birding-aus FW: Spotted Bowerbird record in SE Qld

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Subject: birding-aus FW: Spotted Bowerbird record in SE Qld
From: "Atzeni, Michael" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 10:33:55 +1000

As promised, here are the details of the only Spotted Bowerbird record I
know of in the Lockyer Valley.  Also the most easterly I know of.  The site
is probably worth revisiting for the Atlas on that basis alone.  Does anyone
else know of other easterly records for SE Qld, apart from Tom's recent
Stanthorpe sighting? 

Details:  (Source: Toowoomba Bird Observers Inc. Newsletter No. 228 Jan

Rod Hobson saw a single bird near the junction of Ingoldsby Rd and Caffey
Connection, Tent Hill via Gattton, SE Qld on 17/12/94 around 9:15 am.
Severe drought conditions persisted at the time with hot, humid
pre-thunderstorm weather on the day.

The habitat was cleared agricultural land.  Wet, very heavily vegetated
gully nearby to sighting.  Hillside onto which the bird flew very steep with
sandstone outcropping; heavily vegetated, Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus maculata),
Narrow-leafed ironbark (E. crebra), in association with dense undergrowth of
Velvet Tree Pear (Opuntia tomentosa), Carrol (Backhousia myrtifolia) and
Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestre).

Single bird observed (10x40 binoculars) from stationary vehicle in sandy
gravel on roadside verge (feedling?).  Bird flew across road and up
adjoining steep hillside.  Came to rest in low woody scrub.  Believe bird to
have been a female as crest inconspicuous.  Had very clear views of all
characteristics.  Very familiar with this bird from previous sightings in
western Queensland.

Michael Atzeni
 Toowoomba QLD 4350

 Phone +61 7 4688 1318      Fax    +61 7 4688 1192

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Atzeni, Michael 
> Sent: Friday, 26 February 1999 12:27
> To:   'Birding-Aus'
> Subject:      Spotted Bowerbirds and Painted Snipe in SE Qld
> Tom,
> Rod Hobson got one in the Lockyer Valley a few years ago - from memory, in
> a remnant patch of brigalow in the Forest Hill area, near Gatton.  I'll
> see if I can locate the details in the Toowoomba Bird Observers newsletter
> and email the details.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Tarrant [SMTP:
> Sent: Friday, 26 February 1999 4:57
> To:   morris
> Cc:   
> Subject:      Re: birding-aus Spotted Bowerbirds in Coastal NSW
> birding-aus
> G'day Alan and B-ozzers,
> I'm not sure if this is of any interest, recently I saw a Spotted
> Bowerbird at
> Stanthorpe, Queensland (my most easterly record in the state)
> Stanthorpe is about 150 kms west of the Gold Coast and they are fairly
> regularly seen at Sundown NP nearby.
> Tom Tarrant
> Dayboro, Qld
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