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Barung Landcare, established in 1989, sits in the headwaters of four major river systems in the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Based in Maleny, Barung Landcare is a leading community-based organisation working to develop ethical solutions for a sustainable future. We support local and regional community empowerment to conserve and enhance the rich diversity of natural resources of the Blackall Range and environs. more info
|Yellow BitternWallaroo Circuit, North Lakes|
|The Yellow Bittern (female) was visible for most the morning and again this evening. It was not being disturbed by visiting birders.|
|Arriving approx. 12.45pm I was directed from the previous reported (Wallaroo Court Circuit ponds) across the Bounty Boulevard to a pond centred in the Golf Course. After a few minutes the Yellow Bittern came onto the lily pads and continued to feed and frolic in the sun for all the surrounding birders. I have been informed that the owners and management team of the golf course are extremely displeased by birders trespassing to view this bird - please keep this in mind. |
EREMAEA EDS: THE BIRD IS NO LONGER AT WALLAROO CIRCUIT. IT WAS FLUSHED BY BIRD PHOTOGRAPHERS ACCORDING TO OTHER BIRDERS PRESENT. IT THEN FLEW ACROSS THE ROAD ONTO A GOLF COURSE WHERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRESPASSED TO SEE IT. IT WAS THEN FLUSHED ON 2 MORE OCCASIONS BY 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' AND ITS LOCATION IN NOW UNKNOWN. THIS IS HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE GUIDANCE GIVEN WHEN THE NEWS WAS LET OUT SO PEOPLE COULD ENJOY THIS RARITY. PLEASE DO NOT TRESPASS ON THE GOLF COURSE
Please be an ethical birder.
In the instance of a rare bird sighting, please keep in mind these birds have most likely undergone an arduous and long journey, be conscious they will be easily stressed by overenthusiastic birders and photographers trying to get the best view or the perfect shot. Please keep an appropriate distance from all birds, stay on marked trails and avoid entering restricted areas and private property.
For more information on Birdlife Australia's ethical birding policy, please see here
|Still present this morning. Paul Walbridge & Brian Russell found a female Ixobrychus Bittern on Sunday which was far more prone to fly around and its call was different to another Australian Little Bittern present. Photos were sent down south for analysis and the immediate response was that it was probably a Yellow Bittern; this has since been confirmed by J.Davies, D.Rogers & M.Carter and an expert based in Asia. Paul will now write up and submit the record as the first live mainland sighting. Paul will give out further details. Contact him on: Paul.Walbridge@health.qld.gov.au The particular lake is in a rather peaceful section of the complex and we expect visiting birders to show respect for the local residents e.g. with Parking. The streets are rather narrow and won't stand up to large numbers of extra vehicles. Also one would expect observers to keep to the footpaths and observe the birds from a respectful distance. Can the local 'Photographers' please respect all the birds present, stay on the path and not disturb the area, and refrain from cutting vegetation down to get good shots.|
|Rob Morris & Andrew Jensen|
|Bill of ALB|
|Yellow Bittern Bill|
|Male Australian Little Bittern|
|Male Australian Little Bittern|
Other birds of interest in the greater area include Powerful Owls seen at Sheep Station Creek Reserve near Caboolture. Also at that reserve are White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes as well as Fuscous Honeyeaters [both uncommon species in the greater Sunshine coast area. At Toorbul, a well known site for SC birders, an Asian Dowitcher continnues to show as well as a variety of other wintering waders plus Red-necked Avocets.
|Magpie Goose - an uncommon species on the Sunshine Coast|
|Australian Reed Warbler|
|Pacific Black Duck|
|An aerial photo of the Park Laes area from Google Maps showing the forest habitat and the wetland areas to the north with a good cement path circling the entire area.|
|Map showing 49 Parklakes Drive - park across road in front of the park.|
|White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike|