Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 2 Jun 2014 03:01:48 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 1 Jun 2014.

Sun 1 Jun Yellow Chat Causeway on Bajool-Port Alma Road
Two beautiful females observed for several minutes 300m before saltworks Bajool Gate 1 (opposite power pole 31616) at 8.30am.
George & Judith Chapman

Plum-headed Finch (117), Ground Cuckoo-shrike (6), Scarlet Robin (1) and Cockatiel (2) Pecheys Lagoon, Lower Tenthill
Plum heads in profusion feeding on roadside grass seed and bathing in Lagoon.One large mixed species flock had plum heads, double bars, Yellow-rumped thornbills, Grey fantails and a Scarlet Robin in the mix.2 groups of ground-cuckoo shrikes flew low overhead, calling. Male and female cockatiels in dead tree on lagoon edge.
Jo & Matt Culican

Stubble Quail (1) and Great Crested Grebe (110) Boyces Road, Lockyer Valley
A large plump quail, with white streaks on head perched on small bush in grassy paddock. Approximately 3 metres away, perched for 2 minutes. A very large number of Crested grebes on Atkinsons Dam viewed from Boyces Road. Largest congregation we have ever seen!
Jo & Matt Culican

Sat 31 May Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby Sunshine Coast Pelagic
Unusually high number of Black-bellied Storm-Petrels (10) and White-faced Storm-Petrel among birds seen on shelf edge
Greg Roberts & 12 others aboard Cat-A-Pult

Long-tailed Jaeger, Arctic Jaeger, Lesser Frigatebird Sunshine Coast pelagic
Late jaegers and frigatebird on edge of shelf. (Ed. note that Long-tailed Jaeger is a rare bird off Queensland and therefore this record is a report which should be submitted to the Birds Queensland rarities Committee for verification. Long-tailed Jaegers are rarely parasitic).
Greg Roberts & 12 others aboard Cat-A-Pult

Fri 30 May Australasian Shoveler Seven Mile Lagoon, Lockyer Waters
125 Shovelers and 30 Avocets as well as Glossy Ibis and large numbers of Black Swans and Grey Teal.
Barry Davies

Banded Lapwings Watsons Road at 27 26 45S 152 27 03E
Three birds on the turf farm paddocks.
Barry Davies

Freckled Duck Lake Galletly, University Queensland, Lawes
Six Freckled Ducks and large numbers of Pink-eared Ducks.
Barry Davies

Thu 29 May Plum-headed Finch, Freckled Duck Old Ropeley Road, Lockyer Valley
At least 12 Plum-headed Finches, associating with Double-barred Finches. Many other species around Pechy’s Lagoon, including Whistling Kites on nest and a large number of Grey Fantails. Fifteen Freckled Ducks counted on the lagoon.
Jim Sneddon and John Hadley

Wed 28 May Lesser Crested Tern Heron Island
One LCT with four Greater Cresteds in a group on the harbour at low tide. Another seen flying over while working along the north edge of Wistari Reef, slighter build and smaller size distinctive, again with GCT in vicinity for direct comparison. Potential Bridled Tern in distance around 4:30pm while on open water.
Russell Yong

Tue 27 May Musk Lorikeet East Brisbane
Two Musk Lorikeets flying over at 8am.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson

Mon 26 May Sooty Owl O'Reilly's Mountain Cafe, Lamington National Park, SEQld
Treated to 2 Sooties luxuriating around the cafe area calling and perching up in good positions allowing for scope views. Pics taken from a loading dock which some folks know is very handy indeed. There tends to be a fair bit of territorial activity around this time of year with regular calling in early winter, especially May.
Duncan Fowler

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