A visit to St. Lawrence

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Subject: A visit to St. Lawrence
From: Burnice Starkey <>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 05:57:20 +0000

Members of Birds Qld, BA Capricornia and Makay BOCA joined forces for a 
bird-filled Easter weekend at the St. Lawrence wetlands. Folk travelling to and 
from enjoyed sightings of the Capricorn Yellow Chat en-route south of 
Rockhampton. Furthermore the neighbouring beaches of Carmila and Clairview 
satisfied the wader watchers with especially a good view of a flock of Little 
Terns. A drive to the mountain ranges offered ample opportunity for bush birds 
and the very special sighting of 3 Crimson Finches. But for most of us it was 
the wetlands camp that had us enthralled.
To waken to the call of the Blue-winged and Laughing Kookaburras  competing and 
look out of your tent to see the sunrise colours as hundreds of Magpie Geese 
v’ed the sky and Brolgas trumpeted nearby suggested that I had travelled much 
further than just a 2hr drive north of Rockhampton. The wetlands were teeming 
with Whistling Duck and their young which the Brown Falcons and Swamp Harrier 
did more than just  “eye”  while we watched on.  Also a few Radjah Shelduck and 
Cotton Pygmy Geese glided through.  Many of us saw the resident Black Bittern 
stalking the fishways by the causeway road. Around camp, Yellow Honeyeaters, 
Helmeted Friarbird and White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike shared our shady trees and 
Bar-breasted Honey-eaters nested in Melaleuca .
Many thanks to Alan Briggs and Mike West for organizing this event. I strongly 
recommend if people are heading north to escape the colder climes to drop into 
St. Lawrence and enjoy the hospitality  of the townsfolk and the birdlife of 
this central coastal area.
 St Lawrence (East from Bruce Hwy)
Australian Brush Turkey, Brown Quail, Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling Duck, 
Wandering Whistling Duck, Black Swan, Radjah Shelduck, Australian Wood Duck, 
Cotton Pygmy Goose, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Australasian Grebe,
Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Tawny 
Frogmouth, Australasian Darter,
Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Australian 
Pelican, Black-necked Stork, Black Bittern,
White-necked Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, 
White-faced Heron, Little Egret,
Nankeen Night Heron, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, 
Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Eastern Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Whistling 
Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black Kite, Brown Goshawk, Spotted Harrier, Swamp Harrier,
Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Brolga, Purple 
Swamphen, Buff-banded Rail,
Spotless Crake, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Australian Bustard, Bush 
Stone-curlew (h), Red-capped Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, 
Comb-crested Jacana, Whimbrel, Caspian Tern, Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Galah, 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Red-winged 
Parrot, Pale-headed Rosella, Pheasant Coucal, Eastern Koel, Horsfield's 
Bronze-cuckoo, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Southern Boobook (h), 
Laughing Kookaburra,
Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow 
Bee-eater, Dollarbird, Red-backed Fairy.wren,
Variegated Fairy-wren, White-browed Serubwren, Weebill, Mangrove Gerygone, 
Fairy Gerygone, Yellow.rumped Thornbill,
Striated Pardalote, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Mangrove 
Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Miner, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, 
Brown Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Helmeted 
Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird,
Little Friarbird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, 
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Varied Triller,
Rufous Whistler, Little Shrike-thrush, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australasian 
Figbird, White-breasted Woodswallow,
Black-faced Woodswallow, Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, 
Australian. Magpie, Spangled Drongo, Rufous Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Torresian 
Crow, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher,
Spectacled Monarch, Magpie Lark, Apostlebird, Horsfield's Bushlark, 
Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed Warbler, Tawny Grassbird, Little 
Grassbird, Silvereye, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin, 
Mistletoebird, Double-barred Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Australasian 
138 Bird species
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