Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 01:30:42 +1000
Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 11 Apr 2010.

Sun 4 Apr       White-eared Honeyeater White Mountains NP (near
(1). White-eared Honeyeater in White Mountains NP at S 20°41'35"; E
145°09'36" (on the western side of the Canns Camp track, about 400 past
where the power line crosses the track)11:30 am . Flying into our
binoculars while we were watching a Little Woodswallow atop a dead tree,
the bird landed on the same limb about a foot from the LWS. It stayed
for about 10seconds and then flew to the south.
Len & Chris Ezzy

        Carpentarian Grasswren McNamarra's Road site Mt Isa
Single adult bird on western side of road 150 metres south of cairn and
150 metres in from the roadway in a well vegitated gully / creek area.
Bird's initial movements were short hops into spinifex along Gully then
short flights / runs on open ground including floor of gully with
occasional stops to observe.
Robert Burgoyne / Eleanor Dennis

Sat 3 Apr       Square-tailed Kite Moorrinya National Park
1 x Square-tailed Kite seen 1.6km SW of Woolshed Campground during 20
minute Birdata atlas survey (Restricted Vehicle Access Area). Sparsely
recorded in this region of Queensland. (S 21°25'53"; E 144°59'23" GDA -
73kms S of Town of Torrens Creek)
Len and Chris Ezzy

Fri 2 Apr       Ground Cuckoo-shrike Burra Range (Flinders Hway Rest
5 x Ground Cuckoo-shrikes first seen early Friday morning about 100
metres to the east of the new amenities and Picnic Shelters at the Burra
Range Truck Rest Area. (S 20°43'42"; E 145°11'04" GDA - 33km WSW of
Pentland) Distant ID picture attached.
Len Ezzy

        Pictorella Mannikin Moorrinya National Park (Pidgeon Dam and
Woolshed Campground)
16 x Pictorella Mannikins seen here (S 21°23'24"; E 145°01'42" GDA) most
preening in dam-side shrubs, though some came in for a drink. Seen with
Zebra and Double-barred Finches. Extensive grass seeding. There were
also 4 x Pictorellas seen atop dead trees (S 21°25'08"; E 144°59'44"
GDA) near the Moorrinya Woolshed Campground.
Len and Chris Ezzy

        Grey-fronted Honeyeater White Mountains National Park - gravel
scrapes south side of the Flinders Hwy
No Atlas records at this site. Also seen by others on 2, 3 & 4 April in
flowering Grevillea decora.
Ivor Preston, Karen Doyle, George & Theresa Baker

Tue 30 Mar      Kalkadoon Grasswren Mount Isa, east end of Pamela Street
At 4:30 pm approx., a pair put on a real display for us over an 8 minute
timespan. We were amazed at just how fast they could travel as they
chased each other around a small section of gully. Then, they settled
down to feeding, coming within 3 metres of us and giving spectacular
views. Many fitness people were running very close to this sighting but
birds were not shy nor seemed concerned as people passed by.
Brian & Meg Johnson


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