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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 eBird Australia. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds moved to a new site called eBird Australia on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

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June 2017
Fri 23Pink-eared Duck, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-necked Heron
Queensland Alumina Limited, Parsons Pt, Gladstone (restricted access)
Several interesting species were observed during the monthly QAL waders count (conducted with Margaret Worthington). A single Pink-eared Duck was among 300 Grey Teals. There were also 2 White-necked Herons and a single Yellow-billed Spoonbill. All those birds were outside QAL (along QAL Access Rd)
Ted Wnorowski 23/6 #231210
Thu 15Red-necked Avocets
Rotary Park Road Wetland (Alberton)
Mixed flock of Red-necked Avocets (8) and White-headed Stilts (35) on pond in paddock opposite Logan River. Also present Red-kneed Dotterels and Black-fronted Dotterels. eBird checklist
Beth Hall with Gold Coast BirdLife Local Branch 19/6 #231179
White-headed Stilts
Cabbage Tree Point Rd near Boat Ramp
In excess of 200 White-headed Stilts in a swampy paddock to the left of approach to Boat Ramp. There was a mixture of ages but many were very immature with brown rather than black shading. Also present Royal Spoonbills (15) White Ibis (100+) Little Egret White -faced Heron
Beth Hall with Gold coast BirdLife Local Branch 19/6 #231178
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Ponds, Gladstone
A single Yellow-billed Spoonbill was foraging in the shallow pond near Wiggins Island Rd. There were also Black-winged Stilts (68), Gull-billed Terns (154 - roosting on the sandbar), Caspian Tern (11), Red-capped Plover (17), Black-fronted Dotterel (7), Royal Spoonbill (1).
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 15/6 #231154
Mon 12highlightYellow Chat (x30), Black Falcon, Flock Bronzewing (1000's), Ground Cuckoo Shrike (x6), Black HE
Dimentenia National Park Area
Several sites including Bore Drains. Many large flocks of Flock Pigeons coming into water and on the grass plains.
Chris Read 21/6 #231198
King quail
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
2 quail heard calling from long grass
Robyn Duff, Gavin Masters, Mal Chiksen 12/6 #231129
Spotted Harrier
Single bird seen over High School paddocks. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 12/6 #231123
Sun 11highlightAustralasian Grass-Owl
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
2 birds seen. One rising from grass and then later 2 circled overhead eBird checklist
Mal Chicksen, Robyn Duff and Gavin Masters 11/6 #231112
Sun 4Red-necked Avocet
Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)
2 Birds (1 adult +1 Juv) in amongst White-headed Stilts, Red-kneed Dotterels and 2 Grey Teals
Devon Bull, Wendy Bull & John Gunning 5/6 #231082

May 2017
Mon 29Spotless Crake
Gold Coast Broadwater Parklands
Single bird in the first stormwater pond. Easily observed at close distance while it feeds along the exposed muddy edge. Further information
Todd Burrows 29/5 #231031
Yellow Tufted Honeyeater
Kobble Creek near Lake Samsonvale BBQ area
26/01/2017 - Came across a single Yellow-tufted Honeyeater perched on a powerline along with a Yellow-faced Honeyeater - only saw a single bird at a distance (photo attached) eBird checklist
Tim Norris 29/5 #231026
Sat 27highlightPink-eared Duck
Bishops Marsh
Two individuals on lake. eBird checklist
Dezmond Wells 29/5 #231024
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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