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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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June 2016
Wed 29Square-tailed Kite
Petrie Scout Group, off Torrens Road, Kalangur
This afternoon while birding a Square-tailed Kite flew in and landed in one of the taller trees next to the Scout Hut in the reserve and was very comfortable preening and still there when I left 40 minutes later.
Marie Tarrant 29/6 #227881
Sun 26Varied Triller
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single bird seen perching in a tree. I heard it before I saw it. Nice sharp photo, too. eBird checklist
Anthony Day 28/6 #227876
Radjah Shelduck
805 Burrum Heads Road, Burrum River
A pair of Radjah Shelducks arrived at our dam yesterday. They joined the Australasian Swamphens, Pacific Black and Australian Wood Ducks for some grain as we fed our Guinea Fowl. They appeared very tame and came close up to us. In 7 years on the farm, this is the first time we have seen them. They spent the night on our dam last night and are still here today!! We were delighted to identify them as we have never seen them before!!
Cathy Swan 27/6 #227866
Fri 24highlightDusky Woodswallows
Kobble Creek Road at it's junction with Dales Road, Kobble Creek
A party of 40-50 Dusky Woodswallows are hawking the fields, sitting on the wires and swinging on low-growing cockspurs along the road edge this morning. Also a Hobby flew through silencing all the birds for about 30 seconds.
Marie Tarrant 24/6 #227843
Thu 23Spotted Harrier
Eastern beach Moreton Island
Single bird seen south of Camel Rock quartering low over dunes. First time I have seen this species on the island
Gavin O'Meara 23/6 #227836
Lesser-crested Tern
Western beach, Moreton Island
A single bird flew past at close range and circled back just to make sure I clinched the ID.
Judith Hoyle 23/6 #227835
Fri 17Australasian Gannet
Gatakers Bay, Hervey Bay Qld
Seen and Photographed Adult and Juvenile Birds whilst out fishing from our boat. Birds x 2 lovely display of their diving skills.
Kim Cumes 17/6 #227794
Sun 12Cotton Pygmy-goose
Hays Landing/Billies Bay, Wivenhoe Dam
This morning there were 7 Cotton Pygmy-geese present, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-necked Heron and Whiskered Tern on the water off Hine Road. Also around 100 Great-crested Grebes and 30+ Black swans there.......
Marie Tarrant 12/6 #227754
Fri 10Ground Cuckoo-shrikes
Cooby Dam Road near Cooby Creek Reservoir
Saw 4 Gound Cuckoo-shrikes in paddock on left side of Cooby Dam Road 1.1 km north of Cooby Dam Road and Pipeline Road junction
Gavin O'Meara and Judith Hoyle 11/6 #227743
Wed 8Square-tailed Kite
Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hil
Recorded this morning at the end of the monthly survey eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 8/6 #227719
Sun 5Striped Honeyeater
Toorbul North Sandspit
Two individuals feeding in Melaleucas and in Mangroves.
Dez Wells 5/6 #227692
Superb Lyrebird - edwardi
Girraween National Park - Castle Rock Trail
Great views of a singing male (Edward's) for several minutes.
Rob Morris, Andy Jensen & Stuart Pickering 5/6 #227691
Sat 4Cotton Pygmy Goose
St. Lawrence wetlands
Up to 50 Cotton Pygmy Geese on lagoon near St. Lawrence camping area. Large numbers of many other water birds sighted here from 3-5 June, including a very large flock (estimated >1,000) of Magpie Geese and dozens of Radjah Shelduck.
Paul Whitington 5/6 #227683
Lesser Frigatebird
Duporth Avenue Maroochydore
5 Frigatebirds over buildings near Picnic Point at 9:00 AM after overnight storm. Two ID'd as male Lesser Frigatebirds with white "armpits".
Robyn Duff, Mal Chicksen, Gavin Masters and Noel Renouf 4/6 #227676
Lesser Frigatebird
Seashell Avenue Mermaid Beach
10 birds sighted flying against the strong NE winds at about 3pm.most likely blown in by the inclement weather.
Matt Davies 4/6 #227674
Wed 1highlightPOSSIBLE Red Goshawk from 28 March 2016
Hampton information centre
One bird flying east to west over the centre and highway. Height, about the tall trees. Being attacked a number of birds. My first sighting of this bird, beautiful. Looking at Stephen Debus field guide , the bird was an adult , from his illustrations a male and the red area was very bright and marking not as dark. The tail was flared. I ruled out Square-tailed Kite because of the colour, that it was more uniform under wing, with primaries short and more compact and the black area on tips narrow, clearly barred on tail without the solid black tail tip and straight wings when gliding. I must say also I have never seen a bird of prey being being attacked by so many birds and that bird totally ignoring them; never diverted it's slow glide once.
Tom Mutton 31/3 #227039
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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