Birdline North Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 6 Jan 2013.
|Sun 6 Jan
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Little Curlew (8) at first viewing area after 9am
|Sat 5 Jan
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.
|Fri 4 Jan
Mungalla Station (Private Property)
Melanistic Little Egret with multicoloured plumage seen among hundreds of mixed egrets alongside flooded Palm Creek and pasture.
|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.
|Thu 3 Jan
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
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.
|Sat 29 Dec
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)
|Wed 26 Dec
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
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.
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