Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 28 Apr 2014 03:01:14 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Apr 2014.

Sun 27 Apr Ruff Kianawah Road Wetland, Hemmant
Single bird observed today in with Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Sandra Gallienne, Neil Humphris, Kathy Clark, Janine de La Begassiere

Asian Dowitcher Toorbul High Tide Roost
Amongst the many Godwits, Knots, Tattlers and Stilts, one lone Dowitcher proved hard to photograph this morning. 3 observers watched it rest, feed and preen - partial breeding colours - great scope views.
Brian & Meg Johnson

Sat 26 Apr Emu Stanthorpe-Inglewood Rd
One pair of Emu, grazing in a paddock about 18.5 km along Stanthorpe-Inglewood Rd (measured from turnoff at Cunningham Hwy). It is perhaps remarkable that Emu are this far east in SEQ, but their presence in this specific area is apparently not unusual.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma & J. Rowland

Blue Bonnet, Cockatiel, Red-winged Parrot Mosquito Creek Road, nr Inglewood
Drove about 2 km up Mosquito Ck Rd and back at about 9am. One pair of Blue Bonnets and a flock of five Cockatiels flew over. A flowering Casuarina attracted lorikeets and three Red-wings.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma & J. Rowland

Plum-headed Finch, Diamond Firetail, Turquoise Parrot Old Wallangarra Rd, nr Girraween
Mixed finch flock, primarily Double-barred, but with two Diamond Firetails and three PHF mixed in, at the vineyards on Hickling Lane junction, Old Wallangarra Rd. Flushed from the grass when we pulled up at the junction. A Turquoise Parrot later sat on the same spot, giving excellent prolonged views.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma & J. Rowland

Grey Falcon Diamantina Lakes NP
Exciting moment when 'small' bird on Coms tower adjacent to Diamantina Lakes NP offices emerges from scope view to be Grey Falcon. I thought the tower was too far from the riverine aspects of the park, but was pleased to be proved wrong. Continuing on solo arid districts birding trek that began at southern tip of Yourke Peninsula, SA on 15th April before 'zig-zagging up the state with successful viewing and photography of all prospective speciality species, including all possible Graswrens, (six ssp / 5 spp so far plus all other specialist species including Mallefowl, all three Whitefaces, Letterwing Kites in Merty Merty region, etc, in some cases in new locations, following difficulty finding in traditional locales. Spent a glorious two days at Bowra,sighting, among many specialist species, a glimpse view of fighter-plane-like Grey Falcon crashing through camp at Sawpits at high speed.
John Weigel

Kelp Gull Dayman Park -- Urangan (Nr Hervey Bay)
Reported on eBird Checklists - see
Matt Hinze (Rob Morris extracted this from EBird list)

Broad-billed Sandpipers, Lesser-crested Tern Manly Boat Harbour
3-4 Broad-billed Sands (all in summer plumage), 1 Lesser-crested Tern, and a few Double-banded Plovers this morning amongst the usual suspects. Lots of birds well coloured up for summer.
Rob Morris

Fri 25 Apr Yellow Chat Bajool-Port Alma Road
One male and two females just before the salt works
Chris and Rosemary Lester

Shining Flycatcher Coombabah Creek, Helensvale
A pair seen within dense mangroves from my kayak.
Todd Burrows

Square-tailed Kite Wittonga Park, The Gap

David Redhead

Wed 23 Apr Broad-billed Sandpiper Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island
47 Broad-bills feeding with some Sharp-tails at low tide at the gate end of the wader roost.
Barry Davies, Wilf and Sue Wilcox (UK)

Mon 21 Apr Musk Duck Lake Clarendon, Lockyer Valley
The recently reported Musk Duck still present along with the resident 2 Black Falcons. Nearby at Seven Mile Lagoon, 33 Red necked Avocets, 2 Hobby, Shoveler and Chestnut Teal. Banded Lapwing - 25 in the usual paddock at Banool Road. Full lists on Eremaea e-bird.
Sarah Beavis

Restless Flycatcher Oxley Creek Common
In the small patch of bush near the Pelican Island lake. Photo available if required.
Tim and Marg Roberts

Paradise Riflebird Tamborine Mountain National Park--The Knoll Section
Two riflebirds seen clearly, female and juvenile loosely associated with a large wave of 20+ satin bowerbirds, 7+ wompoo pigeons and many fig birds. Seen ~11am near the top of the track on the lower side in tall trees. No calls heard.
Mike Bysouth

Sun 20 Apr Square-tailed Kite Morris St, Dayboro
Have seen this almost adult bird here on 3 occasions now, it appears to be interested in the many figbirds and other frugivores in the camphor-laurels and figs on the street.
Tom Tarrant

Fri 18 Apr Little Shearwater Mermaid Beach, Golcoast
1 beach washed bird
John Allsop

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