Birdline North Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 22 Dec 2013.
|Sat 21 Dec
||Ashy-bellied White-eye, Australian Yellow White-eye
Little Woody Island
Cloudy, rain shower
Ashy-bellied White-eye (17) And many others calling. One was collecting nesting material.
Australian Yellow White-eye (1) Separate from the parties of Ashy-bellied white-eyes. Not calling. Unusual to see this far north. (Moderator Note:- Please refer to Lloyd Nielsen paper in latest "Sunbird" No43 p67-69 "Yellow White-eye on Little Woody Island, North Queensland - Extension of range.")
||Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station (Forrest Beach, Queensland)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail on drying mud beside Palm Creek today. Distant views of mostly plain light breast, midgreyish dark back, distinct light eyebrow. No sound. Bird flew off up creek and not sighted again. May not be related to two other Wagtails sighted lately. No pix
|Fri 20 Dec
||Eastern Yellow Wagtail
France Road Turf Farm, Edmonton
Two Eastern Yellow Wagtail today, possibly subspecies tschutschensis.
|Wed 18 Dec
Daintree River cruise
Highlights included the Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron (thanks Ian 'Sauce' Worcester),
Townsville 10' Cell
Seen in Lavarack Barracks NW corner, on the boundary of old CSIRO site. Distinctive jizz of 3 birds together - unmistakable from 15 metres. Dry weather further south & west probably bringing them in.
Ivor Preston & Gil Crabtree
|Tue 17 Dec
Stewart Creek Road, Daintree
Observed with telescope three ducks sitting on a low branch of a tree at 200m. Mainly back view silhouette when a pale line across rump area was visible. Occasionally saw a pale side to the face. the gizz was a longish neck but shorter than a Plumed Whistling Duck, and a small head . The bill was slightly dished. Finally one flew down to ground and the spotted flanks were visible.
Spotted Whistling-Duck (3) Observed three ducks sitting on a low branch of a tree at 200m. Mainly back view silhouette when a pale line across rump area was visible. Occasionally saw a pale side to the face. the gizz was a longish neck but shorter than a Plumed Whistling Duck, and a small head . The bill was slightly dished. Finally one flew down to ground and the spotted flanks were visible. Observed through telescope.
Bump Track at 16 33 60S 145 27 16E in Mowbray NP
One calling and watched well for about fifteen minutes, with video footage, including call, which sounds to me slightly higher pitched than Fan-tailed. Known site, but well south of core range.
|Mon 16 Dec
Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, Cairns
A single bird flew off in typical fashion at the southern end of main lagoon near the hide, unfortunately too quickly to get a handle on it's age/sex. My first record of this species at this site & my first for the season in the region too. Cattana Wetlands is an absolute mecca for cuckoos, probably the best site for the family in Cairns. In recent years I've recorded there Horsefield's Bronze, Little Bronze (southern race barnardi wintering), Gould's Bronze, Shinig Bronze, Brush, Fan-tailed, & of cousre the expected Channel-billeds, Koels & Pheasant Coucal. The many young trees planted 2 or 3 years ago are at a perfect height for caterpillar-hawking cuckoos.
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