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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2015
Tue 1Freckled Duck
Broadwater Lake, SW of Dalby
One Freckled Duck sighted at the northern end of the lake (end of bush track from Wilga Campground) associating with small numbers of Grey Teal and a few Pacific Black Ducks.. Very few waterbirds. The lake is near capacity.
June Harris 1/9 #224417
Baillon's Crake
Lake Eden, North Lakes Estate, Mango Hill SEQld
1 Baillon's Crake walking on lilly pads on other side of lake from Lochside Pde platform. Stand on platform & bird should be seen on other side, to the left of straight across. eBird checklist
Sue Lee 1/9 #224416
Radjah Shelduck
Finland Road
Two Radjah Shelducks were in the pond where previously reported at 11 am today
Paul Jensen 1/9 #224411

August 2015
Mon 31Spotted Harrier
Western Outskirts of Dalby residential (Summer Ave)
One lovely adult Spotted Harrier quartering over house (no.78) yesterday.
June Harris 1/9 #224418
Fri 28Latham's Snipe, Glossy Ibis
Mt Lindsay Hwy, Tamrook Farm Dam behind Tamrookam Primary School (restricted access)
This swamp has a good mix of birds again. It can be scanned from the highway side on the north side of the school; highlights were 5+ snipe,10+ G Ibis, Swamp Harrier.
Rob Elvish 29/8 #224358
Red-backed Kingfisher
Running Creek Road
One bird still present where reported by Elliot Leach and others. On wires between road and creek.
Rob Elvish 29/8 #224357
Pacific Koel (Australasian)
Mooloolah Valley - Anderson Road
First for the season in this area. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 28/8 #224352
Thu 27Speckled Warbler
Forgan Cove, Forgan Rd
2 birds feeding alongside ridge track eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 27/8 #224334
Wed 26king quail
Bunburra, 9kn south of boonah
Several in tall grass in an old cultavation paddock.
Errol stenzel 27/8 #224337
Baillon's Crake
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
S end of roadside lagoon. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 26/8 #224329
Radjah Shelduck
Finland Road, Pacific Paradise
2 birds at same spot where 1 was present on 22/8
Greg Roberts 26/8 #224327
Tue 25Powerful Owl
Mt Coot-tha Reserve--JC Slaughter Falls
Great views of a roosting bird
Rob Morris 27/8 #224333
Red-backed Kingfisher
Running Creek Rd
One RBKF still present at this site. This bird is proving to be quite regular here (seen on 3/4 trips past the site). It was first seen in early May.
Elliot Leach; Casey Hall 27/8 #224332
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs
8 birds present this morning on the northern pond from viewing platform (3 male, 5 female/immature). The most I have seen here (been between 4-7 birds present since mid June).
Andy Jensen 25/8 #224314
Australasian Koel
Worongary Gold Coast
1st record for season in our area,heard this morning @ 5.30 AM
Hans & Judy Beste 25/8 #224312
Mon 24Superb Lyrebird
Girraween National Park
Extremely brief views of a male on the Underground Creek track. Three Red-browed Treecreepers were also seen here.
Andrew Stafford and Chris Sanderson 25/8 #224323
Turquoise Parrot
Old Wallangarra Road
At least 10 birds seen between the creek crossing and Hickling Lane. One pair was obviously nest prospecting despite having a juvenile male still in attendance. Other birds included 15 Plum-headed Finches and most of the other usual species on this road.
Andrew Stafford and Chris Sanderson 25/8 #224322
Rainbow Bee-eater
East Brisbane
5+ flocks of Rainbow Bee-eaters (5-9 birds each) migrating over our house in East Brisbane this morning between 8:15 and 9:00am.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 24/8 #224302
Sat 22highlightRadjah Shelduck, Black-necked Stork, Spotted Harrier, Black-tailed Godwit
Finland Road, Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast
1 Radjah Shelduck - a vary rare vagrant in SEQ, presumably one of a pair seen recently at nearby golf course. Loads of birds about including first Latham's Snipe of the season (4 birds), Black-tailed Godwit, Black-necked Stork. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 22/8 #224280
Thu 20Beach stone-Curlew
Kakadu Roost, Bribie Island
Pair evidently nesting Further information
Greg Roberts 22/8 #224281
Black-necked stork
Maroochy River including Goat Island, Maroochydore.
One female bird wading in the shallow water near Goat Island.
Robyn Duff and Mary Hynes 20/8 #224268
Radjah shelduck
Maroochy River Golf Course
2 birds flew into a shallow pool near the 16th hole fairway. Thanks to Eric Andersen who spotted them flying in.
Robyn Duff, Eric Andersen and the U3A golf group 20/8 #224267
Latham's Snipe
Port of Brisbane--Old Visitor Centre Lake
At the old visitors centre lake. Parked at Whimbrel Street and bird landed near the concrete pad then flew off to the other side of the lake
Julie Sarna 20/8 #224262
Tue 18Black Bittern
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
A Black Bittern found in usual lagoon next to railway line. Flushed from back to perch on fallen paperbark trees back of centre. Also seen Baillon's Crake same lagoon, flew onto fallen paperbark trees towards back track. See eBird list for a grainy pic of Baillon's Crake eBird checklist
Sue Lee 18/8 #224245
Sun 16Baillon's Crake
Riverdale Park, Loganlea
This bird was sighted near the end of the main lagoon, it was in view for a very brief time and some distance away. eBird checklist
Wayne Schulz 19/8 #224253
Sat 15Kermadec Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
3+ Kermadec Petrels and 1 Black-bellied Storm Petrel were the highlights of yesterday's trip. Also good numbers off Providence Petrels
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic Organised by Paul Walbridge. 16/8 #224220
Eastern Grass Owl
Paradise Waters, Sunshine Coast
2 grass owls 1 hour after sunset in caneland. See link below for road-killed grass owl found at Yandina Creek by Sarah Further information
Greg Roberts & Sarah Beavis 16/8 #224215
Lathams Snipe
Mapleton Lilyponds
Feeding along the slim muddy edge of main lily pond. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 15/8 #224212
White-eared Monarch, Fairy Gerygone, Tasmanian race of Silverye
Mt Ninderry, Sunshine Coast
1 monarch, 4 gerygones, 100+ Tasmanian silvereyes eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 15/8 #224205
Wed 12Masked Owl
Upper Brookfield / Pullenvale area
One bird heard near Gold Creek Reservoir and another bird seen well a few kms from here.
Rob Morris & Andrew Sutherland 12/8 #224179
Tue 11Square-tailed Kite
Mt. Coot-tha
Attention Convenors - I think I managed to delete my intended attachment of the bird's photograph. Now attached
Paul Newman 12/8 #224163
Eagleby Wetlands
Finally found these two! Also present were 3 Forest Kingfishers, Red-backed Fairy-wrens, Variegated Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Galahs, White-breasted Sea-eagles, Hardhead Duck, Whistling Ducks, Purple Swamphen, Scarlet HoneyeaterBrown Honeyeater, Rufous Whistler Further information
Robert Shore 10/8 #224136
Noisy Pitta
O'Reilly's Lamington
The bird is not shy and easily viewed. About 50m along the top walkway that heads to the suspension bridge there is a big fallen tree on the RHS of the walkway. The Pitta seems to hang around that general area. Behind the tree there is a small track that heads back to the visitors accommodation. It can also be viewed from there.
John Smith 9/8 #224120
Wed 5Orange chat
Bowra Station - Western Paddock
Female orange chat in company of black faced woodswallows feeding on the ground
Robyn Duff 7/8 #224105
Tue 4Powerful Owl
Samford Ecological Research Facility
In a shady tree consuming a brush-tailed possum. eBird checklist
Dezmond Wells 4/8 #224090
Mon 3Pale-vented Bush-hen
Sinnamon Park (Brisbane River foreshore)
Loud calling at 11 am from reed and shrub cover on river bank.
Roger Jaensch 8/8 #224112
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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