Rare and Unusual Bird Sightings

2012

  • 2nd May. One Pacific Bazza, Aviceda subcristata at Browns Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree.
2014

  • 3rd February. One Painted Honeyeater, Grantiella picta at Cattai Wetlands Coopernook.
2015

  • 18 April. Seven White-winged Choughs, Corcorax melanorhamphos in woodland along Glenthorn Road Glenthorn Taree
  • 2nd June. Two Regent Honeyeaters, Anthochaera phrygia at the football field, Dariah Street Lake Cathie. Last sighting was on 23rd August
  • 21st July. One Noisy Pitta, Pitta versicolor Bennetts Head, Forster
  • 29th October. One Cicadabird, Coracina tenuirostris Janies Corner, Booti Booti National Park.
2016

  • 21st March. Two Brolgas, Grus rubicunda Boyters Lane Jerseyville
  • 12th May. One Little Eagle, Hieraaetus morphnoides above Ramada Resort Diamond Beach Hallidays Point
  • 17th May. One Peaceful Dove, Geopelia placida Neranie Car Park Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 19th May. Two Regent Honeyeaters, Anthochaera phrygia at the football field, Dariah Street Lake Cathie. Last sighting was on 25rd August
  • 28th August. 'Leucistic' Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera Tuncurry Breakwall in Banksia integrifolia
  • 6th October. Nine or more Wompoo Fruit-doves, Ptilinopus magnificus Maynard Meadows Road Hannam Vale in Ficus macrophylla subsp macrophylla
  • 12th October. Two Spotted Pardalotes, Pardalotus punctatus Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Track Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 3 November. Two or more Satin Flycatchers, Myiagra cyanoleuca Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Track Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 10 November. Two or more Spectacled Monarchs, Symposiachrus trivirgatus Manning River Edge adjacent to Vic Shoesmith Reserve Manning Point.
  • 11 November. One Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos Black Head Littoral Rainforest, Western pocket opposite Black Head Bowling Club.
  • 17 November. One Powerful Owl, Ninox strenua The Southern Parkway Forster.
  • 9th December. Southern Boobooks, Ninox boobook in Blackbutt, Marcel Terry Reserve Hind Avenue Forster. 1 Female and 3 Fledgelings

2017

  • 6 January. One Lewin's Rail, Lewinia pectoralis encountered along Seale Road Belmore Swamp.
  • 17 July. Two Barn Owls, Tyto javanica dead on the side of the Pacific Highway just before the turn off to Harrington.
  • 17 July. Some 31 or more Torresian Wandering Whistling-Ducks, Dendrocygna arcuata australis in the pond at the 18th Hole, Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie
  • 17 July. Some 18 or more Freckled Ducks, Stictonetta naevosa in the pond at the 18th Hole, Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie
  • 19 August. Some 1 or more Tyto longimembris, Eastern Grass Owl flushed from the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 4th September. There was a sighting of a single Haematopus fuliginosus x ophthalmicus a hybrid of The Northern and Southern Sooty Oystercatcher on the Tuncurry Breakwall
  • 25 September. A Large mixed flock of some 300 or more Artamus superciliousus, White-browed Woodswallow and Artamus personatus, Masked Woodswallow over the Towship of Forster. They persisted for some 5 hours and were never seen again
  • 2 October. A single Turnix varius, Painted Button-quail encountered along Seale Road Belmore Swamp. This is the first record of this species at this site.
  • 4 October. One juvenile Cincloramphus mathewsi, Rufous Songlark observed along the main road leading through The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 4 October. Some 2 or more Heteroscenes pallidus, Pallid Cuckoos observed along the main road leading through The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 1 November. One Calidris pugnax, Ruff within the Cattai Creek Wetland which is located west of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 9 November. Two Pluvialis fulva, Pacific Golden Plovers within the tidal pond located on the Forster side of the Forster Breakwall. This is the first record of this species in Forster.
  • 13 November. One Calidris melanotos, Pectoral Sandpiper within the Cattai Creek Wetland which is located west of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 21st November. A Pale-vented Bush-hen, Amaurornis moluccana was heard and subsequently photographed in December at Lower Pappinbarra in the Hastings District. In all two were seen.
  • 11th December. The arrival of some 13 to 18 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar. They departed in late May 2018.
  • 17 December. Some 5 or more Synoicus chinensis victoriae, Eastern King Quail flushed from the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 17 December. Two or more Cacomantis variolosus, Brush Cuckoos heard along the road within The Minimbah Nature Reserve Nabiac. First record for this species within this area.
  • 22nd December. One Botaurus poiciloptilus, Australasian Bittern at Googik Heritage Walking Track Port Macquarie
  • 22nd December. One Ixobrychus dubius, Australian Little Bittern at Googik Heritage Walking Track Port Macquarie
  • 23 December. Seven Neophema pulchella, Turquoise Parrots observed along the Dunshea Trail Mungo Brush Myall Lakes National Park
  • 23 December. Two Phaps elegans, Brush Bronzewings observed along the Dunshea Trail Mungo Brush Myall Lakes National Park
  • 28 December. One Xanthomyza phrygia, Regent Honeyeater at Barry Park Fingal Bay Port Stephens
  • 29 December. One Calidris pugnax, Ruff at Stockton Sandspit

2018

  • 2nd January. Two Gang-gang Cockatoos, Callocephalon fimbriatum were recorded on the track east of The Whoota Whoota Lookout in the Wallingat National Park. It would appear that this is the first record of the species in this National Park and in the surrounding general area.
  • 6th January. Two nesting Forest Kingfishers, Todiramphus macleayii at Fernbank Creek Port Macquarie.
  • 20th January. One Southern Pale-yellow Robin, Tregellasia capito capito observed along the track to Potoroo Falls Tapin Tops National Park.
  • 5 May. Thirty eight or more Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor sighted in the the western end of the southern carpark of Coles on Major Innes Drive Lake Innes Port Macquarie. They were present mainly in the Forest Red Gums, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were not in flower. The birds appeared to be feeding on lerps. Two were sighted at 4.21 pm followed by flocks of 5, 7 and various other numbers.
  • 17 May. Thirty two Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor observed at front of Lot 22 Tallong Drive Lake Cathie in Forest Red Gum, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were also not in flower. The birds were seen feeding on lerps.
  • 22 May. 'Leucistic' Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera Tuncurry Breakwall in Banksia integrifolia
  • 29 May. One Red-backed Kingfisher, Todiramphus pyrrhopygius at 595 Belmore River North Bank Road, Gladstone. Seen by the author 25th June at the same address.
  • 15 June. Two Pacific Gulls, Larus pacificus sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.
  • 17 June. One female Musk Duck, Biziura lobata at Cattai Wetlands. First sighting at this location
  • 17 June. Two Australian Gull-billed Terns, Gelochelidon macrotarsa sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.
  • 7 June. One White-fronted Tern, Sterna striata fishing around the netted beach within Tuncurry Breakwall. The bird departed about 19th July.
  • 16 June. Ten or more Australian Shovelers, Spatula rhynchotis rhynchotis Cattai Wetlands Coopernook.
  • 22 July. One Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia seen feeding on Banksia integrifolia around the 4-wheel drive beach access carpark to Mudbishops Point. (GPS -31.962649, 152.597079).
  • 2 August. Seven or more South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami Yarratt State Forest @ -31.759211, 152.420693
  • 10 August. One Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri flew over 89 Macintosh Street Forster at about 11am. It came from the east heading west calling as it flew.
  • 22nd October. One Black Bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis Cattai Creek which is located directly east of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 1 November. The arrival of some 6 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 12 November. Two Red-rumped Parrot, Psephotus haematonotus seen at the Lakes Estate Forster. This is the only sighting of this species in Forster that I am aware of.
  • 12 November. Two Australian Shelduck, Tadorna tadornoides seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 23 November. One Terek Sandpiper, Xenus cinereus seen at Farquhar Inlet Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 18 November. One Southern Little Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla megarhyncha rufogaster seen in the Grassy Head Caravan Park.
  • 25 November. One Ruff, Calidris subruficollis seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 1 December. One Little Stint, Calidris minuta seen at Farquhar Inlet Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 2 December. One Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Calidris pugnax seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 2 December. One Broad-billed Sandpiper, Calidris falcinellus seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.

2019

  • 19th January. One Brush Bronzwing, Phaps elegans was recorded along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac. This is the first sighting of this species in the general area.
  • 19th January. Two Eastern Red-backed Fairy-wrens, Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus were sighted along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac. This is the first sighting of this species in the general area.


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