Summer Birding, Qld: CIRCULAR Page 2.

Subject: Summer Birding, Qld: CIRCULAR Page 2.
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 10:37:15 +1000

DATES: 6->11 Jan 05,
        &  6->12 Feb 05
SITES: Sunshine Beach & Noosa River; 'Fraser Coast', south inland via Wide Bay/Burnett;
        & O'Reilly's (Lamington Plateau).

As I travelled, I was reading Ian Rowley's wonderfully concise 'Bird Life'; the 'Galapagos Diary' of Hermann Heinzel & Barnaby Hall, which is such a beautiful example to any birder (I can look at it endlessly); Diane Ackerman's truly lovely essay on Short-tailed Albatrosses in her book, 'The Rarest of the Rare'; Richard Schodde's big, splendid monograph on 'The Fairy-Wrens'; David Fleay on his Wedge-tailed Eagles; field guides; and, of course, Lloyd Nielsen's book of the 'Birds of Lamington National Park and Environs, A Guide's Guide'.

        - A low-pressure system off the coast produced very windy conditions for the January birding. In both months the weather was quite variable. This seasonal turbulence brought WTNs out almost everywhere.
        - The only Indian Myna seen was in Childers township.
        - The only bird seen or heard everywhere was the Torresian Crow.
        - My sightings of distant birds (i.e. raptors, waders), & of some in flight (e.g. terns, cormorants, martins) & of the larger herons/egrets, are still unpracticed.
        - Very little opportunity/time was      available for birding during any of this period. Most of the sightings were made from a building, or came while travelling or during short stops or brief walks. This goes to show how much can be seen just by looking around!


Sunshine Beach
        6->9 Jan 05
        Habitat:  coastal
        Weather:  Low pressure: rainy, windy, cool to warm
Megapodiidae Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami (in suburban street)
Accipitridae Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Laridae Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
Columbidae Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
Cacatuidae Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus
Cacatuidae Galah Eolophus roseicapilla 3
Psittacidae Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Centropodidae Pheasant Coucal Centropus phasianinus
Apodidae White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus (20, 7 Jan)
Halcyonidae Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
Maluridae Red-backed Fairy-wren Malurus melanocephalus
Meliphagidae Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera
Meliphagidae Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
Meliphagidae Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
Meliphagidae Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
Cinclosomatidae Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
Dicruridae Magpie-Lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Dicruridae Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Oriolidae Figbird Sphecotheres viridis (many)
Artamidae -  Butcherbird spp. - Cracticus...
Artamidae Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
Artamidae Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
Corvidae Torresian Crow Corvus orru
Hirundinidae Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Zosteropidae Silvereye Zosterops lateralis

Noosa River
        7.1, late afternoon
        Habitat:  estuarine ('Pelican Beach'), suburban;
        sightings from the strip of grass between the road and the river
        Weather:  Low pressure: overcast, windy
Anatidae Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Phalacrocoracidae -  Cormorant spp. - Phalacrocorax...
Pelecanidae Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
Threskiornithidae Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Threskiornithidae Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
unidentified distant raptors
unidentified distant waders
Laridae Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
Laridae -  Tern spp.        ???
Cacatuidae Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Psittacidae Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Apodidae White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus (10)
Meliphagidae White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis
Artamidae White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorhynchus (one on powerline above footpath)
Corvidae Torresian Crow Corvus orru
Hirundinidae Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena

Judith L-A
S-E Qld
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