Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 9 May 2011 01:30:30 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 8 May 2011.

Fri 6 May Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) West End, Townsville (garden)
10am, an imm riflebird hunting thru the garden, watched regugitate what look like palm seeds then catch and take a gecko into cover. My first sighting here in over 24 years.
Ed Pierce

Wed 4 May White-winged Triller Kewarra Beach foreshore, Cairns Northern Beaches
A single male White-winged Triller in eclipse plumage was seen & photographed this morning from the water's edge at the southern end of Kewarra Beach (pic is attached). It was on it's own. This species is quite an uncommon bird around Cairns, with very small numbers seen some years during the cooler months. Other birds seen at this end of this beach in the last week or so include Shining Flycatcher, Mangrove Robin, & Azure Kingfisher. Plenty of immature Channel-billed Cuckoos are still around here, getting into a still fruiting fig.
Martin Cachard

Sun 1 May Buff-banded Rail, Green Pygmy-goose, Cotton Pygmy-goose, White-winged Black Tern Horseshoe Lagoon, Giru
Seen from the hide on Hodel Road, one Buff-banded Rail feeding in front of the hide (photo attached). Amongst a large number (> 50) of Cotton Pygmy-geese were two Green Pygmy-geese. A flock of at least 40 White-winged Black Terns were also feeding across the lagoon.
Peter Valentine

Australian Bustard Kuranda (village)
Found in backyard this morning ( large forested property) - strong healthy looking bird. Very calm, left a poop as it flew off. Recognised as same poop we have been seeing on our driveway under a fruiting Burdekin Plum for about 3 weeks. Flew off towards Barron River.
gayle hannah

Thu 21 Apr Australasian Shoveler Pentland Dam
Seen late in the afternoon from the cemetery side. (1 x Male)
Annette Sutton Joan Wharton Ray Sutton

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