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Hooded Warbler,©David Sibley

28 Nov New Research - wind turbines [Gary Davidson ]
28 Nov Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate [BURROWS Todd ]
28 Nov FW: Salt water consumption ["Stephen Ambrose" ]
27 Nov More Needletails [Roy & Helen Sonnenburg ]
28 Nov Complete Ashmore Reef and Browse Island trip report [Rowan Mott ]
28 Nov Hawaii and Vancouver [lindy damoulakis ]
28 Nov White-throated Needletails ["Julian Bielewicz" ]
27 Nov Dowitcher images [David Stowe Photography ]
27 Nov Contact with Chris Armstrong [Michael Tarburton ]
27 Nov Re: Salt water consumption ["Tony Russell" ]
27 Nov Polly want a Caracas? [Carl Clifford ]
27 Nov Salt water consumption ["Chris Lloyd" ]
26 Nov Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water? ["Stephen Ambrose" ]
26 Nov Re: Some better news on the Orange-bellied Parrot [John Tongue ]
26 Nov Some better news on the Orange-bellied Parrot [Carl Clifford ]
26 Nov Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water? []
26 Nov Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water? [robert morris ]
26 Nov Cockatoo drinking salt water? ["Martin Potter" ]
26 Nov FW: FW: RFI status of Lesser Sand Plover C. m. atrifrons ["Mike Carter" ]
24 Nov Re: Dowitcher at lake Tutchewop [Joseph Morlan ]
25 Nov Dowitcher at lake Tutchewop ["Peter Marsh" ]
25 Nov birding, Tiwi Islands [Denise Goodfellow ]
24 Nov Re: Semi-palmated plover Update [Bernard O'Keefe ]
24 Nov Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria [Greg McLachlan ]
24 Nov Re: RFI: Tasmania! [John Tongue ]
24 Nov Swifts and Guineafowl [Trevor Ford ]
24 Nov RFI: Tasmania! [Elliot Leach ]
24 Nov Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria ["Paul Dodd" ]
24 Nov Re: Fwd: Fork-tailed Swifts now spreading Southwards [Marie Tarrant ]
23 Nov aviceda@gmail.com has indicated you're a friend. Accept? [aviceda AT gmail.com]
24 Nov Fwd: Fork-tailed Swifts now spreading Southwards [Michael Tarburton ]
24 Nov Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Victoria Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline South Australia Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdline Australia Weekly Update []
24 Nov Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest ["Birdpedia - Australia Info" ]
23 Nov Swifts over Kobble Creek, SEQ [Marie Tarrant ]
23 Nov Long Billed Dowitcher [Crispin Marsh ]
23 Nov Port Stephens Pelagic Trip Report Sun 16th Nov 2014 [Mick Roderick ]
23 Nov Semipalmated Plover [Rob Quinan ]
23 Nov Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1. Non-Passeriformes ["Stephen Ambrose" ]
23 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like AustralianTwitchers) ["ELIZABETH SHAW" ]
22 Nov Reported Stilt sandpiper sighting! [Bernard O'Keefe ]
22 Nov Semi-palmated plover Update [Bernard O'Keefe ]
22 Nov RFI Superb Fruit Dove [kevin ross ]
22 Nov Dowitcher Info [Scott Ryan ]
22 Nov A relatively accurate media item on the Tutchewop dowitcher [Laurie Knight ]
21 Nov Nocturnal evening [Roy & Helen Sonnenburg ]
21 Nov Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island [Peter Ewin ]
21 Nov Trip report - Phillip Island, Norfolk Island National Park [Craig Doolan ]
21 Nov Making contact with Charlie Silveira ["Pauline Follett" ]
21 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) [Peter Shute ]
21 Nov Norfolk Island Cuckoo ID [Craig Doolan ]
21 Nov Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at LakeTutchewop, Victoria ["Philip Veerman" ]
21 Nov Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria ["Mike Carter" ]
21 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) [Chris ]
21 Nov Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria [Dave Torr ]
21 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) ["ELIZABETH SHAW" ]
21 Nov 2014 Victorian Twitchathon [Tim Dolby ]
21 Nov Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island ["Mike Carter" ]
21 Nov Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria ["Paul Dodd" ]
21 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) [Dave Torr ]
21 Nov Long billed Dowager [Dennett Xenia ]
21 Nov AirAsia air pass [Carl Clifford ]
21 Nov Wagtails Atherton tablelands QLD ["Alan Gillanders" ]
21 Nov Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island [martin cachard ]
20 Nov Re: Black Tern at Stieglitz, Tasmania. [Dimitris Bertzeletos ]
20 Nov Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) [Peter Shute ]
20 Nov Swifts [Nicolette Thompson ]
20 Nov Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island ["Greg and Val Clancy" ]

Subject: New Research - wind turbines
From: Gary Davidson <gsd37 AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:02:41 +0000 (UTC)
I know the topic of wind turbine collisions has been discussed before and I 
don't want to be the one responsible for another round of in-fighting on the 
issue of human-caused mortality rates, but this is new research, published this 
September, and I thought some of you just might like to read it quietly on your 
own!Garyhttp://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0107491 

 
  


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Subject: Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
From: BURROWS Todd <TBURROWS AT goldcoast.qld.gov.au>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:54:50 +1000
Hello,

Just wondering if anyone has visited Dowse Lagoon in Sandgate since the super 
cell storm went through yesterday afternoon and seen if the Wood Sandpiper or 
Pectoral Sandpiper are still present? 


Cheers,

Todd


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Subject: FW: Salt water consumption
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <stephen AT ambecol.com.au>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:35:38 +1100
An interesting observation Chris.

While some birds may appear to drink salty water, it is also possible that
they aren't.  Some birds dip their head in pools of salty water to irrigate
their nares (nostrils) and wash their head feathers in an effort to get rid
of mites. I'm not necessarily saying that is what the Yellow-tailed
Black-Cockatoos or Sulphur-crested Cockatoos were doing, but it is
nevertheless something that needs to be considered.

On a hot day, it is also a good way of cooling down.  For instance, the Emu
is reliant on drinking freshwater, but will also splash water over its head
and upper neck to keep cool.  These parts of the Emu's body act as thermal
windows where excess body heat can escape. By cooling the skin surface in
these areas with water, further internal body heat loss to the surrounding
environment is facilitated.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW


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Chris Lloyd
Sent: Thursday, 27 November 2014 9:45 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Salt water consumption

 

I am fairly sure that all orders apart from passerines have anything from
fully functional to vestigial salt glands behind the eyes. This would be
very useful to Australian birds given the large amount of salt found in
water both estuarine and inland. Having said that I have also see SC
Cockatoos foraging around on estuarine rocks (e.g. below Audley Weir in RNP)
and apparently dipping their bills - closer examination showed that they
were, of course, sampling Sydney Rock oyster au natural. Ciao

 

Chris Lloyd

 

 



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Subject: More Needletails
From: Roy & Helen Sonnenburg <royson AT uqconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:39:45 +0000
Hi Mike

I counted 11 White-throated Needletails circling over Shaw Rd, Wavell Heights 
(Brisbane) this morning at 8.45 AM. 

Coordinates are  27? 24' 06.41"S and 153?? 02' 51.71" E?.    Hot and stormy.

On Wednesday morning at about 9.15 AM I saw 3 over Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane. 
Coordinates are 27? 28' 30.95"S and 152?? 58' 43.36" E?. (I did include these 3 
birds on an eBird list I submitted). 


Roy S.





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Subject: Complete Ashmore Reef and Browse Island trip report
From: Rowan Mott <rowan.mott AT monash.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:22:12 +1100
Hi All,


Our seabird and shorebird research team have recently completed a ~two week
survey in the Browse Basin off the Kimberley coast. As a follow up to the
updates provided recently to birding-aus here's a more final summary.
During the fieldwork the weather was generally settled with storm clouds
only appearing on the horizon on one evening.

Pechora Pipit – One immature bird was present at Ashmore for the duration
of the visit.

Asian Brown Flycatcher – A single individual was present at Ashmore for 3
days.

Tiger Shrike – a juvenile on Browse Island was the second record for this
island and WA.

Oriental Reed Warbler – Three individuals at Ashmore. A fourth reed warbler
at Ashmore was believed to be an Australian Reed Warbler .

Japanese Sparrowhawk – A single immature at Ashmore for 4 days. It was seen
consuming an Oriental Cuckoo, a Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo and a Sacred
Kingfisher on different days.

Red-billed Tropicbird – A single at Ashmore on one morning. It circled
overhead for ~ 10 minutes before departing to the north. The nearest
breeding population of this species is in the Persian Gulf and this
individual had wandered far from its normal range.

Arctic Warbler – The diagnostic single syllabic contact call of Arctic
Warbler was heard from three individuals, two at Ashmore and one at Browse
Island. However, there were a number of other individuals that didn't call
- whether these were Arctic Warblers or Kamchatka Warblers is unknown.
Based on plumage and behavioural differences there was a minimum of eight
Arctic-type warblers at Ashmore and three at Browse Island.

White-breasted Waterhen – A single moribund bird was found at Ashmore.
Noteworthy as it belonged to subspecies *leucomelana,* this is the third
record of the species for Ashmore.

Grey Wagtail – Three individuals at Ashmore Reef, one individual at Browse
Island.

White-throated Needletail – A single individual roosted at Ashmore on one
night. The first record for Ashmore and generally rare in the western half
of Australia.

For birds which were photographed, images can be found at
http://www.pbase.com/wildlifeimages/vagrants

Kimberley Birdwatching will be running a birding tour to Ashmore in March
2015 after a successful trip in October found amongst other things a
Heinroth’s Shearwater. For more details visit
www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au


Regards,


Rowan Mott and Adrian Boyle


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Subject: Hawaii and Vancouver
From: lindy damoulakis <ldamoulakis AT lindyd.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:35:39 +1100
This report is long overdue! I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my
request re birding in Honolulu and Vancouver back in April, the information
was very useful.We had a wonderful trip. The island of O'ahu where
(Honolulu ) has very little original plant/bird life! Even though it looks
jungly and beautiful it was ruined by cattle/cane barons and most of the
wild places are actually weedy regrowth! It was very beautiful, however.
We saw lots of gorgeous feral birds but the lovely White Terns were
everywhere in Honolulu swooping between the high rise hotels.
Vancouver birding was fabulous.We went out for a day with Jeremiah Kennedy
from Avocet Bird Tours. He was very knowledgeable, not only about birds,
and friendly and funny! We went mainly in the hills to the north of
Vancouver and their version of Werribee Treatment plant. My bird of the day
was the American Dipper fishing for crustaceans.We thoroughly recommend
Avocet for bird tours and particularly Jeremiah for the Vancouver area.
We also went to every park on our own that we could ,by public transport
,and saw my other target, Anna's Hummingbird several times.
Overall ,a city easy to negotiate with numerous easy birding experiences!
Regards,
Lindy and Nick Damoulakis


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Subject: White-throated Needletails
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:46:30 +1000
Greetings Mike, et al

Yesterday, Thursday 27 November 2014, 12 White-throated Needletails flying 
over our Allen Road, Nanango, property.  Appeared to be circling, perhaps 
hawking.

Cheers

Julian

www.brdingsouthburnett.com
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Subject: Dowitcher images
From: David Stowe Photography <photos AT davidstowe.com.au>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:55:34 +1100
Hi everyone,
I've put a few images of the Long-billed Dowitcher on my website if anyone 
wanted to have a look. 



http://www.davidstowe.com.au/Birds/AustralianBirds/Shorebirds/Long-billed-Dowitcher/ 


Such a great bird and amazing to see it! Thanks again to the original reporter!
So many other great birds there too which made it well worth the trip.

Cheers
Dave Stowe


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Subject: Contact with Chris Armstrong
From: Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:00:12 +1100
  Greetings

Does anyone have a current e-mail address for Chris Barnes (or Anne  
Stokes).  My two addresses for him bounce.

Many thanks

Mike Tarburton




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Subject: Re: Salt water consumption
From: "Tony Russell" <pratincole08 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:56:32 +1030
Ugh !

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Sent: Thursday, 27 November 2014 9:15 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Salt water consumption

 

I am fairly sure that all orders apart from passerines have anything from
fully functional to vestigial salt glands behind the eyes. This would be
very useful to Australian birds given the large amount of salt found in
water both estuarine and inland. Having said that I have also see SC
Cockatoos foraging around on estuarine rocks (e.g. below Audley Weir in RNP)
and apparently dipping their bills - closer examination showed that they
were, of course, sampling Sydney Rock oyster au natural. Ciao

 

Chris Lloyd

 

 



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Subject: Polly want a Caracas?
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:07:59 +1100
A great story of birds adapting to an urban environment.. With a little help 
from Homo sap. 


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30220699

Carl Clifford




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Subject: Salt water consumption
From: "Chris Lloyd" <pezoporus AT bigpond.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:45:07 +1100
 

I am fairly sure that all orders apart from passerines have anything from
fully functional to vestigial salt glands behind the eyes. This would be
very useful to Australian birds given the large amount of salt found in
water both estuarine and inland. Having said that I have also see SC
Cockatoos foraging around on estuarine rocks (e.g. below Audley Weir in RNP)
and apparently dipping their bills - closer examination showed that they
were, of course, sampling Sydney Rock oyster au natural. Ciao

 

Chris Lloyd

 

 



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Subject: Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water?
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <stephen AT ambecol.com.au>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:38:19 +1100
I don't know anything about the ability of Black-Cockatoos to drink saline
water, but the behavioural and physiological abilities of several other
Australian bird species to do this is well documented. Australian species
that are known to drink and physiologically tolerate saline water include
Galah, Zebra Finch, all the chat species, Spinifex Pigeon, Diamond Dove and
the Western Australian populations of the White-browed Scrubwren.  There are
probably many more species (e.g. arid and semi-arid zone bird species,
including parrots and cockatoos), but the species that I have listed are
ones that immediately come to mind. Professor Erik Skadhauge of the
University of Copenhagen did some of this work while he was on sabbatical
leave at the University of Western Australia in the mid 1970s.  This
resulted in him publishing several scientific papers on his Australian
studies, all of which are referred to in a global context in his
ground-breaking book:  Skadhauge, E. (1981).  Osmoregulation in Birds
(Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg). 

Another good reference to this subject is Bradshaw, S.D. (2003).  Vertebrate
Ecophysiology: An Introduction to its Principles and Applications (Cambridge
University Press, Cambridge, UK). This text summarises a lot of work that
has been conducted on the drinking requirements and abilities of Australian
birds that have been conducted since Skadhauge's research in Western
Australia.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW
 

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Sent: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:51 PM
To: pott AT southernphone.com.au; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cockatoo drinking salt water?

Hi Martin, 

Did you taste the water to see if there was discernible saltiness?

Regards, 

Eric Vanderduys
Technical Officer
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Phone: +61 7 4753 8529 | Fax: +61 7 4753 8600 | Mobile: 0437 330 961
eric.vanderduys AT csiro.au | www.csiro.au |
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Address: CSIRO, PMB PO, Aitkenvale, Qld 4814. Deliveries: CSIRO, ATSIP, Bld
145 James Cook Drive, James Cook University Douglas Campus, Townsville Qld
4814, AUSTRALIA


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Sent: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 9:27 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cockatoo drinking salt water?

Hi Guys,

On a walk last Sunday at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River NSW, we were
lucky to see a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos at close range.
One of the birds flew to the ground, walked to the water's edge and appeared
to start drinking what would be salt water. I am not sure of the exact
degree of salinity of the water here , but the ocean is not far away. I have
not observed this behaviour before and just wondered if this is unusual. I
have uploaded some photos at
http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/MandPBirds/library/Yellow-tailed%20Black-C
ockatoo%20Shoalhaven%20Heads%20NSW?sort=9&page=1

Thanks,
Martin Potter




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Subject: Re: Some better news on the Orange-bellied Parrot
From: John Tongue <jspk AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:39:52 +1100
Yes, there is some encouragement here, but it needs to be remembered with 34 
returning, that 70 left the breeding grounds to head for the mainland at the 
end of last season (wild birds, released birds, and newly-fledged young). 
Hence, the 34 returning to date represents less than 50% of the population at 
the end of last season. A current population on the breeding grounds of 71 
birds (returnees and released birds) is encouraging, but they are certainly not 
out of the woods yet. 


Here's hoping the efforts and support can be maintained, and this encouraging 
trend can be continued. 


Cheers,
John Tongue
Devonport, Tasmania


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> Some brighter news on the OBP front.
> 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/rare-breed-of-parrot-sees-a-population-boom/5919158 

> 
> Carl Clifford
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Some better news on the Orange-bellied Parrot
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:29:12 +1100
Some brighter news on the OBP front.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/rare-breed-of-parrot-sees-a-population-boom/5919158 


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Subject: Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water?
From: <Eric.Vanderduys AT csiro.au>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:50:46 +0000
Hi Martin, 

Did you taste the water to see if there was discernible saltiness?

Regards, 

Eric Vanderduys
Technical Officer
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Phone: +61 7 4753 8529 | Fax: +61 7 4753 8600 | Mobile: 0437 330 961 
eric.vanderduys AT csiro.au | www.csiro.au | 
www.csiro.au/people/Eric.Vanderduys.html 

Address: CSIRO, PMB PO, Aitkenvale, Qld 4814. Deliveries: CSIRO, ATSIP, Bld 145 
James Cook Drive, James Cook University Douglas Campus, Townsville Qld 4814, 
AUSTRALIA 



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Martin Potter 

Sent: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 9:27 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cockatoo drinking salt water?

Hi Guys,

On a walk last Sunday at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River NSW, we were lucky 
to see a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos at close range. 

One of the birds flew to the ground, walked to the water's edge and appeared to 
start drinking what would be salt water. I am not sure of the exact degree of 
salinity of the water here , but the ocean is not far away. I have not observed 
this behaviour before and just wondered if this is unusual. I have uploaded 
some photos at 
http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/MandPBirds/library/Yellow-tailed%20Black-C 

ockatoo%20Shoalhaven%20Heads%20NSW?sort=9&page=1

Thanks,
Martin Potter




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Subject: Re: Cockatoo drinking salt water?
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:20:52 +1000
Don't forget that in estuarine environments - depending on tide, wind & rain, 
river flow etc. conditions - varying amounts of freshwater would sit on top of 
salt (which is much denser) water. Mixing can be very limited in the right 
circumstances. So they may have been drinking quite fresh water? 


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> On 26 Nov 2014, at 09:27, Martin Potter  wrote:
> 
> Hi Guys,
> 
> On a walk last Sunday at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River NSW, we were
> lucky to see a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos at close range.
> One of the birds flew to the ground, walked to the water's edge and appeared
> to start drinking what would be salt water. I am not sure of the exact
> degree of salinity of the water here , but the ocean is not far away. I have
> not observed this behaviour before and just wondered if this is unusual. I
> have uploaded some photos at
> http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/MandPBirds/library/Yellow-tailed%20Black-C
> ockatoo%20Shoalhaven%20Heads%20NSW?sort=9&page=1
> 
> Thanks,
> Martin Potter
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Cockatoo drinking salt water?
From: "Martin Potter" <pott AT southernphone.com.au>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:26:35 +1100
Hi Guys,

On a walk last Sunday at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River NSW, we were
lucky to see a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos at close range.
One of the birds flew to the ground, walked to the water's edge and appeared
to start drinking what would be salt water. I am not sure of the exact
degree of salinity of the water here , but the ocean is not far away. I have
not observed this behaviour before and just wondered if this is unusual. I
have uploaded some photos at
http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/MandPBirds/library/Yellow-tailed%20Black-C
ockatoo%20Shoalhaven%20Heads%20NSW?sort=9&page=1

Thanks,
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Subject: FW: FW: RFI status of Lesser Sand Plover C. m. atrifrons
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:09:51 +1100
Hi Joseph, 

I recall that some days ago you asked re the status of the subspecies
atrifrons of Lesser Sand Plover in Australia. As I had no idea I forwarded
the question to Danny   
Rogers whose reply is below. Hope this helps.
Thank you very much for your help with the identification of our Long-billed
Dowitcher. 

Cheers,

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  

 
-----Original Message-----
From: Danny Rogers [mailto:drogers AT melbpc.org.au] 
Sent: Sunday, 23 November 2014 1:43 PM
To: Mike Carter; Adrian Boyle; George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching
Subject: Re: FW: [Birding-Aus] RFI status of Lesser Sand Plover C. m.
atrifrons

Hi Mike,

Sorry about the slow and hasty reply.

I haven't been able to find any satisfactory records of any atrifrons group
Lesser Sand Plovers in Australia, and have never seen one myself - I've only
seen mongolus and probable stegmanni. There are a few published claims in
early Stilts and I think elsewhere, but when I reviewed them for HANZAB,
none of them stood up - they were all based on incorrect perceptions about
forehead pattern.

Cheers, Danny

On 16/11/2014 4:11 PM, Mike Carter wrote:
> Can you help with this?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On 
> Behalf Of Joseph Morlan
> Sent: Thursday, 13 November 2014 5:03 AM
> To: Birding-Aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI status of Lesser Sand Plover C. m. 
> atrifrons
>
> Has there been any progress establishing the true status and 
> distribution of C. m. atrifrons in Australia since the account 
> published in HANZAB? The latest Clements & IOC checklists indicates 
> atrifrons winters no closer to Australia than Sumatra and the Greater
Sundas.
>
> However Pizzy & Knight digital edition include both C. m. mongolus and C.
> m. atrifons (sic), but supply no details on status.  Also the 
> illustrations of the two forms in non-breeding plumage seem to be 
> reversed with atrifons
> (sic) shown having a white forehead and mongolus with a dark forehead. 
> Are the P&K plates backwards?
>
> Thanks in advance.
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA




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Subject: Re: Dowitcher at lake Tutchewop
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:42:18 -0800
On Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:48:25 +1100, "Peter Marsh" 
wrote:

> Does any one have an explanation as to why this bird has completed its 
migration (albeit in the wrong place) but is still very finely dressed in 
it’s breeding plumage? 


There are several theories.  One is that the bird is out of cycle because
it's in the wrong hemisphere.  This happens sometimes with other species.
One should not expect a bird so far out of normal range to be normal with
respect to other aspects of its life cycle.
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt



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Subject: Dowitcher at lake Tutchewop
From: "Peter Marsh" <peter_marsh AT scp.com.au>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:48:25 +1100
dear birders,
I know there has been a lot of discussion about the species of Dowitcher at 
lake Tutchewop. The literature (e.g. https://www.aba.org/birding/v37n4p380.pdf 
) suggests that Long-billed typically moult out of breeding plumage on 
migration in July to October whereas the Short-billed arrives in the wintering 
ground and then moults. Does any one have an explanation as to why this bird 
has completed its migration (albeit in the wrong place) but is still very 
finely dressed in it’s breeding plumage? 

regards
Peter Marsh


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Subject: birding, Tiwi Islands
From: Denise Goodfellow <goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:54:47 +0930
Morning all

How many out there would be interested in birding the Tiwi Islands with an 
indigenous guide? 


Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841

PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Founding Member: Australian Federation of Graduate Women Northern Territory
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Subject: Re: Semi-palmated plover Update
From: Bernard O'Keefe <b.okeefe AT cccc.vic.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:07:13 +0000
Thank Dave for taking the time to reply.
I will try and get down there as soon as I can!
Kind regards
Bernie OKeefe

From: Dave Torr [mailto:davidtorr AT gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 25 November 2014 5:57 AM
To: Bernard O'Keefe
Cc: Hedley; birding-aus
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Semi-palmated plover Update


Hi
Iian Denham, Mark Buckby and myself found it yesterday around 1pm on a high 
tide very close to shore, where it stayed for about 30 mins before moving out a 
bit. At least 2 other birders found it later in the afternoon. There was a very 
strong wind all the time we were there! 

Dave
On 23 Nov 2014 00:06, "Bernard O'Keefe" 
> wrote: 

Hi All
Just to let people know that myself, Hedley & Irena Earl spent a number of 
hours at Pelican Point looking for the Semi-palmated Plover today(Saturday 
November 22). We constantly checked both shorelines both west and east of the 
reef without any success. I also walked out onto the tip of the reef on the 
right hand side on two occasions with similar results. We battled extremely 
high south westerly gales which made birding very difficult, almost to the 
point that one could not use their bins due to being thrown unbalanced! 

It would be good if anyone who does succeed could post their findings on this 
service! 

Regards
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Subject: Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: Greg McLachlan <boombana AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:47:45 +1100
Hi Everyone,

I was there on Saturday afternoon as well early this morning amongst the
throng birders seeking the Dowitcher. If anyone is interested I have a
couple of audio recordings of the bird 'peeping'. I missed recording the
bird when it did a series of notes. I was with Dave Harper from Adelaide at
the time so he may have some input. It may be of some interest to some. I
can email the files or someone can park them so others can listen to them.

Cheers,
Greg McLachlan

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM, Paul Dodd  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I have responded to Mike offline with a summary of a couple of postings and
> comments from Facebook regarding the identification of this bird. In
> dropping the adjective 'presumed' I do so on the basis of expert opinion
> discussed outside of birding-aus and I don't begin to claim to have the
> level of expertise to make such an identification unilaterally. Indeed, my
> original thought on the identification was that the bird was a Short-billed
> Dowitcher (based on the fact that I have seen hundreds of both species, and
> that I referred only to the Sibley field guide).
>
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Carter [mailto:pterodroma AT bigpond.com]
> Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 1:05 PM
> To: 'Paul Dodd'; 'Birding Aus'
> Cc: 'Tim Dolby'
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
> Tutchewop, Victoria
>
> Hi Paul, why you have dropped the adjective 'presumed' from the subject
> line
> in this posting when you persisted with it for so long previously?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On Behalf
> Of
> Paul Dodd
> Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 12:08 PM
> To: Birding Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
> Tutchewop, Victoria
>
> Hi birders,
>
> See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
> Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:
>
>
>
> http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
> -twitching/?cs=1276
>
>
> It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
> traditionally pro-duck hunting.
>
>
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
>
>
>
>
> 
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Subject: Re: RFI: Tasmania!
From: John Tongue <jspk AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:17:18 +1100
Hi Elliot,
If you're going to Bruny, you should be able to get Black-faced Cormorants near 
the ferry at Kettering, and Little Penguin at the colony at "The Neck" on 
Bruny. 


Morepork and Masked Owl are a little more uncertain. We have had Morepork at 
Adventure Bay (Bruny), and there is supposed to be a reliable Masked Owl Roost 
at Port Arthur - which I haven't been to, so others can probably give better 
directions. 


Good birding,
John Tongue
Devonport, Tas.


On 24/11/2014, at 1:44 PM, Elliot Leach  
wrote: 


> Hi everyone,
> 
> I'm heading down to Tassie for the first time on the 30th with a couple of
> friends. We are staying for 5 days, but two of them will be partially
> occupied by our trip to Melaleuca, where we hope to see Ground Parrot and
> OBP.
> 
> Obviously, I'm keen to try and get onto all of the endemics, plus some nice
> 'extras': Black-faced Cormorant, Little Penguin, Morepork and Masked Owl.
> 
> I have a copy of Thomas & Thomas and it seems to be quite comprehensive in
> terms of where to look for the endemics - we'll probably head to Bruny
> Island for a day and then perhaps to Mt Wellington. We are staying at the
> University of Tasmania student accomodation.
> 
> If anyone has any suggestions of good sites to visit, in particular for
> Masked Owl, feel free to contact me on- or off-list at this address.
> 
> Thanks very much, I look forward to hearing from you!
> 
> Elliot
> 
>
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Subject: Swifts and Guineafowl
From: Trevor Ford <tachuris163 AT bigpond.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:38:54 +1000
G'day,

Further to my Bunyas Fork-tailed Swift sightings, posted by Mike 
Tarbuton (and thanks for not criticsing my poor grammar), I'd just like 
to mention what occurred five minutes later about one or two kilometres 
further up the road to the Bunyas. A group of eight Helmeted Guineafowl 
wandered across the road and proceeded to forage, chuckle and cackle in 
the grassy roadside scrub. I realise that this species isn't "real" in 
Australia, and I'm not a big fan of game-birds generally, but these 
chaps were so much fun to watch as they went (noisily) about their 
business. Actually, haven't they been "accepted" for inclusion on the 
Australian list based on established escapees in northern Queensland? 
What's wrong with the southerners?

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Subject: RFI: Tasmania!
From: Elliot Leach <elliot.leach AT griffithuni.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:44:06 +1000
Hi everyone,

I'm heading down to Tassie for the first time on the 30th with a couple of
friends. We are staying for 5 days, but two of them will be partially
occupied by our trip to Melaleuca, where we hope to see Ground Parrot and
OBP.

Obviously, I'm keen to try and get onto all of the endemics, plus some nice
'extras': Black-faced Cormorant, Little Penguin, Morepork and Masked Owl.

I have a copy of Thomas & Thomas and it seems to be quite comprehensive in
terms of where to look for the endemics - we'll probably head to Bruny
Island for a day and then perhaps to Mt Wellington. We are staying at the
University of Tasmania student accomodation.

If anyone has any suggestions of good sites to visit, in particular for
Masked Owl, feel free to contact me on- or off-list at this address.

Thanks very much, I look forward to hearing from you!

Elliot


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Subject: Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: "Paul Dodd" <paul AT angrybluecat.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:34:11 +1100
Hi everyone,

I have responded to Mike offline with a summary of a couple of postings and
comments from Facebook regarding the identification of this bird. In
dropping the adjective 'presumed' I do so on the basis of expert opinion
discussed outside of birding-aus and I don't begin to claim to have the
level of expertise to make such an identification unilaterally. Indeed, my
original thought on the identification was that the bird was a Short-billed
Dowitcher (based on the fact that I have seen hundreds of both species, and
that I referred only to the Sibley field guide).

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Carter [mailto:pterodroma AT bigpond.com] 
Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 1:05 PM
To: 'Paul Dodd'; 'Birding Aus'
Cc: 'Tim Dolby'
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
Tutchewop, Victoria

Hi Paul, why you have dropped the adjective 'presumed' from the subject line
in this posting when you persisted with it for so long previously?

Cheers,

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On Behalf Of
Paul Dodd
Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 12:08 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
Tutchewop, Victoria

Hi birders,

See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:


http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
-twitching/?cs=1276


It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
traditionally pro-duck hunting.
 

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria






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Subject: Re: Fwd: Fork-tailed Swifts now spreading Southwards
From: Marie Tarrant <sittella AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:19:59 +1000
Hello again Mike
Having read your email today I've been particularly diligent today.

Have been noticing WTNTs since 3pm - a small group of around 5 to start
with doing fast glides low over the house and seeming to just enjoy the
forested ridgeline in a relaxed fashion.   Between then and 4pm I've been
getting intermittent and separate, small flurries of between 6-20 in number
flying in from an easterly direction towards the west. They are often low
enough to hear the chattering call although have been at various heights as
well  - flying in a very leisurely way today without much fluttering of
wings and given the small numbers it hasn't been difficult to track
individuals and concentrate on the ID for the most part.

It's possible at least 2 of them may have been forktails but I can't be
100% - it may have been wishful thinking.

regards,
Marie Tarrant

On 24 November 2014 at 12:40, Michael Tarburton  wrote:

>
>   G'day fellow Birding students
>
> This season the arrival of FTS to Australia has been a little different
> than normal.  Almost no sightings were published on Birdline, eBird,
> Birding-Aus, so I e-mailed the Broome Bird Observatory, and private
> individuals, and found that some were around, but only in very small
> numbers.
>
> This changed earlier this month when Peter Kyne reported 1,000 35 km SE of
> Darwin.  Marc Gardner then saw 500+ on the Stuart Hwy (NT), Wes Tolhurst
> saw 50 near Pottsville (NSW), then Trevor Ford, sent in this report for
> Dalby and the Bunya Mtns (Qld).
>
> Yesterday, Sunday 23/11, at 0830 there were a good number of swifts in the
> foothills of the Bunya Mountains, as you travel there from Dalby and a km
> or two further along the road up to the Bunyas from the turnoff to
> Maclagan. I would estimate there to have been approx. 60 White-throated
> Needletails and approx. 20 Fork-tailed Swifts. They didn't seem to be
> travelling in any direction in particular but just generally hunting and/or
> "goofing about". Interestingly, they all appeared to be WT Needletails to
> begin with before one or two FT Swifts were spotted. Then all that were
> seen were FT Swifts, but later still there were only WT Needletails around.
> My estimate of the overall numbers is influenced by this. We probably
> watched them for 15-20 minutes.
>
> On our return to Dalby, arriving at 1730, as soon as we got out of the car
> a Fork-tailed Swift flew overhead. In the course of the next 15 minutes,
> approx. 25-30 FT Swifts had passed overhead, all travelling south, and all
> in ones or twos. There were no WT Needletails accompanying them.
>
> Cheers - Trevor.
>
> SO THE FTS ARE COMING, please keep your eyes open and let me know off-list
> where & when you see them please.  They tend to hang out where birders do
> not, so please be observant.
>
> Happy Swift watching
>
> Mike Tarburton.
>
>
>
> 
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Subject: Fwd: Fork-tailed Swifts now spreading Southwards
From: Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:40:31 +1100
   G'day fellow Birding students

This season the arrival of FTS to Australia has been a little  
different than normal.  Almost no sightings were published on  
Birdline, eBird, Birding-Aus, so I e-mailed the Broome Bird  
Observatory, and private individuals, and found that some were  
around, but only in very small numbers.

This changed earlier this month when Peter Kyne reported 1,000 35 km  
SE of Darwin.  Marc Gardner then saw 500+ on the Stuart Hwy (NT), Wes  
Tolhurst saw 50 near Pottsville (NSW), then Trevor Ford, sent in this  
report for Dalby and the Bunya Mtns (Qld).

Yesterday, Sunday 23/11, at 0830 there were a good number of swifts  
in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, as you travel there from  
Dalby and a km or two further along the road up to the Bunyas from  
the turnoff to Maclagan. I would estimate there to have been approx.  
60 White-throated Needletails and approx. 20 Fork-tailed Swifts. They  
didn't seem to be travelling in any direction in particular but just  
generally hunting and/or "goofing about". Interestingly, they all  
appeared to be WT Needletails to begin with before one or two FT  
Swifts were spotted. Then all that were seen were FT Swifts, but  
later still there were only WT Needletails around. My estimate of the  
overall numbers is influenced by this. We probably watched them for  
15-20 minutes.

On our return to Dalby, arriving at 1730, as soon as we got out of  
the car a Fork-tailed Swift flew overhead. In the course of the next  
15 minutes, approx. 25-30 FT Swifts had passed overhead, all  
travelling south, and all in ones or twos. There were no WT  
Needletails accompanying them.

Cheers - Trevor.

SO THE FTS ARE COMING, please keep your eyes open and let me know off- 
list where & when you see them please.  They tend to hang out where  
birders do not, so please be observant.

Happy Swift watching

Mike Tarburton.





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Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:00:16 +1000
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   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.


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Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
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Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:59 +1000
   Birdline Western Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sat 22 Nov black-fronted dotterel (3); red-kneed dotterel (1);
   red-necked avocet (5); pink-eared duck (c20) Lake Claremont
   also 1 nankeen heron; mid-day
   Robert Hay
   Star Finch Floodway billabong just out of Paraburdoo
   A healthy population of around 60-70 birds sighted today around/among
   reeds in what water is left on the mostly dried out floodway, quite
   near the mine. Quite a surprise to see, this far inland, and in such
   dry place. Couldn't get a very good shot. [Moderators note (NJ): Star
   Finch are widespread throughout the Pilbara, although are generally
   restricted to dense Typha or Cyperus, near water.]
   S. Plunkett
   Fri 21 Nov Elegant Parrot Ellis Brook Valley Reserve
   Single male near the brook on the left side of the road.
   Ken Glasson


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Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:37 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sun 23 Nov Red Necked Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Red Kneed Dotterel &
   Grey Teal Thompsons Rd cnr William Thwaites Bvd, Cranbourne North
   Some welcome new residents at the developing wetland/stormwater
   treatment basin. It has recently been drained for planting and this has
   attracted the avocets, stilts and family of dotterels - great to see in
   developing suburbia.
   Ziggy, Claire & Eva Wolinski
   Latham's Snipe, Intermediate Egret McDonalds Swamp
   After good views of dowitcher, we visited McDonalds Swamp. 1 Latham's
   Snipe, 3 Intermediate Egrets, 5 Glossy ibis and 4 Spotted Crakes but no
   Aust. Bitterns seen.
   Pam Smith and Paul Taylor
   White-cheeked Honeyeater (2), Black Bittern (1) Croajingolong National
   Park
   Located a pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters along the road that passes
   the boardwalk in Howe Flat in Croajingolong National Park. About 100
   metres down the track past the boardwalk, we heard an unusual call
   which we pssshted in. Single bird shot across path noticeably larger
   than New Holland Honeyeater. On second view as it flew about we viewed
   the large white patch on cheek and confirmed White-cheeked Honeyeater.
   Over the next 20 minutes we struggled to get photos but eventually
   succeeded and confirmed a pair of birds when seen together flying about
   the area. Many photos taken and photo of exact spot where birds located
   also available to interested twitchers. Also of note, single Black
   Bittern flushed from under bridge outside Mallacoota on the previous
   day.
   James Mustafa & Steve Davidson
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Lake Glenmaggie, Victoria
   A pair has been visiting for 4-6 weeks during the last 4-5 springs,
   generally to clean out our Mulberry bush.
   JOhn & Marg Gwyther
   Eastern Koel Lake Glenmaggie, Victoria
   Observed in light box bushland on the Eastern edge of the lake. Second
   one heard but not sighted nearby.
   John & Marg Gwyther
   Sat 22 Nov Glossy Ibis (10) Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   10 Glossy Ibis seen in pond on 145WA lagoon (opposite Walsh's Lagoon)
   about 200m east of the ford.
   Paul Dodd & Beth Baisch
   Ground Cuckoo-shrike Minyip 10' Cell
   Ground Cuckoo-shrike seen about 10 km north of Minyip on Donald Rd
   Allan and Rob Benson
   Pectoral Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
   1 juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper seen mainly on the southern side of the
   first T-Section lagoon, Also a Black-tailed Godwit present, 1 Brolga &
   plenty of other waders, conditions looking good.
   Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker, Merv Marsh
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird reported as still present this morning
   simon starr per facebook
   Eastern Koel corner Curtis and Quick streets Bendigo
   The male was high up in a pine tree calling from 7.00 a.m. While
   watching I could hear another male calling in the distance. The bird
   changed its normal cooee call to a warbling call. I recorded this call
   and played it back to the bird, it flew away toward the other caller.
   Peter Weinstock
   White-fronted Chat South West of Numurkah
   A small group of 6 - 8 White-fronted Chats seen in Central Mundoona
   Road along a fence line of a harvested wheat field. Time : late
   morning.
   Richard & Catarina Gregson
   Fri 21 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop South East Corner
   Hot windy and overcast morning. Dowitcher was among a group of waders.
   An flight-takeoff photograph (good view of white-edged barring on
   flank) attached. A big thank-you to birders who left a location message
   on our windscreen while we at the North-east corner.
   Ivan Traverso & Russell Cockman
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Seen in am by 10+ birders on north east shore
   Frank Pierce
   Freckled Duck Eynesbury Golf Course
   4 birds on the ornamental lake adjacent to the golf course pro-shop.
   Other good birds in the area included several separate sightings of
   Diamond Firetail around the golf course and a Crested Shrike-tit in the
   woodland.
   Richard Nowotny & David Wimpress (UK)
   Square-tailed Kite Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
   Single bird over the woodland, rising rapidly on a thermal.
   Richard Nowotny & David Wimpress (UK)
   White-throated Needletail Mallacoota Airfield
   Whilst watching a White-bellied Sea-eagle carrying Little Penguin prey
   and buzzed by a White-throated Needletail our attention soon turned to
   a vast gathering of swifts. A conservative estimate of around 1300 WTNT
   was milling over the airfield; the flock moved slowly westward and soon
   disappeared completely.
   Steve Davidson & James Mustafa
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird still present this morning on North East side of Lake. Feeding,
   sleeping and generally relaxed.
   Gavin Masters and Mal Chicksen
   Forest Raven Ocean View Caravan Park, Marlo
   Single bird heard then seen in Norfolk Pine, 0620hrs.
   Steve Davidson & James Mustafa
   Thu 20 Nov Eastern Koel Park Orchards
   One individual heard calling from a nearby tree at 5:00am.
   Tim Currie
   Long Billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   As reported on south east side of lake.Had good view took plenty of
   pictures.
   Tony & Stephanie Dawe Danny Rogers Bruce Collier & David Andrew
   Dollarbird Oswin Roberts Reserve, Phillip Island
   Surprised to find a suspect Dollarbird this morning on Phillip Island,
   perched in distant dead branches in the Oswin Roberts Reserve in
   overcast conditions. Unable to bush-bash any nearer, the best we could
   do was take some long shot photos to get better diagnostics. One has
   been supplied to the Moderator for confirmation purposes.
   Alan and Hazel Veevers, Michele Grant
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The bird was seen this morning on the southern shoreline.
   Peter and Helga Waanders per Simon Starr
   Purple-crowned Lorikeet Chirnside Park
   This morning at approximately 7:15 I heard the distinctive harsh
   screeching call of a single Purple-crowned Lorikeet passing over my
   house, most likely attracted to the flowering Eucalypts in the area at
   present
   Tim Nickholds
   Wed 19 Nov Black-faced Monarch Cody Gully track, Foster
   Seen at 8:30 in the morning in the gully
   rohan bugg
   Freckled Duck Balnarring Community Wetland
   9 Freckled Ducks this morning, a pair of Blue billed Ducks, Chestnut.
   And Grey Teal, a family of Australian Shelduck, Hoary headed Grebe, a
   pair of Red kneeded Dotterel and an adult White-bellied Sea Eagle low
   overhead at 11am
   Richard, Elliot and Toby Hook
   Eastern Koel Hawthorn East (Camberwell)
   First Koel that I've heard in Victoria, probably resident in large
   Fig-tree on top of hill on Burke Road -37.835347, 145.055837
   Tom Tarrant
   Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
   A flock of 13 Sharpies and 3 Red-necked Stints roosting this morning.
   The first Sharpies at the site I have recorded in 3 years and only
   about the fourth record of the stints for me.
   Sean Dooley
   Channel - Billed Cuckoo Edrington Park Retirement Village,Berwick
   1 flew from east to west through the village at 8.40 am .
   Graham Beal & James Grant
   Tue 18 Nov Channel - Billed Cuckoo Edrington Park Retirement Village,
   Berwick
   2 birds watched from 2.40 pm for approx.15 mins.,being harassed by
   Little Ravens in the trees.Flew off into the neighbourhood east of the
   village. The Village is private property.
   Graham Beal and James Grant
   Australasian Bittern McDonald Swamp Wildlife Reserve
   Flushed from roadside. Glossy Ibis and possible Intermediate Egret
   present.
   Malcolm Cousland
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Arrived around 1030 (having dipped last Wed) to find Bill and Jack
   Morehead had it lined up for us! Thanks guys
   Dave Torr, Iian Denham and Mark Buckby
   Eastern Koel Black Rock
   Following on from Kim Cocker's report, a male bird was calling from the
   outer branches of the same fig tree next to the Black Rock shops this
   morning at about 8:15.
   Sean Dooley
   Mon 17 Nov Dowitcher sp. Lake Tutchewop
   Seen for 3 hours this morning, east side of the lake, in company with
   sharp-tailed & curlew sandpipers, and resting terns. Lovely viewing
   conditions in morning light, much more pleasant than the afternoon
   spent fruitlessly searching last week.
   Gregg Muller
   Long-billed Dowitcher? Lake Tutchewop
   The LBD was located on the east side of the lake mid-afternoon today.
   Bernie OKeefe
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird observed and photographed on Northern shore of the lake this
   morning. Many birders present.
   Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington, Trevor Lumb.
   grey-crowned babblers Kerang Ibis Rookery
   a family of 5 birds seen at Ibis Rookery on way back from Lake
   Tutchewop. Just on left of path leading to bird hide...
   Murray & Chambers & Ian Mayo
   long-billed dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   excellent views of dowitcher today....along north-eastern shoreline
   Murray Chambers & Ian Mayo
   Scarlet Honeyeater-male Ensay Doctors Flat Road
   This morning photographed Scarlet Honeyeater near Ensay, East Gippsland
   Victoria
   Robert Plumtree
   Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Seen at north end from 10 am
   simon starr via facebook
   Sun 16 Nov Splendid Fairy-Wren (Malurus splendens) Thunder Swamp
   Wildlife Reserve, Dingee Vic
   Unconfirmed immature bird sighted August 2014, November same transect,
   young male approaching full plumage sighted. [Ed note. significant
   range expansion: most south-easterly confirmed record.]
   Greg Licence
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tuchewop
   Bird located in the southern section at 08:30. Observed for twenty
   minites before it was spooked off by a Whistling Kite.
   Roly Lloyd and Eddy Smith
   Brolga Wetland near Hexham
   On my way to Cobra Killuc Reserve near Hexham Victoria, i stopped in at
   a wetland on Wordleys Lane on dusk. From only a quick, distant scan i
   spotted 2 X Brolga, 100+ Banded Stilt and lots of Pink-eared Ducks. It
   may be worth a better look if anyone is in the area: -37.961274,
   142.746805
   Peter Fuller
   Swift Parrots Manrico Crt, Sunbury
   Single bird first heard and then sighetd in Yellow Gum at the bottom of
   the court this morning. Heard again mid afternoon. Around 27mm of rain
   last night had all the resident birds active and feeding in the gums
   throughout the day.
   Gerard O'Neill
   Sat 15 Nov White-winged chough Iluka St Black Rock
   My granddaughter and I heard the most unusual bird call coming from
   high in a tree in my backyard. It was a mournful call and I would have
   said that it was two notes but would like to hear a recording. We could
   only see the bird from below, but it was large and black with a much
   slimmer beak than a crow. We have many crows and currawongs here, so I
   know it was neither of those. Our neighbours also came outside to see
   as it was such an unusual call. I also heard it two days later, but
   further away, and I think I heard it yesterday but much further away.
   The only bird I can find in my bird books that matches the description
   is a chough. I have never seen or heard one before.
   Mrs Heather Hanstein
   Satin Flycatcher Buttongrass Walk, Bunyip
   Pair displaying near start of Buttongrass Walk close to small bridge
   near road intersection. Also present in same area 2 Rufous Fantails,
   Crested Shrike-tit and Cicadabird heard.
   Tom Tarrant
   Eastern Koel Black Rock, Victoria
   Heard calling at Black Rock shopping strip and spotted in Fig tree in
   car-park in Balcombe Rd
   Kim Croker
   Mon 3 Nov Koel Brookfield Village at Arnolds Creek, Melton South
   One Koel heard at Lifestyle Brookfield Retirement Village in Melton,
   beside Arnolds Creek, by Community Manager Roslyn Mohr . "Not sure if
   this is an unusual observation but last Friday morning we heard the
   distinctive call of a Common Koel here in the community. I know theyare
   not a regular visitor to Victoria (I commonly hear them on my brothers
   property near Brisbane) but wondered if theyave been sighted in the
   area before? I didnat see the bird but do know the call well"
   Ros Mohr (per Daryl Akers)


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Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:26 +1000
   Birdline Tasmania

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Wed 19 Nov Blue-billed Duck Copper Creek Dam, between Edith Creek and
   Irishtown
   12 birds, possibly more.
   Richard Ashby
   Banded Lapwing Greens Lagoon, Marrawah
   Ten adult birds, one pair with chicks. Also a single male Blue-billed
   Duck and female Musk Duck among a total of eight sp. of duck.
   Richard Ashby
   Tue 18 Nov Banded Lapwing Narawntapu National Park
   Single bird feeding with 14 Masked Lapwings east of NPWS visitor
   centre.
   Frank Wilson
   Mon 17 Nov Eastern Curlew Narawntapu National Park
   7 birds flew up the Rubicon River into North East Arm then started
   feeding on an almost full tide.
   Frank Wilson


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Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:18 +1000
   Birdline South Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Wed 19 Nov Semipalmated Plover. Pelican Point,Carpenters Rocks, South
   Australia.
   Had extended views of the Semipalmated Plover on far tip of reef at
   1100HRS.
   Warren Palmer,Warwick Remington,Trevor Lumb, Murray Grant et al.
   Tue 18 Nov Long-toed Stint Laratinga Wetlands, Mount Barker
   Single bird still present this morning.
   Martin Stokes
   Mon 17 Nov Long-toed Stint Laratinga Wetlands Mt Barker
   Seen on main pond. Photos taken
   David Harper Andy Walker
   Sun 16 Nov Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Pelican Point,
   Carpenters Rocks
   At 15:00 the bird was found foraging on the shoreline just below the
   eroded embankment at the cottages.
   Roly Lloyd and Eddy Smith
   Semi-palmated Plover Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks
   Bird was sighted around 2pm on the beach to the west of the rocky
   point. Unfortunately it flew almost immediately to the rocks on the
   point itself and could not be relocated.
   Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow


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Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:11 +1000
   Birdline Northern Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sun 23 Nov Yellow Wagtail Copperfield Dam
   Observed a Yellow Wagtail sp at Copperfield Dam today. Very hot looking
   (40 deg C). Actively feeding and 'wagging'
   Mick Jerram, Peter Eve, Bruce Reynolds and Marcus Batten


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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
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Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:02 +1000
   Birdline North Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sat 22 Nov Eastern Grass Owl Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
   Two female and one male Eastern Grass Owl flushed from swamp ricegrass
   at western end of main lagoon this morning. Also Red-backed Button
   Quail in tree reveg/weed area at north end of first (kidney) lagoon.
   Tony Ashton
   Kelp Gull Seisia wharf, Bamaga Cape York Tip
   1. About 150m south of wharf on water's edge among much human activity,
   mainly boats. Typical mature Kelp Gull of southern Australia: approx.
   60cm size, vermillion patch lower (only) mandible near tip (excluding
   Pacific), dull grey-green legs, broad white trailing edge to wings and
   all-white tail readily seen in flight. Closest possible vagrant
   phenotypically would be Lesser black-backed gull but did not have the
   bright yellow legs in the birds (Heuglin's) I had seen this year at
   Mai-Po marshes. 4 previous most northerly records in Cairns (on ebird)
   between 1988 and 2005. Local fishing guide John Charlton alerted me to
   a "large, lonely gull hanging around the wharf".
   Rob Reed
   Fri 21 Nov Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher 1km offshore just south of
   Cullen Point, Western Cape York
   Came from NW direction, looked tired! Also noticed Cattle Egrets today
   and a few days ago from same direction 6 first time 3 today, all
   breeding plumage.
   David Milson & Neil Drogemuller
   Thu 20 Nov Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) Seisia near Bamaga, North
   Queensland
   Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and
   was photographed there.
   David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay
   Wed 19 Nov Black Falcon TinarooFalls Rd near Favier Rd intersection
   A Black Falcon shortly before dusk, briefly pursuing mynahs and then
   landing on top of large fig in paddock, possibly to roost.
   John Grant
   Yellow Wagtail Harper Ave, Lake Tinaroo
   Two Yellow Wagtails on spit to east of Harper Ave. Both dull plumaged,
   one quite gray and probably a juvenile. Also 2 Marsh Sandpipers and a
   Greenshank present.
   John Grant
   Sun 16 Nov Little Curlew Cairns Esplanade
   Not often seen on the Cairns Esplanade. Eleven reports from 09/11/1982
   to 03/11/2008.
   Norton Gill
   Sat 1 Nov Yellow Wagtail Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
   Yellow Wagtail seen and heard several times by Palm Creek near old
   stockyards today. Plenty of yellow showing so different bird from
   previous report from same site. Also, male Little Bittern, in nearby
   hymenachne today.
   Tony Ashton


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Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:00:40 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sun 23 Nov Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper
   Lake Cargelligo STW
   Lowest water levels I have ever seen at the Cargy Poo Ponds. Lots of
   mud flats. At least 50 Sandpipers there early this morning. Mostly
   Sharpies, about a dozen Marsh and one Curlew Sandpiper. Other birds of
   interest were one Latham's Snipe, One Fork-tailed Swift, 500 Whiskered
   Terns, and about 10 Red-necked Stints. All the usual suspects Baillon's
   and Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native Hen and Red-necked Avocets were
   all there along with our newest migrants the Plum-headed Finches
   Warren Chad
   Pallid Cuckoo Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island
   Have a poor quality photo. Will try for a better one tomorrow.
   Ann Millard and Trish Evans
   White-eared Monarch border ranges national park.
   White-eared monarch present just outside national park this morning.
   Also numbers of Pacific Bazas and Red-backed Fairywrens.
   michael ronan.
   Glossy Black Cockatoo Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
   2 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina about halfway along
   the track at around 11:30am. I also heard a Scarlet Honeyeater and had
   a Rufous Fantail displaying about 1 metre away.
   Jayden Walsh
   Powerful Owl Sun Valley
   A juvenile (or immature) Powerful Owl roosting among foliage. Good to
   see that have been able to breed recently with so many Sulphur-crested
   Cockatoos taking over in the area.
   Mark Ley
   Sat 22 Nov Black Petrel, Long-tailed, Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers
   Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
   The highlight of todays SOSSA pelagic was a single Black Petrel. While
   it didn't stay around, it was well sighted by all on board. There were
   also at least 2 Long-tailed Jaegers (well worn plumage), as well as 3+
   Arctic and 5+ Pomarine Jaegers. Other birds included Black-browed,
   Campbell and Shy-type (White-capped) Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels
   and Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and a single Hutton's Shearwater.
   Numbers of Crested Terns were extremely high, 100+ which would be the
   most ever sighted on a SOSSA trip. Cetacean highlight was a small pod
   of Risso's Dolphins, which gave close, extended views before moving
   off.
   Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K
   Little Bronze Cuckoo King Creek, Wauchope
   Initially heard and then seen in my garden before it was chased off by
   a Noisy Miner. This is the second year that I have recorded this
   species at this location.
   Clive Meadows
   Long-toed Stint Kooragang Dykes
   On the Kooragang Dykes wader survey this morning a single Long-toed
   Stint was found among roosting Curlew Sandpipers. Also seen were a
   Pectoral Sandpiper a Common Sandpiper and three Great Knots.
   Dan Williams, Liz Crawford, Chris Herbert and Greg Little
   Painted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot Condobolin
   About a dozen Painted HEs calling continually and chasing each other
   around in pairs in Myall trees 15 km South of Condo near Wallaroi
   Ck.Its been a very dry spring here but the grey mistletoe has loads of
   fruit and the birds look like they may be going to breed. Also present
   were a small group of Superbs. They dont usually turn up here until
   January so they were a bit of a surprise.
   Warren Chad
   Australian King-Parrot Mehi River, 30km West of Moree
   Whittaker's Lagoon has been bone dry for over a month now. ALL birds
   observed in the vicinity of the Mehi River and in open scrub. 4
   Australian King Parrots were observed and heard calling, a very unusual
   find out this far west and especially during drought. They have been
   absent from their usual locations to the east this year including Terry
   Hie Hie, close to the Nandewar Range.
   Curtis Hayne
   Fri 21 Nov Budgerigar Leard State Forest
   Budgerigars are usually seen in the North-west slopes around the end of
   the breeding season, but today we found four perched in a Cypress pine
   tree on the edge of the Leard SCA, south of Maules Creek.
   Michael Dahlem
   Red-necked Avocet Eastlakes golf course
   One Red-necked Avocet back this morning 8am. David Mitford reports that
   it was still around at 10 am.
   Bas Hensen
   Thu 20 Nov Fork-tailed Swift Lane Cove National Park - De Burghs Bridge
   (Lane Cove Rd)
   2 birds seen approx 7:30 am (from bus) at treetop height just on north
   side of bridge. All dark with just a white rump. Only 2 seen but bus
   was moving
   Tom Wilson
   Plumed Whistling Duck Corowa Piggery, off Redlands Road
   Over 200 Plumed Whistling Ducks around the settling ponds behind the
   piggery off Redlands Road. 2 Magpie Geese left at the Corowa Sewage
   farm, also a single Freckled Duck and good numbers of blue-billed
   ducks.
   Matt Weeks
   Wed 19 Nov Wandering Tattler, Sanderling, Red Knot Flat Rock, Skennars
   Head, Ballina
   2 Wandering Tattlers, 4 Sanderling, 2 Red Knot and 5 Sharp-tailed
   Sandpipers were amongst the usual Grey-tailed Tattlers, Ruddy
   Turnstones, Pacific Golden Plovers and Red-necked Stints, Common and
   Little Terns at Flat Rock, mid morning.
   Alan Morris,
   Painted Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Masked Woodswallow Leard State
   Forest
   Walking along the perimeter of the Leard SCA yesterday morning, I found
   one Painted Honeyeater, a pair of Diamond Firetails and 3 species of
   woodswallows breeding in the area. Next to a nesting pair of Dusky
   Woodswallows, there were a few families of White-browed Woodswallows
   with juveniles and a family of Masked Woodswallows (which I don't get
   to see often), also with two juveniles (photo).
   Michael Dahlem
   Brahminy Kite Hawkesbury River near confluence with Colo River
   Single Brahminy Kite seen well perched in a tree then gliding, along
   the Hawkesbury River, downstream of the confluence with the Colo River
   at around midday today.
   Jon Spicer-Bell
   Bar-tailed Godwit Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
   1 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding with 19 Eastern Curlews on dusk at high
   tide. Godwits used to be regular summer visitor but have been missing
   for last two summers.
   Julie Keating
   Tue 18 Nov Barred Cuckoo-shrike Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National
   Park)
   2-4 Barred Cuckoo-shrikes feeding on small yellow figs in Nightcap
   National Park this morning.
   michael ronan
   Mon 17 Nov Eastern Yellow Wagtail Lord Howe Island
   Arriving at Lord Howe Island in the morning, I thought the
   mudfIat/drying swamp opposite the end of the airport runway would be
   worth a visit. Couldn't get there until later in the day but when I
   did, astounded to find a Yellow Wagtail amongst the Eastern Golden
   Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones. Returned the next morning and the
   following day but no further sightings.
   Robert Griffin
   Lewin's Rail Landing Lights Wetland, Barton Park, near Sydney Airport
   2 birds calling at sunset. Multiple records Botany/Eastlakes side of
   airport but the only report for Cook's River area I can find is 1893.
   Not recorded by Neil Rankin in his Barton Park surveys 1967-1980, or
   mentioned in Keast's 50 year retrospective which included area. Also
   present an immature Brown Honeyeater perhaps indicating breeding in the
   area
   Andrew Taylor
   Superb Fruit-dove. Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National Park)
   Found a nesting pair of superb fruit doves this morning this is my 8th
   nesting record of this species in the nightcap national park .
   michael ronan.
   Sat 15 Nov Painted Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Turquise
   Parrot, Emus, Rufous Songlark Nattai Nat Park - High Range NSW
   Fleeting visit by one Painted HE, continued to call but not sighted
   again, 2 Turquoise Parrots, one White Throated Gerygone, 8 Emus, 2
   Rufous Songlarks
   Kaye Varlow
   Magpie Goose Wetland at edge of Pacififc Highway, Clarenza
   65+ Geese at edge of water with some partially hidden in reeds.
   Probably an underestimate as heads were popping up in reeds throughout
   the area. Some sitting on flattened reeds but probably not nesting as
   they weren't sitting low enough to be incubating. Similar numbers
   present also on 13 Nov when Russell Jago and Matt Templeton assisted
   with the count. Largest number at this site for a while and none
   present at dam NE of Coutts Crossing where 5-70 birds had been observed
   recently.
   Greg Clancy
   Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Whiskered Tern Lawrence Egret Colony
   Swamp
   Only 1 Freckled Duck located, 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, 30+ Whiskered
   Terns, terns mostly in partial breeding plumage.
   Greg Clancy & Clarence Valley Birdos members
   Pallid Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher, Spangled
   Drongo Mantons Road, Lawrence
   Cuckoo heard calling, Honeyeater observed and photographed by Pam
   Kenway (they were silent), Flycatcher heard calling and Drongo was at a
   small dam where other birds were drinking.
   Greg Clancy, Pam Kenway & Clarence Valley Birdo members
   Fri 14 Nov White-throated Needletail Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts
   Crossing
   5+ Needletails flying over.
   Greg Clancy
   Thu 13 Nov Australian Owlet-nightjar, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Common
   Cicadabird Bridge on Champions Creek, Somervale Road, Tucabia
   Owlet-nightjar calling  AT  14:37 hrs, Cuckoo and Cicadabird heard
   calling.
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin


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Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:00:24 +1000
   Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sat 22 Nov Australian Little Bittern Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
   1 male. also Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake
   Greg Roberts
   Black-tailed Native-hen Lake Galletly (University of Queensland -
   Gatton campus)
   Foraging in front of the hide. Phone pic of camera screen attached.
   Chris Wiley
   Pectoral Sandpiper Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
   Still two Pecs this morning, together most of time (bird with brighter
   bill noticeably smaller), along with the Wood Sand and White-winged
   Tern which were also present. Birds viewed from platform at Keogh
   Street end. Site looks amazing at the moment, hopefully the run of good
   waders there continues...
   Andy Jensen
   Thu 20 Nov Asian Dowitcher Toorbul--high tide roost
   1 roosting at high tide
   Greg Roberts
   Wood Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, White-winged Tern Dowse Lagoon,
   Sandgate
   1 of each - all three at Keogh Street end of lagoon near viewing
   platform
   Greg Roberts
   Tue 18 Nov Red Wattlebird Tewantin, near creeks off Outlook Drive
   This is the second time I have seen this species whilst walking the
   dog. It was obviously a species of wattle but really large in
   comparison to the little wattle species, didnt get close enough to
   catch sight of the wattles themselves but the flash of yellow plumage
   below the breast and extended tail are unmistakable...local noisy
   minors were not happy! Thought I'd send a post as the traditional
   distribution seems to stop short of our region. Would be interested in
   hearing from anyone else who has sighted this species.
   Scott Barton
   Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake
   Yandina Creek Wetlands
   1 Broad-billed Sandpiper among waders. 2 Lewin's Rail, 1 showing well.
   Several Spotless Crake + 1 Baillon's Crake
   Greg Roberts
   Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
   Pectoral Sandpiper associating with Sharpie flock in NE corner with
   Wood Sandpiper nearby. Good scoped views from hide.
   Chris Attewell
   Sun 9 Nov Large-tailed Nightjar, Eastern Grass Owl, Australian Little
   Bittern Yandina Creek Wetlands
   Large-tailed Nightjar seen and heard at dusk; southern extension of
   range for this species along with recent Bli Bli record. Australian
   Little Bittern calling at same time. Pair of Eastern Grass Owls also
   performing nicely. http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/hotspot/L3148778
   Greg Roberts
   Wed 5 Nov Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Black-necked Stork, Red-necked
   Avocet, Mallard Yandina Creek Wetlands, Sunshine Coast
   5 Lewin's Rail calling (1 seen), 12 Spotless Crake calling (3 seen), 1
   male Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet a rare species on Sunshine
   Coast, 1 free-flying Mallard (Mallards in SEQ are nearly always
   domesticated or semi-domesticated). Also Little Grassbird, 20+ Latham's
   Snipe, Red-kneed Dotterel, Glossy Ibis. This newly discovered wetland
   is threatened with development.
   http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/hotspot/L3148778
   Greg Roberts


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Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 24 Nov 2014 07:59:57 +1000
   Birdline Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sat 22 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Long-billed Dowitcher observed this morning on the southern shore.
   Alastair Smith, Scott Ryan
   Fri 21 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Birds still present North side.
   Luke Shelley
   Thu 20 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The bird was seen this morning on the southern shoreline.
   Peter and Helga Waanders per Simon Starr
   Mon 17 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird observed and photographed on Northern shore of the lake this
   morning. Many birders present.
   Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington, Trevor Lumb.
   Sun 16 Nov Splendid Fairy-Wren (Malurus splendens) Thunder Swamp
   Wildlife Reserve, Dingee Vic
   Unconfirmed immature bird sighted August 2014, November same transect,
   young male approaching full plumage sighted. [Ed note. significant
   range expansion: most south-easterly confirmed record.]
   Greg Licence
   Fri 14 Nov Grey Wagtail Birthday Creek Falls - Paluma Range National
   Park
   One individual, non-breeding plumage, observed hopping upstream from
   the falls at approx. 10am. Bird was flighty and flew to low branches
   when initially approached, then continued upstream, maintaing a
   significant distance from us. One distant and heavily cropped
   photograph attached here to support the record. I note there is one
   previous record from the same location from 1993.
   April Boaden and David Hall


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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
From: "Birdpedia - Australia Info" <info AT birdpedia.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:05:08 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, November 17, 2014 to Sunday, November 23, 2014: 


Area: SA

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Location: Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (4) Three on pond 3, one on the main 
effluent lagoon. 


Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) (1) On a broad exposed bank in the 
northern part of pond 11. 


Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla) (2) One each on pond 5 and 11.

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (4) Various locations.

Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) (1) Perched high in reeds on pond 
6. 


Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) (1) Very active on pond 10.

An enjoyable and productive 90 minutes, despite the gloom and the showers.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Monday, November 17, 2014

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Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Location: Laratinga

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (12) 12 birds seen, most roosting on the 
concrete divide between pond 8 & the channel to pond 7. They were alternating 
with Chestnut & Grey Teal & Hardhead. A Trip Report has been entered on 
Birdpedia for this visit by 9 members of the AOC. Many photos taken, 2 chosen 
for this report. 


Reported by: Margaret Tiller on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Location: Barrage Rd Goolwa

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) (1) Bird inside Barrage wire fence near 
first turn in. 


Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (3) An adult with 2 juveniles, along 
roadside just up from boat ramp. 


Reported by: William Brooker on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Location: Sir Richard Peninsula, Goolwa Channel

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (1) Single bird (as last summer) 
with other waders. 


Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica) (2) Two birds in NB plumage.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) (35) A group of 17 and a group of 18.

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila) (1) One bird only.

Sanderling (Calidris alba) (20) A group of Sanderling loafing on mudflats at 
high tide along with many Sharpies , Curlew Sandpipers and Red necked Stints. 


Reported by: William Brooker on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Subject: Swifts over Kobble Creek, SEQ
From: Marie Tarrant <sittella AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:08:49 +1000
Hello Mike and all,

At 16:55 (Qld time) today there were a flock of 50+ White-throated
Needletails flying fast overhead at Watson Road, Kobble Creek, Qld.  The
air is still and heavy - with a weather front coming in.

Cheers

-- 
Marie Tarrant
Kobble Creek,  Qld


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Subject: Long Billed Dowitcher
From: Crispin Marsh <crispin_marsh AT scp.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:21:38 +1100
Many thanks to all the BA readers who provided updates over the last couple of 
days on the doings of the LBD. Lots of reports of people seeing the bird this 
morning. I arrived from Sydney at 2:30 and the bird was not in sight of the few 
birders present at the southern end of the lake. On a hunch I we t to the SE 
corner where it was seen in the morning and walked north around the lake. I 
found the bird after about 1.5km. Absolutely stunning bird. 

Regards
Peter

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Subject: Port Stephens Pelagic Trip Report Sun 16th Nov 2014
From: Mick Roderick <mickhhb AT yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:32:12 +0000 (UTC)
 Port Stephens Pelagic Trip Report - Sunday 16th November 2014
Link to SOSSA website (includes images) 
http://www.sossa-international.org/forum/content.php?712 

Boat:M.V. Argonaut, skippered by Ray Horsfield OBSERVERSAnnLindsey, Alan 
Stuart, Jean Tucker, Lorna Mee, Bernie O’Keefe, Greg Pearson,Ashwin Rudder, 
Josh Bergmark, Andy Frost, Bruce Watts, Dan Williams, MichaelKearns, Steve 
Roderick and Mick Roderick (leader / organiser).  CONDITIONSInitiallycalm with 
light and variable winds and little sea to talk of for much of theoutward 
journey. Upon reaching the shelf a squall of southerly winds associatedwith a 
big rain front passed through. Once this passed we experienced calmconditions 
again until a stiff sou-wester got up and blew consistently for theremainder of 
the day, gusting to 30 knots and making the return trip to port avery slow and 
bumpy ride.  HIGHLIGHTSThehighlight bird was definitely a White-chinned Petrel 
that came in and hunground the boat for over half an hour; just the 2nd of this 
speciesto have been found during a pelagic birding trip out of Hunter port and 
thefirst since the commencement of Port Stephens pelagics. A Gould’s 
Petrelprovided good views, albeit briefly, and there were the best numbers 
ofGreat-winged Petrels seen on a Port Stephens trip for quite some time. 
A‘lowlight’ and somewhat of a mystery was the complete lack of a 
singleFlesh-footed Shearwater.  SUMMARYDepartedNelson Bay Public Wharf at 0706 
returning at 1815. Aswe passed the offshore islands it was unusual to see as 
many Short-tailedShearwaters as Wedge-taileds feeding in the wake on the 
chicken mince berley onoffer. A handful of Fluttering-type Shearwaters were 
confirmed to reveal bothFluttering and Hutton’s present. Frustratingly 
distant Pomarine Jaegers wereseen and a young Long-tailed Jaeger appeared 
distantly in the wake about halfway out (the same bird returned to the boat 
throughout the day). Black-browed-typeand Shy-type Albatrosses were also seen 
en-route. Nearing the shelf we startedseeing Great-winged Petrels and we’d 
probably seen half a dozen before wereached the deep water, as the big rain 
squall headed our way. Great-wingedsbasically filled the niche normally filled 
by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, with aconstant assemblage of birds near the rear 
of the boat and several birdsvisible on the horizon at the same time. 
 Raincoatscame out as we set up a drift at -32 55 18 / 152 34 19. It wasn’t 
long beforethe first Wilson’s Storm-petrel appeared, though numbers were to 
be low forthis species with about half a dozen seen across the day. The first 
of a smallnumber of Solander’s Petrels came in as the wind died off for a 
short time. Arepositioning was made not long after the offshore winds reached 
us and a cryof “Cookilaria!” went out as a Gould’s Petrel worked its way 
down the slick,giving better-than-acceptable views for this species. The bird 
made anothercouple of brief returns before being lost. YoungBlack-browed and 
Shy-types continued to visit the boat, one adult Shy-typesporting a broken leg 
that was badly festered. A fresh juvenile Shy-type wasidentified as a 
White-capped, the only claimed identification to species levelof any albatross 
seen on the day. Some very acrobatic groups of PantropicalSpotted Dolphins kept 
everyone on board entertained in between new birds.  Justafter midday the call 
of “Black Petrel!” sounded as a Procellaria flew rightover the punters 
gathered at the stern. For a while this was what we’d assumedwe were looking 
at because with the bird flying away it was difficult toascertain size. We all 
paused for a moment and thought of Mr Weigel in TorresStrait being monstered by 
mosquitoes and logistical nightmares in an effort toadd to his year list, while 
we notched up our second new bird for him for theday. But that wasn’t to last 
long, as Ashwin identified it as a White-chinnedafter getting a good view at 
the bill. White-chinned it was and just the 2ndone seen from an organised 
pelagic off the Hunter since they began nearly 15years ago. The excitement for 
Hunter birders of course was not shared byBernie, who had driven from Melbourne 
almost specifically to see a BlackPetrel!   Thejourney home was a 
particularly long one, due to the 25 knot offshore windsthat formed wind waves 
of a couple of metres spaced barely seconds apart. Ittook just over 4 and half 
hours to reach the heads with very little of note asfar as birds were concerned 
apart from a sea-eagle and some inshore feedingflocks of Wedge-tailed 
Shearwaters.    Cheers,MickRoderick BIRDS Species:Total outside the heads 
(maximum number visible from the boat at one time) – many are estimates and 
especially theshearwaters. Taxonomy follows the BirdLife Australia Working List 
V1.1 Wilson’sStorm-Petrel: 6 (2) Black-browed type Albatross: 4 (2) –all 
immature birds. Shy-type Albatross: 6 (1) White-capped Albatross: 1 
 Wedge-tailedShearwater: 700 (500) Short-tailedShearwater: 40 
(6) FlutteringShearwater: 4 (1) Fluttering-typeShearwater: 
5+ Hutton’sShearwater: 3 (1)  Solander’sPetrel: 4 (1) 
 Great-wingedPetrel: 40+ (12) Gould’sPetrel: 1 WHITE-CHINNEDPETREL: 
1 AustralasianGannet: 7 (2) PomarineJaeger: 4 (1) Long-tailedJaeger: 
1 CrestedTern: 3 (1) SilverGull: 10 (10) White-belliedSea-eagle: 
1  MAMMALS OffshoreBottlenose Dolphin: 10 PantropicalSpotted Dolphin: 
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Subject: Semipalmated Plover
From: Rob Quinan <quinanr AT tpg.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:07:04 +1100
In reply to Bernard O'Keefe today, I saw the plover yesterday (Friday) at about 
5:30 pm on the smaller exposed reef to the east of the large reef. 


Rob Quinan

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Subject: Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1. Non-Passeriformes
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <stephen AT ambecol.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:25:29 +1100
This new publication may be of interest to some Birding-aus subscribers:

 

HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the
World.  Volume 1. Non-Passeriformes

http://www.lynxeds.com/product/hbw-and-birdlife-international-illustrated-ch
ecklist-birds-world

 

 

Stephen Ambrose

Ryde, NSW



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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like AustralianTwitchers)
From: "ELIZABETH SHAW" <surefoot24 AT bigpond.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:04:57 +1100
I found the groups tonight really easily using the computer. The other night 
I was trying on the IPad. Could that make a difference? Thanks to all those 
who tried to help. It might have helped others too.

Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island
Victoria

-----Original Message----- 
From: Peter Shute
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 6:00 PM
To: ELIZABETH SHAW
Cc: Steve Clark ; Birding Aus
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Facebook just for groups (like 
AustralianTwitchers)

Do a search for "victorian birders" in Facebook, and you should find it. 
Once you're on its page, you'll have to click the button to join the group. 
Not sure if you need to do that to view the postings, or only if you want to 
make some.

I think Australian Twitchers is the other group where the Dowitcher was 
mentioned.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 21 Nov 2014, at 12:35 pm, ELIZABETH SHAW  
> wrote:
>
> I tried to join these groups when I read about them last week and couldn't
> find either. How do I get onto them?
>
> Elizabeth Shaw
> Phillip Island
> Victoria
>
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Steve Clark
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:07 PM
> To: Birding-Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Facebook just for groups (like Australian 
> Twitchers)
>
> G’day all
>
> I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the 
> Aust
> Twitchers and Vic Birders groups.  Today I found a link to an app 
> (published
> by the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are subscribed to.
>
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 

> 
 

>
> The App is available for iOS and Android devices.
>
> All the other Facebook “features” disappear.
>
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
>
>
> 
>
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Subject: Reported Stilt sandpiper sighting!
From: Bernard O'Keefe <b.okeefe AT cccc.vic.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:17:51 +0000
Hi All
A possible Stilt Sandpiper sighting was made about a week ago from Altona 
Meadows wetlands in Victoria. I have constantly checked Birdline Victoria for 
any more reports, yet have not had the chance to go out myself, and there have 
been very few, if any, since this initial report. Does anyone know any more 
about the status of this bird? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. 

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Subject: Semi-palmated plover Update
From: Bernard O'Keefe <b.okeefe AT cccc.vic.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:11:27 +0000
Hi All
Just to let people know that myself, Hedley & Irena Earl spent a number of 
hours at Pelican Point looking for the Semi-palmated Plover today(Saturday 
November 22). We constantly checked both shorelines both west and east of the 
reef without any success. I also walked out onto the tip of the reef on the 
right hand side on two occasions with similar results. We battled extremely 
high south westerly gales which made birding very difficult, almost to the 
point that one could not use their bins due to being thrown unbalanced! 

It would be good if anyone who does succeed could post their findings on this 
service! 

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Subject: RFI Superb Fruit Dove
From: kevin ross <dvakevin AT bigpond.net.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:47:11 +1000
I have seen recent reports of sightings of Superb FD in Nightcap NP NSW
I would appreciate any more specific info on where in the NP would be best to 
look for them 


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Subject: Dowitcher Info
From: Scott Ryan <scottscritters AT yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:28:45 +1100
Thanks to all who posted info on sightings of the Long-billed Dowitcher. We saw 
the bird well this morning. Good luck to anyone heading down for the twitch. 

Scott

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Subject: A relatively accurate media item on the Tutchewop dowitcher
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:36:48 +1000
http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers-twitching/?cs=1276 






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Subject: Nocturnal evening
From: Roy & Helen Sonnenburg <royson AT uqconnect.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:23:05 +0000
Any Brisbane northside birders interested in visiting Mt Glorious/Northbrook 
Parkway tomorrow (Saturday) evening to spotlight for owls etc? 



I am thinking of heading out about 4.30 PM for a few hours. Let me know on 
0474281879 by tomorrow lunch if you are interested. 



Cheers


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Subject: Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: Peter Ewin <sittella AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:01:52 +1100
Evevning all,
I have seen what I thought was an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding a juvenile near 
Loughnan Nature Reserve (central NSW near Hillston) in the mid 90s - my 
recollectionwas that the bird being fed was in juvenile plumage and was 
certainly making a very distinctive begging call (which is what attracted me in 
the first place). Unfortunately I can't track down the exact date, but I 
suspect it was late November which would match the time frames of the recent 
photograph. 

I thought there was some research that suggested that adult cuckoos 
occassionally fed juveniles when encountered (can't resist the parenting 
instinct themselves) and from handling a few banded birds they definately 
develop brood patches. There is the possibility that juvenile plumage is 
retained for longer periods, and females have a range of plumages (in many 
cuckoos they have the 'hepatic' or reddish form) but I would be surprised if 
there are not documented examples of adult cuckoos feeding known juvenile birds 
(i.e. observed also being fed by host parents) in the literature. 

Cheers,
Peter

> From: pterodroma AT bigpond.com
> To: mcachard AT hotmail.com; gclancy AT tpg.com.au; cdoolan AT aapt.net.au; 
birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 

> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:14:00 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
> 
> I agree that it is a Pallid Cuckoo but as I recently learned when discussing
> with others a claim put to me of an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding a juvenile
> Pallid Cuckoo, it is not necessarily a juvenile. More likely I suggest it is
> an adult female. Apparently female Pallid Cuckoos can resemble, perhaps
> retain, juvenile plumage into adulthood. In that instance it was concluded
> that it was a male courting an adult female by feeding her, a behaviour that
> has also previously been misinterpreted.   
> In  Margaret Christian's book 'Norfolk Island - the Birds' (2005), Pallid
> Cuckoo has the status of 'rare vagrant'.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
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> martin cachard
> Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 8:21 AM
> To: greg clancy; Craig Doolan; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
> 
> i'm with Greg, a young Pallid Cuckoo for mine...
> cheers,
>  
> martin cachard, 
> cairns
>  
> 
>  
> > From: gclancy AT tpg.com.au
> > To: cdoolan AT aapt.net.au; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> > Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:33 +1100
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
> > 
> > Looks like a juvenile-immature Pallid Cuckoo to me.
> > 
> > Regards
> > Greg
> > 
> > Dr Greg. P. Clancy
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> > | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > -----Original Message----- 
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> > Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:31 PM 
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> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island 
> > 
> > Can anyone help me out with the ID of this cuckoo observed on Norfolk 
> > Island yesterday morning??
> > 
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/129533743 AT N06/
> > 
> > Thanks,
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> > Craig Doolan
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Subject: Trip report - Phillip Island, Norfolk Island National Park
From: Craig Doolan <cdoolan AT aapt.net.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:31:08 +1300
I was lucky enough to spend two days on Phillip Island this week, just 
off Norfolk Island. The trip was essentially a work trip so I didn't 
have my binoculars, I had to choose between the camera and binoculars. 
This made the observations of land birds a bit limited, not there was 
much of interest to see, but for the seabirds, I don't know that I've 
ever been birdwatching somewhere where binoculars were less necessary. 
The second day was all work, but the first day was spent visiting all 
accessible parts of this magnificently scenic island.

Phillip Island is 6km south of Norfolk Island and is part of the 
National Park. It was completely decimated by introduced grazing animals 
(pigs, goats and rabbits) that were only finally eradicated in 1986. It 
was never home to introduced predators such as rats and cats that so 
impact on Norfolk Island. At the time of the last rabbit disappearing 
the entire island was barren with barely a few trees left. In the 
intervening time it has slowly regenerated itself, unfortunately much of 
it with the introduced olive. A lot of work has been done by the 
national parks team in removing the olive which has allowed regeneration 
of the mostly flax, moo-oo and white oak. A long way to go, but slowly 
getting there.

Firstly, Phillip Island is hard work. The access is steep and difficult 
and a quite reasonable degree of fitness is required over any part of 
the island. The boat access is difficult, variable and all visits to the 
island require a guide. Don't let that put you off though - the island 
is quite spectacular, beautiful cliffs all around and amazing colours in 
the landscape. The initial scramble up the cliffs had us being mobbed by 
Grey Noddies. At one point we had to step over an egg one had laid right 
in the middle of the path. The Grey Noddies tend to always be close to 
the water and off-shore stacks - I didn't see any on the higher parts of 
the island at all.

The usual numbers of Sooty Terns and Black Noddies could be seen fishing 
around the cliffs and, as it turned out, this is the only time we would 
see breeding Sooty Terns on the island. There were two Common Noddies on 
the way up, sitting on nests, the only ones we'd see. This is an 
uncommon species in the Norfolk area. The island normally holds many 
thousands of Sooty Terns but this season there are very few, though some 
numbers have braved the cats and rats and are breeding at The Chord, in 
the national park on the main island. The main culprit of this may be 
the self-introduced Purple Swamphen which have been growing in numbers 
across the island - was saw about 40 but they are much more secretive 
than normal on the island.

There were few parts on the island where Red-tailed Tropicbirds couldn't 
be seen. Right near there the rangers hut there were a few small White 
Oaks (/Lagunaria patersonia/) with tropicbirds nesting underneath them, 
enabling extremely close views. They would fly overehad most of the day 
but in the middle of the day hundreds would take to the wing around the 
cliff edges and enjoy the wind currents, doing all sorts of acrobatics. 
In the right parts of the island outstanding views could be had. We 
stumbled across Masked Boobies pretty much all over the island, the 
breeding seemed to be in smaller numbers all around. Some birds were on 
eggs, some on young chicks and some with large, downy chicks. They were 
also breeding most rocky offshore stacks.

In the areas where the vegetation was a bit better established, small 
groups of Black Noddies were nesting in the trees. This is especially 
near the outstanding, large specimen of Phillip Island Hibiscus 
(/Hibiscus insularis/), an endemic species to the island, almost extinct 
but now propagated and widely planted on Norfolk. Oddly, there were 
virtually no White Terns on the island. I saw a single bird on three 
occasions, compared with their abundance on Norfolk. This may be due to 
the few and more exposed nature of tall trees, especially the Norfolk 
Island Pine.

As previously mentioned I didn't have binoculars so viewing of land 
birds were limited. I saw Common Starling, Common Blackbird, House 
Sparrow, Common Greenfinch, Silvereye and Emerald Dove. The only real 
native was the endemic subspecies of Sacred Kingfisher. I didn't see any 
endemics, though it is known that most of the Norfolk Island endemics 
also occurred on Phillip before the destruction of the vegetation.

Most time was spent on top of the island and the most common and obvious 
bird were Black-winged Petrels. Flying quite low down over the main part 
of the island, the birds called constantly and regularly seemed annoyed 
at our presence, flying around until we moved on. We regulatory stumbled 
across birds in burrows and under bushes and upon arriving at the 
rangers hut on the middle night, a pair were sitting on the floor of the 
toilet, apparently they have nested there before. The remains of Owen's 
Hut can still be found on the island, the home of Owen and Beryl Evans 
who endured this remarkable environment for months while doing research 
on the birds of the island. Inside a small tent, a pair of Black-winged 
Petrels has set up a nest on an old foam mattress - certainly living the 
life of luxury. In one of the huts we also found a single White-necked 
Petrel and another pair in a burrow just outside. This species is scarce 
on the island and rarely seen, but what observations there are seem to 
come from the Owen's Hut area.

This spot is also home to many geckoes, the Lord Howe Island gecko 
(though it also occurs here), now extinct on Norfolk due to the 
introduction of predators. The island is also home to the Lord Howe 
Island skink, the other native reptile to these islands, also extinct on 
Norfolk, but I didn't see it. They are apparently scarcer and much more 
difficult to locate. The island is also home to some very creepy giant 
centipedes. We found one recently deceased one about 6 inches long and 
more than half an inch across.

Upon descending back to the coast to wait for the boat to pick us up I 
saw a single Ruddy Turnstone on the coast and a Tattler, probably 
Wandering, I couldn't get a good enough look. We only just got out that 
day, a big swell had come up and while we got off Phillip okay, there 
was 6-8 foot surf rolling into Kingston so it made for an interesting 
return. It's probable that had the pick up been an hour later we would 
not have gotten back that day. All-in-all a truly amazing place but 
needed a few days to recover after.


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Subject: Making contact with Charlie Silveira
From: "Pauline Follett" <pjfollett1 AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:37:20 +1100
I would like the contact details of Charlie Silveira. 
Years ago I went birding with Charlie and Chris Sonter in Gol Gol NSW.
I would like to contact him regarding bird records that he has of Chris's.

I am a member of Birdlife Mildura and have been elected librarian for the
club.
I am in the process of collecting records for the Sunraysia area going back
to the days of John Hobbs. 

My email address is:

pjfollett1 AT bigpond.com


Thank you for any information that you may give.

Kind regards,

Pauline Follett.






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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: Peter Shute <pshute AT nuw.org.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:00:18 +1100
Do a search for "victorian birders" in Facebook, and you should find it. Once 
you're on its page, you'll have to click the button to join the group. Not sure 
if you need to do that to view the postings, or only if you want to make some. 


I think Australian Twitchers is the other group where the Dowitcher was 
mentioned. 


Peter Shute

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> On 21 Nov 2014, at 12:35 pm, ELIZABETH SHAW  wrote:
> 
> I tried to join these groups when I read about them last week and couldn't 
> find either. How do I get onto them?
> 
> Elizabeth Shaw
> Phillip Island
> Victoria
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Steve Clark
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:07 PM
> To: Birding-Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
> 
> G’day all
> 
> I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the Aust 

> Twitchers and Vic Birders groups. Today I found a link to an app (published 

> by the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are subscribed to.
> 
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 

> 
 

> 
> The App is available for iOS and Android devices.
> 
> All the other Facebook “features” disappear.
> 
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Norfolk Island Cuckoo ID
From: Craig Doolan <cdoolan AT aapt.net.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:54:25 +1300
Thanks everyone for the response - pretty much universally agreed that 
it is a Pallid Cuckoo. Ironically, probably rarer than the Long-tailed 
Cuckoo I had hoped. I didn't have my binoculars or field guide at the 
time, only my camera. As soon as I saw the images, I realised I hadn't 
found a Long-tailed Cuckoo, but most of my bird books are packed and on 
the ship over to the island at the moment. I only moved to Norfolk a 
week ago, a Long-tailed Cuckoo in the first week would have been a bit 
too much to hope for.



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Subject: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at LakeTutchewop, Victoria
From: "Philip Veerman" <pveerman AT pcug.org.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:25:20 +1100
Sorry that sounds like a bad combination:  Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
Tutchewop (that many people wish to see) & this area is traditionally
pro-duck hunting. Funny my spell checker offers both Dogwatches and
Twitchier as a correction on Dowitcher. 

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Paul Dodd
Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 12:08 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at
LakeTutchewop, Victoria


Hi birders,

 

See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:

 

http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
-twitching/?cs=1276

 

It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
traditionally pro-duck hunting.

 

Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria




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Subject: Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:04:57 +1100
Hi Paul, why you have dropped the adjective 'presumed' from the subject line
in this posting when you persisted with it for so long previously?

Cheers,

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  
 

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Paul Dodd
Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 12:08 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake
Tutchewop, Victoria

Hi birders,

See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:


http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
-twitching/?cs=1276


It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
traditionally pro-duck hunting.
 

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria





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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: Chris <chris.sanderson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:14:05 +0800
A word of caution on this app (and apps in general. Just check the terms and 
conditions you are signing up for. If all you use Facebook for is bird-related 
things it's probably fine, but people have recently been caught out with apps 
getting access to private photos and information on their Facebook and even on 
their phone. Make sure you are checking what you are giving the app access to 
on your profile and your phone. 


That said, it sounds like a pretty neat app.

Cheers,
Chris

Sent from my iPhone

> On 21 Nov 2014, at 9:21, "ELIZABETH SHAW"  wrote:
> 
> I tried to join these groups when I read about them last week and couldn't 
find either. How do I get onto them? 

> 
> Elizabeth Shaw
> Phillip Island
> Victoria
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Steve Clark
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:07 PM
> To: Birding-Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
> 
> G’day all
> 
> I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the Aust 
Twitchers and Vic Birders groups. Today I found a link to an app (published by 
the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are subscribed to. 

> 
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 
 

> 
> The App is available for iOS and Android devices.
> 
> All the other Facebook “features” disappear.
> 
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:19:51 +1100
I made sure we told the motel we stayed at that we were after a rare bird.
And later workers at Hird Swamp asked if we had seen the rare Siberian
wader.....

On 21 November 2014 12:08, Paul Dodd  wrote:

> Hi birders,
>
>
>
> See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
> Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:
>
>
>
>
> http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
> -twitching/?cs=1276
>
>
>
> It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
> traditionally pro-duck hunting.
>
>
>
> Paul Dodd
>
> Docklands, Victoria
>
>
>
> 
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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: "ELIZABETH SHAW" <surefoot24 AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:21:09 +1100
I tried to join these groups when I read about them last week and couldn't 
find either. How do I get onto them?

Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island
Victoria

-----Original Message----- 
From: Steve Clark
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:07 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)

G’day all

I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the Aust 
Twitchers and Vic Birders groups.  Today I found a link to an app (published 
by the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are subscribed to.


http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 


 


The App is available for iOS and Android devices.

All the other Facebook “features” disappear.

Cheers
Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic




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Subject: 2014 Victorian Twitchathon
From: Tim Dolby <Tim.Dolby AT vu.edu.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:16:12 +0000
Hi bird race fans,

As you may be aware, I'm organising an extended Victorian Twitchathon period 
this year. The race was normally going to be held over the weekend of 16-17 
November, however I've extended the participation period until Sunday, 14th of 
December. There are two races scheduled, a 24 hour Twitchathon and a 8-hour 
Twitchathon. 


If you don't know what a Twitchathon is (where've you been!) - it's a race 
that's run annually as a fundraising event by Birds Australia. Put simply, it's 
like a walkathon but, instead of recording kilometres, you record bird species. 
It involves teams of birders racing around our wonderful bush, beaches, swamps 
and forests trying to identify (through sight or sound) as many bird species as 
possible in 24 or 8 hours. It's great fun! 


In order to participate you'll need to form a team, read the rules, fill in a 
registration form, organize some sponsors, and plan your route. I'll supply all 
the documentation - once I have written them up :-) 


One team has already participated in the 24 hr race; a team appropriated named 
the XXXX Goldfinches (Dan Eyles, Warren Tomlinson, Richard Retallick and Emily 
Bolitho), based in Mildura. Well done guys! For the record their best bird was 
a toss-up over large group of White-throated Needletail at Kamarooka, great 
views of a Black Falcon in the Warbys, or 60+ Freckled Duck at Winton Wetlands. 
Their biggest dip was Emu (by my reckoning that's a pretty good bird :-), and 
they tried unsuccessfully for the Long-billed Dowitcher in fading light. What 
was their final score? Well, I won't tell you that until after 14th December! 
In addition, another team from Gippsland will be racing on the weekend of Nov 
29th/30th. A few others birders - including myself - are interest in racing 
this year, so it should be a great event. 


So, if anyone is interested in racing, or perhaps forming a new team, please 
contact me and discuss. FYI, my email address is tim.dolby AT vu.edu.au, mobile 
0448801674. 


Cheers,

Tim Dolby






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Subject: Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:14:00 +1100
I agree that it is a Pallid Cuckoo but as I recently learned when discussing
with others a claim put to me of an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding a juvenile
Pallid Cuckoo, it is not necessarily a juvenile. More likely I suggest it is
an adult female. Apparently female Pallid Cuckoos can resemble, perhaps
retain, juvenile plumage into adulthood. In that instance it was concluded
that it was a male courting an adult female by feeding her, a behaviour that
has also previously been misinterpreted.   
In  Margaret Christian's book 'Norfolk Island - the Birds' (2005), Pallid
Cuckoo has the status of 'rare vagrant'.

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martin cachard
Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 8:21 AM
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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island

i'm with Greg, a young Pallid Cuckoo for mine...
cheers,
 
martin cachard, 
cairns
 

 
> From: gclancy AT tpg.com.au
> To: cdoolan AT aapt.net.au; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:33 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
> 
> Looks like a juvenile-immature Pallid Cuckoo to me.
> 
> Regards
> Greg
> 
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960
> http://www.gregclancyecologistguide.com
> http://gregswildliferamblings.blogspot.com.au/
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Craig Doolan 
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:31 PM 
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island 
> 
> Can anyone help me out with the ID of this cuckoo observed on Norfolk 
> Island yesterday morning??
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/129533743 AT N06/
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Craig Doolan
> 
> 
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Subject: Press coverage of Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: "Paul Dodd" <paul AT angrybluecat.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:08:11 +1100
Hi birders,

 

See the following article from the Northern Times in Kerang on the
Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria:

 

http://www.thenortherntimes.com.au/story/2712603/migratory-bird-has-watchers
-twitching/?cs=1276

 

It is great that the paper has picked up on this story as this area is
traditionally pro-duck hunting.

 

Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria

 



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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:58:50 +1100
Thanks Steve - works a treat so far on Android. Just what I wanted - only
joined Facebook (like you) for the groups and there is so much other stuff
cluttering up the screen normally!

On 20 November 2014 19:07, Steve Clark  wrote:

> G’day all
>
> I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the
> Aust Twitchers and Vic Birders groups.  Today I found a link to an app
> (published by the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are
> subscribed to.
>
>
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 

> <
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 

> >
>
> The App is available for iOS and Android devices.
>
> All the other Facebook “features” disappear.
>
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
>
>
> 
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Subject: Long billed Dowager
From: Dennett Xenia <xdennett AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:46:48 +1100
Hi Peter, Scott et al.

Bird seen beautifully Thursday lunchtime on east side of lake, (?usual spot), 
alone for much of the time. 

Xenia Dennett


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Subject: AirAsia air pass
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:33:10 +1100
This could be great for birders wanting to do an extended trip in SE Asia.


http://www.traveller.com.au/airasia-to-introduce-southeast-asia-air-pass-for-cheap-travel-11r20p 


Usual disclaimers apply.

Carl Cliffor




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Subject: Wagtails Atherton tablelands QLD
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:24 +1000
Greetings,
I had a report of two Yellow Wagtails at Harper drive Yungaburra where I had 
reported a White Wagtail early in the week. One of these birds was reported as 
being remarkably plain and grey. I’ll check them out and try for photos. 

Regards,
Alan

Alan's Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

Phone 07 4095 3784
Mobile 0408 953 786
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Subject: Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:20:36 +1100
i'm with Greg, a young Pallid Cuckoo for mine...
cheers,
 
martin cachard, 
cairns
 

 
> From: gclancy AT tpg.com.au
> To: cdoolan AT aapt.net.au; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:33 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
> 
> Looks like a juvenile-immature Pallid Cuckoo to me.
> 
> Regards
> Greg
> 
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960
> http://www.gregclancyecologistguide.com
> http://gregswildliferamblings.blogspot.com.au/
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Craig Doolan 
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:31 PM 
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island 
> 
> Can anyone help me out with the ID of this cuckoo observed on Norfolk 
> Island yesterday morning??
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/129533743 AT N06/
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Craig Doolan
> 
> 
>
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Subject: Re: Black Tern at Stieglitz, Tasmania.
From: Dimitris Bertzeletos <risingphoenixdim AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:40:56 +0200
Hello Ian

Exciting sighting! What age was the bird? And did you notice any other plumage 
characteristics? Dark sides on the breast alone cannot rule out a White-winged 
Black Tern as they can show one when moulting body feathers though this is 
rarely as marked as on Black Tern. I am not saying that the bird you saw wasn't 
a Black Tern, but your written description is not enough to rule out 
White-winged Black Tern. In any case good luck with your BARC submission if you 
decide to do so. :). 


Cheers,

D.

> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:28:51 +1100
> From: birding AT ozemail.com.au
> To: Birding-Aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Black Tern at Stieglitz, Tasmania.
> 
> g'Day all
> 
> 
> At about 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon (18/11/2014) while exercising my 
> dog at Windmill Swamp, Stieglitz Tas. I observed a solitary Black Tern 
> (Chlidonias niger) in non breeding plumage, feeding vigorously around 
> the vegetated rushy, reedy margins of the fresh water swamp.  After 
> about 1/2 an hour, the bird ceased feeding and began circling rapidly, 
> ascending to an estimated 150 meters height where it then flew south for 
> as long as I could watch it holding my binoculars and to where it was 
> just a speck in the sky, almost out of sight it then descended out of 
> sight towards Jocks Lagoon also fresh water. (RAMSAR site), about 1 km 
> away from where I was standing. 
> 
> Most distinctive feature from distance is its buoyant and erratic, 
> flitting, darting flight.  Its direction changes were remarkable to 
> watch, rapidly swooping, back flitting and diving from about 10 meters 
> to the water surface among reedy vegetation feeding on what appeared to 
> be surface insects.  Unique face markings, dark marks on sides of 
> breast, white collar and rapid floating, buoyant, darting erratic flight 
> were the most characteristic features that I could see.
> 
> The next day and also today (Thursday) I was unable to relocate the bird 
> after searching all coastal swamps and suitable habitats from St Helens 
> to Falmouth.  I did not have a camera with me, but 100% certain of this 
> bird's identity having experience with and studied both Whiskered and 
> White-winged Black Terns in previous years.   The purpose of this note 
> is to alert observers in Tasmania to be on the lookout.   I will post 
> more information in the next week with all minor detail. 
> 
> I decided to post this on Birding-Aus because for me, BA offers the more 
> for bird watchers, not just for twitchers and seems to have the best, 
> most comprehensive and reliable archive.
> 
> 
> Good birding and best wishes
> 
> 
> Ian May
> St Helens, Tasmania
> 0428337956
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: Peter Shute <pshute AT nuw.org.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:53:56 +1100
I think this app was only just released. It seems to be designed for phone 
sized screens. Unless they come up with an ipad one, I think I'll stick with 
the main facebook app for now. 


Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 20 Nov 2014, at 8:10 pm, Steve Clark  wrote:
> 
> G’day all
> 
> I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account so I could hook into the Aust 
Twitchers and Vic Birders groups. Today I found a link to an app (published by 
the Facebook people) that only shows the groups you are subscribed to. 

> 
> 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2849934/hands-on-with-facebook-groups-a-spin-off-app-you-ll-actually-want-to-use.html 
 

> 
> The App is available for iOS and Android devices.
> 
> All the other Facebook “features” disappear.
> 
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
> 
> 
> 
>
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Subject: Swifts
From: Nicolette Thompson <thompson.nicolette8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:37:55 +1000
Hello Mike,

At 10:30 this morning there were a flock of approximately 40 White-throated
Needletails flying beneath the cloud cover over northern Toowoomba
(-27.5354,151.9343)

Cheers
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Subject: Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <gclancy AT tpg.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:33 +1100
Looks like a juvenile-immature Pallid Cuckoo to me.

Regards
Greg

Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960
http://www.gregclancyecologistguide.com
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-----Original Message----- 
From: Craig Doolan 
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:31 PM 
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island 

Can anyone help me out with the ID of this cuckoo observed on Norfolk 
Island yesterday morning??

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129533743 AT N06/

Thanks,

Craig Doolan



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