Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 25 Jul 2011 01:30:39 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Jul 2011.

Sun 17 Jul Salvin's Prion Southport Pelagic
Three Salvin's Prions on Sunday's pelagic. Just holding off on this report while identification confirmed.
Steve Murray

Buff-banded Rail Private Property at Maskell Court, Draper, QLD 4520
In the vegetable garden in the middle of a cleared slope. First sighting of this bird on the property.
Julie Sarna

Antarctic Prion Southport Pelagic
Unusually large numbers of Prions for a Southport Pelagic. Most seemed to be Antarctic but Fairy Prions were also present. Others reported Slender-billed Prions and the jury is still out on some others. Wilson's Storm Petrels but no Black-bellied this time. All in all another fantastic pelagic!
Steve Murray

Brown Skua Southport Pelagic
Only seen occasionally out of Southport.
Steve Murray

Kermadec Petrel Southport Pelagic
2 Kermadec Petrels on the day, along with dozens of Providence Petrels
Steve Murray

Buller's Albatross Southport Pelagic
One Buller's seen on Sunday's Pelagic. The first seen for many years out of Southport. Also Black-browed and Yellow-nosed Albatross. We had Yellow-nosed following the boat all day. Unusual numbers of Albatross for QLD.
Steve Murray

Sat 16 Jul Yellow-nosed Albatross, Fairy Prion, Brown Skua North Stradbroke Island
A Seawatch from Pt Lookout 8.00 - 13.00 in constant rain produced 6 Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 Fairy Prion (+ 15 Prion sp) and 1 Brown Skua along with 125 Aust Gannets and Huttons and Fluttering Shearwaters. Approx 20 Humpback Whales passed during the watch.
Colin Reid, Stu Warren and Chris Sanderson

Sun 10 Jul Striated Grasswren and Rufous-crowned Emu-Wren Opalton
A family? group of grasswrens, comprising 6 individuals, was observed in low relatively young Triodia. Nearby was an extensive area of older Triodia. The emu-wrens (3) were with the grasswrens and were readily observed in and amongst the tussocks. All birds were very approachable with birds responding well to pishing.
David Charley

Sat 9 Jul Painted Finch Scrammy Lookout, Bladensburg National Park
12 birds were observed feeding and roosting 100m to the south west of the lookout. Woodland with extensive Triodia below.
David Charley

Painted Finch Scrammy Rock Hole
5 birds were observed coming to drink at the waterhole. two males, 1 female and 2 immature birds.
David Charley

Rufous-crowned Emu-Wren Bladensburg National Park, south of Winton
Three family groups were observed in old, tall Triodia to the south of Skull Hole. in all 11 birds were observed. All located by walking slowly through the extensive areas of Triodia.
David Charley

Wed 6 Jul Plum-headed Finch, Chestnut-breasted Finch Lagoon on western edge of Longreach
In excess of 400 Plum-headed Finches and possibly up to 50 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were observed roosting in a thicket of Typha. Flocks number between 6 and 120+ came in to roost from the south, west and north, although most birds came from the north. Numerous immature birds were observed of both species. Birds started to arrived at the roost approximately an hour before sunset and stopped arriving just after the sun had set. The birds could be seen moving about within the roost and drinking at the edge of the reeds. The birds were calling continuously.
David Charley

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