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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. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into Eremaea eBird and then post to Birdline from there. 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 www.ebird.org.

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1/29/2014

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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: http://www.tonypalliser.com/barc. Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 www.ebird.org.


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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
April 2014
Mon 21Musk DuckLake Clarendon, Lockyer Valley
The recently reported Musk Duck still present along with the resident 2 Black Falcons. Nearby at Seven Mile Lagoon, 33 Red necked Avocets, 2 Hobby, Shoveler and Chestnut Teal. Banded Lapwing - 25 in the usual paddock at Banool Road. Full lists on Eremaea e-bird.
Sarah Beavis 21/4 #217462
Restless FlycatcherOxley Creek Common
In the small patch of bush near the Pelican Island lake. Photo available if required.
Tim and Marg Roberts 21/4 #217453
Paradise RiflebirdTamborine Mountain National Park--The Knoll Section
Two riflebirds seen clearly, female and juvenile loosely associated with a large wave of 20+ satin bowerbirds, 7+ wompoo pigeons and many fig birds. Seen ~11am near the top of the track on the lower side in tall trees. No calls heard.
Mike Bysouth 21/4 #217452
Sun 20Square-tailed KiteMorris St, Dayboro
Have seen this almost adult bird here on 3 occasions now, it appears to be interested in the many figbirds and other frugivores in the camphor-laurels and figs on the street.
Tom Tarrant 21/4 #217458
Australian Painted Snipe12 Mile Creek, Marmor
One male/immature observed in the saltmarsh.
Chris Wiley 20/4 #217434
Sat 19Musk Lorikeet, Rose Robin, Fuscous HoneyeaterHaigslea Cemetery/Raysource Rd
Reached crossroads at ten to 4. A decent number of flowering Gums meant a profusion of nectivorous birds, including all four local lorikeet species. Musks were hard to spot at first but became steadily more apparent, feeding mostly in the highest branches. One male Rose Robin showed briefly but nicely. The reliable Fuscous Honeyeaters showed sporadically.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma 20/4 #217430
Plum-headed FinchBack Flagstone Road, Helidon
One pair of Plum-headed Finch seen at about 3pm, on overhead wires just near the Murphy Bridge crossing. The water treatment facility up the road (seen through their gate) had a few Pink-eared Ducks, teal and Pac Black Ducks on it, and some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins on the perimeter.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma 20/4 #217429
Red-necked Avocet, Australian HobbySeven Mile Lagoon, Lockyer Waters
An exploratory excursion yesterday found Seven Mile Lagoon to be full (or at least, quite full). From Jimba Rd we saw a small flock of 13 Red-necked Avocet amongst hundreds of Black-winged Stilt and what must have been thousands of coots and ducks (mostly teal, but also Pink-Ears and Pac. Blacks). The resident Hobby was conspicuous and gave good looks, hawking over the paddocks and landing on the wires. Unfortunately we didn't have a scope so couldn't census the birds properly; we would encourage anyone with a good scope to go out and have a proper look. As an aside, the Banded Lapwings on/around Banool are apparently all gone.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma 20/4 #217428
Black-fronted DotterelHemmant / Lindum Wetlands Kianawah Rd
Several Black - fronted Dotterels presented well for photographs early this morning
Ken Doy 19/4 #217418
Ruff ( Reeve )Hemmant/Lindum Wetlands Kianawah Rd
Early morning with excellent light seemed to be the best time to photograph this bird which showed along with the Sharpies much closer today at the Kianawah Rd end.
Ken Doy 19/4 #217417
highlightWhite-faced Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic
A record count of White-faceds today - over 40! This species was first recorded in 2009 off Southport (the first live record for Qld) and now they are regular in April. Most were adults in heavy primary moult.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217416
megamegaWhite-bellied Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217415
Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Forest KingfisherDowse Lagoon, Sandgate
A single Pygmy-Goose was on the water this morning, plus a Forest Kingfisher has returned.
Ged Tranter 19/4 #217414
RuffLindum Wetlands
If you lost a rubber eyepiece,probably from a scope, at the site last weekend please give me a call 33002960.
David Redhead 19/4 #217413
RuffLindum Wetlands
Single bird showing well this morning on Kianawah Rd. side of lake.
Jim Sneddon 19/4 #217411
Fri 18Ruff (Reeve), Musk LorikeetLindum Wetlands
While checking out 1 Ruff (Reeve; Raja's photo attached), 18 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 8 Marsh Sandpipers, 2 Black-fronted Dotterels and the usual Pied Stilts and Masked Lapwings, 4 Musk Lorikeets flew north (the characteristic flight calls got us onto them). Further photos will appear on Raja's website: Further information
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 18/4 #217397
Channel-billed Cuckoo105 Hawkesbury Rd, Moggill
Flew across road between Anstead and Moggill Pocket outside no 105. Late bird.
Colin Reid 18/4 #217393
highlightRuffLindum Wetlands
Ruff (well small Reeve) seen from Burnby Rd (take a telescope) 6.30-7.30
Rob Morris 18/4 #217390
Thu 17Black-chinned HoneyeaterCordalba State Forest
group of 4 Further information
Greg Roberts 18/4 #217389
Spotted Quail-thrush, Yellow-tufted HoneyeaterCordalba National Park
2 quail-thrush, group of yellow-tufteds Further information
Greg Roberts 18/4 #217388
Lewin's Rail, Noisy Pitta, Spotted HarrierRafting Ground Reserve
Three Lewin's Rails detected, one of them sighted. Some riparian habitat strips inhabited by the community of small rail species are being narrowed by weed spraying. Pitta called from eucalypt regrowth with vine scrub and non-native thickets, between Moggill Creek and Kenmore houses, as walker with dog passed by, after sunset on 16th.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217383
Ruff/ReeveLindum Wetlands
Seen from Kianawah Rd feeding with Marsh Sandpipers. As it is about the same size as the Marsh Sandpipers I wonder if it is a Reeve.
Barry Davies 17/4 #217381
Wed 16Rufous FantailOxley Creek Common
One Rufous Fantail sighted along the creek line, just past the large Eucalptus. Behaviour was very active. Also present in the same area were Yellow Rumped Thornbills, Mangrove Gerygone, Leaden Flycatcher female and a Varied Triller pair. Further information
Pete Taylor 16/4 #217364
Sun 13RuffLindum Wetlands
Bird reported yesterday still present late morning at Eastern end from Kinawah Road. 8 Marsh Sandpipers also.
David Redhead 13/4 #217302
Ruff / ReeveHemnant / Lindum Wetlands off Kianawah Rd
Depending on whom I spoke to about the bird there seems to be some conjecture as to whether this is the Ruff or the Reeve. It is certainly quite a bit larger than the Sharpies . Waders not being my best subject will it for others more knowledgeable to decide
Ken doy 13/4 #217294
Sat 12Collared (Magnificent) Petrel, Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-PetrelsSEQ Seamounts
As a follow-up to Rob Morris's note, here are some of Raja's photos: Further information
Raja Stephenson & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge 18/4 #217398
megamegaCollared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge. 14/4 #217306
Nankeen ( Rufous ) Night Heron Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands
Taken around 6.30am at the lagoon where the Black Bittern has been reported
Ken Doy 12/4 #217285
RuffLindum Wetlands
The Ruff reported early today was observed feeding in the western pond of Lindum Wetlands at 3 pm. Best accessed off Burnby Road. The single bird was seen amongst Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the coordinates 27°26'52.7"S 153°08'19.0"E. Access was permitted by the owner. Further information
Benjamin Harms, Peter Harms 12/4 #217282
RuffLindum Wetlands
Ruff still present this pm. Not seen on eastern end of wetland from Kianawah Road but seen on western end of wetland from Burnby Road. Most of wetland waders are on viewable from these two public roads.
Andy Jensen, Stuart Pickering, David Milton, Sandra Harding et al 12/4 #217281
highlightRuffLindum West Wetlands
Photo taken by Robert Bush this morning.
Sheryl Keates, Robert Bush & Deirdre Chrzescijanski 12/4 #217280
highlightRuffLindum Wetlands
1 Ruff seen feeding with Sharp-tailed Sandpipers during wader count at Kianawah Rd at 8 am this morning. Later seen at western end of wetlands (access via private property) Non-breeding plumage. ID confirmed by David Milton, Sandra Harding, Robert Bush & Deirdre Chrzescijanski. Robert Bush has photos.
Sheryl Keates 12/4 #217279
Fri 11Blue-winged KookaburraLake Clarendon
Two birds -at least- present in eucalyptus and melaleuca woodland on southern side of Lake Clarendon.
Michael Wood 11/4 #217269
Thu 10White Eared MonarchGold Creek Reservoir
In a group with Spectacled Monarch, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Yellow Robin, White Bowed Scrubwren, Variegated Fairy Wren, Golden Whistler, Lewins HE and Yellow Faced HE. Brown Quail a few metres away also. Nice spot....
Chris Read 10/4 #217257
Wandering Whistling-DuckCarrara, Gold Coast
4 pairs present.
Terry Dillon 10/4 #217256
Tue 8Glossy Black-CockatooLamington National Park - Duck Creek Road
A pair at the bottom of the first steep decent when going down from O'Reillys.
Barry Davies 8/4 #217228
Square-tailed KiteWarwick
One bird seen soaring over the centre of town near Woolworths.
Barry Davies 8/4 #217227
Mon 7White-eared MonarchDaybora
One beautiful male located at Juff's Crossing which is on Juff's rd which is off Laidlaw St.
Bernie OKeefe 7/4 #217215
Sun 6WeebillDinmore quarry pit
Out fossiling with members of the UQ Environmental Science Society (private access granted) along northeast part of the quarry. At high noon, heard distinctive two-tone call of a Weebill, followed by brief glimpse thru binoculars as it flew into high shrubs along the quarry rim. One Black Kite soaring at a distance around this time.
Russell' Yong 8/4 #217218
Black-breasted Button QuailInskip Point
Two birds located near the picnic tables at the very end of the bushland at the point.
Bernie OKeefe 7/4 #217202
Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Restless FlycatcherSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Eastern Yellow Wagtail still at the usual location. One Restless Flycatcher. Other birds of interest: 1 adult Nankeen Night-Heron, 2 Glossy Ibis, 2 Eastern Osprey (display flight), 1 adult Pacific Baza, 1 Australian Hobby, 1 Spotless Crake, 3 Marsh Sandpipers, 1 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, 2 Leaden Flycatchers.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Colin Reid, Stuart Pickering 6/4 #217155
Sat 5Eastern Yellow WagtailSandy Camp Rd Wetlands
The wagtail was still showing well today in the same spot as previously reported. Thanks to Nick Leseberg for the details of where to find it precisely.
Bernie OKeefe 5/4 #217147
Rainbow Bee-eaterEast Brisbane
12+ Rainbow Bee-eaters just (11:55am) flew over our house in ENE direction.
Nikolas Haass 5/4 #217144
Wed 2Black BitternCoombabah Creek, Helensvale, Gold Coast, Qld
Immature bird watched in mangroves for 5 min at close range from kayak. Another immature bird seen from kayak a few days ago on 29/3/14, 6 km away in Coomera River above the Upper Coomera new bridge. Difficult access for both sites except from the river by boat/ kayak. Another Black bittern reported near here in the Coombabah Creek accessed from Tee Tree Wetlands recently.
Mike Bysouth & Kylie Martin 2/4 #217094
Tue 1White-backed SwallowBelford Bridge, Allan St., Gatton
At least 2 birds flying around and under bridge. White chin and upper back visible. Up to 8 possibly but views of these were not clear and no clear photos obtained.
Kathy R. Clark 9/4 #217235
Fork-tailed SwiftBowra Station Homestead/camping area
200+ Fork-tailed Swifts flying above the homestead after heavy rain around 7:50am. As low as 10m and calling loudly. The birds have been seen on the property for the rest of the week.
Chris Martinez, Marion Roper, Allison Roberts 5/4 #217150
Brown Cuckoo-DoveWalter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain
First time for this site. Surprised to see one, while checking out a flock of figbirds, feasting along Ironpot Creek.
Peter Horler 1/4 #217068
Australian Little BitternSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Seen @ Back of smaller lagoon on Left side of track near concrete causeway & where Brown Quail frequently seen. Photographed but I have grass strand through the picture.
Sue Lee & Wendy Wilesmith 1/4 #217065

March 2014
Mon 31Australian Little Bittern (Black-backed Bittern)Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
One juvenile Bittern in plain view for most of the three hours I was observing (06:30-09:30). No sign of the adult birds or the other juvenile today, however, the bird was foraging quite successfully for itself.
Steve Murray 31/3 #217045
Sun 30Black BitternSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
1 seen briefly flying across back pond at 0610
Stuart Pickering & Colin Reid 30/3 #217035
Eastern Yellow WagtailSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Flew in to usual spot on 3rd lagoon at 8.28.
Alan Crawford 30/3 #216999
Sat 29Lewin's RailSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Seen Sat morning at approx 9am on the footpath leading from the car park along with three Brown Quails
Ken Doy 29/3 #216987
Nutmeg MannikinParklakes Wetlands Forest and Grasslands Areas
The open grassland SouthWest of the Wetlands was busy this morning with Nutmeg and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, Scarlet Honeyeater, Rufous and Golden Whistler and Varied Triller.
Ross Sinclair 29/3 #216984
Grey GoshawkCaloundra City
Southern End of Nicklin Way
Ross Sinclair 29/3 #216983
Eastern Yellow wagtailSandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Seen around 4pm from the peninsular between 2nd and 3rd Lagoon
Ken Doy 29/3 #216981
April 2014
Sat 19highlightWhite-faced Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic
A record count of White-faceds today - over 40! This species was first recorded in 2009 off Southport (the first live record for Qld) and now they are regular in April. Most were adults in heavy primary moult.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217416
megamegaWhite-bellied Storm-PetrelSouthport Pelagic
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 19/4 #217415
Fri 18highlightRuffLindum Wetlands
Ruff (well small Reeve) seen from Burnby Rd (take a telescope) 6.30-7.30
Rob Morris 18/4 #217390
Sat 12megamegaCollared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge. 14/4 #217306
highlightRuffLindum West Wetlands
Photo taken by Robert Bush this morning.
Sheryl Keates, Robert Bush & Deirdre Chrzescijanski 12/4 #217280
highlightRuffLindum Wetlands
1 Ruff seen feeding with Sharp-tailed Sandpipers during wader count at Kianawah Rd at 8 am this morning. Later seen at western end of wetlands (access via private property) Non-breeding plumage. ID confirmed by David Milton, Sandra Harding, Robert Bush & Deirdre Chrzescijanski. Robert Bush has photos.
Sheryl Keates 12/4 #217279
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