Monday, October 26, 2015

Aussie Backyard Bird Count Charmaine Crt Highfields

26th October 2015

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2015 - Charmaine Court Reserve, Highfields

Male Australian King Parrot at Charmaine Crt Dry Rainforest Reserve, Highfields, Aussie Backyard Bird Count 26/10/15

The Aussie backyard Bird Count, run by Birdlife Austraila, gives you 20 minutes to record the number of bird species that you see in one location or a "backyard".  This event runs for a week and is now in it's second year.  I had a look at the local sightings map and was a bit dismayed at the lack of lists submitted in our local area, so I went this morning to record sightings at a few important birding hot spots in the area.

The list below is from Charmaine Court Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

  1. Galah
  2. Spotted Dove
  3. Striated Pardalote
  4. Australian Magpie
  5. Noisy Friarbird
  6. Crested Pigeon
  7. Australian King-Parrot
  8. Weebill
  9. Rainbow Lorikeet
  10. Brown Honeyeater
  11. White-browed Scrubwren
  12. Silvereye
  13. Noisy Miner
  14. House Sparrow (on edge of reserve)
  15. Common Myna
  16. Magpie Lark (seen just after the 20 minutes was completed)
I have to mention as well as birds, the enormous number of butterflies that I saw in this little patch of remnant dry rainforest.  I wasn't quick enough to photograph any of them but the few that I could identify are as follows:
  1. Lesser Wander
  2. Orchard Swallowtail
  3. Blue Triangle
  4. Caper White
  5. Glasswing
  6. and plenty of others that I didn't know the names of unfortunately.  
I haven't visited this little patch of dry rainforest for a while, and it was evident how busy the Friends of the Escarpment Parks have been, working at removing the overwhelming amount of asparagus vine from the reserve, it is looking a lot better.

If you plan on visiting this little patch of bushland, I advise parking on the eastern side of the park and entering from that side, as otherwise your visit will be ruined by the large dog that barks continuously in the yard of the yellow house on the western side that joins the western boundary.


Brown Honeyater, Charmaine Crt Dry Rainforest Reserve, Highfields 26/10/15

Male King Parrot feeding juvenile at Charmaine Crt Dry Rainforest Bushland, Highfields 26/10/15

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2015 Ravensbourne

21st October 2015

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2015 - Ravensbourne

I arrived at work half an hour early to do a bird count to submit a list for the second annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.  In the 20 minutes I spotted 10 species which I was fairly happy with. Someday's at work I would see far more than this, and I had hoped the Eastern Spinebill or the Glossy Black Cockatoo's would have shown themselves that morning, but not on this occasion.  J.G.  

  1. Superb Fairy Wren
  2. White-browed Scrub Wren
  3. Noisy Friarbird
  4. Noisy Miner
  5. Red-browed Finch
  6. Australian King Parrot
  7. Eastern Whipbird
  8. Brown Cuckoo Dove
  9. Lewin's Honeyeater
  10. Grey Fantail

Australian King Parrot 21/10/15 Ravensbourne

Brown Cuckoo Dove, Ravensbourne 21/10/15
Lewin's Honeyeater 21/10/15 Ravensbourne
Red-browed Finch, 21/10/15, Ravensbourne

Female Superb Blue Fairy Wren, 21/10/15, Ravensbourne

Superb Blue Fairy Wren, 21/10/15, Ravensbourne

Noisy Friarbird, 21/10/15, Ravensbourne

White-browed Scrubwren, 21/10/15, Ravensbourne

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Birding on the Alice River, Cape York Cont...

09th September - 21st September 2015

Birding on the Alice River, Cape York, North Qld

Continued from post 1


Forest Kingfisher, Alice River, Cape York

White-bellied Sea Eagle, Alice River, Cape York

Great Bowerbird, Alice River, Cape York, 

Alice River from the Air, 2015

Alice River from the Air, 2015

Alice River, Cape York, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ravensbourne National Park

05th October 2015

Ravensbourne National Park, Ravensbourne, South-East Queensland

Midday walk through Ravensbourne National Park, wasn't the best time to see birds, but there were plenty of Lace Monitors, venturing out of hibernation to view, along with beautiful flora.

B & J

Piccabeen Palms in Ravensbourne National Park

Rufous Fantail, showing how he got his name
Bar-sided Skink – (Concinnia tenuis)

Some of the beautiful fungi at Ravensbourne National Park

Brown Cuckoo Dove Pair - Ravensbourne National Park

Bar-sided Skink – (Concinnia tenuis)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Birding on the Alice River, Cape York

09th September - 21st September 2015

Alice River, Cape York, North Queensland

A small collection of photos from my trip to the Alice River, Cape York this September.  Further photos to come.


Bird List:
  1. Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)  
  2. Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)  
  3. Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)  
  4. Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami)  
  5. Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)  
  6. Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)  
  7. Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)  
  8. Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)  
  9. Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)  
  10. White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)  
  11. White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)  
  12. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)  
  13. Striated Heron (Butorides striata)  
  14. Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)  
  15. Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus)  
  16. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  
  17. Black Kite (Milvus migrans)  
  18. Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)  
  19. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)  
  20. Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)  
  21. Brolga (Grus rubicunda)  
  22. Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)  
  23. Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)  
  24. Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta)  
  25. Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)  
  26. Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)  
  27. Barking Owl (Ninox connivens)  
  28. Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)  
  29. Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)  
  30. Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)  
  31. Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)  
  32. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)  
  33. Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)  
  34. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)  
  35. Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)  
  36. Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)  
  37. Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)  
  38. Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)  
  39. Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)  
  40. Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)  
  41. Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)  
  42. White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)  
  43. Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)  
  44. Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)  
  45. Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)  
  46. Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)  
  47. Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)  
  48. White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis)  
  49. Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)  
  50. Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus)  
  51. Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)  
  52. Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)  
  53. Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)  
  54. Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)  
  55. Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)  
  56. Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)  
  57. Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)  
  58. Zebra Finch (Australian) (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis)  
  59. Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)  
  60. Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) 

Black-throated Finch

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Common Green Tree Frog

Croc on the sandbank

Green Tree Ants

Papuan Frogmouth

Rainbow Bee-eater

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo's

Sarus Crane's

Two Striped Dragon

White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike

White-necked heron

Yellow Honeyeater

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