Monday, 30 November 2015


Dear all,

This Saturday is our last outing for the 2015 year. We will meet at Mary Cairn Cross Reserve near Maleny at 7am for a walk through the reserve. A brunch will follow bird call. Please BYO your breakfast BBQ and make a morning of it. Hopefully both the extremes of sun and rain will stay away leaving us with perfection…

I hope you all can make it.

Cheers for now and good birding

Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103         |                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Wednesday Walk 18 November

There is a mid week bird walk at Buderim Forest Park this Wednesday, 18th November at 8.00am. Meet at Harry’s Lane , off Lindsay Rd , Buderim.   [UBD G17].
John Malings will lead the walk.

"Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare secluded oasis, hidden on the northern side of Buderim, less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village. This is a rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls.

The area was purchased many years ago by the Council as a reserve for all of Buderim.

Amazingly much of the creek actually belongs to private land owners as once did the waterfall! The falls were a favourite recreational place for the region’s indigenous people and have been unofficially named “Serenity Falls”, but are widely known as the Buderim Falls."

Friday, 6 November 2015


Triunia Environmental Reserve is an important piece of land, purchased on behalf of Sunshine Coast rate payers, that adjoins the previously acquired Triunia Environment Levy Conservation Area. The reserve is contiguous with Truinia National Park and Truinia Bushland Conservation Reserve.

A description of the adjacent National Park follows;
Triunia National Park will continue to be an important place for the preservation of plants and animals of high conservation significance. These include the endangered and recently rediscovered rainforest shrub Triunia robusta, after which the park is named and Zieria bifida, a small plant found only in the local area. The park will continue to provide a critical resource for the scientific and educational programs that are crucial to the survival of these important species. The park will conserve a representative example of the richness of ecosystems and species that existed across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in the past in an increasingly developed environment. The ongoing implementation of appropriate pest and fire management programs will continue.

First established in 1994, Triunia National Park covers 33.99 ha and is located in the South East Queensland 
bioregion in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It is situated about 6 km west of Woombye on the Woombye–Dulong 
Road and about 20 km due west of Maroochydore. The towns of Montville and Mapleton are 
within a short travelling distance of the park.
Triunia National Park is located in an area that has been extensively cleared for agricultural purposes, including 
orchards and grazing. Sunshine Coast Regional Council manages a 20 ha conservation area adjacent to the 
eastern and southern side of the park called Triunia (Scientific) Conservation Area, and the Dulong Road Bush 
Conservation Reserve to the west of the park. These areas have consolidated wildlife habitat in the immediate 
vicinity of the park, and share threats from fire and pests with Triunia National Park.

The park has minimal recreational significance to local residents. It has been managed to preserve its conservation 
and scientific values through minimal disturbance and careful application of pest control measures that do not 
compromise the natural integrity of the park’s native plants and wildlife. 

Vegetation is a mix of open forest communities and lowland subtropical rainforest. Brush box Lophostemon 
confertus grows in the tall open forest along the ridges and is part of the regional ecosystem 12.12.1 that is of 
concern. Other prominent canopy species, grey gum Eucalyptus propinqua, tallowwood E. microcorys and pink 
bloodwood Corymbia intermedia also grow along these ridges. Lowland subtropical rainforest (complex notophyll 
vine forest) with an uneven canopy to about 40 m extends into the steep gullies, covering 75 per cent of the park.
Lower altitude rainforest of this type has been extensively cleared on the Sunshine Coast, and less than 10 per 
cent of its original extent in the South East Queensland bioregion is left. Regarded as the plant community most at 
risk on the south-east Queensland coast, this vegetation exists on the Sunshine Coast only as remnant patches. 
Triunia National Park contains one of the few remaining rainforest patches of this type on the Sunshine Coast and 
it has extremely high conservation values and high species richness, with about 300 recorded plant species. The 
park hosts 13 plant species of conservation significance, four of which are endangered, six are vulnerable and 
three are near threatened. 
The endangered plant species Zieria bifida is endemic to Queensland and is found in only three locations, one of 
which is Triunia National Park. Triunia robusta, after which the park was named, is also endangered (until recently 
thought to be extinct) and found on the park. Protection and sensitive management of these plants are critical to 
their long-term survival in the wild. The vulnerable plant species, macadamia nut Macadamia integrifolia, grows on 
the park and is one of the species covered by the Southern Macadamia Species Recovery Plan. Although it is also 
grown commercially, its genetic integrity is threatened in wild populations. 
Z. bifida grows in the fire-adapted tall open forest and requires specific fire management, while the other three 
endangered species, reticulated holly Graptophyllum reticulatum, shiny-leaved coondoo Planchonella eerwah and 
T. robusta, are located in the fire-sensitive lowland subtropical rainforest section. Pest plants, especially lantana
Lantana camara and glycine Neonotonia wightii, pose a risk to all the plant species of conservation significance on 
the park, but particularly Z. bifida. Illegal harvesting of T. robusta fruits from trees outside the park poses a threat to 
the ability of this plant to reproduce naturally within the park as it impacts on seed set and pollination processes. 

The main native animal species living on the park are amphibians and birds. Surveys in 1999 and 2000 identified 
the vulnerable tusked frog Adelotus brevis and koala Phascolarctos cinereus (South East Queensland bioregion) 
as the only animal species of conservation significance found on the park. A protected landscape is critical to the 
survival of the tusked frog Adelotus brevis, which relies on water bodies and drainage lines for its habitat. Seven 
other frog species have been recorded and their continued survival is threatened by inappropriate catchment 
management, the use of herbicides and insecticides on nearby properties, excessive nutrient build-up, degraded 
water quality, and habitat modification. Koala numbers have markedly decreased throughout Australia due to
habitat loss from fire, weed effects and clearing, and many populations are now living in isolated patches of habitat 
like Triunia National Park. This isolation puts them at great risk of localised extinction. The notophyll vine forest is a 
popular habitat for the many species of birds that live on the park. Further threats to all animal species on the park 
include dogs, cats, foxes and toads.

An excellent turn out of over 40 members and visitors enjoyed a stroll through the Environmental Reserve and recorded the following species;
Triunia Environmental Reserve, Queensland, AU Nov 7, 2015 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling - circa 2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     regular monthly outing for Birdlife Australia - Sunshine Coast
61 species [some spp recorded by call only]

Australian Brushturkey  1     active mound
Australian White Ibis  1
White-headed Pigeon  1
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  6
Emerald Dove  2
Crested Pigeon  1
Wonga Pigeon  1
Peaceful Dove  2
Bar-shouldered Dove  1
Wompoo Fruit-Dove  2
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove  1
Topknot Pigeon  4
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo  4
Channel-billed Cuckoo  8
Pheasant Coucal  2
White-throated Needletail  12
Laughing Kookaburra  8
Forest Kingfisher  2
Rainbow Bee-eater  2
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  2
Australian King-Parrot  4
Pale-headed Rosella  6
Rainbow Lorikeet  6
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet  4
White-throated Treecreeper  7
Lewin's Honeyeater  8
Noisy Miner  8
Scarlet Honeyeater  6
Blue-faced Honeyeater  3
White-throated Honeyeater  8
Spotted Pardalote  3
Striated Pardalote  2
White-browed Scrubwren  11
Large-billed Scrubwren  6
Brown Thornbill  8
Striated Thornbill  4
Brown Gerygone  1
Eastern Whipbird  2
Pied Butcherbird  2
Australian Magpie  3
Pied Currawong  3
Black-faced Cuckooshrike  1
Varied Triller  4
Common Cicadabird  2
Crested Shrike-tit  1
Little Shrikethrush  4
Grey Shrikethrush  1
Golden Whistler  12
Olive-backed Oriole  4
Australasian Figbird  5
Spangled Drongo  3
Rufous Fantail  1
Grey Fantail  1
Spectacled Monarch  2
Leaden Flycatcher  2
Torresian Crow  4
Pale-yellow Robin  2
Eastern Yellow Robin  5
Silvereye  4
Mistletoebird  2
Red-browed Finch  1

View this checklist online at

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

FRIDAY ENVIRONMENT FORUM NPA Environment Centre 06 November 2015 What makes a Cuckoo Cuckoo?

This week at Friday Environment Forum: Kon Hepers is the guest speaker at Friday Environment Forum on November 6 when he will compare the taxonomy and lifestyle of a selection of these birds, particularly the Australian species.
Arguably the most recognised bird call in the world is that of the Common or European Cuckoo.
The “cuckoo” sound of the call has given the name to the bird (onomatopoeic), which in turn has its name associated with other unrelated birds, insects and even a type of clock - also humans.
In common usage the word has become synonymous with “silly and crazy”. But is that a fair description of the bird?
Cuckoos are equally well known as brood parasites: they lay their egg into the nests of other birds which brood and rear the young cuckoo, without any involvement from the actual parent birds. This is a very successful breeding strategy and certainly not silly. About 1 percent of the world’s bird species are obligate brood parasites and almost all are in the cuckoo family.
This parasitism has evolved separately at least three times among birds. But less than half of the Cuckoo family are full-time cheats. The rest care for their own young. Of the thirteen Australian species of cuckoo twelve are brood parasites and only one builds its own nest and rears its own chicks. Almost all are migratory.
Be part of the audience on November 6 at the Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive Noosaville to hear Kon answer the question: What makes a cuckoo cuckoo? Forum commences at 10.30am although everyone is welcome to arrive at 10am when coffee and chat are on offer. For those interested in an interpretive birding walk before the forum, meet Valda in the Environment Centre car park at 8.30am.
All welcome.

Sunday, 1 November 2015


Hello all
Details of this coming Saturday morning’s outing;

Saturday outing - November 7 -  7am - (NEW) Triunia Environmental Reserve (east of Triunia National Park), Carruthers Road, West Woombye. The reserve is contiguous with Truinia National Park and Truinia Bushland Conservation Reserve.
Leader/ s - Ken Cross and John Birbeck
183 Carruthers Road, Towen Mountain (off Blackall Range Road).
The parking is limited so we will have to sort this out on the morning.

Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103         |                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881