Lewins Rail, Bell Miners & Good Intentions

To: Alexandra Appleman <>
Subject: Lewins Rail, Bell Miners & Good Intentions
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 19:52:39 +1000
Alexandra Appleman wrote:
> In years gone by dipping out on one of the most sought-after species on my
> target list (and being gripped off by golfers to boot) would have caused me
> some angst; but I was more interested in the Bell Miner colonies around
> Boolumba Creek. Southern birders may take their ringing tones for granted,
> and the field guides say 'resident in wet gullies from Melbourne through to
> SE Qld' - an oversimplification if ever there was one.  As a geographer I
> was fascinated to note that bell miners in SEQ may favour southerly /
> south-westerly faces on the western slopes of the Divide as my records are
> Cunnnigham Gap (1995); Maiala NP (Mt Glorious - 1996); Booloumba CK (1997 &
> 2000); Peach Trees nr Jimna (1999). I also vaguely recall hearing bell
> birds in a rainforest patch on Fraser Island many years ago. I would
> interested if someone can confirm that, or if anyone has done any work on
> Bell bird colonies.

There are extensive bell bird colonies along the MacPherson Range - from
the vicinity of Wilsons Peak through to Lamington.  They are also along
the Great Divide around the Head and Queen Mary Falls.


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