Summer 2011/12

27th February 2012

* Mia Mia Track near the waterhole – small mixed flock of White-throated Needletails and Fork-tailed Swifts

11th February 2012

* Mia Mia Track – Diamond Firetail @ the waterhole

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Brown Goshawk (adult + juvenile) in Oxleys remnant plus a Black-shouldered Kite and Australian Kestrel in the sentinel tree.

6th February 2012

* Clydesdale (reported by Mary Grant) – Wedge-tailed Eagle (pair with two juveniles). Mary provided the following note … “saw “my” pair of Wedgies for the first time in a while yesterday morning about 7.30am, together with what looked like TWO juveniles! At one stage all four were in the air together, over my 20 acre paddock, then the two juveniles landed in a tree and one commenced begging for food. Couldn’t clearly see if the other one was doing the same. If indeed both are immatures, what a thrill. Obviously there is plenty of food around, but I have never seen a pair with more than one young before. Since moving here nearly 10 years ago, I have seen that pair of Wedge Tails produce a young one every year, even in the driest years of the drought. They must be exceptional parents. I am assuming they are the same birds – certainly they follow the same routine each season. I remember reading an article in New Scientist fairly recently on observations made of some raptors (I think) in Europe. When the male partner of a certain pair died, a new young male appeared very quickly to join the female and take up the slack.  Evidently young males loiter in the vicinity of a breeding pair, ready to move in when the opportunity arises. I have often wondered about the fate of local young wedgies – where do they go and what is the survival rate.”

27th January 2012

* Cairn Curran Reservoir (Joyces Creek Arm) – Little Black Cormorant, Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Darter (numerous), Yellow-billed Spoonbill (1), Royal Spoonbill (1), Great Egret (2), Sacred Kingfisher, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Collared Sparrowhawk, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Whistling Kite, Clamorous Reed-warbler, Masked Lapwing, White-faced Heron.

26th January 2012

* Mia Mia Track – Square-tailed Kite seen in far distance towards north end of Mia Mia Road.

South German Track dams – Australasian Grebe, Scarlet Robin, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Little Pied Cormorant, White-faced Heron, Fuscous Honeyeater.

12th January 2012

* Spring Hill Track area – Red-capped Robin (pair feeding juvenile), Eastern Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin, Brown Falcon, Buff-rumped Thornbill.

11th January 2012

* Franklinford – Little Eagle

7th January 2012

* Spring Hill Track – Painted Button-quail –  two birds disturbed south of the track.

* Mia Mia Track (waterhole) – Black-chinned Honeyeater (small flock) perched but failed to drink unlike the numerous Yellow-tufted, Brown-headed and Fuscous Honeyeaters, Mistletoebird, Rufous Whistler, a single White-throated Needletail (first for the summer).

6th January 2012

* Mia Mia Track (waterhole) – Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Crested Bellbird (calling), White-browed Babbler.

1st January 2012

* Walker’s Swamp – Whistling Kite, Black-winged Stilts (~30), Tree Martin, Welcome Swallow, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Plover, Masked Lapwing, Grey Teal, White-necked Heron, White-faced Heron.

31st December 2011

* Sullivan’s Track Muckleford State Forest – Hooded Robin (male), Crested Bellbird (calling).

29th December 2011

* Frogmore Swamp – Spotted Harrier (immature), Australian Spotted Crake, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Plover, Pink-eared Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe, Little Grassbird.

Immature Spotted Harrier, Frogmore Swamp, 29th Decemebr 2011.

28th December 2011

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Great Egret, Darter, Musk Lorikeet, Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, Whistling Kite, Collared Sparrowhawk.

27th December 2011

* Mia Mia Track – Diamond Firetail.

* Sullivan’s & Spring Hill Track junction – Crested Bellbird (male), Painted Honeyeater (calling), Owlet-nightar.

Owlet-nightjar, Sullivans and Spring Hill Track area, 27th December 2011.

22nd December 2011

* Sullivan’s & Spring Hill Track junction – Sacred Kingfisher, Painted Honeyeater (calling), Black-fronted Plover, White-necked Heron,  Rufous Songlark, Musk Lorikeet, Dusky Woodswallows (feeding almost fledged young).

* Jack’s Lane Newstead – Black-fronted Plover (pair with two eggs), Black-chinned Honeyeater (immatures).

Immature Black-chinned Honeyeater, Jack’s Lane Newstead, 22nd December 2011.

21st December 2011

* Cemetery Road, Newstead – Rainbow Bee-eaters (bringing food to nests), Tree Martins amongst Welcome Swallows, Brown Falcon, Restless Flycatcher.

* Lakeside Swamp – Painted Snipe (6) observed by Brett Whitfield.

2nd December 2011

* Lakeside Swamp – Glossy Ibis (1), Painted Snipe (2), Black-winged Stilt (~20) – reported by Joe Park and Brett Whitfield.

* Cairn Curran Reservoir (Gough’s Range area) – White-breasted Woodswallows, Nankeen Kestrel, Little Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Whistling Kite, Darter (3), Little Pied Cormorant.

Little Eagle, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 2nd December 2011.

1st December 2011

* Muckleford (near Pullan’s Road) – Square-tailed Kite soaring high near the edge of the Muckleford NCR.

* Loddon River @ Newstead (near the Reserve) – Little Eagle, Whistling Kite, Little Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Honeyeater.

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