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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 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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January 2018
Sun 14Wedgetail Eagle
Chadwell Street Ransome
Adult Wedge tail Eagle flew very low over front yard.
Amanda Johnston 16/1 #233328
Sat 13highlightWhite-necked Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
It was an interesting day off Southport yesterday in a 25+kt northerly. Lots of birds although the north wind caused reduced diversity. Great numbers of Tahitis, a Kermadec and a showy White-necked Petrel in 60fths were the highlights.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 14/1 #233297
Black-necked Stork
Seven Mile Lagoon, Lockyer Valley -27.447425, 152.432251
Only one bird seen, however complete lake and surrounds were not surveyed
Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon 13/1 #233291
Musk Duck
Lake Clarendon
Single bird, female or juvenile, no throat lobe visable, large size, reptilian head and bill, sitting low in water, spiky tail held vertically. Single Musk Duck sighted amongst thousands of other waterfowl - primarily Hardheads and Grey Teal. Very hot conditions 40 degrees C at 10.30am eBird checklist
Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon 13/1 #233290
Wood Sandpiper; Australasian Shoveler
Lake Clarendon
Prolonged views of one Wood Sandpiper on the rock-strewn exposed land, close to the foot of the dam tower. At least four Aust Shovelers were seen from this vantage point, but no doubt there were more further out.
Russell' Yong & J. Hatton 13/1 #233288
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
A pair of T. Crows successfully raised and fledged 4 cuckoo chicks in our garden. Channel-billed Cuckoos are common but so many chicks in one nest are rather unusual. This explained why our crows seemed so busy lately, raiding every property in the neighbourhood and storing pieces of food in the gaps of air conditioners, garden furniture slats and palm crowns.All four fledglings left the nest this morning and flew to the top of a tall Norfolk pine. They made very loud noises, constantly begging their foster-parents for food. After 30 min they all flew away - 4 cuckoos frantically chasing two crows in the sky.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 13/1 #233287
highlightBlack-chinned Honeyeater
Raysource Rd, Haigslea
Killer views this morning (~7:30am) of four Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding down low, right over the cross-junction. At least one was not in full colours and had a pale bill hence an immature and likely sign of local breeding. Readily lD'd by blue eye-skin and black chin; they were extensively vocal and were constantly calling throughout the time we were there (~30 mins). Closest l have ever seen this species to Brisbane.
Russell' Yong & J. Hatton 13/1 #233286
Fri 12Black-necked Stork
Oxenford Park
Single bird on the old pony club site
Helen Looney 12/1 #233277
Mon 8Black-necked Stork, Australian Bustard
Roma Taroom Rd
At 110 km from Roma along the Roma Taroom Rd (25,55.52S, 149.25,51E) were 3 Black-necked Storks (including one juv). There were also 2 Magpie Geese, !2 White-necked Heron and many other water birds. 70 km further down the road to Roma (26.16,44 S, 148.53.54E) we encountered 11 Australian Bustards in one flock. Additionally 5 more birds we saw along the road.
Alex and Ted Wnorowski 11/1 #233261
Sun 7highlightGrey Noddy (Ternlet), Streaked Shearwater, White-tailed Tropicbird, Gould's Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
A good day out. Singles of all of the above. Also Tahiti Petrel, Hutton's Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger etc eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard Sunshine Coast pelagic 8/1 #233245
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove
Minnippi Parklands
Bird reported yesterday by Donald Gaydon still present in fruiting Fig tree on hill. 1st site record eBird checklist
Stuart Pickering 7/1 #233237
Sat 6highlightEastern Grass Owl, King Quail, Stubble Quail
Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast
3 grass owls at dusk. 6-8 king quail. 2 stubble quail, first record for sunshine coast
Greg Roberts, Scott Baker, Bernie O'Keefe 7/1 #233234
Powerful Owl
Jocelyn Drive, Eumundi
Heard on my property calling at about 9pm
Carl Billingham 6/1 #233233
Fri 5highlightLittle Curlew
Lady Elliot Island
One very confiding Little Curlew found on the grassed area near the large tower just near the airstrip.
Bernie Okeefe and Scott Baker 5/1 #233226

December 2017
Sun 31Wood Sandpiper, Stubble Quail, White-winged Black Terns, Pectoral Sandpiper
Lake Clarendon
A great morning at the lake - also Black Falcon, Freckled Ducks, 500 Whiskered Terns + 300 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 31/12 #233175
Wed 27Oriental Cuckoo
Anstead SES Depot (Hawkesbury Rd)
Three birds in the taller gum trees by the river in the north-west section of the reserve, close to the big paddock. A possible fourth bird couldn't be confirmed.
Rod Gardner 27/12 #233126
Thu 21Plum-headed Finch
Oxley Creek Common
Three birds seen near Jabiru Swamp. One had less colour and appeared to be imm. eBird checklist
Rae Clark 21/12 #233093
Tue 19highlightTorresian Imperial-Pigeon
Lake MacDonald Noosa Botanical Gardens
Two birds seen roosting in rainforest tree on western lakeside edge. Good views obtained, birds flew south through lakeside trees, unable to be relocated. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Mark Coates(UK) 19/12 #233082
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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