Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:01:02 +1000
   Birdline North Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sat 22 Nov Eastern Grass Owl Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
   Two female and one male Eastern Grass Owl flushed from swamp ricegrass
   at western end of main lagoon this morning. Also Red-backed Button
   Quail in tree reveg/weed area at north end of first (kidney) lagoon.
   Tony Ashton
   Kelp Gull Seisia wharf, Bamaga Cape York Tip
   1. About 150m south of wharf on water's edge among much human activity,
   mainly boats. Typical mature Kelp Gull of southern Australia: approx.
   60cm size, vermillion patch lower (only) mandible near tip (excluding
   Pacific), dull grey-green legs, broad white trailing edge to wings and
   all-white tail readily seen in flight. Closest possible vagrant
   phenotypically would be Lesser black-backed gull but did not have the
   bright yellow legs in the birds (Heuglin's) I had seen this year at
   Mai-Po marshes. 4 previous most northerly records in Cairns (on ebird)
   between 1988 and 2005. Local fishing guide John Charlton alerted me to
   a "large, lonely gull hanging around the wharf".
   Rob Reed
   Fri 21 Nov Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher 1km offshore just south of
   Cullen Point, Western Cape York
   Came from NW direction, looked tired! Also noticed Cattle Egrets today
   and a few days ago from same direction 6 first time 3 today, all
   breeding plumage.
   David Milson & Neil Drogemuller
   Thu 20 Nov Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) Seisia near Bamaga, North
   Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and
   was photographed there.
   David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay
   Wed 19 Nov Black Falcon TinarooFalls Rd near Favier Rd intersection
   A Black Falcon shortly before dusk, briefly pursuing mynahs and then
   landing on top of large fig in paddock, possibly to roost.
   John Grant
   Yellow Wagtail Harper Ave, Lake Tinaroo
   Two Yellow Wagtails on spit to east of Harper Ave. Both dull plumaged,
   one quite gray and probably a juvenile. Also 2 Marsh Sandpipers and a
   Greenshank present.
   John Grant
   Sun 16 Nov Little Curlew Cairns Esplanade
   Not often seen on the Cairns Esplanade. Eleven reports from 09/11/1982
   to 03/11/2008.
   Norton Gill
   Sat 1 Nov Yellow Wagtail Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
   Yellow Wagtail seen and heard several times by Palm Creek near old
   stockyards today. Plenty of yellow showing so different bird from
   previous report from same site. Also, male Little Bittern, in nearby
   hymenachne today.
   Tony Ashton
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