Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 9 Jun 2014 03:01:19 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 8 Jun 2014.

Sun 8 Jun White-throated Nightjar John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs
Seen from boardwalk circuit. Take right turn at start of circuit. Walk to Sign No 11 Riverine Scrub in front of a clump of Scrub Teak trees. Just past the clump of scrub teak, there are 3 taller casuarinas. The Nightjar was roosting half way up the Casuarina closest to the clump of scrub teak trees.
Rae Clark, Karen Blake, Judy Leitch

Sat 7 Jun Square-tailed Kite Griffin
Good local day for sky watching from house. Highlight was the local wintering Square-tailed Kite also Spotted Harrier, Little Eagle and Brown Falcon. Was about this time in 2013 when the spate of good winter raptors began locally. Also a few hundred Topknot Pigeon over in several flocks during the day.
Andy Jensen

Restless Flycatcher Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture
The Restless Flycatcher was along Grey Gum Trail between Iron Bark and Spotted Gum Trail. I was coming back that way and photographed it at 3.30pm
Paul Turner

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike seen along Grey Gum Circuit. From Williamson Rd end, turn left where the track splits and 50mts down from there. That was at 1.45pm.
Paul Turner

Grey Goshawk Enogerra Reservoir
Seen at the end of Walkabout Creek. Between end and up to the Bike Track following the dry creek bed.
Paul Turner

Wed 4 Jun Yellow Chat Causeway on Bajool-Port Alma Road
Thanks to George and Judith Chapman's sighting report 1/6#218066 I finally managed to find these birds on my 4th try for them, I saw 1 male and 2 females very close to his reported spot about 300 metres before the saltworks, Bajool Gate 1 opposite power pole 31616 although it should read 31316 for any one that follows. Thank-you George & Judith.
Marleen Acton

Banded Lapwing (10) (Banool Rd); 8 raptor species (Lockyer Valley) Banool Road, Lockyer Valley
To wrap up our day in the Lockyer, we stopped in at Waters Rd to have a look for Banded Lapwing. We saw 9 in the paddock between Banool Rd and Waters Rd, and one on the other side of Banool Rd, down near the dam. We were lucky also enough to see 8 raptor species today - Spotted Harrier; Whistling Kite; Black-shouldered Kite; Kestrel; Brown and Black Falcons (1 of each); Wedgy and Baza.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Louise Ashton

Fuscous Honeyeater; White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Adare Road Lagoon, nr Gatton
I'd never been to this site before, so thought I'd check it out today. I was rewarded with great views of a Fuscous Honeyeater and a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. There weren't many birds on the lagoon, but it was nice to see a Yellow Spoonbill here as well.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Louise Ashton

Red-rumped Parrot (4); Grey-crowned Babblers Karasch's Lagoon, near Gatton
Two adult pairs of Red-rumped Parrots were playing around together in the trees along the edge of the lagoon. The Babblers passed through as we were looking for the parrots - we saw these friendly sounding birds at almost every site we stopped at today. Another commonly encountered bird was Common Starling, which may be stealing hollows at this site from the Red-rumps... I became super confused today looking for a Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoo at this site, only to end up looking at a Starling. They have a call that is really similar to the descending whistle of a Horsefield's!
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Louise Ashton

Freckled Duck (12); Australian Shoveler (8); Restless Flycatcher Pecheys Lagoon, Lower Tenthill
Great views were had of the Freckled Ducks from close range, and of the Shovelers through the scope. I was somewhat surprised to come across a Restless Flycatcher here as well, though we saw another one later in the day at Lockyer Waters.
Elliot Leach; Louise Ashton; Jess Mackie

Freckled Duck (3); Pink-eared Duck (approx 100); Striped Honeyeater Lake Galletly, University Queensland, Lawes
Three Freckled Ducks feeding along edge of main lake at 8am. Lots of Pink-eared Ducks sleeping on the water when we arrived. They started to warm up a bit by the time we left, and some were doing little spinning dance together. Super cute! Lots of Striped Honeyeaters about today as well.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Louise Ashton

Blue-billed Duck, Freckled Duck Lake Gallety, Gatton campus University of Queensland
One shy male Blue-billed Duck and at least two Freckled Ducks on the main pond this morning.
Terry Reis

Mon 2 Jun Square-tailed Kite Osprey House Environmental Centre

David Redhead

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