Sunday, 22 December 2013

Merry Christmas

 Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
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Monday, 16 December 2013


We recently visited Boonooroo which is located on the shores of the Great Sandy Strait, with views to Fraser Island.  Boonooroo is a great place to see waders, one of the few places where you can drive down the road to the waters edge, hop out of the car, and see all the waders up close.
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 Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

 Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
and other waders.

 Red-kneed Dotterel

 Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)

 Black-winged Stilt

 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Black-winged Stilt
Eastern Curlew
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
 Red-kneed Dotterel

Brumbies seen on the way to Boonooroo.
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Tawny Frogmouth

After our latest wader count we were invited to visit a garden where a family of Tawny Frogmouth had been seen. Thank you to the owners of the property for allowing us to come into their garden and take photos of the Frogmouth family, Mum Dad and two young ones. Thanks also to Mick for taking us there.

 Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

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 The two young ones
There is always one that has to show off for the camera.
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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove camping ground is a great place to stay and see lots of birds, 54 species over 2 days in September.We had Green Catbird and Wompoo Fruit-Dove in the trees near our camp site. Other birds of note were Paradise Riflebird,Bassian Thrush, Noisy Pitta and a Powerful Owl calling in the early morning. 
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Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) (Male)

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) (Juvenile)

Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata)
As we were walking along the rainforest track I heard a rustle in the leaf litter. Upon further inspection found this pair of Bassian Thrush, (Adult with Juvenile). They kept moving along the track in front of us. After a little way they moved down to the edge of the creek out in the open. A lot easier to photograph them there than in the rainforest.  

 Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)

 Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

 Flood damage from earlier in the year.

 The force of Mother Nature.
 Buttress root of a large fig tree snapped off.
More of the above fig tree

One of the New Toilet Blocks to replace the ones that were washed away during the floods.
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

It is not always easy to take photos of some birds, in particular Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, as they are usually in flocks, and when one takes off they all go. These ones were more intent on feeding and allowed me to get fairly close.
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 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Little Egret

Went camping for three days at Rainbow Beach and no rain in sight. Must have done something wrong as it always rains
when we go camping.
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 Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

 Rainbow Waters Holiday Park

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Johns Landing

Johns Landing is a private camping ground on the banks of the Noosa River between two lakes, Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba. As we have not previously been to this area, thought it was about time we did. Some of the birds seen appear below.

  Australasian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) (Female)

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

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Monday, 9 September 2013

Black & White

 Just some of the Black and White Birds found in our part of Australia. 
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Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
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Monday, 26 August 2013

Mary's Creek.

Mary's Creek west of Gympie is a beautiful area and a great place to go birding, 31 species for the short time we were there. Not bad since it was Winter.
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  Spectacled Monarch (Symposiarchus trivirgatus)

White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis laevigaster)

Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

 Mary's Creek.

Beautiful reflections in the clear rock pools.

Staghorn Fern (Platycerium superbum)

By the looks of this, not everyone appreciates a beautiful forest.
Hope they like cleaning their vehicles.

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