Published sightings for the week ending 15 Sep 2013.
|Sun 15 Sep
Bulimba Creek Carindale
heard at 3:20pm
The Gap, Brisbane.
Calling in garden A.M. My first for the Spring.
||King Quail, Lewin's Rail, Black Kite, Brown Songlark
One King Quail flushed; Lewin's Rail calling. Black Kite apparently new for this site. Female Brown Songlark on the edge of the lake.
|Sat 14 Sep
Toorbul - tidal wetlands
In a mixed flock of waders. Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Tattlers, Curlews, Whimbrels, Sharp Tailed Sandpipers.
Meridan Plains, nr Caloundra turn-off
Single bird flying low over paddock, very close to road,
Samsonvale cemetery and surrounds
Observers: Tom Tarrant, Plaxy Barratt, Raja Stephenson & myself
Blue-breasted Quail (2) male & female
|Fri 13 Sep
Lamington National Park Road, Cainbable
A male Turquoise Parrot was seen and photographed feeding on a few metres of roughly mown grass at the rear of our house inside the rainforest on Lamington NP Rd (the road from Canungra to O'Reillys and our house is 10km below O'Reilly's & 26 km from Canungra). I flushed it twice when trying to get photos and it then disappeared and could not be relocated. The bird was not easily approachable and had no leg bands to confirm it was an escapee. My guess would be that it was a wild bird. Glen Threlfo told me this species has not been recorded during any of the O'Relly's bird weeks and to his knowledge has never been recorded in the area. He was stunned when shown the photos as he has never seen the species.
Channel-billed Cuckoo (1) heard at night- first for season
Seen in the undergrowth near the fig-tree on path to the point. Fresh Button Quail platelets seen, but no birds sighted. Other sightings included Black-faced Monarch, Varied Triller and Shining-bronze Cuckoo.
|Thu 12 Sep
60 Maskell Court, Draper
Heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo for the season this morning then saw and heard it again at dusk.
|Wed 11 Sep
||Australian Painted Snipe, Latham's Snipe
Mount Lindsay Highway, Tamrook Farm Dam behind Tamrookam Primary School
5 Australian Painted Snipe ; at the same site 3 reported on 30 Aug and 4 reported on 2 Sept. Close [50m] beyond the fence alongside the Mt. Lindesay Hwy 17.5 km south of Beaudesert on the north side of the primary school. 1 Latham's also present.
|Tue 10 Sep
Elimbah , Pumicestone Passage Road.
Sub Adult ,over old Pineapple farm near to Bruce Hwy Jct
Two sighted in lagoon-swamp area opposite Osprey House on Dohles Rocks Road
|Mon 9 Sep
||Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth
Conondale National Park
1 Sooty seen well, 1 heard. also 3 pairs of Marbled Frogmouth calling, 1 seen. Eastern Grass Owl seen earlier in evening
||Eastern Barn Owl
Roma St Parklands
One seen about midday being mobbed many times(in flight and while perched) by Pied Currawongs, Noisy Miners etc
|Sun 8 Sep
||Spinifexbird, Bustard, Halls Babbler
Quart Pot Range - Jundah to Winton Road
2 Bustards seen on the top of hill/range near our camp. 1 Spinifexbird was seen amongst spinifex on rocky slope and also heard. 1 Halls Babbler seen and heard. A great spot to camp if on this road. The only downside for us was that we had 3 flat tyres within 4 hours after camping here!
||Latham's Snipe, Black Kite
Lake Borumba, Logan Reserve
One Snipe flushed from edge of lake and one Black Kite flying over bushland and open areas near lake.
||Peregrine falcon, Grey-crowned Babbler, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Boonah
Mt French and the drive home
Peregrines being very loud and boisterous over Mt French, very few other birds, Even the Noisy Miners were being quiet!
Pair of Grey-crowned Babblers seen in a roadside tree on the way down the mountain.
Ground Cuckoo-shrike seen in a roadside tree between Boonah and Kalbar.
Black-necked Stork seen in flight between wetlands off the Cunningham Highway
|Fri 6 Sep
My first sighting of a Grey-tailed Tattler at the Currumbin Estuary site this season.
|Sun 1 Sep
||ground parrot deceased, whistling Kites x 4
Ground parrot found dead in back yard, unfortunately too decomposed to keep. identified by field guide.
At least 4 whistling Kites can be seen regularly at ferry terminal muscles island, also sea eagles x 2, more at Russell island