Our first bird for 2007 was a Grey Goshawk gliding over the Lodge. Then
followed a quick trip up to Mt. Lewis which provided the usual higher altitude
species such as Atherton Scrubwren, Mountain Thornbill and Bowers
Shrike-thrush. A Satin Bowerbird (M) was a bit of a surprise as we have not
seen them here for at least 8+ years. A pair of Blue-faced Parrot -Finches
eventually appeared and were still feeding when we left at 7.30am. They have
been quite difficult this year on Mt. Lewis.
Back at the Lodge a few more birds were added to our day list. A nearby wetland
turned up some Magpie Geese and a Black-necked Stork. Abattoir Swamp, 6km from
the lodge had masses of Melaleuca's flowering attracting, Noisy Friarbird, and
7 other honeyeaters Yellow-faced, Yellow, White-throated, Brown, Brown-backed,
Dusky and Scarlet. Lunch out in the dry country at Mt. Carbine had many
waterbirds on the dam including hundreds of Wandering Whistling-Duck and a pair
of Green Pygmy-goose. The surrounding dry country included Dollarbird,
Grey-crowned Babbler, Apostlebird and Cicadabird. Red-winged Parrots and Great
Bowerbirds were in Mt. Molloy.
It was extremely hot by now so an afternoon siesta was in order! When it had
cooled down another look around the lodge and surrounds turned up a Brahminy
Kite on a nest, Pacific Bazas with young, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher,
Noisy Pitta, Fairy Gerygone and a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher. As night fell a
Masked Owl appeared and Barking Owls called once in the distance. After supper
the days total of 137 species was finished off with a Papuan Frogmouth.
Biggest miss of the day was a Brush-turkey which just happened to be the first
bird we saw today!
A pretty laid back but enjoyable day. Good birding to everyone in 2007.
Keith & Lindsay.
Keith & Lindsay Fisher
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
Julatten QLD 4871
Ph : (07) 4094 1263
Fax : (07) 4094 1466
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