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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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October 2016
Sun 23megamegaLittle Curlew
Toorbul High Tide Roost
One Little Curlew was roosting with hundreds of godwits and other waders at high tide this afternoon (~3.30PM). Rare in southern Queensland, and especially unusual in coastal habitats. eBird checklist
Chris Wiley 23/10 #228984
Sat 22Pectoral Sandpiper
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Freshwater pond at the bottom of the bridge on Wyampa Rd at 9am. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 22/10 #228966
Thu 20Magpie
Tannum Sands QLD 4680
Spotted a red magpie - feathers that are normally white are all red. Beak still white. Been around for weeks now. Seen by many in the area. Pops in to the primary school on occasion. Curious to know if the red is dye, dust or a mutation? Bec Robinson
Rebecca Robinson 20/10 #228944
Sat 15Black-breasted Button-quail, White-eared Monarch
Dan Dan National Park, Gladstone area
A single Black-breasted Button-quail was observed sun-bathing at the edge of Lantana thickets approx 800 m west of the Tableland Rd. I walk west in the dry creek bed (24.09.39S 151.05.17E) and found the bird 800m from the road. There was a small clearing near the creek. This early morning the park's scrub was alive with birds such as White-eared Monarch (12), Spectacled Monarch (1), Leaden Flycatcher (3), Rose Robin (1) Brown Gerygone), Rufous Fantail, Pacific Baza, Little Bronze Cuckoo etc
Ted Wnorowski 17/10 #228899
highlightGibson's Albatross
Offshore--Southport pelagic
A single bird seen briefly shortly after we stopped off the continental shelf.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 16/10 #228892
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger
Offshore--Southport pelagic
2-3 Birds seen on the regular monthly trip.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 16/10 #228889
Fri 14Glossy Ibis
Metroplex Wetlands
Two or three individuals in the shallow end of the lagoon.
John Merton 14/10 #228863
Wed 12Cotton Pygmy-goose
Cove Road, Stanmore
A total of 24 Cotton Pygmy-geese seen on 2 farm dams on adjacent properties , very few other duck species. A further 3 CPG seen in backwaters of Stanley River at Villenueve later in afternoon
Russ Lamb, Ken Cross, Moya & Rick (Canada) 13/10 #228853
Glossy Ibis, Latham's Snipe, Square-tailed Kite
Police Creek, Gladstone
A single Glossy Ibis was feeding on the edge of a small drying off swamp located near the railway tracks. At the same location were also Latham's Snipe (1), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3), Buff-banded Rail (1). A large flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (36 birds) was flying over Police Creek and landed on the gum trees along the creek. Square-tailed Kite was found flying over Blain Park. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 13/10 #228845
Wood Sandpiper
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Grassland pools between claypan & river. Possibly same bird seen at Nathan Rd and Dowse Lagoon in previous years? eBird checklist
Chris Attewell 12/10 #228834
Mon 10Ruddy Turnstone
Wellington Point
Several sets of birds , some still in breeding plumage and some flagged feeding on the morning low tide between Wellington Point through to the far side of King Island.
Ken Doy 10/10 #228818
Sun 2Australian Bustard, Brolga, Glossy Ibis, Black Falcon
Ubobo Township
In the lucerne paddock, just 2 kms north of Ubobo township, we observed foraging Australian Bustards (6), Brolgas (2) and 4 Glossy Ibises (in the small wetland near road). A single Black Falcon was constantly harassed by friarbids, magpies and crows. In the township - Rainbow Bee-eaters (16), Pallid Cuckoo (1), Forest Kingfisher (2)
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 2/10 #228744
Brolga, Emu, Plum-headed Finch
Nagoorin, Monto - Gladstone Rd
Eight Brolgas (3 family groups) were foraging on a freshly harvested wheat field. On the west side of the road 9 Emus were walking among the cattle. Oher interesting birds included Plum-headed Finch (30 - in the tall grass near the road), Black-faced Woodswallow (6), Brown Songlark (1 male perching on the fence)
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 2/10 #228743
Satin Flycatchers
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve-Wyampa Rd
Male and Female Satin Flys still showing well in the same area this morning. Well done to Ged and Steve for finding them.
Rob Morris 2/10 #228737
Sat 1grey goshawk
Moggill Creek, Brookfield
Bird being mobbed by Drongo along riparian vegetation of Moggill Creek, Brookfield Road.
justin watson 1/10 #228730
Satin Flycatcher
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Extended views this morning of both a male and a female foraging together. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter & Steve Murray 1/10 #228722

September 2016
Fri 30Marlbed Frogmouth
Mapleton National Park
2 birds roosting during day. Also first Dollarbird of season. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 1/10 #228717
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
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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