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.

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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

June 2015
Mon 29Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
Group of five near Thynne Hall, UQ Gatton campus, a short walk from the lake; feeding on white cedar berries.
Roger Jaensch 30/6 #223762
Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Pink-eared Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Black-necked Stork
Yandina Creek Wetlands
Also of interest were Whistling Kites evidently eating and killing Purple Swamphens eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 29/6 #223746
Sun 28Square-tailed Kite, Glossy Black Cockatoo
1 kite quartering over Cooroy-Tewantin Road; 1 Glossy Black near Noosaville Shopping Centre
Greg Roberts 29/6 #223745
highlightLight-mantled Sooty Albatross
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 sub-adult Light Mantled Sooty today. Other highlights: Gibson's Albatross 3, Black-browed Albatross 6, Cape Petrel 1,Northern Giant Petrel 2, Great-winged Petrel (gouldi) 1, Kermadec Petrel 2, Providence Petrel 44, Black-bellied Storm-Petrels 7, White-faced Storm-Petrels 4, Fairy Prion 44, Antarctic Prion 47
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 28/6 #223737
Northern Giant Petrel (2)
Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
Two juvenile Northern Giant Petrels seen today. First at 10:40, and another at 11:25. Both heading north, and both making quite close passes by the headland. Photographs show pinkish bill tips allowing separation from Southern GP. Also 30 plus Prions today. Identifiable ones were all Fairy Prions. eBird checklist
Steve Murray, Bill Murray 28/6 #223730
Thu 25Red-Necked Avocet
Coombabah West (Bird Hide at end of Mangrove Boardwalk)
19 Red-Necked Avocets seen feeding at low tide (around 10am) with 16 black-winged stilts and 3 gull-billed terns, along with 1 whistling kite flying overhead.
Lee Rossow 28/6 #223724
Shining Flycatcher
Coombabah West (Mangrove Boardwalk)
Single male seen just off the start of the boardwalk (on the right as you walk towards the bird hide).
Lee Rossow 28/6 #223722
Tue 23Black-necked Stork
Metroplex Wetlands
Southern lagoon viewed from road bridge. Also 154 Magpie Goose on Northern lagoon.
Chris Attewell 23/6 #223686
Re-necked Avocet
Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)
5 avocets on main body of water with stilts this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 23/6 #223685
Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)
Zebra Finch previously reported Sunday still present in mixed finch flock at end of Burnby Road early morning. Also a Yellow-rumped Thornbill associating with finches. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 23/6 #223684
Sun 21Plum Headed Finches
Bollon Township 100km out of St George
About 100 PHF's just downstream of the rover crossing and weir. Seemed like a lot to me. About 20 Double Barred Finches too. Fantastic busy site for sunset birding
Duncan Fowler and Carmen Ludcke 24/6 #223690
Grey Falcon, Black Chinned Honeyeater
Cunnamulla, about 2km south of town towards weir
Had a nice few minutes to watch Grey Falcon working the sky on a breezy raptor rich clear morning from the road near Warrego Tourist Park. Also scoped it, wasn't a Kestrel. Also Black Chinned Honeyeater in Gardens at the Park till White Plumed Honeys chased it out after like only10 seconds in the flowers.
Duncan Fowler and Carmen Ludcke 24/6 #223689
Australasian Shoveler
Banool Road
Visited ~11am. Couldn't see any Banded Lapwing in the usual paddock, but the dam on the opposite side of the road held at least five shovelers and a good number of other common ducks. Only a little water in nearby Seven Mile, attracting large numbers of waterbirds incl Glossy Ibis and significant numbers of White-necked Heron and Black Swan. eBird checklist
Russell Yong & J. Rowland 21/6 #223675
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe
UQ Gatton lakes
Water is up on the main lake and no exposed shoreline, but plenty of waterfowl present in the water and on the island. Five Freckled (potentially more on the other side of the island) and three Blue-billed Ducks (def one male) the highlight at ~9:30am, along with one Hoary-headed Grebe picked apart from 30+ Australasians. eBird checklist
Russell Yong & J. Rowland 21/6 #223674
Black-necked Stork
Crystal Waters, Thornlands
Male bird on a brief rare visit to these suburban lakes.
George Chapman 21/6 #223669
Sat 20Dusky Woodswallow
Imbil 10' Cell
Flock of 28 along Derrier Rd & flock of ~11 leaving Imbil along Yabba Creek Rd at Annabranch bridge. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 21/6 #223673
Fri 19Albert's Lyrebird
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat--Boardwalk Treetop Walk circuit
Single bird seen digging for food opposite the treetop entrance off the boardwalk (around 12 noon). Also seen earlier on the border track (around 11:15am) ... not sure if it was the same bird or another.
Lee Rossow 28/6 #223726
Grey Falcon
Red Creek Crossing, Bladensburg Rd, Winton
Seen at the Old Shearing Shed having flighted a flock of Red-wing Parrots & Galahs. Rested for about 3 mins at a dead emergent tree at the waterhole. Sunny & blustery, cool SW wind. eBird checklist
Rosemary Payet. Chris Corbett. Graham C. 27/6 #223717
Thu 18Paradise Riflebird
D'Aguilar National Park
Male calling and actively probing and feeding on dead limbs. Powerful beak sent showers of bark and rotted wood in all directions.
Paul Newman and Del Richards 19/6 #223651
Spotted Harrier
Oxley Creek Common
Quartering low over the grassed fields. eBird checklist
Teale Britstra 18/6 #223644
Fairy Gerygone
Beachmere Conservation Park
bird seen & heard calling mid canopy level along track in the Cons park, entry along Campbell Pde. (seen by at least 15 members of birding group for confirmation) eBird checklist
Sue Lee 18/6 #223643
Wed 17White-eared Monarch
Gold Creek Road, Brookfield
Single bird in riparian rainforest elements along creek.
Roger Jaensch 17/6 #223636
Tue 16Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Lake Clarendon
Three birds, comprising an adult male, a female and a possible sub-adult male, in flight near Lake Clarendon; later seen along Lake Clarendon Way feeding on green mature fruit of a bloodwood tree in a patch of mixed woodland.
Shelvey Jaensch, Roger Jaensch & group 17/6 #223635
Freckled Duck
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
At least 9 Freckled Ducks, loafing with many Pink-eared Ducks and other waterbirds.
Roger Jaensch 17/6 #223634
Beach Stone-curlew
Theodolite Creek
Pair on the bank behind the boat ramp
Maree Philip 17/6 #223632
Striated Heron
Colleges Crossing
Two seen- 1st on bar below kiosk; 2nd in mid-river above causeway leading to spit. eBird checklist
Peter Horler 17/6 #223631
Buff-banded Rail
Colleges Crossing
On river side of spit between lagoon and river eBird checklist
Peter Horler 17/6 #223630
Fri 12Brown Falcon
Mt Samson Road, Samsonvale
Sitting on the powerlines roadside about 500 metres before turnoff to Golds Scrub Lane, Lake Samsonvale. Good close views then flew above and further along the lines.
Julie Sarna 12/6 #223585
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs
Six birds present this morning. Three (male and two fem/imm types) on northern pool and three (all fem/imm types) on southern pool.
Andy Jensen 12/6 #223584
Thu 11Barking Owl
Barking Owl in Kenmore (see photograph).
Philip Michael 17/6 #223627
Plum-headed Finch
Ban Ban Springs Rest Area Burnett Hwy
Small flock in dead trees and then on power line. eBird checklist
Ivor Preston & Karen Doyle 11/6 #223580
Wed 10Painted Honeyeater & Pied Honeyeater, etc
Explorer's Caravan Park, Thargomindah
One of those mornings when many species of birds were feeding together - Painted, Pied, White-plumed & Brown Honeyeaters, Crimson Chats (mostly brown birds with scarlet rumps obvious), 3 Woodswallow sp. - White-breasted, Masked & Black-faced, Zebra Finches and a lone Diamond Dove.
Brian & Meg Johnson 10/6 #223569
Tue 9Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Lake Bindegolly National Park--near highway bridge
9 Cockatoos feeding on small melons just east of bridge. Little water left in lake as drought intensifies. A lone Emu was nearby.
Brian & Meg Johnson 10/6 #223568
Red-backed Kingfisher, Budgerigar, Sea-eagle
Running Creek Road
Stopped to have another look at the RBKF, which I again saw from the car on the telephone line - in exactly the same spot as last time! We were then excited to hear the flight calls of 3 Budgies, which we saw feeding on grass seeds along the fenceline across the road for 5 minutes. This is turning out to be a pretty good place to stop on the way home! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 9/6 #223563
Mon 8Grey Goshawk
Caloundra Rd,Caloundra
1630 hrs, .Sitting on power line overlooking main road
Ross and Nat Sinclair 9/6 #223560
Thu 4Budgerigar
Upper Lockyer
Six birds flew over property in a south, south-easterly direction and another one or two birds heard close by. I suspect these birds have been in the Lockyer Valley for about the past week, but it was only today I was able to confirm their presence. Interestingly, it was two years ago, almost to the day, that south-east Queensland had an influx of these birds from the inland. (Moderators Note: A flock of about 8 was also recorded at Wyaralong Dam on Friday 29 May 2015)
Michael Wood 4/6 #223488
Wed 3White-throated Nightjar, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler
Pine Mountain Bush Reserve
Large, all dark, long-winged nightjar flew from Acacia thicket with plenty of leaf litter on the ground, in open forest of mixed eucalypts. Two Black-chinned Honeyeaters and a pair of Speckled Warblers in similar habitat nearby.
Roger Jaensch 3/6 #223480
Mon 1Crested Shrike-Tit
Eprepah Environmental Centre
By Eprepah Creek boardwalk. First one I've seen in the Redlands since 2005. Evidence photo only.
George Chapman & Frank Burch 1/6 #223460
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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