Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 1 Jul 2013 06:58:58 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 30 Jun 2013.

Sun 30 Jun Australaian Shoveler Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
While showing people the Freckled Duck with the scope today on Buckley's Hole a pair of Shoveler's swam into view of the scope.
Peter Boyd

Black-tail Native Hen Old Ropely Road, Gatton
2 x very timid birds viewed for about 20mins. Feel there might have been up to 5 birds that fled when we first arrived.
Pauline Brennan & Kim Cumes

Black-tailed Native-hen Old Ropely Road, Gatton, QLD
Very timid birds, photo'd from a distance at first, then later closed viewed from the road. 2 viewed for a while, but do feel more were there in beginning when first spotted and they hid. May have been up to 5.
Pauline Brennan & Kim Cumes

Australasian Shoveller, Freckled Duck, Old Ropely Road, Gatton, QLD
4 males & females of shoveller. 3 Freckled Ducks
Kim Cumes & Pauline Brennan

Black Kites Nambour - Maroochydore
A small flock of 12+ Black Kites seen circling low over a turf farm between Nambour and Maroochydore on Petrie Creek Road.
Ken Cross

Asian Dowitcher Osprey House Environmental Centre
Previously reported bird on the Pine River this am at low tide well upstream from Osprey House. Very distant from this site. A rising or high tide may be best time to look for this bird. I also suspect that the image from Friday is from the wetland in Dohles Rocks and NOT Greens Road wetland. It certainly looks like the wetland at Dohles Rocks and this may be best place to try at high tide. Also c.25 Avocet on river and native-hen continues in Dohles Rocks.
Andy Jensen

Sat 29 Jun Radjah Shelduck Zilzie Wetland
Fine, warm and sunny - lovely day. Radjah Shelduck (8)
Sandra Gallienne

Sat 29 Jun Pink-eared Duck, Freckled Duck Lake Galletly, Gatton University
60+ Pink Eared ducks easily viewed from road and bird hide + 3 Freckled Ducks.
Pauline Brennan & Kim Cumes

Buller's, Campbell, Black-browed & Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Northern Giant-Petrel, Cape Petrel Southport Pelagic
2 adult Buller's, 1 adult Campbell, 1-2 imm. Black-browed & 2 adult Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 juv. Northern Giant-Petrel, 1 Cape Petrel (australe), 1 Grey-faced Petrel (Great-winged gouldi). Plus Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Fairy Prion, Hutton's Shearwater, Providence Petrel, Australasian Gannet, Crested & Common Tern, Silver Gull, Humpback Whale, Short-beaked Common Dolphin and - on the beach on the way out - Beach Stone-Curlew.
Nikolas Haass and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Freckled Duck Tea Tree Wetlands, Arundel
A pair of Freckled Ducks observed at close quarters along the main drain line that leads to the large main pond.
Brendan Cook & Marty Ziviani

Fairy Prion, Giant Petrel Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
Highlights of a morning seawatch were over 80 Prions. All birds seen well were Fairys and the majority heading North. Some very close in and feeding just off the rocks at the Point. Also 2 Giant Petrels (1 definite Northern), 60+ Gannets and 20 Fluttering Shearwaters.
Stuart Pickering and Colin Reid

Night Parrot Undisclosed site in far south-west Queensland
Birdline Australia would like to express it's congratulations to John Young. Well done! Details and photograph in the Weekend Australian, see Note that there's another report of Night Parrot from the Pilbura, Western Australia. [Editorial note: TD]
John Young

Satin Bowerbirds Boscombe Rd Brookfield
Two females and one male feasting on Glossy Acronychia fruit.
Chris Read

Painted Button Quail Boscombe Rd, Brookfield
They are back at our block after being absent for 2 years. Very friendly pair gave incredible views.
Chris Read

Noisy Miner Taigum Centro car park, Taigum
A rare Birdline report for a Noisy Miner, an unusual leucistic bird was in the car park this morning, being white it stood out immediately.
Ged Tranter

Fri 28 Jun Asian dowitcher Greens Road Griffin wetlands
Seen and photographed on a pond with other birds.
Stephen cumes

Glossy Ibis (4) William Guise Foxwell Park, Coomera Waters
Not sure if this is unusual or not being a visiting southerner but I was surprised to see 4 Glossy Ibis feeding on the flooded oval at the above site right beside a busy boat ramp.
Max O'Sullivan

Black Kites Eagleby/ Beenleigh area
about 3pm- Easily well over a hundred strong kettle of kites, maybe more moving along with the breeze looking fantastic.
Duncan Fowler & The Varghese Family

Australasian Shoveler Carbrook Wetlands, Cnr Ferry Rd & Beenleigh/Redland Bay rd
At least 6 here was a treat. Also suspect a Swamp Harrier may be nesting here
Duncan Fowler & Varghese family

bush stone curlew old franklins caroark George st, Beenleigh
This bird has been here for a few months now living in this small garden with street lights directly above.
Brian Buss

Australian Little Bittern Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Similar to the one reported on 16/6 one flushed this morning from the vegetation next to the path approaching the viewing platform on the way out this morning at 10.30am. It didn't fly far but took cover in the vegetation on landing and wasn't viewed again.
Marie Tarrant

Thu 27 Jun Freckled duck Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
Freckled duck on Buckley's Hole at Bribie Island.
Peter Boyd

Spotted Harrier, Little Eagle, Square tailed Kite various Sunshine Coast
Spotted Harrier - 2 working fields east side of road between Yandina and north Arm Little Eagle - same site Little Eagle - seen soaring over Mapleton, first record for me for this site. [previously two days earlier in Mary Valley near Obi Obi Crreek.] ST Kite - one bird persisting over greater Nambour; seen periodically over the last three weeks.
Ken Cross

Freckled duck Lake McDonald near Cooroy
One bird present
Ken Cross

Fairy Prion, Giant Petrel, Sooty Shearwater Pt Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
In 6 hours seawatch - approx 300 Fairy Prions moving north, most within 200 mtrs of headland. 1 Giant Petrel & 1 Sooty Shearwater heading south, approx 100 Fluttering type Shearwaters (98 north), 40 Gannets.....and 5 Hardheads (south). No photographs taken.
Colin Reid

Red-necked Avocet Deception Bay Foreshore
100plus birds reported 21st May still present at low tide at southern end of bay
John Dennison

Square-tailed Kite Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs
One bird being chased by a magpie near Dohles Rocks Road. Pink-eared Ducks were in most easterly pond
John Dennison

Cotton Pygmy-Goose Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Two sighted from observation platform on Southerden Street side of Lagoon
Vince Bugeja

Wed 26 Jun Little Eagle Cruice Park, Woodford, SEQ
Single Little Eagle soaring over park.
R.Lamb & M.Dam

Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveller, Pink-eared Duck Mt Kilcoy meatworks, Winya Rd
Five Freckled Duck in company with 6 pairs of Shoveller and 4 Pink-eared Duck in last lagoon. Eight Red-kneed Dotterel also present, and pair of Brown Falcon
R.Lamb & M.Dam

Square-tailed Kite Wittonga Park,The Gap,Qld

David Redhead

Swamp Harrier 'Tee Trees Wetlands', Arundel
Single bird active around the wetlands today.
Todd Burrows & Jason Searle

Freckled Duck 'Tee Trees Wetlands', Arundel
At least 8 birds present today.
Todd Burrows & Jason Searle

Tue 25 Jun Red backed botton quail Lamington NP Rd, near Cainbable lodge
Very clear view of it sitting on the road before moving into the bush.
Matthew, Anna and Jimsie Varghese

Mon 24 Jun Australian Masked Owl Brookfield (private property)
A pair put on quite a visual and audio show. Picture of the male is attached.
Chris Wiley and Scott van Barneveld

Freckled Duck Lake McDonald near Cooroy
4 Freckled ducks observed near the south side end of L McDonald. Went to check on the bird reproted and found four.
Ken Cross

Fairy Prion (3) Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
Two birds seen from the headland at 10:30 this morning. Another seen sitting on the water about twenty minutes later.
Steve Murray

Sun 23 Jun Little Bronze Cuckoo, Spectacled Monarchs, Plumed Whistling Ducks Bli Bli Wetalnds, Sunshine Coast
LB Cuckoo seen near Bli Bli Wetlands in scrub between cleared fields and cane plantations. A migrant to Eastern Australia and it has been reported as it is rarely recorded over winter. Spectacled Monarchs - several seen and heard near Bli Bli wetlands. A large flock of Plumed Whistling - circa 150 birds on farm dam near Bli Bli. large flock for Sunshine Coast.
Ken Cross

Sat 22 Jun Red-rumped Parrot 22 Woodcliffe Crescent, Woody Point
Pair on powerline close to pair of Pale-headed Rosellas in adjacent Casuarina. Parrots follwed rosellas when they left. Aviary escapees?
Paul Marty

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