birding in SE Q'ld

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Subject: birding in SE Q'ld
From: "Birding Services Brisbane" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 12:02:23 +1000
Hi all
Been out and about a bit lately and seeing good numbers of birds. Last Wednesday took a Canadian visitor out through Cunningham's Gap and looped back around to Bill Jolly territory at Gatton.  At Kalbar we had nice views of Brown Quail and in the cemetery had the usual Zebra and Double-barred Finches along with Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Superb Wrens.  Restless Flycatcher with Willie Wagtails made it a good stop. Three Brown Falcons calling and doing some aerial acrobatics near Kalbar was great to see and started a great raptor day.  Main Range NP for smoko had the usual Musk Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, Satin Bowerbirds, countless Bell Miners, Lewin's HE and Yellow-throated Scrubwren.  A stop a woodland spot near Forest Springs yielded Fan-tailed Cuckoo being harassed by Grey Fantails, Striated Pardalotes, Yellow Thornbills, Buff-rumped Thornbills, Rufous Whistlers, Eastern Rosellas and a few others.  Numerous Red-rumped Parrots along the way and we saw a few Spotted Harriers. Near Ma Ma Creek had a nice group of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos.
On to Gatton and lunch at Lake Apex where we saw a Little Eagle take a Cattle Egret- quite spectacular!!  It dragged it from the water and under a bush where it just appeared to sit on it for the next 45 minutes.  Here we also had Pink-eared Ducks, Aust. Shovellers, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Hardheads as well as the usual other suspects. Lowes Road had a lone Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Cotton Pygmy Geese.  Gatton College had the usual impressive array of Magpie Geese, Pink-eareds, Plumed Whistling-Ducks etc.  Lake Clarendon area gave us large numbers of Cockatiels and at the Lake, Red-necked Avocets and White-bellied Sea-Eagles.  We also scoped up Bill Jolly and John Hadley on the other side looking at the Pied Stilt.  On to Forest Hill and John Hadley's road where we saw (in about 500 metres) Peregrine Falcon, Hobby, Kestrels,  Black-shouldered Kite, and a Black Falcon hotly pursuing a dove into some trees.  We saw numerous Kestrels and Black-shouldered Kites during the day. There was also a tree with several hundred Tree Martins milling about.  Just down the road we had Bee-eaters and Common Bronzewing with some Bar-shouldered Doves.
To finish the day we took in the Painted Snipe at Lake Dyer (just one there).  All up we saw 99 species for the day and I had a very happy Canadian!!  Her Australian aunt who had come along just for the ride finished the day a 'hooked' birder.
My 2002 list is creeping up slowly. Now 287 species with a few newies on last Wednesday.  Hard work but someone has to do it!!
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