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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.

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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Sun 28Square-tailed Kite, Pacific Baza (3)
Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone
One adult SQT cruising above the treetops at the orchard behind the lake. A family of 3 Bazas are very vocal around the cafe and above the lake at the moment as well.
Elliot Leach 29/9 #219957
White-eared Monarch, Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarch, Emerald Dove
Gold Creek Reservoir
2 White-eared Monarch, several Spectacled Monarch and 2 Black-faced Monarch in the same tree at the second creek crossing before the car park and an Emerald Dove nearby.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 28/9 #219937
Sat 27Zitting Cisticola (2)
Port Alma Rd, near Cheetham Salt Works
After looking at HANZAB and consulting with people / looking at images online, I am now happy to identify two cisticolas that we saw while searching for the Yellow Chats on Saturday as Zitting Cisticolas. This ID was based on plumage characteristics mentioned in HANZAB, and on calls heard in flight. I have fixed our original site list to include these birds. Further information including a summary from HANZAB can be found in the link. eBird checklist Further information
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 30/9 #219976
Lewin's Rail, Marbled Frogmouth, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Lamington National Park--O'Reilly's
Lewin's Rail in Moran's valley along the creek. Marbled Frogmouth, 2 seen(hidden gully and near the glow worm cave) and others heard. 15 Glossy Black-Cockatoos with young on Duck creek road. Also 2 Crested Shrike-tit, 1 Red-Browed Treecreeper on Duck Creek Rd and a Dollarbird in Moran's Valley.
Jo & Matt Culican and Duncan Fowler (Oreilly's Bird Guide) 28/9 #219923
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
Asian Dowitcher present at Artificial Roost. Assume that this could be same bird from the 15th September
Dezmond Wells 27/9 #219915
Yellow Chat (3)
Port Alma Rd, near Gate 1 of Cheetham Salt Works
Two adult males seen and heard singing at around 8:30 this morning. A duller looking bird was seen accompanying one of the males: we thought it was a female, though this pair was seen at quite a distance. Very exciting to finally connect with this species! Thanks to Wayne Houston for site info; full site list available on eBird. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 27/9 #219914
Peregrine Falcon
Stanley Rd, Coorparoo
One Peregrine Falcon at about 10:50am, over the Norman Creek/Coorparoo Secondary College area, being given grief by two crows. Made several low passes and circled for over two minutes, going higher and higher before heading northwest in the direction of East Brisbane.
Russell Yong 27/9 #219912
Fri 26Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Apostlebird
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Clear close-up sighting of Cuckoo. Also, a flight of 3 Apostlebirds near the Mount Crosby Road - Hawkesbury Road junction. Single Apostlebird also sighted.
Liz Gould and Peter Horler 26/9 #219904
Sun 21Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (2)
Gold Creek Reservoir
One adult Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (race plagosus) seen in the riparian vegetation near the car park. Later, a young SBC was seen along Gold's Creek, upstream from the bridge. When I first saw the bird it appeared to be hassling a couple of Brown Thornbills by chasing them around. However, it turned out that it was merely following its hosts, begging to be fed! The cuckoo was at least twice the size of its hosts, being similar in size to the adult we'd seen previously, and the poor little Thornbills were very busy trying to find food for it. We saw them feed it several times. The barring on the SBCs breast was only starting to develop, from the from the flanks to the centre, and its iridescent feathers on the wings and back were only just starting to come in. It was giving an extremely high pitched begging call - an incessant series of "see" sounds, about once a second.
Elliot Leach; Chris Burwell; Louise Ashton 22/9 #219841
Sat 20Red-footed Booby, Tahiti Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
One immature Red-footed Booby, 2 returning Tahiti Petrels, 2 Kermadec Petrels, 3 Black-bellied Storm-petrels.
Paul Walbridge & Nikolas Haass for all on the Southport Pelagic 21/9 #219822
Thu 18australian owlet nightjar
Myora Springs, North Stradbroke Island
Juvenile in tree hollow
Doug Harding 19/9 #219784
Black-necked Stork
Lake Macdonald
Male seen at Jabiru Park/Fearnley bird hide. Full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 18/9 #219772
Tue 16Collared Sparrowhawk
University of Queensland (St Lucia)
One male Collared Sparrowhawk in the paperbark trees in the corner of the main lake, at the junction of Staff House Rd, at 10:45am. Bird was getting serious attention from miners, Pied Butcherbirds, magpies, currawongs and even lapwings. Still hung around for a good ten minutes, allowing for good looks. The first time I've seen this species on campus for over five years (Brown Goshawk is semi-regular). Photo attached with miner visible for size comparison.
Russell Yong 16/9 #219738
Mon 15Black Kite
Bruce Highway, Narangba.
Near landfill site , West of highway
David Redhead 15/9 #219725
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
Present again this afternoon
David Redhead 15/9 #219723
Sun 14highlightAsian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
1 bird present today at the roost.
Rob Morris 14/9 #219710
Logrunner, Noisy Pitta
Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth
A small group of Logrunners on one side of track and a pair on the other had the males engaged in a lively territorial contest calling back and forth for some minutes - a lot of noise from such relatively small birds. Also Noisy Pitta heard and seen.
Anne Burgess 14/9 #219702
Black-faced Monarch; Spectacled Monarch; Eastern Spinebill
Mt Gravatt summit trail
I was surprised to see these three species this morning - in my experience, these birds prefer rainforest. Lots of common bush birds calling as well.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Andrew Mackie 14/9 #219697
Lewin's Rail, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Azure Kingfisher
Huntingdon Creek, Upper Brookfield
MCCG platypus surveys this morning from 5-7am; sites along Huntingdon Estate creek, off Rafting Ground Road. Lewin's Rail heard in dense undergrowth bordering creek, then briefly poked head out from thicket when I played call softly to myself for reference. Same bird later fluttered across creek into opposite bank veg. Buff-banded Rail was foraging on opposite creek for convenient comparison. Other surveyors 100m downstream reported prolonged views of Bush-hen. Would caution that, while I have heard and seen both species here regularly, this is not an amenable site for getting consistently good views, due to denseness of bank veg. This is also local territory for an Azure Kingfisher. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 14/9 #219694
Sat 13Spotless Crake (2); Latham's Snipe; Glossy Ibis; Wandering Whistling-duck
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Spotless Crake in their usual hangout in the reddish pond near the shelter, Latham's seen on a grassy little island in the second lagoon, and a single Glossy Ibis seen throughout the morning feeding in the first two lagoons along with a number of Wandering Whistling-ducks. A nice morning birding.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 13/9 #219686
White-Eared Monarch, Noisy Pitta, Barred Cuckoo-Shrike
Gold Creek Reservoir
White-Eared Monarch seen near the last creek crossing before the car park. Noisy Pitta seen in regenerated creek side forest just before last creek crossing. Barred Cuckoo-Shrike feeding and calling in tree with yellow fruits opposite regenerated forest. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican 13/9 #219679
Leaden Flycatcher
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain
A remembered song and a reacquaintance as the migrants return from their winter holidays eBird checklist
Peter Horler 13/9 #219677
Fri 12Black Kite
Kedron Wetland
After the influx some time ago, this was the first bird I've seen here for a while. (Moderator's note: There have been a few records on ebird recently.) eBird checklist
Nick Leseberg 12/9 #219672
Cedar Creek Rd at 27°50'56'S 153°11'45'E (restricted access)
First return for the season at 0605 this morning in a large eucalyptus tree in front paddock. eBird checklist
Sandra Gallienne 12/9 #219663
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Robina--Skill Stadium wetland
A single bird. eBird checklist
Terry Dillon, Hans & Judy Beste 12/9 #219652
Thu 11Rainbow Bee-eaters
Crn Wiseman Street and Kelly Street, The Range, South Rockhampton 4700
Pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters sitting on overhead wires at 0630 as sunshine touches top of hill. Have seen birds 2 days consecutively at this time. Had a pair a few days earlier further down hill at intersection of Lavarach and Lamington Streets at around midday when sun is above. eBird checklist
Carolyn Larkin 12/9 #219645
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Maskell Court, Draper, Samford Valley
Just heard and saw the first Channel-billed Cuckoo for the season. eBird checklist
Julie Sarna 11/9 #219637
Tue 9Cicadabird
University of Queensland (St Lucia)
Heard a Cicadabird's distinctive reel, coming from a treed stretch along Will Macgregor Drive by the river, adjacent to the Eleanor Schonell (aka Green) Bridge, at about 8:30am. Remarkable given the time (just beginning to migrate through), habitat and location; this is the first time I've encountered this species on UQ, or indeed in inner suburban Brisbane. The first Channel-bills and Koels for the year have shown up on campus and there are plenty of parrots (Galahs, corellas and both common lorikeets) checking out nest hollows on both ends of the Green Bridge. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 10/9 #219615
Australian Koel
Kalinga Park
One male seen feeding in a fig in Kalinga Park. Although there have been several Channel-billed Cuckoo records already this year, is this the first east coast record of a koel for 2014/15 season? (Moderator's Note: The first record for the East Coast for this season in ebird is from Innisfail on September 1, 2nd record by the Daintree Boatman on Sept 3, then 3 records from Bamaga, Kingfisher Park and Rowes Bay at Townsville on Sept 4 - Nick's record appears to be the first record for South-East Queensland). eBird checklist
Nick Leseberg 9/9 #219595
Powerful Owl
Fig Tree Pocket
Seen at 1:50 am perched on the clothesline of my backyard as soon as I got closer it flew away, no calling heard. eBird checklist
Josphe Hartigan 9/9 #219588
Mon 8Sooty Owl, Masked Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
D'Aguilar NP - Mount Glorious
Sooty Owls at two sites, Masked Owl at one site and Marbled Frogmouth calling at four sites in D'Aguilar NP, from Mount Glorious down to Bellbird Grove during surveys over the last week. Many Southern Boobooks and Australian Owlet-Nightjars seen and heard right throughout the park.
Nick Leseberg 9/9 #219596
Eastern Barn Owl
East Brisbane
At 10pm an Eastern Barn Owl called right next to our house and another one responded from a bit further away. We have heard Eastern Barn Owls now a number of times since the beginning of August in this location. There are also Tawny Frogmouths and Southern Boobooks around. eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 9/9 #219592
Grey-Crowned Babbler
Bentley Court, Joyner, 4500.
Three birds seen in late June, increasing to 8 birds in September. Seen in our daughter's and her neighbour's yards. They don't seem to be worried by the dogs, and the dogs ignore them. eBird checklist
Roy and Pamela Hallett 9/9 #219591
Bush Stone Curlew
Centennial Way, Forest Lake, South-West Brisbane area.
I heard Curlew calling in close proximity to my residence around 2.00am. I caught a glimpse of the bird scurrying from my front yard towards the adjacent roadway. I believe there may have been more than 1 bird calling but I only observed the one. The calls continued for a few minutes until the birds left the area. I am aware that Curlews have been observed in parts of this suburb on other occasions but this is the first time I've seen or heard them in my street. eBird checklist
Errol Leslie MADDEN 8/9 #219586
Spotted Harrier
Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
Single adult low over sparse woodland and reedbeds. Typical harrier flight pattern. Two observers. eBird checklist
David John Collis 8/9 #219575
Channel-billed Cuckoo
1 heard 5:08 am. eBird checklist
Sheryl Keates 8/9 #219571
Sun 7Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Allen Road, Nanango
Heard calling from NE of property eBird checklist
Julian & Fay Bielewicz 8/9 #219572
White-winged Triller
Minnippi Parklands
Female bird on top of hill near airfield,surprisingly the !st site record eBird checklist
Stuart Pickering 7/9 #219567
Sat 6Red-necked Avocet
Lindum Wetlands
A group of six seen this morning Photo taken from Kianawah Rd eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219558
Marsh Sandpiper
Lindum Wetlands
A small flock flew in at around 9am. Photo taken from Kianawah Rd eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219557
Square-tailed Kite
Mt Coot-tha--JC Slaughter Falls
Great views this afternoon eBird checklist
Rob Morris 6/9 #219552
Latham's Snipe
Minnippi Parklands
In it's normal sighting area ,the strip of vegetation just off from the island, usually quite shy and keeps some distance. eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219541
Fri 5Latham's Snipe
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
3 birds landed in third lagoon from road. eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 5/9 #219534
Yellow Chat
Bajool - Port Alma Road, Port Alma
4 Yellow Chats - macgregori (1 x male and 3 x female) observed on the northern side of Bajool - Port Alma Road, in the usual site immediately west of the saltworks. Unfortunately, no photos were taken (always happens when you don't have a camera!). eBird checklist
Carla Perkins, Ralf Regeer 5/9 #219533
Thu 4Striped Honeyeater
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
4 birds seen flying between the main track and the peninsula eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 5/9 #219522
Wed 3Swift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Three birds sighted high up in a flowering eucalyptus at 8.00 am. Difficult to find. Location given away by their call. Soon chased away by a Noisy Miner. eBird checklist
Simon Graham 3/9 #219506
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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