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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

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
Wed 24Black Bittern
Hilliards Creek Park, Ormiston
A single Black Bittern was observed hunting near the causeway over Hilliards Creek next to Sturgeon St at Hiillards Creek Park (now renamed to Fellmonger Park). In the park there were also 3 Magpie Geese and two Buff-banded Rails.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 26/5 #231015
Mon 22Red-necked Avocet
Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)
Several birds to be seen early this morning . Shot taken around 9.30am
Ken Doy 22/5 #230965
Sat 20Black Bittern
Fitzgibbon Bushland
Flushed from the edge of a drain into a nearby paperbark at 10.40am. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 20/5 #230948
Fri 19Freckled Duck
Jabiru Park/Fearnley hide (Lake Macdonald)
1 bird among large flock (500+) of Hardhead eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 19/5 #230938
Wed 17Blue-winged Kookaburra
Forest Hill
Single bird, 2 km NW of Forest Hill; along the railway line, between Dodt Road and Greyfriars Road, near the water treatment ponds; on powerline posts, moving about to feed, around 11:00 am. Record photos obtained. eBird checklist
Roger Jaensch 17/5 #230931
Tue 16Grey Goshawk
Toorbul High Tide Roost
Adult male in Figtree at South end eBird checklist
David Redhead 17/5 #230929
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Toorbul High Tide Roost
Single bird, On tiideline, rare at this site. eBird checklist
David Redhead 17/5 #230928
Spotted Harrier
Pumistone passage road, close to junction with Bruce Highway
Male eBird checklist
David Redhead 17/5 #230927
Fri 12Spiny-cheeked honeyeater
442 Bunburra road, Bunburra
Two birds , first seen 4 - MAY. Have been in area since. This species appears in this area every few years, always in winter. eBird checklist
Errol stenzel 12/5 #230886
Thu 11highlightSanderling, Beach Stone-Curlew
Noosa River
1 Sanderling; very rare in Sunshine Coast region. 1 Beach Stone-Curlew on nesting island. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 12/5 #230887
Wed 10Spotless crake
Mookin-Bah Reserve (Ransome)
Seen and heard in settling pond beside fairy-wren track. Grassy section close to rickertt rd. eBird checklist
Jeremy 10/5 #230875
Mon 8Black Bittern, Pacific Baza
Targinie, Gladstone
We flushed a single Black Bittern from the creek crossing Targinie Rd (23.45.50S; 151.06.07E). The bird few away and landed on dense vines covering trees along the creek. We also observed 8 Pacific Bazas flying over a mango plantation (south of the creek).
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 8/5 #230860
Sun 7Black Falcon
Watsons Road
Black Falcon perched on a power pole at the bend on Watsons Road.
Peter and Ben Harms 7/5 #230851
Black Falcon
Watsons Road, Lockyer Valley
Black Falcon perched on a power pole at the bend on Watsons Road.
Peter and Ben Harms 7/5 #230852
Tue 2Red-backed Buttonquail
Yandina Creek Wetlands (restricted access)
Pair seen eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 4/5 #230829
Australian Bustard
Dawson Hwy at 24.38.13S; 149.33.20E (100km east of Rollerston)
Forty-three Australian Bustards flew over the Dawson Hwy and landed in the tall grass on the southern side of the road.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 4/5 #230827
Mon 1highlightBuff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Rainforest section of the Mackay Botanical Gardens south of the railway line.
Very unusual sighting in this location at this time of the year. Seems to be a juvenile that may have left it too late to head north. eBird checklist
Barry Deacon 1/5 #230810
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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