Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 24 Dec 2012 01:31:16 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 23 Dec 2012.

Sun 23 Dec Black-Breasted Button-Quail Noosa National Park
Male-female pair closely observed at 1240pm with readily evident platelets alongside track between Granite Bay/Winch Cove and northern end of Alexandria Bay. Previously seen Feb 2009 at same location.
Luke Bennett

Australian Little Bittern Metroplex--south of bridge
One bird flew low from right to left across water in front of island. Seen from bridge. 820am
Mat Gilfedder

Sat 22 Dec Little Bronze Cuckoo Lake Atkinson
1 bird in woodland opposite lagoon, also 2 Cotton Pygmy Geese
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty & Stuart Warren

Red-necked Avocet, Glossy Ibis 7 Mile Lagoon
21 Red-necked Avocet and over 120 Glossy Ibis, 100 seen in 1 flock! Also Brown Songlark
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty & Stuart Warren

Australian Painted Snipe, Black-tailed Native-hen Lake Clarendon
2 Australian Painted Snipe flushed from small lagoon opposite state school, 1 bird seen well was a female. Native-hen seen in paddock behind lagoon. On Lake Clarendon were over 200 Whiskered tern & a pair of Cotton Pygmy Geese.
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty & Stuart Warren

Black Kites, Red-kneed Dotterel Jahnkes lagoon
10 Black kites flew over lagoon, also at least 40 Red-kneed Dotterel, Brown Songlark and a White-winged Triller
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty & Stuart Warren

Australian Spotted Crake, Little Grassbirds Lake Galletly
Australian Spotted Crake showing well this morning on bank opposite hide,best viewed from road.Also 4 Little Grassbirds to the left of the hide, 5 Blue-billed ducks and a Rufous Songlark
Stuart Pickering, Colin Reid, Rob Dougherty & Stuart Warren

Black Kite 137 Watson Rd, Kobble Creek
Single bird in a loose flock of six Whistling Kites. (coords -27.23844, 152.81051) Bird #154 for block-list!
Tom & Marie Tarrant

Fri 21 Dec Pale-vented Bush-hen Kenilworth
A pair of bush-hens seen. Also seen around the Sunshine Coast were Superb Fruit-Dove, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, White-eared Monarch, Glossy Ibis
Greg Roberts

Thu 20 Dec Oriental Cuckoo and other cuckoos Anstead Bush Reserve
At least ten Oriental Cuckoos today, including two brown birds, and one flying high to the south. The reserve was cuckoo central today, with eight species, Eastern Koel (8), Channel-billed Cuckoo (5), Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (1), Little Bronze-Cuckoo (1 heard distantly), Pallid Cuckoo (1), Fan-tailed Cuckoo (1), Brush Cuckoo (2), plus Pheasant Coucal (9).
Rod Gardner

Pacific Baza Anstead Bushland Reserve
A pair near the picnic area feeding on large grasshoppers / crickets by swooping down into the grass and returning to low branches to eat them.
Rob Morris

Oriental Cuckoo Anstead Bushland Reserve
3-4 birds this morning. I bumped into Rod Gardner who had seen 8+!
Rob Morris

Wed 19 Dec King Quail Binna Burra Road, Beechmont
One male on the road at night about 200m before Boongala Drive ((about 5 kms from the Beechmont Road roundabout and 5km before Binna Burra Lodge).
Matt Davies

Red-backed Button-quail Beechmont Road, Beechmont
On the road at night between McInnes Drive and the old school (about 100m before the roundabout).
Matt Davies

Oriental Cuckoo Anstead Bushland Reserve

Andrew Stafford

Fork-tailed Swift Anstead Bushland Reserve
2-3 birds among small numbers of White-throated Needletails
Andrew Stafford

Tue 18 Dec Spotless Crake Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
1 adult and 3 immature - just to the north of the birdhide. 0600 - 0730, fine and warm. Many other birds enjoying the drying waterhole.
Brian & Meg Johnson

Baillon's Crake North Quarter Estate Murrumba Downs
The Baillon's Crake was in the same place that Gavin Goodyear reported an Australian Little Bittern, the viewing platform near Reserve Road, I didn't see the Little Bittern
John Dennison

Banded Lapwing (20+) Waters Rd, near Seven Mile Lagoon
At least 20 individuals in view from road opposite Pilk's Place (private property). Others seen distantly from roadside lagoon on adjacent Banool Road (this is unsigned - check Google Maps). Other waterbirds at Seven Mile included Glossy Ibis, Whiskered Tern and who knows what else...
Andrew Stafford

Brown Songlark (4-5) Jahnke's Lagoon, Lockyer Valley
This lagoon is beginning to dry out and is flush with waterbirds: hundreds of Pink-eared Duck; dozens of Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels; many Sharp-tailed Sandpiper; one Yellow-billed Spoonbill, etc. Well worth a longer look than I had time for!
Andrew Stafford

Spotted Crake Lake Galletly, USQ
Still present this morning. On exposed muddy bank opposite hide, wading in shallow water from there towards right-hand corner
Andrew Stafford

Black-tailed Native-hen Lake Clarendon
Well-coloured adult on lagoon opposite state school
Andrew Stafford

Mon 17 Dec Spotted Crake Lake Galletly, UQ Gatton
Spotted Crake still showing well this morning diagonally across from the hide (better viewed from the road) dashing around on a kind of spit that juts out from the encircling bank. Also present was a Baillons Crake and Little Grassbird heard calling.
Marie Tarrant

Superb Fruit-Dove Cooloolabin, Sunshine Coast
2 separate birds seen and a third heard, with numerous Rose-crowned and Wompoo Fruit-Doves
Greg Roberts

Sat 15 Dec 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

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