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  • Little Kingfisher

    Little Kingfisher.   Photographer: Rhys Clarke

  • Australian Ringneck

    Australian Ringneck.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Banded Stilt

    Banded Stilt.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Pied Stilt

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Pink-eared Duck

    Pink-eared Duck.   Photographer: Paul Jensen

This page is a summary of recent postings from Birdline North Queensland. The content is updated every 30 minutes. BirdLife Photography takes no responsibility for the accuracy or timeliness of any posted information.

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.
  • White-winged tern; Whiskered tern at Karumba reported by Rob Reed on 07-04-2018
    4000 White-winged Tern Conservative estimate. In mixed flocks with Whiskered terns (approx 500 some in breeding plumage). Seen close by in flight and scoped at roost. Most in partial or full breeding plumage. Noted between 4 and 12 km before turnoff to Karumba Point. Hawking in thick flocks over heavily flooded plains and road which still has water flowing across it in parts. Enormous numbers of Pied stilt, Pied heron, Little egret and Glossy ibis starting to come in which were not present 2 weeks ago. Waterfowl in huge numbers will surely arrive imminently.
  • Rufous songlark at Road to Burketown before Little Bynoe River, SE Gulf reported by Rob Reed on 08-04-2018
    100. Conservative estimate, many 100s of others heard calling from cover. Noted in varying habitats from inundated tall grasslands to open country from approx. 16 to 35km along road from turnoff. Birds calling with vigour from cover, perch or in typical display flights. All calling appeared to be males in breeding plumage and were readily scoped to confirm the morphology. Appears to be early winter migration but the numbers are huge and the continued breeding behaviour and plumage is interesting as usually they are quiet at this time. It will be fascinating to see if these birds remain local for the winter or if other observers further north in Cape York see these numbers later in the year. Only 7 records for SE Gulf on ebird last 9 years and maximum bird numbers in each instance 2.
  • Pictorella munia. at Road to Burketown before Flinders River, SE Gulf reported by Rob Reed on 08-04-2018
    At very close range (6m) multiple times in same location over an hour. All adults. Only 3 other records on ebird for SE Gulf between 1967 and 2017. Seen at 35km mark after turnoff to Burketown road.
  • Red-chested buttonquail at Road to Burketown before Little Bynoe River, SE Gulf reported by Rob Reed on 08-04-2018
    1 seen other heard calling opposite sides of road in tall inundated grass shortly after dawn. Only 3 records on ebird in SE Gulf area. All grey bill, no red collar. Seen at 15km mark after turnoff to Burketown road.
  • Tawny grassbird at Road to Burketown before Little Bynoe River, SE Gulf reported by Rob Reed on 08-04-2018
    25. Many others heard calling from the base of tall grasses in inundated areas. Many calling from perch and in occasional typical display flights. Plain rufous crown often erect when calling at perch. Full range of calls noted including "alarm call" of many unseen from low cover. Does this represent an irruption due to ideal conditions? I note only occasional (single bird) ebird records from SE Gulf, never in such large numbers. Noteworthy that this species is also present further north in Cape York and Pacific/Asia. Migration? Noted between 14 and 17km from turnoff of road to Burketown. Similar habitat exists for many more kilometres but I surveyed only small representative sections.

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