Thanks Graham for the heads up on the nesting Bazas. Was down there this
morning along with several other birders. We noted that there was actually 3
young in the nest - 2 older birds, including one that was flapping about and
standing up, and one still very much covered in down. Light was shocking but I
got some record shots of nest with young and parent - although none of these
show the younger bird that I can make out - another birder there saw the third
and he hadn't seen it despite being there for some time before I arrived.
Further, I can say that these Baza's appeared to be totally non-plussed by the
presence of people watching proceedings.
Earlier at Mt Bass Firetrail, there was at least 12 and possibly up to 16
Southern Emu-wrens in 3 seperate feeding parties, 2 Beautiful Firetails about a
km apart from each other, 3 Brown Quail, and more Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters
than you can shake a stick at, including several younger birds. Down at Bonnie
Vale, in the Night-heron roost trees were 6 Night-herons, more than I usually
see there, and across the river was a young Dollarbird calling loudly and being
busily serviced by 2 adults.
A very belated North Queensland trip report to follow later today.
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