Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 18 Nov 2013 03:01:47 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 17 Nov 2013.

Sun 17 Nov Barred Cuckooshrike, White-eared Monarch Gold Creek Reservoir
Walked from the carpark then along the track around the dam. Good birding behind the dam. Very distinctive platelets seen behind the dam. Barred Cuckooshrike (1) One seen calling in trees near the first creek crossing with the locked gate close to the toilet blocks. Others possibly heard. White-eared Monarch (2) One seen well along the track behind the dam in flowering trees. Then flew away but was not relocated. Also another individual heard calling constantly intermittently.
Benjamin Harms

Sun 17 Nov Lewin's Rail, Barred Cuckooshrike Gold Creek Reservoir
Lewin's Rail (1) At creek crossing below the reservoir Barred Cuckooshrike (1) Near creek crossing below the reservoir
Rod Gardner

Fri 15 Nov Barn Owl Lilly St, Greenslopes
The second time in a month I have heard the distinctive screech of a Barn Owl in the area. I suppose it is not unexpected for suburbia, but it seems this species is under-reported and/or unnoticed.
Russell Yong

White-throated Needletail Stanmere St Carindale
30+ seen at about 7:10 am. (Moderator's note: This is the last sighting of White-throated Needletails that will be published for this season on Birdline unless exceptional numbers are seen. 100+ were seen at Jacob's Well this morning flying before a storm front. Please use lists to record all your sightings and ALL WTNT reports should be sent to Professor Mike Tarburton by emailing: )
Sheryl Keates

Thu 14 Nov Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Baillon's Crake Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Pair of resident Cotton Pygmy-Goose still present (SE corner of lagoon) and single Baillon's Crake (SW corner)
Chris Attewell

Thu 14 Nov White-bellied Sea-Eagle Nudgee Beach Reserve
Observing sandbar in front of hide on rising tide. Waders use sandbar as temporary roost up to c 2.5 hrs before high tide when it is flooded. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1) Adult flew out into bay, harrassed and eventually plucked unidentified all dark shearwater from water. (Moderator's note: This report is published under the interesting behaviour category).
Chris Attewell

Freckled Duck Moggill Wetlands
Sitting at the edge of the water grasses, easily viewed from side road. Now the water has receded you can carefully walk out toward the grasses to get a better look.
Lloyd Bullock

Southern Boobook Owl Anstead Bush Reserve
Not far up the track from the carpark; it sat for about half an hour before being hassled on by Spangled Drongos and Cockatoos.
Lloyd Bullock

White-throated Needletail Alexandra Hills
Lone bird flying over the junction between Finucane Rd and Vienna Rd, seen at 7am.
Russell Yong

Wed 13 Nov Bush Stone-curlew (Bush Thick-knee) Translational Research Institute, Dutton Park Train Station, Woolloongabba
Update from #201116/#202357/#204374: Both adult Bush Stone-curlews with both chicks (now likely five weeks post-hatching and approaching their parents in size). Also an Australian Brush-turkey in the atrium of the research institute - another species frequently but not daily encountered there.
Nikolas Haass

Pacific Black Duck - Mallard Hybrid Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill
This duck was sighted in the lagoon by the Kumbartcho birders on our regular monthly outing and our general opinion is that it resembles a Pacific Black Duck - Mallard Hybrid which has not been previously sighted at this location.
Vince Bugeja

Tue 12 Nov Little Lorikeet Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre
At least two Little Lorikeet in the tops of tall Eucalypts adjacent to the community centre
Todd Burrows

Mon 11 Nov Black-backed Bittern Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Black-backed Bittern (1) Adult bird flushed from first track parallel to main road. Other good birds included Baillon's Crake (2), Spotless Crake (2), White Winged Triller (3) and Nankeen Night Heron.
Steve Murray

Mon 11 Nov Short-tailed Shearwater Palm Beach, Gold Coast
Jed Knight

Collared Sparrowhawk Grant St, Cleveland
One male at the Grant St Business Centre, harassed by Grey Butcherbirds and Magpie-larks, flew into small trees before being chased on. Seen at about 4:10pm.
Russell Yong

Sun 10 Nov Black-breasted Buzzard 215 Savages Road, Upper Brookfield
Private property. Mainly steep, hilly forest country, some areas with heavy undergrowth of lantana and one or two small open grassed areas. Land for Wildlife/BCC quarterly survey property. Three surveyors, fine clear morning. Black-breasted Buzzard (1) Sailed briefly but directly above a small cleared area near house. Showing clearly a black face, chest and belly right through to the vent area. Large white areas at the bases of the outer black primaries which were well spread. Square tail with no barring. Wings appeared to be slightly upturned but difficult to see from directly below aspect. Have seen this species numerous times in western Qld.
Ross Smith

Sun 10 Nov Freckled Duck, Red-necked Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper Jaenkes Lagoon
Freckled Duck (7) roosting on southern shoreline (by road) with grey teal. Red-necked Avocet (1) and Marsh Sandpiper (1) feeding amongst ducks on shoreline of southern side.
Michael Wood

Black Falcon Berrinba Wetlands
Black Falcon flew over wetlands at about 1020.
Sandra Gallienne

Ibis - melanistic Australian white ibis ? Toorbul Artificial Roost
200 m north of roost. Any other suggestions of identity welcome - hybrid white/straw necked ibis?, oil stained?
Paul Marty

Thu 7 Nov White-throated Needletail Boondall Wetlands Reserve
White-throated Needletail (40) c40 white-throated needletail over saltmarsh
Chris Attewell

Sat 2 Nov Short-tailed Shearwater North Stradbroke Island
Many beach-washed Short-tailed Shearwaters. (Moderators Note! Many Short-tailed Shearwaters are currently washing up to beaches from Queensland to Victoria - original reports for each area in Queensland will be accepted, however on-going reports for the same area will not be further published)
Helmut Schaider

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