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. Register for weekly email notifications.

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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

April 2015
Sun 26highlightRadjah Shelducks, Australasian Shoveler
Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
Two pairs sighted along with many other duck species. 19 Radjah Shelduck, 200+ Grey Teal, several Plumed Whistling Duck, Wood, Pacific Black and Chestnut Teal. 4 strongly marked Pink-eared Ducks were the best of this species I have seen. Pair of Black Swans nesting. Water levels very high and access extremely difficult. Entry via Nathan Road only acceptable for long lens scopes. Photographers need amphibious skills and a snorkel
Paul Newman 26/4 #223077
Black Kite
East Brisbane
One Black Kite flew low over our place in NNW direction, 1:07 pm.
Nikolas Haass 26/4 #223073
Fairy Gerygone
Mudlo National Park Kilkivan
Several seen and heard along the Scrubby Creek Walk this morning.. Other interesting birds were Rufous Fantail, Spectacled Monarch and Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Anne Burgess 26/4 #223072
Sat 25Black kite
Pete Jones 26/4 #223069
Fri 24Black Bittern
Birtinya, Sunshine Coast
Single bird, flushed from beside boardwalk, approx. 500m along Mooloolah River Floodplain walking track. Access from Milieu Place, Birtinya.
John Kooistra 24/4 #223062
black-necked stork
2nd Dam 643-649 Ipswich-Rosewood Rd, Jeebropilly
Back again. Same dam as the last few times. Viewed this morning at 06:40. Just standing in a few inches of flooded grass. -27.648799 152.642019
Peter Copping 24/4 #223056
Thu 23Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Borumba Dam at 26 30 37S 152 34 55E
20+ in same area as Yellow-taileds eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 24/4 #223059
Wed 22Ground Cuckoo-shrike
between Gladfield and Goomburra
Three birds huddled and preening on a fence rail in small paddock close to the Gladfield to Goomburra road (3 km WNW of Gladfield), in dairy/crop farmland. Fourth bird joined them after driving off an Australian Magpie. All birds then roamed on the ground in a horse paddock.
Tom Jaensch, Roger Jaensch 23/4 #223049
Australasian Gannet
Luggage Point Beach
One young bird, between immature and juvenile plumage, flew fairly low above the river, turned around and headed back out towards the bay. Shortly after the gannet showed up, a little fishing boat came past followed by gulls. Perhaps the gannet followed the boat inshore. Was surprised to see this bird here! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 22/4 #223043
Sun 19Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Regent Bowerbird
D'Aguilar National Park--Maiala picnic ground
The BSQ North Branch outing got off to a great start with fantastic views of these three species, plus many other regulars, right around the picnic area. There are several trees in fruit, attracting plenty of birds.
Birdlife Southern Queensland, North Branch Group 20/4 #223028
Sat 18highlightWhite-necked Petrel, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Kermadec Petrels
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Wedge-tailed Shearwater c150, Flesh-footed Shearwater c15 Hutton's Shearwater 2, Providence Petrel c 50, White-necked Petrel 1, Kermadec Petrel 9+, Great-winged Petrel (gouldi) 1, Tahiti Petrel c20, Wilson's Storm-petrel c20, White-faced Storm-petrel 1-2, Pied Cormorant 1, Australian Gannet 4 imms, Pomerine Jaeger 2, Arctic Jaeger 2, Silver Gull c40, Common Tern c30, Little Tern 6, Caspian Tern 2, Crested Tern 100s, Sooty Tern 1, Common Noddy 4, Black Noddy 1
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #223014
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Possibly in transit north
paul griffin 18/4 #223002
Fri 17Australasian Shoveler
Cove Road, Stanmore
Scope views of six birds, in and and beside lagoon western side of Cove Rd, just north of Dunning Rd.
John Kooistra 18/4 #223000
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Cruice Drive, Woodford
2 birds, male & female, back of property along no through road, across from Cruice Park.(Near intersection of D'aguilar Hwy & Kilcoy Beerwah Rd). Regularly seen in area by property owner, along with Glossy & Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos.
John Kooistra 18/4 #222999
Beach Stone-curlew
large sandbank south of Wavebreak Island in the Broadwater (Curlew Island)
2 scoped on the sandbank with Eastern Curlews, Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits. These two birds were also observed last Friday on the Eastern side of the sandbank. eBird checklist
Judy Leitch 17/4 #222991
Wed 15Light Mantled Sooty Albatross
Fraser Island Qld
Found bird on beach and currently have it in care.
Julie Dunn 16/4 #222989
Mon 13Barn Owl
Coorparoo Bowls Club
Heard the distinctive screech of a Barn Owl at five past midnight, from treed parkland down the cycle path, on the junction of Harries and Riddings. Two calls were heard, but bird was not seen.
Russell Yong 13/4 #222951
Sat 11highlightRegent honeyeater
Bundamba, Queensland
Was hanging around in a bottle brush tree in my front yard, I read that they like or live in iron bark trees, we have one in the back yard. My Dad spotted it and said,"hey that's one of those rare honeyeaters", I didnt believe him so didn't think to take a photo. So I googled it and sure enough he was bloody right..
Oliver 11/4 #222912
Fri 10highlight Probable Spotted Nightjar
48 Mackerel St Woodgate QLD
Bird present in garden for several days, assumed to be post-juvenile to adult. No images available depicting wing-spots but apparently they were very obvious to the observer. -25.123662, 152.581857 Posted on behalf of observers by Tom Tarrant more images available. (Moderator's note: This bird has been discussed on the Australian Bird Identification Network on facebook follow the link for further photos and to view the discussion. )
Harry and Eleanor Zawacki 12/4 #222930
Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
D'Aguilar National Park--Mt Glorious
Great views of both Sooty Owl and a female Marbled Frogmouth at Mt Glorious. Australian Owlet-Nightjar was recorded at several sites, and both Tawny Frogmouth and Southern Boobook.
Nick Leseberg 12/4 #222929
White-eared Monarch
Lamington NP Road, in old quarry before the Alpaca Farm
One pair of adults.
Barry Davies 11/4 #222910
Sat 4Black Bittern
Lake Doonella, Sunshine Coast
1 bird
Greg Roberts 6/4 #222857
Square-tailed Kite
Two Mile, Gympie
First sighting this autumn. Flew at roof height over the front garden before a quick inspection of the territory and then soaring on thermals.
Anne Burgess 5/4 #222841
Fri 3White-eared Monarch
Bunneys Lane, Kin Kin
One adult and one juvenile feeding on outside of riverine patch eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Maria Dam 3/4 #222825
Thu 2Black Kite
Stretton Reserve, Karawatha Forest
One bird circling up high eBird checklist
David Niland 7/4 #222878

March 2015
Mon 30Powerful Owl
Bardon Corner Simpsons and Boundary Roads
Heard calling at 10 pm. Suburban gardens with large trees.
Garry Robinson 1/4 #222792
Sun 29highlightBlack-bellied Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
The highlights were Pom and Long-tailed Skua, Tahiti, Providence and Kermadec Petrels, White Tern, Red-tailed (1) and White-tailed (3) Tropicbirds, Streaked Shearwater and our first March Black-bellied Storm Petrel. The BBSP only had one foot projecting! The other was missing!
Rob Morris & all aboard the Southport Pelagic trip organised by Paul Walbridge 29/3 #222752
Sat 28highlightPectoral Sandpiper, 100+ Latham's Snipe, Australian Spotted Crake, Black-necked Stork
Yandina Creek Wetlands
Pectoral Sandpiper in flock of Sharpies & Red-kneed Dotterels. Very large concentration of Latham's Snipe. Two Australian Spotted Crake calling. Two pairs of Black-necked Stork. Pair of Australasian Shoveler. 1 Red-necked Avocet. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 28/3 #222744
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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