Brisbane Ranges and Black-eared Cuckoo

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Subject: Brisbane Ranges and Black-eared Cuckoo
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:48:53 +1030
I agree this is one of the great pleasures of birding, the pleasure of


2009/10/11 Tim Dolby <>

> 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!"
> Cheers,
> Tim
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