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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July 2018
Sun 15Grey Goshawk
Mount Louisa--suburb, Townsville, Queensland, AU
Today at 3:45pm:- One only Grey Goshawk (Grey morph) flying low and slowly circling above us in our front yard. By the time we got a camera, it was photographed thermalling, much higher though, over the back yard. Within 30 seconds it had gone into a dive and was soon out of sight. a couple of ID photos taken. This species is an uncommon visitor (seen only about once per year) to this suburban area of Townsville. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 15/7 #234872
Wed 11Great-billed Heron
Port Douglas Beach
Was happily hunting for the small band of Stints on the mudflats when a huge bird flew overhead. As it had the sun behind it, I thought it was a young Black-necked Stork, albeit a very dark specimen... to my astonishment, the photos revealed it to be an adult Great-billed Heron! The bird flew out of the mangroves at the western end of the beach, and proceeded to fish in the rivulet where the permanent sand meets the mangrove forest. My first Great-billed Heron in four years, and my first in an urban setting; very exciting! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 15/7 #234862
Tue 10Little Eagle
Kingfisher Park Julatten
Group of 11 Black Kites harassing another raptor. An adult Little Eagle pale (normal) morph. Underwing pattern showed the basic white plumage, the rufous coverts, the dark grey secondaries, the black tips to the wings and the barred tail. [While frequently seen in the Atherton area, especially Hasties Swamp, reportings from the Julatten area are much less common. Moderator]
Alan Morris 17/7 #234881
Fri 6highlightAustralasian Shoveler
Hasties Swamp National Park
Seen well at Hasties Swamp from the bird hide, almost due south , feeding with many Pink-eared Duck; male with clear white flank patch, rufous sides and distinctive bill. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine and 12 other Birdlife survey members. 6/7 #234807
Wed 4highlightTree Sparrow
Portland Roads
Single Tree Sparrow foraging on grassy verge.
Alex Starr, Tanya Hattingh, Christian Doerig, Simon Starr 5/7 #234792
Tue 3Pink-eared Duck
Weipa Sewerage Ponds
19 people on an "Outback Spirit" Tour all saw 60+ Pink-eared Ducks on the ponds along with 250 Grey Teal, 13 Hardheads, Wood Ducks and 17 Plumed Whistling Ducks. My Birdata App stated that Pinkears were out of range at this location as does the new "Australian Bird Guide"!
Alan Morris 17/7 #234878
Mon 2Spotted Whistling duck
Cape Kimberley beach
Three birds still present this morning on the pond near the car parking area. One flew into a tree over 30m high for a while before joining the other 2 at the extreme nw point of the pond in shallow water amongst melaleucas. Thanks to Ethan Perry for spotting these. eBird checklist
Roger Williams & Jane Wright 2/7 #234765

June 2018
Sat 30Grey Goshawk
Warri Park Wetland, Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas
Grey Goshawk seen flying over the wetland chased in a somewhat desultory fashion by a couple of SC Cockatoos.
Chris and Jane Gregory 30/6 #234741
Fri 29Spotted Whistling-duck
Cape Kimberley Beach, Cairns, Queensland
Following the report from Ethan Perry, we checked out this small, cricket pitch size shallow lagoon. Sure enough three Spotted Whistling-duck. It seemed a case of "two's company three's a crowd" as the male of the bonded couple kept chasing away the third, presumably male. It is a shallow lagoon so not sure if it dries out during the dry season. There were no other water fowl on it.
Chris and Jane Gregory 30/6 #234740
Wed 27Spotted Whistling-duck
Cape Kimberley Beach, Cairns, Queensland
(Not on the beach, but in a pond to the right of the car park) Three birds all adults. Even though these birds have been recorded as far south as Townsville, I was still quite surprised to find them here. These birds, as far as I'm aware, have not been reported here, and I thought it might be of some interest. They were swimming in a pond to the right as you enter the car park. The pond was surrounded by paper bark and was quite shallow. I had birded here the day before and not seen them, but I may have overlooked them if they were roosting. eBird checklist
Ethan Perry 27/6 #234708
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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