Rainbow Beach/Inskip Point

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Subject: Rainbow Beach/Inskip Point
From: "Dam Lamb" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 07:33:53 +1000
Spent four days (13-17 April) doing some gentle birding around Rainbow Beach, Inskip Point, and northern (Cooloola) secton of Great Sandy NP.Based ourselves at Carlo Point on eastern part of Tin Can Bay, only 4km from Rainbow Beach. Quickly lost the battle with the midges, drew with the regular showers.
  Saw about 60 species in and around Carlos Point, managed a sole Double-banded Plover along with the more usual waders (Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed tattler etc).Both Collared and Sacred Kingfisher were in the mangroves and darting onto the mud, honeyeaters were fairly numerous with Little and Noisy Friarbird,Blue-faced ,Lewin's,White-throated,Brown, White-cheeked, Scarlet, and heaps of Mangrove Honeyeater (even more numerous at Inskip and Bullock Points). Saw a Striated Heron on the mud, and two stone-curlews fly-up from the road about 1km from Carlo one night, suspect they were Bush rather than Beach, but have seen both in the area in previous visits( Does anyone know how far Beach Stone-Curlew will move from water, and in what circumstances?)
 Bullock Point, about 4km before Inskip Point, faces west into the bay and is well worth a stop. We got 40 birds in an hour and a half, inbetween showers. Best were Buff-banded Rail being harrassed by Willy Wagtail only 3 metres from waters edge, Terek Sandpiper,Little Egret, Royal Spoonbill on sandbar 100 metres distant, along with Caspian, Little,Cested and Gull-billed Tern.Mangrove Gerygone sang from the mangroves while White-breasted Woodswallow, Varied Triller, Oriel and about 6 Spangled Drongos utilised the shrubbery. A short walk back down the dirt road revealed platelets in the roadside undergrowth. We have seen platelets here before without determining their maker.
  Inskip Point was slightly altered since our last visit (June 2004) with the sea having pushed a channel through the large sandbank close by the barge set-off point, thus preventing one from walking out to the western end of the sandbar.Fewer birds here than at Bullock Point but there was a large flock of Common Tern, as well as Pied and Little Black Coromant and the expected common waders. In the bush between the carpark and the barge Mangrove Honeyeater were common, as were Spangled Drongo and Little Wattlebird, and white-cheeked Honeyeater.There were platelets aplenty and I flushed three small quail/buttonquail but had insufficient time to get an ID, though I suspected male Black-breasted Button-Quail.
 A nightime trip down the Freshwater Track as far as Bymien dayuse area (only in 2wd) for owls was unsucessful, didn't even hear a Boobook (Masked Owl had been reported at this site only 9 days earlier via the BQ website, and both Sooty Owl and Marbled Frogmouth were seen in Jan or Feb 2004 on a BQ campout).
   A good spot for birding at any time.
  Russ Lamb, Maleny, SEQ
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