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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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August 2017
Sun 13Lathams Snipe
Lake Kurwongbah--Scout Road Reserve
Flushed while walking along the edge of the dam, first for the season.
Dez Wells 14/8 #231539
Black-eared Cuckoo
Mosquito Creek Rd
Initially two heard, then one adult seen very well while the second bird called from the other side of the road. Potentially a pair. Other good birds: 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbills, 15 Banded Lapwings and 2 Pallid Cuckoos (likely a pair). eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 13/8 #231528
Sat 12Noisy Pitta
Lake MacDonald Noosa Botanical Gardens
Donna Tomkinson 12/8 #231519
highlightRufous Songlark
Oxley Creek Common
Perched up briefly in paddock beside Pelican Lagoon - heard here previously.
Colin Reid 12/8 #231515
Mon 7Channel-billed Cuckoo
Pinbarren (Sunshine Coast)
A single bird flying strongly towards the north-west.
Steve Popple 7/8 #231489
Sat 5Australian bustard
Durong South near township
A group of 10 Australian bustards observed over a couple of days in cultivation and grassed paddocks. I have not seen this many together before.
Andrew McDougall 9/8 #231498
Wed 2highlightSwift Parrot
Durikai State Forest
A minimum of 8 Swift Parrots were observed and photographed in the northern section of Durikai State Forest on the 26th July. The birds were feeding in flowering Broad-leaved Ironbark and what could be a hybrid ironbark species. The northern part of Durikai currently has good blossom in Broad-leaved / Mugga Ironbark trees and there is bud showing on Yellow Box and Forest Red Gums. The Swift Parrots were recorded amongst 13 species of honeyeaters and 3 species of lorikeets. Other good birds found included Turquoise Parrot and Diamond Firetail. Image taken by Harry Hines.
Harry Hines per Mick Roderick 2/8 #231461

July 2017
Sun 30Brown Skua
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
Skua with freshly killed Providence Petrel. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard Sunshine Coast pelagic 31/7 #231444
Sat 29Radjah shelduck
Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
Out browse cutting for animals at the wildlife park on a trail opposite the road from the lake at the sports field. Walking up this trail was a solitary duck on the path approximately 50m away. Stopping to observe it, the duck came running towards me stopping only three meters away. Good observation, I'm gonna assume it's a duck the usually frequents an area where it's fed by people.
Andrew O'Brien 30/7 #231439
Sun 23Plum-headed Finch, Brown-headed Honeyeater
Lockyer Siding Road, Murphy's Creek
eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 25/7 #231416
Plum-headed Finch
Brisbane Valley railway bridge over Lockyer Creek
As many as 20+ bathing and drinking in pool below bridge, in mixed flock with Double-barred and Nutmeg Mannikins eBird checklist
Peter Horler 24/7 #231413
Powerful Owl
Sheep Station Conservation Reserve
The chick is out on branch with 1 parent and another parent in nearby tree
Mary Hynes & Judy Coles 23/7 #231405
Sat 22Eastern Osprey
Dayboro Rd, Petrie, Brisbane
Eastern Osprey Nest in power pylon above Lake Kurwongbah. 1 chick sighted on 22nd July 2 chicks sighted 11 July
Pip Grant-Taylor 27/7 #231422
Pallid Cuckoo
Seven Mile Lagoon
One adult on the power-lines along Jimba Rd. Hung around for the entire 15 mins we were there, working its way slowly down the road from line to line. Terrible iPhone photo attached. One Banded Lapwing was seen on the nearby Banool Rd paddock. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, J. Hatton 23/7 #231408
Fri 21Painted Finch
Bladensburg National Park
2 Painted Finches seen at Hunters Gorge perched on top of cliff to the east of the camping ground. Also seen at L Constance were 3 Musk Ducks on following day 20th July. eBird checklist
Sue Lee 25/7 #231420
Beach Stone-curlew
Queensland Alumina Limited, Parsons Pt, Gladstone (restricted access)
During our latest monthly QAL wader survey we observed a single Beach Stone-curlew. The bird was roosting on a stony levy at the Ash Pond. We (Margaret, Cheryl and myself) have got an excellent view of the bird that after 10 minutes flew away. Other interesting birds during the survey include: Australian Hobby, Brown Goshawk, White-necked Heron and large flock of Gull-billed Tern.
Ted Wnorowski 22/7 #231396
Wed 19Australian Bustard
Burri Burri Rd, North of chinchilla
Saw this guy standing in the middle of the road while I was doing some ecology work out that way. Let me drive right up to him and have a look flew off before I could get a photo, followed him to a field but the camera on my phone was not good enough to get him before he carried on. Interesting to see one this far south.
Mark mcveigh 20/7 #231390
Tue 18Little Eagle
Kobble Creek picnic area
A Little Eagle appears to be hanging around Lake Samsonvale; picked up 10th July at Postman's Track and again today (18th) above the Kobble Creek picnic area.
Marie Tarrant 18/7 #231376
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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