Idalia National Park

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Subject: Idalia National Park
From: Claire Runge <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:12:47 +1000
Hi birders,

Here's the bird list from recent trip to Idalia NP (near Blackall) for those 
who are interested. Two highlights were finding an emu nest with 8 eggs and 
watching the pardalote come in to nest in the rock at Rainbow Gorge. It was 
also interesting seeing eastern yellow robin in such a dry place.  I managed to 
miss the Spinifex pigeon despite his multiple appearances 100m from camp. Even 
the cook saw them.
Damn pigeons.

It really is an incredibly beautiful place and looking very lush from the 
massive amounts of rain last year.  The park is very intensively managed for 
feral predators due to the Bridled nailtails and is in the process of being 
fully fenced (70km to go).
If you do go to Idalia, the ranger, Rosie, would love photos and GPS location 
of the brown quail and BQs, or anything else unusual.  And if you find a 
current spotted bowerbirds bower, she'd probably like GPS of that too (a hint 
is to look under wilga, which incidentally make very good bushes to squat 

Here it is:
White-plumed honeyeater, singing honeyeater, spiny-cheeked honeyeater, striated 
honeyeater, brown honeyeater, brown-headed honeyeater, white-eared honeyeater, 
mistletoe bird, yellow-throated miner, olive-backed oriole, spotted bowerbird, 
yellow-rumped thornbill, inland thornbill, yellow thornbill, weebill, speckled 
warbler, striated pardalote, western gerygone, white-throated gerygone, 
variegated fairy-wren, splendid fairy-wren,  zebra finch, plum-headed finch, 
double-barred finch, mulga parrot, Bourke's parrot, red-winged parrot, 
Australian ringneck, crested bellbird, eastern yellow robin, jacky winter, 
hooded robin, red-capped robin, grey shrike-thrush, rufous whistler, white 
bellied cuckoo shrike, black faced cuckoo shrike, restless flycatcher, Richards 
pipit, Horsfields bushlark, apostlebird, brown quail, Hall's babbler, 
grey-crowned babbler, little friarbird, noisy friarbird, pied butcherbird, grey 
butcherbird, laughing kookaburra, sacred kingfisher, red-rumped kingfishe
 r, Australian raven, pied currawong, Magpie, Magpie-lark, Willy wagtail, 
white-necked heron, grey teal, black-fronted dotterel, banded lapwing, Aust 
bustard, wedge-tailed eagle, black kite, whistling kite, brown falcon, collared 
sparrowhawk, southern boobook, Aust owlet-nightjar, peaceful dove, common 
bronzewing, Spinifex pigeon, diamond dove, bar-shouldered dove, crested dove, 
brown treecreeper, varied sittella, chestnut-quail thrush, black-faced 
woodswallow, sulfur-crested cockatoo, emu.  There were also lots of 
button-quail platelets (especially on the mesa above Wave Rock) but with 30 
students in tow the BQ's were not to be seen.

Someone mentioned something about rare and endangered wallabies, I seem to 
remember something hopping around near the birds :) They tell me we saw bridled 
nailtail, yellow-footed rock wallabies, black-striped wallabies, red kangaroo, 
eastern and western grey kangaroo, a striped dunnart (deceased) and lots of 

It's also a FANTASTIC place if you like rare plants.  Though unfortunately the 
very prickly scleralina are not at all rare and get everywhere, socks, sleeping 
bag, clothes, hair.

Tambo wetlands beside the Caltex were good for royal spoonbill, white-faced 
heron, aust grebe, darter, little pied cormorant, Muscovy, straw-necked ibis, 
grey teal, aust ringnecks, whistling and black kites.

Just west of Morven we saw several Aust bustards on the way there and again on 
the way home two weeks later.
There were some brolga in Blackall, just behind the main street near the river.

Somewhere between Roma and Surat there was a promising looking wetland called 
"Green Swamp", the road goes right through it. Flushed some crakes/rails but 
going too fast to ID. The good thing about going this way rather than the main 
route to Dalby is you can stop in at Myall Park on the way.

Claire Runge
Environmental Decisions Group
School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


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