Glossy Black Cockatoos and some winter birds

Subject: Glossy Black Cockatoos and some winter birds
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 16:55:45 +1000

I have just spent six days birding around the Lockyer Valley, turning up 138 spp in the process. The people I was birding with were on their way up to Mt Glorious, so we didn?t bother going into any rainforest habitats (eg Ravensbourne National Park), which probably inhibited our list by another dozen or so likely species.


Mind you, even six consecutive days of fairly solid birding can leave some gaps that you just wouldn?t believe possible - Olive-backed Oriole for example!


But the gaps were more than made up for by some of those special birds that can?t ever be counted on, such as Glossy Black Cockatoos at Gatton, as well as other good birds like Plum-headed Finches, Banded Lapwings, Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, a few strays from further inland including Western Gerygone and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater ? and a couple of days earlier Little Eagle and White-plumed Honeyeater, both winter birds here.


We saw a good number of Wedge-tailed Eagles this last week, and I?ve put some photos of one obliging eagle, a couple of Glossy Black Cockatoos and a few others on the Abberton website. Go to if you?d like to take a look.


Bill Jolly



Lockyer Valley, Queensland.


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