Trip Report SEQld

To: ? birding-aus <>
Subject: Trip Report SEQld
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 14:04:46 +1000
Trip Report Mildura – SE Queensland Sept/Oct 2008

Spent just under three weeks driving to and from north east NSW/south east 
Queensland from Mildura. The main reason for the trip was my sister’s wedding 
in Brisbane and a chance for our children to spend some quality time with their 
grand parents. I also dedicated a few days to travelling with my father looking 
for a few species that he had yet to see. As many people say, wasn’t really a 
birding trip, but did get to see a few species (I was happy with over 225) – 
though also drove a lot of kilometres (thankfully the two kids – both under 3 
travelled really well).

Listed are some highlights with the full list at the bottom (abbreviations for 
locations in the main text) – names and order follow Christidis & Boles (2008). 
At the end are a few other species that were either not fully feral (at 
Samsonvale cemetery) or confirmed ID.

17th of September – Mildura to Forbes
6 Regent Parrots about 8km east of Euston on Sturt Highway
Painted Honeyeater heard in Boree about 20km east of Wyalong on Newell Highway

18th of September – Forbes to Armidale
Gum Swamp (GS) had the usual assortment of ducks (including one Blue-billed 
Duck) and some of the spring migrants had returned.
Lunch at Garrawilla NP (GNP) (east of Coonabarabran) revealed nothing 
spectacular (though there are currently only 3 species listed on the Atlas of 
NSW Wildlife)
The resident Indian Mynas were seen in Mullaley (also on the return trip)

19th September – Armidale to Crystal Creek (near Murwillumbah)
Lunch at Jabiru-Geenebeeinghi Wetlands (JG) revealed the usual north coast 
wetland species with 2 well-hidden Magpie Goose being the best birds present

Crystal Creek (CC) (19th September – 1st October)
Stayed various days over this period at my parent’s place at Crystal Creek. 
Nothing exciting though Plumed Whistling-ducks were feeding in there back yard 
(the first time I have seen them there but they have been there on and off for 
a couple of years), A White-bellied Sea-eagle getting mobbed by Drongos and 
Figbirds along the creek was pretty exciting and picked up the usual 9 species 
of pigeons in the backyard (Brown Cuckoo-Dove, White-headed Pigeon, Peaceful 
Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Crested Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Spotted Turtle-dove, 
Topknot Pigeon, Emerald Dove)

21st September – Tweed Valley
First stop the Fig tree walk at Mebbin NP (MNP). The usual rainforest species 
(Logrunner, Pale Yellow Robin, Spectacled and Black-faced Monarch, Rufous 
Fantail) present, with nice views also of a Male Regent Bowerbird and a female 
Paradise Riflebird carrying nesting material.
Cram’s Farm, Clarrie Hall Dam (CF) had the usual waterbirds including more 
Comb-crested Jacana and Latham’s Snipe than I have ever seen there, plus the 
only Brush Cuckoo for the trip.
A quick stop at the carpark of Mt Warning NP (MW) added Wompoo Fruit-dove to 
the trip list.

23rd to 25th September – trip to SEQ with Dad to add species to his list 
(species marked with # were seen on this trip).
Drove first to Rainbow Beach where we stayed over night and visited Inskip 
Point (IP) twice. Mangrove Honeyeater on the 23rd was Dad’s first new species, 
while Black-breasted Button-quail and somewhat surprisingly White-eared Monarch 
were seen the following morning. Despite the large numbers of people (Qld 
school holidays) birds were in good numbers here.
Drove to Cooloola Way in the evening of the 23rd to try for Grass Owl with no 
luck, though I did hear Ground Parrots (and Dad got silhouetted views in 
flight). The wind was quite strong here and there were very few birds 
generally. A quick stop at Bymien Picnic Area failed to find Sooty Owl (or any 
night birds).
The next day travelled our way to Samsonvale stopping at Maroochy Wetlands at 
Bri Bri (BB) where we added Mangrove Gerygone and Collared Kingfisher to the 
trip. Lunch was had at Caloundra but the wind was very strong and the terns and 
waders were well away from binocular range.
Met up with Tom Tarrant at Samsonvale Cemetery where Dad added Tawny Grassbird, 
and we unsuccessfully looked for Little Bronze-cuckoo (though the Horsfield’s 
Bronze-cuckoo heard here was one of only two for the whole trip). Along with 
Roy Sonnenburg and his paying client (Barbara?) we tried a few other spots 
around Samsonvale/Dayboro (SV) adding (at that stage) Emerald Dove and Azure 
Kingfisher to the trip list.
Spent that evening in Kilcoy, hoping to find Corcoran’s Lane near Lake Wivenhoe 
to look for Red-backed Button-quail. Unfortunately the SatNav technology let us 
down (I will have to take mine next time) so we missed the turnoff – oh well 
one to try again in the future (this was the one new species I was hoping to 
track down).
Stopped briefly at College’s Crossing looking (with no luck) for Cotton 
Pygmy-goose. However we soon had this species at Greenwood Lake, Forestdale 
(GL) which was surprisingly quiet though I did get one of both Musk Lorikeet 
and Pacific Baza here which were the only ones sighted for the whole trip.
Then stopped at Eagleby Wetlands (EW) where we obtained much better views of  
Tawny Grassbird and the only Wandering Whistling-ducks for the trip.
Last stop on this trip was on the foreshore at Terranora (TH), where despite 
the wind we saw a good number of birds, though Striated Heron was the only new 
one for the trip.
A pair of Ospreys are easily seen on a nesting pole on the eastern side of the 
Banora Point Bridge.

30th September
Had another brief visit to Mebbin NP looking for Sooty owl which we got on the 
entrance track. At the first site tried heard and spotlighted a Yellow-bellied 
Glider not long after dusk. The only other night birds heard were an Australian 
Owlet-nightjar and one Southern Boobook.

1st October – Crystal Creek to Woolgoolga
Stopped at both Chikiba Lake and Flat Rock (FR) near Ballina yielded the usual 
bevy of wader’s (though the people watching the dolphin rescue at nearby 
Prospect Lake was enough for us to keep going).
Another Osprey nest at the Richmond River bridge had a single bird present. We 
then spent a couple of quiet days at Woolgoolga Lakeside Caravan Park (W) where 
the highlight was our son’s interest in the nearby Grey-headed Flying-fox camp.

3rd October – Woolgoolga to Coonabarabran
Stopped briefly at Ebor Falls (EF) where I added Forest Raven, Varied Sittella 
and Eastern Spinebill before continuing on to Coonabarabran (best bird a pair 
of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes in the Caravan Park, though a Lorikeet flew 
over but was not identified – probably Little).

4th October – Coonabarabran to Hay
Plumed Whistling-ducks were present at a dam just on the outskirts of 
Tomingley, Grey-crowned Babblers were seen east of Marsden and a brief stop at 
Gap Dam SF (GD)(west of Rankins Springs) added a few species including Speckled 
Warbler, White-browed Babbler and Jacky Winter.

5th October Hay to Mildura
Nothing special with Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and White-winged Triller added 
near “Sunnyside” homestead and Tree Martin the last new species recorded for 
the trip at Euston.

Overall, a good trip and if any one would like more details on anything let me 

1          Emu     Dromaius novaehollandiae
2          Australian Brush-turkey            Alectura lathami            #     
3          Magpie Goose  Anseranas semipalmata JG
4          Plumed Whistling-duck Dendrocygna eytoni      CC
5          Wandering Whistling-duck        Dendrocygna arcuata    #          EW
6          Black Swan      Cygnus atratus  #          GS,JG,CF
7          Pink-eared Duck          Malacorhynchus membranaceus            GS
8          Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata         #          CC,CF,EW
9          Cotton Pygmy-goose    Nettapus coromandelianus        #          GL
10        Australasian Shoveller   Anas rhynchotis            GS
11        Grey Teal         Anas gracilis     #          GS,JG,CF,EW
12        Chestnut Teal   Anas castanea
13        Northern Mallard          Anas platyrhynchos*     #
14        Pacific Black Duck       Anas superciliosa          #          
15        Hardhead         Aythya australis            #          GS,JG,CF,EW
16        Blue-billed Duck           Oxyura australis            GS
17        Australasian Grebe       Tachybaptus novaehollandiae    #          
18        Hoary-headed Grebe    Poliocephalus poliocephalus      GS
19        Rock Dove       Columba livia*  #          GS,TH
20        White-headed Pigeon   Columba leucomela      #          CC,SV
21        Spotted Dove   Streptopelia chinensis*  #          CC
22        Brown Cuckoo-dove    Macropygia amboinensis           #          
23        Emerald Dove  Chalcophaps indica       #          CC,SV
24        Common Bronzewing   Phaps chalcoptera
25        Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes       #          GS,JG,CC
26        Peaceful Dove  Geopelia striata CC,GD
27        Bar-shouldered Dove   Geopelia humeralis        #          
28        Wonga Pigeon  Leucosarcia picata        #          CC,MW,IP,SV,TH
29        Wompoo Fruit-dove     Ptilinopus magnificus     MW
30        Topknot Pigeon            Lopholaimus antarcticus            #        
31        Australian Owlet-nightjar          Aegotheles cristatus
32        Wedge-tailed Shearwater         Ardenna pacificus         W
33        Australasian Gannet      Morus serrator FR
34        Australasian Darter       Anhinga novaehollandiae           #         
35        Little Pied Cormorant   Microcarbo melanoleucos         #          
36        Great Cormorant          Phalacrocorax carbo     #          GS,CF,TH
37        Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris          #          
38        Pied Cormorant            Phalacrocorax varius     #          IP,TH,W
39        Australian Pelican         Pelecanus conspicillatus            #      
40        White-necked Heron    Ardea pacifica  #          EW
41        Eastern Great Egret      Ardea modesta #          TH
42        Intermediate Egret        Ardea intermedia          CF
43        Cattle Egret      Ardea ibis         #          CC,CF,SV
44        Striated Heron  Butorides striata            #          TH
45        White-faced Heron       Egretta novaehollandiae            #          
46        Little Egret        Egretta garzetta #          IP,TH
47        Australian White Ibis     Threskiornis molucca    #          TH
48        Straw-necked Ibis        Threskiornis spinicollis  #          CC,CF
49        Royal Spoonbill            Platalea regia    #          CF,TH
50        Osprey Pandion cristatus           #
51        Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus axillaris  #
52        Pacific Baza      Aviceda subcristata       #          GL
53        White-bellied Sea-eagle            Haliaeetus leucogaster   #         
54        Whistling Kite   Haliastur sphenurus       #          TH
55        Brahminy Kite  Haliastur indus  #          IP,TH
56        Black Kite        Milvus migrans
57        Brown Goshawk          Accipiter fasciatus
58        Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus #
59        Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae
60        Wedge-tailed Eagle      Aquila audax    #
61        Little Eagle       Hieraaetus morphnoides            #
62        Nankeen Kestrel          Falco cenchroides         #
63        Brown Falcon   Falco berigora
64        Australian Hobby          Falco longipennis
65        Peregrine Falcon           Falco peregrinus
66        Purple Swamphen         Porphyrio porphyrio     #          
67        Dusky Moorhen           Gallinula tenebrosa        #          
68        Eurasian Coot   Fulica atra        #          GS,CF,EW
69        Australian Pied Oystercatcher   Haematopus longirostris            #  
70        Black-winged Stilt        Himantopus himantopus            #          
71        Pacific Golden Plover   Pluvialis fulva
72        Lesser Sand Plover       Charadrius mongolus    FR
73        Greater Sand Plover     Charadrius leschenaultii FR
74        Banded Lapwing          Vanellus tricolor
75        Masked Lapwing          Vanellus miles   #          JG,CC,CF,TH,W
76        Comb-crested Jacana   Irediparra gallinacea      CF
77        Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii      CF
78        Bar-tailed Godwit         Limosa lapponica          #          IP
79        Whimbrel         Numenius phaeopus      #          IP
80        Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis      #          IP,TH
81        Ruddy Turnstone          Arenaria interpres         FR
82        Sanderling        Calidris alba     FR
83        Red-necked Stint          Calidris ruficollis           FR
84        Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata         FR
85        Curlew Sandpiper         Calidris ferruginea         FR
86        Black-breasted Button-quail     Turnix melanogaster      #          IP
87        Little Tern         Sternula albifrons          FR
88        Caspian Tern    Hydroprogne caspia     #
89        Whiskered Tern            Chlidonias hybridus
90        Common Tern  Sterna hirundo  FR
91        Crested Tern    Thalasseus bergii           #          IP,TH,FR
92        Silver Gull         Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae          #        
93        Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo  Calyptorhynchus funereus         #      
94        Major Mitchell's Cockatoo       Lophochroa leadbeateri           
95        Galah   Eulophus roseicapillus   #          GS,CC,CF
96        Long-billed Corella       Cacatua tenuirostris      #
97        Little Corella     Cacatua sanguinea        #          SV
98        Sulphur-crested Cockatoo        Cacatua galerita            #         
99        Cockatiel          Nymphicus hollandicus  GS
100      Rainbow Lorikeet         Trichoglossus haematodus         #          
101      Scaly-breasted Lorikeet            Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus    #  
102      Musk Lorikeet  Glossopsitta concinna   #          GL
103      Australian King-parrot  Alisterus scapularis       #          CC,MNP
104      Regent Parrot   Polytelis anthopeplus
105      Crimson Rosella           Platycercus elegans
106      Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius       CC,CF,EF
107      Pale-headed Rosella     Platycercus adscitus      #          EW
108      Australian Ringneck      Barnardius zonarius
109      Blue Bonnet      Northiella haematogaster
110      Red-rumped Parrot      Psephotus haematonotus           GS
111      Ground Parrot  Pezoporus wallicus       #
112      Pheasant Coucal           Centropus phasianinus  #          CC
113      Eastern Koel    Eudynamys orientalis     #          CC,W
114      Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae        #          CC
115      Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo        Chalcites basalis           #         
116      Shining Bronze-cuckoo Chalcites lucidus           CC
117      Pallid Cuckoo   Cacomantis pallidus
118      Fan-tailed Cuckoo        Cacomantis flabelliformis           CC
119      Brush Cuckoo  Cacomantis variolosus  CF
120      Southern Boobook       Ninox novaeseelandiae #
121      Sooty Owl        Tyto tenebricosa
122      Azure Kingfisher           Ceyx azureus    #          CC,SV
123      Laughing Kookaburra   Dacelo novaeguineae    #          
124      Sacred Kingfisher         Todiramphus sanctus    #          
125      Collared Kingfisher       Todiramphus chloris      #          BB
126      Rainbow Bee-eater       Merops ornatus            #          IP,W,GD
127      Dollarbird         Eurystomus orientalis    #
128      White-throated Treecreeper      Cormobates leucophaea           #      
129      Brown Treecreeper      Climacteris picumnus
130      Satin Bowerbird           Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
131      Regent Bowerbird        Sericulus chrysocephalus           MNP
132      Superb Fairy-wren       Malurus cyaneus           #          
133      Red-backed Fairy-wren           Malurus melanocephalus           #     
134      Variegated Fairy-wren  Malurus lamberti           #          CC,MNP,IP
135      White-browed Scrubwren        Sericornis frontalis        #          
136      Large-billed Scrubwren            Sericornis magnirostris  CC,MNP,MW
137      Speckled Warbler        Chthonicola sagittata     GD
138      Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris  GNP
139      Brown Gerygone          Gerygone mouki           #          MNP,W
140      Mangrove Gerygone     Gerygone levigaster      #          BB
141      White-throated Gerygone         Gerygone albogularis    #          
142      Striated Thornbill          Acanthiza lineata           CC,EF
143      Yellow Thornbill           Acanthiza nana GNP
144      Yellow-rumped Thornbill          Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
145      Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis         GNP
146      Brown Thornbill            Acanthiza pusilla           #          
147      Southern Whiteface      Aphelocephala leucopsis
148      Spotted Pardalote         Pardalotus punctatus     GNP,EF
149      Striated Pardalote         Pardalotus striatus         #          
150      Eastern Spinebill           Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris     EF
151      Lewin's Honeyeater      Meliphaga lewinii          #          
152      Yellow-faced Honeyeater         Lichenostomus chrysops           #     
153      Singing Honeyeater       Lichenostomus virescens
154      Mangrove Honeyeater  Lichenostomus fasciogularis      #          IP
155      White-eared Honeyeater           Lichenostomus leucotis EF
156      White-plumed Honeyeater        Lichenostomus penicillatus        GS,GD
157      Noisy Miner     Manorina melanocephala          #          
158      Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
159      Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater       Acanthagenys rufogularis          
160      Little Wattlebird            Anthochaera chrysoptera          #        
161      Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata           EF
162      Scarlet Honeyeater       Myzomela sanguinolenta           #          
163      Brown Honeyeater       Lichmera indistincta      #          
164      White-cheeked Honeyeater      Phylidonyris niger          #          W
165      Brown-headed Honeyeater       Melithreptus brevirostris            
166      Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis      #          CC,IP,W
167      Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus    #          GNP,CC,MNP,CF,IP
168      Little Friarbird  Philemon citreogularis   GS
169      Striped Honeyeater       Plectorhyncha lanceolata           GNP,GD
170      Painted Honeyeater      Grantiella picta
171      Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis         #
172      White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus      GD
173      Australian Logrunner     Orthonyx temminckii     CC,MNP
174      Eastern Whipbird          Psophodes olivaceus     #          
175      Varied Sittella   Daphoenositta chrysoptera        EF
176      Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike      Coracina novaehollandiae         #      
177      White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike    Coracina papuensis
178      White-winged Triller     Lalage tricolor
179      Varied Triller    Lalage leucomela          #          CC,IP
180      Golden Whistler            Pachycephala pectoralis            #        
181      Rufous Whistler            Pachycephala rufiventris            #       
182      Little Shrike-thrush       Colluricincla megarhyncha         #         
183      Grey Shrike-thrush       Colluricincla harmonica #          GS,CC,CF,W
184      Australasian Figbird      Sphecotheres vieilloti    #          
185      Olive-backed Oriole     Oriolus sagittatus          #          
186      White-breasted Woodswallow  Artamus leucorynchus   #          
187      Dusky Woodswallow   Artamus cyanopterus    GD
188      Grey Butcherbird          Cracticus torquatus       #          
189      Pied Butcherbird           Cracticus nigrogularis    #          CC,CF,W
190      Australian Magpie         Gymnorhina tibicen       #          
191      Pied Currawong           Strepera graculina         #          
192      Spangled Drongo          Dicrurus bracteatus       #          CC
193      Rufous Fantail   Rhipidura rufifrons        #          MNP
194      Grey Fantail      Rhipidura albiscapa       #          
195      Willie Wagtail   Rhipidura leucophrys    #          CC,IP,SV,TH
196      Australian Raven           Corvus coronoides
197      Forest Raven    Corvus tasmanicus        EF
198      Little Raven      Corvus mellori
199      Torresian Crow            Corvus orru      #          
200      Leaden Flycatcher        Myiagra rubecula          #          
201      Restless Flycatcher       Myiagra inquieta           CC,CF
202      White-eared Monarch  Monarcha leucotis        #          IP
203      Black-faced Monarch   Monarcha melanopsis   MNP,MW
204      Spectacled Monarch     Monarcha trivirgatus     #          MNP,BB
205      Magpie-lark     Grallina cyanoleuca       #          
206      White-winged Chough  Corcorax melanorhamphos       GS
207      Apostlebird      Struthidea cinerea         GS
208      Paradise Riflebird         Ptiloris paradiseus         MNP
209      Jacky Winter    Microeca fascinans       GD
210      Pale-yellow Robin        Tregellasia capito          MNP
211      Eastern Yellow Robin   Eopsaltria australis        #          
212      Golden-headed Cisticola           Cisticola exilis   #          JG,CF
213      Australian Reed-warbler           Acrocephalus australis  #          
214      Tawny Grassbird          Megalurus timoriensis    #          JG,SV,EW
215      Rufous Songlark           Cincloramphus mathewsi           GS
216      Silvereye          Zosterops lateralis         #          JG,MNP,W
217      Welcome Swallow        Hirundo neoxena          #          
218      Fairy Martin     Petrochelidon ariel        #          GS,SV
219      Tree Martin      Petrochelidon nigricans
220      Common Blackbird      Turdus merula*
221      Common Starling          Sturnus vulgaris*           GS
222      Common Myna            Sturnus tristis*  CC
223      Mistletoebird    Dicaeum hirundinaceum            #          
224      Zebra Finch      Taeniopygia guttata
225      Red-browed Finch       Neochmia temporalis    #          CC
226      House Sparrow            Passer domesticus*      #
227      Australian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae            #

Helmeted Guineafowl    Numida meleagris*       #          SV
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus*    #          SV
Black Falcon    Falco subniger  1 possibly east of Hay
Glossy Black-cockatoo            Calyptorhynchus lathami           2 possibly 
near Gilgandra
Little Lorikeet   Glossopsitta pusilla       1 possibly heard Coonabarabran
Cicadabird       Coracina tenuirostris     1 possibly heard Crystal Creek

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Trip Report SEQld, Peter Ewin <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU