Eremaea Birdlines
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.

April 2015
Thu 16King Quail
Lake Eacham area, Atherton Tablelands
Two and probably more males calling from overgrown pasture on private property near Lake Eacham - I have heard them here irregularly over the years, but these were the first in some time
John Grant 16/4 #222976
Sat 11Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Cowal Creek Rd Crossing, Queensland, AU
Night-spotting at the creek I heard the call of the Owlet-Nightjar. I returned one 3 second call and it came to an open branch 10m away for about 30 seconds. Flew off and called intermittently for the next 1/2 hour. Hollow/nest not found after sunrise. Had long suspected this bird was in the area based on possible distant calls and known presence in southern PNG. Northernmost record in Australia according to usual references incl. HANZAB and Atlas. Previously Weipa and Steve Irwin Reserve about 200km+ away. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 11/4 #222913
Thu 9highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Orient Road within Orient Station
Single male seen from road at the edge of the first lagoon past the homestead (on right hand side); about 40 metres in from road; good views of bird preening and later skulking. Remained there for at least 40 minutes with no sign of leaving. Presumabky the same individual seen yesterday by Tony Ashton. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 9/4 #222887
Wed 8highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Orient Station, Ingham
Painted Snipe male feeding water's edge near road through station today. First listing for site and probable first sighting in 10-15 years anywhere near Ingham. Further information
Tony Ashton 8/4 #222882
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Orient Station, Ingham
Painted Snipe male this morning feeding at edge of flooded claypan paddock beside road through station. Probable first listing of species at this site and possibly first anywhere near Ingham for more thann 10-15 years.
Tony Ashton 8/4 #222880
Sun 5Painted Finch
Sybella Creek (Mt Isa)
Fantastic to see over 100 Painted Finches drinking at the small pools next to the road at Sybella Creek. They have been there at least over the last two days. It was pleasing to see so many immature birds which would seem to indicate a successful breeding season. Photos available once we get back to Melbourne.
Bernie Okeefe and Ken Haines 5/4 #222849

March 2015
Mon 30Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Budgerigar, Plum-headed Finch
Jones Road, Woodstock
A drive up Jones Rd produced 20 Budgies, 200 Plumheads, 5 Black-throated Finch, 1 Brown Songlark, 2 Red-backed Kingfishers plus around 150 White-browed and 20 Masked Woodswallows.
Marleen Acton 30/3 #222773
Mon 23Australian Little Bittern
Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Australian Little Bittern glimpsed dropping into scleria 100m West of lookout about 9.20am. First sighting of species for about 3 months, in area least expected being thinnest and least isolated patch of scleria in the main lagoon. Perhaps a male.
Tony Ashton 23/3 #222693
Sun 22Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Eastern Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla tschutschensis) colouring up nicely at Mungalla Station as presumed departure time draws nearer. Two birds seen today. Picture from closer encounter three days ago.
Tony Ashton 22/3 #222673
Little Eagle
Bamaga Hospital Grounds and Surrounds
1. Light morph adult .My first sighting in this general area. Seen perched from many angles and great flight views of underwing pattern numerous times as it went to ground and back to perch feasting on freshly discarded turtle carcass. I note only 2 E-bird records in Cape York in the last 20 years: Pajinka 1995 and Iron Range 2009. Most records are from Musgrave and Cooktown area about 600-700km south. Atlas has 2 records: Weipa area and inland nearby.
Rob Reed 22/3 #222670
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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