SPOTTED WHISTLING-DUCKS at Wonga Beach, FNQ

hello all,

we are fortunate enough to have had no fewer than 24 Spotted Whistling-Ducks since Tuesday 14/11/17 up here at Wonga Beach in FNQ. I would say that in all likelihood these are 2 family groups.

I am keeping the exact location quiet for the time being because the site is very accessible.

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Guardian Australian bird of the year 2017

www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2017/nov/20/australian-bird-of-the-year-2017-vote-for-your-favourite

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Black Kite – Upper North Shore, Sydney

Dear All,

Had a very good view of a Black Kite over my back yard in East Killara yesterday (19th November). I thought it was actually going to perch in a gum tree there.

This bird has been around for at least 6 weeks in the general area. I have seen it four times before, . . . → Read More: Black Kite – Upper North Shore, Sydney

Resending with apologies Baillon’s Crake

My apologies for not seeing that I had been autocorrected. Thank you to Philip Veerman for drawing my attention to this.

Dear Aus Birders,

I’m not sure how much of interest this would be, however, yesterday afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to observe a Baillon’s Crake wandering around in the near-open at Dangar’s Lagoon, on . . . → Read More: Resending with apologies Baillon’s Crake

Balloon’s Crake

Dear Aus Birders,

I’m not sure how much of interest this would be, however, yesterday afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to observe a Baillon’s Crake wandering around in the near-open at Dangar’s Lagoon, on the the New England Tablelands. Good to see the lagoon once again full of water and thriving with lots of birds.

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Red capped robin mulgoa valley

Finally tracked down an unusual trill over the creek, it is Red Capped Robin. Reasonably approachable and a brilliant little bird .

At least three others heard from different areas about 100 m apart.

The one seen was perched on a low acacia branch and flying out onto the adjacent paddock to catch insects, similar . . . → Read More: Red capped robin mulgoa valley

Hot off the press OBP article on Emu

Further knowledge and urgent action required to save Orange-bellied Parrots from extinction

see static1.squarespace.com/static/582ea0d1579fb3ef8b09706d/t/5a0e0c9524a694c450b31e7e/1510870177331/Stojanovic+et+al+Orange+bellied+Parrots+2017.pdf

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All very quiet at the moment.

The local red wattle birds, superb wrens and welcome swallows have had successful broods. I have not seen the Australian Ravens, Pied Currawongs, noisy miners, grey butcher birds, magpies nor pee wees feeding young. I think that the red wattle birds are quiet because they are on the nest with the Koel’s egg/s? Sent from . . . → Read More: All very quiet at the moment.

The life and death struggle of an osprey chick tossed from its nest by sibling

www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-17/osprey-struggle-captured-on-camera/9161104

JLA jlukin01@gmail.com This note’s from the mobile.

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‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds

Hi Anthea, There are lots of big Robber Crabs on Christmas Island! Lets hope eating birds doesn’t occur to them. We were there during the red crab migration and did see plenty of robber crabs eating red crabs that had been squished on the road.

Jenny Stiles

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