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Published sightings for the week ending 29 Dec 2013.

Sun 29 Dec      Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet Eagleby Rd Wetland
Avocets 5+ feeding in the lagoon and a great view of a single jabiru on the far 
David Lie

        Lewin's Rail Gold Creek Reservoir
Lewin's Rail and fluffy chick as reported by others. Thanks to Ross M for 
Kevin, Leanne and Melinda Ross

        Australian Little Bittern, Freckled Ducks North Lakes Estate, Mango 
Hill SEQld
On a short walk this morning looking at an urban wetland in North Lakes: Male 
Australian Little Bittern - prolonged views in the open, 4 Freckled Ducks, 
Baillon's and Spotless Crakes, Azure Kingfisher.
Rob Morris

Sat 28 Dec      Australian Little Bittern, Baillon's Crake Parklake Wetlands, 
Bli Bli
Early morning visit produced good views of bittern in second lagoon and 
Baillon's Crake in two separate ponds
Russ Lamb

Sat 28 Dec      Australian Little Bittern (2); Australian Painted Snipe 
Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
Little Bittern was seen feeding in the open alongside central reed bed. Another 
bird flew across lake from one reed bed to another. Painted Snipe feeding and 
resting in dryest pond. Latham's Snipe flushed from reeds also. Obs from 9-11, 
Bittern seen around 10.
Elliot Leach, Chris Burwell

        Crested Shrike-tit, White-naped Honeyeater, Masked Owl Main Range 
National Park (Goomburra Section)
Many birds were foraging and coming in to water on the creekline along the 
Dalrymple Circuit, near where it joins the Cascade Trail, at about 12pm. Among 
these was a single Crested Shrike-tit and a flock of four White-naped 
Honeyeaters that included one juvenile, well-fledged but still being fed. 
Masked Owl was heard in the same immediate area the previous night.
Russell Yong, with J. Ringma, J. Rowland and T. Crispin

        Oriental Cuckoo Jindalee (Jindalee Park)
In tall forest red gums high on bank of Brisbane River, between Kooringal Drive 
and Mt Ommaney Drive. Around mid morning; flew across river from Kenmore. It 
was moving frequently due to harassment from Noisy Miners.
Roger Jaensch

Fri 27 Dec      Wonga Pigeon Gympie
Seen in our garden for the first time, the bird has been heard calling in the 
gully behind our house for about 9 months
Anne Burgess

        Lewin's Rail Gold Creek Reservoir
Anne Finlay and I saw two adults with three fluffy black chicks walking along 
creek in same place reported by other's previously around 10am. Anne had been 
watching since 8am. A Red-bellied Black Snake appeared about 30 seconds after 
the chicks in the creek, possibly the reason that the parents were moving the 
Chris Read and Anne Finlay

        Nutmeg Mannikin Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
Good sighting on edge of second lake mingling with Chestnut-breasted Mannikins
Paul Jensen

        Australian Little Bittern Parklakes Wetlands, Sunshine Coast
Male found on Christmas Day showing well this morning
Greg Roberts

Thu 26 Dec      Asian Dowitcher (2) Osprey House Environmental Centre
Two birds still present with flock of Black-tailed Godwit.
Paul Brooks

Thu 26 Dec      Pink-eared Duck Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
A lone bird back on the water today after a 2 month absence.
Ged Tranter

Wed 25 Dec      Australian Little Bittern Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
Australian Little Bittern (1) perched in reeds, preened before moving to reed 
base where it began to fish in full view for 10mins. Also here in the past two 
days: Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake, +5 Latham's Snipe and various other 
wetland species. An excellent site, at least 80 species observed here since 
Max Breckenridge

Tue 24 Dec      Lewin's Rail Gold Creek Reservoir
One bird gave good views at the metal stairs, crossing the creekline and then 
appearing for long-ish periods along the bank to the left. Sighting made 
7:30am. A few other watchers present.
Russell Yong & T. Crispin

        Common Blackbird O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington NP Canungra
A stunning sighting out of the ordinary for up here, sitting on a fence 630am, 
virtually opposite the Guesthouse front lawn. I don't think it stayed long 
Duncan Fowler

        Black Bittern, Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake, Latham's Snipe Sandy 
Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Black Bittern was in small lagoon out the back. Flew up into tree (had good 
views) and then flushed when I walked past. Baillon's Crake in usual place to 
the left of the little deck. Spotless Crake on the edge of the dry pool behind 
the deck, alongside a Latham's Snipe.
Elliot Leach

Mon 23 Dec      Oriental Plover Cross Road Dam, Lower Tenthill
Initially, we were unsure what species this bird was, but we took extensive 
notes and I managed to get a photo with my phone through my scope. Happy with 
the ID after looking at guides when we got back to the car. Notes summary: 
upright stance, with a longer, more slender neck than Pacific Golden Plover, 
more uniform in colouration than PGP, with a grey throat and upperbreast, white 
underparts and vent and light brown wings and back. Pale eyebrow, cheek and 
throat with a dark patch over eye that extends towards nape. Wings crossed, 
longer than tail. No obvious pale markings on upperwing or rump in flight. The 
bird appeared to have an injured or broken leg, it had to hop to move.
Elliot Leach, Chris Burwell

        Plum-headed Finch Junction of Cross Road and Lower Tenthill Road, 
Lockyer Valley
Three Plum-headed Finch coming in to drink from a pool in the creek that goes 
under Cross Road, on the left hand side of Lower Tenthill Road if coming from 
Gatton. One Chestnut-breasted Mannikin was with these birds.
Elliot Leach, Chris Burwell

        Banded Lapwing, Whiskered Tern, Hoary-headed Grebe Banool Road, Lockyer 
With Chris Burwell. This list is for the large dam on the left of the road 
heading away from Lake Clarendon, just after Waters Rd. Good numbers of Banded 
Lapwing (27) and Whiskered Tern (300+) along the shore. Also 3 Hoary-headed 
Grebe. Note: Seven Mile Lagoon is gone; it's now a large paddock.
Elliot Leach

        Pink-eared Duck, Freckled Duck, Marsh Sandpiper Jaenkes Lagoon
With Chris Burwell. Large numbers of Pink-eared Ducks, two Freckled Ducks and a 
Marsh Sandpiper.
Elliot Leach

        Red-rumped Parrot Karasch's Lagoon, near Gatton
With Chris Burwell. Red-rumped Parrot (10) A mix of adults and juveniles, 
resting in the heat of the day in a tree by the side of the road.
Elliot Leach

        Bush-stone Curlew Home Beach, North Stradebroke Island
About 7 but this one was incubating 2 eggs.
Jed Knight

        Marbled Frogmouth Mapleton National Park
2 birds seen well, total of 6 birds calling
Greg Roberts

        Eastern Grass Owl Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast
a bird at dusk
Greg Roberts

        Asian Dowitcher, Broad-billed Sandpiper Osprey House Environmental 
Just the single bird present this am still on North Pine River at low tide, 
several hundred metres upstream of Osprey House on river bend. Bird showing 
well, close to mangrove edge with flock of Black-tailed Godwit, just off small 
basic boatramp below house. Same directions as 8 December. Also Broad-billed 
Sandpiper present in same general area. Not a particularly well marked 
Andy Jensen

        Brush Cuckoo Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Early morning sighting from the bird hide at this lagoon. 2 Glossy Ibis and 
about 30 Magpie Geese also on the lagoon.
Vince Bugeja

        Plum-headed finches at Lake Samsonvale Lake Samsonvale
4 Finch species present this morning. Plum-headed Finch was a surprise and 
there were also Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Red-browed and Double-barred 
Marie Tarrant

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