Lockyer Valley, SEQ

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Subject: Lockyer Valley, SEQ
From: "The Dam Lamb Service Clan" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 12:02:52 +1100
Spent last weekend in the Lockyer Valley, indulging myself in solo,full-on birding.As the area is agricultural (predominantly small holdings of vegetable crops) I focused, as most resident and visiting birders do, on the water supply holdings, ie the various dams, lakes, and natural wetlands.
In all saw 84 species, not quite as many as Trevor and Kym Ford's ton for the same weekend.Following numbers seen at the various sites:
    Lake Clarendon-34 species,with highlights being Aust. Shoveller, Musk Duck, Pink-eared Duck, numerous Black Swan, Jacana, immature Swamp Harrier
    Lake Dyer-37 species, best being a Latham's Snipe (couldn't conjure up the Painted Snipe!!) on late Friday, and great views through 'scope at close quarters in full sun of Plum-headed Finches. It really is a wonderfully deep and rich colour on their head.
   Lake Apex, Gatton-27 species. Water levels high, not much of note, but did find both whistling ducks (Plumed and Wandering) resting in the shade on the far island
   Jahenke's Lagoon-27 species. Found the white Black Swan, Pacific Heron, Pink-eared Duck, Royal Spoonbill, Magpie Goose.
Lion's Park on Lockyer Creek, 6km west of Gatton produced 31 species in little over an hour, with perched Aust. Hobby, flock of 50+ Plum-headed Finches (adults and juveniles),female Koel, Dollarbird, Cockatiel,Shining-bronze Cuckoo,Double-barred Finch,and Golden-headed Cisticolas calling and showing from the corn field.
Sunday's highlights were calling -in to"Abberton" to say hello to Bill and Eileen Jolly and being made very welcome as a 'drop-in" amongst their guests.Got a brief look at a low-flying Black Falcon just south of Bill's place prior to calling in, and good views of Fuscous Honeyeater on the way back to Gatton.Saw a total of 9 raptors, but no gulls or terns,no Rainbow Lorikeet (doesn't seem possible!!),only three species of honeyeater,no robins or whistlers. Starlings and Common Myna were everywhere. A great weekend in a great spot.
       Russ Lamb,
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