Friday, 4 December 2015

Final Outing - Mary Cairncross Reserve

Mary Cairncross Reserve, Queensland, AU
Dec 5, 2015 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Birdlife Australia - Sunshine Coast branch - monthly outing
42 species

Pacific Black Duck  5
Australian Brushturkey  5
Australian White Ibis  1
White-headed Pigeon  1
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  6
Wompoo Fruit-Dove  3
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove  8
Topknot Pigeon  3
Brush Cuckoo  1
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo  1
Pacific Koel  1
Laughing Kookaburra  2
Australian King-Parrot  6
Pale-headed Rosella  2
Rainbow Lorikeet  11
Noisy Pitta  1
Green Catbird  12
Regent Bowerbird  2
White-throated Treecreeper  4
Lewin's Honeyeater  20
Little Wattlebird  1
Yellow-throated Scrubwren  30     several young being fed
White-browed Scrubwren  2
Large-billed Scrubwren  20
Brown Thornbill  2
Mangrove Gerygone  20
Eastern Whipbird  6
Australian Magpie  2
Pied Currawong  4
Varied Triller  1
Little Shrikethrush  4
Golden Whistler  6
Spangled Drongo  1
Rufous Fantail  5
Grey Fantail  4
Black-faced Monarch  11
Spectacled Monarch  4
Magpie-lark  1
Torresian Crow  8
Paradise Riflebird  3
Pale-yellow Robin  4
Eastern Yellow Robin  8



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Monday, 30 November 2015

LAST OUTING 2015 - MARY CAIRN CROSS RESERVE

Dear all,

This Saturday is our last outing for the 2015 year. We will meet at Mary Cairn Cross Reserve near Maleny at 7am for a walk through the reserve. A brunch will follow bird call. Please BYO your breakfast BBQ and make a morning of it. Hopefully both the extremes of sun and rain will stay away leaving us with perfection…

I hope you all can make it.

Cheers for now and good birding

Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103                 
southernqld@birdlife.org.au |birdlife.org.au                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Wednesday Walk 18 November

There is a mid week bird walk at Buderim Forest Park this Wednesday, 18th November at 8.00am. Meet at Harry’s Lane , off Lindsay Rd , Buderim.   [UBD G17].
John Malings will lead the walk.

"Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare secluded oasis, hidden on the northern side of Buderim, less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village. This is a rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls.

The area was purchased many years ago by the Council as a reserve for all of Buderim.

Amazingly much of the creek actually belongs to private land owners as once did the waterfall! The falls were a favourite recreational place for the region’s indigenous people and have been unofficially named “Serenity Falls”, but are widely known as the Buderim Falls."

Friday, 6 November 2015

OUTING REPORT - TRIUNIA ENVIRONMENTAL RESERVE

Triunia Environmental Reserve is an important piece of land, purchased on behalf of Sunshine Coast rate payers, that adjoins the previously acquired Triunia Environment Levy Conservation Area. The reserve is contiguous with Truinia National Park and Truinia Bushland Conservation Reserve.

A description of the adjacent National Park follows;
Triunia National Park will continue to be an important place for the preservation of plants and animals of high conservation significance. These include the endangered and recently rediscovered rainforest shrub Triunia robusta, after which the park is named and Zieria bifida, a small plant found only in the local area. The park will continue to provide a critical resource for the scientific and educational programs that are crucial to the survival of these important species. The park will conserve a representative example of the richness of ecosystems and species that existed across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in the past in an increasingly developed environment. The ongoing implementation of appropriate pest and fire management programs will continue.

First established in 1994, Triunia National Park covers 33.99 ha and is located in the South East Queensland 
bioregion in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It is situated about 6 km west of Woombye on the Woombye–Dulong 
Road and about 20 km due west of Maroochydore. The towns of Montville and Mapleton are 
within a short travelling distance of the park.
Triunia National Park is located in an area that has been extensively cleared for agricultural purposes, including 
orchards and grazing. Sunshine Coast Regional Council manages a 20 ha conservation area adjacent to the 
eastern and southern side of the park called Triunia (Scientific) Conservation Area, and the Dulong Road Bush 
Conservation Reserve to the west of the park. These areas have consolidated wildlife habitat in the immediate 
vicinity of the park, and share threats from fire and pests with Triunia National Park.

The park has minimal recreational significance to local residents. It has been managed to preserve its conservation 
and scientific values through minimal disturbance and careful application of pest control measures that do not 
compromise the natural integrity of the park’s native plants and wildlife. 

Vegetation is a mix of open forest communities and lowland subtropical rainforest. Brush box Lophostemon 
confertus grows in the tall open forest along the ridges and is part of the regional ecosystem 12.12.1 that is of 
concern. Other prominent canopy species, grey gum Eucalyptus propinqua, tallowwood E. microcorys and pink 
bloodwood Corymbia intermedia also grow along these ridges. Lowland subtropical rainforest (complex notophyll 
vine forest) with an uneven canopy to about 40 m extends into the steep gullies, covering 75 per cent of the park.
Lower altitude rainforest of this type has been extensively cleared on the Sunshine Coast, and less than 10 per 
cent of its original extent in the South East Queensland bioregion is left. Regarded as the plant community most at 
risk on the south-east Queensland coast, this vegetation exists on the Sunshine Coast only as remnant patches. 
Triunia National Park contains one of the few remaining rainforest patches of this type on the Sunshine Coast and 
it has extremely high conservation values and high species richness, with about 300 recorded plant species. The 
park hosts 13 plant species of conservation significance, four of which are endangered, six are vulnerable and 
three are near threatened. 
The endangered plant species Zieria bifida is endemic to Queensland and is found in only three locations, one of 
which is Triunia National Park. Triunia robusta, after which the park was named, is also endangered (until recently 
thought to be extinct) and found on the park. Protection and sensitive management of these plants are critical to 
their long-term survival in the wild. The vulnerable plant species, macadamia nut Macadamia integrifolia, grows on 
the park and is one of the species covered by the Southern Macadamia Species Recovery Plan. Although it is also 
grown commercially, its genetic integrity is threatened in wild populations. 
Z. bifida grows in the fire-adapted tall open forest and requires specific fire management, while the other three 
endangered species, reticulated holly Graptophyllum reticulatum, shiny-leaved coondoo Planchonella eerwah and 
T. robusta, are located in the fire-sensitive lowland subtropical rainforest section. Pest plants, especially lantana
Lantana camara and glycine Neonotonia wightii, pose a risk to all the plant species of conservation significance on 
the park, but particularly Z. bifida. Illegal harvesting of T. robusta fruits from trees outside the park poses a threat to 
the ability of this plant to reproduce naturally within the park as it impacts on seed set and pollination processes. 

The main native animal species living on the park are amphibians and birds. Surveys in 1999 and 2000 identified 
the vulnerable tusked frog Adelotus brevis and koala Phascolarctos cinereus (South East Queensland bioregion) 
as the only animal species of conservation significance found on the park. A protected landscape is critical to the 
survival of the tusked frog Adelotus brevis, which relies on water bodies and drainage lines for its habitat. Seven 
other frog species have been recorded and their continued survival is threatened by inappropriate catchment 
management, the use of herbicides and insecticides on nearby properties, excessive nutrient build-up, degraded 
water quality, and habitat modification. Koala numbers have markedly decreased throughout Australia due to
habitat loss from fire, weed effects and clearing, and many populations are now living in isolated patches of habitat 
like Triunia National Park. This isolation puts them at great risk of localised extinction. The notophyll vine forest is a 
popular habitat for the many species of birds that live on the park. Further threats to all animal species on the park 
include dogs, cats, foxes and toads.

An excellent turn out of over 40 members and visitors enjoyed a stroll through the Environmental Reserve and recorded the following species;
Triunia Environmental Reserve, Queensland, AU Nov 7, 2015 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling - circa 2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     regular monthly outing for Birdlife Australia - Sunshine Coast
61 species [some spp recorded by call only]

Australian Brushturkey  1     active mound
Australian White Ibis  1
White-headed Pigeon  1
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  6
Emerald Dove  2
Crested Pigeon  1
Wonga Pigeon  1
Peaceful Dove  2
Bar-shouldered Dove  1
Wompoo Fruit-Dove  2
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove  1
Topknot Pigeon  4
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo  4
Channel-billed Cuckoo  8
Pheasant Coucal  2
White-throated Needletail  12
Laughing Kookaburra  8
Forest Kingfisher  2
Rainbow Bee-eater  2
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  2
Australian King-Parrot  4
Pale-headed Rosella  6
Rainbow Lorikeet  6
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet  4
White-throated Treecreeper  7
Lewin's Honeyeater  8
Noisy Miner  8
Scarlet Honeyeater  6
Blue-faced Honeyeater  3
White-throated Honeyeater  8
Spotted Pardalote  3
Striated Pardalote  2
White-browed Scrubwren  11
Large-billed Scrubwren  6
Brown Thornbill  8
Striated Thornbill  4
Brown Gerygone  1
Eastern Whipbird  2
Pied Butcherbird  2
Australian Magpie  3
Pied Currawong  3
Black-faced Cuckooshrike  1
Varied Triller  4
Common Cicadabird  2
Crested Shrike-tit  1
Little Shrikethrush  4
Grey Shrikethrush  1
Golden Whistler  12
Olive-backed Oriole  4
Australasian Figbird  5
Spangled Drongo  3
Rufous Fantail  1
Grey Fantail  1
Spectacled Monarch  2
Leaden Flycatcher  2
Torresian Crow  4
Pale-yellow Robin  2
Eastern Yellow Robin  5
Silvereye  4
Mistletoebird  2
Red-browed Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25728343


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

FRIDAY ENVIRONMENT FORUM NPA Environment Centre 06 November 2015 What makes a Cuckoo Cuckoo?

This week at Friday Environment Forum: Kon Hepers is the guest speaker at Friday Environment Forum on November 6 when he will compare the taxonomy and lifestyle of a selection of these birds, particularly the Australian species.
Arguably the most recognised bird call in the world is that of the Common or European Cuckoo.
The “cuckoo” sound of the call has given the name to the bird (onomatopoeic), which in turn has its name associated with other unrelated birds, insects and even a type of clock - also humans.
In common usage the word has become synonymous with “silly and crazy”. But is that a fair description of the bird?
Cuckoos are equally well known as brood parasites: they lay their egg into the nests of other birds which brood and rear the young cuckoo, without any involvement from the actual parent birds. This is a very successful breeding strategy and certainly not silly. About 1 percent of the world’s bird species are obligate brood parasites and almost all are in the cuckoo family.
This parasitism has evolved separately at least three times among birds. But less than half of the Cuckoo family are full-time cheats. The rest care for their own young. Of the thirteen Australian species of cuckoo twelve are brood parasites and only one builds its own nest and rears its own chicks. Almost all are migratory.
Be part of the audience on November 6 at the Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive Noosaville to hear Kon answer the question: What makes a cuckoo cuckoo? Forum commences at 10.30am although everyone is welcome to arrive at 10am when coffee and chat are on offer. For those interested in an interpretive birding walk before the forum, meet Valda in the Environment Centre car park at 8.30am.
All welcome.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

NOVEMBER OUTING

Hello all
Details of this coming Saturday morning’s outing;

Saturday outing - November 7 -  7am - (NEW) Triunia Environmental Reserve (east of Triunia National Park), Carruthers Road, West Woombye. The reserve is contiguous with Truinia National Park and Truinia Bushland Conservation Reserve.
Leader/ s - Ken Cross and John Birbeck
183 Carruthers Road, Towen Mountain (off Blackall Range Road).
The parking is limited so we will have to sort this out on the morning.


Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103                 
southernqld@birdlife.org.au |birdlife.org.au                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Carpentarian Grasswren Project needs more funds

Hi Folks,

Over the last few weeks, birders across the great state  of Queensland have been traversing the countryside as part of the joint  Birds Queensland and Birdlife Southern Queensland Twitchathon. It has been another successful event, with about 20 teams entering.

Previously
 funds raised through this event have been split between the organisations, but in 2015 a decision was made to pool the funds and put  them towards a joint project. We chose to support research into the Carpentarian Grasswren, a bird which unfortunately is in decline, and now almost a Queensland endemic. For more details, see the excellent summary on the Birdlife website by Graham Harrington and Steve Murphy: birdlife.org.au/australian-birdlife/detail/in-the-line-of-fire

We
 are hoping to raise $8000 to put towards comprehensive surveys of the current populations. This will help gather some robust baseline data that can be used to monitor population trends. We have raised about half  of that through donations direct to Twitchathon participants themselves, and are hoping to raise the second half through our online public donation portal.

So, we are asking for your help! If you feel like chipping in ten bucks to help us reach our target, please go to:


Please also feel free to share with family, friends or social media. It's for a great little bird, and a very good cause!

Thanks for your help.

Nick Leseberg
QLD Twitch Coordinator 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – 19-25 OCTOBER 2015 
Thank you to everyone for registering for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, there is now only one week to go until the 
Count officially begins!
We have been receiving a lot of questions recently about how to participate, and we wanted to let you know again that 
 you don't need a smartphone/app to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

There are two ways to take part in the Count:
1. You can submit your checklist through the online web form on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website (please note this
 is not a downloadable form). The form will be available to view and use here from this weekend; giving you time to have a look at it before the event officially starts on Monday 19 October.
OR 
2. Or you can submit your checklists through the Aussie Bird Count app. If you have the Aussie Bird Count app from last 
year don’t delete it, an update is available. If you haven’t downloaded the app and you have an iPhone/iPad or Android, head to the Google Play or iTunes app store and download the free app.

Prizes
Just by submitting a checklist during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count you could win one of our great prizes! Check out the prizes here.

Are you based in Melbourne?
Come to the official launch event of National Bird Week. Tomorrow (Tuesday 13 October) from 10am – 3pm, join the 
Aussie Backyard Bird Count team at their Pop-up Backyard located in Melbourne’s very own Fed Square.
Join us for talks about National Bird Week and how to create bird-friendly gardens, LIVE counts, or you could meet a 
Barn Owl and a Nankeen Kestrel and there will be opportunities to chat to the team and have a go at the app.

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Bird Week/Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Bird Week/Aussie Backyard Bird Count


The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when 28 October was first designated by our predecessor, the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first ‘Bird Day’. BirdLife Australia organises and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

www.aussiebirdcount.org.au

BirdLife Australia and the Birds in Backyards team have come together to bring you the Aussie Backyard Bird Count!

Celebrate National Bird Week 2015 by taking part in the biggest citizen science project to hit Aussie shores! From 19-25 October, thousands of people from across the country are heading out into their backyards, local parks or favourite open spaces to take part in the first ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count!

To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your ‘green patch’ of choice, and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert—we’ll be there to help you out along the way! Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on our ‘Aussie Bird Count’ app or our website. You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted not just across your neighbourhood but the whole of Australia!

Not only will you get to know your feathered neighbours, but you’ll be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help us see how Australian birds are faring.

So get your friends and family together during National Bird Week, head into the great outdoors and start counting!

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A 'How to' guide for using the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app.

The app is currently available for Iphone and Android.

Mini Twitch

Kings Beach - habiatat of Wandering Tattlers, Pied Cormorants and Sooty Oystercatchers
Osprey nest site
Ran our mini twitch yesterday and 8 people [two teams] participated raising some $160 for the Carpentarian Grasswren project. We began at 7-10 and finished at 6pm sp it was a tiring but enjoyable day. The winning team scored 147 spp and the team that come second [second not last] managed 101 spp. Some wonderful birds were recorded and it was an excellent efforts, particularly given 'spur of the moment' planning. Hopefully more will support it next year.

Pacific Heron, Finalnad Road near Bli Bli 
One team chased birds between Toorbul and Maroochydore North Shore and finally through to the forests around Mapleton.
Roof top Peregrine, Maroochydore

interesting vagrant - Rajah Shelduck, Bli Bli
inquisitive King Parrot, Mapleton

Koala across the road from my place - sadly no points!

Another mammal worth no points - Ken Cross, Park Lakes, Bli Bli

Double barred Finch - Park Lakes, Bli Bli


male Red-backed Wren, Bli Bli

New Holland Honeyeater - Mapleton
Photos from twitcher - Maggie Overend

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rajah Shelducks persist near Bli Bli

A rare species this far south, Rajah Shelducks persist near Bli Bli. They have been observed in the Finland Road area for at least a month now.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Good birds south of the Sunshine Coast

Ruff

Ruff

Ruff in flight

Marsh Sandpipers

Black-winged Stilt + Marsh Sandpiper
Recorded this morning [05/10/2015] at Nathan Roads Wetland [just south of the Sunshine Coast] were a Ruff, a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper. Twitchers start your engines! Credit for the finds belong to Gavin Goodyear [originally from Nambour] and Ged Tranter.

[all above photos taken by Vince Lee]

Saturday, 5 September 2015

John Thompson - some recent pics













OCTOBER OUTING

NB -  Change of date The October outing will be held on the second Saturday of October [rather than the first] - 10 OCTOBER

The October outing will be a mini twitch!

My cunning plan involves starting at 7am at the state school in Mapleton.

Teams [minimum 2 – maximum of 4] would be decided only then and each team would have to quickly plan and participate in a day long birding programme that would finish at Mapleton [Tavern?] at 6pm.

If members are unwilling to commit to birding all day then I suggest they can quickly design a morning’s birding programme, again starting in Mapleton.

Obviously the plan would involve visiting as many different sites between the range and the coasts as possible. [For your interest high tide at Toorbul is 2pm on the day]. Participation fee for the day would be $20 per person with the funds going to the Grasswren project.

The rules of the twitch are that all recorded species must receive a 100% identification by a minimum of 50% of the team. Birds may be identified visually or by call / song.

There will be no prizes for winning our twitch but your name and photo will be immortalised on our blog!!

 Please email me asap to register your interest in participating. friarbird43@bigpond.com


SEPTEMBER WALK REPORT

Male Scarlet Honeyeater [Paul Jensen]
Discover the Heritage Buderim Tramway Walk 

There once was a train track which ran from Palmwoods to Buderim Central. You can read more about this on the Tramway History page. The original rails and sleepers were removed but a wonderful walk has been developed along a section of the original right-of-way owned by Council.  The walk starts from the corner of Mons Road and Telco Road in Buderim.

Female Golden Whistler [Paul Jensen]
The development of the walking track is a project of the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc and is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The existing Council easement is 2000m (4000m return) and is a wonderful stroll through the regrowth forest.

 There are points of interest along the way and an information brochure is available at the Information Shelter at the base of the access ramp, or from the Old Post Office and other tourist sites around Buderim.

find out more about the walk at http://www.buderim.qld.au/tram/historic-tramway-walk/

This walk was a new one for the club and for many its existence was a revelation. A good number of people came out for an enjoyable walk under a beautiful sky and we cobbled together a list of recorded species just over the half tonne - although many of these were heard only.


Brown Cuckoo Dove [Paul Jensen] 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Display co-ordinator needed

Dear all,
Planning has already begun for the two main displays ‘hosted’ by our birding group – Maleny Wood expo and the Nambour Garden Expo. And correspondence has started to be received. As it stands I will be absent for the Maleny Wood Expo.
As stated previously I would like to pass on the responsibility for co-ordinating displays and volunteers for these two displays to another member.
The responsibilities will include
  • Correspondence between Birdlife Australia – SE Queensland and the organising committees
  • Organising the pick-up of interpretive materials from Brisbane [and its return]
  • Organising a schedule of volunteers to be ‘on hand’ during the days.

I will retain the responsibilities of organising and leading the majority of the outings [including weekend aways, the blog, emails, attending meetings in Brisbane on an annual basis etc etc. My schedule, including taxi driver to a young family, full time work, means that I have limited time to meet all of our local Sunshine Coast sub branch’s requirements.
If someone [or several folk] do not come forward we may have to give up these useful occasions for public education and publicity.  And we may have to invent other occasions for the promotion of birds, birding and bird conservation.
Cheers and please consider


Sunday, 30 August 2015

September Letter

Hi all,
September’s Saturday walk [Sept 5th] is the Tramway Heritage Walk near Buderim. The walk starts at the corner of Mons Rd & Telco Rd, 2 km west of Buderim town centre. From town, travel west along Burnett St, turn right into William St, and then turn right into Mons Rd. Travel along Mons Rd then turn left into Telco Rd. Car parking is available directly left upon entering Telco Rd. Cross to western side of the road and go down the zig-zag pathway that leads to the track.
WE will meet at 8am and complete the walk. The walk is approx. 2 kilometres in length however we have to walk out the same way [so obviously 4km in total].

There is an opportunity to also check out the Buderim forest Park after our walk where Pittas have been showing well.

I hope to see you on Saturday.

September [and October for that matter] is a big month for Birdlife Australia – especially for SE Queenslander.  The 2015 Queensland Twitchathon has been organised to take place, at your leisure sometime between the dates of 18 September - 28 September 2015. Details can be found at http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-queensland/projects-initiatives-sq
This year all funds raised will be contributed to a project supporting the conservation of the Carpentarian Grasswren. I encourage all to participate however I would also like to propose that we contribute to the Twitchathon’s efforts in our October outing [Saturday 3rd] by having a dawn to dusk twitch.

My cunning plan involves starting at 7am at the state school in Mapleton. Teams [minimum 2 – maximum of 4] would be decided only then and each team would have to quickly plan and participate in a day long birding programme that would finish at Mapleton [Tavern?] at 6pm. Obviously the plan would involve visiting as many different sites between the range and the coasts as possible. [For your interest high tide at Toorbul is 2pm on the day. Participation fee for the day would be $20 per person with the funds going to the Grasswren project. There will be no prizes for winning our twitch but your name and photo will be immortalised on our blog!! Please email me asap to register your interest in participating.

If you have not signed a petition to help save Yandina Wetlands you can still do so at
http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-queensland/help-us-save-yandina-creek-wetlands       or please consider writing to your local Sunshine Coast members.

On another matter I’m beginning to draft the outings for 2016. Please feel free to suggest sites for outings. The mid- week outings have been well attended and the plan is to extend them to every month in 2016 however I will need members to lead them. Please forward your name and local site if you would like to lead a mid-week walk.


Cheers now and thank you for reading this far……………
Ken Cross 
friarbird43@bigpond.com

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

BirdLife Sunshine Coast mid-week outing, Noosa Botanical Gdns/Lake MacDonald Wed.19th Aug 2015

   
Buff-banded Rail

Nine Sunshine Coast BirdLife members enjoyed perfect mild winter weather on their mid-week birdwatching outing on the 19th August. We started at the Noosa Botanical Gardens at 8am watching a flock of 15 Topknot Pigeons noiselessly fly over, and then slowly worked our way down to Lake MacDonald. Noisy Miners were seen feeding two young in a nest at eye level beside the track, keeping the photographers happy (although Vince was seen later yet again photographing flowers instead of birds). One each of Caspian and Gull-billed Tern were over the water and a Buff-banded Rail showed nicely on the grassy edge. We scored the usual assortment of resident waterbirds with only two duck species, but a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana was an interesting find. The gardens were very dry and bush birds hard to find, a solitary Green Catbird the best seen. Our two hours  produced 51 species (with two heard only) with not a single raptor, 5 species each  of pigeon and honeyeater.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo

        There was much more waterbird activity at Jabiru Park and Fearnley Hide after morning tea, and we were treated to a pair of Australasian Shovelers, along with Grey Teal, Pacific Black , Hardhead and seven Magpie Geese. Intermediate and Great Egret were present, along with White-faced and White-necked Heron, and 10 Caspian Tern, including some in juvenile plumage. But the highlight of the day was overhead, where in one view 70 Straw-necked Ibis soared effortlessly on high, whilst below  a male and female Brown Goshawk were harassed by a Magpie. To complete the picture, a lone White-bellied Sea-Eagle was seen floating in the distance. At Valda's suggestion we finished the morning with a walk back along the entrance road (Grange Rd.) where we found our only Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Fantail, Forest Kingfisher, Golden Whistler, and White-throated and Scarlet Honeyeaters of the day. A Fan-tailed Cuckoo alighted only metres away as we did our final tally. Another two hours well spent with 57 species (5 heard only).
Grey Fantail

         All-up we counted 76 species (three  heard only) , which we modestly told ourselves was not a bad winter's morning work. We were unable to locate any early spring migrants, but it didn't seem to matter, as we enjoyed relaxed and uncrowded time with our resident Sunshine Coast birds. Mid-week outings appear a worthwhile addition to our yearly itinerary.

Russ Lamb
Grey Butcherbird [All pics by Paul Jensen]

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Kingaroy Birding - Report


Darter


   























 A select group [or should I say self-selected group] left Nambour for the cool of the South Burnet on Friday night the 31 July to see the start of the brand new month. We stayed at the interestingly named Oasis Motel in the town of Kingaroy. Which was a fine, if old, fashioned motel.
Glossy Ibis

Our plan for Saturday was to visit a number of sites and sights around the greater Kingaroy area. Helping us first decide on the sites and then helping us visit them were local Nanango birders, Julian and Fay Bielewicz. And our great thanks go to them.

Spiny -cheeked Honeyeater
First stop was Gordonbrook Dam. This place is a must visit on any ‘Kingaroyish itinerary’. Good numbers of a great range of species. Pelicans to four cormorants, darters, Grey Teal, Black and
Little Black Cormorants
Wood Ducks,  Hardhead before spying a single Shoveller and finally a pair of Pink-eared Ducks. The list also had Yellow-billed Spoonbill, three Egrets, White-faced and White-necked Herons, three Ibis, Jacana. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Little Corellas and Galahs attempted to drown out the calls of a pair of Cockatiels and Red-rumped Parrots. All of this plus a few passerines as well.

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On the way back to the main road I was lucky enough to spot some Zebra finches on the wire. Stopping to take in this bird allowed additional sightings;

Double-barred Finch, Yellow Thornbill, White-throated plus Striped Honeyeaters and Spiny-cheeked as well. A great area and my favourite for the weekend. Apostlebirds also were in attendance.

Zebra Finch
Next stop was Wooroolin Wetlands. The wetlands held common species plus hundreds of Coot and a few Dusky Moorhen [a species surprisingly missing from Gordonbrook.] Yellow-rumped Thornbills were also present as was a nice flock of migratory Silvereyes, both Variegated and
Superb blue Wrens, White-throated Honeyeaters and White throated Gerygones and White throated Treecreepers. Restless Flycatchers and Willie-Wagtails were also recorded.

Last reservoir was  Lake Barambah – the site of the vagrant Franklin’s Gull. Needless to say the
Striped Honeyeater
only gull seen was a Silver. Good numbers of Cormorants and Caspian and Gull-billed Terns were added to our list – which eventually just failed to top 100.

The final stop before our evening pub meal was at a billabong enroute back to Kingaroy. Again common species; Black Swan and other waterfowl, Kookaburra, Lorikeets, Pigeons etc.
Look up in the sky.... pointing out a Yellow Thornbill

After a fast breakfast we began heading home, first stopping near Yarraman. Here were signs, clearly quite recent, of Black-breasted Button-quail. Stopping immediately with the tree cover were the spread of platelets. The Button-quail choose a spot of leaf litter and spinning a full 360 degrees scratch earnestly, leaving a bare earth circle the size of a small plate. Needless to say the quail were non existent however we now know they’re in there……………..  
BBBQ - platelet

Next stop was Emu Creek area. And quite a birdy spot it was too. A good range of common species were seen here with a few nice highlights; the sight of an inquisitive Little Lorikeet peering from a small tree hollow, and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo doing the same.


All in all an enjoyable weekend with good folks and good birds.