Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 01:30:37 +1000
Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 19 Sep 2010.

Sun 19 Sep      Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Little Shrike-thrush, Little
Kingfisher Palmetum Botanical Garden, Townsville
Pied Imperial-Pigeon: my first for the season (2). Little Shrike-thrush:
near black hawk memorial (1). Little Kingfisher: working the creek that
seperates park from Annandale (1).
Ed Pierce

Sat 18 Sep      Crimson Finch Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
still present, about 800m pass 2cnd viewpoint towards freshwater,
generally same area as last sightings. (4). All young males.
Ed Pierce

Wed 15 Sep      Topknot Pigeon Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
At the end of Mandalay Avenue on Magnetic Is. the walking track about
600m in and up the access trail that goes up to the left.
-19.144058,146.844002 about 5pm. Never seen them on the island before.
Joe Gilmour

Fri 10 Sep      Cotton Pygmy-goose; Green Pygmy-goose Emu Swamp
(Blackbraes National Park - 280km due west of Townsville)
Huge numbers of Cotton Pygmy-geese(using a telescope on the SE bank, we
scanned and estimated at least 1,500 Cottons) along with about 100 Green
Pygmy-geese sighted on the 3km x 1.5km waterbody, which was close to
full capacity. There were probably close to 800 Black Swans in all
stages of breeding as well as great numbers of more common ducks and
other waterbirds.
Len and Chris Ezzy

Thu 9 Sep       Black-faced Monarch Cumberland Dam (20km West of
For the 2 days 09 and 10 September 2010. One adult Black-faced Monarch
seen feeding in the mid foliage of the huge Eucalypt beside the Dam wall
closest to the spillway. This species well inland and about 250km west
of the nearest atlassed reported sighting.
Len and Chris Ezzy

Sun 5 Sep       Gouldian Finch Boodjamulla National Park
One only black-headed form of the Gouldian Finch seen perched in a
Snappy Gum in the company of 3 Long-tailed Finches. More precise
geographical location is S 18°42'16"; E 138°28'52" (Datum WGS84) on the
open plateau of the Indarri Falls walking track. This is less than 500
metres SW of the current QPWS Rangers' Office and Campground. Proof
Picture attached.
Len and Chris Ezzy

Mon 30 Aug      Painted Snipe Mount Isa Horse-paddocks (Suburb of Ryan)
4 individual birds seen at the Location: 30metres NW of the intersection
of Commercial Road and Activity Road, Ryan Q 4825. Geographical
coordinates: - S 20°41'48"; E 139°30'20" (WGS84). Unaware of who found
these Painted Snipe , but word quickly spread amongst the visiting
tourist birders. The sighting (3 birds at that time) was confirmed by
Malcolm and Lenore Calvert and Len and Chris Ezzy late on the Monday
afternoon 30 August 2010. We went back there early the next morning to
find 4 birds. Many photographs were taken. Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa
priimary birder was informed of these birds location.
Multiple observers (per Len Ezzy)


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