I've just spent 3 days at Lamington National Park in south-east Queensland
staying at the Binna Burra Lodge. Despite drought conditions and it being very
cold even for sunny Qld the birding was excellent. Although most time was spent
hanging out with the family I did manage to get a few good birding trips into
the surrounding rainforest.
I had good views of Rufous Scrub-bird along the Coomera Tk. Perhaps
surprisingly it was seen in a grassy area, not an area dominated by Nothafagus
moorei. It also responded well to pishing. Other birds recorded included
Albert's Lyrebird, Noisy Pitta, Regent Bowerbird, Green Catbird, Pale-yellow
Robin and Logrunner. Unfortunately most of east-coast migrants were absent (or
silent), such as the pigeons, cuckoos and monarchs. Mammals included
Red-throated and Red-legged Pademelon and a Long-nosed Bandicoot. (See full
For the record Binna Burra's an excellent place to stay: large open fires,
views east and west, nice wines and easy access to the rainforest. (The RSB was
seen only and hour or so out of Binna Burra for example.) The main benefit (for
me) of staying at Binna Burra was the well organised kid's activities
(particularly good for my nine year son) which freed up some time for birding.
(Although not so good for my one and a half year old son.) Activities included
flying fox rides, spotlighting, abseiling, rock climbing, and games such as
A big thanks to Barry Davies for excellent birding tips. I hope you managed to
catch up with Star Finch at Karumba!
Also I've just heard that the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park
has been closed today due to bush fires. Anyone know about this?
Lamington NP Bird List, July 2007 (Winter)
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
White Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) Common; one hung around our balcony.
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) Binna Burra Rd.
Nankeen Ketrel (Falco cenchroides) Binna Burra Rd.
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) Binna Burra Rd.
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella) Single bird seen in rainforest on
Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca) Single bird seen near O'Rielly's in
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) Few birds seen on roadside in area.
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) Several birds seen in rainforest Binna
Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) Common in Canungra.
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) One heard on Coomera Track.
Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) Heard at night Binna Burra.
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) Common.
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) O'Rielly's Winery.
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) O'Rielly's Winery.
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) Heard on Coomera Circuit.
Albert's Lyrebird (Menura alberti) Python Rock Track, Coomera Circuit and
Rufous Scrub-bird (Atrichornis rufescens) Coomera Circuit.
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus) Common.
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) Forest edge Binna Burra
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) common
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis) Common on rainforest
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) Common rainforest around Binna
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostris) Common rainforest around Binna
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) Area around Binna Burra.
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) Common Binna Burra, etc.
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) Most common honeyeater.
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) Lower down hill.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus Chrysops)
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) Common.
Rose Robin (Petroica rosea). One seen balcony at Binna Burra.
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) Relatively common in the rainforest
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii) Fairly common rainforest. Listen for the
tell-tale rustling of leaves.
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) One on creek O'Rielly's Winery.
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) Common.
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris) Rainforest on Bellbird Track, Coomera
Track, Border Track, the beginning of the Python Track. Interestingly no
cat-like calls were heard, only the robin like 'tick tick' call.
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus). Common O'Rielly's.
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) O'Reilly's, start of the Phython
Rock walk; at Binna Burra roadside vegetation next to the grassy area.
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki) Rainforest walks around Binna Burra.
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulate) Rainforest walks around Binna Burra.
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
Red-legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) Common grassy areas Binna Burra and
Red-Necked Pademelon (Thylogale thetis) Grassy areas Binna Burra.
Long-nosed Bandicoot ((Perameles nasuta) One seen at night near the carpark at
Black flying-fox (Pteropus alecto) Small colony along river near Cunungra.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) Farmland in lower areas.
Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus parryi) Dead in the back of a Park Rangers ute,
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