"Trevor Quested" <>
Sun, 22 Oct 2006 16:41:21 +1000
Annie and I spent last week at Eungella looking for the honeyeater. We
commenced by going to the Thomas and Thomas site, that is 15.6km up
Dalrymple Road then 2.9km down Chelmans Road. We saw it around 4pm using a
tape. We saw it along Diggings Road two days later in the afternoon and the
following day in the morning.
Thomas and Thomas mentioned it easily came to a squeak and I tried this and
it worked but also I saw it in a feeding flock without any squeaking. I saw
it from 0.5km and 1.1km along Diggings Road. A photo of the bird I took can
be viewed here http://www.pbase.com/trevor_quested/image/68951883
To me the illustration in Simpson and Day is incorrect and the Pizzey and
Knight image is better. The call starts out like a Spangled Drongo and ends
like a Willie Wagtail.
Re camping at Eungella; we camped at Crediton Hall but you may be put off by
the farmer's barking dogs (all night). If we went again we would camp at
Eungella Holiday Park It is closer to the honeyeater.
There are lots of good birds to be seen in the area and we saw 106 species
in the 5 days. Expect to see lots of rainforest pigeons, Noisy Pittas, and
in the forest at Crediton, Russet-tailed Thrush called at dawn and dusk and
was seen feeding beside the road. Also here were Bush Thick-knees calling.
Regent Bowerbirds were seen regularly throughout the park.
There is a checklist of the birds for the area available from the ranger's
building at Broken River. It includes the area of Eungella Dam and we did a
day tour there. It was very low and we added Caspian Tern and Singing
Bushlark to the list. On the way we saw two Brolgas which always look
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