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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

August 2014
Fri 29highlightSwift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Two birds still present. Seen well after searching for about 50 minutes through all the eucalpyts and lorikeets, feeding in a tall Gum-topped Box near the creek, to the west of the car park. Only called once. eBird checklist
Sandra Galliene 29/8 #219437
Shining flycatcher
Coochin creek camp ground
Female seen foraging in mangroves on far bank from the campground
James Fong 29/8 #219427
Thu 28Black breasted button quail (5) Noisy Pitta (2)
Inskip Point Recreation Area
Great conditions for birding this morning following the thunderstorms the previous afternoon. Good variety of species with the highlight being able to watch a quail scratch out a platelet before it became aware we were watching. The hotspot for the quail and pittas was toward the end of the walking trail on the right hand side eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 28/8 #219411
Eastern Reef Egret
Humpybong Creek mouth / rock groyne
Following up on yesterday's report, we found two birds on the rock groyne at the beach 'mouth' of the creek about 8:00am. Their colouring initially made them hard to find among the rocks but, when found, close observation was allowed - they were not shy at all. After 20 mins. of photos, etc, one flew up over the road and seemed to be heading for the spillway area where sighted yesterday. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 28/8 #219410
Wed 27Eastern Reef Egret Grey morph
Humpybong Creek Redcliffe
Sighted at the spillway just downstream from the fountain. Constantly chasing off a Little Egret and ignored a Great Egret close by. I had a report of two but could only sight one. eBird checklist
Vince Bugeja 27/8 #219401
Tue 26Wedge-tailed Eagle
Boonah Qld
Two adults on nest with chick eBird checklist Further information
Wendy Dunn Lindsey Reeves 27/8 #219405
highlightLetter-winged Kite
Brisbane, Airport, International Departures
Report from July 16, 2014 received 26/8/14 - Having spent the night at Ibis, I arrived at the airport before sunrise, observing birds for an hour in front of International Departures. A kite passed by, on its way inland, first circling by the buildings and then being chased by a crow. Instead of the expected Black-shouldered Kite, it was a splendid adult Letter-winged Kite, the last raptor species I still missed in Australia. The main identification feature were the wide black bars across the underside of its inner wings (axillaries to the base of primaries), otherwise pure white, just a hint of dark in the very tips of primaries. After this stroke of luck, being rerouted from Honiara to Brisbane to Nadi instead of direct flight to Nadi did not feel so bad, after all! Could have taken a photo or two, but was too focused on admiring the rare sight to do that. (Moderator's Note: This report is from July 16 and is unconfirmed - please do be on the lookout for this species however note that Kedron Brook Wetlands hosts a number of Black-shouldered Kites.)
Petri Hottola 26/8 #219382
Mon 25Pheasant Coucal (2)
East Mary River Rd, Conondale
Amazing views of both coucals roadside around 4pm this afternoon. We have never seen this bird close up before and certainly never seen the brilliant feather display eBird checklist
Hedley & Irena Earl 25/8 #219377
Sun 24Masked Owl, Southern Boobook
Booloumba creek Rd
9pm last night we were pleased to finally sight a masked owl. At a property suggested to us we arrived at the location, played one taped call and the owl came in within 20 seconds. A boobook called once from the same location but otherwise no other owls were heard or sighted eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 25/8 #219381
Regent Bowerbird
Landsborough-Maleny Road, Bald Knob
Single male flew above traffic from one side of the road to the other, about 1 pm.
Mandy Todd 25/8 #219371
Swift Parrots (6); Long-billed Corella (2)
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Although it was still drizzling, we saw six Swift Parrots in their regular feeding tree this morning at around 8:30. Three Corellas then flew in - one yellowish Little, and two very white Long-billed Corellas. Interestingly, only the Little was calling in flight.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 24/8 #219358
Northern Giant Petrel
Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
Highlights of a morning seawatch were a close in Northern Giant Petrel that flew south at 11.30. Also 200+ Hutton's Shearwaters early on,lots of Common Noddies, 40 Aus Gannets, 30 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a few Little Terns
Stuart pickering 24/8 #219357
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
Two birds seen this afternoon feeding along the muddy edge of the canal (as previously reported by Brian & Meg Johnson). Later the birds sought shelter from the wind and settled down in the grass on the other side. Directions to find - carpark at the end of Harbour Promenade. In the canal to the left of the Marina Sales Office. eBird checklist
Rick Franks & Felicia Chan 24/8 #219353
Sat 23Latham's Snipe
Minnippi Parklands
1 roosting on bank between the two bodies of water (very low level). eBird checklist
Arthur & Sheryl Keates 23/8 #219338
powerful owl
Adult feeding chick in tree along Moggill Creek. Birds are heard in area regularly. Chick still very white and prey either ringtail possum or young brushtail. Two adult brushtails seen close by.
justin watson 23/8 #219337
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
The lone Common Sandpiper was there again this morning between 8 & 9 am - feeding in the short grasses under heavy rain. Nearby were 2 Double-banded Plovers in full breeding plumage and 5 Pacific Golden Plovers with one in remnant breeding colour.
Brian & Meg Johnson 23/8 #219332
Fri 22Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Private Property Middle road, Milford Boonah 4310
One bird feeding with many other Honeyeaters in flowering Grevilleas Most unusual for this district. eBird checklist
Wendy Dunn, Kim Herbert, Neil Strode 22/8 #219327
Henry Road Griffin
A pair of Brolgas still able to be seen in the paddocks to the left just after the turn off from Dohles Rocks Road. Photo taken from Henry Road . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 22/8 #219324
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
One 'teetering' sandpiper found this morning at high tide bathing in a rainwater puddle beside a cement walkway. Poor photos and a short video were captured on the phone. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 22/8 #219320
Thu 21Swift Parrot
Gould Adams Park
At least in excess of 12 Swift Parrots still present between 7am and 10.30 am. Seems to be concentrating at trees next to Scrubby creek where the access into the park widens and allows for a parking area on the RHS. Birds were chased by Noisy Miners and were seldom still for a few minutes. eBird checklist
Peter Odekerken 22/8 #219325
Noisy Pitta
Redcliffe Botanical Gardens, Redcliffe
Bird along rainforest track behind permaculture garden. Seems to have made its way to a very isolated patch of forest. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 21/8 #219313
White eared Monarch
Gold Creek Reservoir
Responded to bird calls and presented itself for about an hour just over the walk bridge area near the toilets. eBird checklist
Lloyd Bullock 21/8 #219306
Wed 20Musk Duck
Martin's Creek lagoons, Toogoom
We were very surprised to find a female Musk Duck which surfaced from a dive right in front of us while doing a morning survey. This is nearly the northern limit for this bird. 4 twitchers present - observed the bird for 20 minutes. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 22/8 #219321
Noisy Pitta
Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
Flushed from under saltmarsh meadow boardwalk early this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 20/8 #219296
Mon 18Black Kite
Holden Place, Bundall
Two birds moving west into the strong westerly wind. eBird checklist
Todd Burrows 18/8 #219276
Sun 17White-cheeked honeyeater
german church rd, redland bay. (native dog creek)
Plenty of birds feeding on coastal banksia eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 17/8 #219267
Swift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
At least 3 birds seen feeding high up in blossoming gums. Calls of more nearby also heard. Black Kite also observed flying over. eBird checklist
John Kooistra, Nikolas Haass. 17/8 #219261
Sat 16Hutton's Shearwaters
Offshore--Southport pelagic
100s of Hutton's inshore today along with small numbers of Fluttering Shearwaters. Also good numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters back. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219259
Providence Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Large numbers today well inshore (inside the continental shelf break) and also off the shelf. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219258
Great-winged Petrel (gouldi)
Offshore--Southport pelagic
At least 6 birds today. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219257
Kermadec Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Only one bird today. A dark intermediate. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219256
highlightMasked Booby
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 adult bird today. The bird had a pale eye so was sub sp. personata eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219254
highlightWhite-faced Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
After our first ever August record last week, at least another 5 today, eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219253
Black-browed Albatross
Offshore--Southport pelagic
2 immature birds today. This first live birds this year. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219252
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Just one bird today along with large numbers of Wilson's Storm-Petrels eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/8 #219251
highlightGibson's Albatross
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 bird today. The first for 2 years. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 16/8 #219250
megamegaLight-mantled Sooty Albatross
Offshore--Southport pelagic
One bird (3rd Year?) on the way in came into the boat and sat right behind us! The second Southport record and the first since June 2012. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 16/8 #219249
highlightWhite-headed Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 bird at the 45 fathom line. The first record since June 2012 eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 16/8 #219248
Fri 15Brolga
Henry Road, Griffin
In the first paddock on the left turning in from Dohles Rocks Road. Saw them mid morning and again early afternoon eBird checklist
Julie Sarna 16/8 #219229
White-winged Triller
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands
An Eclipse Male was reported a couple of weeks ago, believe this is probably the same bird. Photographed on the peninsular between 2nd and 3rd lagoons. eBird checklist
Ken Doy 15/8 #219222
Thu 14Rose Robin
Mackenzie River, downstream of Bedford Weir
Single immature in tree alongside river - unexpected, but just within range - esp. as it's still winter. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 14/8 #219208
Wed 13King Quail, Peregrine Falcon
Golds Scrub Lane, Samsonvale
One male-female pair of King Quail in the margins of the woodland by the cemetery, near the paddock gate. Birds were foraging in the tall grass, only briefly wandering into view; an attempt to stake them out for 5-10 mins was unsuccessful. Also seen was a Peregrine Falcon, flying high at first, then making a low pass over the cemetery. Also notable, a resident pair of Whistling Kites are nesting in the crown of a pine tree on the water's edge, to the left of the cemetery. All sightings made around 11:30am. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, with J. Ringma, M. Barnes & M. Gibson 16/8 #219233
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Narabangba - pond - close to Amaroo Avenue - North Brisbane
male and female bird observed on pond initially mid July and resident in pond as still seen on pond eBird checklist
Kotie Swart 13/8 #219197
whistling kite
Mt Cotton Village Community Park
nesting in car park eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 13/8 #219191
Tue 12Red-browed Treecreeper
Lamington National Park--Binna Burra
Red-browed Treecreepers in the tall gums near the beginning of the Park trails. eBird checklist
Geoff Walker 13/8 #219194
Latham's Snipe
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
A single bird late this afternoon, first of the season for me at Dowse. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 12/8 #219176
Topknot Pigeon
Darlington Range, Wongawallen
Thousands of birds flying over in waves in flocks ranging from 20 to 300 birds. All flying from South to North. eBird checklist
Sandra Gallienne 12/8 #219172
Mon 11highlightDusky Woodswallow
Binna Burra Road, Beechmont
Ten birds were feeding about one kilometre south of the roundabout at Beechmont. Sightings of Dusky Woodswallows in this area are rare. eBird checklist
Barry Davies 12/8 #219168
Killarney township
4 birds in the company of a single Galah flew overhead calling. Countryside inland is very dry. eBird checklist
Ivor Preston & Karen Doyle 11/8 #219161
Square-tailed kite
Mt Cootha
Two adult birds on a nest. eBird checklist
Karen Mustin, Michelle Gibson, Rich Seaton, Jane McDonald 11/8 #219159
Sun 10Australian Owlet-nightjar
Brookfield / Moggill Area
No Masked Owls tonight but excellent views of Owlet-nightjars (at least 14 birds heard whilst doing a trail under the super Moon!), 2 White-throated nightjars, 2 Tawny Frogmouths and 6 Southern Boobooks. Birds were very active in the light conditions. eBird checklist
Rob Morris 11/8 #219155
White-eared Monarch
Gold Creek Reservoir
Still there this morning. Between Entrance and bridge over creek near toilets. eBird checklist
Paul Turner 10/8 #219142
highlightSwift Parrot
Gould Adams Park Kingston
A number of birds still around in bright sunny weather this morning . Several birders present and able to get good views of these beautiful little Parrots eBird checklist
Ken doy 10/8 #219136
Sat 9Great-winged Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 bird initially thought to be a nominate macoptera is now considered to probably be a gouldi. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 10/8 #219143
Cotton Pygmy Goose, White-eared Monarch
Gold Creek Reservoir
White-eared Monarch still present, this time near the carpark, feeding high in trees. Also a male Cotton Pygmy Goose on the reservoir. eBird checklist
Eve Belisle, Chris Morecroft 9/8 #219133
highlightSwift Parrots
Gould Adams Park
At least 12 birds this afternoon. eBird checklist
Rob Morris, Paul Walbridge, Andrew Sutherland, Glenn Pacey et al 9/8 #219131
Hutton's Shearwaters
Offshore--Southport Sea Mounts Pelagic
Good numbers of Hutton's Shearwaters (40+) today, as well as a Fluttering and many Wedge-taileds. Also good numbers of Providence Petrels, a few Great-winged Petrels (gouldi), 1 Black-bellied and many Wilson's Storm-Petrels, Aus Gannets and good numbers of Common Noddy. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 9/8 #219130
highlightKermadec Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
At least 6 today including 2 well inside the shelf. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 9/8 #219129
highlightWhite-faced Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
2 birds today. First August records for Southport. eBird checklist
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 9/8 #219128
Fri 8Long-billed Corella
Gould Adams Park, Kingston, Qld.
Seem to have got the dirty Corella by the looks of the other Photos on here. He/She was alone and even though cautious I was able to get plenty of photos of it in the trees, on the ground and having a really good go at the dead limb of this tree (photo included). Don't know if it was looking for resin/grubs or something else.. eBird checklist
Paul Turner 9/8 #219118
Red Wattlebird
Gwingana Ct, Beechmont
This is an unusual species for this area. There appears to be just one bird and it has been here for a few weeks feeding mostly on Banksias. eBird checklist
Barry Davies 8/8 #219094
Thu 7highlightSwift Parrot (11); Long-billed Corella (2)
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
We had great views of at least 11 Swift Parrots this morning. Two juveniles were seen. The parrots were first seen in flight, then feeding in the flowering eucalypts across the creek from the entrance road from around 7:30am. Lots of Little Lorikeets about as well, and Jack Whiting and his friends July and Keith saw a pair of Long-billed Corellas before I arrived. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton and 5 other birders 7/8 #219069
Wed 6highlightMasked Owl
Brookfield / Moggill Area
An evening spotlighting produced a Masked Owl, 3 Southern Boobooks and 3 Australian Owlet-nightjars, eBird checklist
Rob Morris 7/8 #219070
Fuscous Honeyeater
Kerry Rd at 28°01'27'S 153°01'30'E
One bird feeding on lerp in Eucalyptus on the eastern side of the road. eBird checklist
Barry Davies 7/8 #219067
Great Bowerbird and Beach Stone curlew
Airlie beach Foreshore
A couple of surprise e birds today at Airlie Beach Foreshore amidst the crowds eBird checklist
Greg and Janice McKay 6/8 #219061
Eungella Honeyeater
Eungella National Park
At least 2 seen well in company of Eastern Spinebills - 10.9 km north along Dalrymple Rd - around noon. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 6/8 #219060
Tue 5highlightMusk Lorikeet
Currawinya National Park
Pairs were sighted on three consecutive days, with four birds seen together on two days. Birds were seen near the southern boundary of the park, adjacent to Hungerford - Eulo Rd feeding on blossoms of Yapunyah trees (E. ochrophloia) The bird photographed was one of a pair feeding in front of the Paroo River Trading Post in the main street of Hungerford, 1.6km from the N.P . boundary. eBird checklist
Neil Schultz 24/8 #219346
Black-backed Bittern
North Lakes--Wallaroo Circuit Waterhole
A male appeared for a few minutes about 11.30am. A Spotted Crake and a Little Grassbird were also seen. eBird checklist
Barry Davies and Tim and Monique from Melbourne 5/8 #219054
White-winged Triller
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
An eclipse male was seen and photographed on some dead sticks in the second pond from the road. The Cotton Pygmy-Goose was not seen. eBird checklist
Barry Davies 5/8 #219053
highlightSwift Parrots
Gould Adams Park Kingston
A minimum of 8 Swifties this morning at the park actively feeding and moving around in flowing gum trees with many Rainbow, Scaly-breasted and Little Lorikeets. They stayed high up most the time and were very hidden as they fed - easiest to locate by call / in flight. eBird checklist
Rob Morris 5/8 #219051
Mon 4White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Binna Burra Lodge
This is a rare sighting for the eastern side of Lamington National Park. eBird checklist
Barry Davies 5/8 #219052
Swift Parrots
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
5 Birds feeding in flowering eucalypts with Rainbow, Scaly-breasted and Little Lorikeets. eBird checklist
Sandra Gallienne & Trish Ferguson 4/8 #219025
Sun 3White-eared Monarch
Gold Creek Reservoir
Single bird seen near the picnic area, in shrubs along the creek. eBird checklist
Eve Belisle 3/8 #219011
Fri 1Plum Headed Finches
Dumaresq River Crossing, Mingoola, Near Sundown/ Glenlyon Rd
A busy place. 4 Plum Heads mixed in with the Double Bar Finches, great photo opportunity. Little Eagle here the following day. eBird checklist
Duncan Fowler and Carmen Ludcke 10/8 #219135
Fairy Gerygone
Gumtree Drive, Cooroy
Male and female in roadside riparian scrub eBird checklist
John Kooistra 4/8 #219033
Varied Triller
Tingalpa Reserve, Chadwell St, Ransome, Brisbane
Down along the "creek walk" track eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 2/8 #218987
Black-breasted Button-quail
Inskip Point Recreation Area
Third time lucky! I've been to this site twice before over the last couple of years, but haven't managed to get onto this species. Today I found one adult male BBBQ in the company of a pair of Bar-shouldered Doves. All three birds were feeding on the ground near a large fig tree along the track to the point from the carpark. The tree should be obvious, as it was filled with squabbling Figbirds this morning. Inskip was very 'birdy' this morning, despite the large number of 4WD's noisily making their way towards the barge to Fraser. I saw the BBBQ at around 9:30. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 1/8 #218981
Albert's Lyrebird
Mt.Tambourine(Witches Falls)
I was very thrilled to find and photograph a number of Albert's Lyrebirds this morning. It was a special moment watching a number of these birds display. I believe that I found 8 separate individuals during a 3 hour wander on the bottom track but I could be wrong as some could have crossed the track. Calling loudly and displaying beautifully! eBird checklist
Bernie OKeefe 1/8 #218979
Red-winged Parrot
Lancewood Place Moggill
One bird only flew into my yard and fed with pale headed Rosellas for about ten minutes, then flew off. I was able to approach the Parrot within 3metres to get nice photos. eBird checklist
Lloyd Bullock 1/8 #218976
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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