Latest sightings

22 March 2019

Four Aerodramus SWIFTLETS (NJ) and two Bridled Terns (AB) were seen at Entrance Point.

21 March 2019

Three Common Redshank seen roosting on the beach next to the BBO viewing platform.

18 March 2019

A Black-eared Cuckoo was seen along the BBO firebreak.

17 March 2019

A Siberian Peregrine Falcon (ssp. calidus), 23 Oriental Pratincoles and more than 500 Little Curlew were seen on plains around the Great Northern Highway, c.10 km south of the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse.

16 March 2019

Yellow Chats and a Little Eagle were seen around the saltmarsh behind One Tree.

14 March 2019

A Red-chested Buttonquail was flushed from the saltmarsh behind One Tree.

10 March 2019

Eastern Yellow Wagtails were heard around the BBO and seen at the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant (NJ). A Little Eagle, Spotted Harrier, over 40 Fork-tailed Swifts and several hundred Masked Woodswallows passed over the BBO. Two Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were confirmed present at the BBO this morning, and both were later seen around the Shadehouse bird baths.

9 March 2019

Eleven Pied Honeyeaters seen along the BBO firebreak. A flock of 33 Greater Sand Plovers lifted off from the mudflats during Migration Watch this evening, beginning their northward migration to the Mongolian desert.

7 March 2019

Two Pied Honeyeaters were feeding on a flowering Hakea along the BBO firebreak. A Magpie Goose was at the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a Budgerigar was seen at Entrance Point.

6 March 2019

A Freckled Duck, White-browed Crake (feeding young) and two Little Grassbirds were seen at Nimalaica (NJ and GS). A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater is at the BBO: the first record of this species in Broome since 2000.

4 March 2019

An Asian Dowitcher (NJ) and Siberian Peregrine Falcon (ssp. calidus) were seen in Roebuck Bay.

2 March 2019

Four ROSE-CROWNED FRUIT-DOVES seen at Coconut Wells, north of Broome (CM).

28 February 2019

A Kimberley Flycatcher and Common Redshank were seen around the Crab Creek mangroves.

27 February 2019

Around 40 Oriental Pratincoles were foraging over the plains behind One Tree lookout this morning, with more heard flying over the BBO at night. An Australasian Swamphen was seen on the edge of the One Tree mangroves, and a Red-headed Honeyeater was around the BBO viewing platform.

26 February 2019

Two Oriental Pratincoles and five Cockatiel seen flying over the BBO towards Roebuck Plains.

20 February 2019

A Black Honeyeater was seen in the scrub around One Tree. Thirty-six Freckled Duck were recorded in a survey at the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant (KH); please note there is no public access to this site.

17 February 2019

A Black Swan and two Barn Swallows were seen from the One Tree lookout. A Broad-billed Flycatcher has been visiting the Shadehouse bird baths.

14 February 2019

Five Lesser Frigatebirds seen soaring over the BBO.

12 February 2019

A Northern Fantail was at Streeter’s Jetty in Broome, along with at least three Red-headed Honeyeaters.

10 February 2019

Two Varied Sitella were seen along the BBO firebreak.

9 February 2019

A Peregrine Falcon suggestive of Siberian race calidus was seen over the BBO. A Common Redshank was at Little Crab Creek (GS).

7 February 2019

A FAIRY PITTA was found by staff at Matso’s in Broome: only the second record of this species from mainland Australia. The bird was temporarily stunned after flying into a window, and then recovered and was released. It was seen by a number of local birders over the subsequent two days and then sadly found dead in a garden. The specimen is being sent to the Western Australian Museum (details from BG and DB via Facebook, and GS).

4 February 2019

A Sanderling was seen from the BBO viewing platform.

3 February 2019

Two Channel-billed Cuckoos seen flying over the BBO.

1 February 2019

A single Beach Stone-curlew continues around the BBO viewing platform.


AB - Adrian Boyle, BG - Bruce Greatwich, CM - Claire Marquis, DB - Damian Baxter, GS - George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching, KH - Kerry Hadley, NJ - Nigel Jackett. All other sightings contributed by BBO staff and guests.


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