Murphys Creek Birding Outing 28/04/13

Today we attended our first ever Birding Outing with the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club, despite being online members for years.  We visited three locations in the Murphys Creek Area and had many great sightings including flocks of budgerigars witnessed three times in the air.  Thank you to everyone who welcomed us - we look forward to the next outing.  J & B

The bird lists below are the birds that we saw ourselves.  Others in the group had a more extensive list than us, but we were very happy with what we saw and the beautiful scenery.

Murphys Creek - Private Property

Black Shouldered Kite & Black Faced Cuckoo-Shrike (Located Across from Murphys Creek Cemetery)
Spectacular  Scenery at Murphys Creek - Private Property.

  1. Black Swan Cygnus atratus 2 Photographed.
  2.  Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
  3.  Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
  4.  Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
  5.  White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7.  White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9.  Australian White Ibis Threskiornis moluccus
  10.  Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
  11.  Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
  12.  Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
  13. Black Kite Milvus migrans
  14. Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus 1
  15. White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster 1 Photographed
  16. Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
  17.  Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
  18. Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops 2 Photographed
  19. Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
  20.  Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
  21.  Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
  22. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii Photographed Group flying & also seen perched in tree in Murphys Creek.
  23.  Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
  24. Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
  25. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
  26.  Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
  27.  Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
  28.  Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
  29. Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
  30.  Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus
  31. Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus  Witnessed three times in large groups flying overhead. Photographed.
  32.  Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus
  33.  Red-backed Fairywren Malurus melanocephalus
  34.  Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii
  35. Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops
  36.  Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
  37. Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta
  38.  Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
  39. White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis 4 photographed
  40. Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
  41. Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata 2 Photographed.
  42.  Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
  43.  Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  44. Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
  45.  White-throated Gerygone Gerygone olivacea
  46. Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
  47. Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
  48.  Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
  49.  Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
  50. Black-faced Cuckooshrike Coracina novaehollandiae
  51. Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
  52. Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
  53. Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
  54.  Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
  55.  Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
  56.  Torresian Crow Corvus orru
  57. Jacky-winter Microeca fascinans
  58. Rose Robin Petroica rosea 1 Female (Photos taken)
  59.  Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
  60. Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
  61. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
  62. Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
  63. Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
  64. Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii  

Lockyer Siding

Lockyer Siding

White Necked Heron 

Black Swans

Wedgetailed Eagle

Welcome Swallow

Beautiful Orchids high in the tree tops.
Little Pied Cormorant surrounded by Masked Lapwings.

Scarlet Honeyeater high in the treetops.

Golden Whistler

Monarch Butterfly

Budgies in Flight over Lockyer Siding, Murphys Creek

Budgies in Flight over Lockyer Siding, Murphys Creek

Great Egret

Grey Fantail

Jacky Winter

Beautiful Mossy Waters in Murphys Creek.

Scarlet Jezabel Butterfly

Rocky Landscape of Murphys Creek.
Murphys Creek


  1. That's a pretty nice list and some wonderful photographs to go along. Wish I was there.

    1. Thanks Russell, it was a really great day - there was much talk amongst the group of the trips you have been on and your spectacular images also today - so you were there in thought!

  2. Looks like you are officially "birders"! :-) That's a respectable list for a day out. Any lifers? Cheers, John.

    1. Thanks John!! Yes we did have a lifer in the Rose Robin however it was the female and not quite the magnificent sight that the male would have been.


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