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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

November 2014
Sat 22Australian 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...
Andy Jensen 22/11 #220950
Thu 20Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
1 roosting at high tide
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
Greg Roberts 20/11 #220927
Tue 18Red Wattlebird
Tewantin, near creeks off Outlook Drive
This is the second time I have seen this species whilst walking the dog. It was obviously a species of wattle but really large in comparison to the little wattle species, didnt get close enough to catch sight of the wattles themselves but the flash of yellow plumage below the breast and extended tail are unmistakable...local noisy minors were not happy! Thought I'd send a post as the traditional distribution seems to stop short of our region. Would be interested in hearing from anyone else who has sighted this species.
Scott Barton 20/11 #220922
Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake
Yandina Creek Wetlands
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper among waders. 2 Lewin's Rail, 1 showing well. Several Spotless Crake + 1 Baillon's Crake eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 18/11 #220898
Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Pectoral Sandpiper associating with Sharpie flock in NE corner with Wood Sandpiper nearby. Good scoped views from hide.
Chris Attewell 18/11 #220894
Sun 16Wood Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Wood and Pec Sand still present this evening with a small no. of Sharp-tailed Sands. Also c8 Latham's Snipes. Take your telescope as the water and birds are distant.
Rob & Pete Morris 16/11 #220866
Little Bronze Cuckoo, Spotless Crake
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Male Little Bronze Cuckoo seen on back lagoon along with 2 Spotless Crakes. Also at least 4 Glossy Ibis, 10 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 2 Latham's Snipe on the drying out lagoon nearest the road
Stuart Pickering and Colin Reid 16/11 #220860
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Foggs Rd, Closeburn
A pair sitting quietly in the canopy.
Rob and Pete Morris 16/11 #220852
Australian Little Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit Waterhole (North Lakes)
Nice views of a male.
Rob and Pete Morris 16/11 #220851
Freckled Duck
Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs
Two birds at the southern end of the northern pool - viewable from the ramp off Blackall Road. Birds were sat in dead branches close to the edge of the pool.
Andy Jensen 16/11 #220847
Sat 15Ground Cuckoo-Shrike, Black Falcons
Seven Mile Lagoon
A pair of Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes, and 3 Black Falcons along Jimba Road. c.40 Banded Lapwings including c. 10+ young birds from fluff balls to fully fledged and flying - various locations - mainly along Banool Rd.
Rob and Pete Morris & Paul Walbridge 15/11 #220835
Fri 14highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Dark streaks on the breast with a strong demarcation, often adopting an upright, rather elegant stance, seemed somewhat nervous - frequently looking to the sky. Second visit to confirm ID in the afternoon showed obvious yellow/orange colour to the base of the bill. Hanging out with a small number of Sharpies and Curlew Sandpipers. Water in the middle of the lagoon has all dried up, the bird was located in front of the island, on the edge of the body of water that passes in front of the island. Best viewed from the east in front of the railings, or from the Keogh St side. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 14/11 #220829
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Lake Kurwongbah, Petrie - off Torrens Road.
Solitary Cotton Pygmy Goose swimming close to shoreline. Other species in immediate area, Royal Spoonbill, Whiskered Tern & Glossy Ibis.
Pip Grant-Taylor 14/11 #220828
Wed 12Apostlebird & Grey-crowned Babbler
Samford Valley
Parties of 4 Apostlebirds and 5 Grey-crowned Babblers this morning in the Wights Mountain Rd area
Chris Attewell 12/11 #220795
Black-necked Stork
Ipswich-Rosewood Road, Jeebropilly
Same pair as yesterday, still on this tiny dam, in a region scattered with big dams and wetlands. Stopped this morning (06:40) to take a couple of pics on my phone. Sorry about the poor quality though!
Peter Copping 12/11 #220792
Tue 11Black-necked Stork
Ipswich-Rosewood Road, Jeebropilly
Two adults sighted in a small dam 270m east of where the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd crosses the Bremer River, and approx 20m north of the road. Google gives the co-ordinates as -27.648225, 152.638982. Have not seen them on this small dam before. Time was approx 06:50.
Peter Copping 11/11 #220786
Mon 10Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul Wader Roost
The Asian Dowitcher is still presenting at the Toorbul wader roost (I tried really hard to turn it into another Long-billed Dowitcher as has shown up in NSW).
Marie Tarrant 10/11 #220777
Sun 9White Throated Needletails
Eddie Kornhauser Park Elanora
150 Needletails from 10 to 30m. Light NE wind .Feeding .Drifted away to SSW
Beth and John Hall 12/11 #220798
Eastern Ground Parrot, King Quail
Noosa, Sunshine Coast
Ground Parrot and King Quail seen in remnant wallum heath patch. Site not publicised because of potential threat to Ground Parrot population. Further information
Greg Roberts 10/11 #220764
Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
Mapleton National Park
Sooty Owl and Marbled Frogmouth both heard and seen well shortly after Grass Owl and Large-tailed Nightjar sightings. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 10/11 #220763
Large-tailed Nightjar, Eastern Grass Owl, Australian Little Bittern
Yandina Creek Wetlands
Large-tailed Nightjar seen and heard at dusk; southern extension of range for this species along with recent Bli Bli record. Australian Little Bittern calling at same time. Pair of Eastern Grass Owls also performing nicely. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 10/11 #220762
Blue-billed Duck
Keongs Dam, Speeds Road, near Oakey
Two blue-billed ducks at eastern end near reeds, among hundreds of pink-ears, grey teal, hardheads & Pacific black ducks. Also 50+ sharp-tailed sandpipers, 2 marsh sands and lots of whiskered terns and red-necked avocets. Unfortunately access to the actual waterbody is not permitted.
Terry Reis 9/11 #220743
Sat 8highlightYellow Honeyeater
White Patch/Wright's Creek
As per previously reported in small park next to Wrights Creek. Bird was feeding in Silky Oak, Melaleuca and low bushes at front of park. Please respect the privacy of the households adjoining the park.. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 9/11 #220735
Freckled Duck & Galah/Corella hybrid
Lake Gallety, Gatton campus of UQ
Two Freckled Ducks seen, loafing on spit at back of waterbody. Also an apparent hybrid Galah/ Corella. Looked somewhat like a leucistic Galah, except for bill length and skin around the eye. Called like Little Corella.
Terry Reis & Rod Hobson 8/11 #220719
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Clarendon
10 Blue-billed Ducks and 2 Musk Ducks seen at Lake Clarendon. Most of the blue-bills were very distant, requiring a telescope to view. Single Sharp-tailed and Marsh Sandpipers also present.
Terry Reis & Rod Hobson 8/11 #220718
Fri 7White Cheeked Honeyeaters
Lamington National Park--Duck Creek Rd
2 White Cheekies came in for a wash in a very small creek which is a fair surprise here. Seen preening and in a couple trees before heading south. Calling as they went.
Duncan Fowler, Carmen Ludcke, Annette O'Reilly, Birdweek Crew 8/11 #220728
Thu 6Black Falcons
Eagleby Wetlands, Beenleigh
2 falcons in hot windy part of the day overhead for a while and west over the suburbs. Very dry here lately, not unlike more typical inland areas.
Duncan Fowler and O'Reilly's Birdweek Crew 8/11 #220727
Square-tailed Kite
Mt Cootha, Brisbane, Qld
The Square-tailed Kite decided to brave the outside world this morning and I found it just up and to the right of it's nest. Later it was reported back in it's nest. I suppose it just wasn't brave enough yet and found it easier to eat it's meal in the nest.
Paul Turner 7/11 #220704
Wood Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Still present this morning from southern viewing platform
Chris Attewell 6/11 #220701
Wed 5Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet, Mallard
Yandina Creek Wetlands, Sunshine Coast
5 Lewin's Rail calling (1 seen), 12 Spotless Crake calling (3 seen), 1 male Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet a rare species on Sunshine Coast, 1 free-flying Mallard (Mallards in SEQ are nearly always domesticated or semi-domesticated). Also Little Grassbird, 20+ Latham's Snipe, Red-kneed Dotterel, Glossy Ibis. This newly discovered wetland is threatened with development. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 5/11 #220678
Black-shouldered kite
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail--Pine Mt South
Pair in large gum East of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, between Walter Zimmerman Park and Bayley's Road. GPS: -27.568478, 152.715652
Peter Horler 5/11 #220670
Tue 4Wood Sandpiper, White-Winged Black Tern
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Wood sandpiper still present and showing well in front of southern platform with the White-winged Black Tern frequently passing by close in. Also Red-necked Avocets, Marsh Sands & Curlew Sands still. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 4/11 #220647
Mon 3White-winged Black Tern
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Single bird fishing back and forth along the southern bank, in front of the Keogh St hide late Monday evening. Noticeably smaller than the Whiskereds present, Whiskereds gave it grief each time it passed them. Evidently still present Tuesday morning. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 4/11 #220643
Square-tailed Kite
Mt Coot-Tha Forest
eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/11 #220628
Sun 2Tahiti Petrel, Providence Petrel, Dollarbird
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Good numbers of Tahiti Petrels (15+) back for the summer. A couple of Providence Petrels which are scarce in Novemeber off Southport and a lone Dollarbird heading ashore from just inside the continent shelf.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 2/11 #220616
Australasian Shoveler
Buckleys Hole,Bribie Island
A single female Further information
Greg Roberts 2/11 #220615
highlightYellow Honeyeater
Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
A single bird perhaps 800 kilometres out of range and the first record for south-east Qld. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 2/11 #220614
Yellow Oriole
Proserpine River, Glen Isla Road, Proserpine
A number of Yellow Orioles heard calling along the banks of the Proserpine River. Have not heard them this far South before. Have recorded the call on my mobile - quite distant, but perceivable.
Dale Mengel 2/11 #220611
Wood Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Bird reported last two days still present this morning from platform at Southern end.
David Redhead 2/11 #220596
Sat 1Pink-eared Duck
Winya Rd Dams, Kilcoy
170 Pink-eared Duck on the main dam.
Dezmond Wells 2/11 #220625
Wood Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Still present this evening - easiest viewing from the south-west corner. The bird is quite distant - best viewing with a telescope.
Rob Morris 1/11 #220594
Wood Sandpiper; Latham's Snipe (2); Whiskered Tern
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
One Wood Sandpiper still present this morning in the shallow water on the left hand side of the southern end of the lagoon, feeding in company with Marsh Sandpiper. Sharpies and Curlew Sandpipers also nearby. A pair of Latham's Snipe were feeding and then resting on a weedy little island to the right of where the Wood Sandpiper was - basically directly in front of the shelter at the southern end. Whiskered Tern also about this morning. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 1/11 #220574

October 2014
Fri 31Wood Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Single bird towards the southern end at 5pm this evening, quite far out though. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 31/10 #220570
Rose-ringed Parakeet
East Brisbane
A single escaped Rose-ringed Parakeet flew past our house at 7:55am. Told from similar Psittacula species by diagnostic flight call, size and jizz. To my knowledge the two most commonly kept subspecies of Rose-ringed Parakeet are P. k. borealis (nw Pakistan to se China and c Burma) and P. k. manillensis (s India, Sri Lanka), whereas the two African subspecies P. k. parvirostris and P. k. krameri are not known in captivity in Australia. Another Psittacula species commonly kept as a pet in Australia is Alexandrine Parakeet P. eupatria. Both species Rose-ringed Parakeet and Alexandrine Parakeet are highly adaptable and invasive, and hence could provide a huge problem for Australia's avifauna!
Nikolas Haass 31/10 #220547
Thu 30Freckled Duck (confirmed)
Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
Single bird seen in the middle pond. Still present Oct 31st. (Moderators Note: Bird seen during TBO's annual species census but not seen by other individuals - please keep an eye out for possible species) Thanks Glenda now confirmed, photo attached.
Glenda Fitzpatrick 31/10 #220569
Black-necked Stork
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single bird on roadside pond early this morning. Also Nankeen Night Heron. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 30/10 #220533
Mon 27highlightBarking Owl
D'Aguilar National Park--Maiala picnic ground
Spontaneous spotlighting/reptile-spotting trip up Nebo/Glorious last night. One Barking Owl called at length from the trees across the main road at the top of Maiala picnic ground at about 10:30pm. A poor attempt to vocally mimic its call surprisingly brought the bird out of the trees and onto the powerlines, where it sat for about two seconds before flying down the road.
Russell Yong, with C. Archibald & A. Rogers 28/10 #220487
Sun 26Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet
Lindum Wetlands
1 Common Sandpiper in mangroves, 3 Red-necked Avocets eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 27/10 #220465
Turquoise Parrot, White-Backed Swallow, White-Browed Babbler, Spotted Nightjar
Sundown National Park--Broadwater Section
Very dry and very hot. Creek only a series of shrinking waterholes. Conditions likely to be concentrating birds close to the creek line. Up to 14 White-Backed swallows mingling with welcomes, over the paddocks on Permanents Road. Turquoise Parrots in late afternoon in the trees along the creek before the cattle yards. 4 White-Browed Babblers by the creek near the ranger station and 1 Spotted Nightjar calling several times during the night. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican 26/10 #220456
Yellow billed spoonbill
Noosa Heads--Jabiru Park/Fearnley hide
1 in front of Fearnley hide 11:15am, flew towards Noosa-Cooroy rd but not relocated from car park. Also male Cotton Pygmy- goose from hide. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 26/10 #220454
Black-necked Stork
Minnippi Parklands
1 on west side of Island this morning. eBird checklist
Stuart Pickering 26/10 #220450
Sat 25Channel-billed Cuckoo
Wecker Road, opp Citipointe School, beside Bulimba Creek
Two Channel-billed Cuckoo calling for 10 minutes. I was watching/photographing my grandson play cricket so didn't get a close photo. One Channel-billed Cuckoo went one way and the other in the opposite direction. eBird checklist
Judy Leitch 26/10 #220449
Fri 24Collared Kingfisher
Guyatt Park, St Lucia
Well upstream. The bird alighted on a yellow buoy from near the ferry terminal where it was buzzed by swallows. It then flew across the river alongside the ferry on which I was travelling and landed in stunted mangroves close to the West End terminal.
Andrew Stafford 24/10 #220431
Red-necked Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Good birds on the water this morning. Further to prior reports, Avocet numbers are now up to 3 - northern end. 2 Marsh Sandpipers - the first for a few years, at least 19 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and now 2 Curlew Sandpipers, all towards the southern end. Plus the usual 3 Lathams and 2 Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 24/10 #220426
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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