Return of the Plumed Egret

It was in 2014 that Birdlife International resurrected Gould’s Plumed Egret.  This was followed five years later by Birdlife Australia in its WLAB v.3.  According to the theory behind that, you only (or just about only) find Intermediate Egrets to Australia’s north. I know from bird hide conversations that this particular taxonomic update . . . → Read More: Return of the Plumed Egret

Fwd: Flocking currawongs

Hi. I'm in Drummoyne (Sydney) where there was a flock of Pied Currawongs about 6 weeks ago when trees in the (small!) Bob Smith Reserve were fruiting. I didn't try to count them but there were certainly more than 20. They were in and around the Reserve, very active and vocal, for at least 2 . . . → Read More: Fwd: Flocking currawongs

Flocking currawongs

Hi all,

I was at the Gold Coast last week and was interested to see large numbers of Pied Currawongs flocking around a new building site at sunset.

I have a photo, but I don’t think I can upload pictures on this chat group?

Probably 40 birds in all.

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Would Samoa be an over-wintering site for Golden Plovers?

Following on from my previous post, we saw a lot of golden plovers on Samoa, where they tended to hang out on mown lawns.

They all seemed to be in non-breeding plumage, which seemed to be a bit strange at the end of September. Is Samoa on the East Asian flyway? (It is to . . . → Read More: Would Samoa be an over-wintering site for Golden Plovers?

A Week in Samoa

My son and I spent a week at the end of September (late dry season) on the Island of Upolu. Matt wanted to go to a less-visited island in the Pacific and Samoa fitted the bill – mountains, rainforest, beaches, waterfalls, direct flights to and from Brisbane, and a friendly population with plenty of English . . . → Read More: A Week in Samoa

Margaret Cameron Memorial Service – Livestream link

Hi everyone

Further to my recent message, I've been advised that Margaret Cameron's family have organised for her memorial service to be streamed live. Please find below the link to access the live stream:

Service commences at 11.00am Queensland time (no daylight saving in . . . → Read More: Margaret Cameron Memorial Service – Livestream link

Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period Monday, October 2, 2023 to Sunday, October 8, 2023:

Area: SA

Location: Greenfields Wetlands – Magazine Road

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) (4) Four birds observed flying over the wetland in a westerly direction toward Barker Inlet. Later observed flying in a . . . → Read More: Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

Vale Margaret Cameron

Hi everyone I’ve just learned that Margaret Cameron, former president of the RAOU (now Birds Australia) passed away last Friday. Margaret was a renowned bird observer, conservationist and amateur ornithologist. She was for a number of years the University Librarian at Deakin University. Margaret was also a founding member of Birding-Aus, and she did much . . . → Read More: Vale Margaret Cameron