Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 23 Dec 2013 03:01:18 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Dec 2013.

Sun 22 Dec Oriental Cuckoo, Musk Lorikeet Anstead Bushland Reserve
Two Oriental Cuckoos near the river to the west of the power lines. Also at least one Musk Lorikeet.
Rod Gardner`

Whiskered Tern Luggage Point
200+ Whiskered Terns resting on the pipeline at 11:00.
Elliot Leach

Sat 21 Dec Tahiti Petrel, Gould's Petrel, 2 Sooty Terns Southport Pelagic
20-30 Tahiti Petrels today, 1 Gould's Petrel, 300+ Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Flesh-footed, 2 Hutton's, 1 Short-tailed Shearwater, 2 Sooty Terns, 1 Common Tern and Many Crested Terns.
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

Kermadec Petrel Southport Pelagic
Approximately 15 today including light, intermediate and dark birds
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

White-tailed Tropicbird Southport Pelagic
An immature as we headed back in (still off the shelf)
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

White-necked Petrel, Southport Pelagic
2-3 Birds Today
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

Fri 20 Dec Red-necked Avocet, Asian Dowitcher Osprey House Environmental Centre
5:30 - 6:15pm. Tide low. Red-necked Avocet (1) Asian Dowitcher (2) After a bit of searching located on opposite bank at bend (channel between islands) in river as viewed from boat access below house several hundred metres upstream of Osprey House. Distant but good views through scope in calm conditions.
Chris Attewell

Freckled Duck (8), Black Falcon Ti Tree Bioenergy Facility, Willowbank
Eight Freckled Ducks on main dam, single Black Falcon perched in a dead tree when I arrived and was still there 2 hours later when I left the site.
Elliot Leach

Thu 19 Dec Spotless Crake Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
Four Spotless Crake observed on mud edges on eastern side . Single Latham's Snipe
Russ Lamb, Maria Dam, Gary & Marie Davidson

Thu 19 Dec Asian Dowitcher Osprey House Environmental Centre
Two Asian Dowitcher on North Pine River at low tide this am, several hundred metres upstream of Osprey House on river bend. Birds showing well, close to mangrove edge with flock of Black-tailed Godwit, just off small basic boatramp below house, before one flew off upstream towards Tinchi Tamba, so could be worth checking here when birds absent at this site. Suspect a male and female as a noticable size difference. Same directions as 8 December. Only thing I would add to the directions/instructions, is bring the aeroguard - the mozzies/sandflies were fierce this am...
Andy Jensen

Wed 18 Dec Pale-vented Bush-hen, Spotless Crake wetlands near Corinda Golf Course & driving range, Oxley
A pair of Bush-hens and 4 Spotless Crakes calling in wetlands beside parkland between Corinda Golf Course and the golf driving range, Oxley. Crakes were in wet bulrush-sedge swamp; bush-hens along a weed-fringed drain/creek.
Roger Jaensch

Tue 17 Dec Grey-crowned Babbler Paringa Rd, Murarrie
Not the rarest perhaps, but nice to see a single Grey-crowned Babbler in a low bush on the median strip, whilst waiting at the traffic lights at the junction of Paringa Rd and Lytton Rd Murarrie lunch time today.
Ged Tranter

Restless Flycatcher, Latham's Snipe Minnippi Parklands, Tingalpa
Obs from about 1 to 1:30. Lots of domestic geese or ducks have been released (presumably) since I was last here. Restless Flycatcher (1) One bird calling constantly. Noted call and all white underparts. Perched on the large central island in some Melaleuca, swooping down frequently for a bath in the lake. Latham's Snipe (3) Two feeding together along shore of largest island. Another bird seen on one of the smaller islands to the left. Also Collared Kingfisher having a bath.
Elliot Leach

Mon 16 Dec Lewin's Rail Gold Creek Reservoir
Lewin's Rail (1) One seen well, multiple times between 0640 - 0800 from metal stairs.
Sarah Beavis

Mon 16 Dec Lewin's Rail California Road swamp, Oxley
One calling in swampy watercourse with continuous cover dominated by bulrush (Typha sp.) and/or sedge (Bolboschoenus sp.), early morning.
Roger Jaensch

Broad-billed Sandpiper Manly Boat Harbour
At least 6 Broad-billed Sandpipers still present today with many common waders. No sign of the Kelp Gull this morning. A large Blue swimmer crab in the roost pond had a halfhearted grab at a Grey-tailed Tattler.
Geoff Walker

Sun 15 Dec Kelp Gull, Broad-billed Sandpipers Manly Boat Harbour
Good morning at the roost with the highlight being a 2nd or 3rd year Kelp Gull. Bird spent most of its time on the Island and although it flew off a couple of times it returned each time. Also at least 7 Broad-billed Sandpipers and good numbers of other common waders (see lists).2 Dugongs showed well close to the rock wall.
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid & Rob Dougherty

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