Australasian Bittern & other birds

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Subject: Australasian Bittern & other birds
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 20:58:50 +1000
So many good birds in the Lockyer this last few weeks, that this can only be
a list of some of the highlights.

John Hadley located an Australasian Bittern in the Lockyer Valley yesterday
afternoon (Easter Monday). It remained faithful to a small farm dam for just
a couple of hours, but later flew off high in the general direction of Dyers
Lagoon. There were at least three Nankeen Night-herons on the same pond,
none of which flushed.

We also had very good close views of a very tolerant Australian Spotted
Crake, which wandered into deepish water (for a crake) at one point and then
swam for maybe half a metre before apparently finding its feet again.
Gloria Glass alerted locals to the continuing presence of a Bush
Stone-curlew in the light-industrial suburbs of Toowoomba (after all, it is
the Garden City!), and I caught up with it the other day while it was camped
under a small tree on an island of garden within the chain-link fence
surrounding the Pioneer Concrete depot. Just the one bird. Apparently it's
been hanging out with a couple of Masked Lapwings for some time now.

Saw a pair of Black Falcons in an aerial display near Gatton a week ago,
Painted Button-quail on a nearby dirt road, two sightings (about 10km apart)
of our first Rose Robins of the autumn on Thursday (12th April), and a new
bird for Abberton - Diamond Dove - our 191st species for the property.
White-breasted and Dusky Woodswallows both in the valley at the weekend.
We took a run about an hour and a half south west of here on Good Friday,
and found Diamond Firetails, Brown Treecreepers, White-eared, Yellow-tufted
and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters, White-winged Fairywren, more Painted
Button-quail and generally a good assortment of the more inland species that
don't quite make it down to our place.
I've got a photo of the swimming Spotted Crake in the camera - I'll mention
it on birding-aus if it's good enough to post on the Abberton website.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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