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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW 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. We may also consider publishing unusually-plumaged birds (e.g. albinistic/leucistic/melanistic) if they are considered interesting or are uncommonly seen.

Birdline New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Liam Murphy, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the BirdLife Australia Atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) or Square-tailed Kites unless they are in unusual locations or are seen with unusual prey etc.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

March 2023
Wed 29Beach Stone-curlew
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
This bird has been reported by several others locally before my sighting today. As explained to me by fellow Illawarra Birders Martin and Penny Potter, it is hanging around a lean-to structure on a bank to the right as you walk out onto the inlet. This is exactly where I found it at low tide today. eBird checklist
Andrew Wood 29/3 #269106
Tue 28Latham's Snipe; Australian Spotted Crake
Mason Park, Homebush
Singles of both seen approx 7:40am in the tongue of samphire and sedges that runs out from the pathway on the Eastern (canal-side) bank. Both regularly reported on eBird in last few weeks. Snipe seems a particularly late stayer. eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 28/3 #269100
Mon 27Pink-eared Duck
Mason Park, Concord
Pink-eared Duck flew in & landed in SE Cnr of pond in the rain. Spotted Crake seen in samphire mid-lake. Drongo at NW of cricket oval.
Chris Charles 29/3 #269107
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Kensington (Sydney)
1 bird still here! Moore park golf course.(Moderator's Note: a late date indeed! AKM)
Chris Gladwin 27/3 #269099
Sun 26Turquoise Parrot, Dusky Woodswallow, Fuscous Honeyeater & Brown Quail
Pilliga Pottery Access Rd near the junction with Dandry Road.
Three Turquoise Parrots were seen and photographed on the Pilliga Pottery Access Road, along with Fuscous Honeyeaters, Brown Treecreepers, Australian Ringnecks & Dusky Woodswallows. A highlight at the Pottery itself was 22 Brown Quail in two groups, and Eastern Spinebills, Wedge-tailed Eagles were seen overhead..
Alan Morris & 17 members of the CCGBNSW 28/3 #269103
Kermadec Petrel
Offshore--Port Stephens pelagic
A stunning pale morph Kermadec Petrel was the (only) highlight of a pretty quiet late March Port Stephens pelagic today. Photograph by Steven Cox.
Mick Roderick and all aboard M.V. Contagious 26/3 #269092
Wandering Whistling Duck
The Weir Road - Teralba.
Spotted 20 Wandering Whistling Ducks on The Borehole At The Weir Road . Teralba. eBird checklist
Gordon Arthur. Yvonne Van Netten. 26/3 #269091
Fork-tailed Swift
Many birds heard high overhead this morning from my backyard. They were there for about ten minutes before disappearing.
warren Chad 26/3 #269085
Sat 25Phesant Coucal & Superb Parrot
Coonabarabran Township & weir.
A brown coloured Swamp Pheasant was flushed from the side of the road bewteen the weir and Neilsen Park close to a patch oif Phragmites along the Castlereagh River. The Coucal flew into a Casuarina near the river bank and was clearly seen by Noel and Krystyna Lonergan, who come from the Central Coast and are very familiar witrh Coucals. A adult male Superb Parrot flew over over the town, while Rainbow Lorikeets were abundant, and Blackbirds and Spotted Doves were commonly seen in the town streets. There are no previous records for Coucals in Coonabarabran, but they have been recorded further west in the Macquarie Marshes on a number of occasions. I can see no eBird records for Superb Parrots in the town, but they are autumn/winter visitors to the Coonabarabran District, and I have seen them west, north and east of the town including 36 birds, 8 km east of the town in 25/8/2007. eBird asseses Blackbirds, Rainbow Lorikeets and Spotted Doves as "unusual" but they are commonly seen. When I lived at Coonabarabran 1975-1983, none of those species occurred there then, but by 1985 Blackbirds had moved into town and have been common ever since; the first Spotted Dove on EBird was recorded in Coonabarabran 5/4/2015, and the first Rainbow Lorikeet on 21/4/2016.
Alan Morris. Noel & Krystyna Lonergan & 15 members of the CCGBNSW 28/3 #269102
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Garigal National Park
Oriental Cuckoo seen this afternoon just inside Garigal NP if entering from Deep Creek. An extract from my eBird report below. The bright yellow feet were highly prominent. In a difficult area to follow it when it moved. Medium/large cuckoo seen in Garigal NP just up from Deep Creek in edge area between dry slope and tea tree scrub next to river. Dark slaty grey back; long tail with white spots; grey hood and mantle leading to heavily striped breast and belly (black stripes on white) and extremely noticeable bright yellow feet. Seen at 33.70679° S, 151.26776° E and observed for approx 20 seconds; it moved away towards the main deep creek reserve (ie downstream) eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 25/3 #269083
Fri 24Magpie Goose
Lake Goran
8 Magpie Geese were at waters edge on southern side of lake eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 29/3 #269105
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Bagotville, northern NSW
Single bird in large dead tree near to a stangler fig and small-leaved fig that had been stripped by caterpillars. Possibly feeding in these trees. An adult bird, probable male given the grey colour, strong barring across the chest and lack of any brown or rufous on head or neck.
David Charley 24/3 #269081
Thu 23Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail, Speckled Warbler, Chestnut-rumped & Inland Thornbill
Camp Blackman & The Old Woolshed, Warrumbungles NP
18 Members of the Central Coast Group, Birding NSW visited the Warrumbungles NP, birding at Camps Blackman & Pincham, Burbie Canyon, Canyon Camp and the Old Woolshed. Highlights were a Turquoise Parrot & 2 Diamond Firetails at Camp Blackman, Speckled Warblers at a number of sites and Chestnut-rumped & Inland Thornbills at the Old Woolshed. A further six Diamond Firetails were seen on Timor Rd, between Timor Rock and Coonabarabran.
Alan Morris, Carol Abbott & 16 other members CCGBNSW 28/3 #269101
Wed 22highlightOriental Cuckoo
Howard St, Coffs Harbour
A rare visitor to this area, sighted for a few minutes moving between mid-level foliage before flying off. Overall brownish coloring evident.
Ellany Whelan and Cheryl Cooper 24/3 #269082
Mon 20Yellow-billed Spoonbill
The Gully Pond, Katoomba.
A unusual sighting for the upper Blue Mts - as first reported today on the FBook Blue Mts Bird Observers page by MN. I did a quick recon - and was lucky to see it still there. A young bird.
John French - Originally sighted by MN, Blue Mts Bird Observers (FBook). 20/3 #269077
Sun 19Spangled Drongo.
Deep Creek Reserve,Narrabeen
It must be that time of the year again with at least 7 Spangled Drongos present most of them juveniles this is the most Drongos I have seen in one place in Sydney.
Michael Ronan. 19/3 #269074
White-necked heron
Port Hacking Deeban Spit Tidal Flats
The autumn equinox movement continues. White-necked heron stopped off for a rest on falling tide. Standing on high tide roost alongside 7 eastern curlew, 12 white-faced heron, 100 silver gull, 20 crested tern eBird checklist
Julie Keating 19/3 #269073
Sat 18Pacific Black Duck (1000+)
Lake Goran
Ballpark estimate 1000+ Pacific Black Ducks (with a smattering of Plumed Whistling-Ducks and Australian Wood Ducks, possibly also a few Grey Teals) were found feeding on a recently ploughed fallow field with plenty of wheat chaff lying on the ground. I did not see any of the Hardheads and/or Pink-eared Ducks participating that were also present on the lake. Both photos and video were taken of the event (the birds were silent all the time). This was not by the water's edge, but at least 100 m from water, on a slightly elevated ridge north of the northern access to the road crossing at Goran Lake, maybe 1 km from the road crossing. The birds flew in in smaller flocks of maybe 100 each, congregated in the field, and slowly worked their way through the field by sub-flocks from the back continuously skipping to the front, as usually seen done by species feeding in large flocks. eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 20/3 #269076
Powerful Owl
Cowarra Creek, lake Cathie
Around this time of the year young birds pass thru this area, and thisone was practicing its call from a dead tree
Darin Rounsevell 19/3 #269072
Fri 17Cattle egret
Port Hacking NSW
Middle of March each year see large flocks of cattle egrets stopping for a rest before continuing out through heads and flying north. In past has been as much as 70, today just 22. 12 Eastern curlews also on roost. eBird checklist
Julie Keating 17/3 #269069
Wed 15Grey Currawong
Mount Tomah
One, possibly 2, calling from grove of tall Eucalyptus fastigata on a hilltop burnt in the 2019 fires. Within a km of the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens, where this species has not been recorded since 2014 on eBird.
Eric Finley 16/3 #269063
Tue 14highlightAustralian Spotted Crake
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Sunning its itself and foraging on edge of long grass between carpark and golf range. Golf range side.(Moderator's Note: This is a rare bird for the Central Coast LGA. There are only nine previous records, between 1990 and 2013, mostly for McPherson Road Swamp, Tuggerah STW & Avoca and Cochrone Lagoons. AKM)
Leeanne Lemke 14/3 #269056
Gordon VC Rest Area, Hume Highway
Up to 10 Emus observed foraging in a recently cleared paddock that is present to the north-west of the rest area
Deryk Engel 14/3 #269055
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
2 Eastern Yellow Wagtails confirmed at Hexham Swamp this morning around 8am. Both showing well down within the current red mud flat area opposite the tyres. (Moderator's Note: Four birds confirmed out there this morning 16-03. MR). eBird checklist
Aaron David 14/3 #269054
Mon 13Brown Honeyeater
Same spot at where four seen a few months back - near corner of Logan and Stewart Sts. One seen feeding in small Bottllebrush. Two birds then flushed - second probably also Brown HE.
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding, with Felix Watson 13/3 #269044
Sun 12highlightCurlew x Pectoral Sandpiper (hybrid)
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
My comment note on phone from field sighting.: "Needs confirming from photos. Fine bird, pale brown back, white belly. Long dark bill, but not curved enough to be Curlew Sandpiper I think." ID:using The Australian Bird Guide. (Menkhorst, Rogers, Clarke, Davies, Marsack, Franklin) Photos I believe show Breast demarcation evident. Bill slightly longer than head length, Wings overhang tail marginally. Dark legs and length of bill eliminate Baird's and White-rumped Sandpiper. Also see Curlew x Pectoral Sandpiper (hybrid) eBird David Adam images. Western Treatment Plant, eBird checklist S26290697 Macaulay Library ML28171611 eBird checklist
Ian Bradshaw 16/3 #269062
highlightDusky Honeyeater
Garden of Eden Road, Tomewin
Good views of a single bird, which called briefly, were made as it flew out of a weedy patch, close to Mango Trees, Lantana and some understorey shrubs on the Garden of Eden Road, near Tomewin, which is located on the Murwillumbah (NSW) to Currumbin Rd (Qld) road. Dusky Honeyeaters are known inhabitants of the gardens of houses on small acrerages along the road, that overlook a forested valley which is on the NSW/Queensland border. This is a known site for this species in NSW however there are only four published reports for NSW (NSWORAC Cases 411 & 725, in the period 2005-2019), but on eBird there at least now 11 claimed reports since 2014 to the present, for the following locations : Dungay Creek Rd, Garden of Eden Rd, Tomewin Rd near Athelstan Terrace, and Glengarrie Rd Tomewin, thus demonstarting that this species is a resident of NSW! eBird checklist
Alan & Tim Morris 14/3 #269048
highlightFreckled Duck, Spotted, Spotless, Baillon's Crakes, Common Sandpiper, Magpie Geese, Swans, GC Grebes
Site Report - Lake Cargelligo, Chat Alley, Ephemeral Swamps
Chat Alley and the ephemeral swamp on Murrin Bridge Rd around the corner, are both dry - stark contrast to December when goldfish were literally swimming over the road. A couple White-fronted Chats seen. However Lake Cargelligo Rd, heading east between circa 1 and 5km out of town has a series of small ponds on the north side of the road (circa -33.306278, 146.386576). Common Sandpiper seen here (as reported earlier and seen 13th also by Stephanie Owen). Further south is an extensive wetland on the south side of the road (circa -33.306551, 146.391729) - Several Freckled Ducks here. Further again (circa -33.298775, 146.408271) the south is flooded and many Magpie Geese were reported here before the 12th - we found 40+ on the field before this wetland (with a few juvenile and immature birds too). The flooded area has hundreds of ducks and other birds. Finally, at circa (-33.295500, 146.421535) were Black Swans, further ducks and Great Crested Grebes. The next day, Stephanie Owen reported many Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake and Baillon's Crake at Curlew Waters (with pin at -33.265356, 146.440905 though I'm not exactly sure of location of those birds).
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding, with Felix Watson, Stephanie Owen 14/3 #269047
Common Sandpiper
Lake Cargelligo Rd, Lake Cargelligo
In small ponds before the main flooded area - right beside road - seen at <10m. White comma mark at shoulder obvious, and much tail bobbing. Photos. (-33.3061358, 146.3866180). Spotted by Felix. Checklist and photos to come.
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding, with Felix Watson 13/3 #269043
Eastern Curlew
Hardys Bay, Brisbane Water
One curlew on mud flats, another (possibly same bird) seen on Pretty Beach mudflats 15 minutes later. Used to be regular here, now only occasional.
David D 13/3 #269042
Lewins Rail; Spotless Crake; Sacred Kingfisher
Warriewood Wetlands; Irrawong Reserve
Lewin's Rail heard calling from deep cover in the channel that runs from the end of Katoa Close (was in the cover on the playground side). 2 Spotless Crake calling from the reedbeds alongside the main boardwalk and got a glimpse as one dashed across a gap in the reeds. 2 Sacred Kingfishers seen in Irrawong Reserve (one a younger bird with a brownish cap and speckled breast plumage. (Warriewood Checklist # provided) eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 12/3 #269037
Black-winged Stilt
Balmoral Beach
Two birds on water's edge opposite bottom of Raglan street at 11.35am. When disturbed they flew a short way further along towards the yacht club.
Guy troughton 12/3 #269036
Sat 11Painted Honeyeater (inc juv)
Fort Bourke Lookout, Cobar
Two birds - one adult, one juvenile. Also had two birds here in September - could be a reliable/breeding site? (Moderator's Note: There appeared to be far fewer reports of Painted Honeyeaters from known sites in NSW this season and very few of more than one individual as well. MR). eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding, with Felix Watson 17/3 #269068
highlightPink-eared Duck, Spotless & Australian Spotted Crakes
Boyters Lane Jerseyville
On the morning of Saturday 11/3/2023, Tim Morris and I observed 3 Australian Spotted Crakes, 1 Spotless Crake, one Pink-eared Duck and 11 Australasian Shovelers, and 56 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers on the largest pond on Boyters Lane Jerseyville. Also present were Buff-banded and Lewin's Rails, and two immature Black-necked Storks. Only recently had the Sharpies and the Shovelers returned to this site after a few years absence. Prior to our visit, on 27/2/2023, Ian Bradshaw had a found a Wood Sandpiper on the nearby Suez Lane Wetlands (which had not been seen since), while Liam Murphy had found two Pectoral Sandpipers at Boyters Lane on 6/3/2023. After we had left the site Julia & Peter Hudd found two Curlew Sandpipers. The following day 12/11/2023, Liam returned to the site and refound his two Pectoral Sandpipers and 2 Common Greenshanks, while Ian Bradshaw photographed a Curlew X Pectoral Sandpiper hybrid (see #269062). Since then heavy rain has dispersed many of the ducks and waders. eBird checklist
Tim and Alan Morris 16/3 #269067
Pink-eared Duck and Australasian Shoveler
Cattai Wetlands, Coopernook
3 Pink-eared Ducks and an Australasian Shoveler were sighted in open lagoon area near bird hide. (Moderator's Note: The last report of Pinkears at Cattai Wetlands on eBird was in 2018, when 4 birds were reported. AKM) eBird checklist
Karen Woulfe 16/3 #269065
Pink-eared Duck
Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
A single Pink-eared Duck along with Australasian Shoveler (4, with 7 on 25/3) and White-headed Stilt (37). All species absent or scarce on the Central Coast the last few years. *Access to the site is unfortunately still restricted.
Andrew Robinson 12/3 #269040
Australian Spotted Crake
Mason Park, Homebush
Just an update to say the crake is still present at this location. Also, there is not just one ... but two! Both seen today and seen by others in days previous. Also seen was a Latham's Snipe and a late Channel-billed cuckoo. The wetlands here are teeming with waterbirds at the moment and many are boldly feeding right next to the footpath right in front of people ... except the crakes of course! They were feeding deep in the wetland approximately here -33.8547455, 151.0818839. eBird checklist
Joel Poyitt 11/3 #269035
Fri 10Banded Lapwing, Plumed Whistling-duck, Terns, hundreds of ducks, Dotterels
Between Walgett and Brewarrina - Kamilaroi Hwy
Whilst driving west out of Walgett there were a couple ephemeral wetlands off to the sides of the highway. At one (-30.02052, 147.82903) there were 100 Banded Lapwings, 2 Red-kneed and 4 Black-fronted Dotterels. At another (-30.09892, 147.38425), circa 125 Plumed Whistling-ducks, over 1000 Teals and 5 marsh-type terns.
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding, with Felix Watson 15/3 #269059
Peregrine Falcon
Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill
I am not sure if this is an unusual sighting for this area but have never encountered any Falcons here before. I was out doing some bird photography in the reserve and noticed white bird feathers floating down from the top of a tree. When I looked up I had a good sighting of this Peregrine Falcon sitting on a tree trunk. It was obviously plucking the feathers from a chick which I suspect was a baby Australian Magpie as there was an adult nearby calling.(Moderator"s Note: I included this report because there are few records of Peregrines in the Hills Shire and none for Fred Caterson Reserve, which is a well birded site. AKM).
Narelle Wajzer 10/3 #269028
Thu 9highlightLittle Curlew. Black-tailed Godwit, A Painted Snipe, Black Falcons etc
GIngham Mudflats adj Morialta Road 100km NW of Moree NSW
pictured: 45 Little Curlew with 1 Black-tailed Godwit in flight. Other recently sighted birds still present including 2 Black Falcons, 15 Australian Painted Snipe, Pectoral Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers 350+ (counted with scope), Pied Stilt etc. Observers Pat Johnston, Chris Rehberg, David Preston and Felix. Note: for visitors travelling. Mudflats drying down probably at best only couple weeks before birds disperse if not prior. Please respect private property other side of the fence.. As it dries down the field is being cultivated for preparation of winter cereal cropping.
Patrick Johnston 10/3 #269026
Pacific Swift, White-throated Needletail
Large, mixed flock of Pacific Swifts and White-throated Needletails over Wamberal area as the sun set. At least 200 WTNT and 10 Pacific Swifts counted, but flock was very loose and extended as far as I could see to the north and south, I expect many more of each species were present.
Ashley Mullahey 10/3 #269023
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
"Tupra " station, 5km east of Oxley on the Lachlan River
Late this afternoon found two Sharpies in some receding floodwater near Tupra airstrip. First migratory waders I have found in this area in the last three years I have been doing bird surveys here. Also of note were about 100 Glossy Ibis and hundreds of Black-tailed Native hens. All four species of white Egrets were also in the area
Warren Chad 9/3 #269022
Magpie Goose
Coonong Rd, just west of Federation Way, Urana
A flock of 10 birds were in a wetland adjacent to Coonong Rd in the south side. Also present were Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Straw-necked Ibis, Pacific Black Duck, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron.
Bruce Mullins 9/3 #269021
Wed 8Emu
Eight birds observed feeding in paddocks beside the main road at Sassafras. Numbers seem to be increasing since the devastating fires swept through the area. Bushland is slowly recovering, paddocks overgrown with grasses since the recent rains but a large number of native and exotic trees still blackened by the fire. eBird checklist
Terrill Nordstrom, Michell Rower, David Rower 8/3 #269018
Diamond Firetail
Nerriga Hotel
Two adults and one immature observed feeding on grass verge across the road from Nerriga Hotel. Five Yellow-rumped Thornbill also seen in garden. eBird checklist
Terrill Nordstrom, Michell Rower, David Rower 8/3 #269017
Tue 7Glossy Black-cockatoo
Coffs Harbour Airport
Pair feeding quietly on sheoaks along airport drive.
Ian Colvin 7/3 #269015
Redthroat, Spotted Crake, Gull-billed Tern
Floodout area from the Box Creek, 25 km Nth of Oxley, Western Nsw
Numerous Redthroat calling from roadside vegetation near the water, many Spotted Crakes in shallow water around Goosefoot bushes and Gull-billed Terns overhead with begging juveniles
Warren Chad 7/3 #269014
Sun 5highlightPacific Golden Plover, Freckled Duck, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Cotton Farm, 25 Km West of Condobolin
This site has had up to 8000 birds here for the last two months, mainly Egrets, Herons and Night Herons along with Pink-eared Ducks and Grey Teal. The Egrets and Herons have had a big breeding event, feeding off small carp in this flooded paddock. On Sunday there were also 300 Sharpies and 52 Golden Plover ( my first record in this area ) along with one Freckled Duck juvenile The Sharpies were still there Monday morning but the Plovers had moved on
Warren Chad 7/3 #269013
Australian Spotted Crake
Mason Park, Homebush
In line with other recent crake sightings around Sydney, a single Australian Spotted Crake was seen this morning at Mason Park Wetlands, on the edge of the water (roughly -33.8547316, 151.0823103) at 7:45am. This is the first record of the species on ebird in the LGA. eBird checklist
Max Weatherall and Paul Rowan 5/3 #269006
Gang Gang Cockatoos
Hynes place, Elderslie NSW
1AM, 1AF, 2 Juveniles. Only the 2nd or 3rd time seeing theme here in 8 years. We have some large liquid ambers in the street which they feed in. Unfortunately none of the local birds seem to recognise them as a non-threat species as they are chased and harassed by noisy miners, magpies and sulpher cresteds. eBird checklist
Brett Mezen 5/3 #269004
Thu 2Black Bittern
Narrawang Wetlands, Sydney Olympic Park
Bird on eastern side of southern pond perched on low bottle brush? Watching water & catching several insects. Seen at 12.20pm & remained there for some time. (Moderator's Note: Great Sydney Region record! AKM)
Matt Hughes 2/3 #269000
Wed 1Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper
Morialta Road, NW of Moree
Single Black-tailed Godwit seen and photographed amongst large flock of Little Curlew, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-capped Dotterel and Red-necked Stints and other waterbirds and shorebirds.
David Charley 13/3 #269046
Square-tailed kite
Several pairs sighted recently flying low over tree canopy throughout Hawkesbury region over the past fortnight. Wilberforce, South Windsor, Kurrajong & North Richmond. Attached picture from Kurrajong. (Moderator's Note: Normally we would not publish individual sightings of Square-tailed Kite in eastern NSW because they have become relatively common, and despite being scheduled as "Threatened" as with Ospreys, their numbers continue to increase. These sightings demonstate this situation, and highlight that we will continue our policy of not publishing random sightings. AKM)
Anthony Prevost 1/3 #268996

February 2023
Tue 28highlightLittle Curlew
Morialta Rd at -29.1933, 149.00934
A compact group of 62 birds in very shallow water around 150m east of the coordinates shown. At one point the flock took off and circled back to the departure point making them easy to count. The upright stance and decurved bill, shorter than Whimbrel, were noted, but the birds were too far away for useful photography with the camera available. A smaller flock of the same species was noted at the same location next day by Craig Cassady
Richard Jordan 3/3 #269001
highlightAustralian Bustard
SE Hay, north of Jerilderie Rd, east of Glencoe Road
Single bird in grassland foraging. The usual suspects also around - Stubble quail, little button quail, brown song lark, Australian pipit.
Bruce Mullins 28/2 #268993
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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