Brisbane Ranges and Black-eared Cuckoo

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Subject: Brisbane Ranges and Black-eared Cuckoo
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:45:17 +1100
Hi all,

I've just had a very pleasant day birding in the Brisbane Ranges National Park 
along the Anakie Gorge walk. Birdlife was very active, particularly between 
9:00am - 10:30am. Of note 5 species of cuckoo were seen or heard including at 
least 4 Black-eared Cuckoo (4 heard, with 2 seen), Pallid Cuckoo (1), 
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (1), Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (numerous) and Horsfield's 
Bronze-Cuckoo (numerous). One particular Black-eared Cuckoo was feeding in 
Silver Wattle, gorging itself on the furry caterpillar of the Muslin Moth 
(Diaphora mendica), many of which were walking slowing across the track. The 
best spot for cuckoo was about 3/4 of the way up the 3 km walk, towards the 
Stony Creek Picnic Area end.

Honeyeater numbers of were also very high - the most I've seen at a single site 
in Victoria during 2009 - with large numbers of White-naped, Yellow-faced, 
Yellow-tufted, Brown-headed Honeyeater and White-eared Honeyeater, providing 
the perfect context for fledging cuckoo. Parrots were also well represented: 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Long-billed and Little Corella, Galah, Crimson 
Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, and a single Blue-winged 
Parrot flying over gorge. Also seen Rufous Songlark, White-winged Triller, 
Scarlet and Eastern Yellow Robin, Dusky Woodswallow, a Peregrine, and up to 5 
Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Fantastic birding.

Also happy birthday to the Wyperfeld National Park, 100 yrs old today. One of 
my most memorable birding moments was seeing Black-eared Cuckoo, Black 
Honeyeater and then Redthroat, one after another, in flowering heath along the 
Lake Brambruk walk in southern Wyperfeld. At the time I kept thinking "could it 
get any better!"



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