Had a good day out yesterday even though things were quiet
on the rainforest floor at O'Reillys at Lamington NP. I guess we saw the
usual suspects with a number of highlights.
The first stop was a swamp at
Carbrook where we had Wandering Whistling-Ducks, Pelicans, Jacanas, Red-kneed
Dotterel, Royal Spoonbill and a number of other species. The first special was a
Grey Goshawk flying close overhead as we neared the National Park
entrance. Paradise Riflebird
(female) is always great to see. The
3 scrub-wrens were all very visible along with good views of several Green
Catbirds. Satin and Regent Bowerbirds as usual but all male Regents are
AWOL at this time of year.
First stop along Duck Creek Rd in open woodland was
very rewarding with White-throated Treecreepers; Spotted Pardalotes; Variegated
Wren; Yellow-faced, Lewins and White-naped Honeyeaters; Varied Sitella; Grey
Fantail; Brown and Striated Thornbills.
As we neared the bottom of the
descent to the Kerry Valley we had the great views of a pair of Glossy
Black-Cockatoos. In a cattle yard not far along we had Common Bronzewing,
Bar-shouldered Dove, Crested Pigeon and Crimson Rosella all feeding
together. Red-backed Kingfisher was great to see as we got towards
Beaudesert and a dam yielded Plumed Whistling Ducks, Yellow-billed Spoonbill,
Black Swans and others. Kalbar Cemetery where some of my forebears lie was
good as usual with Zebra Finch, Double-barred Finch, Yellow-rumped Thornbill,
Striped Honeyeater and Superb Fairy-Wren. We had an Australian Hobby
just before Kalbar. Our last stop at Mutdapilly had White-necked Herons
and Brown Falcons on show.
All in all a good days birding and I added
seven species to my year list.
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