Fraser Island Bird Week - Day 5

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Subject: Fraser Island Bird Week - Day 5
From: "Lee & Margi" <>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 16:44:48 +1000
Fraser Island Bird Week - Day 5 - Last Day


For today's activities all the guests were invited on a Hervey Bay excursion
which stopped at a local bird hide, a large private property with some large
lagoons and a public park called Arkarra Lagoons.  All of which are very
popular birding locations and well known to us local Hervey Bay birders.


I passed on the Bird Hide and so missed out on many waders, instead myself
and a few more dedicated local bird club members stood out in the rain at
Garnets Lagoons waiting for the Kingfisher Bay bus to drop off the groups
(fortunately the rain cleared by the time they turned up).  These lagoons
are a fantastic location for birds (it's not unusual to count swans, ducks
and Pelicans in the hundreds).  The list of sightings for the morning
included - 


Masked Lapwings

White Ibis

Straw necked Ibis

Glossy Black Ibis

Black winged Stilts

Red Kneed Dotterels

Willy Wagtails

Common Starlings

Black Swans


Little Pied Cormorants

Little Black Cormorants


Australasian Grebes


Grey Teal (Yet another new bird for me)

Australian Shoveler (more new ones for me!) 

Nankeen Kestrel 

Richards Pipit 

Golden headed Cisticolla 

Red Necked Avocets (Keep those new birds coming!) 

Gull Billed Terns 

Great Egrets 

Cattle Egrets 

Little Egrets 

Sharp Tailed Sandpipers 

Royal Spoonbill 

Australasian Bittern (new to me!) 

Welcome Swallow 

Tree Martin 

Purple Swamphens 

Comb Crested Jacanas 


Magpie Lark 

Swamp Harrier

Whistling Kite


And that was just at one of the lagoons, there are 3 other lagoons that we
didn't get to take the groups as we were running out of time.


After some well earned coffee and morning tea the whole group was driven to
Arkarra Lagoons which is about 10mins drive from Hervey Bay.  At this
location we ticked off - 

Little Friarbird 

Pacific Black Duck 


Australasian Grebes 

Dusky Moorhen 


Purple Swamphens 

Brown Honeyeaters 

Plumed Whistling Ducks 


Little black cormorants 

Leaden Flycatchers 

Grey Fantail 

Varied Triller 

Royal Spoonbills 

Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike 

Rainbow Lorikeets 

Scaly Breasted Lorikeets 

Rufus Whistlers 

Lewins Honeyeaters 

Blue Faced Honeyeaters


So there we have it, the Fraser Island Bird Week in review. 

I certainly enjoyed the week, what could be better than 5 straight days of
birding! The activities were interesting & fun, I met some great people and
I managed to add 15 new birds to my list.


Unfortunately it was back to work for me then (the only birds I see at work
are the ones I drew on the whiteboard in my office).  At least I have my
trip to the Bunya Mountains in a week.







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