There was a Beach Thick-knee at the Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island on
Saturday night (west coast, middle). A fishing friend has been kept awake for
years with their night wailing at a camping site near Blue Lagoon ( east coast,
Thanks to information from one of the rangers we had wonderful views of a Sooty
Oyster Catcher on the rocks at North Point. It was busily pecking over the
rocks which were encrusted with small shellfish while dodging spray from
One for Jill,
A Pheasant Coucal was calling about 2 km south-east of Mount Tempest, centre of
Moreton Island. It was clearly audible from the top of said 'mount'.
Other birds seen:
Little Pied Cormorants, very common, one group of 24.
Australian Pelicans, common, they are fed at the resort.
Silver Gulls, common,
Crested Terns common,
Laughing Kookaburra 2
Whistling Kite 2. One seen on each side of the island.
Brahminy Kite 1. western side near Tangalooma.
Welcome Swallow Cape Moreton and Yellowpatch (northern end)
Brown Honeyeater Prolific in the banksia forest areas.
Silvereyes Prolific in banksia and other forested areas.
Grey Fantail Heard in forest near Mt Tempest.
Noisy Friarbird Areas of tallish forest.
White-faced Heron Eastern beach
Red-capped Dotterel Eastern beach, only one.
Masked Lapwing Several pair on eastern beach
Torresian Crows Some
Pied Oystrercatcher Pairs on eastern beach frequently encountered, often
within sight of the adjacent pair. Much more numerous than the population on
Fraser Island during the last few years. No pippies (eugaries) observed (a
frequently used food source for Pied Oystercatchers).
Feeding the dolphins was highly controlled, hygenic and very special.
One wild pig was seen plus evidence of 'rooting'.
Regards to all,
Trevor Ford wrote:
> A couple of items that may be of interest to South-east Queensland birders.
> Don Cameron, ranger at Bribie Island, encountered eleven Beach Stone-curlews
> (Thick-knees) on a beach drive on Moreton Island on Tuesday 20/7. Seven
> were in one group and the other four were further along the beach. Good
> news, indeed!
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