Lamington NP and nearby, se QLD, 27-28 Aug

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Subject: Lamington NP and nearby, se QLD, 27-28 Aug
From: "Eric Finley" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 11:13:54 +1000
Hi all

Enjoyed a couple of days last week at Lamington NP, se QLD, staying at
the lovely Binna Burra Lodge. Warm clear conditions, and dry after the
much-needed rains of the previous week (Binna Burra registered no
rainfall at all for July).

In addition to the lodge surrounds and road between lodge and camp
ground (very productive), spent a day on a combination of the Border
Track and Coomera Circuit (27 Aug), and a morning on the Bellbird
Lookout track and some of the connecting paths (28 Aug).

Full list is available but highlights were as follows:

Wompoo Pigeon - single bird over the track near where Border Tr meets
Coomera Circuit

Albert's Lyrebird - one seen twice on Border Tr in same area as Wompoo;
another heard nearby

Russet-tailed Thrush - many seen on the short rainforest circuit
starting near the tea house/campground. Assumed to be all this species
from info given, but I was only confident of the identification of a
couple of birds based on extent of white on tail edges.

Logrunner - common, with best views around the campsite and road fringes

Pale-yellow Robin - common at beginning of above tracks and Bellbird
Lookout in early mornings

Little Shrike-thrush - a few seen in same areas as the robins, but best
sightings in first patch of rainforest along the Bellbird Lookout track
where 4 were vocally working the mid levels above the path.

Other nice sightings were numerous Brush Turkeys with Yellow-throated
Scrubwrens in tow, Regent and Satin Bowerbirds, Green Catbird, Wonga
Pigeon, Varied Sittella (white-headed variety). Lucked out on the
riflebird this time...

The Coomera Circuit is such a great rainforest walk - for a significant
portion of the trail the sounds of the creek and the incredible number
of waterfalls does limit potential for bird detection based on
calls/ground noise, but this is more than made up for by the spectacular
beauty of the area. The view into the Coomera Gorge is breathtaking.
Fantastic towering Brush Boxes. I was not equipped for calling in Rufous
Scrub-birds near here and did not see or hear them.

A nice little stop on the way back to Brisbane thanks to the suggestion
of Barry Davies at Nindooinbah Dam on the outskirts of Beaudesert.
Sightings here included a small group of Wandering Whistle-ducks, 4
Comb-crested Jacanas, several Scarlet Honeyeaters, 1 Western and several
White-throated Gerygones. Also a group of Grey-crowned Babblers on the
garden lawns at the entrance to the dam.

Thank you to everyone who provided me with information pre the trip, it
was very much appreciated.

Eric Finley

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