Monthly Archives: October 2012

QLD Trip Lifers

Here is a list of new birds I saw on the south-east QLD trip with Martin Cake (with links to my photos from the trip):

  • Australian Brush-turkey: ubiquitous in the rain forest areas;
  • Black-breasted Button-Quail: the platelets gave away their presence;
  • Magpie Goose: seen on a metropolitan lake (and if Martin hadn’t pointed them out I would have written them off as manky farm ducks…);
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck;
  • Cotton Pygmy-goose;
  • Royal Spoonbill: finally found one, beginning to think they were mythical;
  • Wandering Tattler;
  • Comb-crested Jacana;
  • Pacific Baza: a wonderful surprise;
  • Topknot Pigeon;
  • Brown Cuckoo-Dove;
  • Wonga Pigeon;
  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo;
  • Scaly-breasted Lorikeet: good views high in a tree;
  • Australian King-Parrot;
  • Pale-headed Rosella: probably my favourite new parrot of the trip;
  • Crimson Rosella;
  • Noisy Pitta: a wonderful bird, seen at three different locations (sorry John);
  • Albert’s Lyrebird: brief but spectacular sighting;
  • Brown Thornbill;
  • Superb Fairy-wren;
  • Red-backed Fairy-wren: a really spectacular Fairy-wren;
  • Large-billed Scrubwren;
  • Yellow-throated Scrubwren;
  • Fairy Gerygone;
  • Brown Gerygone;
  • Little Wattlebird;
  • Noisy Friarbird;
  • Little Friarbird;
  • Blue-faced Honeyeater;
  • Noisy Miner;
  • Bell Miner: surprisingly hard to get good views of;
  • Lewin’s Honeyeater;
  • Mangrove Honeyeater: seen in mangroves (as expected?);
  • Fuscous Honeyeater;
  • Eastern Spinebill;
  • Scarlet Honeyeater;
  • Eastern Whipbird: heard more often than seen, but we had great views as well;
  • Logrunner: seen running along logs (as expected?);
  • Eastern Yellow Robin;
  • Pale-yellow Robin;
  • Rufous Fantail: a really neat little bird;
  • Leaden Flycatcher;
  • Spectacled Monarch;
  • White-eared Monarch;
  • Spangled Drongo;
  • Olive-backed Oriole;
  • Australian Figbird;
  • Paradise Riflebird: a brilliant bird we saw high in the rainforest canopy;
  • Green Catbird: a very weird call;
  • Regent Bowerbird: seen at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat;
  • Satin Bowerbird: seen at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat;
  • Varied Triller: an unexpected surprise, we initially thought it was a White-winged Triller;
  • Pied Currawong;
  • Double-barred Finch: my only new finch for the trip;
  • Bassian Thrush;
  • Russet-tailed Thrush;
  • Common Miner.
These take my Australian Bird lifelist to 327.

Sanitised Ticks

Having only ever birded in Western Australia, I had a few birds on my life list that were a little dodgy.  A recent trip with Martin Cake to Queensland (SE QLD in particular) cleaned a few of these up:

  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – a small population exists near Lake McLarty and a single bird hangs around the river near Midland;
  • Rainbow Lorikeet – common in the Perth metropolitan area (and spreading, unfortunately);
  • Red-browed Finch – there are established groups of these in the hills area.
I had good views of all of these on the QLD trip.  It was nice to see them in their natural habitat and not have the nagging thought that I’m ticking an escapee…