To: Birding-aus <>
Subject: SE QLD/NE NSW 6-9 Aug
From: Nick Leseberg <>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:54:50 +1000
Hi All,

I made a whirlwind trip around SE QLD & NE NSW last week targeting a handful of 
species for a visiting UK birder passing through Brisbane. We started around 
Brisbane on Tuesday morning, visiting Kedron Wetlands where large numbers of 
Red-kneed Dotterels were present along with a surprising Marsh Sandpiper. There 
were brief views of a Lewin's Rail in flight and we would return later that 
night to get the Grass Owl. Unfortunately we dipped on King Quail. A quick trip 
to Gold Creek produced White-eared Monarch along with a good selection of other 
bush birds on a beautiful spring day. One of the highlights here was a pair of 
Grey Goshawks in coordinated display flight. It was interesting when seeing the 
close comparison just how much larger the female is than the male.

Wednesday saw us out at Bellbird Grove where Spotted Quailthrush was heard 
calling as we got out of the car, and we easily had good views of a male and 
female. It was very birdy here as spring has certainly sprung, with plenty of 
honeyeaters, Varied Sitellas with chicks in a nest and lorikeets inspecting 
nest hollows. We then left Brisbane and headed southwest to the Border Ranges 
NP where we spent the afternoon and evening between the Border Loop Lookout, 
Sheep Station Creek and Forest Tops. Eastern Bristlebirds were heard as well as 
Rufous Scrubbirds, with the scrubbird found only a few kilometres up the 
mountain past Sheep Station Creek, the lowest I personally have found them. 
Unfortunately it was a pretty typical scrubbird experience with the bird 
calling at our feet, but eventually giving us the slip. Spotlighting was 
frustrating with both Sooty and Masked Owls heard, although we did get great 
views of a pair of Marbled Frogmouths, with several pairs heard on the mounta

Thursday morning saw us back at the Border Ranges chasing the bristlebird which 
we eventually had great views of, followed by another crack at the scrubbird 
which was not as vocal as yesterday and unfortunately got away. The Brindle 
Creek road is currently closed so we couldn't access the territories at the top 
of the mountain, and unfortunately we ended up dipping on the scrubbird. We did 
find a few other nice birds though with Rose Robins and Albert's Lyrebirds in 
full voice, and Logrunners also active. From the Border Ranges it was south to 
Grafton, then a whirlwind visit to Washpool NP for one of our target birds, 
Superb Lyrebird. We found one easily, with a young  male foraging unconcerned 
within metres of us along the aptly named Lyrebird Trail. That night a search 
for Powerful Owl around Grafton was unproductive with strong winds hampering 
our efforts.

Friday morning saw us out at Broom's Head where the heaths were alive with 
birds. Our target was Southern Emuwren which we found easily, while 
White-cheeked Honeyeaters were everywhere and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters were 
also common. We made a quick visit to Sandon Estuary where we quickly found the 
pair of Beach Thick-knees, along with a surprise Noisy Pitta in a small thicket 
of shrubs among the mangroves. From Sandon we went to Iluka where a quick visit 
to the rainforest walk produced Bassian Thrush, Noisy Pitta, White-eared 
Monarch (heard) and our target, a nice Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. Not a common 
species down here in winter we were very happy to find it. We then returned to 
Brisbane with lunch at Daisy Hill luckily turning up a Square-tailed Kite. That 
was our last new bird for the trip. A thorough search around Mt Coot-tha failed 
to find Powerful Owl, but still we'd had a good run with our targets.

Happy to give extra details on any of the sites/birds if anyone wants it.

Regards and good birding!


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