Gold Coast Birds

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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 07:45:09 +1000
What's happening on the Gold Coast?
Just a summary of Field Trips made by the Gold Coast Bird Observers Group in February/March  2003
February 13 - Trip to O'Reillys via the Duck Creek Rd. Members present 12.  Total number of species seen was 96, including Plumed Whistling Duck, Brown Falcon, Comb Crested Jacana, Owlet Nightjar, Noisy Pitta, and both Regent and Satin Bowerbird.
February 20    A short day trip to the Mudgereeba area, Little Nerang Dam and Austinville.Members present 12.  Total number of species seen - 75
February 27    A Field Trip to Brunswick Heads,  Byron Bay and Lennox Heads (Flat Rock).  Members present 12.  Total number of species - 100  which included Wandering Tattler, Lesser Frigate Bird, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australian Shoveler, and Freckled Duck. A large number of Terns were present at Flat Rock (Gull-Billed, Crested, Common and Little Tern - 1 of the Little Tern had coloured leg bands) plus 5 Sooty Oystercatcher.
March 6    Field trip to the Canungra/Beaudesert area. Members present - 10. Total number of species seen - 89 which included x40 Glossy Ibis, Swamp Harrier, Brown Falcon, Brown Songlark, Cockatiel and Plum-headed Finch. At this venue the group observed a pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets - the unusual thing about them was that they were hanging upside down (like a bat) from the end of a dead branch about 8-10 M from the ground.  They remained in this position, totally motionless for at least 5
minutes. No one in the group had ever observed this type of behaviour!    Has anyone else come across this type of behaviour before in this or similar species???
Good Birding
Gold Coast Bird Observers Group          (B.O.C.A.  affiliate)
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