Latest sightings

22 April 2019

A male Leaden Flycatcher was seen from the BBO Shadehouse.

21 April 2019

A change in the wind brought dry, cool southeasterlies, and perhaps associated with this we had a spectacular evening of migration, with 35 shorebird and tern flocks departing past the BBO Beach between 4 PM and 6 PM. Among them were 729 Whimbrel, 489 Red Knots, 197 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 136 Asian Gull-billed Terns (ssp. affinis), 128 Black-tailed Godwits, 80 Common Greenshank, 40 Asian Dowitchers and a Whiskered Tern.

20 April 2019

A Peregrine Falcon was seen pursuing a flock of Black-tailed Godwits over the Roebuck Bay mudflats.

19 April 2019

Three Eastern Yellow Wagtails were seen at the Broome sewage ponds (NJ).

16 April 2019

Three Asian Dowitchers and a Common Redshank were seen roosting along Roebuck Bay’s northern shores.

13 April 2019

A Kimberley Flycatcher was seen in the Crab Creek mangroves.

12 April 2019

Twenty-seven Freckled Ducks continue at a dam along the Great Northern Highway.

10 April 2019

An Australian Peregrine Falcon (ssp. macropus) was seen along Crab Creek Road.

8 April 2019

A flock of 12 Painted Finch were at Entrance Point.

7 April 2019

A Painted Finch pair were seen visiting the Shadehouse bird baths.

6 April 2019

A Square-tailed Kite was seen along Crab Creek Road (CJH).

5 April 2019

Four Eastern Yellow Wagtails were seen at the Broome sewage ponds.

4 April 2019

A Common Redshank was roosting at Richard’s Point on the northern shores of Roebuck Bay (CJH). Sixty-eight Freckled Ducks continue at a dam along the Great Northern Highway.

2 April 2019

A single Common Redshank was seen in a mixed shorebird roost at Wader Spit in Roebuck Bay.

31 March 2019

Sixty-three Freckled Ducks were seen along the Great Northern Highway, on a dam around 6 km east of the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse (CGM). We held a wonderful Migration Watch this evening as our 150 visitors witnessed over 2,000 shorebirds leaving Roebuck Bay on their northward migration, including 1,756 Great Knots, 186 Bar-tailed Godwits and 91 Greater Sand Plovers. Many thanks to Yeeda for providing the delicious burgers!

30 March 2019

Nine Eastern Yellow Wagtails and a Gallinago snipe (probably Swinhoe’s Snipe) were seen at the Broome sewage ponds (NJ). Enormous flocks of Great Knots totalling over 5,000 birds were seen departing on migration from the bay this evening.

29 March 2019

Two Asian Dowitchers were seen roosting on Wader Spit on the northern shores of Roebuck Bay (CJH).

27 March 2019

A Kimberley Flycatcher and Australasian Swamphen were seen in the mangroves around One Tree.

24 March 2019

Thirty-two Lesser Frigatebirds seen from the BBO Beach.

23 March 2019

A WHITE-FRONTED HONEYEATER was at Entrance Point along with Black Honeyeaters, Pied Honeyeaters and Painted Finch (GS and CJH).

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).


AB - Adrian Boyle, CGM - Claire and Grant Morton, CJH - Chris Hassell, CM - Claire Marquis, GS - George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching, NJ - Nigel Jackett. All other sightings contributed by BBO staff and guests.


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