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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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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

October 2014
Wed 22white-throated needletails
Cootharaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD
6 white-throated needletails flying around on our property today.
Donna Tomkinson 22/10 #220406
Peregrine Falcon
Metroplex Wetlands
Perched on lighting structures under gatewat bridge northbound span eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 22/10 #220395
Red-necked Avocet
Sandgate--Dowse Lagoon
Single bird with stilts early this morning
Chris Attewell 22/10 #220394
Tue 21Black -necked Stork
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
6pm- largest pond.-+two Lathams Snipe
Ross Sinclair 21/10 #220382
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo
Rockhampton Kershaw Gardens
Observed 10 RTBC feeding in the gardens then flying into a tall gum tree, after being disturbed by a passing dog.
Stephen Gallivan 21/10 #220377
Plumed Whistling Duck
O'Shanesy Park, Rockhampton
Some 60+ birds observed at this location, also observed were 70+ Magpie geese, 2 pairs of Cotton pygmy geese.
Stephen Gallivan 21/10 #220376
Mon 20Large-tailed Nightjar
Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary, Bli Bli
Single bird heard in carpark at 6.30pm, then flew over observers into Sanctuary where continued to call. Searched using spotlight but unable to locate. Call (continuous "chop chop chop") checked to confirm ID. Not often seen this far south. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Pieter de Groot (Netherlands) 20/10 #220367
Pacific Baza
Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Out with Wife and Grand children on Aussie backyard bird count
John Dennison 20/10 #220357
Sun 19Leaden Flycatcher
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
All territorial pairs, no Satin Flycatchers seen. Photos of the Leaden Flycatchers on Raja's website (Further Information). Thanks to Rod Gardner & Jeff Davies for the discussion. eBird checklist Further information
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 21/10 #220380
White-throated Nightjar; Owlet-nightjar; Boobook; Barn Owl and Nankeen Night-Heron;
Gap Creek Rd
Stopping near the top of Gap Creek Rd in the early morning, we heard White-throated Nightjar, Owlet-nightjar and Boobook. A Tyto owl also gave a harsh screech, but it was fairly distant. Later that night we had good, albeit brief, views of a Barn Owl (both perched and in flight). A Nankeen Night-heron was seen well at the same site - a heavily vegetated creek about 100m before the carpark if you're coming from Brookfield Rd side.
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton; Chris Burwell 20/10 #220348
White-backed Swallow
Junction of Jamiesons' and Burgess' Rds, Lockyer Valley
First seen by Chris Burwell in flight above the fields adjacent to Lockyer Creek at around 1 pm yesterday. Two birds were seen well and confirmed as White-backed Swallows by all three observers. A third bird looked promising, but remained behind the creek-side trees and gave only fleeting views.
Elliot Leach; Chris Burwell; Louise Ashton 20/10 #220346
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Bundaberg--Baldwin Swamp Environment Park
The picture shows 2 pairs, later I observed at least 12 pairs scattered through-out the wetlands. eBird checklist
Stephen Gallivan 19/10 #220340
Sat 18Brown Booby
Offshore--Southport pelagic
In addition to Rob's note, I'd like to add an immature Brown Booby, seen on today's Southport Pelagic.
Nikolas Haass and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 18/10 #220326
highlightGibson's Albatross, White-throated Needletail
Offshore--Southport pelagic
A fairly average October trip with 15 species. Good numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters migrating, and 3 Gibson's Albatrosses which are a scarce bird in SEQ. Also a couple of Needletails going south.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 18/10 #220322
Thu 16Brush Cuckoo, Satin Flycatcher, Glossy Ibis
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
At Sandy Camp from 7-8am, water bodies are driest I've seen for a while. Two Glossy Ibis were in the front-most pond. Brush Cuckoo & Satin Flycatcher were round the back, along the margins of the big rearmost pond. Brush Cuckoo was in low vegetation on the left-turn to said pond, calling persistently and then seen feeding on a large caterpillar. Satin Flycatcher male was seen well in a bare tree at the junction of that pond. Colour on head and back was more even and glossy than Leadens (which were common throughout), the breast demarcation bent downwards and call was slightly different, with a distinct whistled follow-through to the standard 'schrep schrep' call. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 16/10 #220290
Tue 14Rose Crowned Fruit Dove
Osprey House Environmental Centre
Solitary Rose Crowned Fruit Dove sitting briefly in Casurina tree eastern extension to boardwalk at Osprey House Environment Centre, Dohles Rocks Rd, Griffin. Qld eBird checklist
Pip Grant-Taylor 16/10 #220292
Grey Plover
Toorbul--high tide roost
Grey Plover seen in company with some Grey-tailed Tattlers at Toorbul Point north from the high tide roost. eBird checklist
Geoff Walker 15/10 #220273
Grey Plover
Toorbul - high tide roost
Present again today,100 yards North of roost eBird checklist
Ross and Natalie Sinclair 14/10 #220271
Black-faced Monarch
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mt
Seen them around the nearby gully before. Having found a snack, it flew my way and buzzed! (30m South of the northern pipeline crossing).
Peter Horler 14/10 #220261
White-winged Triller
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mt
Unexpected, shiny white, with its black cap, around 15m up in the eucalypts. Had the distinct impression that it was passing through. (just South of where the park track leaves the Rail Trail)
Peter Horler 14/10 #220260
Mon 13Lesser-crested Tern
Buckley's Hole Sandbar, Bribie Island
2 birds
David Redhead 13/10 #220242
Grey Plover
Toorbul--high tide roost
Single bird,partial summer plumage.North of main wader roost. eBird checklist
David Redhead 13/10 #220240
Square-tailed Kite
One adult circling over treetops along Johnston Road at 8:23 this morning.
Ákos Lumnitzer 13/10 #220239
Sun 12Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul Shorebird Roost
One Asian Dowitcher was still present at high tide on Sunday. Also one Terek Sandpiper and two Gull-billed Terns, plus many other shorebirds.
Dirk Tomsa 13/10 #220253
Square-tailed Kite
Samford Conservation Park
Good views of a Square-tailed Kite flying low over the canopy (heading north-east) along The Chute, at approx. 4.30 pm. STKs are occasionally seen around Keperra and Ferny Grove, but thought it to be worth noting as a record for Samford CP. eBird checklist
Carla Perkins, Stuart Kelly 13/10 #220226
Sat 11Apostlebird
Wight's Mtountain, Samford Valley
Two nests of Apostlebirds discoverd with 2 attending adults to each. . One nest had 3 chicks and the other was under construction. I won't post the specific location, but this relect population seems to be doing OK.
Roger McNeill 13/10 #220223
white-winged Triller
Mountain View Court, Samford Valley
A spot I had White-winged Triller the past two years has turned them up again this year. At the corner of Wight's Mtn Road and Mountain View Ct. just a few K's from the Samford 'cbd'. Also in this area are good numbers of Little Friarbirds, a family of Grey-crowned Babblers and goods numbers of Striated and Rainbow Beeeaters nesting in the sandy banks.
Roger McNeill 13/10 #220222
Thu 9Nankeen Kestrel
Orange Grove Rd / Kessels Rd intersection, Salisbury
I was surprised to see a Kestrel hovering above the road this morning on my way to uni. Occasionally I will see Black-shouldered Kites in this area, but this is the first Kestrel I've seen. Perhaps it followed the Rocky Waterholes creekline from the Oxley Creek Common area or the Brisbane Golf Club. Archerfield Airport is also nearby as the Kestrel flies... :)
Elliot Leach 9/10 #220166
Black-shouldered Kite
Progress Road Richlands
Black-shouldered Kite spotted perched on a dead tree - Progress Road a few hundred metres before the petrol station, travelling West.Spotted at 7.00am
Dario Z 9/10 #220157
Wed 8Peregrine Falcon
Gateway Bridge
1 perched on bridge at approx 6 am.
Arthur Keates 13/10 #220221
Painted Button-Quail
Mount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains
I heard rustling through the leaf litter near the summit and was surprised to see a colourful female foraging among the stones and grasses.
Christian Perrin 9/10 #220158
Fuscous Honeyeater
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mt
Again, a vaguely remembered call, followed by a brief, but clear sighting
Peter Horler 8/10 #220145
Tue 7Grey-Crowned Babbler
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mt
9:45am. Family of 7 Grey-crowned Babblers at top of steps leading into Walter Zimmerman from Kirkston Place playground. Follows on from 5 Grey-crowned Babblers seen on southern boundary of Park, about 200 metres away, on Friday, 3rd! eBird checklist
Peter Horler 7/10 #220121
Mon 6White-eared Monarch and Spectacled Monarch
Gold Creek Road
Seen about 9.00 am near the second creek crossing back from the parking area at the reservoir.
Geoff Walker 7/10 #220115
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
North Arm, Sunshine Coast
Uncommon in this area. Single bird of the dark morph. variety, observed on private property. .
John Kooistra 6/10 #220093
Sun 5Australian Bustard, Zitting Cisticola
Cheetham Salt Works, Port Alma Rd (restricted access)
3 Australian Bustards (1 adult male and 2 adult females) were the highlights of a day along Bajool-Port Alma Rd. Also at least 2 Zitting Cisticolas (aerial display) and at least one Golden-headed Cisticola (allowing for comparison). No signs of the Yellow Chats though. Attached one of Raja's photos of two of the Australian Bustards (male out in the open, female visible in the long grass next to it). eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 6/10 #220105
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Sharyn Bonney Bushland Reserve,Caloundra
On Sugar Loaf Road,Caloundra- a pair still present this morning
Ross and Natalie Sinclair 5/10 #220070
Sat 4Black-breasted Button-quail, White-eared Monarch
Inskip Point Recreation Area
Stopped in at Inskip point on the 1st and again on the 4th. I walked along the pedestrian track past the roundabout. On both days a White-eared Monarch was about 10m along the track on the left side and a female Black-breasted Button Quail was around the large fig towards the end of the track.
Louise Ashton 6/10 #220091
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Sharyn Bonney Bushland Reserve, Aroona
A group of four (consisting of male/female pairs) seen feeding in the abundant Black She-Oaks within the reserve. A lovely find, especially given the close proximity to busy Caloundra.
Christian Perrin 4/10 #220052
Fri 3Brush Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Cooloola NP -Cooroibah section
Three Brush Cuckoo heard, also single Channel-billed Cuckoo, both first for this Spring. Shining-bronze and Fan-tailed easily seen eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 3/10 #220030
Thu 2Wandering Tattler
Point Cartwright, QLD.
2x Wandering Tattlers seen right on low tide at 7:30am. The Tattlers were joined on the rocks by a Greater Sand Plover. The birds spent most of the time foraging on the western half of the rock ledge. At one point one of the Tattlers chased the Sand Plover after it grabbed a morsel.
Chris Martinez & Daniel Venema 2/10 #220013

September 2014
Mon 29Eyrean Grasswren
Birdsville area
Two birds located on a dune on the right hand track just before 'Little Red' on the Simpson Desert National Park Rd. The turn off to the track is exactly 34.6 kms from the Birdsville hotel. We went down the track 1.7 km then climbed the sand dune on the left. The birds were located in this area within 30 minutes.
Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines 4/10 #220062
Sun 28Square-tailed Kite, Pacific Baza (3)
Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone
One adult SQT cruising above the treetops at the orchard behind the lake. A family of 3 Bazas are very vocal around the cafe and above the lake at the moment as well.
Elliot Leach 29/9 #219957
White-eared Monarch, Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarch, Emerald Dove
Gold Creek Reservoir
2 White-eared Monarch, several Spectacled Monarch and 2 Black-faced Monarch in the same tree at the second creek crossing before the car park and an Emerald Dove nearby.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 28/9 #219937
Sat 27Zitting Cisticola (2)
Port Alma Rd, near Cheetham Salt Works
After looking at HANZAB and consulting with people / looking at images online, I am now happy to identify two cisticolas that we saw while searching for the Yellow Chats on Saturday as Zitting Cisticolas. This ID was based on plumage characteristics mentioned in HANZAB, and on calls heard in flight. I have fixed our original site list to include these birds. Further information including a summary from HANZAB can be found in the link. eBird checklist Further information
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 30/9 #219976
Lewin's Rail, Marbled Frogmouth, Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Lamington National Park--O'Reilly's
Lewin's Rail in Moran's valley along the creek. Marbled Frogmouth, 2 seen(hidden gully and near the glow worm cave) and others heard. 15 Glossy Black-Cockatoos with young on Duck creek road. Also 2 Crested Shrike-tit, 1 Red-Browed Treecreeper on Duck Creek Rd and a Dollarbird in Moran's Valley.
Jo & Matt Culican and Duncan Fowler (Oreilly's Bird Guide) 28/9 #219923
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
Asian Dowitcher present at Artificial Roost. Assume that this could be same bird from the 15th September
Dezmond Wells 27/9 #219915
Yellow Chat (3)
Port Alma Rd, near Gate 1 of Cheetham Salt Works
Two adult males seen and heard singing at around 8:30 this morning. A duller looking bird was seen accompanying one of the males: we thought it was a female, though this pair was seen at quite a distance. Very exciting to finally connect with this species! Thanks to Wayne Houston for site info; full site list available on eBird. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 27/9 #219914
Peregrine Falcon
Stanley Rd, Coorparoo
One Peregrine Falcon at about 10:50am, over the Norman Creek/Coorparoo Secondary College area, being given grief by two crows. Made several low passes and circled for over two minutes, going higher and higher before heading northwest in the direction of East Brisbane.
Russell Yong 27/9 #219912
Fri 26Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Apostlebird
Anstead Bushland Reserve
Clear close-up sighting of Cuckoo. Also, a flight of 3 Apostlebirds near the Mount Crosby Road - Hawkesbury Road junction. Single Apostlebird also sighted.
Liz Gould and Peter Horler 26/9 #219904
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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