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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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September 2016
Wed 28highlightSatin Flycatcher
Fitzgibbon Bushland
A nice male was working its way through the canopy at 9am this morning, I managed to follow it for 10 minutes before I eventually lost sight of it - very active, flitting from tree to tree. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 28/9 #228692
Tue 27Black faced monarch
Mookin-Bah Reserve (Ransome)
Call from casuarinas along fairy-wren track eBird checklist
Jeremy wynne 27/9 #228679
Sun 25White-throated Needletail, Square-tailed Kite
Durikai State Forest
Three needletails flying over at 2:50pm against the westerly wind. One Square-tailed at first dam, gave excellent views flying low over dam and highway. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, G. Iacona, J. Ringma, M. Barnes 25/9 #228656
Thu 22highlightCommon Blackbird
Moorhen Flats
There seems to have been some 'fallout' from yesterdays storm with four new species for the Moorhen Flats list found this morning. The highlight was a Common Blackbird that flew in to pishing :) Other nice new birds included White-throated Gerygone, Black-faced Monarch and Rufous Fantail. (Moderator's Note: This is the first Brisbane Record for a Common Blackbird on ebird.) eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 22/9 #228629
Wed 21Dusky Honeyeaters
Hamilton Island, Whitsundays Qualia Resort
No previous ebird records - but quite common in the mangroves around Qualia - near our villa. It's a species you'd expect here though. eBird checklist
Rob Morris 21/9 #228608
Tue 20Squatter Pigeon, Australian Bustard
Mattson Rd, Rundle Ranges, Gladstone area
A single Squatter was sunbathing at the midle of the road. On the nearby paddoxck (50 m from the road) a male Australian Bustard was standing under a small tree. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 21/9 #228618
Black Bittern, Black Falcon
The Narrows Road, Rundle Ranges State Forest
Munduran Creek a few kilometers before reaching The Narrows is a fantastic spot for finding Black Bitterns. We stopped at the side of the road at the place where the Creek started to look like a river. We walked along the creek and flushed two pairs of Black Bitters within 500 m (23.39.22.S 151.02.54.E). We also observed Black Falcon catching a fat Peaceful Dove neara small farm dam at the entrace to State Forest (23.42..23 S; 151.02.11E) along The Narrows Rd. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 21/9 #228617
brush cuckoo
Slacks Creek Environmental Park
Calling loudly and repeatedly 10m up a tree. Also a brown goshawk seen chased by a currawong in the same area. eBird checklist
David Lie 20/9 #228599
White-eared Monarch
Hamilton Island, Whitsundays Qualia Resort
I was surprised to see a WEMonarch this morning outside my cabin at Qualia. Presumably a migrant heading south. (Photo off the back of the camera). eBird checklist
Rob Morris 20/9 #228598
Mon 19Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Lewin's Rail
West Coolum Wetland
Newly discovered Sunshine Coast wetland. 1 Spotted Crake heard and seen; 10 Spotless Crakes heard, 2 seen; 8 Lewin's Rail heard, 1 seen eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 19/9 #228593
Sun 18Australian Bustard, Radjah Shelduck
Port Alma Rd--Eight Mile Ck freshwater wetland
A lonely Australian Bustard was displaying in empty paddock at the corner of Port Alma Rd and Weir View Rd few km east of Eight Mile Creek lagoon. In the lagoon 460 Magpie Geese and couple of Radjah Shelducks eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 19/9 #228596
Sat 17highlightAustralasian Bittern
Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve--Rain Tree Glen, Queensland, AU
At 4.45 p.m.. Heard. In dense streamside vegetation, a series of loud, deep, grunts and booms, lasting about 20 seconds. After 5 minutes, a second series, shorter and softer. Location. Approximately 100 metres past the second car parking, on the right hand side, 20 metres before the high steel vent and creek - drain junction. eBird checklist Further information
Doug Armstrong 17/9 #228561
Asian Dowitcher
Osprey House Environmental Centre
Presumed returning bird on Pine River this am, upstream of Osprey House on river bend at low tide. Also c.160 Red Knot, c.70 Great Knot and c.300 Blackwit. Birds flew off at high tide towards Tinchi Tamba roost eBird checklist
Andy Jensen 17/9 #228551
Thu 15Nankeen Kestrel
Riverview Tce, Indooroopilly
Nankeen Kestrel perched on top of apartments opposite. Likely bought down by heavy rain storm immediately before. Personal tick for the area. Reported to Birds Qld at time but repeating record here. eBird checklist
Pete Jones 23/9 #228636
Wed 14Large-tailed Nightjar
Carlos Point, Rainbow Beach
3 birds eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 15/9 #228537
Lewin's Rail, Little Bronze Cuckoo
Cooloola Way--Thomas&Thomas site
2 Lewin's Rail calling, 1 Little Bronze Cuckoo, also Common Bronzewing (rare in Cooloola region) eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 15/9 #228536
Baillon's Crake, Grey Goshawk
Police Creek, Gladstone
We observed a Grey Goshawk successfully killing a A. Figbird feeding in the large fige tree. At this tree were also 3 Channel-billed Cuckoos. Later after walkingunder the raiway bridge we observed two Baillon's Crakes. They were feeding at the edge of the dense narrow cubungi patch located along the pipeline. The birds were under the pipeline. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 14/9 #228534
highlightCommon Blackbird
442 Bunburra Rd, Bunburra
One bird feeding in Mulberry tree. First time this introduced species has been recorded in this area to my knowing. (Moderator's Note: Given a star as it seems this species is spreading!) eBird checklist
Errol stenzel 14/9 #228531
Tue 13Channel-Billed Cuckoo
Toowong, Qld
First Channel-Billed Cuckoo of the season announced its arrival at 4:43 am this morning. eBird checklist
Esther Horton 13/9 #228521
Mon 12Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Wittonga Park,The Gap,Brisbane.
26 in flight. eBird checklist
David Redhead 12/9 #228502
Sun 11channel-billed cuckoo
kenmore/fig tree pocket
Bird heard calling around Akuna Oval, Kenmore around 5.30pm.
justin watson 15/9 #228542
Plum Headed Finch
Bididdabba lakes, 15km nw of Canungra
4 birds right on a roadside made for the days most delightful highlight. Cars driving by under 2 metres away didn't move them away most times. Approachable to within metres. Hanging out with the Double Bars eBird checklist
Duncan Fowler and Naturetrek group 13/9 #228518
Sat 102 Magpie Geese
Bell Golf Club dam
2 birds there for only a short period eBird checklist
Bernice Seton, Aileen Fleming, Jean Sorley 11/9 #228485
Thu 8Glossy Black-Cockatoo
28degrees07'42.45S by 152degrees40'44 E , Blackrock
Three birds in a Blue gum tree, but had been feeding in Rose sheoak, Allocasuarina torulosa, a lot of which grow in the area. Very tame and allowed a very close approach.
Errol stenzel 10/9 #228482
Black-breasted Buttonquail
Imbil State Forest
3 females seen separately. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 9/9 #228466
Lewin's Rail
Cowrie Parade Park Albany Creek
A bird seen walking around in the open on the edge of the park in suburbia. Buff-banded Rails also present + 2 Long-billed Corellas.
Rob Morris 8/9 #228461
Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo
450 Bunburra Rd, Bunburra
First cuckoo in area for season. eBird checklist
Errol stenzel 8/9 #228458
Wed 7Brolga
Futter Creek Rest Area, Monto - Gladstone Rd, Qld
A pair of Brolgas took residency in the marshes near Futter Creek bridge. We observed the birds for the last two months when were comming back to the site before dark or calling early morning from the marshes. This is a good birding spot with birds such as Blue-winged Kookaburra, Collared Kinfisher, Osprey and good variety of water birds, raptors and honeyeaters
Ted Wnorowski 8/9 #228464
Mon 5Pacific Koel
Koel heard calling this afternoon from my backyard in Annerley. First for the season :)
Elliot Leach 5/9 #228433
Sun 4Leaden Flycatcher
360 Bunburra road ,Bunburra, Qld
A pair, first summer birds in the district for this ''summer''. eBird checklist
Errol stenzel 4/9 #228417
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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