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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline North Queensland

Birdline North Queensland is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. The coverage for the Birdline North Queensland site is from Bowen west to the Northern Territory border and north to the tip of Cape York Peninsula and includes all the offshore islands. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into Eremaea eBird.

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All reports are not necessarily confirmed and are published here to encourage others to confirm them.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2014
Thu 28Australian Bustard
Bamaga: Back track to airport military encampments 10 55S 142 26E 1' Cell, Queensland, AU
1 adult. Only my second sighting in the Northern Peninsular Area (north of Jardine River).
Rob Reed 28/8 #219415
Sun 24Channel-billed Cuckoo
Kelso Borrow Pits
Flew in from North calling, into a tall tree and called for the next hour or so. My 1st for season.
Ed Pierce 24/8 #219348
Sat 23Lovely Fairy-wren
Tyto Wetlands
Male Lovely Fairy-wren in understorey near footbridge by osprey nest tree in Tyto Wetlands today. Species seldom seen in Tyto and first time in 10 years I've seen any so far east (usually near western boundary, if at all). Presumed female glimpsed. Fair pic of male
Tony Ashton 23/8 #219336
Fri 22Southern Cassowary
Paluma Village
Upon heading down the mountain, just outside Paluma Village on the side of the road opposite the old quarry.
Andrew O'Brien 22/8 #219328
Topknot Pigeon
Kewarra Beach(Cairns)
About 25 Topknot Pigeon flying relatively low above Captain Cook Highway; probably coming from the Paradise Palms golf course area. Possibly seen two days ago in the same area, but it was then too far for safe ID. Also on same day seen the first return of roughly 20 Pied Imperial Pigeons.
G. Santos 22/8 #219323
Mon 18Emu
Kenton Station, Majors Creek (restricted access)
Emu seen on Webb Rd which is a public rd, just over Major Creek on the Woodstock-Giru Rd. 1 Emu seen this evening but recently 4 have been seen eating small red berries in paddock where small crops have been grown. Possibly the same small group reported previously from Quigley Rd 2013. eBird checklist
Joan Wharton, 19/8 #219282
Mon 11Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Paluma Forest Reserve 10' Cell
25 Pied Imperial-Pigeon Driving up Mt Spec Rd after leaving the Bruce Hwy a flock flew toward the north as we drove towards them. First flock seen by observers this season. eBird checklist
Joan Wharton, Rosemary Payet 14/8 #219199
Topknot Pigeon
Paluma Forest Reserve 10' Cell
45 Topknot Pigeons seen at 3pm just south of Little Crystal Creek and north of Wolfram Creek. Sighting still to be entered into ebird. Also 1 bird seen in Paluma Village approx. 11.30am. eBird checklist Further information
Rosemary Payet, Joan Wharton 12/8 #219163
Fri 8Latham's Snipe
Mungalla Station, Ingham
Two Latham's Snipe feeding in muddy pool beside Palm Creek at Mungalla Station this morning. Another lone bird seen by creek later. First I've seen this season, as usual close to Aug 1. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 8/8 #219091
Sat 2Swamp Harrier
Culvert 43 Mulligan Highway near the Osprey nest on Lake Mitchell
A pair seen flying at or below treetop level around the swamp while the Osprey was tending its nest. One Swamp Harrier was chased away when they landed in a low tree. Sighting was about 1145am.
Greg Bortolussi 2/8 #218999
Pied Monarch
Volk Rd, Mutarnee
Very active pair found about halfway along Volk Road - proved difficult to photograph as they scrambled around tree trunks, etc. This followed an early dawn - being awoken by the "chop, chop" of the local Large-tailed Nightjar which we tracked down for good views - within the grounds of the caravan park here.
Brian & Meg Johnson 2/8 #218990
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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