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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.

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland is supported by BirdLife Southern Queensland and moderated by Dezmond Wells, Rob Morris and Sandra Gallienne.

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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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February 2017
Wed 22Lathams Snipe
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
FOUND - beside main lagoon.Birdwatchers Lumix Camera,containing numerous shots of Baillons Crake.- dated 20/2/17. Handed in to Bli Bli Post Office
Ross Sinclair 22/2 #230177
Tue 21Black-necked Stork
Ipswich-Rosewood Rd small dam just NE of 7 mile bridge, Jeebropilly
Single adult again, waking at edge of dam as I drove past at 6:30 this morning.
Peter Copping 21/2 #230159
Sat 18Grey Plover
Wellington Point
Single tagged bird seen to the far end of King Island on the mornings low tide.
Ken Doy 18/2 #230132
Pacific Golden plover
Wellington Point
Single bird sighted the far side of King Island at the mornings low tide .
Ken Doy 18/2 #230129
Black Bittern
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Bird flew West to East over the northern tip of the reserve. eBird checklist
Steve Murray 18/2 #230124
Thu 16Black-chinned Honeyeater
Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla area
Two Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding in a rather unobtrusive spot - roadside poplar box 8 km east of Wallumbilla
Brett Taylor 18/2 #230125
Wed 15Oriental Cuckoo
East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge
Hepatic female seen near Landsborough. eBird checklist Further information
Christian Perrin 16/2 #230117
highlightBaillon's Crake
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
1 on lillies eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 15/2 #230109
highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Coolum Industrial Estate Eco-wetland
1 adult male eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 15/2 #230108
Sat 11Common Sandpiper
Gladstone, Albert St Ash Ponds (restricted access)
A single Common Sandpiper was observed roosting on the ash pond causeway ( end of Albert St behind STP). It is probably the same bird that was reported from nearby the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal ponds. It was present there for nearly two months until the ponds completely dry out.
Ted Wnorowski 11/2 #230073
Australian Little Bittern
Parklakes Wetlands, Bli Bli
In middle lagoon in its old haunt. Hasn't been reported in 19 months. Probably left because wetlands was drained for reshaping and replanting eBird checklist
Paul Jensen 11/2 #230068
Thu 9Australian Bustard
Bruce Hwy, Rockhampton South at 23.34.58S; 150.34.57E
We observed a female Australian Bustard thrown on a power line by a very strong wind gust. It happened just few kms south of Rockhampton on Bruce Hwy. It fell down but picked itself up looking dazed. In meantime black kites, crows and magpies appeared and started to attack it without any mercy. She stayed on the ground for about 10 min and then flew away.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 11/2 #230072
Tue 7Plum-headed Finch
Northbrook Creek picnic area (Wivenhoe-Somerset Road)
Surprised to find 2 Plum-headed Finch this morning mixed up with 3 other species of finch (Double-barred, Red-browed and Chestnut-breasted) in the grassy areas next to the creek at the picnic area
Marie Tarrant, Sue Lee, Julie Sarna, Catherine Hirsch 7/2 #230033
Mon 6Black Bittern
Spinnaker Park, Gladstone
We observed a single Black Bittern feeding in a little water lilly pond. Other interesting birds included there: Bush Stone-curlew (2), Striated Heron (3),
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 6/2 #230025
Sun 5Great Knot
Lake Clarendon
Single Great Knot seen on the edge of the lake. A real puzzler at first in the heat haze! We eventually got close enough to nail the ID.
Elliot Leach; Stuart Pickering; Nikolas Haass; Raja Stephenson; Matthew McKown 5/2 #230016
Sat 4Radjah Shelduck, Common Greenshank
Gladstone (Alf O'Rourke Dr)
We found a single Radjah Duck foraging in shallow tidal swamp near the Alf O'Rourke Dr. Common Greenshank was feeding nearby. We observed this "pair" several times during the last few days aroud Gladstone in sites such as Police Creek, Wiggins Island ponds.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 4/2 #230000
Fri 3Suberb Fruit-Dove
Binna Burra Lodge
Calling for about 90 minutes early morning from the trees on western side of the road at the bottom of the Lodge driveway. It was difficult to find but was eventually seen flying between trees. In the 35 years I have been associated with Binna Burra this is the first one I have seen or heard on the ridge top. I have heard them in the Coomera River valley on a few occasions and had one at my house in Beechmont 4 years ago.
Barry Davies 7/2 #230028
Brolga, Black-necked Stork, White-eared Monarch
Kinka Wetlands, Kinka Beach
We visited recently Kinka Wetlands. Fantastic place. Ten Brolgas and two Black-necked Storks were standing in the middle of the swamp. Red-capped Plovers were still breeding. We counted 12 birds (including 4 chicks). In the bush near carpark was one White-eared Monarch. Another 6 Brolgas we found in the paddock along main road (just 1 km north from the wetlands entrance).
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 4/2 #230001
Thu 2Australian Brush-Turkey, Wandering Tattler
Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta
A dozen turkeys marched out onto the wave-washed rock platform to beachcomb after sunset. Very unusual sight, lots of people stopped to take notice and photos. Sharing habitat (!) with Wandering Tattler, also at same location.
Christian Perrin 2/2 #229990
White-throated Needletail
D'Aguilar National Park--Maiala picnic ground
Large loose flock of WTNs hawking quite low over Maiala picnic area at around 1030am Difficult to estimate numbers as they were disappearing behind canopy on both sides of Mount Glorious Road but would guess 30+ birds
Gavin O'Meara 2/2 #229981
Plum headed finch
Bryden Road Dundas
3 plum headed finches seen in long grass beside Bryden Road halfway between Bryden Rd / Wivenhoe - Somerset Road junction and Billies Crossing bridge @ approx 0730 this morning
Gavin O'Meara, Judith Hoyle 2/2 #229980
Superb Fruit-Dove
Cooloolabin, Sunshine Coast
1 male bird eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 2/2 #229976

January 2017
Sun 29Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake
Maleny Precinct Wetland
3 Lewin's Rail calling, 1 Spotless Crake seen 4-5 heard; both species very rare in Blackall Range highlands eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 30/1 #229957
Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
Mary Cairncross Reserve
Both species historically very rare in this reserve eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 30/1 #229956
Sat 28Red-footed Booby, White-tailed Tropicbird, Streaked Shearwater, Sooty Tern, Common Noddy
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
Good day out. 1 light phase Red-footed Booby, 1 subadult White-tailed Tropicbird, 8 Streaked Sheaters, good numbers of Sooty Tern & Tahiti Petrel Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard the Sunshine Coast pelagic 29/1 #229945
Asian Dowitcher
Gregory Road, Mango Hill
Single on the claypan with Black-tailed Godwit flock. Please be careful at this site - it is a high tide roost and very open, so take care not to flush roosting waders, and keep distance.
Andy Jensen 28/1 #229938
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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