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.

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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

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
Thu 26Possible Pacific Gull
Buckley's Hole Sandbar, Bribie Island
3 Adult birds along the shoreline at low tide. (Moderators Note: This report published as possible as details were requested but none have been received).
Mike Tamana 27/3 #222736
Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Australian Pratincole
Lake Clarendon
From the visitor area: a single Musk Duck close to the nearest shore of the main water body; at least five Blue-billed Ducks on the open lake nearby; and a single Australian Pratincole observed through the scope, far away on the bare shore and in flight.
Roger Jaensch 27/3 #222732
Mon 23Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail, Plum-headed Finch, White-browed Babbler, Southern Whiteface
Old Wallangarra Rd/Hickling lane junction 1' Cell
8-10 Turquoise Parrots in several encounters and the usual bag of good species for this sit eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 24/3 #222702
Sun 22Fork-tailed Swift
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
Well over 100 Fork-tailed Swifts in the wake of the storm-fronts from the previous night, seen over the campground and the pastures surrounding Lake Broadwater, in several loose aggregations, between 7 and 8am. Some tracked generally east, others northeast. No needletails seen.
Russell Yong, P. Lowik, J. Ringma & C. Sanderson 23/3 #222696
Australasian Shoveler, Blue-billed Duck
Keongs Lagoon, Oakey (restricted access)
Highlights from scoping out the lagoon from the highway at 1pm include 3 male Blue-billed Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers. Also notable were hundreds of Pink-eared Ducks; we estimated 400 but the onset of heat haze made for difficult viewing and there could well have been more. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, J. Ringma, P. Lowik & C. Sanderson 23/3 #222695
Pacific Swifts
Albany Creek
Again small nos 20+ moving north ahead of rain. Today they were with c80 White-throated Needletails. The needletails were all low and the Pacific Swifts all much higher up.
Rob Morris 22/3 #222666
Sat 21Lesser Frigatrebird
Ocean Beach, Bribie Island
single bird observed soaring along the coast before heading off to the west
Chris Perry 23/3 #222699
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lindum Wetlands
1 bird seen briefly on main flooded area until flushed by a Brown Goshawk at 10am, Also 14 Marsh Sands, a few Sharpies and a Glossy Ibis.
Stuart Pickering and Colin Reid 21/3 #222655
Pacific Swifts
Albany Creek
c.30 heading north at 6.15am in low cloud and humid conditions.
Rob Morris 21/3 #222653
Fri 20Little Eagle
Kessels Road, Coopers Plains
I've spotted this bird on a number of occasions now, usually fairly high and soaring on thermals in the afternoon. I have spotted it most days this week, though eBird Checklist number is for the 17th, and the image attached here is from today. eBird checklist
Teale Britstra 20/3 #222645
Thu 19highlightHerald Petrel, ‘Striped Storm-Petrel’, three sulids
Queensland Seamount off SEQ
Highlights were 1 pale morph Herald Petrel (see photograph); 4 ‘Striped’ Storm-petrels, 2 Black Petrels; 1 juv. Australasian Gannet; 4 Red-footed Boobies; 1 Brown Booby and 3 Black Noddies. In addition we saw Wedge-tailed, Flesh-footed and 2 Hutton's Shearwaters, Tahiti, Kermadec, Grey-faced, Gould's and White-necked Petrels, Sooty Terns and Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins. For more photographs click link. Further information
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson and everyone else on Paul Walbridge's SEQ Seamount Pelagic 28/3 #222741
Glossy black cockatoo
Eumundi conservation park, blackbutt trail
A pair of glossy blacks seen in the casuarinas on the blackbutt trail being harassed by noisy miners. Keelback snake seen at the dam.
James lee Fong 19/3 #222622
Black-necked Stork
Ipswich-Rosewood Road
Same place as last to 2nd large dam on southern side of road again. -27.649203 152.643868
Peter Copping 19/3 #222621
Wed 18PaleVented Bush Hen
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Walking back and forth in front of the viewing platform on Hoskins Road. Grunting call and territorial calls made. Possibly two birds. Sightings made after rain and in cloudy conditions.
julie sarna 18/3 #222612
Tue 17Cotton Pygmy-goose
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
One female Cotton Pygmy-Goose seen in the middle of the Lagoon at around 11:00 am this morning. eBird checklist
Ross Smith 17/3 #222595
Sun 15Yellow Chat (10+); Zitting Cisticola
Cheetham Salt Works, Port Alma Rd (restricted access)
At least 10 chats, mostly males, observed in the longer reeds to the left of Gate 1 at the saltworks. Very active and cooperative this time! Further down the road I spotted a lone cisticola perched up in a dead tree. Initial impression was of an overall paler bird than I would expect for Golden-headed. Slowly approached and was rewarded with great views of a single Zitting Cisticola (photo in eBird list), who took off from his perch when I was back at the car and performed a display flight. It was nice to hear the call of this species. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 16/3 #222585
Sat 14Australasian Shoveler
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park
Single male bird busy at work among the water-lilies. Further information
Christian Perrin 14/3 #222553
highlightBlack Bittern
Oxley Common
1 male flushed from the last gully before Pelican Is. walk at approx. 8 am
Arthur & Sheryl Keates 14/3 #222543
Pacific Baza
Heard distinctive call of a Baza at 7:55am, got to window in time to see the bird flying off low, in the direction of Stanley St and the Norman Creek bat colony, chased by a few miners. One seems to show up around here each year at exactly this time; likely not the same individual, but indicative of migration pattern for this species.
Russell Yong 14/3 #222539
Fri 13Latham Snipe
Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve
2 flushed on the 8th March. 5 flushed while Frank Antram was there on the 11th March. 2 flushed on the 13th March. eBird checklist
Dezmond Wells 13/3 #222537
Black-necked Stork
Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve
I individual hunting in back lagoon, finally flew towards Airport eBird checklist
Dezmond Wells 13/3 #222536
Black-necked Stork
Ipswich-Rosewood Road
Next to 2nd large dam on southern side of road which is normally dry but full now. -27.649203 152.643868 Single bird only. Further information
Peter Copping 13/3 #222531
Sun 8Glossy Ibis
Bishops Marsh
1 Glossy Ibis searching for food around the back of the lagoon.
Dezmond Wells 13/3 #222538
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve
1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill mixed with Royal Spoonbills eBird checklist
Dezmond Wells 13/3 #222535
Sat 7Red Wattlebird
Several birds seen (and heard!) in the Stanthorpe area on 7 March and again on 9 March. Further information
A. Ross-Taylor 10/3 #222507
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger, Black Noddy
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
Checking of pics confirmed 1 second-year Long-tailed Jaeger & 1 adult Black Noddy Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 10/3 #222504
Pomarine Jaeger, Tahiti Petrel, Sooty Tern, Common Noddy
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
Unusually large number of Pomarine Jaeger (25) including 2 dark phase; 8 Tahiti Petrels; 2 Sooty Terns; 1 juvenile Common Noddy plus large numbers of Common Tern & White-winged Tern Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 8/3 #222467
highlightRed-footed Booby
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
1 adult white phase Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 8/3 #222466
highlightWhite-tailed Tropicbird
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
1 young bird (juvenile/immature) on shelf first for Sunshine Coast pelagic Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 8/3 #222465
Lesser Frigatebird
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
2 females + 1 male Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 8/3 #222464
Streaked Shearwater
Sunshine Coast Pelagic Trip off Mooloolaba
4 birds on shelf Further information
Greg Roberts & All Aboard Sunshine Coast Pelagic 8/3 #222463
Fri 6Ruddy Turnstone
Wellington Point
A number of Bar-tailed Godwits, Red-necked Stints and this Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage today.
Ken Doy 6/3 #222449
Oriental Cuckoo
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Excellent views in flight and perched around top of path down to quarry/ river this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 6/3 #222447
Thu 5Lesser Frigatebird
Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba
Three birds, one female and two males soaring above the headland. Observed for 30 minutes from around 1.30pm, still present on my departure.
John Kooistra 5/3 #222427
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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