weekend birding Lockyer Valley

To: Russ Lamb <>,
Subject: weekend birding Lockyer Valley
From: Sonja Ross <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:28:31 +1100
Hi Russ,

Thanks for the write-up.  It's an area many birders will have at least heard 
of, and probably hope to visit some day, so it's good to know both what you 
saw, and of the existence of the bird trails brochure.  

It sounds as if the valley is reallyaalive at the moment.

On 25/03/2013, at 1:42 PM, Russ Lamb wrote:

> Being a great fan of the bird trails concept, over the weekend I road tested 
> the Bird Places of the Lockyer Valley brochure sponsored by BirdLife Southern 
> Qld and the Friends of Lake Apex. I'd visited many of the sites over the 
> years but not all, having succumbed more than once to geographical 
> dislocation. So this time, better armed, I visited 10 of the 14 listed sites 
> and added one of my own (Gatton Forest Reserve).On-going road closures and 
> bridge repairs required some creative navigating, but should be completed 
> soon. In addition I visited a site out of the valley, back towards Ipswich, 
> Pine Mountain Bush Reserve, which was new to me.
>   As you would expect after this summer, all the waterbodies are full, and 
> water can still be seen flowing through paddocks and swamps. Not a single 
> muddy-edge bird was to be seen. Plenty of ducks and raptors though, with 15 
> species of ducks/geese/swan/grebe  and 11 species of raptor.
> Highlights included a pair of Freckled Duck on the lagoon at  Lowe's Road 
> ,Placcid Hills , and just down the road at Karrasch's Dam a single 
> Hoary-headed Grebe. Two Banded Lapwing were easily seen at the Banool Road 
> site, and five species of raptor vied for attention at Lake Clarendon 
> (Spotted and Swamp Harrier, and Peregrine Falcon patrolling the edges and 
> harrassing waterfowl, Whistling and Black Kites, 5 at one point, higher 
> overhead). Black Kites were seen at most waterbodies, with Osprey, Kestrel, 
> Black-shouldered Kite, Wedge-tailed and White-bellied Sea Eagles, and an 
> unidentified accipiter (Brown or Sparrowhawk) completing the 11.
> Little Lorikeet were in good numbers with small (up to 6 birds) flocks flying 
> over Gatton Forest Reserve every 15 mins. A feeding flock of 20+ Little's 
> were also seen at Pine Mountain Forest Reserve. The Gatton Forest Reserve 
> also produced 80+ Tree Martin, small numbers of Weebill and Speckled Warbler, 
> and a couple of Varied Sitella (this is a good bush birds site and could well 
> be given its own number and text in future editions).
>      As the brochure indicates, avoid Lake Dyer and Atkinson's Dam on 
> weekends, both are full of smelly powerboats and high-energy recreators, 
> neither of which are conducive to birds or birdwatchers.
>       I tallied 103 species for the total trip (ie from home and back) with 
> 99 species seen in the Lockyer Valley.Good trip thanks to a good brochure.
> Russ Lamb
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