Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 28 Jan 2013 01:31:29 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Jan 2013.

Fri 25 Jan Bridled Tern Townsville Breakwater
Bridled Tern (1) One Bridled Tern at rest on the walkable breakwater about 100 metres back from the end. Not often seen on the Townsville coastline. ID digiscope heavily-cropped photo from about 200 metres distant. After I took this image, the bird flew towards Magnetic Island and did not return to the breakwater.
Len & Chris Ezzy

Mon 21 Jan Barn Swallow Port Douglas
Single bird briefly observed hawking for insects at the Port Douglas marina at 1630. In company with Welcome Swallows.
Alastair Smith

Sun 20 Jan Fork-tailed Swift Greenvale
A large flock of over 200 Fork-tailed Swift have been present over greenvale ahead of storm fronts since the 17th January. No other Swift species have been observed among them.
Kurtis Lindsay

Pied Heron The Esplanade, Cairns
One immature Pied Heron seen flying rather high over Esplanade heading south at about 10am - my first for the season near Cairns & first for some years here on the Esplanade. Also of note was a large flock of Cattle Egrets seen offshore from here a little earlier in the morning heading south & flying low over the water - prob about 25 birds... my first record of this species for this location.
Martin Cachard

Sat 19 Jan Cotton Pygmy-goose, Black-tailed Native-hen Stenhouse Dam (near Greenvale)
Cotton Pygmy-goose (340 individuals) A very large aggregation of males and females, all feeding on abundant macrophyte growth in the lake. Flock of 18 Black-tailed Native-hen and 40 Wandering Whistling Duck.
Kurtis Lindsay

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