Trip Report: Australia July/August 2004 - Page 6

August 1, SE Queensland
A walk around the local area after breakfast meant another sackful of new but common birds, including a cracking Laughing Kookaburra, Variegated Fairy-Wren, Mangrove Honeyeater and Scaly-breasted Lorikeet. Later on we drove to Trevor's local patch, the famous Buckley's Hole. Although there were lots of new birds here, such as Black Swan, Chestnut Teal, Australian Reed Warbler etc it was the rails we had come to look for and it wasn't long before we had both Buff-banded Rail and Spotless Crake. A newly constructed wader roost at Kakadu (bearing no resemblance to Kakadu NP whatsoever!) produced a flock of eight Double-banded Plovers, as well as Australian Pipit and two distant Pied Oystercatchers. The cliff top lookout added two Australian Gannets, several hundred distant Fluttering Shearwaters and four Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. In the afternoon we went to Samsonvale to look for an Australian Painted Snipe that had just arrived and it wasn't long before we found it hiding amongst the vegetation on an island. There was also a distant sleeping Koala in the top of a Jack Pine. This was a good birding spot and we also saw Rose Robin, Restless Flycatcher, Yellow-faced Honeyeater and another Tawny Frogmouth.

Laughing Kookaburra Buckley's Hole

August 2, Lockyer Valley
An early morning trip added just Eastern Yellow Robin. Mid-morning and we were packed and ready to go for an overnight stay in the Lockyer Valley. Enroute we saw our only Eastern Grey Kangaroos of the trip. We spent the late afternoon and early evening at Bill Jolly's place at Abberton where his many feeders gave close views of birds such as Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Zebra and Red-browed Finch as well as Common Brush-tailed Possum. We stayed over in a local motel.

Red-browed Finch Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

August 3, Lockyer Valley
After breakfast it was back to Bill's place to look for his Red-capped Robin but unfortunately we didn't see it. We did however get White-backed Swallow flying over and Superb Fairy-Wren, the fourth fairy-wren of the trip. Visiting other sites in the area we saw Yellow-faced Spoonbill, Pink-eared Duck, a flock of c100 Cockatiels, Black Falcon, Banded Lapwing, Red-necked Avocet, a Bearded Dragon and a wonderful view of a feeding Koala before returning to the coast.

Bearded Dragon Koala

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