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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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.

May 2024
Thu 23Brown Booby
Terrigal - offshore
Young Brown Bobby seen by Paul Minto (skipper Central Coast Pelagics) approx. 2 miles out from Terrigal this morning. Only the 3rd record for CC waters it seems. Of note a juvenile was observed off North Head, Manly last weekend.
Andrew Robinson (pers comm Paul Minto) 23/5 #270519
Tue 21Eastern Barn Owl
Noisy Miner alarm calls alerted me to what appears to be an immature bird roosting right near my car in our carpark in an industrial estate. With suitable roost hollows at a premium, this is not really a huge surprise to see one in the open. Poor quality screen shot from phone video attached eBird checklist
Ákos Lumnitzer 21/5 #270514
Mon 20Powerful Owl
Repentance Creek, near Rosebank
single bird calling @7.30 pm in the forest out near the end of Maso Road. (Moderator's Note: While Powerful Owls would be expected to occur at Repentance Creek, a check of eBird, revealed that there were no reports from Repentance Creek, and no recent reports in the general area. AKM)
Ian Colvin 20/5 #270513
Sun 19Swift Parrot??
Russell Vale Golf Course Hicks Street Russell Vale NSW (near Bulli)
Two small lorikeets seen in ironbarks at Tee off to 13th but flew short distance to plants near Pro shop. Predominantly green, flashes red, tinkling call, definitely smaller than Rainbow Lorikeets that were also present. Behavior different also. Called whilst flying. Didn’t seem to move far from vegetation near Pro shop unfortunately didn’t have binoculars to get good view to confirm species. Didn't sound like Musk or Littles. Not sure if golf course is open to members of public bird watching but maybe worth a shot for 100% confirmation.
Deryk Engel 20/5 #270512
Wandering (Type) Albatross.
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head Manly.
Really happy to see another Wandering Albatross from North Head this afternoon with very white plumage flying south.
Michael Ronan 19/5 #270510
Hoary-headed Grebe
Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North)
A single Hoary-headed Grebe (non-br.) was swimming and diving in the irrigation dam off Cape Banks Drive -33.9918642,151.2462002 Uncommon in the Eastern Suburbs and it's my first record of this species here.
Richard Murray 19/5 #270509
Sat 18Satin Flycatcher
Whiteman Creek (private property)
Adult female Satin Flycatcher observed in trees near wetland. At first thought to be a Leaden Flycatcher but late date suggested a possible Satin Flycatcher and when it was observed closely the buff edged wing feathers and glossy crown allowed it to identified as that species. eBird checklist
Greg Clancy and members of the Clarence Valley birdos 19/5 #270508
Brown Booby
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head Manly.
Highlight of a seawatch from North Head this afternoon was a Juvenile Brown Booby flying north with the southerly Gale also good numbers of Prions going North.
Michael Ronan 18/5 #270507
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Mount Penang Parklands
Continuing Red-backed Kingfisher, seen foraging near the top paddocks. Only the second record for the Central Coast it seems. (Moderator's Note: This bird was originally photographed by Carol Edwards on 27 April 2024, but it disappeared after two days. The only previous record was a bird at nearby Somersby in 1995 AKM).
Andrew Robinson 18/5 #270505
Fri 17Brolga
2 birds seen this afternoon in shallow flooded paddock 5 km south of Condobolin visible from Gipps Way.
Warren Chad 17/5 #270503
Wed 15Barking Owl
Brighton road Saratoga Gosford
A Barking Owl calling 1.00am today. (Moderator's Note: Over the years a pair of Barking Owls have been in Bouddi NP and the adjoining suburbs around Brisbane Water, which includes Saratoga. However there have been few recent reports. AKM).
Douglas Hocking 15/5 #270496
Tue 14highlightPOSSIBLE Regent Honeyeater
Morisset behind PCYC
Saw a maybe Regent there this morning - glimpses of it as it moved away from me and I didn't have binoculars - was right size and colour and maybe brief call. For the last two weeks or so the Swamp Mahoganys have been in flower and there's been a lot of species using them, especially White-cheeked Honeyeaters. One tree I counted over 20 in. Usual Yellow-faced, White-cheeked and Scarlet Honeyeaters moving through along with Noisy Friarbirds, Red and Little Wattlebirds. Haven't had time to stop and do any decent sort of check due to a lot of extra work recently but have been watching for Regents and Swifties (both have been here in recent years) without any success this year until maybe today. (Moderator's Note: The Swamp Mahogany is definitely ramping up for another very good blossom season (Myall Lakes in particular is teeming with blossom and large nectar-sippers). The Lake Mac blossom is still a long way from peaking but this is a great sign. It would be great if people could follow this possible report up. The maximum count of REHOs here at the PCYC last winter was 5 birds, including a 2022 captive release bird. MR).
Paul Schofield 14/5 #270493
Fri 10highlightAlbatross diversity
Terrigal Pelagic
A solid and enjoyable day with 7 Albatross species seen which was the most for a Terrigal pelagic. This included; Wandering (1), Gibson’s Wandering (5), Black-browed (7), Campbell (3), Shy (2), Indian Yellow-nosed (2) and Buller’s (2). Also seen were Wilson’s Storm Petrel (26), White-faced Storm Petrel (3), Fairy Prion (2), Providence Petrel (18), Short-tailed Shearwater (500+) and small numbers of Flesh-footed and Sooty Shearwater. In total 17 species were seen beyond The Haven with 14 of those Tubenoses.
Central Coast Pelagics 12/5 #270490
Australasian Bittern
Manton Road wetland (NW of Lawrence near Grafton)
Characteristic deep ‘ooom’ call heard on dusk coming from thick sedge vegetation covered wetland. No sighting. Previous record same location several years ago. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins and Russell Jago 10/5 #270485
Thu 9Pale-vented Bush-hen
Pillar Valley Private Property
adult gave alarm calls after I arrived home, could see location from moving blady grass, got binos, & watched as adult moved into denser vegetation & 2 juveniles followed while foraging, clear view of their pale vents, dark bills & legs & short tail; which they bobbed like an adult in all seriousness :)
Clive Heywood Barker 9/5 #270481
Wed 8highlightSwift Parrot
Bundella Parade, Lake Cathie
Two Swift Parrots flew overhead along the southern edge of Lake Cathie towards Tallong Drive, where they have been present previously.
Tim Morris 9/5 #270482
Tue 7Spotless Crake
Mullengandra, near Holbrook
One bird seen on the edge of a dam on private property. Water level quite low so exposed mud on edge of reeds.
Janet chapman 9/5 #270480
Mon 6Red-tailed Tropicbird,Buller's Albatross.
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head Manly
Highlights from a seawatch off North Head this afternoon was a Red-tailed Tropicbird flying north east past North Head and a Buller's Albatross flying south into the strong southerly.
Michael Ronan. 6/5 #270479
Sat 4highlightKermadec Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
We had a terrific rain-free day on the water yesterday. Conditions were ideal once away from the coast. The highlight was a single intermediate morph Kermadec Petrel which circled the boat several times giving everyone views from all angles. Other pterodromas included Grey-faced and Providence Petrels. Other goodies were Buller's, Campbell, Shy, Black-browed, Antipodean and Gibson's albatrosses, Short-tailed, Flesh-footed, Wedge-tailed and Sooty shearwaters, Fairy Prions and both White-faced and Wilson's storm-petrels. Two False killer whales also approached the boat closely. Typical for this time of year a number of waterspouts were observed. eBird checklist
Sydney pelagics and all onboard 5/5 #270478
Fri 3Pink Cockatoo
West Wyalong Golf Course
70+ Pink Cockatoo's West Wyalong Golf Course eating Aleppo Pine and feeding on the ground. There were about 20 already in trees or on the ground when 2 more flocks flew in. One approx. had 20 the other 30. We could only see half the golf course so who knows how many more were down the other end. It was nice to see such a big flock. eBird checklist
Graham Nelson 10/5 #270483
Thu 2Topknot Pigeon
A mega flock of >2000 Topknot Pigeons was seen this morning in the valley west of Dunoon township, Northern Rivers NSW. Remarkable sight. Topknot numbers have been increasing in the area over the past month or two, presumably due to fruiting Camphor Laurel (and hopefully native species as well). But I've never seen so many at once. The photo just gives an idea :-)
Henry Coleman 2/5 #270469
Wed 1Gang gang cockatoo
Shipley Plateau, Blackheath
We have a four acre property on Shipley Plateau and are seeing increasing numbers of Gang Gang Up to six pairs at a time coming from the surrounding bush A few years ago we saw none They are attracted to our water sources and the remoteness of the property and the food sources from the eucalyptus
Peter Macdonald 19/5 #270511

April 2024
Tue 30highlightAustralian Brush-turkey
Upper Bullawa Creek Road, 400 m short of Mt. Kaputar NP entrance
A single bird on the edge of the forested country towards more open farmland; this time with photographic evidence. eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 30/4 #270464
Mon 29Australian Masked Owl
I picked up a young male that was caught inside a warehouse there. Currently under vet care, hopefully to be released in general area over the coming days.
Ákos Lumnitzer 30/4 #270463
Sun 28Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Dora Creek Reserve outside no 254
These two happy and healthy and loving their environment. (Moderator's Note: There are only eBird reports for Glossies in the Dora Creek area. AKM)
Stephanie Wilson 29/4 #270460
highlightSuperb Fruit-Dove
Deua National Park
Female Superb Fruit-Dove seen by five members of the Eurobodalla Natural History Society on a field meeting to Donald's Creek. Not a species often recorded in the Eurobodalla.(Moderator's Note: A rare bird for the Illawarra and South Coast, but March-April are the months that some Superb and Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves move south for the winter!. AKM)
Julie Morgan 28/4 #270457
highlightSwift Parrot
Hat Head National Park--Kemps Corner
I was out bushwalking the headland between Hat Head and Hungry gate when I heard the unmistakable calls of a Swift Parrot near Third Beach. I grabbed my binos and observed two feeding with loris and honeyeaters in the coastal banksia. Birds flew north not long after. eBird checklist
Peter Taylor 28/4 #270456
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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