Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 7 Jan 2013 01:30:58 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Jan 2013.

Sun 6 Jan Little Curlew Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Little Curlew (8) at first viewing area after 9am
BirdLife Townsville

Sat 5 Jan Black-tailed Native-hen Mungalla Station (Private property between Ingham and Forrest Beach)
Black-tailed Native-hen active around old stockyard area. Very alert quick to run or fly (short distances). First I've seen near Ingham.
Tony Ashton

Fri 4 Jan Little Egret Mungalla Station (Private Property)
Melanistic Little Egret with multicoloured plumage seen among hundreds of mixed egrets alongside flooded Palm Creek and pasture.
Tony Ashton

Thu 3 Jan Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, Golden Bowerbird Paluma Range National Park
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (1) On drive up, flew across road about 4.2klm before Paluma. Golden Bowerbird (3) birthday creek, two males and female.
Ed Pierce

Thu 3 Jan Grass Owl Private property Woodstock via Townsville
One bird seen in the same area on two seperate occassions in a one hour period (10pm-11pm). First time the observers have seen a Grass Owl in this area. During the spotlighting excursion on the property Barn Owls and Tawny Frogmouth were also seen.
Ian Boyd, and Peter and Leonie Valentine

Sun 30 Dec Barn Swallow France Road Turf Farm, Edmonton
Single bird with a Welcome Swallow on the turf farm off France Road, around access track. Quite a tatty individual, with a pale throat and forehead, but dark chest band, and clean white underparts noted. (Moderators Note:- Pale throat suggests a juvenile). Little Curlew also still present.
Andy Jensen

Sat 29 Dec Black Butcherbird Landsdown Creek, 7 km north of Woodstock
Black Butcherbird settled a few metres away from me while I was watching a waterhole in Landsdown Creek, and stayed there for some time. The build of the bird and its confiding nature suggests a juvenile. A seemingly most unusual environment for this species. Sorry no photo, but no doubt about the ID either. (Moderators' Note: - At about 26km inland from the Townsville coastline, this is a very unusual sighting, being so far from coastal mangrove forests)
Bill Holmes

Wed 26 Dec Banded Honeyeater Hasties Swamp
Swamp was very dry, little to see but for a Banded Honeyeater in tree by bird hide. (Moderator Note:- Not recorded on bird list from this location).
Tony & Stephanie Dawe Edwin Vella

Sooty Owl Wallaman Falls Road
Sooty Owl (ex Lesser) spotted and tracked down clinging briefly to vine in first section of rainforest on Wallaman Falls Road ( about 14km from the falls) at around 3am.
Tony Ashton

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