Saturday, 21 March 2015

Park Lakes Outing, Bli Bli

Spotless Crake
Our March outing to Park Lakes again proved that this surbirban area is a bit of a biridng hotspot with over seventy species being recorded. Many of the difficult species were not seen save Spotless Crake. This secretive species was seen by only one of our group who did what birders should do and got up very early. His keeness saw him rewarded with three sperate sightings. The rest of the group witnessed where it was!

Other good species were seen. Cicadabird, both male and female, were seen well. Wandering Whistling Ducks and Plumed seemed to have both bred nearby and there was a good flyby of
Wandering Whistling Ducks
a large flock of Plumed. Two Magpie Geese flew over but they stubbornly did not grace the ponds with their presence. Great views of Double-barred Finches proved to be a [temporary] walk stopper.

Pictures were supplied by John Thompson and Warren Bennett.

Great Knot with great twit

The following report is from Ebird; 
Park Lakes, Bli Bli, AU-QLD
Mar 7, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     monthly outing for group
72 species

Magpie Goose  2
DB Finches stopping progress

Plumed Whistling-Duck  40
Wandering Whistling-Duck  6
Australian Wood Duck  32
Pacific Black Duck  12
Little Black Cormorant  1
Little Pied Cormorant  2
Australasian Darter  1
White-faced Heron  2
Cattle Egret  1
Nankeen Night-Heron  1
Australian White Ibis  5
Whistling Kite  1
Spotless Crake  3
Purple Swamphen  6
Dusky Moorhen  12
Eurasian Coot  2
Masked Lapwing  2
Black-fronted Dotterel  2
Spotted Dove  10
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  2
Crested Pigeon  3
Bar-shouldered Dove  2
Australian Koel  1
Channel-billed Cuckoo  1
Azure Kingfisher  2
Laughing Kookaburra  2
DB Finches

Forest Kingfisher  1
Rainbow Bee-eater  6
Galah  5
Little Corella  2
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  3
Pale-headed Rosella  2
Rainbow Lorikeet  12
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet  6
Red-backed Fairy-wren  1
Lewin's Honeyeater  2
Noisy Miner  2
Little Wattlebird  12
Brown Honeyeater  12
White-cheeked Honeyeater  1
White-throated Honeyeater  4
Blue-faced Honeyeater  6
Noisy Friarbird  5
Striated Pardalote  4
Eastern Whipbird  1
White-breasted Woodswallow  3
Grey Butcherbird  1
Pied Butcherbird  2
Australian Magpie  6
Pied Currawong  4
Black-faced Cuckooshrike  2
Varied Triller  1
Common Cicadabird  2
Birders birding - more or less

Grey Shrike-Thrush  1
Golden Whistler  4
Olive-backed Oriole  1
Australasian Figbird  12
Spangled Drongo  1
Willie Wagtail  10
Magpie-lark  10
Leaden Flycatcher  2
Torresian Crow  6
Eastern Yellow Robin  1
Welcome Swallow  6
Fairy Martin  2
Silvereye  4
Mistletoebird  1
Red-browed Finch  2
Double-barred Finch  6
Scaly-breasted Munia  2
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin  2

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