Myself and John Hammond were at the Oriental Plover site near Seven
Mile Lagoon at 5.30 am this morning and found the bird within a short
time in the original paddock as posted by Rob Morris. We had a great
view of the bird. Also in the same paddock were Ground Cuckoo-shrikes
and at the nearby paddock we counted 10 Banded Lapwings and a further
four including young at another nearby paddock. Overall the area
seemed alive with birds and we saw Whiskered Terns on the nearby seven
mile Lagoon and numerous other species.
Afterwards we headed for Gatton and the UQ Campus where we there are
stunning amounts of birds including up to many many hundred Magpie
Geese flying in as well as the usual large numbers of Pink-eared Ducks
and Plumed-whistling Ducks.
Significantly there are at least six Black-tailed Native Hens ( scarce
visitor to these parts) there ( opposite bank from the hide and near
the rear) and at least one Red-necked Avocet.
The Blue-billed Ducks appear to have all but moved on - we could only
locate one bird.
Other species seen this morning included Buff-banded Rail, White-
necked Heron, White-faced Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Great and
Intermediate Egret, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel,
Black-shouldered Kite, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-froned Dotterel,
Black-winged Stilt, Grey Teal, Black Duck, Chestnut-breasted Manikin,
Superb and Red-backed Fairy-wrens, Golden-headed Cisticola, Little
Black, Pied and Little Pied Cormorants, Cockatiel, Pale-headed
Rosella, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Fairy Matin, Rainbow Bee-eater,
Dollarbird ( flock of about 30 hawking together) etc
All in all a great mornings birding with a tick for me and two for John!
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