Lots of birds

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Subject: Lots of birds
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 11:29:19 +1000
A number of early-spring birds for us here in non-coastal Queensland are
turning up around the margins of the Lockyer Valley's lakes - in particular
a couple of Curlew Sandpipers and a Pacific Golden Plover. There are still a
few Black-tailed Godwits about, several hundred Red-necked Avocets, and
dozens of Red-capped Plovers.

Some of the special birds which came through Abberton yesterday (Tuesday)
included White-backed Swallows, Banded Lapwing, Plum-headed Finches,
Red-tailed Black Cockies, Collared Sparrowhawk, White-bellied Sea-eagle and
Australian Hobby. Not too far from home we came across Black Falcon,
Black-necked Stork, Cotton Pygmy-geese and both Swamp and Spotted Harriers.

John Hadley tells me that the Blue-winged Kookaburra colony that twenty or
so years ago was usually around Lake Clarendon and which subsequently spent
a number of years around Lester Road, has recently turned up just a bit
further south close to Forest Hill. I haven't seen the Lester Road birds for
some time, so I tend to think it could be a matter of relocation rather than

A couple of photos attached (though not on birding-aus) - I'll try to get
some more up on the Abberton website in the next few days.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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