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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

March 2015
Fri 6Ruddy Turnstone
Wellington Point
A number of Bar-tailed Godwits, Red-necked Stints and this Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage today.
Ken Doy 6/3 #222449
Oriental Cuckoo
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Excellent views in flight and perched around top of path down to quarry/ river this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 6/3 #222447
Thu 5Lesser Frigatebird
Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba
Three birds, one female and two males soaring above the headland. Observed for 30 minutes from around 1.30pm, still present on my departure.
John Kooistra 5/3 #222427

February 2015
Sat 28highlightBlack Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Great views of this increasingly regular visitor today.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/2 #222383
highlightKermadec Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
At least 4 birds today. Amazing views around the boat.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/2 #222382
Pomerine Skua
Offshore--Southport pelagic
c10 today including some nice adults.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/2 #222379
highlightLong-tailed Skua
Offshore--Southport pelagic
excellent views of a sub-adult off the shelf.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/2 #222378
Streaked Shearwater, Tahiti Petrel, Sooty Tern
Offshore--Southport pelagic
my estimates: Tahiti Petrels c10, Great-winged Petrels - gouldi 4, Kermadec Petrel 4, Black Petrel 1, Streaked Shearwater 1, Flesh-footed Shearwater c5, Wedge-tailed Shearwater 100s, Hutton's Shearwater 4-5, Wilson's Storm-Petrels c5, Little-black Cormorant , Pied Cormorant 1, Crested 100s & Common Terns c20, Sooty Tern 1, Caspian Tern 1, Common Noddy 2, Pomerine Skuas c10, Long-tailed Skua 1 sub ad, Silver Gull
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/2 #222376
Oriental Cuckoo
Anstead Bushland Reserve
At least two present this morning, one a hepatic female, at the top of the quarry near the river. eBird checklist
Rod Gardner 28/2 #222370
Sun 22Beach Stone-Curlew
Buckley's Hole Sandbar, Bribie Island
A pair seen wandering along the tide and flood debris. Further information
Christian Perrin 24/2 #222340
Thu 19Oriental Cuckoo
Brisbane Forest Park--Mailman's Track
At least one bird still present early this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 19/2 #222292
Tue 17Oriental Cuckoo
Brisbane Forest Park--Mailman's Track
Went looking for this bird this morning after visit reports appeared on eBird. Two birds seen flying around. Sighted a number of times.
Julie Sarna, Vince Budega, Kevin Ross, Jack Whiting and Marie Tarrant 18/2 #222284
Mon 16highlightLight-mantled Sooty Albatross
Castaways Beach, Sunshine Coast
Beach-washed specimen located 300m south of Burgess Creek. Scarce records for Qld, very unexpected in summer months. Thanks to Greg Roberts and colleagues for assistance in confirming the identification.
Luke Bennett 17/2 #222277
Sun 15Australian Little Bittern
Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)
One flushed from the reeds.
David Braithwaite 17/2 #222275
Plum-Headed Finch
Oxley Creek Common
At 9:06am, 2 (Male & Female) Plum-Headed Fiches were seen between the 1st and 2nd creek crossings. The birds were first on the wire fence before flying down low into an Acacia. They then flew down to the ground, before flying across the paddock into a group of trees. Brown barring on the chest, long tail and obvious plum head on Male. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican 15/2 #222253
Sat 14Glossy Black Cockatoo
43 Gatton Street, Grandchester
06:30 am I heard a small flock fly over the house. Did not get out of bed to investigate further. Assume it was the group of 6 that have been around recently.
Peter Copping 17/2 #222267
Fri 13Wood Sandpiper, Brown Songlark, Shining Flycatcher
Garnett's Lagoon, Hervey Bay
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Brown Songlark, pair Shining Flycatcher plus Black Bittern nearby eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 14/2 #222236
Green Catbird
D'Aguilar National Park--Maiala Loop Walk
I commonly hear catbirds. This is the first time I have jagged a good shot of one. I also got a glimpse of a Noisy Pitta at the same place, but no photo, unfortunately.
tony Day 13/2 #222220
Thu 12Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Beckett road bridgeman downs
15 in total. Flying above Darien street playing fields. Approx 5 am
Paul Nugent 12/2 #222212
Buff-banded Rail
Mooloolaba Esplanade
Adult Buff-banded Rail and one immature in garden bed in front of Coffee Club at southern end of Esplanade. Sighted at 7.00am
Janine de La Begassiere 12/2 #222208
Tue 10Buff-Banded Rail
Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
i was strolling along the waterfront looking for honeyeaters, when I spotted a single Buff-Banded Rail in the undergrowth. I'm not sure how common they are here, but this is the first one I have seen in this location.
Anthony Stephen Day 10/2 #222188
Sun 8Black Bittern, White-winged Tern, Black-necked Stork, Australasian Shoveler, Lewin's Rail
Yandina Creek Wetlands
1 adult Black Bittern; 20+ White-winged Terns, 2 Black-necked Storks, 1 Shoveler, 1 Lewin's Rail, Eastern Grass Owl on recent visit eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & Chris Corben 8/2 #222165
Sat 7Australasian Figbird (Leucistic)
This bird has been hanging around Shorncliffe for many years. I first photographed it in 2008!
Steve Murray 7/2 #222143
Fri 6Broad-billed Sandpiper
Scarborough Boat Harbour
3 birds in flock of c100 waders sheltering from strong wind at high tide on seaward side of Northern training wall at entrance to marina. Most Red-necked Stints,but 10 species in total,including a single Terek Sandpiper.
David Redhead 6/2 #222141
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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