Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 25 Nov 2013 03:01:50 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Nov 2013.

Tue 19 Nov Black-chinned Honeyeater Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso
Two observers on an overcast and sultry afternoon (30 degC). Water level dropped to half full, exposing small islands and smaller pools. Woodland surrounds very dry. Drinking in a track puddle at the northern end and also in the trees along Riverway on the eastern side..
Ivor Preston

Tue 19 Nov Rufous Owl Cairns Esplanade
Looking for the rufous owl. Scooted over at lunch time to the spot on the corner of Florence and Abbott where it has been seen regularly. Its there today. Magic sighting. Thanks Dick, John and Norton for assisting. Rufous Owl (1) Bird on the corner of Florence and Abbott street in the mangoes as described previously.
Luke Jackson (2757)

Elegant Imperial-Pigeon Cape Tribulation
Elegant Imperial-Pigeon (1) 06.15 light poor, overcast and drizzle. Large pigeon flew overhead showing black wings and tail and a grey body. I was able to track the pigeon to a tree a short distance back off the beach. The pigeon was perched with its back to me and from this view I was able to see its grey body and dark bill. The light conditions did not allow one to see any green on wings and I was unable to get a position to see any brown under tail. (Moderators note: BARC submission has been submitted)
John Pearson

Mon 18 Nov White-throated Needletail Figtree Close, Malanda
At 5.15 pm small flock of swifts flying over the rainforest. Good views with binoculars confirmed White-throated Needletail. Storms, showers most of the afternoon in the Atherton/Malanda area. Additional views from nearby open grassy hilltop did not add to the estimate and they had disappeared by 5.30pm. White-throated Needletail (10) flying above rainforest canopy - between 20 and 100 metres above canopy, up to 500 metres above grassy area.
Peter Valentine

Sat 16 Nov Grey Wagtail Lake Evan,(Brady Road Swamp) Mareeba
Observers - Doug Herrington, Kevin and Leanne Ross Grey Wagtail (1) seen by 3 observers - non-breeding - yellowish on breast, pale legs (as opposed to all other wagtails) also seen 2 years ago at Lake Mitchell. Aso seen - 4 Australian Pratincole
Doug Herrington

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