Southern Atherton Tablelands, 14 raptor day, 106 total

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Subject: Southern Atherton Tablelands, 14 raptor day, 106 total
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 15:14:21 +1000
Report of Birds Australia, North Queensland Group Outing July 29th 2007 to southern Atherton Tablelands

What a magic day! Glorious weather, great company and the birding was fantastic.

The list below is my list of the day from when I picked up my new friends Celeste and John until I dropped them off in Yungaburra. it shows 96 species seen and another 10 heard. I must point out that it was not a vigorous day of mad twitching but a relaxed journey and stroll through some beautiful high altitude rainforest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and some eucalypt woodland. Of course there was open farming country as well.

Four members and two guests travelled in two cars making for a compact, sociable group. The list of apologies was as long as those attending.

From Yungaburra we drove via Bromfield Swamp. Here we saw both species of
cranes and a Collared Sparrowhawk. Before reaching the meeting place at Mt Hypipamee we added Crimson Rosella to an expanding list.

Grey-headed Robins and Brush-turkeys greeted us in the picnic area and a Golden Bowerbird shone overhead. A surprise here was two young Square-tailed Kites.

After a walk to the crater we moved to some high altitude forest with emergent Blue Kauri. The highlights here were Mountain Thornbill and a male Grey Goshawk which posed on an exposed branch.

Heading south we added more rainforest and eucalypt species to the list. Lunch was eaten in Ravenshoe.

At Kaban we visited a farm dam and the state forest. An adult square-tailed Kite circled us and the nearby trees for about ten minutes. White-bellied Sea-Eagles had two well developed young in the nest and the dad came in while we were not watching.

One of the most remarkable things of the day was the quality of the sightings. The birds were close and cooperative. An exception to this were the Little Lorikeets which stayed hidden except for dashing raids across our field of view and sometime only heard. Identification was made only because they were so small and there was the absence of any warm colour under the wing.

Back in Yungaburra as we were shifting items between cars a pair of Pacific Bazas was seen as they searched a tree for tucker. One was observed to eat a green tree frog. Fourteen raptors, what a great day!

Australian Brush-turkey

Black Swan

Australian Wood Duck

Cotton Pygmy-goose

Pacific Black Duck


Australasian Grebe


Little Pied Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

White-faced Heron

Cattle Egret

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Nankeen Night Heron

Australian White Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

Pacific Baza

Black-shouldered Kite

Square-tailed Kite

Black-breasted Buzzard

Black Kite

Whistling Kite

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Spotted Harrier

Swamp Harrier

Brown Goshawk

Grey Goshawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Brown Falcon

Nankeen Kestrel

Sarus Crane


Buff-banded Rail

Purple Swamphen

Masked Lapwing

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)

White-headed Pigeon

Spotted Turtle-Dove

Brown Cuckoo-Dove

Emerald Dove

Crested Pigeon

Peaceful Dove

Bar-shouldered Dove

Topknot Pigeon

Rainbow Lorikeet

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Little Lorikeet

Australian King Parrot

Crimson Rosella

Pale-headed Rosella

Brush Cuckoo

White-rumped Swiflet

Laughing Kookaburra

Forest Kingfisher

White-throated Treecreeper

Brown Treecreeper

Red-backed Fairy-Wren

Striated Pardalote

Australian Fernwren

Large-Billed Scrubwren

Brown Gerygone

Mountain Thornbill

Noisy Friarbird

Noisy Miner

Lewin's Honeyeater

Bridled Honeyeater *

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Fuscous Honeyeater

Eastern Spinebill

Brown Honeyeater

Pale-yellow Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin

Grey-headed Robin

Rufous Whistler


Grey Fantail

Willie Wagtail

Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike

White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike

Varied Triller

Grey Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Pied Currawong

Torresian Crow

Spotted Catbird

Golden Bowerbird

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Red-browed Finch

Mistletoe Bird

Welcome Swallow

Fairy Martin

Richard's Pipit

Tawny Grassbird

Common Myna

Heard Only

Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl

Australian King Parrot

Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl

Australian King Parrot

Scarlet Honeyeater

Victoria's Riflebird


Eastern Whipbird

Olive-Backed Oriole

Golden-headed Cisticola

Alan Gillanders

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