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 Len & Chris Ezzy and Peter Valentine.

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January 2018
Thu 11Spotted Whistling-Duck
Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park (Cooktown)
Group of around 20 Spotted Whistling-Ducks sitting on the far side of the lagoon opposite the hide. Also large groups of Wandering Whistling-Duck and Magpie Geese.
Aaron Payne 13/1 #233285
Sun 7Pied heron
One leucistic adult was noted in concert with about 20 others perched in a low tree near the Norman River bridge. This bird had a totally snowy white nuchal crest and white feathers in all areas except on the wings where there were some few dark blue/grey feathers among the white. Iris, legs and maxilla typical yellow colour, mandible light yellow out to it's distal 1/3 where it became grey. Behaviour normal and appeared to be accepted by the group. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 7/1 #233242

December 2017
Fri 29Tooth-billed Bowerbird (7)
Big Tableland/Mt Amos, near Cooktown.
To my knowledge this is the first record of Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, here at the Northern limit of their range, since a Wildnet record from 25/6/1964. This is not surprising given the rather difficult access to this remote location. 5 Courts photographed at around 750m and 2 more birds seen nearby but no court found. Here imitating Little-shrike Thrush and Black Butcherbird. Great to see these bowerbirds still doing well in this location. Also here at the Northern limit of their range, Ferwnwren, Yellow-throated Scrubwren and Victoria's Riflebird. eBird checklist Further information
Dominic Chaplin 1/1 #233177
highlightOriental Pratincole
Lake Moondarra
Several hundred left the lake early this morning (presumably having roosted overnight) from the bay along the southern access road near Clearwater Lagoon. Many gathered in a feeding flock with Fork-tailed Swifts over the lagoon before dispersing high to the south. A few lingering birds seen around margins of the lake later in the morning. Also Wood Sandpiper, Crimson and Orange Chat, Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck and Black-tailed Native-hen.
Andy Jensen 29/12 #233140
Thu 21Red-rumped Swallow
Daintree River - near Cook Highway junction Cape Trib Road
Single bird, with Barn Swallows on power lines; first sighting this summer.
Martin Cachard (per Peter Valentine) 21/12 #233095
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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