Eremaea Birdlines
Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Birdline Central & Southern 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 BSCQ region covers a large area from south of Ayr to the New South Wales Border and west to the Northern Territory border.

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland is supported by BirdLife Southern Queensland and moderated by Dezmond Wells, Rob Morris and Sandra Gallienne.

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Moderators' Note

The Moderators have adopted a 2 tier sightings system. All legitimate reports will be published,with some sightings which the Moderators consider to be unusual for rarity, distribution or timing being published as 'Highlights' on this page. The following link will appear after sighting submissions which contains information about the species of interest plus the Unusual Record Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into eBird Australia. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds moved to a new site called eBird Australia on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

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September 2017
Fri 22White-winged Triller
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
Single bird - non-breeding male eBird checklist
Mary Hynes 22/9 #231921
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Shepherson Park - Kin Kin
Three birds actively calling and chasing in a fig tree near the picnic shelter. eBird checklist
Steve Popple 22/9 #231917
Thu 21Sharp-tailed sandpiper
Finland Road, Pacific Paradise
2 birds in lake between Finland Road and the golf club. With couple Latham's Snipes & 3 Red-kneed Dotterels eBird checklist
Mary Hynes & Chris Watts 21/9 #231907
Wed 20Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Edington Drive Environmental Reserve, Cooroibah
Single bird calling frequently, observed. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 20/9 #231892
Tue 19Pectoral Sandpiper
Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve
On the main pool, access off Toombul Rd roundabout. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 19/9 #231889
Sun 17Red-capped Robin
Woogaroo Creek bushland at Brittains Rd, Augustine Heights
Female Red-capped Robin seen clearly by 4 observers. Photo by Annette Foy. eBird checklist
Lindsay Rankin, Meg Gordon, Margaret Clark, Annette Foy 18/9 #231859
White-winged Triller
Ric Nattrass Environmental Park
A flock of about 12 birds (about half adult males) were in the ironbarks with several Little Wattlebirds and later came down to drink at neighbouring dam on eastern edge of reserve. eBird checklist
Deborah Metters 17/9 #231847
Sat 16highlightAustralian Crake
Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
At least 4 birds on the main Nathan Rd pond, best accessed from the Wattle Rd side. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 16/9 #231843
highlightDiamond Dove
Moggill Pocket Swamp
A Diamond Dove this morning in the paddock on the west side and the ferry side of the swamp. Also six White-winged Trillers in the same paddock. eBird checklist
Rod Gardner 16/9 #231840
Thu 14Grey Goshawk , white morph
Templeton's Lagoon, near Eumundi
The bird was observed in a dead tree by the lagoon' flying off when harassed by a Magpie Lark. This is the second sighting of a white morph bird in the general area with a previous sighting at Federal on 9 April this year.
Anne Burgess 15/9 #231830
Greater Crested Grebes
Hamon Cove...Lake Wivenhoe
At least 150 on Hamon Cove Lake Wivenhoe, lots of juveniles, along with hundreds of eurasian coots. eBird checklist
Bernie and Linda Mcivor and Willy. 14/9 #231824
Wed 13Red-kneed Dotterel
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
Single bird on water's edge of lake near golf course eBird checklist
Mary Hynes & Chris Watts 13/9 #231807
Tue 12Pectoral Sandpiper
Lake Clarendon
In the flooded field behind the dam wall, with 55 sharpies. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 12/9 #231803
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Pine Mountain Bush Reserve
Identified by 3 observers by call and sighting. Possibly the Blacksoil bird (see January 2014 checklist, S16690248) eBird checklist
Peter Horler 12/9 #231795
Mon 11highlightOrange Chat
Longreach region (100 kms short of Winton on the main highway)
A flock of approximately 60 Orange Chats near the roadside in the Mitchell Grass and sitting along the fenceline. No Crimson Chats in the mix. (Moderators note: There are reports of Orange Chats from this area but not in this number, previously highest number reported is 6-8).
Marie Tarrant 11/9 #231792
Sun 10highlightBlack Honeyeater
Durikai State Forest--5 km w of Thane
Adult male Black Honeyeater at the railway crossing. Observed feeding, gnat-catching and calling; photos will be uploaded. We are aware that this is the eastern-most sighting this year in SE-QLD. eBird checklist
Lori Welsh, Raja Stephenson, Nikolas Haass 10/9 #231782
Sat 9Red-capped Robin
Oxley Creek Common
Single male out in the newly planted paddock (2nd block from gate) eBird checklist
Linda Fearn 10/9 #231781
Pallid Cuckooo (male and female)
Oxley Creek Common
Very vocal eBird checklist
Linda Fearn 10/9 #231773
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Near Stanworth and Bicentennial Roads roundabout, Boondall
Around 6.30am, Flying in a North Westerly direction at medium height, calling raucously.
Brian Larsen 9/9 #231762
Fri 8Peregrine Falcon
Rode Road,McDowall,Brisbane
Chasing feral Pigeons,second time at this site
David Redhead 8/9 #231758
Baillon's Crake
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
Single bird, Northern side eBird checklist
David Redhead 8/9 #231757
Musk Duck
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
Long staying female still present eBird checklist
David Redhead 8/9 #231756
Red-capped Robin
Scarborough Boat Harbour
Male in fenced area of Northern breakwater eBird checklist
David Redhead 8/9 #231755
Wed 6Pallid Cuckoo
Oxley Creek Common
Observed and photographed two of, in the back right hand paddock near the lagoons. Has been correctly identified on ABID and advised to report here. eBird checklist
Sean Nolan & Tina Rider 10/9 #231771
Red-capped Robin
First time photographed at this location, but seen once before. Was feeding on insects from recently mown grassed area. eBird checklist
Ed Frazer Jim Butler 6/9 #231737
Tue 5White-browed Woodswallow
Nature Refuge Hawkesbury Road
A flock of about fifty, though hard to be accurate as they were flying above the forest, and there were probably more. Another flock of about 20 followed a few minutes later, all drifting west. Flying quite high and constantly calling a 'chak' or 'chap', presumably their contact call. Dark under, though reddish chestnut colour not seen well as they were somewhat silhouetted. Hard to say if there were any Masked among them. Call wrong for Dusky. eBird checklist
Rod Gardner 5/9 #231726
Mon 4Australasian Shoveler
Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake
Male bird seen around 8am . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 4/9 #231718
Sun 3White-eared Monarch
Jagera Court, Closeburn
Multiple birds sighted in a scrubby gully on your left halfway up Jagera Court. I have only sighted this species once in the last 12 months.
Charlie Scott 3/9 #231713
Baillon's Crake
Samsonvale Cemetery
One bird spotted on waters edge. Spotless Crakes also seen and heard a moment prior.
Charlie Scott 3/9 #231712
Sat 2Large-tailed Nightjar, White-throated Nightjar
Yandina Creek Wetlands (restricted access)
Pair of each nightjar species together. Large-tailed here at southern end of its range eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/9 #231700
Red-necked avocet
Maroochy River including Goat Island, Maroochydore.
3 birds resting on a sand bank in the Maroochy river near Goat Island eBird checklist
Robyn Duff, Ross Henry and Mary Hynes 2/9 #231699
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor (5)
Durikai State Forest
Great morning on the eastern side of the reserve today, with at least five swift parrots feeding in some eucalypts on the verge of blossoming -some trees nearby were in blossom. Also three painted button-quail in the area, and both masked and white-browed woodswallows. eBird checklist
Mike Wood 2/9 #231698

August 2017
Thu 31Powerful Owl
119 Fiona St, Bellbird Park
Heard Mature Female calling at 7pm
Judith Vink 1/9 #231690
Mon 28Eastern curlew
Kakadu High Tide Roost Pumicestone Passage Bribie Island
At least 400+ Eastern cuzrlew at High Tide roost this afternoon for the high tide...................simply amazing to see so many birds flying above the roost like a swarm of bees. Must only have flown in during the last couple of days.
David Simpson 28/8 #231655
Black-necked Stork
Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake
Female bird seen feeding around 1pm today .
Ken Doy 28/8 #231650
Sat 26Red-winged Parrot
Boreen Point
Two birds, calling and seen in flight, in tall trees on the northern side of the peninsula. eBird checklist
Roger Jaensch 28/8 #231654
Sooty Tern, Providence Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Hutton's Shearwater
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
A quiet day out with subdued winds eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard Sunshine Coast pelagic 28/8 #231648
Fri 25Marbled Frogmouth
Mapleton National Park
1 bird at day roost eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 26/8 #231632
Pink-eared Ducks
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Single bird seen this morning towards the back of the first Lagoon . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 25/8 #231626
Baillon's Crake
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Watching a single bird foraging at the edge of the second lagoon for about an hour this morning when it was joined by another bird . eBird checklist
Ken Doy 25/8 #231625
Thu 24Marbled Frogmouth
Bellthorpe, Willett Rd
Private property. Two MF returning calls in rainforest edge. repeated again on 27th August at same site. Also know in other local areas. First known on property in 2004. eBird checklist Further information
David Q Clark 28/8 #231649
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
Rare migrant
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