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.

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland is supported by BirdLife Southern Queensland and moderated by Dezmond Wells, Rob Morris and Sandra Gallienne.

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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 eBird Australia. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds moved to a new site called eBird Australia on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

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December 2016
Sat 10highlightSuperb Fruit-dove
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Brief look at two birds this morning and at first thought they were the Rose-crowned fruit-doves that have been seen there recently. It wasn't till we had a chance to look at the photos that we realised the bird we looked at was a male Superb Fruit-dove. Seen opposite 255 Wyampa Rd just north of the rock pile area. eBird checklist
Rick Franks & Felicia Chan 10/12 #229477
Powerful Owl
Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill
Sitting on a low branch of a shrub with it's catch; a Ringtail Possum
Marie Tarrant 10/12 #229476
Sun 4Australian Painted Snipe
Golds Scrub Lane, Samsonvale
Single bird on the shoreline to the east of the cemetery. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter & Steve Murray 4/12 #229413
Brown Goshawk
Tingalpa Creek Reserve
Two Brown Goshawk chicks on nest , one parent close by. Further information
Amanda Johnston 4/12 #229412
Oriental Cuckoo
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
One bird flew over the first lagoon at about 7.30am heading in a southerly direction.
Ken Doy 4/12 #229409
Fri 2Fairy Martin
Babies found on the ground each day. Over 40 degrees heat. Babies on the ground range from featherless & blue to flightless but with feathers.
Cassandra 2/12 #229397
Thu 1Pacific Black Duck (leuscistic)
Kumabartcho Sanctuary
Has anyone reported this as a Leucistic Pacific Black Duck. When I first saw it I put it down as a domestic. Today I got a better photo next to other P.B.D's and you can see the resemblance. The Bill Is same, eye colour same, the faint black markings on top of it's head and through the eye and the tail part the same. Doesn't look like a cross to me. I have one more photo for comparison. Sorry if some one has reported it already.
Paul Turner 1/12 #229381

November 2016
Mon 28Hooded Robin
Old Wallangarra Road
One male-female pair halfway down Hickling Lane around 8am. Mostly skulking and not abiding.
Russell Yong, A. Rogers, L. Nelson, M. Espinoza 29/11 #229358
Oriental Cuckoo
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Hepatic bird at the rock piles in the scrub opposite 255 Wyampa Rd. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 28/11 #229350
Lesser Sand Plover
Wiggins Island Coal Terminal, Gladstone
Among waders roosting during high tide (6:30 am) on the bottom of empty pond near the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal was a single Lesser Sand Plover. Other shorbirds included: Common Greenshank (6), Eastern Curlew (46), Whimbrel (4), Red-capped Plover (4), Red-necked Stint (1), Royal Spoonbill (26), Common Tern (1), Caspian Tern (8), Little Egret (11)
Ted Wnorowski 28/11 #229349
Sun 27Square-tailed Kites
Samford Conservation Park--Mailman's Track
A pair of adults with two just fledged, young birds eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 27/11 #229336
Wed 23Zebra Finch
Flagstone Creek
Flocks of birds along the back roads, with breeding activity noted. Further information
Christian Perrin 26/11 #229321
glossy black cockatoos
Lamington National Park Rd via Canungra
plenty of glossy activity in last month in area. good fruiting presently in many places. first tribe 3km from bottom of mountain road near brushbox bends, were doing well with male, female and young one calling metres only just off the road. next ones about the hairpin bends under mt cainbable, but apart, a couple hundred metres. that's 3 different sightings -5 birds in 1 drive, wonderfull
Duncan fowler 25/11 #229316
Mon 21Oriental Cuckoo initially identified as Pallid Cuckoo
Postmans Track, Lake Samsonvale (permit required)
Flew in fast over the top of us upsetting a number of birds since it gave the impression of a sleek and fast raptor. The cuckoo settled in the mid distance and then flew off. We were unable to relocate it. Recorded previously at this site but an uncommon visitor. (Moderators note: Correct identification picked up by a sharp-eyed Gus Daly and confirmed by Rod Gardner and Nikolas Haass.)
Marie Tarrant, Kevin Ross, Jack Whiting and Vince Bujela 21/11 #229282
Sun 20Pectoral Sandpiper
Dohles Rocks
Single bird in flock of Sharpies, Curlew Sands and Red-necked Stints on the claypan at the end of Korman Road at Dohles Rocks. Access through gate down track which states no vehicles - waders on the area of claypan to left as the track emerges from trees. A rather small Pec - smaller than Sharpies. Presumably a female. Also a well marked cap for that species.
Andy Jensen 20/11 #229267
Thu 17highlightOriental Cuckoo
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Woodland opposite 255 Wyampa Rd. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 17/11 #229241
Tue 15Ground Cuckoo-Shrike
Kelvinhaugh, near Oakey
We found two Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes next to the Oakey Kelvinhaugh Road; easily seen close to the road near the Army Museum.
Jane and Chris Gregory 23/11 #229298
Mon 14Diamond Dove
Pine Mountain, lamington national park road via canungra
Mark Culleton investigated a roadkill bird driving up to work to find it was a diamond dove. this is a farmland clearing area for cattle grazing surrounded by mostly rainforest. close range picture was supplied. pretty interesting, seems to correlate with other diamonds way east of normal range lately
MarkCulleton via Luke Flesher , Duncan Fowler 25/11 #229315
Jondaryan - Sabine Road
We were surprised to see a Blubonnet on the Jondaryan - Sabine Road, I think it is close to the eastern edge of its range.
Jane and Chris Gregory 23/11 #229299
Painted Honeyeater
Doctor's Creek Reserve
We found one Painted Honeyeater at Doctor's Creek Reserve at Jondaryan, where they have previously been recorded. We later found another one on the Jondaryan-Sabine Road.
Jane and Chris Gregory 23/11 #229297
Common Sandpiper
Wiggins Island Coal Terminal, Gladstone
At the entrance to Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (23.50.06S, 151.11.15 E) road are three completely fenced ponds (visible only from vantage ponts located around the fences) . A single Common Sandpiper was perching on the structure protruding from the pond wall. This is very good roosting site for shorebirds at high tide. We observed variety of them coming to roost on the ponds banks or on the sandspit in one of the ponds. Interested birds included: White-winged Black Tern (1 still in the breeding plumage), Whiskered Turn (11), Common Tern (6), Little Egret (29), Common Greenshank (5), Curlew Sandpiper (6)
Ted Wnorowski 14/11 #229227
Sun 13Channel billed cuckoo
Birdsville Caravan park
I heard one Channel billed cuckoo at 7am at Birdsville Caravan park and was seen by Jake Webb and James Fong.
Josh Allen, Jake Webb, James Fong 19/11 #229259
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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