Sat, 3 Oct 2009 20:44:59 +1000
Another great day's birding on Queensland's Sunshine Coast began with a pair
of glossy black cockatoos at Sunrise Beach. These birds have for some time
managed to eek out a living from casuarinas in tiny nature strips in the
coastal dunes south of Noosa.
>From there it was to Mary Cairncross Park near Maleny, where a pair of noisy
pittas showed well, and rose-crowned and wompoo fruit-doves were feeding
At Ewen Maddock Dam, a pair of little grassbirds were unexpectedly skulking
in the reeds.
A white phase eastern reef egret showed well at the Caloundra headland.
Nearby, six species of tern (including white-winged and common) were present
on the exposed sandflats off Golden Beach, as were a smattering of large and
mongolian sand-plovers, and a red knot.
A grey goshawk was snagged on the drive north back up the Bruce Highway. At
Lake MacDonald, a pair of cotton pygmy-goose and a pallid cuckoo obliged.
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