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.

Birdline North Queensland is supported by BirdLife Northern Queensland and BirdLife Townsville and moderated by Keith & Lindsay Fisher and Len & Chris Ezzy. Register for weekly email notifications.

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Moderators' Note

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.

July 2014
Sun 27White-browed Crake
Townsville Bush Garden
A pair - foraging along grass edges of small 'bay' near weir - close, long views - about 9 am.
Brian & Meg Johnson 27/7 #218877
Thu 24Spotted Catbird
Jourama Falls
Spotted Catbird on Morinda (Cheesefruit) and cluster fig in camping area at Jourama Falls this morning. Almost conked Brush Turkey when it dropped big cheesefruit, moved about in cluster fig before taking off with large orange fig in bill. My first sighting of species anywhere near Jourama though after Cyclone Yasi there were reports of Catbirds being heard near Ingham. Missed picture.
Tony Ashton 24/7 #218831
Sat 19highlightBush Stone-Curlew
Proserpine Golf Course
98 Stone-Curlews seen late this afternoon standing together in loose flocks - reasonably tame. More may have been on other fairways.
Brian & Meg Johnson 19/7 #218748
Wed 16Common Tern, Beach Stone Curlew
4 Common Terns sighted approx 6pm on sandbar near jetty at .low tide. Birds observed closely through scope: red legs, black caps going down back of neck, black tails and a black line down separating the grey on their wings. Also seen: 2 Beach Stone Curlews ( through scope) on North Shore side of the Endeavour River . Seen from near the Cooktown Jetty. 4 Eastern Reef Egrets : 1 still fishing along shore on outgoing tide and 3 flying in to roost - possibly in the mangroves a little further up river
Cec Messer and Joan Wharton 16/7 #218726
Mon 14Ruddy Turnstone
Low Isles
Very windy conditions with 20-25 knot south easterly winds. 8 birds working the pebbles and pumistone debris on the foreshore. Some had noticeable black streaks on the crown and a black pattern on the face passing through the eye. With a suggestion of reddish-brown upper parts among the black pattern also on those same birds. All had bright orange legs.
Burnice Starkey 14/7 #218678
Sun 13Black-faced Wodswallow
Bamaga Road (Sanamere Creek crossing)
Estimate 20. In similar location as Little Woodswallow noted last month - hawking over extensive wetlands and perching on dead tree branches as a group. Calling. Scoped to 60x for lengthy views. Noted only once previously in general Cape York Tip area on Eremaea site. Given the still-flooded areas locally with abundant food and the drought elsewhere in Queensland and also that this is a chronically under-surveyed area, this seemed to be explicable.
Rob Reed 13/7 #218665
Sat 5Rufous Owl
Cairns Esplanade
Walking down the Esplanade at 7 am when I saw a huge owl resting on a branch! No other owl could have been of similar size and colour. Several honeyeaters were mobbing the owl loudly and it only stayed for a few seconds before flying off into a better tree. We tried to refind it but could not spot it again.
Chanith Wijeratne 7/7 #218550
Double-banded Plover
Wongaling Beach
One Double-banded Plover seen along shoreline in company with a Red-capped Plover near Wongaling Creek entrance.also Pied Oystercatcher and Sacred Kingfisher present with Little Kingfisher and Striated Heron seen on previous days, same vicinity.
Paul Burcher, Jacqueline Reifenstein and Isabel Burcher 5/7 #218519
Fri 4Square-tailed Kite
Flying low over houses near the BP service station on southern approach to town. Another individual seen later near Coffee Works on Mason St.
Greg Bortolussi 9/7 #218579
Australian Bustard
Emerald Creek, east of Mareeba
Pair of Bustards seen in hay paddock opposite the turn-off to Jacques Coffee (Gilmore Road). This would be the most easterly sighting of this species on the Kennedy Highway I have encountered. These appeared to be young birds.
Greg Bortolussi 9/7 #218578
Australian King-Parrot
Davies Creek NP (Dinden NP), Kahlpahlim Trail area
Australian King-Parrot don't seem to be reported very often in Far North Queensland. At the Davies Creek National Park, upper camp site (node 7/8) I've heard that familiar (from Victoria and New South Wales) and distinct parrot call coming from the tall gum trees and soon had 4 Australian King-Parrot fly right over me. Mostly females I believe. Quite unexpected sighting, but they are meant to occur in upland areas of Australian King-Parrot according to Lloyd Nielsen. (Moderator Note. Because this species is not often reported it does not mean that they are uncommon, they are common in upland areas especially on the Atherton Tableland).
G. Santos 5/7 #218522
Thu 3highlightFernwren
Davies Creek NP (Dinden NP), Kahlpahlim Trail area
Can't find any reference in Eremaea of Fernwren occurring in the Dinden National Park. Observed 2 Fernwren yesterday morning and found them again in the same spot later that afternoon (ID thus 100%). They were along the road just 200m before reaching the Kahlpahlim trail car park. Easy to observe, but too dark for a photo. Excellent birding along the trail e.g. Chowchilla (2,5), 2 male Victoria's Riflebird at close range, Tooth-billed Bowerbird (5), Bower's Shrike-thrush, Yellow-breasted Boatbill. Bridled Honeyeater pretty vocal between camp node 5/6 and ridge trail car park.
G. Santos 5/7 #218511
Tue 1Little Eagle
Palm Tree Caravan Park, Ingham
Little Eagle drifting low across park about 8am today brought alarm calls and harassing action from resident honeyeaters, Magpie Larks and especially three Masked Lapwings. Eagle circled twice before lazily heading off north toward Ingham. Caught me without camera.
Tony Ashton 1/7 #218452
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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