Birdline North Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 14 Feb 2010.
Sun 14 Feb Square-tailed Kite Townsville
Square-tailed Kite first sighted at about 1:15 pm, near the Tobruk Pool
(Strand), low down, then circling up and heading towards Castle Hill.
Then at 4:20 pm, flying across John Melton Black Drive ("airport road")
heading north towards Townsville Common; on both occasions being
harassed by small birds. Presumably the one bird.
Tue 9 Feb Red-rumped Swallow Somerset Rd, Newell Beach
one individual seen about 6pm with many martins, on powerlines. Up to
eight have been seen at this location in the week preceeding this
observation. pers obs. Keith Fisher.
Sun 7 Feb Noisy Pitta Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
1 Adult trying to feed 3 recently fledged juveniles. Ist record in at
least five years to have three birds fledge. Record shot attached
Mon 1 Feb Red-necked Phalarope 28 nautical miles offshore WNW from
I observed a single non breeding Red Necked Phalarope yesterday
approximately 28 nautical miles offshore WNW from Weipa. It was sitting
on the water feeding in a current line containing lots of floating
debris - weed, logs, coconuts, old netting, rope, thongs etc. Lots of
other marine life (fish, sea snakes etc) were also present.
Unfortunately before I could manage a photo, the bird flew off (roughly
towards the coast).
Lesser Paradise Kingfisher Saibai Island
Adult Lesser Paradise Kingfisher (also known as Aru/Little Paradise
Kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis) found dead in the township on Saibai
Island on the 25th January. This is a new bird for Australia. Given it's
location in the street, it most probably hit powerlines. The specimen is
now in transit to a museum. The most obvious feature that makes it a
Lesser Paradise Kingfisher and not a Common Paradise Kingfisher is that
with the exception of the tail streamer (a recently erupted white-tipped
pin), the entire tail is blue. The species is reported to be common in
the Trans-Fly region of Southern PNG. Feedback and comments welcome.Some
pics of the specimen can be found here:
http://www.pbase.com/wildlifeimages/lesser_paradise_kingfisher . Also
lots of Uniform Swiftlets, Papuan Flowerpeckers, Collared Imperial
Pigeons and a Black-headed Gull on both islands.
Bob Gosford, Rohan Clarke
Thu 21 Jan Uniform Swiftlet Boigu and Saibai Islands, Torres Strait
First birds seen on Boigu on about the 19th January. Seen on three
different days on both Boigu Island and then later on Saibai Island up
until about 25th January. Up to four together at times but usually just
one or two. Always in the mornings and in the company of Fork-tailed
Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle, Laura Sisson and John Ewen
Black-headed Gull Boigu and Saibai Islands
Two Black-headed Gulls, one on Boigu Island and the other on Saibai
Island. Both are first winter birds about to moult into first summer
with the Boigu Island bird being slightly more advanced. First records
Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle et al.
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