Eremaea Birdlines
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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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.

December 2014
Tue 16Square-tailed Kite
D'Aguilar National Park--Mt Glorious
Great views of a single bird circling low over road north of Brown's Road at 11a.m. Seen again at bike cafe just after 1p.m. Also Grey Goshawk at usual spot around Elmhaus Cafe.
Judith Hoyle, Gavin O'Meara, Joshua Gordon-Douglas and Ron Dunglinson 16/12 #221360
Sun 14Bush-hen
Minnippi Parklands
Pair showed fairly well along Bulimba Creek at 0615
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty 14/12 #221335
Sat 13Yellow Rumped Thornbill
North Lakes Environmental Park
Flock of 4 in trees opposite number 7 Morfontaine Street
Ross and Nat Sinclair 14/12 #221328
Asian Dowitcher
Osprey House Environmental Centre
Asian Dowitcher upstream of Osprey House on bend of Pine River this morning - same spot as in 2013. Best accessed by viewing from mangroves on bend of Dohles Rocks Road. Increased numbers of godwits on visits in recent weeks this morning - would be interested to know if the Toorbul dowitcher still there or if this is the same bird coming down the coast with godwits. Very distant record shot included.
Andy Jensen 13/12 #221318
Fri 12Spotless Crake
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands
Seen at the opposite end of the first Lagoon to the observation platform, Water levels rising and some birds returning.
Ken Doy 12/12 #221309
Wed 10Yellow Chat and Zitting Cisticola
Cheetham Salt Works, Port Alma Rd (restricted access)
A male and a female active in the area west of the saltworks this morning. The female was holding nest material (see attached image), and the nest seems to be in an out-of-sight gully just north of the road. Very exciting to see this pair! Also, a Zitting Cisticola was conspicuous in display, and at least two other birds were present. The displaying bird was bullying a Golden-headed Cisticola, which we found interesting.
Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang 10/12 #221280
Brown Songlark
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Male on saltbush marsh (Micahel Island area). eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 10/12 #221278
Tue 9Eastern Grass Owl
Bruce Highway, approx. 70km north of Rockhampton
Saw one bird fly across the highway at about 7pm, landing in the long grass on the Eastern side. Unfortunately there was no time to take a photo.
Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang 10/12 #221279
latham's snipe
Rickertt Road Pond, Ransome
was only there for a minute and saw this guy wandering around.
jeremy wynne 9/12 #221272
Mon 8Pale-vented Bush-hen
Brisbane River, Fernvale (Wivenhoe Pocket Rd crossing)
A bird calling on the river bank about 200 m upstream of the crossing of Brisbane River by Wivenhoe Pocket Road; thunderstorm approaching.
Roger Jaensch 9/12 #221261
highlightAustralian Pratincole
Griffin 1' Cell
This evening just after dusk an Australian Pratincole flew over my house calling. Bird was not seen but gave distinctive call several times as it headed south. Perhaps bought in by recent storms from the west. Will check suitable local spots in the morning to see if it landed nearby.
Andy Jensen 8/12 #221250
Wood and Pectoral Sandpipers
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Both birds still present this morning - great cope views. Also 10+ Latham's Snipe and 11 Glossy Ibis. Water levels on the rise. iPhone photo of a snipe!
Rob Morris 8/12 #221244
Sun 7Red-backed Buttonquail
Golds Scrub Lane, Samsonvale
2 birds in grassland -also a few great-crested grebes.
Rob Morris 7/12 #221231
Fork-tailed Swift
Bunya State Forest- Albany Creek
100s going south this afternoon around 3pm - mostly very high with some c5 lower mixed with c40 White-throated Needletails
Rob Morris 7/12 #221230
Fork-tailed Swift
Camp Hill
20-30 birds flew north at 0920 with Needletails, another 2 were seen high up at 1110. Also 300+ Needletails during morning, all flying north.
Stuart Pickering 7/12 #221218
Fork-tailed Swift
Griffin 1' Cell
A flock of c.100 over high eastwards this morning.
Andy Jensen 7/12 #221216
Sat 6Black-necked Stork
Buckley's Hole
A single adult male at the southern end of the lagoon. [Also seen was a single Latham's Snipe flying across the lagoon.]
Richard Nowotny & Diana Bryant 10/12 #221277
Tahiti Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
Unusually high numbers (60+) Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard the Sunshine Coast Pelagic 7/12 #221209
highlightBlack Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
1 bird off continental shelf: first record for the Sunshine Coast Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard the Sunshine Coast Pelagic 7/12 #221208
Black-necked Stork
Buckley's Hole Lagoon, Bribie Island
Male bird seen at Buckley's Hole from bird hide. Feeding at southern end of water. eBird checklist
Rick Franks, Felicia Chan & Edith Katsnelson 6/12 #221198
Peregrine Falcon
Helensvale Gold Coast
Peregrine Falcon feeding fledgling in a tree on the Eastern side of the railway line at the Helensvale Railway Station this morning Northern end of the vacant land near Brisbane Rd.
Barney Enders 6/12 #221190
Fri 5Pectoral Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Pectoral still here this morning. It is still wary, but, seemed more relaxed. Probably because it was hanging around with 8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Didn't see the Wood Sandpiper, but, a bloke I met leaving when I arrived said they were both here this morning. Photo has been cropped a little and I was using the 100x Digital on the Canon SX50HS to get the photos. If you want to see the originals and some more before and after photos just click on the link below. Further information
Paul Turner 5/12 #221183
Tue 2Little Bronze-Cuckoo and Russet-tailed Thrush
Jones Rd Fire Trail, Brookfield
Calling and trilling in dry rainforest. Also came across two separate pairs of Russet-tailed Thrushes in two separate gullies near Bielby Rd, Chapel Hill.
Chris Read 2/12 #221139
Mon 1Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper.
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Both still present though took a while to find; 'scope required. Pec Sand viewed from Southerden viewing platform; Wood Sand from Keogh Street viewing platform or corner of Keogh and Southerden Roads. Full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 1/12 #221118
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
Long staying Asian Dowitcher still present at high tide roost this morning. Also Terek Sandpiper. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 1/12 #221106

November 2014
Sat 29Black-necked Stork
288 Rosewood-Laidley Rd, Lanefield
-27.643771 152.566566 Beside a small snaking dam approx. 100m south of the main road. Only a short stop as it was gone by Monday morning.
Peter Copping 1/12 #221105
Sooty Owl, Barking Owl, Southern Boobook, Owlet Nightjar.
Great Sandy National Park--Bymien Picnic Area
All calling. Full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis; Kevin and Leanne Ross. 1/12 #221102
Wed 26Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake
Fresh Water Creek, Kallangur
Lewin's Rail recorded at two sites, a single bird calling at each site, in swampy reaches of Fresh Water Creek between Duffield Road and Kuhr Court, Kallangur (upstream of Wagner Park). Ample habitat to support many pairs. Habitat dominated by 100% cover of dense weedy grass (to 1.5 m height), with included ferns, forbs and emergent Typha, bordered by paperbark trees. Spotless Crake was calling at two other sites.
Roger Jaensch 27/11 #221044
Sooty Owls, Marbled Frogmouths
Mt Nebo - Mt Glorious
Sooty Owls in both Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious - I'm fairly sure the bird calling incessantly at Mt Glorious was a young bird (as 2 other birds were responding). 2 Pairs of Marbled Frogmouths (2 seen well), Southern Boobook and Australian Owlet-Nightjar (H). Great views of a Greater Glider.
Rob Morris 27/11 #221043
Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
D'Aguilar National Park--Maiala Loop Walk
Both heard only.
Russell Yong & T. Crispin 26/11 #221037
Mon 24Masked Owl, Sooty Owl
Main Range National Park--Goomburra Section
Both heard only.
RussellYong, M. Barnes & J. Ringma 26/11 #221038
Sun 23Wood Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon
Keogh st end on foreshore . eBird checklist
Milton Smith 23/11 #220985
Sat 22Tawny Frogmouth
Springwood Conservation Park
Sitting on tree branch opposite the cliff on the main stairs, just past the cave. eBird checklist Further information
Kim Anthony Groves 25/11 #221031
Australian Little Bittern
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
1 male. also Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 22/11 #220956
Black-tailed Native-hen
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
Foraging in front of the hide. Phone pic of camera screen attached. eBird checklist
Chris Wiley 22/11 #220955
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Still two Pecs this morning, together most of time (bird with brighter bill noticeably smaller), along with the Wood Sand and White-winged Tern which were also present. Birds viewed from platform at Keogh Street end. Site looks amazing at the moment, hopefully the run of good waders there continues... eBird checklist
Andy Jensen 22/11 #220950
Thu 20Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
1 roosting at high tide eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 20/11 #220928
Wood Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, White-winged Tern
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
1 of each - all three at Keogh Street end of lagoon near viewing platform eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 20/11 #220927
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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