Birdline North Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.
Sat 22 Nov Eastern Grass Owl Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Two female and one male Eastern Grass Owl flushed from swamp ricegrass
at western end of main lagoon this morning. Also Red-backed Button
Quail in tree reveg/weed area at north end of first (kidney) lagoon.
Kelp Gull Seisia wharf, Bamaga Cape York Tip
1. About 150m south of wharf on water's edge among much human activity,
mainly boats. Typical mature Kelp Gull of southern Australia: approx.
60cm size, vermillion patch lower (only) mandible near tip (excluding
Pacific), dull grey-green legs, broad white trailing edge to wings and
all-white tail readily seen in flight. Closest possible vagrant
phenotypically would be Lesser black-backed gull but did not have the
bright yellow legs in the birds (Heuglin's) I had seen this year at
Mai-Po marshes. 4 previous most northerly records in Cairns (on ebird)
between 1988 and 2005. Local fishing guide John Charlton alerted me to
a "large, lonely gull hanging around the wharf".
Fri 21 Nov Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher 1km offshore just south of
Cullen Point, Western Cape York
Came from NW direction, looked tired! Also noticed Cattle Egrets today
and a few days ago from same direction 6 first time 3 today, all
David Milson & Neil Drogemuller
Thu 20 Nov Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) Seisia near Bamaga, North
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and
was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay
Wed 19 Nov Black Falcon TinarooFalls Rd near Favier Rd intersection
A Black Falcon shortly before dusk, briefly pursuing mynahs and then
landing on top of large fig in paddock, possibly to roost.
Yellow Wagtail Harper Ave, Lake Tinaroo
Two Yellow Wagtails on spit to east of Harper Ave. Both dull plumaged,
one quite gray and probably a juvenile. Also 2 Marsh Sandpipers and a
Sun 16 Nov Little Curlew Cairns Esplanade
Not often seen on the Cairns Esplanade. Eleven reports from 09/11/1982
Sat 1 Nov Yellow Wagtail Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Yellow Wagtail seen and heard several times by Palm Creek near old
stockyards today. Plenty of yellow showing so different bird from
previous report from same site. Also, male Little Bittern, in nearby
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