Friday, 17 November 2017

Bird Art on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery

Tony Pridham - past winner 2016
The Holmes Art Prize 2017

In its third year, the Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art showcases Australia’s best realistic bird art artists working in any two-dimensional medium and depicting a realistic Australian birdlife scene.

Up to forty finalists will be included in the exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, with a major prize of $15,000, four prizes of excellence and a People’s Choice, each at $1,000. The winning artwork will be acquired into the collection of Dr Gary Holmes.

Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 3 December

Monday, 18 September 2017

Yandina Wetlands surveys

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the site’s value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here;

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm – specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain – so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11th and 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,


Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December ’17 until March ’18 is ‘Birds’.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in…. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about ‘Birds’ but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas…
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using ‘birds’ within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call – encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC – bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.
Cheers for now
Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375
Annerley QLD 4103 |
ABN 75 149 124 774
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881

Saturday, 9 September 2017


September 13 – Wednesday Outing – Park Lakes, Bli Bli   Leader – Vince Lee & Paul Jensen
October 14 – Saturday Outing – All day twitch – various locations          Leaders – Steve Popple + others
Mini Twich -  to raise monies for a conservation cause. The idea is to see and / or hear as many bird species as possible between the hours of 7am and 6pm on Saturday October 14 anywhere on the Sunshine Coast.
The twitch will begin at Petrie Park Nambour at 7.00am and finish at 6.00pm at Felix Parry Park Marcoola at the Lorraine Ave end, turn right off Petrie Ave. [Dining options include Four Fat Fish Seafood or other takeaway places opposite.]
Minimum team size 2 maximum 4. Make your own team or just turn up on the day and join one. Participation cost? $20 per person suggested.
Please RSVP to Steve Popple at

October 18 – Wednesday Outing – Scarfe Road                Leader – John Malings
One of the Council’s new reserves - Scarffe Road Glenview. This reserve is fenced off and not open to the public, it includes a large quarried lake including adjoining maintenance roadways and is surrounded by riparian rainforest. It also adjoins existing Mooloolah River Esplanade Reserves.
The entrance gates are located at the end of Scarffe Road before the bridge (private property), there is plenty of parking along Scarffe Road.
To get there:
Enter Mooloolah Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way, then enter Scarffe Road (WHICH IS NOT SIGNPOSTED) off Mooloolah Connection Road at Glenview. Scarffe Road is the first road on your right. If you have reached Stevens Road you have gone approximately 300 metres too far. Public toilets are located about 1.3 kilometres down Mooloolah Connection Road at Ewen Maddock Dam Reserve.
November 11 - Saturday Outing – Gheerulla Falls track, Mapleton Leader – Ken Cross
November 15 – Wednesday Outing – Toorbul                    Leader – John Kooistra & Vince Lee
November 24, 25 & 26 – Weekend Away - Tin Can Bay

December 2 - Saturday Outing – Bli Bli + Finland Road + BBQ breakfast          Leader – Ken Cross

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Advanced notice of our October weekend outing.

We will be conducting a Mini Twich to raise monies for a conservation cause. The idea of course is to see and / or hear as many bird species as possible between the hours of 7am and 6pm on Saturday October 14.

The twitch will begin at Petrie Park Nambour at 7.00am and finish at 6.00pm at Felix Parry Park Marcoola at the Lorraine Ave end, turn right off Petrie Ave. [Dining options include Four Fat Fish Seafood or other takeaway places opposite.]

Minimum team size 2 maximum 4. Make your own team or just turn up on the day and join one. Participation cost? $20 per person suggested.

Please RSVP to Steve Popple at

Friday, 25 August 2017


If you are interested in the 9 September Saturday outing; Please meet at Charlie Moreland Day Use area at 7-30am so as to ensure a reasonably early start to our walk. Charlie Moreland is an excellent area of low land rainforest and is great habitat for a variety of birds. Be sun smart and please bring morning tea and a chair.
HOWEVER please consider camping either Friday or Saturday nights or both. There is potential for some spotlighting nocturnal birds and mammals at the site. To book a camp site you will need to log on to to book your site. You will need to be self sufficient in both food and water.
If / When you have booked your camp site please RSVP to me at so I can look out for you. I have already booked a campsite for myself.
For those camping; we plan to do, in addition to the Saturday morning walk, a Saturday afternoon walk and a spotlighting excursion in the evening. A Sunday morning walk will also be on the agenda for campers.

Esk Weekend-Away Photo Album

Courtesy John Thompson!!

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.

Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.
Pink eared Duck with Blue billed in attendance [Ken Cross]

Pink eared Duck [Ken Cross]

Pink eared Duck [Ken Cross]

From this base we explored, over a very windy Saturday, a variety of the Lockyer Valley sites. Best birds included multiple sightings of Black Falcon, two blue billed Ducks at Gatton's UQ campus,hundreds of Pink-eared Duck, several Banded Lapwing and excellent views of Buff rumped Thornbills plus migrating Silvereyes from Tasmania. Thanks to Mike Mathieson who was our trusty guide and navigator.
Buff rumped Thornbill [Ken Cross]

Buff rumped Thornbill [Ken Cross]

[Tasmanian sub sp] Silvereye [Ken Cross]

[Tasmanian sub sp] Silvereye [Ken Cross]

Banded Lapwing [Steve Popple]

A nice line of Cockatiels - rarely if ever seen on the Sunny Coast [Steve Popple] 

Had dinner and a few obligatory drinks at an Esk Hotel before some essential sleep...

Sunday allowed us to explore the nearby Crow's Nest Falls National Park and there was a lovely short two kilometre walk through forest that circled back via the creek line. A reasonable variety of bush birds with Rose robin perhaps the standout. Koala was the stand out mammal. 
Koala [Ken Cross]

Lake Perseverance  allowed us to 'twitch' Brush tailed Rock Wallabies. A cute little macropod species  that are reasonably easy to find on the dam wall.
Brush tailed Rock Wallaby [Ken Cross]
Bird Species recorded Esk Weekend
Australian Brush Turkey
Magpie Goose
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Wandering Whistling-Duck
Black Swan
Hardhead, Black Duck, Plumed Whistling Duck, Pink eared, Grey Teal [Steve Popple]

Australian Wood Duck
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Pink eared Duck
Blue billed Duck
Australasian Grebe
Rock Dove
Spotted Dove
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Wonga Pigeon
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australian Pelican

White-necked Heron
Eastern Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Cattle Egret
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Eastern Osprey
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Whistling Kite
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Nankeen Kestrel
Black Falcon
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Black-winged Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red Kneed Dotteral
Masked Lapwing
Banded Lapwing
Whiskered Tern
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Australian King Parrot
Pale-headed Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Pheasant Coucal
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Laughing Kookaburra
White-throated Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren [Steve Popple]

Red-backed Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
White-browed Scrubwren
White-throated Gerygone
Striated Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Little Wattlebird
Scarlet Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Striped Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Australasian Figbird
White-breasted Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Leaden Flycatcher female [Ken Cross]
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Torresian Crow
Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Rose Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Common Starling
Common Myna
Double-barred Finch
Red-browed Finch
House Sparrow
Brown Bandicoot
Red necked Wallaby
Brush tailed Rock Wallaby
Macquarie River Turtle

Another weekend away, this time to Tin Can Bay is planned for the last weekend in November.