Following is my report on the annual Bribie Island Outing that we lead
for the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc. (QOSI), also known as
Bribie Island is a wonderful birding spot north of Brisbane, SEQ and
should be seriously considered visiting if you are in the area. There
are a variety of habitats on the island, which can produce a large
number of species for a days outing.
Highlight of the outing this year was the Lewin's Rail, much to delight
of Trevor Ford.
REPORT ON BRIBIE ISLAND OUTING 7-10-99
A fine, dry and warm day welcomed 23 members who gathered to enjoy
birding on the island. We started at Buckley?s Hole and followed the
route we have taken on previous outings. With the recent dry weather
southeast Queensland was experiencing the water level in Buckley?s Hole
was lower with a fair amount of mud being exposed. Previous weeks
reports of crakes and rails being easily seen from the birdhide proved
to be correct with good sightings of Baillon?s and Spotless Crake and
Buff-banded Rail. The sighting of a Lewin?s Rail by Tim Siggs had most
of the group heading to the birdhide as soon as they arrived at the
The morning walk down Red Beach Road produced 3 Little Bronze Cuckoo
calling and displaying, which had most of the group enthralled. The
other highlight was a Tawny Frogmouth on a nest. By the time we
returned for morning tea 102 species had been recorded.
The group then headed off to the approach road of the sewage works where
we added a few more species before arriving at Banksia Beach for lunch.
>From Banksia Beach we headed to Wrights Creek and White Patch hoping to
add some more species of waders but the tide had come in earlier than we
thought and most of the waders had gone to high tide roosts.
We then decided to go into the National Park and drove up to Gallagher
Point where a little water hole not only attracted a number of birds to
drink and bathe, but also a Lace Monitor, which quenched it?s thirst.
The group also became thirsty when one of our vehicles caused a traffic
hold up after it became bogged and had to be pulled out on the return
trip from the park.
The last five remaining members of the group decided to head back to
Buckley?s Hole to look at the crakes and rails and were rewarded with
excellent views of them all, in particular the Lewin?s Rail only 5
metres from the hide.
The total for the day was 120 birds seen and 5 heard (H), with 3 species
reported as breeding record (B).
2 Brown, Quail, 50 Australian Wood Duck (B), 76 Pacific Black Duck, 37
Grey Teal, 24 Chestnut Teal, 4 Australasian Grebe, 2 Darter, 13 Little
Pied Cormorant, 18 Pied Cormorant, 30 Little Black Cormorant, 3
Australian Pelican, 6 White-faced Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great Egret,
1 Striated Heron, 25 Australian White Ibis, 1 Straw-necked Ibis, 1 Royal
Spoonbill, 2 Osprey, 5 Whistling Kite, 2 Brahminy Kite, 4 White-bellied
Sea-Eagle, 1 Collared Sparrowhawk, 1 Australian Hobby, 1 Peregrine
Falcon, 6 Buff-banded Rail, 1 Lewin?s Rail, 2 Baillon?s Crake, 8
Spotless Crake, 27 Purple Swamphen (B), 17 Dusky Moorhen , 3 Latham?s
Snipe, 73 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Eastern Curlew, 1 Common
Greenshank, 2 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 5 Pied Oystercatcher, 85
Black-winged Stilt, 1 Red-capped Plover, 2 Black-fronted Dotterel, 11
Masked Lapwing, 24 Silver Gull, 3 Gull-billed Tern, 9 Caspian Tern, 50
Crested Tern, 33 Spotted Turtle-Dove, Brown Cuckoo-Dove (2H), 40
Crested Pigeon, 2 Peaceful Dove, 10 Bar-shouldered Dove, 13 Galah, 5
Little Corella, 7 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, 20 Rainbow Lorikeet, 3
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, 3 Little Lorikeet, 1 Crimson Rosella (obvious
escapee), 5 Pale-headed Rosella, Brush Cuckoo (1H), 3 Fantail Cuckoo, 3
Little Bronze-Cuckoo, 4 Common Koel, 3 Pheasant Coucal, 1 Tawny
Frogmouth (B), 5 White-throated Needletail, 1 Azure Kingfisher, 3
Laughing Kookaburra, 3 Forest Kingfisher, 4 Sacred Kingfisher , 2
Collared Kingfisher, 12 Rainbow Bee-eater, 5 Dollarbird, 2
White-throated Treecreeper, 11 Variegated Fairy-wren, 9 Red-backed
Fairy-wren, 10 Striated Pardalote, 6 White-browed Scrubwren, 3 Mangrove
Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone (2H), 15 Brown Thornbill, 10 Little
Wattlebird, 20 Noisy Friarbird, 2 Little Friarbird, 2 Blue-faced
Honeyeater , 12 Noisy Miner, 13 Lewin?s Honeyeater, 3 Yellow-faced
Honeyeater, 8 White-throated Honeyeater, 25 Brown Honeyeater, 8
White-cheeked Honeyeater, 3 Eastern Yellow Robin, 6 Varied Sittella, 3
Golden Whistler, 3 Rufous Whistler, 3 Little Shrike-thrush, 2 Grey
Shrike-thrush (one collecting nesting material), 1 Black-faced Monarch,
7 Leaden Flycatcher, 13 Magpie Lark, 3 Rufous Fantail, 4 Grey Fantail, 2
Willie Wagtail, 6 Spangled Drongo, 5 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, 3 Varied
Triller, 3 Olive-backed Oriole, 20 Figbird, 3 White-breasted
Woodswallow, 3 Grey Butcherbird, 2 Pied Butcherbird, 3 Australian
Magpie, 6 Torresian Crow, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Double-barred Finch, 11
Red-browed Finch, 4 Mistletoebird, 20 Welcome Swallow, 3 Tree Martin, 2
Clamorous Reed-Warbler, Tawny Grassbird (1H), Golden-headed Cisticola
(1H), 16 Silvereye, 6 Common Starling and 6 Common Myna.
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