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Wrentit,©David Sibley

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" ]
20 Nov Black Tern at Stieglitz, Tasmania. [Ian May ]
20 Nov Re: Fwd: November 30th pelagic [robert morris ]
20 Nov Mallee trip November 2014 [Tom Tarrant ]
20 Nov Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island [Laurie Knight ]
20 Nov Re: RFI Dowitcher ["Mike Carter" ]
20 Nov Potential impacts of rising ocean water temperatures on sea birds [Laurie Knight ]
20 Nov Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island [Craig Doolan ]
20 Nov Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers) [Steve Clark ]
20 Nov The art of attracting raptors to business parks [Laurie Knight ]
20 Nov Re: RFI Dowitcher [Scott Ryan ]
20 Nov Fwd: November 30th pelagic [robert morris ]
20 Nov Kimberley Birdwatching, s Ashmore Expedition October 2014- Trip Summary ["Mike Carter" ]
20 Nov RFI Dowitcher ["Peter Marsh" ]
19 Nov Re: White-throated Needletails ["Julian B" ]
19 Nov Re: White-throated Needletails ["Julian B" ]
19 Nov Re: Swifts Nth NSW?? ["Greg and Val Clancy" ]
19 Nov Re: Swifts Nth NSW?? [Michael Tarburton ]
19 Nov Re: Needletails [Laurie Knight ]
19 Nov ADVERTISMENT; For Sale ; Bird Watchers paradise 40 ha freehold on McIntyre River Inverell NSW. ["Wayne Daley" ]
19 Nov Needletails [Roy & Helen Sonnenburg ]
19 Nov Re: Swifts Nth NSW?? [Chris Melrose ]
19 Nov Swifts Nth NSW?? [Wes Tolhurst ]
19 Nov Re: White-throated Needletails [Michael Tarburton ]
18 Nov Wader ID Challenge [Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge ]
18 Nov White-throated Needletails ["Julian Bielewicz" ]
18 Nov Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop [Noel Luff ]
18 Nov FW: Delivery Status Notification (Failure) ["Tony Russell" ]
18 Nov Re: New Aussie record set today [Mick Roderick ]
17 Nov Re: New Aussie record set today [Iain Campbell ]
18 Nov Re: New Aussie record set today ["Peter Madvig" ]
18 Nov Archive down [Russell Woodford ]
18 Nov Re: New Aussie record set today ["Shirley Cook" ]
17 Nov Fw: Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail ["Alan Gillanders" ]
17 Nov Re: Images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria [Joseph Morlan ]
17 Nov Images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria ["Paul Dodd" ]
17 Nov Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop ["Paul Dodd" ]
17 Nov Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail ["Alan Gillanders" ]
17 Nov Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop ["Peter Madvig" ]
17 Nov Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop [Tim Dolby ]
17 Nov RFI - Wader sites between Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton. []
17 Nov Re: Silver Gull head-markings [Tim Dolby ]
17 Nov Needletails [Roy & Helen Sonnenburg ]
16 Nov Re: Silver Gull head-markings [SEC=UNOFFICIAL] ["Perkins, Harvey" ]
16 Nov Re: Silver Gull head-markings [Tim Dolby ]
17 Nov Re: Silver Gull head-markings [martin cachard ]
17 Nov Re: Wader ID Challenge [martin cachard ]
17 Nov Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline Victoria Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline South Australia Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update []
17 Nov Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update []

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


Roy


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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-----
> From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On Behalf Of
> 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
> > 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: 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

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: 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. 

-----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
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  
 

-----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: 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

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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.

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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
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
> 
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> 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.

 

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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.

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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

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2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

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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)

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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

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Craig Doolan 
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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,

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Subject: Black Tern at Stieglitz, Tasmania.
From: Ian May <birding AT ozemail.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:28:51 +1100
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: Fwd: November 30th pelagic
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:02:10 +1100
I'll try again - there are a few spaces left for the pelagic trip on November 
30th out of Southport.Please email Paul if you'd like to come. November is 
normally one of our best months. 


Thanks Rob

Sent from my iPad

> On 20 Nov 2014, at 18:20, "robert morris"  
wrote: 

> 
> See below
> 
> We have a pelagic going out of Southport on 30th Nov with a few species left. 

> 
> Please email Paul if you'd like to come. November is normally one of our best 
months. 

> 
> Thanks
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: Paul Walbridge 
>> Date: 19 November 2014 8:47:41 AEDT
>> To: robert morris 
>> Subject: November 30th pelagic
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>> Hi Rob, for some reason I can’t send e-mail to Birding-aus, could you put 
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Subject: Mallee trip November 2014
From: Tom Tarrant <aviceda AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:49:27 +1100
Finally completed a report of a trip to the Mallee areas of NW Victoria and
Gluepot in early-November

Please visit  here,

Tom

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Subject: Re: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:24:50 +1000
Interesting. Doesnt look like the illustrations of a Long-tailed Cuckoo, the 
species that sometimes visits Norfolk. Was it near the old settlement 
(Kingston)? 


Regards, Laurie.

On 20 Nov 2014, at 4:31 pm, Craig Doolan  wrote:

> 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: RFI Dowitcher
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:07:58 +1100
I'm told that Peter Waanders saw it early this morning.
Cheers,

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



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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RFI Dowitcher

Hello Birding-Ausser's,Further to Peters request, a couple of Canberra birders 
are planning a trip on Saturday, has anybody been to look for the bird in the 
last few days?? Any sightings??Any info would be greatly 
appreciatedRegards,Scott Ryan 


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wrote: 

   

 Hi Birders,
Went down from Sydney for the dowitcher last week and dipped when it 
defongerated for a few days. I am proposing a return trip on Sunday but would 
appreciate any advice of sightings (or absence thereof0 on Saturday. please 
e-mail or call or text on 0414810426. 

Thanks
Peter Marsh


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Subject: Potential impacts of rising ocean water temperatures on sea birds
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:06:07 +1000
see 

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_26950221/warm-ocean-temperatures-endangering-seabirds 



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Subject: Cuckoo ID from Norfolk Island
From: Craig Doolan <cdoolan AT aapt.net.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:31:01 +1300
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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Subject: Facebook just for groups (like Australian Twitchers)
From: Steve Clark <bukoba.steve AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:07:06 +1100
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: The art of attracting raptors to business parks
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:43:20 +1000
Hopefully without creating ecological traps

see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141117130834.htm





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Subject: Re: RFI Dowitcher
From: Scott Ryan <scottscritters AT yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:38:46 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Birding-Ausser's,Further to Peters request, a couple of Canberra birders 
are planning a trip on Saturday, has anybody been to look for the bird in the 
last few days?? Any sightings??Any info would be greatly 
appreciatedRegards,Scott Ryan  


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wrote: 

   

 Hi Birders,
Went down from Sydney for the dowitcher last week and dipped when it 
defongerated for a few days. I am proposing a return trip on Sunday but would 
appreciate any advice of sightings (or absence thereof0 on Saturday. please 
e-mail or call or text on 0414810426. 

Thanks
Peter Marsh


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Subject: Fwd: November 30th pelagic
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:28:57 +1100
See below

We have a pelagic going out of Southport on 30th Nov with a few species left.

Please email Paul if you'd like to come. November is normally one of our best 
months. 


Thanks

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Subject: Kimberley Birdwatching, s Ashmore Expedition October 2014- Trip Summary
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:57:38 +1100
 

Kimberley Birdwatchings Ashmore Expedition 20-27 October 2014 Summary

By Mike Carter & George Swann (19 November 2014)

 

Trip Details.

The 2014 annual spring eight-day Broome-Ashmore-Lacepedes-Broome expedition
organised by George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching (KBW) ran from 20-27
October. The birding personnel were Tim Faulkner, Liz Faulkner, Rob Gibbons,
Ian Halliday, Brian Johnston, Peter Madvig, Wayne Merrit, Scott Ryan, Jenny
Spry, John Weigel, George Swann & Mike Carter. Our boat was the
air-conditioned 21 m MV Flying Fish V. The skipper was Anthony, the deckhand
Paul and our chef was Bronson. 

            We sailed from Town Beach at Broome on 20 October (Day 1) at
08.40 and spent the next two days and nights travelling at sea. We
maintained a NW course throughout Day 1 but at night changed our heading to
NNE. Throughout the morning of Day 2 we sailed along the shelf slope in
waters gradually increasing in depth from 420 m to over 500 m and this trend
continued throughout the afternoon when we traversed very deep water up to
1,800 m. We awoke at 05.00 on Day 3 still in deep water but becoming
shallower and within 2 hours had crossed the 1,000 m depth contour where we
began to encounter unprecedented numbers of Swinhoes Storm-Petrels. By
12.00, when we arrived at Ashmore Reef, we had logged 501 of this species
which until recently had been regarded as extremely rare with all reports
requiring submissions to, and endorsement by, BirdLife Australias Rarities
Committee. Having received clearance from the Australian Customs Vessel
guarding the Reef we entered the lagoon and tied up at the inner mooring
(1214.35S 12258.84E) just off West Island. 

For the next three nights (Days 3, 4 & 5), we were secure at the inner
mooring. Most members of the party went ashore on West Island each morning
and afternoon of those days. In the morning of Day 4, we circumnavigated
Middle Island ferried there by two dinghies but did not land. We also spent
some time at the adjacent Horseshoe sand bar enjoying great views of
shorebirds and terns resting at high tide. Next day we were ashore on East
Island for ~1.5 hours and at high tide, spent an hour on Splittgerber Cay
again enthralled by massed shorebirds. 

After a last visit ashore to West Island, we released our mooring at Ashmore
at 09.10 on Day 6 (25 October) and changed our itinerary to sail directly
for the pelagic hot spot that we found on our way up. Unfortunately, the
strategy failed. The Storm-Petrel congregations had moved elsewhere. Having
passed through the area we headed due south to the Lacepedes passing to the
east of Seringapatam and Scott Reefs. At daylight on Day 7 we were still in
400+ m deep water but crossed the ill-defined shelf break by 09.00 and for
the remainder of that day were in shelf waters of less than 50 m deep. We
were anchored off West Island, Lacepedes (1650S 12207E) by 23.00. Next
morning, Day 8 (27 October), we were ashore on West Island, Lacepedes, from
05.30 to 08.10. Back aboard, we sailed for Broome where we were put ashore
on a beach near the port (1800S 12213E) at 17.15.

Weather was hot and humid but not unbearably so, with cloudless skies,
constant sunshine and little if any breeze other than on the first day.
Therefore seas were generally calm. For most of the time whilst at sea, a
continuous log of position and faunal observations was recorded on Palm
pilots as well as manually.

Observations

86 species of bird were identified: 40 seabirds, 24 shorebirds, 6
waterbirds, 1 raptor (2 Siberian Peregrine Falcons) and 15 landbirds. Also,
in addition to two leaf warblers that were identified to species, Arctic
Warbler and Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, among a probable total of seven
phylloscopus (up to 5 at the same time) we believe is at least one other
species. If the identity of this can be established, it is likely to be new
to Australia. Two-barred Greenish and Greenish Warblers are among the
species under consideration. 

            However, the sea-birds command the most attention as there were
some staggering observations. At-sea highlights included a Heinroths
Shearwater a first for Australia and a totally unexpected occurrence being
that it is a very rare species that breeds in Melanesia and is not known to
be migratory, but in this case has passed from the Pacific into the Indian
Ocean! Unfortunately, this was present at a time when the boat was
surrounded by a large number of seabirds so wasnt detected at the time but
found by Tim Faulkner when culling his myriad of images for the umpteenth
time. John Weigel has since found that he too has photos of it. Also
unprecedented was the huge number of Swinhoes Storm-Petrels (524), 500 of
which were seen in just one morning. One was in shallow, 36 m deep, on-shelf
waters, 66 Nm (122 km) north of the Lacepede Islands. Other Storm-Petrels
were 11 Matsudairas, 39 Wilsons, and 4 with a white rump that did not wrap
onto the flanks and was bisected by a dark line. These were thought to be
Leachs Storm-Petrels but as the feet appeared to trail there is some
concern about this ID. They could even prove to be an undescribed taxon! A
discussion paper on these birds will be produced. Others were some rather
pale-necked Huttons Shearwaters (8), Tahiti Petrel (21), Streaked
Shearwater (102), Flesh-footed Shearwater (2) (rare in these seas), Bulwers
Petrel (54), Jouanins Petrel (3), Abbotts Booby (1) and all three Jaeger
species. 

            The usual tropical seabirds that breed locally, Masked,
Red-footed & Brown Boobies, Great & Lesser Frigatebirds, Common & Black
Noddies, Bridled, Sooty, Great Crested and Lesser Crested Terns were seen at
sea as well as ashore. Some 1,500 Roseate Terns were seen at sea near Broome
and 15,000 at the Lacepedes. Three Australian Gull-billed Terns, now split
as a full species by sensible authorities were at the Lacepedes and singles
of one of its relatives that breeds elsewhere in the world usually referred
to in Australia as Asian Gull-billed Tern (affinis) was seen at Ashmore and
the Lacepedes. 240 Little Terns were at Ashmore and small numbers of
migrating Common, Whiskered and White-winged Terns were seen at sea. On West
Island, Ashmore, 3 pairs of Red-tailed and one pair of White-tailed
Tropicbird were nesting.

            Shorebirds were numerous and included 7 Asian Dowitchers
together at a high tide roost on Ashmore and an Oriental Plover. 

Other than the phylloscopus warblers, landbird highlights on West Island,
Ashmore, included at least two Grey Wagtails, Oriental Cuckoo (up to 5) and
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (up to 8) both species probably heading south for
Australia.

Other unusual finds were a pair of Eurasian Tree Sparrows nesting in a
coconut palm and a dead Hardhead, this being only the second record for
Ashmore. On our return journey south, we were also delighted to provide
overnight accommodation and assist the passage of a Sacred Kingfisher and a
Barn Swallow. 

 

Cetaceans included a Hump-backed Whale, a pod of 9 Melon-headed Whales, a
Rough-toothed Dolphin, Offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins and two forms of
Spinner Dolphins

Reptiles included Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Australian Flatback
Turtles and various sea snakes.

Fish, sharks and rays of various species were also welcome sights. 

 

Photos of many of the species mentioned above have or will be posted on
photographers personal blogs and on Kimberley Birdwatchings web page 

This trip will be repeated next March and October. 

 

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136

30 Canadian Bay Road

Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  

 

 

 



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Subject: RFI Dowitcher
From: "Peter Marsh" <peter_marsh AT scp.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:13:13 +1100
Hi Birders,
Went down from Sydney for the dowitcher last week and dipped when it 
defongerated for a few days. I am proposing a return trip on Sunday but would 
appreciate any advice of sightings (or absence thereof0 on Saturday. please 
e-mail or call or text on 0414810426. 

Thanks
Peter Marsh


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Subject: Re: White-throated Needletails
From: "Julian B" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:14:02 +1000
Greetings Mike

Yes, the 20+ were on the 18th November.  This morning [19.11.14] I spotted
two [2] White-throated Needletails flying over Yarraman [South Burnett,
Queensland].  I'd have stopped to have a closer look BUT this is a busy
highway and [after 40 years of carefree driving in Australia] having been
hit by five [5] 'roos this year -to say nothing of the cow that sat on my
bonnet- I wasn't game enough to argue with the cattle movers ahead and
behind me.

Cheers

Julian

ww.birdingsouthburnett.com
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Subject: Re: White-throated Needletails
From: "Julian B" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:13:40 +1000
Greetings Mike

Yes, the 20+ were on the 18th November.  This morning [19.11.14] I spotted
two [2] White-throated Needletails flying over Yarraman [South Burnett,
Queensland].  I'd have stopped to have a closer look BUT this is a busy
highway and [after 40 years of carefree driving in Australia] having been
hit by five [5] 'roos this year -to say nothing of the cow that sat on my
bonnet- I wasn't game enough to argue with the cattle movers ahead and
behind me.

Cheers

Julian

ww.birdingsouthburnett.com
 AT osprey00




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Subject: Re: Swifts Nth NSW??
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <gclancy AT tpg.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:50:00 +1100
Hi Wes,

Fork-tailed Swifts often fly with their tails closed so the tail appears 
long and un-forked and only appear forked when the tail is spread.  Although 
I have not experienced it this year large flocks of Fork-tailed Swifts can 
and do occur on the NSW North Coast in some years.  Sounds like what you 
saw.

Regards
Greg

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| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Swifts Nth NSW??


I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and counted around 
50 swifts/swiftlets.  Only once did I see what appeared to be a forked tail 
and then only for a moment.  They were definitely not white throated 
needle-tails… much smaller, more slender and uniformly grey/black.  They 
were quite low to the ground over the top of me so I had extended views, 
though not with binoculars.  Can anyone tell me if forked tailed swifts fly 
most of the time with their tails no appearing forked???  Anyone else see 
this or another flock in NNSW???




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Subject: Re: Swifts Nth NSW??
From: Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:01:26 +1100
G'day Wes

yes Christine is correct, when watching Fork-tailed Swifts you see a  
pointed tail much more often than a forked tail.  The forked tail  
does separate it from WTNT and Australian Swiftlets however.

One complication at this time of the year if you are looking for  
forked tails, is that the outer rectrices may be moulting and the  
tail might look only slightly indented rather than forked - even when  
it is spread.

I am still collating FTS, WTNT & Swiftlet sightings so am happy to  
receive any sightings that you have.  Please send them directly - off  
list.

Happy swift watching

Prof Mike Tarburton


On 19/11/2014, at 12:09 PM, Wes Tolhurst wrote:

>
> I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and  
> counted around 50 swifts/swiftlets.  Only once did I see what  
> appeared to be a forked tail and then only for a moment.  They were  
> definitely not white throated needle-tails much smaller,




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Subject: Re: Needletails
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:34:05 +1000
Following that, I can confirm that it is bucketing down in Brisbane at the 
moment. 


LK

On 19 Nov 2014, at 2:06 pm, Roy & Helen Sonnenburg  
wrote: 


> 
> Hi Mike
> 
> I counted 60+ White-throated Needletails circling over the intersection of 
Toombul Rd and Sandgate Rd, Virginia (Brisbane) today at around 12 pm. There 
were probably quite a few more birds. 

> Coordinates are 27? 22' 54.19"S and 153?? 03' 45.74" E?. Hot and windy and 
cloudy. 

> 
> Roy S.
> 
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Subject: ADVERTISMENT; For Sale ; Bird Watchers paradise 40 ha freehold on McIntyre River Inverell NSW.
From: "Wayne Daley" <daleywj AT bigpond.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:35:49 +1100
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[freehold] situated on the banks of the McIntyre River north of Inverell NSW. 

The allotment is surrounded by 1000’s of ha of natural bushland that is home 
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Price $145,000 please contact Wayne Daley for further information 0412 255 589 
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Subject: Needletails
From: Roy & Helen Sonnenburg <royson AT uqconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:06:58 +0000
Hi Mike

I counted 60+ White-throated Needletails circling over the intersection of 
Toombul Rd and Sandgate Rd, Virginia (Brisbane) today at around 12 pm. There 
were probably quite a few more birds. 

Coordinates are 27? 22' 54.19"S and 153?? 03' 45.74" E?. Hot and windy and 
cloudy. 


Roy S.



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Subject: Re: Swifts Nth NSW??
From: Chris Melrose <cmelrose099 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:58:38 +1100
In my experience Fork-tailed Swifts fly with their tails closed so the tail 
looks pointed, they spread it open when they turn so you see the fork tail 
then. 

Cheers
Chris

Christine Melrose
0407705140
cmelrose099 AT gmail.com

> On 19 Nov 2014, at 12:09, Wes Tolhurst  wrote:
> 
> 
> I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and counted around 
50 swifts/swiftlets. Only once did I see what appeared to be a forked tail and 
then only for a moment. They were definitely not white throated needle-tails… 
much smaller, more slender and uniformly grey/black. They were quite low to the 
ground over the top of me so I had extended views, though not with binoculars. 
Can anyone tell me if forked tailed swifts fly most of the time with their 
tails no appearing forked??? Anyone else see this or another flock in NNSW??? 

> 
> 
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Subject: Swifts Nth NSW??
From: Wes Tolhurst <prwes AT coastlifeadventist.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:09:26 +1000
I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and counted around 50 
swifts/swiftlets. Only once did I see what appeared to be a forked tail and 
then only for a moment. They were definitely not white throated needle-tails… 
much smaller, more slender and uniformly grey/black. They were quite low to the 
ground over the top of me so I had extended views, though not with binoculars. 
Can anyone tell me if forked tailed swifts fly most of the time with their 
tails no appearing forked??? Anyone else see this or another flock in NNSW??? 





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Subject: Re: White-throated Needletails
From: Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:28:46 +1100
Thanks Julian

For sharing that info - much appreciated.  I presume the sighting was  
on the 18th Nov.

Cheers & Happy birding

Mike Tarburton


On 18/11/2014, at 8:50 PM, Julian Bielewicz wrote:

>
> Greetings
>
> 20+ White-throated Needletail observed over Allen Road, Nanango,  
> South Burnett, Queensland.
>
> Cheer
>
> Julian
>




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Subject: Wader ID Challenge
From: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge <sootyowl AT bigpond.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:25:26 +1000
Hi Folks,
Thanks for the replies regarding the wader on our blog - it is indeed a 
Pectoral Sandpiper as most people pointed out.
There seems to be a few Pec. Sands being reported at the moment, some 
have turned out to be Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Thanks to Doug Herrington for the Pectoral sighting and photo.

Cheers,
Keith & Lindsay.

-- 
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     RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
     Julatten QLD 4871
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Subject: White-throated Needletails
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:50:35 +1000
Greetings

20+ White-throated Needletail observed over Allen Road, Nanango, South 
Burnett, Queensland.

Cheer

Julian

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Subject: Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
From: Noel Luff <noelluff AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:59 +1100
The bird was still there this morning - on the eastern side.


On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM, Paul Dodd  wrote:

> Hi Peter,
>
> Yes, I've got plenty of clear pictures. I'm just in the process of
> processing them and publishing them. Once I have published them, I'll share
> the link.
>
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On Behalf
> Of
> Peter Madvig
> Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014 4:05 PM
> To: Tim Dolby; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
>
> Well done Tim.....a) for seeing the Dowitcher, and b) for the message about
> the lake!!
> By the way, anyone you know of, taken a really clear pic of the bird , that
> can be shared??
> Love to "see" it well.......
> Cheers
> Peter Madvig
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tim Dolby" 
> To: 
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 12:37 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
>
>
> Hey everyone,
>
> Re the (likely) Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, I ran in the water
> manager of the lake on Sunday. He'd heard about the Dowitcher via a news
> release and was quite astonished to see how many birders were visiting.
> However, he also mentioned, that the reason he was there was to turn the
> water that diverts into the Lake Tutchewop off.  In terms of background,
> the
>
> Barr Creek Drainage Disposal Scheme (BCDDS) diverts saline water into
> Tutchewop Lake, thus preventing ~30,000 t/year of salt from entering the
> Murray River. He predicted that the lake would dry out very quickly i.e. on
> the next couple of hot days. Therefore, if anyone wants to see it, you may
> want to do so fairly soon.
>
> As an aside, he also mentioned that Lake Tutchewop was currently embroiled
> in a legal case with local farmers over an issue of water seepage. BCDDS
> had
>
> just spent several million dollars investigating this, and it appears that
> it's true, As a result, the future of Lake Tutchewop is in question. Being
> part of the Kerang Lakes Ramsar sites this could be devastating,
> particularly for saline dependent species such as Banded Stilt and various
> waders!
>
> On another note, I just thought I'd mention that I saw the (likely)
> Long-billed Dowitcher on Saturday! What a strikingly good looking bird, and
> in full breeding plumage - such an interest long bill! Afterward I had a
> few
>
> quiet ales with friends to celebrate! Very nice.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Tim
>
>
>
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Subject: FW: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
From: "Tony Russell" <pratincole08 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:07:29 +1030

Many thanks again to Phil Robertson and Greg Mueller who helped us along the
beach in Gregs 4X4.     We found the bird after a couple of hours of
scanning the Tutchewop beach. 
However we noted that once found one overenthusiastic photographer got 
ridiculously too close to the feeding birds and eventually flushed them before 
other people had a chance to see the bird. This kind of selfish behaviour is to 
be deplored. Don't know who he was but he upset a number of people trying to 
get a look. I hope he reads this and takes note. 


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Subject: Re: New Aussie record set today
From: Mick Roderick <mickhhb AT yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:03:40 +0000 (UTC)
Of course congrats to John are in order, but having surpassed the 2012 total, 
this is where the fun begins. 

He has just in the past 24 hours added another species (an Australian first) in 
pretty 'exceptional circumstances', but I'll let Tim or John elaborate on that 
one. 

Looking forward to seeing his 2014 effort on the big screen one day. We might 
have to get Redford on the line for that one ;-) 

Mick 
       From: Iain Campbell 
 To: Tim Faulkner  
Cc: "birding-aus AT birding-aus.org" ; John Weigel 
; "birding-aus AT lists.vicnet.net.au" 
 

 Sent: Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 9:53
 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today
   
This is an amazing number. Congratulations John and keep it rising for
another month.
Iain
On Nov 16, 2014 1:19 AM, "Tim Faulkner"  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> Congratulations are in order in once again for John Weigel. He's phoned in
> from Saibai Island (Torres Strait) today confirming Collared Imperial  and
> his 747th bird for the year breaking the old record of 746 (that was also
> JW's record). Rather unbelievable considering there's still over a month to
> go and trips to CI, CC and Macquarie still to add to the total.
>
> Anyone willing to put in the effort and has the passion John does deserves
> to own the record in my opinion.
>
> So good on you Mate, and congrats!
>
> Tim Faulkner
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
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Subject: Re: New Aussie record set today
From: Iain Campbell <private.iain AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:53:17 -0500
This is an amazing number. Congratulations John and keep it rising for
another month.
Iain
On Nov 16, 2014 1:19 AM, "Tim Faulkner"  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> Congratulations are in order in once again for John Weigel. He's phoned in
> from Saibai Island (Torres Strait) today confirming Collared Imperial  and
> his 747th bird for the year breaking the old record of 746 (that was also
> JW's record). Rather unbelievable considering there's still over a month to
> go and trips to CI, CC and Macquarie still to add to the total.
>
> Anyone willing to put in the effort and has the passion John does deserves
> to own the record in my opinion.
>
> So good on you Mate, and congrats!
>
> Tim Faulkner
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>
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Subject: Re: New Aussie record set today
From: "Peter Madvig" <madvig AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:16:13 +1100
Shirley....you are so right!!!
I cannot go anywhere at all, without "looking over people's shoulders" at 
the smallest flutter, let alone without planning where to go and what to 
see, birding wise.
Cheers
Peter


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shirley Cook" 
To: "Peter Madvig" ; "Tim Faulkner" 
; ; 

Cc: "John Weigel" 
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:48 AM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today


> Once a birdwatcher, there is no such thing as a non-birding holiday - or 
> ANY day for that matter, is there?
>
> Shirley Cook
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Peter Madvig" 
> To: "Tim Faulkner" ; 
> ; 
> Cc: "John Weigel" 
> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today
>
>
>> Congrats to John....what an effort !! Will need a non-birding holiday to 
>> recover :-)
>> Cheers
>> Peter Madvig
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Tim Faulkner" 
>> To: ; 
>> Cc: "John Weigel" 
>> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:05 PM
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today
>>
>>
>>> Hello All,
>>>
>>> Congratulations are in order in once again for John Weigel. He's phoned 
>>> in from Saibai Island (Torres Strait) today confirming Collared Imperial 
>>> and his 747th bird for the year breaking the old record of 746 (that was 
>>> also JW's record). Rather unbelievable considering there's still over a 
>>> month to go and trips to CI, CC and Macquarie still to add to the total.
>>>
>>> Anyone willing to put in the effort and has the passion John does 
>>> deserves to own the record in my opinion.
>>>
>>> So good on you Mate, and congrats!
>>>
>>> Tim Faulkner
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>
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Subject: Archive down
From: Russell Woodford <rdwoodford AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:20:17 +1100
Hi everyone

The archive is currently down, and may take a few days to restore.
It's not because I've been trying to expunge the word "dowitcher" from all
data records ... but I suppose if there's no record of it then maybe I
haven't really missed the best bird of my life????

Cheers

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Subject: Re: New Aussie record set today
From: "Shirley Cook" <shirleycook AT skymesh.com.au>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:48:20 +1100
Once a birdwatcher, there is no such thing as a non-birding holiday - or ANY 
day for that matter, is there?

Shirley Cook
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Madvig" 
To: "Tim Faulkner" ; 
; 
Cc: "John Weigel" 
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today


> Congrats to John....what an effort !! Will need a non-birding holiday to 
> recover :-)
> Cheers
> Peter Madvig
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tim Faulkner" 
> To: ; 
> Cc: "John Weigel" 
> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:05 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] New Aussie record set today
>
>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> Congratulations are in order in once again for John Weigel. He's phoned 
>> in from Saibai Island (Torres Strait) today confirming Collared Imperial 
>> and his 747th bird for the year breaking the old record of 746 (that was 
>> also JW's record). Rather unbelievable considering there's still over a 
>> month to go and trips to CI, CC and Macquarie still to add to the total.
>>
>> Anyone willing to put in the effort and has the passion John does 
>> deserves to own the record in my opinion.
>>
>> So good on you Mate, and congrats!
>>
>> Tim Faulkner
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>
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Subject: Fw: Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:36:01 +1000
As emails seem to be getting hung up somewhere, I’ve resent this one so I 
don’t get into trouble for being slow in reporting. 


I should also have added that last night we had at least four and possibly as 
many as seven Grass Owls at the junction of Tinaroo Falls Road and Favier Road 
between Atherton and Kairi. 

Alan

From: Alan Gillanders 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 06:29 PM
To: Birding_Aus 
Subject: Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail

Greetings,
This morning at the end of Harper Drive, Yungaburra,there was a grey bird which 
walked like a Motacilla wagtail and flew like a wagtail. It was very plain and 
the bill looked a little long to me. I did not see it wag its tail. the bird 
was first spotted sitting on a small upright twig. It dropped to the ground and 
walked through some weeds to a bare patch of earth where it seemed to capture 
prey. It then flew briefly and landed before flying across to the eastern shore 
at Lakeside. One of the guests made the ID of White Wagtail based on its call 
which he heard a few times, even from across the water. 


This afternoon there were 8 WTNT at Nerada Tea Plantation. With them were two 
House Swifts. This time I got really good looks and have been studying their 
features since Sunday. The birds were smaller than the nearby Needle-tails but 
with a similar throat pattern. The rump was a brilliant white saddle. The tail 
was shallowly forked with rounded ends to the forks. With the afternoon sun 
behind me the birds were well lit and looked black and white. They flew towards 
me and turned at about 35 metres. 


Other birders have gone for the Wagtail today with no reports of success.
Regards,
Alan

Alan's Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

Phone 07 4095 3784
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Subject: Re: Images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:09:21 -0800
Best photos yet.  Clearly showing spotted foreneck, black centered
scapulars with white fringes, and barred sides.  

On Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:00:04 +1100, "Paul Dodd" 
wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>
> 
>
>I have published some of my images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher
>currently at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria. These were taken from around 4pm
>last Saturday.
>
> 
>
>http://paul.angrybluecat.com/Trips-and-Locations/2014/Lake-Tutchewop-Nov-201
>4
>
> 
>
>Paul Dodd
>
>Docklands, Victoria
>
> 
>
>
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Subject: Images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, Victoria
From: "Paul Dodd" <paul AT angrybluecat.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:00:04 +1100
Hi everyone,

 

I have published some of my images of the presumed Long-billed Dowitcher
currently at Lake Tutchewop in Victoria. These were taken from around 4pm
last Saturday.

 

http://paul.angrybluecat.com/Trips-and-Locations/2014/Lake-Tutchewop-Nov-201
4

 

Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria

 



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Subject: Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
From: "Paul Dodd" <paul AT angrybluecat.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:27:46 +1100
Hi Peter,

Yes, I've got plenty of clear pictures. I'm just in the process of
processing them and publishing them. Once I have published them, I'll share
the link.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria


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Peter Madvig
Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014 4:05 PM
To: Tim Dolby; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop

Well done Tim.....a) for seeing the Dowitcher, and b) for the message about
the lake!!
By the way, anyone you know of, taken a really clear pic of the bird , that
can be shared??
Love to "see" it well.......
Cheers
Peter Madvig

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Dolby" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 12:37 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop


Hey everyone,

Re the (likely) Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, I ran in the water 
manager of the lake on Sunday. He'd heard about the Dowitcher via a news 
release and was quite astonished to see how many birders were visiting. 
However, he also mentioned, that the reason he was there was to turn the 
water that diverts into the Lake Tutchewop off.  In terms of background, the

Barr Creek Drainage Disposal Scheme (BCDDS) diverts saline water into 
Tutchewop Lake, thus preventing ~30,000 t/year of salt from entering the 
Murray River. He predicted that the lake would dry out very quickly i.e. on 
the next couple of hot days. Therefore, if anyone wants to see it, you may 
want to do so fairly soon.

As an aside, he also mentioned that Lake Tutchewop was currently embroiled 
in a legal case with local farmers over an issue of water seepage. BCDDS had

just spent several million dollars investigating this, and it appears that 
it's true, As a result, the future of Lake Tutchewop is in question. Being 
part of the Kerang Lakes Ramsar sites this could be devastating, 
particularly for saline dependent species such as Banded Stilt and various 
waders!

On another note, I just thought I'd mention that I saw the (likely) 
Long-billed Dowitcher on Saturday! What a strikingly good looking bird, and 
in full breeding plumage - such an interest long bill! Afterward I had a few

quiet ales with friends to celebrate! Very nice.

Cheers,

Tim




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Subject: Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:29:14 +1000
Greetings,
This morning at the end of Harper Drive, Yungaburra,there was a grey bird which 
walked like a Motacilla wagtail and flew like a wagtail. It was very plain and 
the bill looked a little long to me. I did not see it wag its tail. the bird 
was first spotted sitting on a small upright twig. It dropped to the ground and 
walked through some weeds to a bare patch of earth where it seemed to capture 
prey. It then flew briefly and landed before flying across to the eastern shore 
at Lakeside. One of the guests made the ID of White Wagtail based on its call 
which he heard a few times, even from across the water. 


This afternoon there were 8 WTNT at Nerada Tea Plantation. With them were two 
House Swifts. This time I got really good looks and have been studying their 
features since Sunday. The birds were smaller than the nearby Needle-tails but 
with a similar throat pattern. The rump was a brilliant white saddle. The tail 
was shallowly forked with rounded ends to the forks. With the afternoon sun 
behind me the birds were well lit and looked black and white. They flew towards 
me and turned at about 35 metres. 


Other birders have gone for the Wagtail today with no reports of success.
Regards,
Alan

Alan's Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

Phone 07 4095 3784
Mobile 0408 953 786
http://www.alanswildlifetours.com.au/


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Subject: Re: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
From: "Peter Madvig" <madvig AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:04:33 +1100
Well done Tim.....a) for seeing the Dowitcher, and b) for the message about 
the lake!!
By the way, anyone you know of, taken a really clear pic of the bird , that 
can be shared??
Love to "see" it well.......
Cheers
Peter Madvig

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Dolby" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 12:37 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop


Hey everyone,

Re the (likely) Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, I ran in the water 
manager of the lake on Sunday. He'd heard about the Dowitcher via a news 
release and was quite astonished to see how many birders were visiting. 
However, he also mentioned, that the reason he was there was to turn the 
water that diverts into the Lake Tutchewop off.  In terms of background, the 
Barr Creek Drainage Disposal Scheme (BCDDS) diverts saline water into 
Tutchewop Lake, thus preventing ~30,000 t/year of salt from entering the 
Murray River. He predicted that the lake would dry out very quickly i.e. on 
the next couple of hot days. Therefore, if anyone wants to see it, you may 
want to do so fairly soon.

As an aside, he also mentioned that Lake Tutchewop was currently embroiled 
in a legal case with local farmers over an issue of water seepage. BCDDS had 
just spent several million dollars investigating this, and it appears that 
it's true, As a result, the future of Lake Tutchewop is in question. Being 
part of the Kerang Lakes Ramsar sites this could be devastating, 
particularly for saline dependent species such as Banded Stilt and various 
waders!

On another note, I just thought Id mention that I saw the (likely) 
Long-billed Dowitcher on Saturday! What a strikingly good looking bird, and 
in full breeding plumage  such an interest long bill! Afterward I had a few 
quiet ales with friends to celebrate! Very nice.

Cheers,

Tim




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Subject: Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop
From: Tim Dolby <Tim.Dolby AT vu.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:37:08 +0000
Hey everyone,

Re the (likely) Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop, I ran in the water 
manager of the lake on Sunday. He'd heard about the Dowitcher via a news 
release and was quite astonished to see how many birders were visiting. 
However, he also mentioned, that the reason he was there was to turn the water 
that diverts into the Lake Tutchewop off. In terms of background, the Barr 
Creek Drainage Disposal Scheme (BCDDS) diverts saline water into Tutchewop 
Lake, thus preventing ~30,000 t/year of salt from entering the Murray River. He 
predicted that the lake would dry out very quickly i.e. on the next couple of 
hot days. Therefore, if anyone wants to see it, you may want to do so fairly 
soon. 


As an aside, he also mentioned that Lake Tutchewop was currently embroiled in a 
legal case with local farmers over an issue of water seepage. BCDDS had just 
spent several million dollars investigating this, and it appears that it's 
true, As a result, the future of Lake Tutchewop is in question. Being part of 
the Kerang Lakes Ramsar sites this could be devastating, particularly for 
saline dependent species such as Banded Stilt and various waders! 


On another note, I just thought Id mention that I saw the (likely) Long-billed 
Dowitcher on Saturday! What a strikingly good looking bird, and in full 
breeding plumage  such an interest long bill! Afterward I had a few quiet ales 
with friends to celebrate! Very nice. 


Cheers,

Tim




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Subject: RFI - Wader sites between Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton.
From: <sales AT netprocanopies.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:21:51 +1000
Hi Birders,

 

My father and I are travelling up to Rockhampton over the Christmas break
and we would like to stop along the way to try to catch up with the Waders.

 

Does anyone know of good wader roosts between Hervey Bay and Rockhampton, I
know most of the spots around Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast etc up to Hervey
Bay, but further North my knowledge is limited.

 

Thanks in advance

 

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Subject: Re: Silver Gull head-markings
From: Tim Dolby <Tim.Dolby AT vu.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:04:51 +0000
Hi all,
Re my reply below, I only meant to reply to Tom, but must've hit reply all. 
Apologies for that :-) 

Cheers,
Tim
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Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 10:31 AM
To: Tom Tarrant; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings

Hi Tom,

Here's an image of one: see 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrdehoot/2855583584/in/photostream. 


Also, I saw you at James M's talk, and I meant to say hello - I don't think 
we've had a chance to chat. I was half thinking I'd see you at Lake Tutchewop 
on Sunday. I ticked the bird Saturday evening. On Sunday morning I went birding 
around Goschen and Tresco, and then briefly went back to Lake Tutchewop, where 
I'd heard you'd seen the bird (well done). Must catch up for some birding 
sometime. Any targets? 


Cheers mate,

Tim
________________________________________
From: Birding-Aus [birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] on behalf of Tom 
Tarrant [aviceda AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:31 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings

Wonder if anyone can help? At the weekend I went to Lake Tuchewop in
Victoria to look for the Long-billed Dowitcher and arrived at the southern
end of the lake on Saturday evening just before it got dark. Whilst
searching for the wader I noticed an immature gull with a classic
non-breeding head-pattern as a Black-headed Gull, (two small dark-patches)
however the other birders present assured me that it was just a juvenile
Silver Gull (....and it probably was!)
I then realised that I've hardly bothered to look at juvenile Silver Gulls
and never seen this feature in the past. Does anyone have imagery (or know
of some web-links) of juvenile Silver Gull which show head-markings? All
the ones that I've checked so far don't show any.

Any assistance gratefully received,

Tom

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Subject: Needletails
From: Roy & Helen Sonnenburg <royson AT uqconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:27:09 +0000
Hi Mike


30+ White-throated Needletails circling low over Grange, Brisbane, yesterday at 
around 10 am. 


Coordinates are  27? 25' 23.62"S and 153?? 01'17.29" E?.    Very hot and windy.


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Subject: Re: Silver Gull head-markings [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Perkins, Harvey" <Harvey.Perkins AT industry.gov.au>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:44:30 +0000
Hi Tom

There are a few photos of juvenile - immature Silver Gulls from Heron Island on 
my blog as well, at 
http://hdpphd.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/capricornias-terns.html 


Cheers,

Harvey

Dr Harvey Perkins
CRC Programme Liaison Officer
Phone +61 26213 7472
Email: Harvey.Perkins AT industry.gov.au




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Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014 10:31 AM
To: Tom Tarrant; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings

Hi Tom,

Here's an image of one: see 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrdehoot/2855583584/in/photostream. 


Also, I saw you at James M's talk, and I meant to say hello - I don't think 
we've had a chance to chat. I was half thinking I'd see you at Lake Tutchewop 
on Sunday. I ticked the bird Saturday evening. On Sunday morning I went birding 
around Goschen and Tresco, and then briefly went back to Lake Tutchewop, where 
I'd heard you'd seen the bird (well done). Must catch up for some birding 
sometime. Any targets? 


Cheers mate,

Tim
________________________________________
From: Birding-Aus [birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] on behalf of Tom 
Tarrant [aviceda AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:31 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings

Wonder if anyone can help? At the weekend I went to Lake Tuchewop in Victoria 
to look for the Long-billed Dowitcher and arrived at the southern end of the 
lake on Saturday evening just before it got dark. Whilst searching for the 
wader I noticed an immature gull with a classic non-breeding head-pattern as a 
Black-headed Gull, (two small dark-patches) however the other birders present 
assured me that it was just a juvenile Silver Gull (....and it probably was!) I 
then realised that I've hardly bothered to look at juvenile Silver Gulls and 
never seen this feature in the past. Does anyone have imagery (or know of some 
web-links) of juvenile Silver Gull which show head-markings? All the ones that 
I've checked so far don't show any. 


Any assistance gratefully received,

Tom

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Subject: Re: Silver Gull head-markings
From: Tim Dolby <Tim.Dolby AT vu.edu.au>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:31:01 +0000
Hi Tom,

Here's an image of one: see 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrdehoot/2855583584/in/photostream. 


Also, I saw you at James M's talk, and I meant to say hello - I don't think 
we've had a chance to chat. I was half thinking I'd see you at Lake Tutchewop 
on Sunday. I ticked the bird Saturday evening. On Sunday morning I went birding 
around Goschen and Tresco, and then briefly went back to Lake Tutchewop, where 
I'd heard you'd seen the bird (well done). Must catch up for some birding 
sometime. Any targets? 


Cheers mate,

Tim
________________________________________
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Tarrant [aviceda AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:31 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings

Wonder if anyone can help? At the weekend I went to Lake Tuchewop in
Victoria to look for the Long-billed Dowitcher and arrived at the southern
end of the lake on Saturday evening just before it got dark. Whilst
searching for the wader I noticed an immature gull with a classic
non-breeding head-pattern as a Black-headed Gull, (two small dark-patches)
however the other birders present assured me that it was just a juvenile
Silver Gull (....and it probably was!)
I then realised that I've hardly bothered to look at juvenile Silver Gulls
and never seen this feature in the past. Does anyone have imagery (or know
of some web-links) of juvenile Silver Gull which show head-markings? All
the ones that I've checked so far don't show any.

Any assistance gratefully received,

Tom

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Subject: Re: Silver Gull head-markings
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:30:41 +1100
hey Tom,
I haven't got any images showing this nor have I seen any on-line. 
But yes I have noticed it before in the field in very young birds, especially 
up here. Due to being rather diligent in checking all marked birds closely for 
any vagrants, I've seen this a number of times in juv Silver Gulls... 

cheers,
martin cachard,
cairns
 

 
> Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:31:24 +1100
> From: aviceda AT gmail.com
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Silver Gull head-markings
> 
> Wonder if anyone can help? At the weekend I went to Lake Tuchewop in
> Victoria to look for the Long-billed Dowitcher and arrived at the southern
> end of the lake on Saturday evening just before it got dark. Whilst
> searching for the wader I noticed an immature gull with a classic
> non-breeding head-pattern as a Black-headed Gull, (two small dark-patches)
> however the other birders present assured me that it was just a juvenile
> Silver Gull (....and it probably was!)
> I then realised that I've hardly bothered to look at juvenile Silver Gulls
> and never seen this feature in the past. Does anyone have imagery (or know
> of some web-links) of juvenile Silver Gull which show head-markings? All
> the ones that I've checked so far don't show any.
> 
> Any assistance gratefully received,
> 
> Tom
> 
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> Victoria
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Subject: Re: Wader ID Challenge
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:16:43 +1100
my thought exactly John!! 
I thought i'd already replied yesterday, but it hasn't shown as yet... 
cheers, 
martin cachard,
cairns
 

 
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> Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:58:34 +0800
> To: sootyowl AT bigpond.com
> CC: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Wader ID Challenge
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Pectoral Sandpiper for the mystery wader
> 
> Cheers
> John
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On 16 Nov 2014, at 10:29 am, Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge 
 wrote: 

> > 
> > Hi Folks,
> > This weeks blog has a wader ID challenge (photographed at Port Douglas) as 
well as all the news and images from the Lodge including Blue-faced 
Parrot-Finch and Double-eyed Fig-Parrot. 

> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Keith & Lindsay.
> > 
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Subject: Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:21:38 +1000
   Birdline Australian Capital Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sun 16 Nov Pacific Golden Plover Fyshwick Sewage Ponds
   Two Pacific Golden Plovers observed at the Sewage Ponds. Birds observed
   from Dairy Flat Road. Continuing Common Greenshank and 21 Black-winged
   Stilts also visible from the road.
   Alastair Smith
   Fri 14 Nov Common Greenshank Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
   An adult Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage was present on the
   drying pond, 2b, visible from dairy Flat Road, this evening.
   PJ Milburn


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Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:59 +1000
   Birdline Western Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sat 15 Nov Freckled Duck Herdsman Lake, Wembley, Perth, near Wildlife
   Centre
   At least one seen, just east of the Wildlife centre in the evening
   Smathi Chong
   Sun 9 Nov Ruff Len Howard Conservation Park (Erskine)
   Bird reported by Mark Newman on Saturday so I went down Sunday morning
   to have a look. Found bird in tidal mud flats area at Northern
   (Chimneys) end of Park feeding with a group of 20+ Sharp-tailed
   Sandpipers.
   Ross Jones
   Red Turtle Dove Rocky Point Crescent, Settlement. Christmas Island
   Observed Red Turtle Dove on the 9/11/14 between 16.20 and 17.45 while
   out walking along Rocky Point Crescent, Settlement, Xmas Island in the
   afternoon. Was feeding busily on grassed area between homes and
   foreshore. Very flighty and reluctant to allow me to get too close.
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Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:42 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sun 16 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   After a long drive with the wife and kids we finally reached Dowitcher
   ground zero, Lake Tutchewop. Apon ariving there were already quite a
   few other birders present whom had so far been unsuccess at tracking
   the vagrant down. It was my 5yr old son Billy who first spotted a
   strange looking wader off in the distence and once a closer inspection
   was conducted - EUREKA - we had found it!
   Tim Faulkner
   Dowitcher sp. Lake Tutchewop
   The bird has been seen by many visitors again this morning
   Simon Starr via facebook
   Eastern Koel Golden Square . Bendigo
   A single bird calls regularly aprox 8.00 am most mornings. Moving in a
   north to south direction.
   Ken Dredge
   Eastern Koel corner Curtis and Quick st. Long Gully, Bendigo
   Began calling early morning. Seen at 8:50 a.m. being chased by wattle
   birds.
   Peter Weinstock
   Banded Lapwing Warmies Boatramp Reserve. Newport.3015.
   Being harassed by Noisey Miners during gentle rain. 0715.
   Anne-Maree Burgoine
   Sat 15 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop (North side)
   Bird seen around 4:30pm and viewed for about 90 minutes on the north
   shore of Lake Tutchewop. The bird was observed feeding withe
   Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers and the
   odd Stilt and Avocet. The bird flew off to the north around 6pm in the
   company of approximately 20 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and could not be
   relocated. The northern shore site is easily identified because there
   are two delerict concrete structures between the road and the lake
   shore at that point.
   Paul Dodd, Ruth Woodrow, Joy Tansey, Tim Dolby and others
   Grey Goshawk Wallington
   White morph adult perched in dead tree about 100m from edge of
   Bellarine Highway, a kilometer east of Grubb Rd Roundabout
   Russell Woodford
   Dowitcher (long-billed?) Lake Tutchewop
   Dowitcher reported today, south side of lake, sighting taken from Vic
   birders facebook page, no photo
   simon starr via facebook
   Thu 13 Nov White-fronted Honeyeater Greater Bendigo National
   Park--Kamarooka--Old Distillery Dam
   Two White-fronted Honeyeaters drinking at the dam along with
   Purple-gaped, Tawny-crowned, White-eared and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.
   Nick Talbot
   Banded Lapwing Purdies Rd Wunghnu
   Observed a pair of Banded Lapwings in a harvested wheat field in
   Purdies Road north of Wunghnu
   Catarina Gregson
   Eastern Koel Kennington - near La Trobe University
   Heard call at about 7am. Then saw the bird, calling for about five
   minutes from top of a tree, at about 8.30am.
   Helen Lunt
   Banded Lapwing Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
   1 Banded Lapwing together with Masked Lapwings, flew from the rocks and
   landed at the sewage ponds East Blackrock Rd.
   Svante Martinsson
   Crested Bellbird and Black-chinned Honeyeater Bung Bong State Forest
   About a dozen Black-chinned Honeyeaters and half as many Bellbirds seen
   along with lots of other Box-Ironbark locals during a brief early
   morning visit down Chadwick Track, south of the Pyrenees Highway, west
   of Maryborough.
   Marc Freestone
   Wed 12 Nov Freckled Duck Winton Wetlands--Duck Pond
   Fifty or more Freckled Ducks seen at about 9.30am. Accessed the pond
   from the gate closest to the Glenrowan-Boweya rd as this provides good
   observing cover esp. in the morning.
   BirdLIfe Murray Goulburn
   Hooded Plover Kennett River
   One bird close to water line at low tide approx. 9am
   Debbie Worland
   Eastern Koel Quarry Hill and Bendigo
   There are at least 2 Koels in the Quarry Hill area and possibly a 3rd
   in the greater Bendigo area that I know of now. 2 birds heard calling
   to each other 1 near Harkness St Peel St intersection to another down
   near Reginald St early this morning. Another up Lily St near 3BO heard
   soon after. Would like other reports to cross reference and find out
   how many are here now.
   Greg McKay
   Orange Chat Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   29 Mile Rd. at the first curve from Beach Rd there were 2 Orange Chats
   on the fence and adjoining wetlands. 90+ species for the day.
   Gordon McCarthy & Tom Fletcher
   Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   No reports have been received by birdline today, positive or negative,
   of the Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop despite many birders apparently
   visiting the site. Will update any news as soon as we recieve some. An
   ebird list entered for today recorded the bird ar 2pm. We can't confirm
   whether this is accurate
   simon starr for birdline victoria
   Pomarine Jaeger, Arctic Jaeger Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
   Among a loose flock of feeding Crested Terns, gannets and gulls
   offshore from Ricketts Point, I noticed a pale and a dark morph Arctic
   Jaeger. Also present was a pale morph Pomarine, identified by its much
   bulkier body shape and larger size (substantially bigger than the
   Crested Tern it was harassing).
   Sean Dooley
   Eastern Koel Gresswell Habitat Link Nature Conservation Reserve
   Unmistakeable call of a male Koel heard from 6:20am this morning (12
   Nov) for about 15mins. Previously heard on the morning of 3 November -
   just hours before the first report of a Koel in the Royal Botanic
   Gardens in the City.
   Reza Mohammed
   Tue 11 Nov Possible Stilt Sandpiper Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
   Sorry about late report ( no access to net due to work ) . Observed
   what I first thought a Marsh Sandpiper with a group of Sharp tail and
   Curlew Sandpipers, a closer look ( about 300mts ) showed a thicker bill
   and a faint white eye brow , bill slightly curved down , bird same size
   as Curlew SP. Very grainy pic added . Seen about 300mts South East of
   Ford from Boardwalk at Sunflower Dve. (Moderator's note: published to
   hopefully confirm identify)
   Colin Mulvogue
   Grey-crowned Babbler Kerang, Murray Valley Hwy
   A family of Grey-crowned Babblers was seen at the pull-of on the north
   side of the Murray Valley Highway about 10 metres after crossing the
   Lodden River bridge in Kerang.
   Jennifer Spry, Brian Johnston
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird still present. A bit flightier today and alternating between north
   and south shores of the lake. Well done again to the Sawyer's for their
   initial find. Amazing!
   Dean Ingwersen, Andrew Silcocks and a group of other birders.
   Eastern Koel Bennet St, Long Gully, Bendigo
   Photo of Koel and Pee Wee.
   P. Weinstock
   eastern koel Bennet street Long Gully, Bendigo
   8.00 a.m. calling loudly from elm tree. Chased away by peewees who have
   a substantial nest in the tree. The bird has been in the area for
   several weeks and has been sighted around town as per earlier reports.
   P. Weinstock
   Mon 10 Nov Beach Stone-curlew Snowy River estuary
   As we walked along the estuary shoreline at Corringle this evening a
   Beach Stone-curlew was observed quietly roosting among timber debris
   some 500m west of the entrance. Given the frequent sightings of this
   species in Victoria during 2014, it is interesting to speculate just
   how many are present at any one time.
   Len and Jacquie Axen
   American Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird still present at Latitude: -35.499044 Longitude: 143.753457
   Waiting on ID confirmation
   James Mustafa, Scott Baker and Tim Nickholds
   Short-billed Dowitcher (possible) Lake Tutchewop
   There is currently a Short-billed Dowitcher in breeding plumage at Lake
   Tutchewop.
   Per Joshua Bergmark
   Sun 9 Nov Brolga Rokewood/Shelford Rd
   Adult & chick on roadside verge. Approx 2k west past Gumley/Gumley Sth
   crossroads. A small waterhole very close to road near old bluestone
   bridge. She took the chick over to the stone wall fence in amongst high
   Phalaris grass. Male (?) flew onto waterhole when we pulled over. 6pm
   Peter Warner
   Wood Sandpiper Killarney Wetlands, Middle Swamp
   Single Wood Sandpiper observed in the Killarney Wetlands. It was in the
   swampy area which is to the right of the road when travel towards
   Killarney Beach. A handful of Sharpies also present.
   Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, James Mustafa
   Sat 8 Nov Leaden Flycatcher Warby Ranges (Booth Winery)
   Heritage Trail behind Booths Winery. Diamond Firetail was at Ben
   Warby's 1857 Sheepwash. Leaden Flycatcher, Varied Sitella were upstream
   on slope above Weir 3. Sitella chased away by Rufous Whistler, which
   were very abundant and provided continuous sound screen.
   Neil Murray
   Fri 7 Nov Dowitcher sp. (either Long-billed or Short-billed) Lake
   Tutchewop
   A Dowitcher sp. either Short-billed of Long-billed has been recorded
   and photographed at Lake Tutchewop but confirmation of which species is
   required. Posted here to confirm this sighting and obtain more photos
   is possible.
   Eremaea Moderators via Peter Sawyer
   Sat 1 Nov Eastern Koel Hawthorn
   Koel has returned to the same pine near corner of Lisson Grove and
   Through Street for third consecutive year.
   John Gray


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Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:33 +1000
   Birdline Tasmania

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sun 16 Nov Royal Spoonbill Queechy Lake
   Two birds in breeding plumage. One 'standing guard', one sitting
   motionless on a stick nest for the twenty minutes I was observing. If
   there are eggs under the sitting bird they would not be visible from
   the viewing platform. Tasmanian breeding record? Australian Reed
   Warbler calling from reeds.
   Richard Ashby
   Sat 15 Nov Lewin's Rail Oyster Cove
   Two Lewin's Rail today at Oyster Cove.
   Tim Collins, Graham Collins.
   Fri 14 Nov Curlew Sandpiper Marion Bay
   A single Curlew Sandpiper seen today feeding with Red-necked Stints on
   the edge of the bay just outside the saltmarsh which is adjacent to the
   causeway. It was best seen from the 90 degree corner beside the houses
   accross the causeway. Great scope view but only a distant photograph.
   Rob Hamilton
   Wed 12 Nov Common Sandpiper (1) Frenchs Farm, Maria Island
   Along creek near Frenchs Farm. Sandpiper with horizontal posture, solid
   brown back, and white belly that bobbed up and down a lot -
   characteristic behaviour of the Common Sandpiper.
   Ryan Steiner per Paul Brooks


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Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:27 +1000
   Birdline South Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sun 16 Nov Western Grasswren Whyalla Conservation Park
   2 or 3 by Wild Dog Hill. Nearby were Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-rumped and
   Slender-billed Thornbills all in the same clump of mulga, and also an
   Inland Thornbill by the car park.
   Paul Taylor
   White-breasted Woodswallow Port Augusta
   5 perched on powerline. I am wondering if this is unusual for this
   area, being SW of normal range.
   Paul Taylor
   Sat 15 Nov Semipalmated Plover Pelican Point, Carpenters Rocks
   Bird still there, hanging around on beach west of the rocks, then flew
   onto the reef.
   Kevin Bartram, Kay Parkin, Scott Baker, James Mustafa
   Mon 10 Nov Semipalmated Plover Pelican Point
   Maureen Christie and Helen Vaughan per Bob Green
   Sun 9 Nov Semi-palmated Plover Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks, SA
   A Semi-palmated Plover found by Maureen Christie and Helen Vaughan,
   photos have been studied and the identity has been confirmed.
   Maureen Christie & Bob Green (finders M Christie & H Vaughan)


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Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:22 +1000
   Birdline Northern Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.


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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:15 +1000
   Birdline North Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   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
   Yellow Wagtail Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
   Very plain white and grey Wagtail beside Palm Creek pool near old
   stockyards today. Flighty. Lost bird after low flight across extensive
   wetlands. My first sighting of species this season.
   Tony Ashton
   Sun 9 Nov Pectoral Sandpiper Warri Park - Port Douglas
   Seen well in the wide section of the drain at the southern end of the
   lake just before it passes under the road - busy poking around in the
   mud by 2 observers at 6.15am. Bill yellowish at the base and looked
   longer than a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper bill, markings on breast abruptly
   cut off, single bird not in company of others.
   Doug Herrington and Bill Twiss


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