Lockyer Valley Raptors

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Subject: Lockyer Valley Raptors
From: michael wode <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:20:23 +1030
On Sunday I toured many of the Lockyer Valley Wetlands, south-east Queensland, 
and in doing so managed to record 11 birds of prey. They were:

Nankeen Kestrel (several locations)
Australian Hobby (Lake Clarendon)
Whistling Kite (Lake Clarendon and other locs.)
Little Eagle (1) -Lake Clarendon
White-bellied Sea-eagle (1) Lake Dyer / Bill Gunn Dam, near Laidley
Wedge-tailed Eagle (1) Lake Clarendon
Swamp Harrier (2) 1 at Lake Clarendon and 1 at Seven Mile Lagoon
Square-tailed Kite (1) northern end of Lake Atkinson, near the caravan park
Black-shouldered Kite (1) near Gatton
Brown Falcon (3) Lake Clarendon
Black Kite (2) Gatton Dump and near Gatton UQ campus

Other good records for the day were of a Black-necked Stork at Seven Mile 
Lagoon; a Banded Lapwing and four Glossy Ibis at Lake Clarendon and two 
Comb-crested Jacana at nearby Jaencke's Lagoon.

Adares Road, just north of Gatton, proved to be quite diverse in terms of 
woodland birds, with 2 White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, three Rainbow Bee-eater, a 
Restless Flycatcher, 2 White-backed Swallow, five White-breasted Woodswallow. I 
observed the cuckoo-shrikes for some time, particularly one individual, and 
noticed that on each of the five or six occasions it alighted it shuffled its 
wings BFCS-style. Has anyone else had similar experiences with this bird? I 
thought this trait was specific to Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes.

In all, the wetlands were fairly quiet. Probably the best places were Lake 
Clarendon, Adares Road and Culquhoun's Road Wetland, a short distance south of 
Gatton. The latter also had Wandering Whistling-duck. All had water in them, 
but Lake Atkinson should be looking better in the months to come. Many of the 
migrants had gone, with only stragglers remaining.

A great way to spend a long day. Hope others can benefit from this info.

Michael Wood

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