Dawes Range

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Subject: Dawes Range
From: "Chris Barnes" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 23:11:57 +1000
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 10:43 PM
Subject: Dawes Range

G'day all,
Just back from a day out to the Dawes Range in SE Queensland (about 2.5 hrs north-west of Bundaberg).It's the usual dry sclerophyll woodland typical of these parts but has rainforest mainly on the upper slopes. The rainforest always looks drier than that around Brisbane & some locals call it vine scrub.
Anyway, with Eric Zillmann, had a good day which started with the Peregrine roosting in central Bundaberg. On the lower slopes of the range, there were plenty of cuckoos; Brush, Pallid, Fan-tailed, Channel-billed & Koels being especially vocal. Added Shining-bronze later in the day. Good views of a Pacific Baza were followed by discovering a female Collared Sparrowhawk apparently incubating. Her yellow eyes glared at us as she peeped over the rim of the nest.
It was good to see the smaller creeks running as many of them have been dry for years. The rainforest had Regent Bowerbirds in good numbers, 3 males & 8 females. Noisy Pittas were calling, both the`walk-to-work' & the explosive `keow'. We had a couple of Paradise Riflebirds, Green Catbirds, Wompoo, Topknots & Rose-crowned Fruit-doves. Black-eared Monarchs were everywhere. We only came across a single Spectacled Monarch but the pair of White-eared Monarchs gave us great views, feeding together on a Hoop Pine.
On the way back, we were fortunate to pick up a Blue-winged Kookaburra & a pair of Little Woodswallows, both uncommon in this district.
 Any one passing through might consider a stop here. It's off the beaten track & relatively undisturbed.
Hope this might be of some interest.
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