birding-aus SEQ Birding Conondales

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Subject: birding-aus SEQ Birding Conondales
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 14:20:49 +1000
Hello everyone,

This posting is about a birding place at Mt Kilcoy, the southern extremity
of the Conondale Ranges, 85km NW of Brisbane as the crow flies. It is a
2000 acre private cattle property and the owner is interested in birds, and
welcomes, at his convenience, natural history groups or individual birders.

I went there with my husband, James Hall, yesterday, in response to a
report about the presence of Indian Mynas. The report was correct.

Owner:  David and Jo McCowan
Phone:  (07) 5498 1220

David is an interesting and interested fellow, and wants to learn more
about the birds he has on his property.  He is interested in just about
anything environmental. We did a two or three hour circuit yesterday
morning, and came up with a list of 58 birds. There are many common birds
missing from the list, birds which would certainly occur there. The land is
hilly, cleared for grazing, with dams. A couple of hundred metres behind
the house and well secluded there is a flat creekside grassy area suitable
for camping. David has not charged for camping in the past, but is
"thinking of it". To date he has been happy with the odd bottle of wine by
way of offering. He enjoys company, and spends much of his time alone on
the property, as his wife works part time in Brisbane, and stays there
during the week (this keeps the farm going).

The creekside camping spot is in casuarina and brush box, and is surrounded
by hilly, timbered country. We didn't see his rainforest areas, but would
not be surprised if he has Black-breasted Button-Quail on the property, or
Eastern Bristlebird - it borders the Conondale National Park.

I am not posting directions to the property, because David does not want
people to arrive unannounced. Besides, his biggest dog, Vandal, is as big
as a small horse, and would deter most spontaneous visitors.

If anyone on this list cares to contact David, please remember that this is
not a commercial operation, and that you will be a guest on a private
property, should you seek to visit.

A list of yesterday's birds follows.



Australasian Grebe      Tachybaptus novaehollandiae     with juveniles
Little Pied Cormorant   Phalacrocorax  melanoleucos
Great Black Cormorant   Phalacrocorax  carbo
White-faced Heron       Ardea novaehollandiae
Straw-necked Ibis       Threskiornis spinicollis
Pacific Black Duck      Anas superciliosa
Maned (Wood) Duck       Chenonetta jubata               with juveniles
Australian (Nankeen) Kestrel    Falco cenchroides
Dusky Moorhen           Gallinula tenebrosa
Masked Lapwing          Vanellus miles
Bar-shouldered Dove     Geopelia humeralis
Galah                   Cacatua roseicapilla
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo        Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Lorikeet        Trichoglossus haematodus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Crimson Rosella         Platycercus elegans
Pale-headed Rosella     Platycercus adscitus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo       Cuculus flabelliformis
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo   Chrysococcyx lucidus
Channel-billed Cuckoo   Scythrops novaehollandiae
Pheasant Coucal         Centropus phasianinus
Laughing Kookaburra     Dacelo novaeguineae
Rainbow Bee-eater       Merops ornatus          Ja
Welcome Swallow         Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin             Hirundo nigricans
Richard's Pipit         Anthus novaeseelandiae
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike       Coracina novaehollandiae
Grey Shrike-thrush      Colluricincla harmonica
Leaden Flycatcher       Myiagra rubecula
Willy Wagtail           Rhipidura leucophrys
Eastern Whipbird                Psophodes olivaceus
Variegated Fairy-wren   Malurus lamberti
White-browed Scrubwren  Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill         Acanthiza pusilla
Striated Thornbill              Acanthiza lineata
White-throated Treecreeper      Cormobates leucophaea   Nesting
Noisy Friarbird         Philemon corniculatus
Blue-faced Honeyeater   Entomyzon cyanotis              Nesting
Bell Miner              Manorina melanophrys
Noisy Miner             Manorina melanocephala          Nesting
Lewin's Honeyeater      Meliphaga lewinii
Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops
New Holland Honeyeater  Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-cheeked Honeyeater        Phylidonyris nigra
Scarlet Honeyeater      Myzomela sanguinolenta
Mistletoebird           Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Striated Pardalote      Pardalotus striatus
Common Starling         Sturnus vulgaris
Common Mynah*           Acridotheres tristis
Olive-backed Oriole     Oriolus sagittatus
Spangled Drongo         Dicrurus bracteatus
Australian Magpie-lark  Grallina cyanoleuca
White-breasted Woodswallow      Artamus leucorhynchus
Grey Butcherbird        Cracticus torquatus
 Pied Butcherbird       Cracticus nigrogularis
Australian Magpie       Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong          Strepera graculina
Torresian Crow          Corvus orru

Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld

26º 51'         152º 56'

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