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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.

Birdline North Queensland is supported by BirdLife Northern Queensland and BirdLife Townsville and moderated by Len & Chris Ezzy and Peter Valentine.

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

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October 2015
Fri 9highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Cairns Esplanade
Two with a small Curlew Sandpiper flock near the swimming pool today.
Gregor Tims 9/10 #224963
Thu 1Black-necked Stork
Hasties Swamp National Park
An extraordinary sight of a male Black-necked Stork chasing and pouncing on, an Australasian Grebe. Despite flapping hard the grebe did not escape and the stork grasped the grebe in its bill (by the head) and then battered it against the water; the grebe was dropped in the water and speared with the stork's bill several times and subject to further battering; eventually the body structure of the grebe collapsed (and it was bleeding heavily by then with bones broken) and the stork proceeded to swallow the grebe head first. It took several attempts and further battering to get it down the hatch. There is no record of Storks eating birds in HANZAB but Greg Clancy reported this once recently in NSW (Corella 36(1) 2012). eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 1/10 #224828

September 2015
Wed 30highlightOriental Plover
West Mary Rd, Maryfarms, Qld
Two seen in scope sitting/standing in paddock on NW side of W Mary Rd, just past jct with Butchers Ck Rd, 5.30pm.
Carol Iles, Fred and Sally Hanson 30/9 #224821
Australian Pratincole 50+
Atherton airport
This afternoon about 3pm on the Gillies H'way coming out of Atherton, a number of Pratincoles flew over the road. In the freshly ploughed paddock between the H'way and airport there were over 50 birds. A number of them were missing the brown band across the stomach.
Max O'Sullivan 30/9 #224813
Tue 29highlightOriental Plover
Musgrave Roadhouse
First spotted by Matt Culican and then 2 other observers in the green horse paddock beside the roadhouse. A distinctive long-legged plover in Non-breeding plumage. Plain olive upperparts, buff-white eyebrow, faint grey across the upperbreast and white chest. Photos were taken and will be posted on the Ebird checklist next Tuesday. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican with Jun Matsui 30/9 #224815
Mon 28Crested Shrike-tit
Hasties Swamp National Park
Pair in vegetation along the road near the hide (both sides); female photographed collecting and carrying grass; presumably nesting. This species rarely seen at Hasties Swamp but recent observations may suggest nesting. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 28/9 #224777
Sun 20Superb Fruit-Dove
Cairns Esplanade
At the north end of the Esplanade at the top of one of the most northerly fig trees before the mangroves we found this Superb Fruit-Dove. We were surprised as we had heard that there was a Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove in the area but not this little beauty. A very nice bird to find. [this species last reported from the Esplanade in 1997 - Moderator].
Paul Tildesley 20/9 #224672
Bar-breasted honeyeater
Jardine River at Pump Station Rd, Queensland, AU
1000s of birds. Have arrived in huge numbers displacing the White-throated honeyeater from tall eucalypt woodlands to become the predominant honeyeater. Also out-competing the White-streaked honeyeater in areas of Grevillia blossom. Last year the same phenomenon occurred mid-June coincident with the same profusion of blossom. Usually an uncommon bird in the general area even in the cooler "Dry". eBird checklist
Rob Reed 20/9 #224671
Fawn-breasted bowerbird
Jardine River at Pump Station Rd, Queensland, AU
2 adult birds. Rebuilt and active bower in similar area (but on slightly higher ground) close to where last wet seasons flash floods destroyed it during a locally proclaimed "severe rain event" for the area (about 5 inches of rain in a few hours). This bird is common in the local area albeit in often difficult-to-access areas and bowers have been troublesome to locate. This is the one known bower to me currently and is readily accessible to visiting birders. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 20/9 #224670
Sat 19Tawny Grassbird
Carlyle Gardens Retirement Resort, Townsville
This bird has been calling at around 7 am from a hedge in my garden for the last 3 days. Today it sat up on top of the hedge confirming ID. First time I've seen it in a garden setting. eBird checklist
ivor Preston 19/9 #224650
Wed 16Black Faced Monarch
Mount Louisa--Suburb
2x Black Faced Monarchs. This is the first time seen in our back yard or even the entire suburb of Mount Louisa (that we are aware of) in our 22 years here. Passage migrant in the coastal lowlands. eBird checklist
Chris and Len Ezzy 17/9 #224635
Wandering Tattler
Cairns Esplanade
Surprised to see this bird on the mudflats this morning, though there have been some reports recently; seen about 9.30 when the tide had pushed a pack of shorebirds close in. Darker upperparts compared to the several Grey-tailed tattlers present, with strong supercilium limited to above lores, and considerable barring still on the undertail coverts; flanks also still with some barring, so not the typical uniform dark grey of non-breeding plumage. Call not heard. Against light, so although quite close (about 50m) the nasal groove was not visible.
John Grant 16/9 #224614
Tue 15Red-necked Avocet
Mullers Lagoon (Bowen)
150x Red-necked Avocets in a couple of feeding groups of about 40-50 each, as well as many scattered smaller groups and loafing individuals. Photographed and videoed. This species has has not been reported at Muller's Lagoon since late 2013. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 17/9 #224636
Sat 12Red-backed Button-quail
Iron Range National Park
At 6:40am a female Red-backed Button-quail walked across the road allowing good views from the car. Site: Within the first few kilometres from the T-junction inside the rainforest. eBird checklist
Frank Antram, Brian Johnston, Stephen Murray, Raja Stephenson, Nikolas Haass 26/9 #224746
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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