Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 21 Apr 2014 03:01:53 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Apr 2014.

Sun 20 Apr Australian Painted Snipe 12 Mile Creek, Marmor
One male/immature observed in the saltmarsh.
Chris Wiley

Sat 19 Apr Musk Lorikeet, Rose Robin, Fuscous Honeyeater Haigslea Cemetery/Raysource Rd
Reached crossroads at ten to 4. A decent number of flowering Gums meant a profusion of nectivorous birds, including all four local lorikeet species. Musks were hard to spot at first but became steadily more apparent, feeding mostly in the highest branches. One male Rose Robin showed briefly but nicely. The reliable Fuscous Honeyeaters showed sporadically.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma

Plum-headed Finch Back Flagstone Road, Helidon
One pair of Plum-headed Finch seen at about 3pm, on overhead wires just near the Murphy Bridge crossing. The water treatment facility up the road (seen through their gate) had a few Pink-eared Ducks, teal and Pac Black Ducks on it, and some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins on the perimeter.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma

Red-necked Avocet, Australian Hobby Seven Mile Lagoon, Lockyer Waters
An exploratory excursion yesterday found Seven Mile Lagoon to be full (or at least, quite full). From Jimba Rd we saw a small flock of 13 Red-necked Avocet amongst hundreds of Black-winged Stilt and what must have been thousands of coots and ducks (mostly teal, but also Pink-Ears and Pac. Blacks). The resident Hobby was conspicuous and gave good looks, hawking over the paddocks and landing on the wires. Unfortunately we didn't have a scope so couldn't census the birds properly; we would encourage anyone with a good scope to go out and have a proper look. As an aside, the Banded Lapwings on/around Banool are apparently all gone.
Russell Yong & J. Ringma

Black-fronted Dotterel Hemmant / Lindum Wetlands Kianawah Rd
Several Black - fronted Dotterels presented well for photographs early this morning
Ken Doy

Ruff ( Reeve ) Hemmant/Lindum Wetlands Kianawah Rd
Early morning with excellent light seemed to be the best time to photograph this bird which showed along with the Sharpies much closer today at the Kianawah Rd end.
Ken Doy

White-faced Storm-Petrel Southport Pelagic
A record count of White-faceds today - over 40! This species was first recorded in 2009 off Southport (the first live record for Qld) and now they are regular in April. Most were adults in heavy primary moult.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

White-bellied Storm-Petrel Southport Pelagic
A stunning light phase bird was the highlight of today's trip along with yet another 'New Cal' or 'Coral Sea' Storm Petrel. This is the first record off Southport in more than 10 years (apart from a Seamount record). This will be subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Forest Kingfisher Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
A single Pygmy-Goose was on the water this morning, plus a Forest Kingfisher has returned.
Ged Tranter

Ruff Lindum Wetlands
If you lost a rubber eyepiece,probably from a scope, at the site last weekend please give me a call 33002960.
David Redhead

Ruff Lindum Wetlands
Single bird showing well this morning on Kianawah Rd. side of lake.
Jim Sneddon

Fri 18 Apr Ruff (Reeve), Musk Lorikeet Lindum Wetlands
While checking out 1 Ruff (Reeve; Raja's photo attached), 18 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 8 Marsh Sandpipers, 2 Black-fronted Dotterels and the usual Pied Stilts and Masked Lapwings, 4 Musk Lorikeets flew north (the characteristic flight calls got us onto them). Further photos will appear on Raja's website:
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Channel-billed Cuckoo 105 Hawkesbury Rd, Moggill
Flew across road between Anstead and Moggill Pocket outside no 105. Late bird.
Colin Reid

Ruff Lindum Wetlands
Ruff (well small Reeve) seen from Burnby Rd (take a telescope) 6.30-7.30
Rob Morris

Thu 17 Apr Black-chinned Honeyeater Cordalba State Forest
group of 4
Greg Roberts

Spotted Quail-thrush, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Cordalba National Park
2 quail-thrush, group of yellow-tufteds
Greg Roberts

Lewin's Rail, Noisy Pitta, Spotted Harrier Rafting Ground Reserve
Three Lewin's Rails detected, one of them sighted. Some riparian habitat strips inhabited by the community of small rail species are being narrowed by weed spraying. Pitta called from eucalypt regrowth with vine scrub and non-native thickets, between Moggill Creek and Kenmore houses, as walker with dog passed by, after sunset on 16th.
Roger Jaensch

Ruff/Reeve Lindum Wetlands
Seen from Kianawah Rd feeding with Marsh Sandpipers. As it is about the same size as the Marsh Sandpipers I wonder if it is a Reeve.
Barry Davies

Wed 16 Apr Rufous Fantail Oxley Creek Common
One Rufous Fantail sighted along the creek line, just past the large Eucalptus. Behaviour was very active. Also present in the same area were Yellow Rumped Thornbills, Mangrove Gerygone, Leaden Flycatcher female and a Varied Triller pair.
Pete Taylor

Sat 12 Apr Collared (Magnificent) Petrel, Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts
As a follow-up to Rob Morris's note, here are some of Raja's photos:
Raja Stephenson & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge

Collared Petrel (3), Polynesian Storm-Petrel, 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels SEQ Seamounts
Loads of great seabirds on this weekend's (60 hr) pelagic - the highlights of which were Collared Petrel (3) - 1 int, 2 dark, Polynesian Storm-Petrel 1 light int, 15+ 'New Caledonian' type Storm-Petrels - these are an undescribed taxa like large NZ Storm-Petrels (previously seen off SEQ and New Cal). Photos and more details to follow! All records subject to BARC Submission etc as usual.
Rob Morris & all on board the Seamount Trip organised by Paul Walbridge.

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