with this bird from the Gippsland Lakes, and it was definitely a WBSE.
J Brennan 14/3 #230372
Spotted Harrier (first year)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Jennifer Carr & Tom Fletcher 14/3 #230368
Freckled Duck
Red Gum Swamp, Jallumba
Last night on my evening walk I have seen lots of bird life. Cockatoos, Eagles and a flock of about 10 Freckled Ducks perched upon a floating log. I am concerned for the safety of these birds with the opening of duck season on this swampland only days away.
Angel Maree 14/3 #230366
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper, Brolga, Double-banded Plover, Curlew Sanpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Buff-breasted Sandpiper seen amongst rocks at the spit on the western side of the lake with other waders (thanks to the Hutchinsons). Also seen there was a Curlew Sandpiper in partial breeding plumage with metal leg band and orange flag (image). At least 12 Double-banded Plovers were sheltering in the salt-marsh vegetation nearby. Two Brolgas spiralled upwards above the lake calling repeatedly.
John Eichler & Val Stajsic 14/3 #230364
Mon 13Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Silverleaves, East Cowes, Phillip Island
Regularly visit our house/garden on the foreshore in singles and pairs.
Steve Lapin 15/3 #230379
highlightBarking Owl, Little Friarbird, Royal Spoonbill, Spotless Crake
Bendigo Sewage Ponds
A good afternoon along the back ponds and Bendigo Creek. Barking Owl was spotted fairly high in a red gum along the creek after trying to re-find the Little Friarbird that had flown in that direction. One Royal Spoonbill was in the company of 9 Yellow-billed. Spotless Crake gave good clear views, in the company of an Australian Spotted Crake. Photos of all above on the ebird report. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 13/3 #230362
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
The bird was still there out on the rocky point west side. Hanging out with Stints, Sharpies and a Curlew Sandpiper with an orange flag. It was displaying to the other sandpipers, I will post more photos on birding-aus FB page. There were hundreds of stints and a few Curlew Sandpipers on the rocky point on the east side.
Geoff Hutchinson 13/3 #230359
Red Gum Swamp, Jallumba
I have seen 10 to 15 stunning Brolgas this morning whilst walking around the swampland. Such beautiful birds.
Jesse Oriley 13/3 #230348
Sun 12White-bellied Sea-eagle
Silverleaves, East Cowes, Phillip Island
An adult soaring overhead.
Steve Lapin 14/3 #230375
highlightDiamond Dove
Bael Bael Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve
Pair of Diamond Dove located in dry swamp bed located at the Northern edge of reserve. To find the location, follow Bael bael- boga rd, to intersection of Simms rd. I believe Simms rd, is public access into the reserve. At the end of Simms Rd, I walked in about 300-500m to the W, and found the pair perched. Only one poor photo attached. eBird checklist
Matt Anderson 14/3 #230367
Spotless Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
At the Crake Pond there were 2 Spotless and 2 Spotted Crakes.
Will Bridgeman and Corrie and Ian Macartney. 13/3 #230347
White-throated Needletails
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
22 WTNs seen feeding above car park.
Des Palmer 12/3 #230332
Sat 11Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Denise Carew 11/3 #230330
Rufous fantail
Studley Park Boathouse
3 rufous fantails seen at approximately 5pm on bank of the Yarra just upstream from Studley Park Boathouse at Lat -37.79991667, Long 145.01416667. Very unexpected sighting for this area. Given the time of year my assumption is that the birds were migrating.
Harry Saddler 11/3 #230328
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
State Forest south west of Newmerella East Gippsland
A male and female pair feeding on seed cones of Black She-oak on Lagoon Track between Old Station Track and Bails Track. This area is just north of the Ewings Morass Wildlife Reserve. Glossy Blacks are strongly associated with Casuarina trees which are abundant in this area.
J & P Hutchison 11/3 #230325
highlightBuff Breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Western side about 2ks from "tyre wall" Thanks for heads up from other birders. Seen feeding in samphire with other waders including Double Banded Plovers.
Corrie and Ian Macartney and Will Bridgeman 11/3 #230324
Fri 10Blue-billed Ducks (150)
Lake Bolac (lake)
150 Blue-billed Ducks at the north end of Lake Bolac. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 16/3 #230386
Common Sandpiper
Yarra Valley Water - Wallan STP - Restricted Access
Sandpiper flushed from final effulent lagoon , major works being carried out on settling ponds where I assume the bird has been . First seen here on January 12th , again no photo sadly .
Colin Mulvogue 11/3 #230320
Thu 9Spotless Crake, Australian Crake, Buff-banded Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie
Approaching low tide today, stopped at the outflow of water from Lake Borrie. As well as many hundreds of birds in the bay, the area between the coastal shrubs was crawling with Rails and Crakes. Within 15 minutes we saw 3 Spotless Crake, 5 Buff-banded Rail and 4 Australian Crake. Fits with other reports of crakes in good numbers. {Moderator's Note: And in T-section Baillon's Crake, Spotted Crake and a possible Spotless Crake. MA]
Simon Starr 9/3 #230314
Australian Spotted Crake
Lake Colac
Although not an uncommon species, I think 13 coming out of one medium sized reed bed was an amazing sight. All visible at the same time so there was no counting the same bird twice. At one point I I could've nearly thrown a blanket over 7 of them. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 9/3 #230313
Wed 8Freckled Duck
Lake Elizabeth, Kerang
Twelve Freckled Duck on the shoreline, south side near the channel inlet. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 8/3 #230308
highlightMagpie Goose
Barnawartha South
Solo bird, been feeding around some grassy dams for 2 days now. Appears to be quite healthy on the ground and in the air. Note, this is on private property.
Richard Coutts-Smith 8/3 #230307
Tue 7Brolga
Pump-house, Moolap Saltworks, Geelong
2 Brolgas wading in shallow ponds of salt works. Visible from road side. This site is closed to the public and subject to DELWP study re future use of the site. Important shorebird site.
John Newman 7/3 #230298
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Seen along the west side just before the stony spit.
Ian Ashton, Murray Grant, Dave Jones 7/3 #230297
Mon 6Rose-ringed Parakeets
MacDonalds Edithvale Rd
My son alerted me to the birds about a week ago, and saw them again this morning, there are six in total. He sent me a video and I can clearly hear at least two birds. They seem to favour the red gums at the service station. I believe there were some sightings in near by Aspendale a few years back. Possibly breeding. The location is 500 m East of the Edithvale Wetlands.
Colin Mulvogue 6/3 #230290
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Today, we found the Buff-breasted Sandpiper along the western shore on the low spit that has lots of saltmarsh plants (which is about half-way to the rocky spit mentioned in other reports). It was quite close to the shore feeding in the saltmarsh plants. We also saw two Double-banded Plovers.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 6/3 #230286
Sun 5highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Southern Royal Albatross, Antipodean Albatross
Offshore--Portland pelagic
Highlights of the monthly BirdLife Victoria pelagic out of Portland included several White-headed Petrel, three Southern Royal Albatross and a number of NZ Wandering type Albatross - both gibsoni and antipodensis eBird checklist
BirdLife Victoria monthly Portland Pelagic 7/3 #230295
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger
Port Fairy Pelagic
On the Port Fairy Pelagic organised by Philip Peel on Sunday 5th March a Long-tailed Jaeger was sighted and photographed approx 60km out to sea. Was sighted by many in the 19 strong group. eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Filthy Flockers, R.Bruce Richardson, David Adam & others 6/3 #230288
Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Australian Owlet-Nightjar and 60+ White-throated Needletails
Bunyip State Park--Mortimer Picnic Ground
Owls heard calling on Saturday night, Needletails seen Sunday morning feeding directly above campground
Des,Lindsay and Jeremy Palmer 5/3 #230274
Sat 4Grey Goshawk - white phase
Darebin Creek valley, Ivanhoe
At 3.00 pm, a pure white Grey Goshawk landed briefly on my neighbour's chimney vane - accompanied by alarm calls from all the small birds. It dashed away before my camera would focus. It was a stunning sight. I believe it to have been a female - robust build.
Anthea Fleming 6/3 #230282
A Lewin's Rail and a Spotless Crake
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
A Lewin's Rail seen in front of the bird hide feeding and then under the tea tree in front of the hide. A Spotlesss Crake was also seen making brief forays out into the open.
Aidan Powell 4/3 #230264
Lake Marma, Murtoa
26+ Cockatiels flying on the east side of the lake around the sugar gums being chased by a Little Falcon.
Brendan Toll 4/3 #230263
Pink-eared Duck
Newell's Paddock Wetland Reserve
A single Pink-eared Duck seen this morning. My third sighting here over many years.
Anne Palamountain 4/3 #230261
Australian Spotted Crake and possible Lewin's Rail
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
On the boardwalk behind the motel, we had good views of 2 Spotted Crakes in low level water and a possible Lewin's Rail in same area! First time we have seen a Lewin's Rail here!
S and S King 4/3 #230260
Fri 3Ruff
Lake Murdeduke
We saw the Ruff on the western shore of the Lake near the rocky spit while we were looking for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.(We didn't find that but it was seen earlier in the day in the same vicinity.)
Chris and Rosemary Lester 4/3 #230259
Thu 2Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin
One Lewin's Rail seen along the eastern edge of the small pond on the east, marshy end of the main lake. We were looking for the Tawny Grassbird, which we did not find. A Spotless Crake was seen in the same area by another observer but not by us.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 2/3 #230247
Wed 1Sooty Shearwater
Barwon Heads (13th) Beach
1 moderately fresh beachwashed specimen.
George Appleby & Chrissy Freestone 2/3 #230245
Leucistic Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo
Very clear view of leucistic YTBC in company with 2 normal YTBC's in a dead branch of a gum tree on private property in Linton. Bird has large patches of yellow on face, head, back and wings.
Brian and Dorine Bending 1/3 #230239

February 2017
Mon 2713 Brolga, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Sandpiper the , 60 Red-kneed Dotteral
Lake Cooper
Covered in birds at the moment. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 27/2 #230226
Sun 26White-bellied Sea-eagle
Split Point Lighthouse (Aireys Inlet)
Flew leisurely past over ocean while observing gannets and 1 Fluttering Shearwater out to sea - looked to be a worn adult. Also a number of the resident Rufous Bristlebird presenting well in fields and as close as 50 cm from party, with parental feeding observed. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech, James Cornelious, Karen Weil, Alan Crawford 26/2 #230222
Pacific 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
Fri 24Wonga Pigeon
Yarra Ranges National Park--Mt Donna Buang
One feeding on a fire trail east of the Rainforest gallery just off the Acheron Way.
Simon Starr 24/2 #230195
Thu 23Australasian Figbird
Bemm River settlement
Pair of Figbirds (M/F) seen in late afternoon at the caravan park.
Paul Whitington 24/2 #230191
Turquoise Parrot
Reef Hills State Park
Adult male by the dam off Double Gates Road. Only my third sighting here in over ten years.
Bill Morecraft 24/2 #230190
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Seen in the north west section of Bartleys Block, then again near the dams north of the carpark. eBird checklist
Paul Hackett 23/2 #230186
Wed 22Bush Stone-curlew
Bourchiers Road, Strathmerton
Adult Bush Stone-curlew observed in lightly timbered paddock on private property.
John Bourchier per Dan Pendavingh 23/2 #230185
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Outlying population
Repeat report of highlights
Of general interest to birders
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant
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