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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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July 2017
Sun 23Plum-headed Finch, Brown-headed Honeyeater
Lockyer Siding Road, Murphy's Creek
eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 25/7 #231416
Plum-headed Finch
Brisbane Valley railway bridge over Lockyer Creek
As many as 20+ bathing and drinking in pool below bridge, in mixed flock with Double-barred and Nutmeg Mannikins eBird checklist
Peter Horler 24/7 #231413
Powerful Owl
Sheep Station Conservation Reserve
The chick is out on branch with 1 parent and another parent in nearby tree
Mary Hynes & Judy Coles 23/7 #231405
Sat 22Pallid Cuckoo
Seven Mile Lagoon
One adult on the power-lines along Jimba Rd. Hung around for the entire 15 mins we were there, working its way slowly down the road from line to line. Terrible iPhone photo attached. One Banded Lapwing was seen on the nearby Banool Rd paddock. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, J. Hatton 23/7 #231408
Fri 21Painted Finch
Bladensburg National Park
2 Painted Finches seen at Hunters Gorge perched on top of cliff to the east of the camping ground. Also seen at L Constance were 3 Musk Ducks on following day 20th July. eBird checklist
Sue Lee 25/7 #231420
Beach Stone-curlew
Queensland Alumina Limited, Parsons Pt, Gladstone (restricted access)
During our latest monthly QAL wader survey we observed a single Beach Stone-curlew. The bird was roosting on a stony levy at the Ash Pond. We (Margaret, Cheryl and myself) have got an excellent view of the bird that after 10 minutes flew away. Other interesting birds during the survey include: Australian Hobby, Brown Goshawk, White-necked Heron and large flock of Gull-billed Tern.
Ted Wnorowski 22/7 #231396
Wed 19Australian Bustard
Burri Burri Rd, North of chinchilla
Saw this guy standing in the middle of the road while I was doing some ecology work out that way. Let me drive right up to him and have a look flew off before I could get a photo, followed him to a field but the camera on my phone was not good enough to get him before he carried on. Interesting to see one this far south.
Mark mcveigh 20/7 #231390
Tue 18Little Eagle
Kobble Creek picnic area
A Little Eagle appears to be hanging around Lake Samsonvale; picked up 10th July at Postman's Track and again today (18th) above the Kobble Creek picnic area.
Marie Tarrant 18/7 #231376
Sat 15Scarlet Robin (Possible)
Sheepstation Creek Conservation PArk
*Possible sighting * At 9.30am I was walking near the creek (just south east of the bridge at the paperbark swamp rainforest area) at Sheepstation and clearly heard the boondang call coming from high in the trees. After a fair bit of walking I sighted the likely bird up high in the eucalypts. It appeared to be a female or juvenile with a little red/orange colour on the breast. The eyes did not seem as large or round as a Rose robin and it was darker over the coverts. It moved quickly and stayed up high flitting from branch to branch, defeating attempts to photograph it. FYI of anyone who might like to find it.
Peter Taylor 19/7 #231386
Thu 13Black Bittern, Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Lake Monduran
A single Black Bittern was on the ground at the mouth of small nearly dry creek near a boat ramp. Four Cotton Pygmy-Geese were feeding in the small pond the eastern side of the dam. Also two Azure Kingfishers flying along the water edge. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 15/7 #231357
Mon 10Barking Owl
Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park
Confirmed species on Australian Bird Identification and was advised to report here. Further information
Tina Rider 13/7 #231344
Sun 9Brown (Southern) Skua
During offshore fishing charter 14 nmile Nrth of Noosa Bar
Donna Tomkinson 12/7 #231341
Sat 8Musk Duck
Lake Kurwongbah via Beeville Road, Petrie
A Musk Duck at Lake Kurwongbah this morning and the Brown Treecreeper has moved and is now calling around the same patch of bush adjacent to the Musk Duck which looked pretty settled in the quiet pool next to the graffiti dam wall
Marie Tarrant 8/7 #231315
Tue 4Black Bittern
Gold Creek Reservoir
1 seen below Dam Wall at 0930, still there when we returned an hour later. Also White-eared Monarch, Azure Kingfisher and Little Bronze Cuckoo eBird checklist
Stuart Pickering 4/7 #231283
Red-necked Avocet
Island beach opposite Osprey House Environment Centre
A flock of 60 plus Red-necked Avocets roosting on the sandy beach amongst White-headed Stilts, 1 Whimbrel, Gulls and var Tern spp. Disturbed at one time by fishing osprey, took flight and returned further up beach. Spotted @ 1029 and remained until tide encroached after 1430
Pip Grant-Taylor 4/7 #231281
Rufous Songlark
Oxley Creek Common
One bird calling regularly just west of Jabiru Swamp, in an isolated coral tree. (Moderators note: The last ebird record from Oxley Creek Common was in November 2011.)
David Niland 4/7 #231279
Sun 2Cotton Pygmy-goose
Police Creek, Gladstone
Two Cotton Pygmy-geese are present again in the small lake near the creek. Peregrine Falcon is still visiting its "pantry" near Coles and chasing R. lorikeets.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 2/7 #231267
Pink-eared Duck
Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane
5 Pink-eared Ducks in flight 9:50am 1 Pink-eared Duck in widely dispersed flock which included Pacific Black Duck, Hard Head, Crested Grebes, Coots 10:30am
Pip Grant-Taylor 2/7 #231265

June 2017
Thu 29Black-chinned Honeyeater
Western end of Shoreline Trail, Lake Wyaralong
Alerted to presence by persistent call somewhat similar to Painted Honeyeater. Bird was foraging very actively and vigorously in outer foliage of tall ironbark trees. Appeared as a larger White-throated or White-naped Honeyeater but broad white "collar" reached right to eye, forming a black cap. No useful photos as too active and too high. Discreet playback used to confirm identity. Possible additional sighting of a juvenile earlier in the day at Old Beaudesert Rd (about 500metres from western end.) eBird checklist
Beth Hall with BirdLife Gold Coast Local Branch 3/7 #231276
Black Kite
Cliveden Reserve (Corinda)
One bird up very high eBird checklist
David Niland 29/6 #231251
Peregrine Falcon
Police Creek, Gladstone
For nearly a week a juvenile bird has taken residence at Police Creek (near) Coles Supermarket where a large Rainbow Lorikeet roosting site is located. It is treating the site as its own private pantry. This morning we observed this bird catching and killing one lorikeet.
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 29/6 #231249
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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