Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 27 Jan 2014 03:02:15 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 26 Jan 2014.

Thu 23 Jan Varied Sittella (White-winged leucoptera) Jourama Falls
Varied Sittella (White-winged. Race leucoptera) seen flying against blue sky near camp area this morning. Huge white wing bars dominated underview of wee bird. Twittering calls heard and three birds seen flying off across tops of tallest eucalypts. Calls also heard bit later near falls parking circle. Second time of seeing this race of the species at this site. But, again, no pictures. (Moderator's note: - this sighting of this race leucoptera of the Varied Sittella is at least 300 km east of the previously accepted distributiion range).
Tony Ashton

Tue 21 Jan Nankeen Night-Heron Mount Lewis
Seen by all 4 observers roosting in a tree on the edge of the cleared area near AWC gate. Most unusual place to find this species.
Gil Crabtree, Ivor Preston, Ian Boyd, Bill Holmes

Spotted Whistling-Duck Awonga Waste Treatment Plant, Weipa
31 Spotted Whistling-Duck seen among a few Radjah Shelduck, Grey Teal and Pacific Black Duck. Interesting as other duck numbers are dropping with the onset of the wet, Spotted Whistling-Duck are increasing.
Ben Bright

Sun 12 Jan White-browed Robin Bamaga Road (Sanamere Creek crossing)
Dawn. Cloudy heading to rain. Surprised to see White-browed Robin north of the Jardine River. White-browed Robin (2) 1 either side of small creek hopping about in low eucalypt branches. Approachable. Calling 'song 2' of Morcombe's app. Unusual to see north of the Jardine River. Klaus Uhlenhut (Cape York Bird Week) had a reliable pair at Jardine pump station (13km direct flight away) for many years now not present. Birds Queensland reported at Pajinka (The Tip of CY) in 1995/6.
Rob Reed

Sat 11 Jan Eastern Yellow Wagtail France Road Turf Farm, Edmonton

Darren Phillips

Sat 4 Jan Spotted Whistling-Duck Lockhart River Sewage Ponds
After numerous visits to the Lockhart River sewage ponds from 1 January, was pleased to see two Spotted Whistling-Duck this afternoon mixing with six Wandering Whistling-Duck.
John Weigel

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