Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 21 Apr 2014 03:02:34 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Apr 2014.

Mon 14 Apr Mangrove Grey Fantail Karumba Point
Bird located during search for WB Whistler. Expected to be located further north-west. Three birds on mangroves east of Karumba Point
Paul Newman

Sun 13 Apr Red-headed Honeyeater Karumba Point
Searched general mangrove areas around Karumba and Karumba Point. Numbers appear to be limited. Female not located.
Jean & Paul Newman

Sooty Tern Kewarra Beach / Cairns
This Sooty Tern at Kewarra Beach is probably a victim of cyclone Ita. Was found by the beach shivering and hardly alive. Perished a couple of hours later. Pretty well camouflaged amongst the beach debris; stayed undetected on a narrow stretch of beach with scores of dogs passing by.
G. Santos

White Tern Hasties Swamp National Park
Adult bird found exhausted by Peter Lloyd this morning. Currently in my care.
John Grant

Tue 8 Apr Great-billed Heron Smithburne River estuary
Flushed in broad block of mangroves at junction of minor tidal creek with Smithburne River, about 23 km upriver from the sea mouth but only 6 km east of the nearest coast.
Roger Jaensch

Sun 6 Apr Little Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron) Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing)
In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.
Roger Jaensch

Flock Bronzewing, Black Falcon, Little Curlew, Zitting Cisticola Karumba Plain
Singles of Flock Bronzewing, Black Falcon and Little Curlew on central or eastern parts of the grass plain traversed by the highway, east of Karumba, on 5 or 6 April. One bird of a pair of Zitting Cisticolas was carrying an object that may have been nest material (see photo).
Roger Jaensch

Sat 5 Apr Great Crested Grebe Karumba
On ponds near golf course.
Roger Jaensch

Blue-faced Honeyeater Barlow Park, near cnr Scott St & Aumuller Sts, Portsmith. Cairns
single adult Blue-faced Honeyeater dive-bombed a lone dog walker near this intersection - quite an uncommon bird in the Cairns lowlands, although they are an uncommon but regular visitor along the Northern Beaches of Cairns & around Lake Placid/Caravonica area in winter times.
Dinah Peatey vvia Martiin Cachard

Tue 1 Apr White-breasted Whistler Karumba Point
Searched the mangroves for the male which we had photographed here in 2007. Found the female instead which was equally rewarding. Such a big and imposing bird; massive beak and a body well in excess of other female whistlers.
Jean & Paul Newman

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