Having just come back from a week as one of the leaders at O'Reillys Bird
Week, I can fill you in on the status of the targets you are seeking, as
around 80 birders have been combing the area for them.
Rufous Scrub-bird: Only one unconfirmed sighting during the week. There were
a couple of birds heard singing out along the Border Track on a couple of
days but not all the days. Very hard to see at the moment and as these birds
are all taped out over the years, the use of playback will bring little
reward. You could be lucky but if you really want to see them be prepared to
put in a couple of frustrating days of hard slog.
Albert's Lyrebird: Better news here as several were seen along the first
section of the Border Track, sometimes within fifty metres of O'Reillys.
They can be quite tame but early mornings before the hordes of tour groups
ascend is by far the best time. Also birds were seen regularly along Python
Rock and Moran's Falls Tracks.
Eastern Bristlebird: The last few birds have all but disappeared from
Lamington thanks to the extended drought and we didn't attempt to look for
them. Much easier in NSW at places like Barren Grounds.
Speckled Warbler: These were found breeding at a privately owned wetland
down in the valley towards the town of Beaudesert. I don't know the name of
the location, sorry. I doubt you would find them anywhere in Lamington
itself, though they may occur on the lower, dry slopes on the drive up.
Logrunner: Pairs seen regularly throughout the rainforest with one nest
under construction towards the start of the Border Track.
Paradise Riflebird: Again seen fairly regularly in the rainforest including
a female right outside O'Reillys on one day. Sometimes hard to see in the
canopy but you would be unlucky to miss it if you spent a couple of days in
the right habitat. Python Rock Track and the beginning of Duck Creek Road
were two more reliable sites.
Regent Bowerbird: Literally dozens of these stunning birds around O'Reillys.
Button-quail: There have been no records of Black-breasted Button-quail at
Lamington for about ten years. We got Painted Button-quail seen and heard
briefly on the lower slopes of Duck Creek Road. (4wd highly recommended for
this road.) None of the other species were seen down in the valleys or
Lamington is a brilliant location and you are sure to have a great time.
This was the first bird week I had been on and it was a fantastic
experience. 216 species were seen for the week with 2 heard only, yet it
wasn't like a mad twitch fest, and there was plenty of socialising, talks
and mucking about, and despite all the walking, I have put on weight thanks
to the plentiful fare on offer from the O'Reillys kitchen.
On Behalf Of Fiona Anderson
Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2007 12:23 PM
Subject: Help with species in Lamington NP Qld
I wonder if anyone with recent knowledge could help me with this. Next
weekend 3 of us are going have a birding break at a chalet between Canungra
and O'Reillys. We are particularly interested in recent sitings of the
Any button quail
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