Eremaea Birdlines
Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline North Queensland

Birdline North Queensland is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. The coverage for the Birdline North Queensland site is from Bowen west to the Northern Territory border and north to the tip of Cape York Peninsula and includes all the offshore islands. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into Eremaea eBird.

Birdline North Queensland is supported by BirdLife Northern Queensland and BirdLife Townsville and moderated by Len & Chris Ezzy and Peter Valentine.

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All reports are not necessarily confirmed and are published here to encourage others to confirm them.

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May 2023
Sun 7highlightRed-backed Kingfisher (Irruption)
Bynoe River Normanton SE Gulf of Carpentaria
23 individuals. A most unusual irruptive observation: Mostly in pairs, no immatures. Often on road signs, wires etc which is also unusual as they tend to prefer open dry country tree branches. Would normally see 0-3 per morning session almost always in the dry season only which suggests they may be northern winter migrants normally and this observation (and yesterday's 12 about Karumba) appears to lend weight to this. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 7/5 #269253

April 2023
Sat 29highlightChestnut Teal
Karumba plains ephemeral wetlands SE Gulf Carpentaria
9 individuals. Four males breeding plumage, 2 males eclipse, 3 females near the 4 in br. pl. (all were away from the Grey Teals) who had darker heads and throats. All well seen about max. 20m away in scope at great length waiting whilst birds moved about such that light came in from many directions. All birds were loafing on the shore which helped. There may have been other Chestnut teals in the thousands of others I ID'ed as Grey Teals and those I could not Id at all but appeared to be teal sp. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 29/4 #269225
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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