Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 4 Mar 2013 01:31:33 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 3 Mar 2013.

Sun 3 Mar White-eared Honeyeater White Mountains National Park
Survey of the track from the Tower to Canns Camp Creek including Sawpit Lookout. Most of the National Park severely burnt and in devastated condition. The area below the lookout burnt right down into the gullies, most of the White-eared Honeyeater habitat destroyed here. Very few birds compared to normal situation. Some Grevillea decora already flowering, most grevillea areas completely destroyed by the fires. White-eared Honeyeater Seen just near the Cann's Camp Creek campground (about 300 metres up the slope along the track). Good to see at least some survival.
Peter Valentine

Sun 3 Mar Wandering Tattler Machans Beach 1' cell
Wandering Tattler (1) Feeding on rocky breakwater along main esplanade and once on the grass edge allowing good views of white eyebrows. The bird was very approachable and provided several good photo opportunities. Previously reported by Norton Gill, John Pearson. Location provided by Pippa from BirdLife.
George and Teresa Baker

Sat 2 Mar Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Pentland
Survey of the lake (dam) which was very dry - last pool on the eastern most edge adjacent to Cape Road; remainder muddy and shallow, mostly dried out with green growth around the outer edges. Remarkable population of Pink-eared Ducks and Red-kneed Dotterels all very active and spread out over the damp/wet areas. The single Freckled Duck roosting with others and eventually feeding. Freckled Duck (1) solitary, roosting and preening for long periods, joined by Hardheads, Pink-eared Duck and Eurasian Coot. Some distance from viewing point but excellent views in scope and bins, ID photo. Pink-eared Duck (53) widely scattered in groups and solitary, feeding in both deeper water and very shallow wetland Red-kneed Dotterel (38) amazing number throughout the entire area, well-spaced around the edges of all water bodies, very active. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (5) feeding in the very shallow areas in a small flock
Peter Valentine

Sat 2 Mar Little Kingfisher Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Calm, hot, humid. very quiet birdwise. Little Kingfisher (1) lagoon between freshwater and jacana hides
Ed Pierce

Mon 25 Feb Budgerigar Undara Experience
Several heard but only 1 seen flying north. First sighting for here in at least 4 years.
Chris Armstrong

Sat 23 Feb Black Bittern, Fork-tailed Swift Elizabeth Creek, Mount Surprise
In the afternoon, 1x Black Bittern seen below the bridge while 4 of us were fishing. Dozens of Fork-tailed Swifts overhead heading east in front of a storm.
Chris Armstrong

Fri 22 Feb Fork-tailed Swift Undara Experience
Dozens of fork-tailed Swifts moving east about 9am.
Chris Armstrong

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