Eungella Honeyeater

To: Peter <>, Elliot Leach <>, christina port <>, "" <>
Subject: Eungella Honeyeater
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:37:11 +0000
Hi Peter,

Thanks so much for this great information - I'm sure that it won't be only 
Christina who will find this extremely useful when searching for Eungella 

Do you know the flowering season for Climbing Pandan? From your notes below, it 
appears to flower from at least late Sept-early November...

I think Christina is planning her visit therefore possibly before these blooms 
appear - or maybe not, if the pandan start to flower earlier than this, or if 
she is there later than I think...(???).

When I last saw this honeyeater, it was in the 2nd or 3rd week of June in 2010, 
when there was a great deal of mistletoe around. And that was what they were 
getting into along the lower part of Snake Rd, and along Dalrymple Rd between 
its junction with Snake Rd and Chelmans Rd. The birds were quite vocal with 
their distinctive calls.

What were your observations Elliot with regard to what the honeyeaters were 
eating, and do you recall what month of the year these obs were made?

This could become a very interesting thread I feel...

martin cachard,
trinity beach (& it's still perfect!!),

> From: 
> To: ; ; 
> ; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] I am trying to find some birds
> Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:44:36 +1000
> Hello Martin
> I replied directly to Christina as below:
> I was recently working in the Mackay area for 10 months
> The most reliable sites to see this bird is wherever climbing pandan is
> flowering.
> I have found Chelmans Road to be the most reliable.
> At the top of the range you drive west about 100 metres and then turn north
> into Cummings Street that becomes Dalrymple Road.
> Follow Dalrymple Rd until you see Snake Road on the left.
> Chelmans Road is another 50m on the left.
> Follow Chelmans Rd until the end, gate to the state forest – I usually see
> Eungella Honeyeater in the trees on the left.
> If no sighting there drive along Snake Road.
> If no sighting there return to the township and follow the Eungella Dam road
> towards Broken River.
> After about 1 km you should see Diggings Rd on the right. I have never had
> to use this road.
> Peter Crane
> My pic sessions at Chelmans Rd were:
> 29/9/13 - a birding weekend in Mackay before I knew that I would be moving
> there, pic attached with climbing pandan flower, good numbers of EH
> 2/11/14 - good numbers, higher up in canopy, also seen along Dalrymple Rd
> from Snake Rd to the end (refer Elliot's comment)
> 1/5/15 - one only, no flowering pandan
> Memory suggests that I went there more than twice in the 10 months but I do
> not have pics and haven't searched my paper records.
> PC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: martin cachard
> Sent: Friday, June 05, 2015 5:33 PM
> To: Elliot Leach ; christina port ; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] I am trying to find some birds
> Hey Elliot,
> Just a quick one re Eungella HE, if I may... Do you remember the time of
> year that you saw them at the very end of Dalrymple Rd, and also along
> Diggings Rd??  Do you remember what they were feeding on when you saw them
> at both sites??
> Thanx in advance for your advice - it's always good to get others' thoughts
> on a species that we don't really know all that much about...
> cheers,
> martin cachard, trinity beach, cairns
> > From: 
> > Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 15:06:22 +1000
> > To: 
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] I am trying to find some birds
> > CC: 
> >
> > Turqs are usually along Old Wallangarra Rd, near Girraween NP. A bit
> > closer
> > to the freeway and Stanthorpe than Sundown. A good place to look is around
> > the junction with Hickling Lane, but the whole section from here back to
> > the highway is good as well.
> >
> > Eungella HE should be found fairly easily around the carpark at the end of
> > Mt Dalrymple Rd - that's where I would go first. If you have no luck here,
> > try along Diggings Rd in the afternoon (on the way to Broken River from
> > Eungella, look out for the turn on the right). About 500m up along this
> > road there is a big turning spot - if you reach here you've gone a bit
> > far.
> > The best advice I can give is to learn the call, they are pretty easy to
> > get onto when you know it.
> >
> > Can't help with the Cassowary, I've only ever had sighting (of an adult
> > with chicks!) along the Cape Trib Rd somewhere, and I agree with Martin's
> > spots for the Lyrebird :)
> >
> > Good luck!
> >
> > elliot
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