Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 6 Oct 2014 06:58:33 +1000
   Birdline North Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 5 Oct 2014.

   Sat 4 Oct Eastern Grass-Owl Cavallaros Road, west of Ingham TNQ
   Female Eastern Grass-Owl (Tyto longimembris) spotted at edge of cane
   field about 9.30pm. Another seen distantly.
   Tony Ashton
   Wed 1 Oct Spotted Whistling-Duck Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park,
   Two birds present.
   Dave Houghton via Keith Fisher
   Bar-tailed Godwit Coquette Point
   Two Bar-tailed Godwit feeding at sunrise on sand flats. First sighting
   for the season.
   Yvonne Cunningham
   Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Coquette Point
   Ten Sharp-tailed Sandpiper feeding on sand-flats Coquette Point, near
   Innisfail. 1st returns.
   Yvonne Cunningham
   Tue 30 Sep Rufous Owl Lake Koombooloomba Road, Ravenshoe
   Rufous Owl was a by-product of the ( Little Red) Southern Boobook hunt.
   Flew in across the moon and settled briefly while Southern Boobook was
   being called. Location suggests it to be r. queenslandica but seems
   more rufa by coloration and facial markings.
   Jean & Paul Newman
   Southern Boobook Lake Koombooloomba Road Ravenshoe
   Southern Boobook race lurida. Very pleasing result after a long night
   of searching for this species. Night birds seemingly very active being
   picked up regularly in vehicle lights but hard to pin down. Much credit
   goes to our great friend Del Richards for his suggestion to try this
   Jean & Paul Newman
   Sun 28 Sep Spotless Crake Abattoir Swamp (Julatten)
   Single bird flushed from under the boardwalk
   Doug Herrington
   Sat 27 Sep Little Kingfisher Bamaga--Muddy Bay 10 43S 142 33E 1' Cell,
   Queensland, AU
   1 Little Kingfisher In same area as seen recently on seaward side,
   northern extent of reachable mangroves. Able to get very close at times
   (15m) and watched it feeding actively for about 10 minutes while it
   stayed comfortable and quite visible at all times. Occasional calls.
   Clearly race pusillus (PNG, Torres Strait Islands and extreme north
   Cape York) with some blue extended to upper breast but not the broken
   blue breast-band of race ramsayi (seen further south in cape York and
   across NT and it's islands). At one stage an Azure KF was sitting
   happily on the same mangrove prop root. Calls seem to be quite
   different when you hear both together.
   Rob Reed
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