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Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 5 Jan 2014.

Sun 5 Jan       Australian Little Bittern, Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake, 
Nutmeg Mannikin Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
Excellent birding, remarkable constructed wetlands. Australian Little Bittern 
(2) On the east side of the second lagoon. Baillon's Crake Several sightings in 
the second lagoon. Spotless Crake (1) In second lagoon. Nutmeg Mannikin (4) 
Feeding on rushes.
Jo Culican

Sat 4 Jan       Fork-tailed Swift Griffin
Several hundred over north at great height late evening. Birds were so high 
they could not be seen with naked eye, only through bins/scope. Birds only 
picked up at first when I checked a high flying raptor through bins and saw a 
large flock of high flying swifts behind it. A few large flocks went through as 
the southeasterly cool change arrived this evening. Would speculate that some 
of the 4,000 birds seen in northern NSW this am may have been involved, 
reorientating after arriving in coastal strip on the hot winds that bought the 
heatwave conditions to the Brisbane area today.
Andy Jensen

        Oriental Cuckoo Anstead Bushland Reserve
Two today. One to the west of the power lines near the river, and a second, a 
hepatic female, near the top of the sealed road leading from the smaller car 
park. All went quiet after 7.30am.
Rod Gardner`

        Pale-vented Bush-hen, Spotless Crake Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Prolonged views of an adult Bush-hen just to the right of the bird hide. Bird 
was preening in a low bush. Greenish bill with bright orange shield indicating 
breeding plumage. This seems to be first record on eremaea for this site. Also 
a pair of Spotless Crakes showing well to the left of the western viewing 
Steve Murray

Fri 3 Jan       Lewin's Rail Bellbowrie (near playing fields)
Lewin's Rail calling along a minor creek at eastern edge of sports field 
complex; two Buff-banded Rails seen/heard on another branch of the creek. 
Habitat was a trickling creek with pools, through continuous cover of dense 
grass and creepers under leguminous shrubs, with several tall gums.
Roger Jaensch

        Pink-eared Duck Coombabah Wetland
Pink-eared Duck (2)
DMT Braithwaite

Thu 2 Jan       Spotted Harrier Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast
Immature bird
Greg Roberts

        Australian Painted Snipe, Australian Little Bittern, Spotless Crake, 
Baillons's Crake Parklakes Wetlands, Bli Bli
Male Australian Painted Snipe present this morning. Pair of Australian Little 
Bitterns feeding together.5 Bailon's Crake, 1 Spotless Crake, 1 Little Grassbird
Greg Roberts

        Spotless Crake Drying up brown pond off Whittome Esp Murrumba Downs
Spotless Crake and 1 Chick also Buff-banded Rail, not great photo
John Dennison

Wed 1 Jan       Pale-vented Bush-hen Kingfisher Park, Kenmore
Captured this Pale-vented bush-hen. I was looking for the Buff Banded Rail - 
found and managed to capture a few photos.
Anne Love-Hoskins

        Noisy Pitta Mt Glorious (27 19S 152 45E)
Rainforest filled with many Noisy Pitta, every 100m or so along creek (very 
close views), Barred Cuckoo-shrike,
Chris Read

        Little Bittern, Spotless Crake, Baillons Crake, Freckled Duck North 
Lakes Estate, Mango Hill SEQld
Only got a short view of the Little Bittern early in morning. Good views of the 
Spotless Crake and Baillons Crake. 4 Freckled ducks feeding, good close viewing.
Pauline Brennan

        Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island
2 birds at the high tide roost this morning with the Bar-tailed Godwits - first 
picked up by Chris. Both birds were fresh and with pale fringes to the mantle 
feathers and coverts - suggesting immature birds.
Rob Morris, Paul Walbridge, Chris Wiley

Tue 31 Dec      Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake, Latham's Snipe, Horsfield's 
Bronze-Cuckoo Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve
Fine, mild day with 90-100% cloud cover. Birded with Vince. Looking for 
reported Crake and Rails. Baillon's Crake (4) very active and great close-up 
views Spotless Crake (2) good long close views Latham's Snipe (1) behind 
viewing platform Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo good close and prolonged views. In 
callistemons just past viewing platform
Julie Sarna (1190)

Tue 31 Dec      White-browed Woodswallow Griffin
Three birds over my house this afternoon flying south towards Henry Road.
Andy Jensen

Mon 30 Dec      Pale-vented Bush-hen, Lewin's Rail Gold Creek Reservoir
Excellent views of a bush-hen walking around in the open once the crowds died 
down! Also the Lewin's Rail briefly (chasing the bush-hen!)
Rob Morris

        Grey Plover Manly Boat Harbour
Two Grey Plovers on the island this morning. One green flagged. Unable to 
locate any Broad-billed Sandpipers.
Steve Murray

        Australian Little Bittern, King Quail, Lewin's Rail Parklakes Wetland, 
Sunshine Coast and nearby grasslands
1 female Aust Little Bittern (joining a male seen earlier) at Parklakes. Also 4 
Baillon's Crake. In grassland along the Yandina Road nearby, 1 Lewin's Rail and 
2 King Quail calling
Greg Roberts

        Plum-headed Finch Griffin
Three birds in grassland along Brays Road this am, turning east from top of 
Henry Road and following down to start of gravel. Male and two fem/imm types. 
Unusual at this location and following on from Marie's sighting near Lake 
Samsonvale a week or so back.
Andy Jensen

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