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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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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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October 2017
Wed 18highlightMottled Petrel (3); Wandering Albatross (1); Cookilaria-type (2)
Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
An excellent 5 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Mottled Petrels, a Wandering-type (presumably a Gibson’s?) and 2 very interesting Cookilarias a long way out. Support for these stars came from several hundred Wedgies and Short-tails, a suspicious-looking Skua sp., a few Poms and a couple of Flesh-foots. Basically everything was heading south. Bring on Saturday’s pelagic! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 18/10 #232341
Tue 17highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)
all 3 birds seen together early this morning. Record shot attached.
Rob Morris 17/10 #232332
Mon 16Female musk duck
Dowse lagoon sandgate
One single female... continuing bird.
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 17/10 #232329
Sun 15White throated Needletail
Noosa/Cooroy Road near Lake McDonald
Approximately fifty birds feeding low over Eucalyptus ahead of approaching heavy rain present for 45 minutes before dispersing. First sighting here this Spring.
Steve Popple 15/10 #232290
Sat 14Musk Duck
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
Long staying female still present. Seen near tree stumps close to carpark bird hide. Large amounts of Grey Teal present as well. eBird checklist
Dale and Dylan Draper 15/10 #232286
highlightAustralian Painted-Snipe
Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)
Still at least one male and one female (potentially still both females). EDS: PLEASE NOTE: we have had reports during the week of photographers trying to get close to these birds and even trying to photograph them via nocturnal spotlighting at close range. Please be aware of our code of ethical birding (See above). Please also be aware that nationally endangered species such Australian Painted Snipe have special legal protection under the Commonwealth (Federal) EPBC Act and disturbing them, especially when they are potentially breeding could breach this Act. eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass 14/10 #232278
Fri 13highlightAsian Dowitcher
Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost
2 birds mixing with Bar-tailed Godwits observed from 2nd hide. eBird checklist
Kathy R. Clark and Arthur Keates 15/10 #232292
Radjah shelduck
Tannum Sands Pacfic Ranch
Noticed 2 Radjah Shelducks in my backyard this morning Perched on one of my bird aviaries. I was going down to scare hawks off one of my aviaries when I noticed two white and brown ducks perched at one end and a hawk perched at the other end . Once the hawk was scared off both ducks flew to the ground as I was attending my birds in there aviaries. I scattered some chook food around and asked my other half to grab my phone to take a photo. These birds would not allow me to get to close but would return feeding when I retreated. First time I have seen these ducks in my area although it is in there range. Brilliant looking birds.
Phillip Bosci 13/10 #232270
Thu 12White-winged Triller
Old Cove Road...private property
A pair foraging with Varied Trillers, Leaden Flycatchers and a Rufous Songlark.
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 13/10 #232267
White Winged Triller
442 Bunburra Road, Bunburra. 4310
Several have arrived in the area and the males are constantly calling. Every few years this species turns up here in fair numbers. Also in the general area are lots of Rufous Songlarks , the odd Brown songlark and we still have Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters here.
Errol stenzel 12/10 #232258
Tue 10Rufous Songlark
Peach Street, Greenslopes
Today a Rufous Songlark had a strike with my window. A strong westerly was blowing and it was quite hot at the time. I have never seen this species in Greenslopes and suspect it was migrating to the bayside sites (as with many other RS). eBird checklist
Pete Taylor 10/10 #232245
Sun 8Powerful Owls
Sheepstation Creek Reserve
I bump into this family of four fairly regularly. The chicks are now close to being full size and seem to be doing well. On the first and the eighth they were about 400 metres west of their nesting site.
David Nicholls 10/10 #232231
A pair of cotton pygmy geese
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
A pair feeding with jacanas and little grebes.
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 8/10 #232198
Tawny Frogmouth
Boondall Wetlands Reserve
One frogmouth sitting on a nest, and another sitting on two chicks in another tree by the board walk .
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 8/10 #232197
Lathams Snipes
Dohles Rocks Birdhide
Three birds in total feeding with grey teals, white headed stilts and one common sandpiper, around 9am. Further information
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 8/10 #232196
Fri 6highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Arundel Wetlands (Tee Trees Boulevard)
1 male and 2 female Snipes detected. First seen by Adam Higgins then seen by myself and Todd Burrows. This is our local patch and an awesome record for it. Last seen 3-4 years ago.
Matt Wright 8/10 #232179
Baillon's Crake
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
Single bird. Long staying Female Musk Duck still present and three Latham's Snipe
David Redhead 6/10 #232168
Common Sandpiper
Osprey House Environmental Centre
Single bird on pond across road at Hide
David Redhead 6/10 #232167
Thu 5highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Priors Pocket, Moggill
Male Red-backed Kingfisher, 2 Brown (male displaying) and 8+ Rufous Songlarks and 6 White-winged Trillers. The RBK ate a chunky centipede while I was watching it.
Rob Morris 5/10 #232143
Wed 4White-winged Triller
FRAZER, Adavale St, Brookfield
at least 3 males and 2 females, flying out from a Brisbane Box catching small insects - midges probably. eBird checklist
Ed Frazer 5/10 #232142
Pair of rufous songlarks
Private property, Stanmore
Also Pallid cuckoo, restless flycatcher (pair) Pair of varied trillers, dusky woodswallows.
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 5/10 #232140
Pallid Cuckoo (a sub adult)
Bayside Parklands at Ransome (Mookin Bah Reserve)
A Pallid Cuckoo behaving furtively this morning and my first Brush Cuckoo for the season along with Channel-billed cuckoos, a Fan-tailed cuckoo and Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Marie Tarrant 4/10 #232130
Tue 3Red-backed Kingfisher
Priors Pocket, Moggill
Bird reported previously still present this afternoon at beginning of long straight after S bend beyond farm dam
David Redhead 3/10 #232123
highlightSatin Flycatcher (male), White-winged Triller (5)
Moorhen Flats
Huge morning at the flats. Stoked to see the Trillers sticking around after first getting on to them in the pouring rain yesterday arvo - there are at least 5, possibly more. A mix of males (both adult and imm) and a single female. They're typically around the flowering Silky Oaks. The male Satin is hanging out near the central gazebo. It's very active, calling, singing and foraging. The glossy black head, throat and nape, the dark undertail coverts and the decurved breast band had me frothing with excitement this morning. Patch tick! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 3/10 #232119
Mon 2Red-backed Kingfisher
Priors Pocket, Moggill
The Red-backed Kingfisher first reported here on Saturday by Jill Duncan and Ken Bissett was still present this morning at the s-bend of the road at the farm dam. Also present were 11 White-winged Trillers, seven Rufous Songlarks, five Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos, and a Yellow-billed Spoonbill and 38 Pink-eared Duck on the farm dam. There was also a probably Brown Songlark female, but views were too brief before it flew off, showing a brown rump.
Rod Gardner 2/10 #232100
Sun 1Beach Stone Curlews
Top end of kakadu bird hide bribie island
At first one was sitting on a nest next to a nesting oyster catcher. After going up further to the top hide there were three.
Linda and Bernie Mcivor and Willy. 5/10 #232148
highlightLittle Curlew
Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane
1 bird along the shoreline east of the cemetry. Present since the 28th Sept apparently.
Rob Morris 1/10 #232089

September 2017
Sat 30Rufous Songlark
Kureelpa Falls Rd, Kureelpa, Sunshine Coast
Single bird observed on private property, from roadside. Singing while perched on powerline and flying down to nearby paddock. Unusual this close to the coast.
John Kooistra 30/9 #232070
Wed 27Painted Button-quail
Booloumba Creek Road
On the edge of the steep road that leads up from the campgrounds to the lookout.
Donna Tomkinson 27/9 #232042
Baillon's Crake
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
2 birds and 2 Spotless Crakes,3 Buff-banded Rail and 5 Latham's Snipe.
David Redhead 27/9 #232041
Australian Spotted Crake
Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
2 birds together with 2 Spotless Crakes, 2 Baillon's Crakes and 3 Buff-banded Rails.
David Redhead 27/9 #232040
White winged triller
Kedron Brook Walkway
Male & female spotted just a little inland from the second bridge heading from Stafford shopping centre toward Wilston. Very active, back and forth between a flowering silky oak and the trees in the brook. I've never noticed them here before so very pleased to observe them both yesterday and this morning.
Kay M Woodall 27/9 #232035
Tue 26Rufous songlark
Lindum Wetlands
1bird performing close to road and another 1 or 2 calling in the distance
Jeremy 26/9 #232016
Masked Woodswallow and White-browed Woodswallow
Anstead Bush Reserve
A large flock of at least 150 birds, mainly Masked Woodswallows at the reserve. Trees obscured the flock to some degree, but there were at least five White-browed Woodswallows in the flock. About half an hour later there was a flock of about 70, again mainly Masked, which may have been part of the original flock or another flock.
Rod Gardner 26/9 #232015
Mon 25White-browed Woodswallows
Cedar Creek Road, Cedar Creek
A flock of about 20 high overhead late today. eBird checklist
Sandra Gallienne 25/9 #232005
White -Browed Woodswallow & Masked Woodswallow
442 Bunburra road, Bunburra 4310
A large mixed flock, several hundred.
Errol stenzel 25/9 #232004
Lathams Snipe
28degrees 04' 33.91 S by 152degrees 40' 05.12 E
A single bird on side of a swampy area, reasonably vegeated.
Errol stenzel 25/9 #232003
Black-necked Stork
Eagleby Wetlands
A juvenile was present on the main lake when we arrived at about 11:00 am, but could not be relocated an hour later, once we walked to the far end bird-hides. We are British birders visiting Queensland on our holidays.
Richard Eden 25/9 #231998
Rufous Songlark and Horsfield's Broze-Cuckoo
Prior Pocket, Moggill
At least six Rufous Songlarks and 15 Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos in a paddock about 150 from the end of the road, on the east side. There's about a hectare of lush grass that the farmer must have prepared for his cattle. A maximum of 15 HBCs visible on the wires at one time, and maximum of six RSs, but quite possibly more, as they kept on dropping into the long grass. Telescope is advisable, as they were about 40-50m from the road.
Rod Gardner 25/9 #231991
Sun 24Black-necked Stork
Ululah Lagoon
1 juv jabiru . Abserved on lagoon from 8am to 4.40pm .feeding in low water levell .frist time seen at this site
Trevor ross 24/9 #231970
Radjah Shelduck
Police Creek, Gladstone
A pair of Radjah Shelducks took residence at Police Creek at Gladstone. They spend most of the time at a small pond near the rubbish tip.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 24/9 #231969
highlightPainted Honeyeater
Lindum Wetlands
Another inland bird in Brisbane. Actively calling and observed for about 40 minutes. It was in casuarinas on the west side of the road at the end of Burnby Road, just before the farm gate. It was very hard to film because the wind was quite strong, and the bird kept mostly to the thicker leaved branches, which look a bit like mistletoe, and which were in flower. My best shot at a video clip is attached. Audio also available.
Rod Gardner 24/9 #231962
Sat 23Marbled Frogmouth
D'Aguilar National Park--Mt Glorious
A pair was heard before sighting one of the two. Spotted along Browns Rd not far from where the Maiala walking track crosses over.
Charlie Scott 24/9 #231948
Fri 22White-winged Triller
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
Single bird - non-breeding male eBird checklist
Mary Hynes 22/9 #231921
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Shepherson Park - Kin Kin
Three birds actively calling and chasing in a fig tree near the picnic shelter. eBird checklist
Steve Popple 22/9 #231917
Thu 21Sharp-tailed sandpiper
Finland Road, Pacific Paradise
2 birds in lake between Finland Road and the golf club. With couple Latham's Snipes & 3 Red-kneed Dotterels eBird checklist
Mary Hynes & Chris Watts 21/9 #231907
Wed 20Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Edington Drive Environmental Reserve, Cooroibah
Single bird calling frequently, observed. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 20/9 #231892
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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