Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period Monday, December 30, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020:

Area: SA

Location: On our Rockleigh property

Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) (1) Brown treecreepers disappeared in Dec 2014 (almost 12 months after the bushfire) after having been resident for 6 years. One showed . . . → Read More: Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

Magpie Geese Near Geelong

Hi All

I was very interested and surprised to see 18 Magpie Geese feeding in a paddock by the intersection of Station Rd and Townsend Rd Moolap just east of Geelong yesterday morning. They then flew to the north edge of Reedy Lake at the end of Station Rd where they were feeding for some . . . → Read More: Magpie Geese Near Geelong

Hobart Birding

Hi All.

I’ll be in Hobart on Thursday & Friday this week, the 2/3rd Jan. I’ve done extensive research for my life list but would be more motivated birding in company. Happy to provide transport, morning tea, lunch etc. Please email directly if interested.

Kind regards, Sue

Sent from my iPhone

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South Polar Skua off North Head Manly.

Very exciting to see a light morph South Polar Skua off North Head Manly this morning. Cheers Michael. Sent from my Samsung GALAXY S5 on the Telstra Mobile network

One more Canberra Scene

Along with many other places at the moment, it is hot here in Canberra, and disagreeably smoky.  Passing by an eerily quiet and slightly obscured parliament house this morning, I captured this scene of biological pest control.  This is definitely my last imposition of a Christmas card on you, for this year, so . . . → Read More: One more Canberra Scene


Am planning to visit Kakadu next year. Besides birding I'd like to see the major rock art sites and immerse myself in indigenous culture. Would appreciate any suggestions re the best way to bird in Kakadu for a single person without a 4 wheel drive. Perhaps a birding tour? Or the possibility of joinng a . . . → Read More: Kakadu

Birds in 2019

Over several years I have amused myself by composing a birdy Christmas card. Appended is a reduced version of this year’s offering. With the exception of the Little Bittern (from 30 Dec 2018) all were snapped around Canberra this year. It occurs to me that there can be nowhere else that such a . . . → Read More: Birds in 2019

Shrike-tit split

BA follows HBW/BLI which accepts the very obvious split. They should never have been lumped.

IOC has recently made shriketits a monotypic family, but I guess it is waiting for someone to publish a paper before they make the split into three species.

_________________________________________________________________ Frank O’Connor Birding WA Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email . . . → Read More: Shrike-tit split

Pacific Swifts along the Barcoo river, CWQ

Mike and Birding Aus'ers, An incidental observation of an estimated 6 Pacific Swifts made by Andrew Ley and myself on 9th December at 6.30am along the Barcoo River at Welford NP (143º 11 and 25º 11) – they were 'sallying' up and down the river for some several minutes There's some confusion around 'incidental . . . → Read More: Pacific Swifts along the Barcoo river, CWQ

White-throated Needletail – Byron Bay

Around 30 White-throated Needletail at the Cape Byron Lighthouse this am after a thunderstorm last night. Cheers Steve Potter

— Steve Potter0407397234