Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 17 Dec 2012 01:31:16 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 16 Dec 2012.

Sun 16 Dec Australian Little Bittern North Quarter estate, Murrumba Downs
At least one bird present at south end of south lake near viewing platform. Close to Reserve Crt, Murrumba Downs.
Gavin Goodyear

Cotton Pygmy-goose Near Geigers Lagoon, Rosewood
Coords -27.65226, 152.63290
Tom Tarrant, Lian Denham, Chloe Youl, Christine Shelley, Dave Torr

Cotton Pygmy-goose Atkinson's Dam
2 males coords -27.4336, 152.4647
Tom Tarrant, Lian Denham, Chloe Youl, Christine Shelley, Dave Torr

Cotton Pygmy-goose Lake Clarendon
2 males
Tom Tarrant, Dave Torr, Lian Denham, Christine Shelley, Chloe Youl.

Australian Crake Lake Galetly, Gatton
Single bird feeding at midday in 30+ degree temperatures, directly opposite hide (not on island)
Tom Tarrant, Dave Torr, Lian Denham, Chloe Youl, Christine Shelley

Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane
Again on centre island of roost in front of hide at car park end over the high tide late morning.
Andy Jensen

Sat 15 Dec Wedge-tailed Eagle Gold Creek Reservoir
Wedge-tailed Eagle (2) Eagles circling for half an hour , very HIgh above Gold creek
Jo Culican

Sat 15 Dec Kermadec Petrel Southport Pelagic
12+ today which is a record count from Southport on single day trips. Most were intermediates with a couple of dark phase birds. They were continuously around the boat for 90 mins +
Rob Morris on the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Gould's Petrel Southport Pelagic
2-3 Birds today.
Rob Morris on the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Black-winged Petrel Southport Pelagic
1, possibly 2 yesterday
Rob Morris on the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

Black, Black-winged, Gould's, Kermadec, Tahiti and Grey-faced Petrels, South Polar Skua, L-T Jaeger Southport Pelagic
1 Black, 1 Black-winged, 2-3 Gould's, 12 Kermadec, 3 Tahiti and 100+ Grey-faced Petrels, 1 dark South Polar Skua, 1 imm Long-tailed, 1-2 Arctic, 3-4 Pomerine Jaegers. Get day! Photos to follow!
Robert Morris and all on board the pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge

White-throated Needletail North Brisbane - Boondall to Griffin
Massive numbers of needletails NE of Brisbane this am. Driving back to Griffin, wall to wall large flocks of WT Needletail from Boondall to Griffin, feeding low in clear skies. When I was able to stop having got off the motorway, the extent of the numbers became clear. Standing on the rise at the top of Henry Road in Griffin, the skies were full of swifts, with many more at great height too. Conservatively at least a couple of thousand birds, but probably considerably more than that... No Fork-taileds seen though!
Andy Jensen

Pale-vented Bush-hen and Oriental Cuckoo Anstead Bush Reserve
Two bush-hens still with down on their heads at north-east corner of the reserve by the road, near the junction of Hawkesbury and Mount Crosby Roads. Still two (possibly a third) Oriental Cuckoos in the same area as reported by Steve Murray a week ago.
Rod Gardner

South Polar Skua Southport Pelagic
1 dark phase bird 30 mins out of port
Rob Morris

Fri 14 Dec Square-tailed Kite Clear Mountain
Pair flying over head in Clear Mountain. Second time I have seen this species in my garden.
Andrew Sutherland

Thu 13 Dec Juvenile Australian Little Bittern Metroplex
Again on Southside of bridge. To left-hand side of rushes in far side of 2nd bay in the left bank. 6:40pm.
Colleen Lock

Juvenile Nankern Night Heron Metroplex
6:30pm - South of bridge, to right, near Aust. White Ibis. Took an out-of-focus, though identifiable photo.
Colleen & Wayne ock

Wandering Tattler Alexandra Heads
Single Wandering Tattler at Alexander Heads, on rocks in front of the Osprey Hotel. (as reported by Tim Dolby on Nov 21)
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham,, Chloe Youl

Wed 12 Dec Juvenile Australian Little Bittern Metroplex
South of bridge, in reeds left side of 2nd bay, 6:15pm
Colleen Lock

Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane Roost
Bird still present today on centre island in front of hide at 9.30
Stuart Pickering and Dick Jenkin

Tue 11 Dec Spotless Crake Metroplex Wetlands, Murarrie
Seen preening after bath on southside of wetlands about 1 pm.
Sheryl Keates & Alex Ferguson

Pale-vented Bush-hen Thornlands
At 5.30am on the left of Thornlands Rd, between 2nd and 3rd roundabouts (at bottom of hill). Very good close view on the mown bank before it disappeared into the rank vegetation. My first sighting of Bush-hens in the area.
George Chapman

Mon 10 Dec Painted Honeyeater Near Washpool Road south east of Peaks Crossing
It was on private land but there is similar habitat nearby along Washpool Road and Mt Elliot Road. Please note there is a bushfire in the area at present which is why I was there. I was actually fighting a fire when 2 birds landed nearby.
Barry Davies

Oriental Cuckoo Anstead Bushland Reserve
Following Rod Gardner's report yesterday, I was able to locate two birds at the end of the track that leads to a hill overlooking the river (North of the powerlines). One bird was seen well. Another was seen from a distance and looked grey brown on the back rather than grey. It was only seen from behind and may have been an immature bird. Another bird was seen on the track that leads back toward the quarry (near the powerlines). All birds were very flighty and I could only manage a poor quality record shot.
Steve Murray

Sat 8 Dec White-throated Nightjar Ewen Maddock Dam
Sighted on the ground in the middle of a walking track late in the afternoon
Vincent Bugeja

Baillon's Crake Ewen Maddock Dam
Sighted at the waters edge and near the reeds late in the afternoon
Vincent Bugeja

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