Published sightings for the week ending 2 Mar 2014.
|Sun 2 Mar
||Australian Little Bittern
Parklake Wetlands, Bli Bli
Pair of Bitterns showing well
||Australian Little Bittern
Parklakes Bli Bli
Male and female seen well this morning at various spots from 05:30 to 09:00
James Lagden, Ross Monks
Prior's Pocket, Moggill
Four birds along the river about 200 metres to the south of the end of the road. At least on adult male and one adult female.
Hoary-headed Grebe still on the farm dam.
|Sat 1 Mar
2 females seen on forest path to the point at 6.30 am. Also 1 Beach Stone-curlew roosting high on the beach on the Fraser side of the point at high tide.
Ashridge Rd, Darra to Edenbrooke Dr, 17 Mile Rocks
Nine Lewin's Rails, representing 4 or 5 pairs, detected (1 seen in flight) along 1.0 km of weedy creek with near-continuous dense cover, mid-morning. Birds were mostly at same sites as where the rails were found in early December. Some loss of habitat due to control works on woody weeds and creepers.
Frantic Noisy Miner alarm calls alerted me to a Peregrine Falcon fly over this afternoon. The bird circled a few times before moving south.
|Wed 26 Feb
Myuna Park, Balmoral, Brisbane
Sole whipbird has been present in the native bushland (Myuna park) for the past week. Last sighting of a whipbird in the park was approx 6 - 8 years ago.
A single adult bird seen cruising just above the tree tops, about 5:00 pm, near the kiosk/lookout.
|Tue 25 Feb
St Lucia (including The University of Queensland)
One bird hunting on the culvert of the lake closest to the uni bus stop, seen at about 7:30pm. Also seen about the same time on the night of the 24th. This is the exact spot where I reported one late last year and it appears this may be the same bird which, while not resident, now uses UQ as a regular hunting spot. Bear in mind others have been reported recently from nearby West End/Dutton Park.
|Sun 23 Feb
12 Mile Creek, Marmor
Single male Yellow Chat observed about 300 metres north easterly direction from parking area at Yellow Chat site on 12 mile flying along creek-line then diving into grass area on observing me. This was my 5th visit to 12 Mile and /or the Pt Alma Salt-works so persistence has finally paid off.
Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Petersen Dam)
The gull spent most of today resting on the far shore opposite the van park boat ramp, apart from flying past the ramp at 10 am. At 4.30 pm it bathed and preened below the lookout at the dam wall [at the end of the road]. Between 5 and 6 it joined the gulls and pelicans for scraps at the fish cleaning table by the van park ramp.
|Sat 15 Feb
||Plum-headed Finch, Pale-vented Bush-hen
Pairs and small parties of Plum-headed Finches feeding on grass seeds on tall and short tussocks beside the broad river pool. Bush-hens calling along channel/bank on Mt Crosby side of river.