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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

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August 2016
Tue 23Powerful Owl
442 bunburra road, Boonah
As well as the sighting in a dense patch of remnant vine scrub I have herd the owl calling fairly frequently the past week.
Errol stenzel 24/8 #228329
Mon 22Black-necked Stork
809 Ipswich Rosewood Road, Rosewood
17:25 in the afternoon, single adult was observed flying NE across the road in the general direction of the 7 Mile Swamp. Refer attached snip from Nearmaps which shows the swamp in the top right corner. Lat Long is also recorded in the image. Cheers, Peter
Peter Copping 23/8 #228317
Sun 21Painted BQ, Noisy Pitta, Owlet-nightjar
Kumbartcho Sanctuary
Great views of the female PBQ making platelets and feeding on Sunday morning. In the same area was a Pitta. Also nice to see a sleepy Owlet-nightjar :) Some photos in the checklist. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach, Jess Mackie, Nikolas Haass & Chris Burwell 23/8 #228320
Indian ringneck parakeet
Eagleby Wetlands
Female Ps. krameri distinguished from alexandrine Ps. eupatria by beak and body size slightly larger than nearby indignant rainbow lorikeets. Occupying hole in large gum near carpark. Presumably escapee eBird checklist
David Lie 21/8 #228306
Sat 20Black-backed Bittern
Wallaroo Circuit Waterhole (North Lakes)
Single male on show in the dense reeds. Also a multitude of ducks and pigeons being fed by one of the local residents.
Brett Taylor and Terry Reis 22/8 #228310
Ruddy Turnstone
Toorbul High Tide Roost
Single bird with grey tailed tattlers at high tide 1130 hrs
Ross and Nat Sinclair 21/8 #228305
Thu 18Masked Owl, Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
Conondale National Park
2 Masked Owls seen, 1 third heard. 4 Sooty Owls seen, a 5th heard. 2 Marbled Frogmouths calling, 1 seen. Plus Tawny Frogmouth, Owlet-Nightjar, Southern Boobook. Headed to lowlands seeing Eastern Grass Owl, Eastern Barn Owl = all 4 Australian Tytos in one night. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts, Luke Bennett, Bob Sothman 19/8 #228281
Mewitt Road to Pumicestone Road
Single bird first for the season flew to and sat on high dead tree over a section of Lagoon Creek.
Dezmond Wells 18/8 #228271
Tue 16Brolga
Agnes Waters
We observed a pair of Brolgas foraging near Round Hill Rd few kms from Agnes Water (GPS 24'21"55 S; 151'45"50 E). Just before reaching Agnes Water is a large farm dam (24'15"14 S; 151'49"51 E) where was good selection of water birds including Cotton Pigmy Goose (2), White-necked Heron (1), Comb-crested Jacana (6 including 2 chicks)
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 17/8 #228265
Sun 14Wedgetail eagles, brown falcon
Waterford-tamborine Rd yarrabilba
One pair of eagles flying low over the Albert river crossing harassed by crows the others circling much higher overhead and undisturbed. The lower pair seemed to have a roost on one of the banks. Around 500m north a single falcon with distinctive cheek patches sat quietly on the telephone wire on the eastern side of the road. eBird checklist
David Lie 21/8 #228303
Sat 13Kermadec Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Sooty Tern, Brown Booby
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
2 intermediate Kermadecs, 2 Black-bellied Storm-Petrels, good numbers (30+ Sooty Tern), 80+ Hutton's Shearwaters, 2 Brown Booby, small number Providence Petrel, 1 Tahiti Petrel Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard Sunshine Coast pelagic 14/8 #228239
Fri 12Black Bittern
Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone
A single Black Bittern was roosting in the paperbark tree on the island. Nearby on anather tree a pair of Nankeen Night-Herons.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 12/8 #228229
Dusky Woodswallows
Kobble Creek/Dales Road at Kobble Creek
The Dusky Woodswallows have turned up again. This morning at around 9am there was a group of around 50 flying low over the grass meadows next to the rural fire brigade shed, often perching low in the silky oak tree in the middle of the field too. Coming back along that road at around midday there was no sign. But they seem to like this patch and have been showing up reasonably regularly along this stretch for the last month. eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 12/8 #228228
Wed 10Black Kite
Ormiston, QLD.
7 Black Kite and 1 Whistling Kite soaring over Ormiston(Wellington St - Tolson Tce) at about 12:30pm.
Chris Martinez 10/8 #228223
Mon 8Peregrine Falcon
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Not a good shot and too distant but alerted by the noise of the local birds. Seen flying over the Wetlands
Kenneth Doy 8/8 #228210
Pink-eared Ducks
Minnippi Parklands
A single pair still hanging around . Would suggest a decent pair of Binoculars or Scope for viewing as some distance from the Lake shoreline.
Ken Doy 8/8 #228209
Sun 7highlightArctic Tern; Brown Skua + Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatrosses
Offshore--Southport pelagic
An Arctic Tern was the highlight of Sunday's trip. Other good birds included a Brown Skua seen close in to shore and a trio of mollymawks. Good numbers of the usual suspects plus some early returning Wedgies made this trip the best so far this winter, despite rough conditions preventing us from getting out to the shelf! eBird checklist Further information
Elliot Leach and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 10/8 #228221
eastern spinebill
ford road conservation area priestdale
not a rarity but pairs of spinebills in profusion together with a range of many other passerines, cuckoos etc eBird checklist
David Lie 7/8 #228196
Pacific Baza
Castle Lake Res. off Castle Hill Drive Murrumba Downs
A pair of Pacific Bazas in trees near gazebo, being harassed by Noisy Miners
John and Destyn Dennison 7/8 #228195
Sat 6Glossy Black Cockatoo
McLeay Island
Pair feeding chick at nest Further information
Greg Roberts & Glen Ingram 7/8 #228192
Australasian Shoveler
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
Single Male Duck present with nothing else of real interest.
Ken Doy 6/8 #228189
Fri 5Cotton Pygmy Goose
Wappa Dam, Kiamba
20 birds present - unusually large concentration of this species in the region Further information
Greg Roberts 7/8 #228194
Tue 2Australian Bustard, Glossy Ibis
Boynedale Bushcamp
A pair of Australian Bustards were slowly walking in the grass on the shore of Awoonga Lake near the camp (sorry photo from our phone). Four Glossy Ibises were feeding with other waterbirds in a shallow billabong near the lake).
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 3/8 #228175

July 2016
Sun 31Leucistic purple swamphen
Ululah Lagoon, Maryborough
Spotted few weeks ago . Finally had camera
Trevor ross 31/7 #228155
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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