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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

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June 2016
Wed 1highlightPOSSIBLE Red Goshawk from 28 March 2016
Hampton information centre
One bird flying east to west over the centre and highway. Height, about the tall trees. Being attacked a number of birds. My first sighting of this bird, beautiful. Looking at Stephen Debus field guide , the bird was an adult , from his illustrations a male and the red area was very bright and marking not as dark. The tail was flared. I ruled out Square-tailed Kite because of the colour, that it was more uniform under wing, with primaries short and more compact and the black area on tips narrow, clearly barred on tail without the solid black tail tip and straight wings when gliding. I must say also I have never seen a bird of prey being being attacked by so many birds and that bird totally ignoring them; never diverted it's slow glide once.
Tom Mutton 31/3 #227039

May 2016
Mon 30Paradise Riflebird.
FRAZER 1' Cell
Ed Frazer 30/5 #227633
Green Catbird
FRAZER 1' Cell
eBird checklist
Ed Frazer 30/5 #227632
Painted Button Quail
FRAZER 1' Cell
I have set out mealworms and fly larvae where I have recorded Painted Button-quail on IR set cameras. While taking photos of the button quail I have photographed two Green Catbirds and a female (or juvenile) Paradise Riflebird. The area is heavily treed, but not rainforest and the birds have been foraging in Acacias and Lillipillies. eBird checklist Further information
Ed Frazer 30/5 #227631
Sun 29Cotton Pygmy Goose
Lake Wivenhoe near Billies Crossing
8 Cotton Pygmy Geese sighted from Hine Road Dundas with other water birds Seen south of Hine Road approx 250 west of Billies Crossing. I've not seen CPGs at this location previously
Gavin O'Meara 29/5 #227616
Sat 28highlightRegent Honeyeater
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Just after dawn, two birds found in flowering Eucalypts (Grey Gums?) with lots of other honeyeaters, mainly Yellow-faced. Light was still quite poor. Some poor video obtained, and a frame grab is uploaded. Large honeyeater - much larger than Yellow-faced and somewhat larger than Lewin's nearby. Black hooded with black scalloping on the breast and white under tail coverts. Long tail. Large amount of yellow on the wings. Upper parts seen less well as the birds were quite high, but mix of yellow and black was noted. Watched for about ten minutes when they flew off northwards together and I was unable to relocate them despite a two hour search.
Rod Gardner 28/5 #227610
Tue 24Noisy Pitta
Eprepah Environmental Centre
In the gully behind the bunkhouse. First time I've seen one at Eprepah.
George Chapman 24/5 #227588
Wed 18Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Oxley Creek Common
Previously reported bird still present, feeding in flowering eucalypt at tidal gauge. Constantly being chased by resident Lewin Honeyeaters. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 18/5 #227520
Tue 17Leucistic Australasian (Purple) Swamphen
Melaleuca Lakes, North Lakes, Qld.
Remember one being reported before, not sure if it was the North Lakes area.
Paul Turner 18/5 #227522
Sun 15Peregrine Falcon
J.C.Trotter Reserve, Redlands.
Single bird seen perched on one of the power pylons. I did not have my camera with me, so I do not have a shot, sorry. This is the first one I have ever seen. Also sighted a fan-tailed cuckoo and a Koala! eBird checklist
Anthony Day 15/5 #227494
Sat 14Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Postmans Track, Lake Samsonvale (permit required)
Feeding on mistletoe growing on the scattered acacias in the open grassy area near the lake. Observed late afternoon. eBird checklist
Chris Wiley 15/5 #227487
Fri 13Black-breasted Button-quail
Conondale National Park--Charlie Moreland Park
Approx 3.00 pm, up to 5 birds in vine scrub near horse paddock, opposite start of Little Yabba Ck track. Many platelets in the dry rainforest along this track. 3 birds seen by another observer the following morning. Photos in checklist. eBird checklist
John Kooistra, John Houssenloge, Wayne Kroll 18/5 #227521
Powerful Owl
442 Bunburra road, Boonah .4310
One bird in a large Cadaghi tree in our houseyad, mobed by NOISY MINERS , it had about a quater of a Brush-tail Possum , including the tail, and eventually took flight and went futher up the valley. Heard calling that and the following night from the vacinity of patch of dry-vine scrub. eBird checklist
Errol Stenzel 16/5 #227509
Thu 12Kalkadoon Grasswren
Mica Creek crossing on Diamantina Development Rd
Three birds seen on hills west of the development road (northwest of the old wrecked car) despite relatively immature spinifex on hills. Seen again three days later. eBird checklist
Brett Taylor 15/5 #227502
Black Bittern
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Flushed at about 8 am at the entrance to the usual lagoon flying up into a tree some distance away and with the sun behind it. . Hence not a sharp capture but still recognizable for what it is. Flew off to the far end of the lagoon towards the industrial area and not seen further. eBird checklist
Ken Doy 12/5 #227466
Wed 11Black-chinned Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Fuscous Honeyeater
Bunyaville Forest Reserve
A group of 6 Black-chinned Honeyeaters seen foraging on trails between Bunya Rd and the Jinker Track, along with a few Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters and several Fuscous Honeyeaters eBird checklist
Nick Leseberg 12/5 #227467
Radjah Shelduck
Buckleys Hole (Bongaree)
Watched this bird from 7am to 8-30am and when I left it was still swimming in full view in the open amongst the Pelicans and and other bird life . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 11/5 #227457
Mon 9Striped Honeyeater
Buckleys Hole (Bongaree)
Bird sitting in dead tree around the edge of the lagoon. (Editor's note - Several were noted calling along the Pumicestone Passage of late) eBird checklist
Dez Wells 9/5 #227451
Sun 8White-faced Storm-Petrel, Lesser Frigatebird
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
1 White-faced Storm-Petrel, large numbers Wilson's Storm Petrel & Tahiti Petrel, 4 Lesser Frigatebirds eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts and all aboard the Sunshine Coast pelagic 17/5 #227512
Mon 2Barking Owl
Woodhaven Way,Cooroibah
Single bird heard calling at 0435 hrs from near neighbours property. Called constantly for 30 minutes, unable to locate visually. Revisited property at 1215 hrs, unable to locate. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 2/5 #227394
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Gold Creek Reservoir, Brookfield
Special surprise this morning when a female Turquoise Parrot quietly flew from fairly well vegetated area close to water up into tree above walking track for stunning views, before flying off further up the hill. Gold Creek just keeps delivering !!. Was in the remote South Western area of dam close to where BBBQ has been seen recently. Will keep an eye open and will report again if I happen to relocate in future. Possibly a new bird for Moggill catchment?? Seemed to behave like a wild bird rather than an escapee. (Moderator's Note: First record for Gold Creek Reservoir on ebird in 468 lists, second record for Moggill catchment with a record from 2005 at Moggill Conservation Park by Mat Gilfedder. - SG) eBird checklist
Chris Read 2/5 #227390
Little Lorikeet, Brown Quail
East Brisbane
At 10:50am a flock of Little Lorikeets flew over East Brisbane (only heard). Also of interest, a Brown Quail has been heard calling at night several times in March and April in East Brisbane. eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass 2/5 #227389
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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