Monday, 22 July 2013


There are five species of Egret that call Australia Home.

Cattle Egret 48-53cm, arrived in the North of Australia about 1950. Eastern Great Egret 0.85-1.05cm.
Eastern Reef Egret 60-65cm,with a Dark & Light Morph phase.
Intermediate Egret 55-65cm.
Little Egret 55-65cm.

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 Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (Dark Morph)
Have seen the Light Morph phase,unfortunately no photos.

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
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Monday, 15 July 2013

Doves & Pigeon

Just a few of the local Doves and Pigeons to be found around Rainbow Waters Holiday Park at Carlo, Rainbow Beach.
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 Bar-shouldered Dove & Peaceful Dove

  Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida (striata) 

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Sterling's Crossing

Sterling's Crossing is in the Mary Valley just outside Imbil on the way to Borumba Dam, and is a great spot to go birding.
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 Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
Not long after the turnoff, flocks of Dusky Woodswallow were flying over the paddocks and perching on fences. Some landed in a tree and stayed long enough for photos.

 Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
This beautiful Eastern Spinebill was taking nectar from Salvia growing beside the road. I have been trying to get photos of  this species for some time, and was lucky enough to have this one in the right place at the right time, just as we were heading back to the car to go home.

 Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)
While we were boiling the billy for lunch, this Lewin's Honeyeater decided it was time for lunch as well. 

 Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) (Male)
Then the Variegated Fairy-wren family decided to check us out. Good place to have lunch when all the birds came to us.

 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
Just a short walk from where we had lunch, we came across this Shining Bronze-Cuckoo.

 New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
New Holland Honeyeater were all around the area, and this one was gathering dead flower petals for nesting material from the Wild Tobacco.

The Lewin's Honeyeater liked the Wild Tobacco as well.

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