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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.

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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Tue 16Collared Sparrowhawk
University of Queensland (St Lucia)
One male Collared Sparrowhawk in the paperbark trees in the corner of the main lake, at the junction of Staff House Rd, at 10:45am. Bird was getting serious attention from miners, Pied Butcherbirds, magpies, currawongs and even lapwings. Still hung around for a good ten minutes, allowing for good looks. The first time I've seen this species on campus for over five years (Brown Goshawk is semi-regular). Photo attached with miner visible for size comparison.
Russell Yong 16/9 #219738
Mon 15Black Kite
Bruce Highway, Narangba.
Near landfill site , West of highway
David Redhead 15/9 #219725
Asian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
Present again this afternoon
David Redhead 15/9 #219723
Sun 14highlightAsian Dowitcher
Toorbul--high tide roost
1 bird present today at the roost.
Rob Morris 14/9 #219710
Logrunner, Noisy Pitta
Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth
A small group of Logrunners on one side of track and a pair on the other had the males engaged in a lively territorial contest calling back and forth for some minutes - a lot of noise from such relatively small birds. Also Noisy Pitta heard and seen.
Anne Burgess 14/9 #219702
Black-faced Monarch; Spectacled Monarch; Eastern Spinebill
Mt Gravatt summit trail
I was surprised to see these three species this morning - in my experience, these birds prefer rainforest. Lots of common bush birds calling as well.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Andrew Mackie 14/9 #219697
Lewin's Rail, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Azure Kingfisher
Huntingdon Creek, Upper Brookfield
MCCG platypus surveys this morning from 5-7am; sites along Huntingdon Estate creek, off Rafting Ground Road. Lewin's Rail heard in dense undergrowth bordering creek, then briefly poked head out from thicket when I played call softly to myself for reference. Same bird later fluttered across creek into opposite bank veg. Buff-banded Rail was foraging on opposite creek for convenient comparison. Other surveyors 100m downstream reported prolonged views of Bush-hen. Would caution that, while I have heard and seen both species here regularly, this is not an amenable site for getting consistently good views, due to denseness of bank veg. This is also local territory for an Azure Kingfisher. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 14/9 #219694
Sat 13Spotless Crake (2); Latham's Snipe; Glossy Ibis; Wandering Whistling-duck
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Spotless Crake in their usual hangout in the reddish pond near the shelter, Latham's seen on a grassy little island in the second lagoon, and a single Glossy Ibis seen throughout the morning feeding in the first two lagoons along with a number of Wandering Whistling-ducks. A nice morning birding.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 13/9 #219686
White-Eared Monarch, Noisy Pitta, Barred Cuckoo-Shrike
Gold Creek Reservoir
White-Eared Monarch seen near the last creek crossing before the car park. Noisy Pitta seen in regenerated creek side forest just before last creek crossing. Barred Cuckoo-Shrike feeding and calling in tree with yellow fruits opposite regenerated forest. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican 13/9 #219679
Leaden Flycatcher
Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain
A remembered song and a reacquaintance as the migrants return from their winter holidays eBird checklist
Peter Horler 13/9 #219677
Fri 12Black Kite
Kedron Wetland
After the influx some time ago, this was the first bird I've seen here for a while. (Moderator's note: There have been a few records on ebird recently.) eBird checklist
Nick Leseberg 12/9 #219672
Cedar Creek Rd at 27°50'56'S 153°11'45'E (restricted access)
First return for the season at 0605 this morning in a large eucalyptus tree in front paddock. eBird checklist
Sandra Gallienne 12/9 #219663
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Robina--Skill Stadium wetland
A single bird. eBird checklist
Terry Dillon, Hans & Judy Beste 12/9 #219652
Thu 11Rainbow Bee-eaters
Crn Wiseman Street and Kelly Street, The Range, South Rockhampton 4700
Pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters sitting on overhead wires at 0630 as sunshine touches top of hill. Have seen birds 2 days consecutively at this time. Had a pair a few days earlier further down hill at intersection of Lavarach and Lamington Streets at around midday when sun is above. eBird checklist
Carolyn Larkin 12/9 #219645
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Maskell Court, Draper, Samford Valley
Just heard and saw the first Channel-billed Cuckoo for the season. eBird checklist
Julie Sarna 11/9 #219637
Tue 9Cicadabird
University of Queensland (St Lucia)
Heard a Cicadabird's distinctive reel, coming from a treed stretch along Will Macgregor Drive by the river, adjacent to the Eleanor Schonell (aka Green) Bridge, at about 8:30am. Remarkable given the time (just beginning to migrate through), habitat and location; this is the first time I've encountered this species on UQ, or indeed in inner suburban Brisbane. The first Channel-bills and Koels for the year have shown up on campus and there are plenty of parrots (Galahs, corellas and both common lorikeets) checking out nest hollows on both ends of the Green Bridge. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 10/9 #219615
Australian Koel
Kalinga Park
One male seen feeding in a fig in Kalinga Park. Although there have been several Channel-billed Cuckoo records already this year, is this the first east coast record of a koel for 2014/15 season? (Moderator's Note: The first record for the East Coast for this season in ebird is from Innisfail on September 1, 2nd record by the Daintree Boatman on Sept 3, then 3 records from Bamaga, Kingfisher Park and Rowes Bay at Townsville on Sept 4 - Nick's record appears to be the first record for South-East Queensland). eBird checklist
Nick Leseberg 9/9 #219595
Powerful Owl
Fig Tree Pocket
Seen at 1:50 am perched on the clothesline of my backyard as soon as I got closer it flew away, no calling heard. eBird checklist
Josphe Hartigan 9/9 #219588
Mon 8Sooty Owl, Masked Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
D'Aguilar NP - Mount Glorious
Sooty Owls at two sites, Masked Owl at one site and Marbled Frogmouth calling at four sites in D'Aguilar NP, from Mount Glorious down to Bellbird Grove during surveys over the last week. Many Southern Boobooks and Australian Owlet-Nightjars seen and heard right throughout the park.
Nick Leseberg 9/9 #219596
Eastern Barn Owl
East Brisbane
At 10pm an Eastern Barn Owl called right next to our house and another one responded from a bit further away. We have heard Eastern Barn Owls now a number of times since the beginning of August in this location. There are also Tawny Frogmouths and Southern Boobooks around. eBird checklist
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 9/9 #219592
Grey-Crowned Babbler
Bentley Court, Joyner, 4500.
Three birds seen in late June, increasing to 8 birds in September. Seen in our daughter's and her neighbour's yards. They don't seem to be worried by the dogs, and the dogs ignore them. eBird checklist
Roy and Pamela Hallett 9/9 #219591
Bush Stone Curlew
Centennial Way, Forest Lake, South-West Brisbane area.
I heard Curlew calling in close proximity to my residence around 2.00am. I caught a glimpse of the bird scurrying from my front yard towards the adjacent roadway. I believe there may have been more than 1 bird calling but I only observed the one. The calls continued for a few minutes until the birds left the area. I am aware that Curlews have been observed in parts of this suburb on other occasions but this is the first time I've seen or heard them in my street. eBird checklist
Errol Leslie MADDEN 8/9 #219586
Spotted Harrier
Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
Single adult low over sparse woodland and reedbeds. Typical harrier flight pattern. Two observers. eBird checklist
David John Collis 8/9 #219575
Channel-billed Cuckoo
1 heard 5:08 am. eBird checklist
Sheryl Keates 8/9 #219571
Sun 7Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Allen Road, Nanango
Heard calling from NE of property eBird checklist
Julian & Fay Bielewicz 8/9 #219572
White-winged Triller
Minnippi Parklands
Female bird on top of hill near airfield,surprisingly the !st site record eBird checklist
Stuart Pickering 7/9 #219567
Sat 6Red-necked Avocet
Lindum Wetlands
A group of six seen this morning Photo taken from Kianawah Rd eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219558
Marsh Sandpiper
Lindum Wetlands
A small flock flew in at around 9am. Photo taken from Kianawah Rd eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219557
Square-tailed Kite
Mt Coot-tha--JC Slaughter Falls
Great views this afternoon eBird checklist
Rob Morris 6/9 #219552
Latham's Snipe
Minnippi Parklands
In it's normal sighting area ,the strip of vegetation just off from the island, usually quite shy and keeps some distance. eBird checklist
Ken Doy 6/9 #219541
Fri 5Latham's Snipe
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
3 birds landed in third lagoon from road. eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 5/9 #219534
Yellow Chat
Bajool - Port Alma Road, Port Alma
4 Yellow Chats - macgregori (1 x male and 3 x female) observed on the northern side of Bajool - Port Alma Road, in the usual site immediately west of the saltworks. Unfortunately, no photos were taken (always happens when you don't have a camera!). eBird checklist
Carla Perkins, Ralf Regeer 5/9 #219533
Thu 4Striped Honeyeater
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
4 birds seen flying between the main track and the peninsula eBird checklist
jeremy wynne 5/9 #219522
Wed 3Swift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Three birds sighted high up in a flowering eucalyptus at 8.00 am. Difficult to find. Location given away by their call. Soon chased away by a Noisy Miner. eBird checklist
Simon Graham 3/9 #219506
Mon 1Eungella honeyeater
Chelman's Road, Eungella NP
Thanks to the new Dolby/Clarke book we were able to locate this endemic honeyeater precisely where it was supposed to be! Finding it and photographing it was quite a challenge. It is an extremely elusive bird. eBird checklist
Hedley & Irena Earl 1/9 #219492

August 2014
Sat 30Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
New development on Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin on right just past Bruce Highway
Small flock of Chestnut Breasted Mannikins sighted on waste land behind new roadway. eBird checklist
Pip Grant-Taylor 2/9 #219500
Grey Falcon
Bowra Station Homestead/camping area
One bird flew over the Shearers' Quarters at 8.30 am heading east. It was later seen flying near the main gate by two other observers. This was only the second sighting at Bowra in August, the other being on August 1st. eBird checklist
Barry Davies and George Diggles 1/9 #219489
Long Billed Corella
Numinbah Valley Qld
eBird checklist
Barry and Jennifer Layton 31/8 #219467
Ground Cuckooshrike
Lake Clarendon
2 feeding in paddock beside causeway, approx. 100m along from gate. Near gnarled old gum tree. 1100 hours. eBird checklist
Jo & Matt Culican 30/8 #219449
Fri 29highlightSwift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Two birds still present. Seen well after searching for about 50 minutes through all the eucalpyts and lorikeets, feeding in a tall Gum-topped Box near the creek, to the west of the car park. Only called once. eBird checklist
Sandra Galliene 29/8 #219437
Shining flycatcher
Coochin creek camp ground
Female seen foraging in mangroves on far bank from the campground eBird checklist
James Fong 29/8 #219427
Thu 28Black breasted button quail (5) Noisy Pitta (2)
Inskip Point Recreation Area
Great conditions for birding this morning following the thunderstorms the previous afternoon. Good variety of species with the highlight being able to watch a quail scratch out a platelet before it became aware we were watching. The hotspot for the quail and pittas was toward the end of the walking trail on the right hand side eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 28/8 #219411
Eastern Reef Egret
Humpybong Creek mouth / rock groyne
Following up on yesterday's report, we found two birds on the rock groyne at the beach 'mouth' of the creek about 8:00am. Their colouring initially made them hard to find among the rocks but, when found, close observation was allowed - they were not shy at all. After 20 mins. of photos, etc, one flew up over the road and seemed to be heading for the spillway area where sighted yesterday. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 28/8 #219410
Wed 27Eastern Reef Egret Grey morph
Humpybong Creek Redcliffe
Sighted at the spillway just downstream from the fountain. Constantly chasing off a Little Egret and ignored a Great Egret close by. I had a report of two but could only sight one. eBird checklist
Vince Bugeja 27/8 #219401
Tue 26Wedge-tailed Eagle
Boonah Qld
Two adults on nest with chick eBird checklist Further information
Wendy Dunn Lindsey Reeves 27/8 #219405
highlightLetter-winged Kite
Brisbane, Airport, International Departures
Report from July 16, 2014 received 26/8/14 - Having spent the night at Ibis, I arrived at the airport before sunrise, observing birds for an hour in front of International Departures. A kite passed by, on its way inland, first circling by the buildings and then being chased by a crow. Instead of the expected Black-shouldered Kite, it was a splendid adult Letter-winged Kite, the last raptor species I still missed in Australia. The main identification feature were the wide black bars across the underside of its inner wings (axillaries to the base of primaries), otherwise pure white, just a hint of dark in the very tips of primaries. After this stroke of luck, being rerouted from Honiara to Brisbane to Nadi instead of direct flight to Nadi did not feel so bad, after all! Could have taken a photo or two, but was too focused on admiring the rare sight to do that. (Moderator's Note: This report is from July 16 and is unconfirmed - please do be on the lookout for this species however note that Kedron Brook Wetlands hosts a number of Black-shouldered Kites.)
Petri Hottola 26/8 #219382
Mon 25Pheasant Coucal (2)
East Mary River Rd, Conondale
Amazing views of both coucals roadside around 4pm this afternoon. We have never seen this bird close up before and certainly never seen the brilliant feather display eBird checklist
Hedley & Irena Earl 25/8 #219377
Sun 24Masked Owl, Southern Boobook
Booloumba creek Rd
9pm last night we were pleased to finally sight a masked owl. At a property suggested to us we arrived at the location, played one taped call and the owl came in within 20 seconds. A boobook called once from the same location but otherwise no other owls were heard or sighted eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 25/8 #219381
Regent Bowerbird
Landsborough-Maleny Road, Bald Knob
Single male flew above traffic from one side of the road to the other, about 1 pm. eBird checklist
Mandy Todd 25/8 #219371
Swift Parrots (6); Long-billed Corella (2)
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Although it was still drizzling, we saw six Swift Parrots in their regular feeding tree this morning at around 8:30. Three Corellas then flew in - one yellowish Little, and two very white Long-billed Corellas. Interestingly, only the Little was calling in flight. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 24/8 #219358
Northern Giant Petrel
Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
Highlights of a morning seawatch were a close in Northern Giant Petrel that flew south at 11.30. Also 200+ Hutton's Shearwaters early on,lots of Common Noddies, 40 Aus Gannets, 30 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a few Little Terns eBird checklist
Stuart pickering 24/8 #219357
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
Two birds seen this afternoon feeding along the muddy edge of the canal (as previously reported by Brian & Meg Johnson). Later the birds sought shelter from the wind and settled down in the grass on the other side. Directions to find - carpark at the end of Harbour Promenade. In the canal to the left of the Marina Sales Office. eBird checklist
Rick Franks & Felicia Chan 24/8 #219353
Sat 23Latham's Snipe
Minnippi Parklands
1 roosting on bank between the two bodies of water (very low level). eBird checklist
Arthur & Sheryl Keates 23/8 #219338
powerful owl
Adult feeding chick in tree along Moggill Creek. Birds are heard in area regularly. Chick still very white and prey either ringtail possum or young brushtail. Two adult brushtails seen close by. eBird checklist
justin watson 23/8 #219337
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
The lone Common Sandpiper was there again this morning between 8 & 9 am - feeding in the short grasses under heavy rain. Nearby were 2 Double-banded Plovers in full breeding plumage and 5 Pacific Golden Plovers with one in remnant breeding colour. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 23/8 #219332
Fri 22Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Private Property Middle road, Milford Boonah 4310
One bird feeding with many other Honeyeaters in flowering Grevilleas Most unusual for this district. eBird checklist
Wendy Dunn, Kim Herbert, Neil Strode 22/8 #219327
Henry Road Griffin
A pair of Brolgas still able to be seen in the paddocks to the left just after the turn off from Dohles Rocks Road. Photo taken from Henry Road . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 22/8 #219324
Common Sandpiper
Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
One 'teetering' sandpiper found this morning at high tide bathing in a rainwater puddle beside a cement walkway. Poor photos and a short video were captured on the phone. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 22/8 #219320
Thu 21Swift Parrot
Gould Adams Park
At least in excess of 12 Swift Parrots still present between 7am and 10.30 am. Seems to be concentrating at trees next to Scrubby creek where the access into the park widens and allows for a parking area on the RHS. Birds were chased by Noisy Miners and were seldom still for a few minutes. eBird checklist
Peter Odekerken 22/8 #219325
Noisy Pitta
Redcliffe Botanical Gardens, Redcliffe
Bird along rainforest track behind permaculture garden. Seems to have made its way to a very isolated patch of forest. eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 21/8 #219313
White eared Monarch
Gold Creek Reservoir
Responded to bird calls and presented itself for about an hour just over the walk bridge area near the toilets. eBird checklist
Lloyd Bullock 21/8 #219306
Wed 20Musk Duck
Martin's Creek lagoons, Toogoom
We were very surprised to find a female Musk Duck which surfaced from a dive right in front of us while doing a morning survey. This is nearly the northern limit for this bird. 4 twitchers present - observed the bird for 20 minutes. eBird checklist
Brian & Meg Johnson 22/8 #219321
Noisy Pitta
Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
Flushed from under saltmarsh meadow boardwalk early this morning eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 20/8 #219296
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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