Wednesday May 12, 2010
[From the trip Rainbow Beach, QLD]
Our next stop after Cooloola and our raging success with Ground Parrots was Inskip Point. We had high hopes for this place, as an almost guaranteed site for Black-breasted Button-Quail, and it didn't disappoint. Within ten minutes of parking, in the middle of the day (we stopped for lunch at Rainbow Beach on the way there), we had a pair of BBBQ making platelets in the middle of the main path out in the open. Platelets are those circular depressions in leaf litter that Button-Quails make when they spin in circles looking for invertebrates to eat. It's really comical to watch.
Next up after our BBBQ success, we tried for over an hour to track down some Fairy Gerygones, but sadly we had no luck in this endeavour. We did find a multitude of great birds in the meantime, with amazing views of Variegated Fairy-Wren, Little Shrike-Thrush and a host of honeyeaters moving around in the denser areas on the point. We finally gave up our Gerygone hunt and moved on to shorebirds, as we could see a gathering group of them on the sandbars escaping the rising tide. We lugged the scope out to the tip of the point, and the first shorebird I put my scope on was the Sanderling we came to see. Or so I thought. It turns out there was not one but five Sanderlings on the sandbar, along with a good number of Double-banded Plovers and a handful of terns and gulls. Not yet done with the day, on our way back to the car we managed to score great views of Beach Stone-Curlew, another local specialty that can be elusive elsewhere.
In all, a great day, with some amazing views of cracking birds.