Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 19 Dec 2011 01:30:23 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 18 Dec 2011.

Thu 15 Dec Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands
Little Bittern male flushed from scleria within 4 metres of track NE corner of main lagoon about 10am today. Bird flew low over scleria to S for about 100m before turning W out of sight. Usual habitat for species but surprising flush point, being close to track where I've been stalking Black Bitterns (for pix: without luck) since the Wet began last week.
Tony Ashton

Tue 13 Dec Fork-tailed Swift Les Scheu Park Goondi, Innisfail
One bird seen in flight at 7:45am over Les Scheu Park near the highway. No other swifts sighted in area.
Greg Bortolussi

Mon 12 Dec Red-backed Button-quail Little Mulgrave Valley
One pair of Red-backed Button-quail at junction of Little Mulgrave Road & Irwin Access. 17.30 Feeding with small flock of Crimson Finches and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. Very confiding, wandering about within 2m of our parked car and onto the road in front. Camera left conveniently back at the house. Good year for quail!
Dominic Chaplin

Sat 10 Dec Little Curlew turf farm on Hill Rd near Edmonton
two birds feeding on turf
John Grant

Thu 8 Dec Buff-breasted Buttonquail 'Truckstop' site near Lake Mitchell
One female flushed from sparsely-grassed area on the flat directly downhill from the power pylon with the conspicuous nest. Reflushed and flew uphill to the pad on which the pylon stands.
John Grant

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