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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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January 2017
Wed 18Grey Plover
Wellington Point
Single bird seen to the West of King Island at low tide around 7am.
Ken Doy 18/1 #229845
Tue 17highlightAustralian Bustard
Dimond Road, Beavers Rock (near Maryborough)
1 adult male. this species is very rare in south-east Qld. also Brown Songlark, Black-necked Stork eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 17/1 #229838
Red-backed Buttonquail, Fairy Gerygone, Horsfield's Bushlark
Walkers Point Road, Maryborough
1 buttonquail seen in cane fields, 3 others heard eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 17/1 #229837
Mon 16Asian Dowitcher, Grey Plover
Boonooroo Wader Roost
2 dowitchers. 20 grey plovers. good number of terek sandpiper & far eastern curlew eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 17/1 #229836
Pink-eared Duck
Lake Galletly wetlands UQ Gatton
Lake on east side of road
Pete Jones 17/1 #229830
Sun 15Asian Dowitcher
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Single bird feeding with 3 Greenshanks on the claypan - at the end of the peninsula. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 15/1 #229809
Thu 12Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Blackrock, Coochin area near boonah. 28'06'56.39S 152'40'21.79E
Three birds flying slow ,real low and headed up creek to Mountain area. (there are lots of ROSE SHEOAKS up in the hilly areas.)
Errol Stenzel 13/1 #229789
Black Kite
Murarrie (suburb 10klm east Brisbane CBD)
A single bird soared briefly before heading toward the city at 9:45 am. Deeply forked tail was obvious.
Andy Eacott 12/1 #229779
Wed 11Black-necked Stork
Small dam near 7 mile bridge on Amberley- Rosewood Rd
Single adult standing in paddock approx 50m east of dam. Further information
Peter Copping 11/1 #229768
Mon 9Black Bittern
Double Creek, Calliope, Dawson Hwy
A great view of Black Bittern. It flew over Dawson Hwy and landed in the trees along Double Creek (5 km west of Calliope.
Ted Wnorowski 10/1 #229761
Sun 8Wandering Tattler
Froggy Beach Snapper Rocks Coolangatta
2 Wandering Tattlers resting and then feeding on the rocks below The Frog" west of Snapper Rocks at 10am. This is a fairly reliable site for this species. eBird checklist
Beth Hall 9/1 #229742
Fri 6Spotless Crake
I was surprised to hear a Crake calling from the wetland near the Cloud Walk end of the Obi Obi Creek walkway early this morning. This may be the first Spotless Crake record for the Maleny plateau. Calls uploaded to attached eBird checklist. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 6/1 #229709
Thu 5Painted Honeyeater
Doctor's Creek Reserve
8+ on both sides of highway. also 5 more along Jondaryan-Sabine Road. no sign of Black-eared Cuckoo here this time last year eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 6/1 #229713
Plum-headed Finch, Black-faced Woodswallow
Flock of 20+ Plum-heads including many juveniles in town centre 1 Black-faced Woodswallow, here at eastern extremity or range eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 6/1 #229712
Black Falcon, Brown Songlark, White-winged Fairy-wren
Devon Park Rd near Doctor Ck
1 Black Falcon chasing starling and crow. Many Brown Songlarks & Horsfield's bushlarks. Group of 5 White-winged Fairy-wrens. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 6/1 #229711
Tue 3Baillon's Crake
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
Seen on edge of middle pond a couple of metres from edge. First sighting since November 2014. Also first Great Egret since January last year eBird checklist
Paul Jensen 3/1 #229679

December 2016
Sat 31Grey Falcon
Lark Quarry south of Winton
At turn off into Dinosaur Stampede site saw two Grey Falcons circling around tower, at least one was an immature. Suspect their nest was on the tower.
Carl Billingham 2/1 #229673
Wandering Tattler
Lion's Head, Sunshine Beach
single individual feeding on rock wave platforms, Noosa National Park, northern end of Sunshine Beach
Luke Bennett 31/12 #229653
Thu 29highlightBlack Swan
Lake Wivenhoe
Two leucistic Black Swans in company with other black swans Were seen from roadside stop approx 1 km south of Northbrook Parkway on Wivenhoe Somerset Road. Definitely Black swans with red bill and pale tip and no prominent knob on forehead as seen in Mute Swan. I was able to get a bit closer and confirm the bill colour. I have seen mute swans in WA and Europe so had no real difficulty ruling them out after my initial excitement. Unusual to see 2 white birds.
Gavin O'Meara 29/12 #229627
Wed 28Square Tailed Kite
Mount Glorious
1 bird seen soaring over forest edge behind houses south of Olley's Rainforest Cafe at 1600 on 27/12 and then 2 birds seen soaring over the same area at 1400 on 28/12
Gavin O'Meara 29/12 #229636
Tue 27Pectoral Sandpiper
Korman Road, Dohles Rocks
Pectoral Sandpiper back on the claypan at Dohles Rocks this morning - not seen since first sighting on 20 Nov so not sure where its been in the meantime... Tending to disassociate from the other smalls on the claypan (stints, sharpies, red-caps) and hang around on its own near the inundated area at the end of the track from Korman Road
Andy Jensen 27/12 #229609
Nankeen Kestrel
Paisley Industrial Estate, Paisley Drive, Lawnton
Don't often see Kestrels so close to Brisbane........ I was at the garden centre in Bunnings at Lawnton this morning and heard the excitable chatter of raptors and a party of 4 kestrels were above me. The parents are still showing the 2 kids 'the ropes' and they were hunting food and taking it to nearby rooftops of the industrial estate to feed. eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 27/12 #229608
Mon 26Striped Honeyeater
Moranbah Golf Course
Single bird, preening and calling eBird checklist
Annette J Sibson 30/12 #229638
Lathams Snipe
1km west of 442 bunburra road, BUNBURRA
One bird at the edge of a little reedy swamp.
Errol stenzel 27/12 #229613
Sun 25Pectoral Sandpiper
Gordonbrook Dam--Recreation Drive access
Single bird 50m to the left of the bird hide - a good inland record for Queensland - near Kingaroy. Lots of other birds on the water too, with plenty of muddy edges showing. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 25/12 #229600
Sat 24Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Berrinba Wetlands Walk
4 birds easily seen in trees close and to right of interpretative centre at around 5.45 PM. Haven't seen them here before. eBird checklist
David Lie 27/12 #229610
Fri 23Pacific Baza
Kamarun Lookout, Cainbable (Lamington National Park)
Five Pacific Baza together, circled over Kamarun Lookout before disappearing over the rainforest to the south-west.
John Barkla & Alison Street 25/12 #229601
Thu 22Shining Flycatcher
Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary
1 adult male, 1 juvenile female. Seen 1/12 but not reported until 22/12. Date of report changed so it shows in Recent Sightings. Further information
Greg Roberts 23/12 #229588
Wed 21Pale-vented Bush-hen, Square-tailed Kite
North Arm, Sunshine Coast
1 bush-hen showing well, 1 kite quartering trees along North Maroochy River eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 23/12 #229587
Oriental Cuckoo
Nature Refuge Hawkesbury Road
I also heard a Superb Fruit-Dove, but it only called once and remained hidden.
Rod Gardner 21/12 #229570
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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