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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

January 2015
Sun 25Masked Booby, Tahiti Petrels, Great-winged Petrel, Pomerine Jaeger
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 1-2yr Masked Booby (personata), good numbers of Tahiti Petrels, a few Great-winged (gouldi) Petrels, several Pomerine Jaegers, 1 Arctic Jaeger, 1 Sooty Tern, an early Wilson's Storm-Petrel + usual species.
Rob Morris + all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge. 26/1 #221966
peregrine falcon
mount cotton
roosting above house in silky oak grove estate
jeremy wynne 26/1 #221961
Sat 24Spectacled Monarch
Melaleuca Environmental Park, Manly
An unexpected delight that seemed to be passing through the area.
Christian Perrin 25/1 #221960
Thu 22Wandering Whistling Duck
Buckley's Hole Lagoon
Two breeding pairs of Wandering Whistling Ducks at southern end of lagoon on shoreline. One pair have 8 ducklings, the other pair have four.
Jan Nargar 22/1 #221900
Wed 21Glossy Black-Cockatoo
43 Gatton Street, Grandchester
Heard the glossies calling in amongst the sulphur crested racket this morning (06:11). Went outside and watched 6 fly right overhead (NW) in the direction of their feeding area on top of the ridge. Haven't seen them for over 12 months. Did not have enough time to attempt to tell sexes. Strangely, as they flew away the sulphur crested noise followed them. I did not see any sulphur cresteds (too many trees on my block), but it sounded like they were following the glossies or even making sure they kept moving through their (the sulphur crested's) territory?
Peter Copping 21/1 #221881
Mon 19Wood Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Pale-vented Bush-hen
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Wood Sandpiper is back again this evening after a 3 week absence, a single Pectoral is back too, both at the northern end. Good views of a pair of Bush-hens picking their way along the southern bank, clearly saw the pair, but there may have been 3 or 4. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 19/1 #221864
Fri 16Regent Bowerbird
Mill Rainforest Trail
Came upon an active Regent Bowerbird bower and witnessed the courtship ritual and copulation of a pair at the bower this morning. Light conditions in the rainforest and the fact that the bower was well hidden under overhanging foliage made for poor photographs.
Marie Tarrant 16/1 #221820
Thu 15White-throated Nightjar
Brisbane Forest Park--Bellbird Grove
One bird heard calling twice in quick succession, from the far side of the open field, at about 8pm. The first time I've heard this species here this summer (though presumably they've been kicking around for a little while beforehand). An Owlet-nightjar and a Boobook (both regular here) were also heard.
Russell Yong & T. Crispin 16/1 #221814
Tue 13Black-breasted Button-quail
Noosa National Park--Tanglewood track
Single bird (female) seen on near Alexandria Bay turn off on the Tanglewood track. Good views.
Chris Hunter (from Sydney), posted by Charles Hunter 16/1 #221816
Nankeen Night-Heron
Osprey House Environmental Centre
Roosting in a Casuarina Tree in mangroves at eastern end of Car park eBird checklist
Pip Grant-Taylor 15/1 #221801
Sun 11Powerful Owl
Mt Nebo Rd
Fantastic views of a single bird perched low in a roadside eucalypt about 2km from the Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre. Attached mobile phone photo is the best we could manage. eBird checklist
Chris Burwell, Antonia Burwell-Rodriguez, Claudina Rodriguez 14/1 #221784
Sat 10Lewin's Rail
Cove Road, Stanmore
Two birds heard. Full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 10/1 #221732
Purple Swamphen
Melaleuca Lakes and Parklands
I observed 2 "Pied" Purple Swamphens this morning near Melaleuca Lake @ North Lakes (down the end ) Several other Purple Swamphens in the area including a recently fledged chick. eBird checklist
Sue Lee 10/1 #221722
Thu 8Rainbow Lorikeet
Picnic grounds at Main Beach Coochiemudlo Island Qld.
We observed a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets tending to a nest in the hollow of a eucalypt. One of the Lorikeets was typical however the other had significant appearance consistent with leucism.
Neloa McNaulty 9/1 #221714
Tue 6Ruddy Turnstone
Wellington Pt
A pair seen feeding at the afternoon low tide out on the grass beds . One banded but unable to read the details.
Ken doy 7/1 #221676
Marbled Frogmouth
Lamington National Park--Binna Burra
Today we were delighted to find a pair of adult Marbled Frogmouths accompanied by a fairly sizeable juvenile. They were sleeping in some tangling vines above the little track up to the Antarctic Beech forest, about 100m from the junction with the loop track from the campground. Photo from camera screen shows an adult (female?) and the juvie. Heaps of Catbirds around today as well.
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton 6/1 #221658
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Very elusive amongst vegetation in NW quarter of lagoon associating with Sharpies eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 6/1 #221655
Sun 4Australian Little Bittern
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
1 male Further information
Greg Roberts 5/1 #221620
Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
Mapleton National Park
1 Sooty Owl, 1 Marbled Frogmouth seen, others heard eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 5/1 #221619
White-bellied Sea-Eagle juveniles
Dan Stiller Reserve 1' Cell
Two initially seen on the ground near the top lake on Paradise Road. Upon seeing us they flew into the forest. There is a nest in the reserve that has been there for at least 10 years and contained two chicks in late 2014. One adult on a tree closer to the nest. eBird checklist
Tim and Marg Roberts 5/1 #221617
Sat 3Capricorn Yellow Chat
Bajool Port Alma Rd
Yellow chat found today, further along the road than usual location. Suspected female flew across the road (northern side to southern side) from treed section just before the Cheetham Salt Works on the left. Followed the path of the bird and finished with at least two males and a female in and around taller shrub on the mud flats. Basic photo attached showing location and pic of camera display confirming ID.
Andrew Lau 5/1 #221623
Fri 2Wandering Tattler
South Gorge beach, North Stradbroke Island
Single Wandering Tattler seen resting on the rock walls of the South Gorge beach (Main Beach side) shortly after high tide. Later, the bird was seen feeding on the other side of the beach. This bird seemed quite relaxed around people; there were lots of people in the water nearby.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 3/1 #221584

December 2014
Sat 27Dollarbird
Coles Creek
A flock of between 50 and 70 Dollarbirds travelled through the area. They were circling in a massive flock with several landing for short periods before taking flight again. They moved slowly from the west heading in an easterly direction.
Ashley Keune 28/12 #221517
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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