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  • Eurasian Coot (Image ID 19669)

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Silver Gull (Image ID 19884)

    Silver Gull.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Magpie Goose (Image ID 33451)

    Magpie Goose.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Superb Parrot (Image ID 19930)

    Superb Parrot.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

  • Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 28710)

    Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Pink-eared Duck.   Photographer: Stephen Garth

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09 April 2019

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.
  • Swinhoe's Snipe at Carrington Road ATHERTON reported by Paul Newman on 09-04-2019
    A neighbour handed me the bird pictured today. He noticed the very fresh corpse while mowing. The head has been neatly severed and we both suspect local raptors - Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk and Grey Goshawk are here at present. One leg has also been severed and he suspects his previous pass on the mower. It is certainly a Swinhoe's Snipe. Tail feather count is 25. The toes and feet on the remaining leg protrude by no less than 32mm past the tail feathers. I forgot to measure wingspan before freezing the bird and a "disinterment" suggests the wingspan is approx 128mm. The bird clearly shows the notch under the tail, behind the vent - unlike the smoothly tapering underbody of Latham's. We have been observing northbound Snipes for the past three seasons between early February and late March. Last sighting this year was 20 March. Various combinations of birds ( 1 - 6 ) at any time have been observed from a temporary hide at the rear of our property, adjacent to a seasonal stormwater drain. All of the single birds have been observed in flight, including one of each pair when seen together. All have protruding feet-toes. All birds have behaved as Swinhoes - alarm flight, inhabiting drier ground, demonstrating the characteristic notch under-tail. Photos have been adequate to convince highly experienced watchers that the ID is accurate. If any researcher has an interest in the corpse I can be contacted via the site convernor. Don't take too long - my partner is not happy that it is in the freezer !!!


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