Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 27 Jan 2014 03:01:39 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 26 Jan 2014.

Sun 26 Jan Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Still present this morning, fairly mobile along shore on far side of the dam.
Rod Gardner

Sat 25 Jan Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Still present, after dipping on Tuesday despite a jaunt around lake by boat! Originally seen again on distant shore opposite last boat ramp with a group of 8-10 Silver Gulls, pelicans and cormorants. Another boat ride required to confirm ID, but later seen at close quarters both in front of last boat ramp, and for an extended period resting on shore where first reported, to the left of the first boat ramp after crossing the dam wall. It was still there when I departed.
Andrew Stafford

Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
Here again today at around 13:20..
Julie Sarna

Pallid Cuckoo, Brown Songlark Cross Road Dam, Lower Tenthill
Observations made along Cross Road. Pallid Cuckoo (1) Female Pallid Cuckoo observed this morning at the creek crossing along the first 20 metres of Colquhouns Road. Note plain front and dark eye stripe. Observed and photographed for a period of 5 to 10 minutes. Colquhouns Road is the first left turn along Cross Road. Brown Songlark (2) Females. Seen in low trees along the first 100 metres of Cross Road. Photographed.
Benjamin Harms

Fri 24 Jan Pale-vented Bush-hen Coochin Creek
2 seen well
Greg Roberts

Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
After finding the bird this afternoon by chance I learned it was discovered yesterday! Difficult to find at first but showing well an hour after high tide.
Greg Roberts

Franklin's gull Lake Barambah
Opp last boat ramp on far shore. I had been scanning this end of the lake for over an hour. Finally at 11:50am it was seen with a lone Pink-eared Duck. It was grooming so took a few seconds to confirm. Full list will be posted later. Record photo only.
Judy Leitch

Thu 23 Jan Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
1 seen during QWSG wader ID day
QWSG members

Wed 22 Jan Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
On water's edge with other gulls at fish cleaning table, at end of O'Neill's Ave. (First turn-off at camp site, well before boat ramp where previously reported.) Seen at 11 am and still there at noon.
Jim Sneddon, George and Judith Chapman

Mon 20 Jan Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Franklin's Gull showing well again today between 16:30 and 18:00. Spotted at 16:30 by Chris resting on the water in front of the last boat-ramp. Close enough for good scope views and record shots. Several boats passed close by without seeming to bother the bird. It was eventually flushed by one heading straight towards it. As luck would have it the bird came closer and landed on the shore in the little cove to the left allowing for cracking views and better shots.
Steve Murray, Chris Burwell & Elliot Leach

Sun 19 Jan Broad-billed Sandpiper Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island
QWSG Counters

Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island
QWSG Counters

Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
An update further to Sunday's sighting of the gull, mooting the posibility that this bird may be a 2nd winter approaching 2nd summer bird not a non-breeding adult as intiially thought. Looking at Gavin's flight shots since seeing the bird, it seems to show a slight grey wash to the central tail feathers which was not obvious in the field, and seems to indicate the bird is not quite an adult. In addition the primary feathers are slightly subdued for an adult perhaps although this could be down to wear. Would be interested to see others' photos of this bird to see if it sheds any further light on ageing. Thanks to Nikolas for his thoughts on this bird as well.
Andy Jensen and Gavin Goodyear

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