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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Birdline Central & Southern 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 BSCQ region covers a large area from south of Ayr to the New South Wales Border and west to the Northern Territory border.

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Moderators' Note

The Moderators have adopted a 2 tier sightings system. All legitimate reports will be published,with some sightings which the Moderators consider to be unusual for rarity, distribution or timing being published as 'Highlights' on this page. The following link will appear after sighting submissions which contains information about the species of interest plus the Unusual Record Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into Eremaea eBird. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds will move to a new site called Eremaea eBird on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

July 2014
Wed 23Eastern Reef Egret
Caloundra Headland (Wickham Point)
Two birds seen, one grey phase, other white phase, 200m apart, not interacting
Russ Lamb 23/7 #218817
Tue 22Purple Swamphen- partial albinos
Lake Melaleuca North Lakes
After failing to find the Yellow Bittern [Black- backed Bittern was very active] at Wallaroo Cct, I moved about 1km south to Lake Melaleuca. Around the pond by the BBQ and children's play area on Sandpiper Av. there were 2 [maybe 3] Swamphens with some white on their heads and mainly white on their backs and wings. This site has extensive bittern habitat.
Rob Elvish 23/7 #218810
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Tea Tree Wetlands, Gold Coast.
Terry Dillon 22/7 #218794
Sun 20Leaden Flycatcher
Adult male heard calling and observed in trees along walking track near Dun Street, Tewantin - unseasonal record? (Moderator's note: There have been several SEQ records in the last few weeks).
Greg Clancy 22/7 #218806
Pacific Baza
Noosa Heads
One bird foraging in low trees above road into Noosa Heads.
Greg & Val Clancy 22/7 #218805
Noisy Pitta, but no White-throated Nightjar
Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
Single Noisy Pitta on the track.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218790
Magpie Goose, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Crested Tern
Bribie Island--Buckleys Hole
3 Magpie Geese & 1 adult male Black-necked Stork at Buckleys Hole itself. 2 Sooty and 2 Pied Oystercatchers, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Gull-billed, 2 Lesser Crested (1 ad, 1 juv) and 2 Crested Terns at the sandbank visible from the bench on the roadside at the NW end of Buckleys Hole.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218789
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single male Cotton Pygmy-Goose on the first lagoon. Other birds of interest: one Glossy Ibis, one Grey Goshawk, two Brown Goshawks, one Pacific Baza, one Eastern Osprey, one Brown Falcon, one Spotless Crake.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 21/7 #218788
Alberts Lyrebird
Lamington National Park--O'Reilly's
Heard males calling in the distance. Female sighted, not timid, didnt mind being video'd or noisey bush walkers going past. Great long views, was just on the edge of track, as close as 1mtr. Just on enterance to border track.
Pauline Brennan 21/7 #218787
Sat 19Asian Dowitcher, Common Greenshank, but no Asian Gull-billed Tern
Toorbul--high tide roost
1 Asian Dowitcher (1st winter), 1 Common Greenshank (heard only), 1 adult Red Knot, 10+ Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Pied Oystercatcher, 1 Black-fronted Dotterel amongst numbers of White-headed Stilt, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Grey-tailed Tattler and Great Knot. 1 Australian Hobby caused some panic.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram 23/7 #218809
Cotton Pygmy-goose
Gold Creek Reservoir
Two males, possibly also additional birds, in a bay on the middle of the northern side of the reservoir.
Roger Jaensch, Tom Jaensch 22/7 #218808
highlightAsian Dowitcher
Toorbul atificial roost
One Asian Dowitcher presented extremely well at high tide to the joy of many observers.
Bernie OKeefe 20/7 #218758
Spotless Crake, Black-backed Bittern but no Yellow Bittern
North Lakes--Wallaroo Circuit Waterhole
Despite a number of observers looking for it, the Yellow Bittern was neither seen nor heard today. In contrast, the male Black-backed Bittern was out in the open for extended periods of time but called only once. Other birds of interest were a Spotless Crake (as usual), an Azure Kingfisher and a Little Grassbird.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram and many others 19/7 #218756
Cotton Pygmy Goose, Australian Shoveler
Sandgate-Dowse Lagoon
4 Cotton Pygmy Geese, and a pair of Australian Shoveler.
Rob Morris 19/7 #218749
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Two Cotton Pygmy Geese were in the first lagoon today.
Eve Belisle 19/7 #218747
Australian Shoveler, Glossy Ibis
Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)
2 Australian Shovelers (1 male & 1 female) present with 4 Glossy Ibis. Very heartening to see none of the birds seemed spooked by our presence. eBird checklist
David Braithwaite & Timothy Braithwaite 19/7 #218745
Fri 18Black-necked Stork
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands
A Black-necked Stork was present this afternoon in the first Lagoon along with several Glossy Ibis , Egrets of varying kinds, Pelicans, Jacanas ,numerous Royal Spoonbills and Australian White Ibis Photo taken from the pathway between first and second Lagoons
Ken Doy 18/7 #218734
Thu 17megamegaYellow Bittern
North Lakes--Wallaroo Circuit Waterhole
Arrived around 4:50pm and walked perimeter of waterhole. YB landed at the waters edge near the northern viewing platform around 5:10pm. Quite aggressive towards the ducks.
Stuart Cox 17/7 #218729
Wed 16megamegaYellow Bittern
Wallaoo Circuit, North Lakes
reported on birding aus
Colin and Chris Fitzell via birding-aus / rob morris 16/7 #218721
Tue 15Brolga
Mazeppa National Park at 22 13 49S 147 14 59E
In the field directly to the south of Mazeppa National Park there are about 1500 Brolgas browsing in the sorghum stubble. They have been there for about 2 weeks. The birds are on private land but can easily be seen from the Gregory Developmental road
James Wilson 19/7 #218750
Mon 14megamegaYellow Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit, North Lakes
Bird still present and showing well at Wallaroo Circuit wetland early this morning. Was feeding along the row of reeds bordering eastern (bush) side of pond and easily viewable from path or viewing platforms.
Chris Attewell 15/7 #218686
Sun 13highlightAsian Dowitcher, Asian Gull-billed Tern
Toorbul Artificial Roost
Both these scarce species are still present at the high tide roost. The Dowitcher was there 30 mins before high tide; the tern arrived about an hour later.
Rob Morris, Stuart Pickering,Brian Russel, Paul Walbridge et al 13/7 #218663
megamegaYellow Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit, North Lakes
The Yellow Bittern (female) was visible for most the morning and again this evening. It was not being disturbed by visiting birders.
Rob Morris, Stuart Pickering, Andy Jensen, Paul Walbridge et al 13/7 #218661
Australian Little Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit North Lakes
The male ALB was very showy this morning and this evening.
Rob Morris, Stuart Pickering, Andy Jensen, Paul Walbridge et al 13/7 #218659
Powerful Owls
Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture
2 birds roosting by one of the tracks.
Rob Morris 13/7 #218657
Shining Flycatcher
Burpengary Creek, Nth Brisbane
Single male gave good close views from a kayak this morning.
Ged Tranter 13/7 #218652
Sat 12Brown Booby
Moreton Island
5 birds together in the bay en route to Tangalooma.
Rob Morris 12/7 #218639
highlightEastern Grass Owl
Kedron Brook Wetlands
Along with several other birders, we saw a pair of grass owls, one pale and one darker flying across the grassland under full moon light. Later, we saw three owls overhead and when shone with torch light, all with pale underparts. Good views were gained when two owls landed on the burnt patch in front of us.
Rick Franks & Felicia Chan 12/7 #218638
megamegaYellow Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit Wetlands, North Lakes
Bird displayed well this afternoon to 10 Birders. Unlike Australian Little Bittern which was absent, this bird has been foraging along the reeds and in the reeds both sides of the swamp collecting mostly insects and minnows. Several residents and children were shown good views of the bird. Photographers obtained excellent shots from the car park side with the bird approaching to within 5m of spectators. All spectators behaved well.
Dezmond Wells 12/7 #218634
Dohles Rocks Rd & Henry Rd Griffin QLD 4503
Kind Lady at Osprey House put me on to them. The birds are located on Private Property, so no trespassing. The Brolga's are also wary, so please ensure you don't scare them off, so other people can get a chance to take photos. The property is the one on the left if you turn from Dohles Rock Rd into Henry Rd.
Paul Turner 12/7 #218625
Fri 11highlightYellow Bittern
North Lakes Golf Course
Arriving approx. 12.45pm I was directed from the previous reported (Wallaroo Court Circuit ponds) across the Bounty Boulevard to a pond centred in the Golf Course. After a few minutes the Yellow Bittern came onto the lily pads and continued to feed and frolic in the sun for all the surrounding birders. I have been informed that the owners and management team of the golf course are extremely displeased by birders trespassing to view this bird - please keep this in mind. EREMAEA EDS: PLEASE DO NOT TRESPASS ON THE GOLF COURSE SHOULD THE BIRD MOVE TO THIS LOCATION Further information
James Mustafa 11/7 #218613
Wed 9Buff-rumped (Varied) Thornbill
Lake Maraboon (Fairbairn Dam), Emerald
Single Buff-rumped Thornbill showing quite bright yellow underparts, a feature of Varied Thornbill, a subspecies that is reported further to the north from Eungella. Maybe it is a winter visitor here or overlooked/clinal event. Poor photo attached, the yellowness lost a bit in the dying afternoon light.
Dion Hobcroft 11/7 #218612
megamegaYellow Bittern, Australian Little Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit,wetlands, North Lakes
Yellow Bittern showing well this morning, rarely hiding in reeds, more often walking on low vegetation and stalking prey items . Interesting to watch interactions with male Australian Little Bittern which appeared not to tolerate close proximity and would chase Yellow Bittern around wetland. A total of 11 birders enjoyed views between 10.30 & 11.30am.
M.Dam,K.Cross & R.Lamb 9/7 #218584
White-gaped Honeyeater
Campgrounds - Capricorn Caves via Rockhampton
4 or 5 birds present in vine scrub here - at least 2 adults and the rest being imm.s. Totally unexpected - they seem to be well south of normal range. Calling freely and chasing others - esp. Lewin's H/E.
Brian & Meg Johnson 9/7 #218582
Tue 8megamegaYellow Bittern
North Lakes SE Queensland
Still present this morning. Paul Walbridge & Brian Russell found a female Ixobrychus Bittern on Sunday which was far more prone to fly around and its call was different to another Australian Little Bittern present. Photos were sent down south for analysis and the immediate response was that it was probably a Yellow Bittern; this has since been confirmed by J.Davies, D.Rogers & M.Carter and an expert based in Asia. Paul will now write up and submit the record as the first live mainland sighting. Paul will give out further details. Contact him on: The particular lake is in a rather peaceful section of the complex and we expect visiting birders to show respect for the local residents e.g. with Parking. The streets are rather narrow and won't stand up to large numbers of extra vehicles. Also one would expect observers to keep to the footpaths and observe the birds from a respectful distance. Can the local 'Photographers' please respect all the birds present, stay on the path and not disturb the area, and refrain from cutting vegetation down to get good shots.
Rob Morris & Andrew Jensen 8/7 #218571
Noisy Pitta
John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs
I was on my morning walk when I stumbled across a Noisy Pitta, it was on the edge of the mangrove's, close to the track on the south east corner of the reserve
John Dennison 8/7 #218569
Mon 7highlightGrey Falcon
Winton-Hughenden Road
Single female Grey Falcon caught a Willie Wagtail and plucked it mid-air flying in ever higher spirals. Managed a couple of poor photos.
Dion Hobcroft 11/7 #218611
Grey Goshawk
Wittonga Park, The Gap
Grey Morph bird,being mobbed by Cockatoos in flight
David Redhead 8/7 #218562
Sun 6Striated (Rusty) Grasswren (2) Rufous-crowned Emu-wren (2)
Opalton, Qld
Hard work to see in the dry conditions prevailing currently, grasswrens especially low profile taking thirty minutes from when heard to getting a good view.
Dion Hobcroft 11/7 #218610
Albert's Lyrebird
Tamborine Mountain National Park (Witches Falls Section)
Lots of Lyrebirds calling but not so easy to see. Further information
Ross Monks & James Lagden 6/7 #218541
Red-necked Avocet, Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul Artificial Roost
Two Red-necked Avocet flew-in as we were leaving, not often seen at Toorbul. Dowitcher remains.
Russ Lamb, Maria Dam 6/7 #218538
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
8 Pygmy Geese on the water this morning, a group of 5 plus a further 3, the most I've seen here. Also 2 Mangrove Gerygones still present at the southern end - heard calling this time to confirm ID.
Ged Tranter 6/7 #218530
Speckled Warbler
J C Trotter Park, Burbank
At the western end of the power pylon line, by the water. Uncommon in this area. Also "raft" of 88 Coots on the water (swimming in very tight formation).
George Chapman 6/7 #218529
Sat 5Grey Goshawk
Bli Bli-Yandina rd
single male bird seen observing road side of large paddock
James Lee Fong 5/7 #218520
Fri 4Painted Honeyeater
Cuttaburra Crossing, Eyre Developmental Road
One bird sighted from the southern bird hide.
S and S King 6/7 #218539
White-eared Monarch
Samsonvale cemetery and surrounds
First sighted by Ross Smith st midday. Great views of two active birds along the Men of the Trees track that goes to the big fig tree.
Julie Sarna 5/7 #218509
Little Eagle
Tingalpa Creek Reserve, Chandler
One pale morph bird circling above creek.
Christian Perrin 4/7 #218492
Thu 3Yellow Chat
Cheetham Salt Works, Port Alma Road
Single male seen well.
Dion Hobcroft 11/7 #218609
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul Artificial Roost
Still present 1400 at the high tide roost. Full list on Eremaea eBird.
Sarah Beavis 3/7 #218478
Powerful Owl
Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture
One sitting high up on branch of a tree in full view at about 0830. Directions from Phelps Road entrance: walk the Grey Gum Circuit in a clockwise direction as far as the first intersection of the Ironbark Ridge Trail on the right. Pass this turn off, over a dry gully approx. 100m and bird was on the left. Nearest access is Tinney Road entrance: then turn right when at Grey Gum Circuit path and bird would be on the right of the path before gully. Full list on Eremaea eBird.
Sarah Beavis 3/7 #218477

June 2014
Mon 30Albert's Lyrebird
Tamborine Mountain National Park (Witches Falls Section)
I walked the track from around 6AM and saw two male Albert's Lyrebird displaying, with others heard in the distance. At least 4 individuals seen over the course of the morning. Also many Noisy Pittas and Australian Logrunners seen.
Jon Spicer-Bell 30/6 #218443
Topknot Pigeon
Chevallum, Sunshine Coast
Small flock of 6 flying across road whilst driving
Russ Lamb 30/6 #218442
Sun 29Rose Robin
Waterfall carpark, MT Mee
Female in the middle canopy
Robert Bush 1/7 #218457
highlightAsian Gull-billed Tern, Asian Dowitcher, Red Knot
Toorbul Artificial Roost
Still one Asian Gull-billed Tern, one Asian Dowitcher, 2 Red Knot and 11 further shorebird species.
Nikolas Haass and Ralf Busch amongst many observers 29/6 #218435
Scarlet Robin
Anstead Bushland Reserve
The Scarlet Robin was still present and performing well at the top of the grass slope up hill from the main car park this morning.
Colin Reid & Rob Dougherty 29/6 #218429
Regent Bowerbird
Mount Glorious
Sighted at the Maiala Picnic area in fig tree adjacent to toilet block. Thanks to both Julie Sarna and Chris Sanderson who recommended the site. Was in the good company of friends Murray and Charlie Scott. This bird represents the 700th species I've seen within Australian territories in the calendar half-year - with a day to spare! Thanks also to Rob Morris for details of the roosting White-throated Nightjar reported on several occasions on Birdline - a handy #701 today also.
John Weigel 29/6 #218422
Sat 28Little (Rufous) Shrike-thrush
Venman Bushland National Park
a shrike-thrush with a large pinkish bill and rufous plumage on tummy, very active hunting on tree trunk and branches, in damp gully on the Venman Circuit walking track not sure if this is still relevant, am just catching up with list entries onto eBird from recent holis in Qld when this bird was flagged as rare
Samantha Greiner 13/7 #218666
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
Mount Ossa, Mackay, QLD
I filmed the sounds that I heard in the rainforest. This is a major find. An extreme vagrant. Well out of its range. Winter feeding dispersal perhaps? Following Red Tailed Black Cockatoos? I cross referenced my video clip with every bird and it was a clear give away. Further information
Shane Richter 29/6 #218430
Sooty Owl
Mt Glorious
Heard, then observed along NP trail at 7PM.
John Weigel 29/6 #218421
Grey Goshawk
Dayboro - Mt Mee Rd
A grey morph Grey Goshawk showing well in the valley next to the road-works on the road from Dayboro to Mt Mee.
Andrew Sutherland 29/6 #218415
White-throated Nightjar
John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs
Still present on the same perch. Also a pair of Tawny Frogmouths on the board walk.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge 28/6 #218400
highlightAsian Dowitcher
Toorbul Artificial Roost
1 bird at the roost this morning. Associating with Bar-tailed Godwits and Great Knots. Also 2 Red Knots in breeding plumage.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge 28/6 #218399
highlightAsian Gull-billed Tern
Toorbul Artificial Roost
The affinis Gull-billed Tern was still present today. Very small overall c.20% smaller than 'macrotarsa' present. Also smaller-billed, the bill is straighter, shorter legged, darker mantle etc. In the photo you can see a clear comparison with the local birds. The affinis is on the left of the picture.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge 28/6 #218398
Thu 26highlight(Asian) Gull-billed Tern
Toorbul Artificial Roost
Paul Walbridge called me last night to tell me he and Brian Russell had an affinis Gull-billed Tern (1st Summer) at Toorbul (see attached photo) This is an unusual winter record of a scarce species.
Paul Walbridge (via Rob Morris) 27/6 #218391
Tue 24Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Bedford Weir Rd via Blackwater
One found in trees beside the road when we stopped after hearing many different birds calling. Early morning - good views. Not expected here.
Brian & Meg Johnson 24/6 #218371
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
Rare migrant
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