Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 14 Oct 2013 03:00:56 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 13 Oct 2013.

Sun 13 Oct Freckled Duck Lake MacDonald Noosa Botanical Gardens
Two observed
Ken Cross, Steven McBride and Barry Brugman

Sat 12 Oct Painted Buttonquail Haigslea Cemetery/Raysource Rd
One male-female pair, not far down the worn-out track, a little way into the brush but gave good views in good light, seen at about 3pm. Diagnosis was via distinctly large size, rich chestnut colour present on back but not face or breast and dark, streaked appearance to face and red eye.
Russell Yong & Jeremy Ringma

Sat 12 Oct Oriental Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper Kakadu Beach, Bribie Island
Oriental Plover seen in company of Lesser Sandplovers. Broad-billed Sandpiper in company of Red-necked Stints. Scope essential!! Both birds viewed best from walking path rather than hides.
Ken Cross, Steven McBride and Barry Brugman

Banded Lapwing Banool Road, Lockyer Valley
One pair at approx 12:30pm, in the regular paddock just after Waters Rd, relatively close to the fenceline. Sighting made as part of Birds Australia-supported excursion for UQ.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma, C. Runge et al.

Black Falcon Lake Clarendon, Lockyer Valley
One bird in distance over farmlands, being mobbed by kestrels at approx 11:30am, seen from dam wall. Sighting made as part of Birds Australia-supported excursion for UQ.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma, C. Runge et al.

Cotton Pygmy-goose Atkinsons Dam, Lockyer Valley
One male-female pair in the drainage channel just east of the day-use areas. Sighting made as part of Birds Australia-supported excursion for UQ.
Jeremy Ringma, R. Yong, C. Runge et al.

Australian Painted-Snipe Tea Trees Wetland, Arundel, Gold Coast
Australian Painted-Snipe (2) 1 male and the other's gender couldn't be identified
Timothy Braithwaite

Fri 11 Oct Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Cove Rd Stanmore
Two birds seen, more heard in fruiting fig near intersection of Cove Road and Old Cove Road, 100m from bridge over Stanley River.

Cotton Pygmy-goose Cnr. D'Aguilar H'way and Mary Smokes Sandy Creek Rd, Royston
Eight birds on wetland close to road
R.Lamb,K.Cross, S.McBride

Australian Painted-Snipe 1143 Villenevue Rd, Villeneuve
Male/immature Australian Painted-Snipe seen in backwater bay of Stanley River. Telescope required, view from opposite 1143 Villeneuve Road into left-hand bay. (NB house incorrectely signed as 143 on road, 1143 is correct as per Google Maps)
R.Lamb,K.Cross, S.McBride

Black-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Spoonbill Tea Trees Wetland, Arundel, Gold Coast
Black-necked Stork (2) feeding on large pond 1 male and 1 female Yellow-billed Spoonbill (2) in tree with 1 royal spoonbill
Timothy Braithwaite

Rufous Songlark John Wilson Reserve
Rufous Songlark (1) Track junction next to green shipping container
Adrian Brooks

Thu 10 Oct Blue Bonnet Lake Coolmunda Caravan Park
A pair of Blue Bonnets was seen feeding on the grass seeds growing alongside the Railway Line close by. They were sighted daily over the next four days and also a group of six or seven birds was sighted daily including parents feeding newly fledged young. They were in very close proximity to this Caravan Park.
Vince Bugeja

Freckled Duck Moggil Road Wetlands
Female on the edge of reed beds at 4.45 pm. See Photograph
Robert Bush

Mon 7 Oct Australian Painted-Snipe Cove Road Stanmore
Dam with dead trees adjacent to 699 Cove Road, Stanmore. Australian Painted-Snipe (1) Female out in the open on mud of the foreshore of dam. Stayed put even when someone chased a runaway horse past it.
Sarah Beavis

Mon 7 Oct Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Hall's Babbler, Spotted Nightjar, White-browed Treecreeper Bowra Sanctuary, SWQ
Our first full day at Bowra brought the above birds before lunch, all seen around Stony Ridge. A total of exactly 100 species seen in 4 days excellent birding, with other good sightings including 19 Major Mitchell's Cockatoo at a wterhole,3 Red-browed Pardalote, 7 Bourke's Parrot, 2 Ground Cuckoo-shrike
R.Lamb, K.Cross, S. McBride, B.Brugman

Southern Boobook East Brisbane
Around 8 pm, a Southern Boobook attempted to land on our back porch but then landed on top of the fruits of an Archontophoenix. Previously, there has been a calling Southern Boobook in our garden in April 2013.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

White Morph Grey Goshawk Moonlight Crag, O'Reilly's, Lamington NP
Plenty of time to watch this one from above working up and down the lost world valley. Seemed to be hanging out with a smaller Grey Goshawk most the time.
Duncan Fowler

Sun 6 Oct Spotless Crake Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
One Spotless Crake in the smallest pond, to the left of the footpath coming off the road. Five Baillon's Crakes were seen on the two main ponds. Reed-warbler nesting observed among the Phragmites on the first pond. Visit time ~5pm.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma and T. Crispin

Common Greenshank Wynnum to Manly foreshore
Total of four Common Greenshank were seen on the receding tide between 3 and 4pm, foraging solitarily.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma and T. Crispin

Red Knot Kakadu Beach, Bribie Island
Four Red Knot were seen (with more possible) mingling with the other roosting waders at high tide (10am). Oriental Plover sought and still present, giving all the myriad other birders a decent look.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma and T. Crispin

Tue 24 Sep Australian Painted Snipe Mount Lindsay Highway, Tamrook Farm Dam behind Tamrookam Primary School
Here is a photo of the 3 to 5 male Painted Snipe seen regularly at this site. Last visit was 10 Oct, and the swamp near the highway is drying and I could not find them in their usual patch.
Rob Elvish

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