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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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February 2016
Wed 10Black-eared Cuckoo
Pechy's Lagoon, south of Gatton, Lockyer Valley
Feeding on caterpillars in tree at road side
John Hadley and Jim Sneddon 10/2 #226532
Fri 5Common Tern, Little Tern & Radjah Shelduck
Buckley's Hole & nearby sandspit
One R. Shelduck - previously reported - still present today - southern end. On the sandspit, there was a mixed flock of Crested Tern, Silver Gull, 4+ Common Tern & 3+ Little Tern sheltering from the strong southerlies, about 4:15 pm.
Brian & Meg Johnson 5/2 #226487
Wed 3Rajah Shelduck
Buckleys Hole (Bongaree)
Still showing at 4 pm
Ross and Nat Sinclair 3/2 #226472
Mon 1Peregrine Falcon
Kallangur, Qld
A pair was seen at the top of the green radio tower behind KFC on Anzac Avenue.
Charlie Scott 2/2 #226455

January 2016
Sun 31highlightRadjah Shelduck
Buckleys Hole (Bongaree - Bribie Island)
In the late morning sheltering under the cotton trees on the northern shore occasionally swimming out for 10 minutes. About 3.30pm swam out and flew the length of the lagoon to feed on the eastern bank. Further information
Jan Nargar 31/1 #226445
Tue 26Bluebonnet
Devon Park Road Oakey
Devon Park Road had lots of Cockatiels, Red-rumped Parrots, a pair of Bluebonnets (found by Gavin Goodyear), several Brown Songlarks and at least 18 Banded Lapwings. I think this if the furthest East I've seen Blue Bonnets.
Rob Morris, Andrew Sutherland, Gavin Goodyear 26/1 #226391
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoos
Doctor's Creek Reserve
Great looks at two Black-eared Cuckoos together, plus Painted, Striped, Brown and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and lots of Plum-headed Finches by the river.
Rob Morris, Andrew Sutherland 26/1 #226390
Sat 23highlightGould's Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
The highlight of Saturday's trip was a single Gould's Petrel. Also c10-15 Tahiti Petrels, Wedge-tailed (many), Hutton's (a few) and a single Short-tailed Shearwater and a Common Noddy.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 24/1 #226363
King Quail
Great Sandy National Park
Following on from yesterday's sighting of the female, we returned to the site at dawn. A long and patient wait was rewarded with three sightings of the male dashing across the track at cartoon-like speeds. We probably missed other crossings! A short while later the bird appeared at the margins in a little more relaxed manner, but very vigilant. It retreated into cover several times when spooked by Peaceful Dove and Red-browed Finch. It gradually worked it's way toward my position while foraging but, despite using a longer lens than the previous day, it was not possible to get a better image than we achieved. This lifer was most rewarding and a delight to watch
Paul Newman and Jean Newman 24/1 #226360
Fri 22King Quail
Great Sandy National Park
Pair flushed twice early morning then left for an hour. Male not seen again. Female returned to track and fed for 30 minutes, gradually working towards my position. Unfortunately I accidentally disturbed the bird and it was not seen again.
Paul Newman and Jean Newman 22/1 #226342
Shining Flycatcher
Coombabah Lake-Mangrove Boardwalk
One male bird in mangrove forest.
Roy Durre 22/1 #226339
Wed 20Blue-billed Duck
Gatton University Lake Galletly
1 male. Several Australasian Shovelers Further information
Greg Roberts 21/1 #226327
Common Sandpiper
Pecheys Lagoon No.2, Lower Tenthill
1 bird; very rare in Lockyer Valley. Pacific Baza on nest here. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 21/1 #226326
Tue 19Red-chested Buttonquail, White-winged Fairy-wren
Devon Park Road, Oakey
Buttonquail heard in pasture. Fairy-wren at 2 sites in this area. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 21/1 #226325
Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Honeyeater
Jondaryan Woolshed
Party of 6 Ground Cuckoo-shrike. Painted Honeyeater at 4 sites in region indicating an unusual influx of this species. Black-faced Woodswallow also here. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 21/1 #226324
Thu 14highlightbuff breasted paradise kingfisher
The bird was sitting in our front yard. Appeared to be fine and flew away. (Moderator notes: Species significantly south of distribution limit at Rockhampton)
Kellie Cash 15/1 #226252
Black-necked Stork
Lake Cooroibah, Noosa.
Male bird, feeding out on lake from sunrise until when I left at 7am. I stealthily used fallen timber as a kind of hide and watched as it approached, only to find it wasn't the least bit bothered by morning walkers, off-leash dogs and general foreshore activity!
Christian Perrin 15/1 #226247
Wed 13Crested Shrike-tit
Ringtail Creek Forest, northern section
Single bird seen foraging in pinus radiata plantation adjoining native bush, in company with Golden Whistlers, Brown Gerygone, Large-billed Scrubwren and Little Shrike-Thrush eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 14/1 #226237
Oriental Cuckoo
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Male showing well on the western edge of the reserve near the river.
Gregor Tims 13/1 #226229
Tue 12Pair of Black Falcons
Bowenville Norwin Road, Bowenville (Nr Jondaryan)
Black Falcons - both Black Falcons were sitting next to one another on the pole arm. Reliably informed that the one on the right appears to be a very old adult male Black Falcon. The one on the left is a female Black Falcon. Also the farmed, saturated verges and floodplains along this stretch provided around 20kms of some of excellent birding these last couple of days - Stubble and Brown Quail can be heard calling
Marie Tarrant 13/1 #226227
White Winged Fairy-Wren
Devon Park - Boundary Road Oakey
Rachel and Kim Cumes 12/1 #226219
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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