Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 28 Oct 2013 03:01:13 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Oct 2013.

Sun 27 Oct Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Native Hen Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve, Kippa Ring
Thanks to a tip off from Gavin Goodyear - I checked out this excellent wetland. At least 1, possibly 2 Pectoral Sandpipers (distant photo attached (striking breast band, clear yellow base to the bill etc.) but Gavin has some shots down to 10m; there were 2 Pecs here yesterday showing well). Also 1 Wood Sandpiper along the back vegetation 10+ Marsh Sands, 8 Latham's Snipe, c40 Red-necked Avocets + a large range of commoner species.
Rob Morris

Australasian Bittern Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
This stunning bird was showing well this evening. Thanks to Gavin Goodyear for the text! Also at least 4 Spotless Crakes, 1 Little Grassbird and 5 Latham's Snipe present.
Rob Morris. Gavin Goodyear, Chris Wiley

Regent Honeyeater Cove Road Stanmore
The Regent Honeyeater cycled back 4 times to the same flowering gum tree from 3pm to 5pm at irregular intervals but gave 2 long sitings which pleased the photographers especially
Ross & Thea Monks

Regent Honeyeater Cove Rd Stanmore
the bird [finally] showed well visiting a flowering shrub on the large dam side of the road. It was the second time the bird was seen visiting the shrub that morning. There was a period of an hour or two between visits.
Ken Cross

Pink-eared Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe Priors Pocket, Moggill
Pink-eared Duck (3) Hoary-headed Grebe (3) 1 bird in full breeding plumage. These birds have been hanging around for a while but up until now none have been in breeding plumage. I-phone photo through scope at farm dam on S-Bend.
Adrian Brooks

Sat 26 Oct Dusky Honeyeater, Tawny Grassbird Booloumba Site 1, Conondale Range NP
Dusky Honeyeater, Tawny Grassbird. Both seen well and photographed.
Pete Taylor

Sat 26 Oct Regent Honeyeater Cove Road Stanmore
Regent Honeyeater (1) The previously reported bird was located in eucalypts at the top of the hill near 650. Seen mimicking the call of a Little Friarbird. Later flew of down the road, and was unable to be relocated. Also 1 Latham's Snipe in a small dam, Glossy Ibis and 1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill.
Benjamin Harms

Sat 26 Oct Regent Honeyeater 650 Cove Rd, Stanmore
Saw the bird during Queensland 'Twitchathon', very 'camera-shy' though!
Richard Fuller, Karen Mustin, Mike and Linda Lewis and Tom Tarrant

Australasian Bittern Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
Single bird found by Richard Fuller whilst searching for species for the 'Twitchathon'. We were totally unaware of Nikolas Haass and Raja Stephenson's earlier sighting at the time.
Richard Fuller, Karen Mustin, Mike and Linda Lewis and Tom Tarrant

Brown Quail Kakadu Beach, Bribie Island
no sign of the Oriental Plover last reported by Raja Stephenson, Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker 18th October (#201905). Today: Brown Quail (1), Copper-tailed Skink & Eastern Bearded Dragon.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

White-throated Needletail Bribie Island, Woorim
White-throated Needletail (6)
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Fairy Gerygone Bribie Island, Red Beach
Fairy Gerygone (3, see Raja's photo attached)
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Australasian Bittern, Baillon's Crake Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
Australasian Bittern (1, see Raja's photo attached); Baillon's Crake (1)
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Marsh Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Knot, Red Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Toorbul Artificial Roost
Amongst 1600 shorebirds of 15 species there were Marsh Sandpiper (8), Bar-tailed Godwit (700) [green flags: AML, ARW, ASL, AVN, AVZ; yellow flag: HX; colour-coded individual: three yellow bands on one leg], Great Knot (50) [green flag: BAP], Red Knot (30) [colour-coded individual: L 'copper', R black over white flags], Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (90) [green flag: ABD]. No sign of the recently reported Long-toed Stint amongst the 200 Red-necked Stints.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Black-tailed Native-hen Winya Rd Dams, Kilcoy
5 birds... no luck with the Regent Honeyeater seen over the past couple of days at Stanmore nearby
Greg Roberts

White-throated Needletail Bribie Island, Woorim
White-throated Needletail (6)
Nikolas Haass

Fri 25 Oct Glossy Black-Cockatoo Booroobin Rd, Booroobin
Pair seen feeding in roadside causarina
R.Lamb & M.Dam

Marbled Frogmouth Mapleton National Park
3 birds, also 2 White-throated Nightjars
Greg Roberts

Short-tailed Shearwater Bribie Island, Woorim
On a small 50 m beach sector: 20 beach-washed Short-tailed Shearwaters.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Regent Honeyeater Cove Rd., Stanmore
Following Roger J.'s report of 24/10, a single Regent H/E was located at 650 Cove Rd Stanmore at 11.45 today, in dull and windy conditions. Bird has found flowering euc. and is feeding in crown of tree, regularly chased out by Noisy Miners, but soon returns. Feeding tree is large euc. on left-hand side of entrance to 650.
Russ Lamb, Maria Dam

Thu 24 Oct Barking Owl; Fairy Gerygone; Beach Stone-curlew Inskip Point
A brief search of Inskip Point for BBBQ yesterday morning was unsuccessful, though there were some fresh platelets about. However, a friendly goanna did spook a Barking Owl, making it call and reveal itself (in a largish fig tree near a brush turkey mound towards the end of the point). Other nice birds included Fairy Gerygone, Beach Stone-curlew, and a pair of Varied Trillers.
Elliot Leach; Alice Sweeney

Regent Honeyeater Cove Road, Stanmore
A Regent Honeyeater associating closely with a Little Friarbird, in (non-flowering) eucalypts and other small trees along road and in paddock, in vicinity of 665 and 689 Cove Road, Stanmore (NNE of Woodford). Observed several times during 16:30-17:00; striking black and gold pattern in flight. Photos obtained at distance; enlargement provided.
Roger Jaensch

Bush Stone-curlew (Bush Thick-knee) Translational Research Institute, Dutton Park Train Station, Woolloongabba
Update from #201116: Both adults with both chicks (now likely two weeks post-hatching) still in the area.
Nikolas Haass

Wed 23 Oct Speckled Warbler Cania Gorge (Caravan and Tourist Park)
Seen at close range on a cleared track and bathing in a small pool with Brown Thornbill & White-browed Scrub Wren.
Ivor Preston

Tawny Frogmouth Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
An adult pair with two young were sighted as they roosted in this Jacaranda tree. In addition three Cotton Pygmy-goose, Glossy Ibis, Wandering Whistling-Duck and Chestnut Teal were sighted on the lagoon.
Vince Bugeja

Red-necked Avocet Coombabah Lake, Gold Coast
A flock of 59 Avocets feeding at Low tide.
Terry Dillon

Tue 22 Oct Blue-billed Duck Coombabah Lake, Gold Coast
A single male is still there - has been hanging around for the last few months. Very difficult to see this bird as it's very secretive.
Terry Dillon

Sun 20 Oct Whiskered Tern Mudgereebah Creek, Robina.
A single bird patrolling the creek. Slightly larger than a Little Tern with characteristic dark grey patch on belly.
Terry Dillon

White-faced Storm-Petrel Southport Pelagic
In addition to Rob's posts regarding this excellent Southport Pelagic, Scott Baker and I also saw a White-faced Storm-Petrel. Unfortunately, no record photos taken.
Scott Baker & Nikolas Haass on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Sat 19 Oct Australian Painted Snipe Wharf Road, Eagleby
A bird with spotted wings hiding in a small clump of herbage in a broad open area on mostly-dry bed of a Melaleuca swamp. Grainy photo obtained.
Roger Jaensch

Long-toed Stint Toorbul Artificial Roost
Birded with Helen Page and Julie Sarna Long-toed Stint (1) Small bird same size as Red-necked Stints with obvious yellow legs, and with some breeding plumage. Ruled out Temmincks Stint and Least Sandpiper. Rufous aspects to head and yellow at the base of the bill, plus looking like small Sharp-tailed Sandpiper used in determining species.
Dezmond Wells

Satin Flycatcher Anstead Bushland Reserve
Male Satin Flycatcher was the highlight, but others included a Peregrine and a female White-winged Triller Satin Flycatcher (1) A male captured on video (Moderators note: Video checked by moderator and flycatcher expert, all agree - a good find - late arrival)
Rod Gardner

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