Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 3 Feb 2014 03:01:52 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Feb 2014.

Sun 2 Feb Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Gull still around Saturday and Sunday. Late saturday roosting with silver gulls on far shore opposite boat ramp (between walls).Sunday Morning 0900 -0930,excellent views and photos of bird on 2 occasions - within 30 metres of viewing platform at end of road- small bays on RHS looking across dam. Longest view approx 10 minutes before flying off.
Jo & Matthew Culican

Broad-billed Sandpiper Dohles Rocks
Single bird with stint flock off Dohles Rocks this am at low tide from turning circle. Presumably same bird as late 2013. Nearby no sign of any Asian Dowitchers on the Pine River bend but Barwit numbers well down from earlier in year there.
Andy Jensen

Sat 1 Feb Asian Dowitcher Port of Brisbane Wader Roost - Fishermans Island
2 birds in a flock of 3-400 Bar-tailed Godwits, seen near the 2nd hide at 11.30. Very few other waders here despite a very high tide.
Stuart Pickering

Square-tailed Kite Grassdale Road, Gumdale
Bird seen perched in Eucalypt, on private property.
Sandra Harding and several other people

Glossy Black Cockatoo Anstead Bushland Reserve
Three birds flying east on the south side of the Brisbane River (Karalee).
Rod Gardner

Fri 31 Jan Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Widgee
Flock of 20
Greg Roberts

Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Bird present this morning. Seen on four consecutive days here.
Greg Roberts

Thu 30 Jan Powerful Owl Boscombe Rd, Brookfield
Calling loudly outside bedroom window from 11pm to well after 1am.
Chris Read

Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Bird photographed at Caravan Park Boat Ramp today 30 January about 10am take first left through the park down the hill to the public ramp. Note size differential with Silver Gull. Also refer Sarah's notes re roost site across from Ramp and slightly to left (pelicans, gulls etc,). Also seems to forage at Dam Day Park shoreline (toilets, BBQ's etc.). Best chance of a good shot is when fishers come in and clean fish at one of the ramps as occurred today - use the car as a hide.
Rob Burgoyne

Wed 29 Jan Franklin's Gull Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Initially seen from the end O'Neill's Road on opposite shore with pelicans from 0945. 'Scope required. At 1110 it flew towards the dam wall area and mixed with flying Silver Gulls for a short while before flying back to original spot on far side of dam where it still remained at 1310.
Sarah Beavis

Freckled Duck Murray Lagoon, opposite bank to Rockhampton Botanical Gardens
Multiple Freckled Ducks observed amongst an abundance of water birds on this lagoon. Many Caspian and Whiskered Terns as well. Several Channel-billed Cuckoos in the fig above the gardens cafe.
James Dickson

Mon 27 Jan Leaden Flycatcher! Woodland on Murgon-Kilcoy Road
Thanks to those who rightly pointed out that our Satin Flycatcher was a Leaden in very fresh breeding plumage! Shape of breast demarkation - straight when it would have been down curved at the sides; and paleness of under tail when it would have been much darker in the Satin are two of the key ID features that we missed. Plus back of bird is not consistent with the glossiness of Satin Flycatcher. Recordings taken of the call also inconclusive. A learning exorcise! Uploaded a different shot of the same bird.
Judith Hoyle, Gavin O'Meara and Deborah Metters

Sun 26 Jan Franklin's Gulls Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
Still showing well on Sunday evening but very mobile.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge

Topknot Pigeon Fredin Road 1' Cell
Topknot Pigeon (20) Flock of 20 flying across road
Russ Lamb

Sat 25 Jan Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo 26 09S 151 54E 1' Cell
Six seen flying and calling over Fred Smith Scrub CR NW of Murgon
Russ Lamb & Maria Dam

Sun 19 Jan White-browed Crake North Lakes, Mango Hill
Same bird as previously reported. Baillon's and Spotless Crakes also present.
Rob Morris

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