South Burnett birding, SEQ

To: "BirdingAus" <>
Subject: South Burnett birding, SEQ
From: "Russ Lamb" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:16:18 +1000
Spent two days late last week doing some gentle birding in the South Burnett 
region of SEQ.Purpose of the trip was to try to locate one of my bogey-birds, 
Red-chested Button-Quail, seen by a fellow Sunshine Coast birder in the Murgon 
area back in July. Needless to say,we saw no quail of any sort and the RCBQ 
remains a b-b. But we did have fun exploring new (for us) areas relatively 
close to home.
      Spot of the trip was the Gordonbrook Dam, 8km west of the Bunya Highway, 
between Kingaroy and Wondai.Heaps of waterbirds easily seen, and an easy walk 
along the water's edge. We saw 40 species incl. several pairs of Cotton 
Pygmy-geese, Glossy Ibis, both spoonbills, White-necked Heron but couldn't 
locate any crakes or rails, despite the very suitable habitat. The 
Bjelke-Petersen Dam south of Murgon is less bird friendly,but we still managed 
27 species with more Glossy Ibis and both Whiskered and Caspian Tern. Hardhead 
were the most prolific duck on both dams with cormorant numbers quite low.
     We visited both the Nanango and Kingaroy STW's where reasonable views can 
be got through the wire fences. Nanango had a sole Magpie Goose and 
Black-fronted Dotterel amongst its 17 species whilst the Kingaroy STW had 
nothing remarkable amongst its 20, all standard sewerage treatment species.
 We stayed o'nite in a very comfortable cabin overlooking a farm dam on a 
property along Redgate Rd, about 6km SE of Murgon. The owners have grown a 
wonderful bird-attracting garden which, along with their dam, gave us 44 
species before breakfast. Highlight of the stay (and the trip) was a pair of 
Ground Cuckoo-shrike which flew into the paddock giving great views. All the 
common waterbirds were present on and around the dam, and the gardens produced 
both Yellow and Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Olive-backed Oriole, Little Friarbird, 
amongst others.
  I had two attempts totaling 5 hrs searching for the button-quail in dry 
woodland on private property along Barambah Rd. No luck, and old platlets don't 
count (Painted BQ have also been seen there).I did see heaps of Common 
Bronzewing, as well asYellow and Buff-rumped Thornbill,Weebill, both Brown and 
White-throated Treecreeper,Sacred Kingfisher,Sitella and Leaden Flycatcher.
   A low number of raptor species with Kestrel and Black-shouldered Kite most 
common, and Whistling Kite and White-bellied Sea-eagle over the dams. Weirdly, 
we didn't hear or see either Rufous or Golden Whistler at any point.All-up our 
tally for the two days was 87 species with a couple of additions to the year 
list. Easy birding in a nice part of SEQ.

Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • South Burnett birding, SEQ, Russ Lamb <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU