Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 23 Apr 2012 01:31:02 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Apr 2012.

Sun 22 Apr Australian Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands
Probably a young male, 'spearfishing' from edge of scleria at main lagoon for more than 30 minutes this morn: watched from lookout 70m away by five scopes and ditto binos with two experienced birdo parties in the wetlands.
Tony Ashton

Sat 21 Apr Flock Bronzewing 100 km South of Hughenden
This morning between 8.00 am and 9.00 am numerous Flock Bronzewing, male, female and immature concentrated around dam at Vellum, 300 metres south of homestead track and adjacent to the highway (current roadwork activity did not seem to phase the flocks). Birds were in small flocks, occasionally singles, largest about 25, coming in to the dam to drink. Some landed in grass nearby. Flocks coming and departing frequently, very hard to estimate overall numbers but probably several hundred over the hour. Additional flocks sighted north to a point 80 km south of Hughenden. First reported two weeks ago, the flocks are still very active in this area.
Peter Valentine

Nankeen Night-Heron Kirwan (Townsville)
Single bird seen at the small ornamental lake on Golf Links Drive. First here in 12 years.
Ivor Preston

Fri 20 Apr Red-necked Crake Fitzroy St, Heatley
Found alive in cricket practice nets. Taken to local carer. One of very few reports in Townsville.
Beth Snewin per Ivor Preston

Tue 17 Apr Red-chested Button-quail Mount Flagstone QLD 10' Cell
Good views for 4 observers. Red flanks obvious as it twice flew from roadside Gunadoo Rd & Old Flinders Highway, Woodstock.
Ian Boyd, Bill Holmes, Tony Allingham & Ivor Preston

Barn Owl Tyto Wetland
Barn Owl, large, flushed about 8.30am. Two short flights. Long distant pose in paperbark. Probably first day sighting in several years. Also probably the 'Grey Goshawk' seen in harsh light yesterday. Sad aside: at least five Barn Owls seen dead by highway near Ingham in past four months.
Tony Ashton

Mon 16 Apr Dollarbird Shannonvale
A group of 13 birds on the power lines beside Shannonvale Road. This is the largest number I've seen together so far. There was also a Brown Goshawk perched on one of the power poles.
Peter Houston

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