5 days in SW QLD (Longish)

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Subject: 5 days in SW QLD (Longish)
From: Nick Leseberg <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:01:48 +0000
Hi All,

I have just finished a 5 day trip to SW QLD, including my first trip to Bowra 
Station. Plenty of birds, with highlights as follows:

Day 1: Spent Saturday afternoon driving from Brisbane to St George, listening 
to the incredible Grand Final on the radio! Before reaching Toowoomba I had 
already seen Cockatiels, and before St George had seen Red-winged Parrots, 
Yellow-throated Miners, Emus and surprisingly a Channel-billed Cuckoo very 
close to St George.

Day 2: Spent the morning driving St George to Bowra, with a few stops for some 
roadside birding. Just outside St George we saw our first Splendid Fairy-Wrens, 
Pink Cockatoo, Singing, Spiny-cheeked and Striped Honeyeaters, and a Little 
Eagle on a nest. Further on we stopped at a dam just off the road and saw a 
group of about 12 Plum-headed Finches along with Double-barred Finches, nesting 
White-necked Heron, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Spotted Bowerbird, Little 
Woodswallow and Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo amongst others. We arrived at Bowra 
around 2pm and after checking in and getting an update from the very helpful 
caretakers, Graham and Robyn, headed out birding. We only managed a couple of 
hours, and didn't find anything spectacular, with a distant Black-breasted 
Buzzard, Hooded Robins and nesting Splendid Fairy-Wrens the highlights. We also 
saw an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding another Pallid Cuckoo in immature plumage, 
interesting behaviour that I am sure I read something about somewhere recently.

Day 3: We spent the entire day birding at Bowra, and what a day it was. There 
was an incredible amount of activity, most already mentioned in Alana Dare's 
post from today. The morning was very productive, as we found our targets 
Chestnut-breasted Quail-Thrush, Hall's Babbler and Bourke's Parrot. Other birds 
included Little, Black-faced, White-breasted, White-browed and Masked 
Woodswallows, many Emus, Chestnut-crowned Babbler, and nesting Brown Falcon. In 
the afternoon we saw Square-tailed Kite and Little Eagle on the road back from 
Cunnamulla, the nesting Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes, and on a spotlighting trip found 
Nankeen Night-Heron, as well as hearing Owlet-Nightjar, Spotted Nightjar and 
Southern Boobook.

Day 4: We spent the morning at Bowra, finding an obliging party of three 
Chestnut-breasted Quail-Thrushes, as well as Redthroat and a very vocal Painted 
Honeyeater. Near the homestead we found Red-browed Pardalote and Plum-headed 
Finch, and also watched the Spotted Bowerbird attending his bower. We left 
Bowra mid-morning for Noccundra, stopping at Lake Bindegolly on the way. It was 
mid-afternoon so poor timing bird-wise, but we did see our first Budgerigars of 
the trip, White-winged and Variegated Fairy-Wrens, Plumed Whistling-Ducks, 
Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, all three grebes, Gull-billed, Whiskered and Caspian 
Terns. We also got Little Button-Quail and saw our first Crimson Chats by the 
roadside between Thargomindah and the turn-off to Noccundra.

Day 5: We were up very early this morning to get to Cooper's Crossing for 
daybreak. Our main target was Grey Grasswren, but in the process we saw a party 
of 12 Flock Bronzewings wheeling over, Glossy Ibis, Spotted Harrier and Stubble 
Quail. After 5 hours of searching we admitted defeat by the Grey Grasswren, 
even though conditions look good at the moment. Perhaps this makes them harder 
to find - has anyone seen them there recently? We left Cooper's Crossing and 
started heading for home via Eromanga. It was a long afternoon with only a few 
additions to the list - Australian Pratincole, three Black Falcons following a 
locust swarm, and a party of about 20 Brolgas near Quilpie.

Non-birding highlights during the trip included Euros, Red Kangaroos, hundreds 
of Central Bearded Dragons, Burns' Dragon, Central Netted Dragon, Shingleback, 
Eastern Bluetongue, Royal Ctenotus, Gidgee Skink, Gould's Goanna, De Vi's 
Banded Snake, Green Tree Frog, Spotted Grass Frog, Peron's Tree Frog, Red Tree 
Frog, Broad-palmed Frog, Long-thumbed Frog, plus one I'm still figuring out.

If anyone has any questions, or would like any extra information on the birds 
seen or sites visited, please let me know!

Good Birding.

Nick Leseberg
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