Sunday, July 24, 2016

Birding at Yelarbon

23 July 2016


A weekend away fishing also resulted in some some great wildlife sightings on the edges of the Dumaresq river at Yelarbon in Queensland.  Peregrine Falcons were without a doubt the highlight, with it being a few years since I have seen one, it was also a first sighting for our son. He also was impressed to see Emus in the wild.

Bird list includes:

Apostle bird
White winged Chough
Indian myna
Whistling kite
Mud lark
Scaly breasted lorikeets 
Nankeen kestrel
Gilbert (Willie Wagtail)
Crested pigeon
Sulfur crested cockatoo.
Peregrine falcon
Brown honeyeater
Little pied cormorant 
Azure  kingfisher 
Chuckles (Tawny Frogmouth)
Wood duck
pacific Black duck
Little egrets 
Yellow spoonbill
Golden whistler
Whistling kite
Noisy miner
Grey crowned babbler
Richards pipit
Masked plover
White ibis
White necked heron.
Black shouldered kite
White plumed h/eater 
Brown falcon

Unfortunately the full moon didn't guarantee much fishing success for us this time, but a few more european carp were removed from the river.

B & C Gray

Brown Falcon, Yelarbon, 23/07/16

Yellow-billed Spoonbill at Yelarbon 23/07/17

Little Corella at Yelarbon, 23/07/16

White-plumed Honeyeater at Yelarbon, 23/07/16

Pacific Black Ducks taking off from the Dumaresq River, Yelarbon 23/07/16

Rufous Whistler, Yelarbon 23/07/16

Female Superb-Blue Fairy Wren, Yelarbon 23/07/16

Interested in your thoughts on the i.d. of this one?  Darter maybe??

Monday, July 11, 2016

Birdlife Southern Qld Outing 11/07/16

11 July 2016


Today I was fortunate enough to be invited to tag along on the Birdlife Southern Queensland day trip around the greater Toowoomba Region on a birding expedition led by Judith Hoyle & Mick Atzeni.

The day started for me just up the road from our house, showing the group where I had seen the Plum-headed Finch & Diamond Firetail earlier in the year.  Red-backed Fairy Wren's, Golden-headed Cisticolas and Pale-headed Rosellas were a few of the birds seen during the morning in this area.


We travelled onto Loveday Cove in search of Musk Dusks, and they certainly took a bit of finding, hiding on the very opposite side of the lake, located by Mick and his keen eye.  It was a very long way away for a photo, but I have included a couple that you can zoom in on which shows a Musk Duck in the centre of the shot. Other birds at this site included Black-fronted Dotterels, Black-winged Stilt, Black Swan, Hardhead, Grey Teal, Eurasian Coot, Australian Pelican, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbill, Golden-headed Cisticola, Double-barred Finch to name a few.

You'll have to look hard, but in the centre of the photo there is a Musk Duck on the water at Cooby Dam 11/07/16

Zoomed in version of the same photo showing the Musk Duck somewhat! 


Within the first few metres of entering Crows Nest National Park, this sleepy Koala was spotted not far from the track, thankfully for me, it was a healthy looking one. Not far along, Mick spotted the gorgeous male Rose Robin - this was a lifer for me, having only seen the female before.  My photo is fairly blurry, but I had to add it for proof!  Plenty of little birds were high in the tree tops and included Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Striated Pardalote, Golden Whistler, Grey Fantail.  White-browed Scrub wrens were aplenty and another highlight was seeing a (vulnerable) Brush-tail Rock Wallaby on a steep rocky cliff face on the opposite side of the gorge - with an obvious bump in her pouch too!  

Sleepy Koala at Crows Nest National Park, 11/07/16

Male Rose Robin - Crows Nest National Park, 11/07/16

Can you see me??  White-browed Scrub Wren, Crows Nest National Park, 11/07/16

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby with bulging pouch, Crows Nest National Park, 11/07/16

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, Crows Nest National Park, 11/07/16


On to Ravensbourne National Park, at the Gus Beutel Lookout.  Lewin's Honeyeaters were the prominent bird (as always in this location) along with plenty of Eastern Yellow Robins.  Grey Shrike Thrush was enjoying the sunlight out in the open.  Within the rainforest itself, I was thrilled to see two 'lifers' including the male Paradise Riflebird and Large Billed Scrub Wren.  A catbird was well disguised high in the leafy tree tops, but the Noisy Pitta eluded me again.

Eastern Yellow Robin, Ravensbourne National Park, 11/07/16

Grey Shrike-thrush - Ravensbourne National Park, 11/07/16

Green Catbird, Ravensbourne National Park, 11/07/17

Lewin's Honeyeater, Ravensbourne National Park 11/07/16

Lewin's Honeyeaters, Ravensbourne National Park 11/07/16

Thanks to everyone who welcomed me into the group today, I had a great time and it was lovely to spend the day with so many like-minded people.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Waterbirds of Loveday Cove

6 July 2016


During the week, I went to try and get a decent photo of a Musk Duck, after seeing them at Loveday Cove one morning (without my camera).  A photo didn't happen this time, but I enjoyed taking photos of some of the other beautiful waterbirds on the dam.

Bird list for this location at the time of visiting:
  1. Black Swan Cygnus atratus 
  2. Grey Teal Anas gracilis 
  3. Hardhead Aythya australis 
  4. Musk Duck Biziura lobata 
  5. Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos 
  6. Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus 
  7. Great Egret Ardea alba 
  8. Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia 
  9. Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes 
  10. 2 Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus 
  11. 1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster 
  12. Australasian Swamphen Porphyrio melanotus 
  13. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 
  14. Black-winged Stilt (Australian) Himantopus leucocephalus 
  15. Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops 
  16. Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
  17. Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen 
  18. 1 Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris 
  19. Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena


Black-winged Stilt, Cooby Dam, 06/07/16

Australian Pelican, Cooby Dam, 06/07/16
Black Swan, Cooby Dam, 06/07/17

Black-fronted Dotterel Cooby Dam 060716

Great Egret, Cooby Dam, 06/07/16

Yellow-billed Spoonbill with Eurasion Coots & Black-fronted Dotteral to the left, Cooby Dam 06/07/16

Whistling Kite that landed for a second on the shore at Cooby Dam, 06/07/16

Superb Fairy Wren, Cooby Dam, 06016

Australian Pelican in flight over the water, Cooby Dam, 060716
Black Swan, Loveday Cove, Cooby Dam, 060716

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bald Hills Creek Crows Nest

1 July 2016


This is without a doubt, one of my favourite spots to go bushwalking, any time of the year.  Located on the banks of the picturesque Bald Hills Creek, Hartmann Park is a a bushland gem, hidden away on the edge of the town of Crows Nest.

Hartmann Park was generously donated to the then Crows Nest Shire Council in the 1970's by Mr Hubert Hartmann.  

Fortunately this section of precious bushland was not included in the recent large scale burn by council, that was done at adjoining Bullockys Rest recently, and human influence has been minimized.  Due to this protection, Hartmann Park has thrived and there are some truly beautiful plants and trees to be observed on the walk.  Grasstrees are prolific and many had recently flowered.  The flowers of the golden Hairpin Banksia's (Banksia Spinulosa)  were stunning amongst the winter landscape.  The Smooth Bark Apple Gum trees (Angophora leiocarpa) grow alongside the sandstone bounders and there are plenty of Superb Blue Fairy Wrens darting in and out of the prickly low shrubs.  Granite Wattle was in flower and there was a small amount of water in the pretty creek.


Walking tracks with Grasstrees in the background, Hartmann Park, Crows Nest Qld

Hairpin Banksia, Hartmann Park, Crows Nest

Chilling on a boulder at Hartmann Park

The beautiful Bald Hills Creek, Crows Nest

Connecting with nature on Bald Hills Creek, Crows Nest

Sandstone boulders on the edge of Bald Hills Creek, Crows Nest

Grasstree (xanthorrhoea johnsonii)  Hartmann Park