Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 3 Dec 2012 01:31:13 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Dec 2012.

Sun 2 Dec Oriental Cuckoo Palmetum Botanical Garden, Townsville
Oriental Cuckoo (4) at least, including 1 hepatic (rufous) bird.
Ed Pierce

Fri 30 Nov Australian Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands
Male Australian Little Bittern showed up briefly near hide this morn flew low away from hide and shortly after even further west, again into scleria.
Tony Ashton

Thu 29 Nov Sooty Oystercatcher Rowes Bay mangroves, Townsville
Sooty Oystercatcher (4) not common in the Townsville area. Seen at low tide on waters edge on stoney ground.
Alexandra Canton

Tue 27 Nov Black-chinned Honeyeater Gollogly Lane, Condon
3 pairs in flowering eucalypts.
Ivor Preston

Mon 26 Nov Oriental Cuckoo Palamino Place, Kelso, Townsville (Upper Bohle River)
Single Oriental Cuckoo flying in upper canopy of riparian forest along the upper Bohle River. First sighting this summer of a species that is reasonably regular in this habitat but not consistent. Sighting at 6.00 am during early morning survey.
Peter Valentine

Sat 24 Nov Stubble Quail Mungalla Station (Private Property) Forrest Beach
One male and two female Stubble Quail observed by many in open grazing lands adjacent to Palm Creek. These birds were seen in the same general area during the Birdlife Townsville weekend campout. (Identification photo - Len Ezzy)
Marleen Acton and numerous Birdlife Townsville members

Grass Owl Mungalla Station (Private Property), Forrest Beach
One Grass Owl observed (and photographed) in thick grass beside a property access track on one of Birdlife Townsville campout's night spotlighting activities. Grass Owls have been seen on this property very infrequently by the owners, but these sightings have not previously been reported. Grass Owls are rarely seen in the Ingham region these days. (Identification photo - Len Ezzy)
Ian Boyd and 5 other Birdlife Townsville members

Fri 23 Nov Oriental Pratincole Mungalla Station (Forrest Beach, Queensland)
Oriental Pratincole (7) Uncommon visitor to this part of North Queensland. Seen by all during the Birdlife Townsville campout.
Len & Chris Ezzy (et al)

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