Eagle news from Australia

This video from Thailand is called White-bellied sea eagle hunting @ Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp.

From Birdline Victoria in Australia:

Sat 14 November 2015

White-bellied Sea-eagle

An adult sea eagle observed being harassed by ravens over Cardinia Reservoir at lunch today.

Swift parrot reports from Australia

This video from Australia says about itself:

Tasmania’s swift parrot set to follow the dodo

31 March 2015

The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.

The researchers have called on the Federal Government to list the birds as critically endangered.

“Swift parrots are in far worse trouble than anybody previously thought,” said leader of the study, Professor Robert Heinsohn, from The Australian National University (ANU).

“Everyone, including foresters, environmentalists and members of the public will be severely affected if they go extinct,” said Professor Heinsohn from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Swift parrots are major pollinators of blue and black gum trees which are crucial to the forestry industry, which controversially continues to log swift parrot habitat.

The five-year study discovered that swift parrots move between different areas of Tasmania each year to breed, depending on where food is available.

The new data was combined with a previous study that showed that swift parrots are preyed on heavily by sugar gliders, especially in deforested areas.

The research predicted that the population of the birds will halve every four years, with a possible decline of 94.7 per cent over 16 years.

A moratorium on logging in swift parrot habitat is needed until new plans for their protection can be drawn up, said co-researcher, Dr Dejan Stojanovic, also from ANU Fenner School.

“Current approaches to swift parrot management look rather inadequate,” he said.

“Our models are a wake-up call. Actions to preserve their forest habitat cannot wait.”

The research has been published in the latest edition of Biological Conservation.

From Birdline Victoria in Australia today:

Sat 15 highlight Swift Parrot
You Yangs Regional Park–Visitor Entrance Area
4 Swift Parrots in eucalypts close to Park Office. Fuscous Honeyeaters and Black-chinned Honeyeaters still in area also.
John Newman & David Tytherleigh 15/8 #224210
highlight Swift Parrot
Deakin University–Waurn Ponds Campus
2 Swift Parrots vocal and mobile around the NA building and Koorie studies building of the campus this morning.
John Newman 15/8 #224209

Australian bittern in Victoria

This video is called Australasian Bittern.

From Birdline Victoria in Australia:

Tuesday 30 June

Australian Bittern

Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)–Western Lagoons

Thanks to Paul Newman who spotted the bird, the bird spent most of the time in the drain on the left hand side as you enter Western Lagoons via Gate 2. It did, however, move around the centre ponds as well. Time was about 4pm.

Bernie OKeefe

Australian bird news

This video from Australia is called Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus).

From Birdline Victoria in Australia, 15 May 2015:

Noisy Friarbird

Yarra Ranges Council/Lilydale Tennis Club, Anderson Street, Lilydale

Single individual observed in flowering Ironbarks behind the municipal offices/Lilydale Library and adjoining the tennis club.

Feeding with mixed flocks of Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner and Rainbow Lorikeet. Seen 13-15 May in same location.

Australian priest blames victim for her murder

This video from Australia is called ABC colleagues pay tribute to Jill Meagher.

Australian priest blames victim Jill Meagher for her murder: here.

See also here.

Australian birds news update

This is a Beautiful Firetail video from Tasmania in Australia.

From Birdline Victoria in Australia:

Thursday 8 January 2015

Fork-tailed Swift, White-throated Needletail, Latham’s Snipe, Eastern Bristlebird

Cape Howe Wilderness Area.

Mixed flock of over 100 forks and needles over Howe Flat around midday in hot and humid conditions, ratio of around 70:30 in favour of needletails. (200+ WTNT & 30 FTS seen later over Mallacoota before cool change) Single Latham’s Snipe flushed near start of boardwalk at Howe Flat (track still flooded), and 3 Eastern Brist[l]ebird heard but not seen; contact calls and intermittent song only. No sign of White-cheeked H[oney]E[ater] from November. On Lakeview Track near Barracoota Tk a pair of Beautiful Firetail was nest building, and lots of Little & Musk Lorikeet were present in flowering bloodwoods.

Australian birds New Year news

This is a spotless crake video.

From Birdline Victoria (Australia):

Truganina Swamp, Altona

About 8am, immature Lewin’s Rail seen close to the fence beside the path that runs south from the railway line between two swamps. 1x Spotted and Spotless Crakes in the same area. Same three species seen in the same area yesterday around the same time.

Peter Shute, 1 January 2015