Lockyer Valley

October 5, 2010

Stuart Warren and I made another trip out to the Lockyer Valley on Tuesday.  Again we were looking for Blue-winged Kookaburras and again we failed.  We did however have great views of Black Falcons, Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, Musk Lorikeets and nearly a hundred species of birds all up.
 Atkinson Dam  Turf Farm
Today we had six pairs of Banded Lapwings at the Turf Farm, two of which had chicks running around with them.  Boyce's Lane had Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, and there were Channel-billed Cuckoos flying around the area.  Sadly still no Hoary-headed Grebes at the lagoons despite good conditions. Read more.
 Seven Mile Lagoon
Seven Mile was surprisingly quiet today, with still no migratory shorebirds back yet, and not much other activity besides.  There were some egrets and herons wading in the western edge of the lagoon.  More notable were the huge numbers of frogs calling, especially the Eastern Banjo Frogs. Read more.
 Lester Bridge
We had a good number of waterbirds on the wetland, however none of the very good birds we've had here lately such as Glossy Ibis or Black-necked Stork.  As usual, the Blue-winged Kookaburra was disappointingly absent.  I've yet to hear of any recent records at this site, though at nearby Lake Clarendon they are still seen occasionally. Read more.
 Lake Clarendon
Lake Clarendon today was our best site by far. We had Ground Cuckoo-shrikes along the edge of the dam, Australian Shovelers and a Musk Duck on the dam, and a family of Black Falcons moving through the trees on the western edge of the dam. Our highlight was probably the young Australian Hobby that bolted through chasing a Pale-headed Rosella, nearly catching it a few times. Read more.
 Jahnke's Lagoon
Jahnke's Lagoon was fairly quiet today - still no migratory shorebirds here.  There are several Black-winged Stilts that seem to be nesting, and good numbers of frogs calling from nearby. Read more.
 Adare Rd
We visited this site only briefly, in the hopes of lucking onto a Little Bronze-cuckoo for my year list.  We did hear one being quite vocal 50m or so away, but sadly it only moved further into the distance, so still no joy on this species for me.  This site is great for local woodland birds like Fuscous and Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Restless Flycatchers, Jacky Winters, and Red-rumped Parrots, all good birds this close to Brisbane. Read more.
 Kearney Spring Park
As part of our itinerary for the day, Stuart had to drop into the garden centre here, so I spent the time wandering the Kearney Springs and West Creek Parks. There is nice-looking wetland here, however it was mostly disappointing in terms of what birds were there. A pair of Masked Lapwings had a go at me, though I never saw the chicks I presume there were some around. The highlight of the walk was up behind the wetlands, past the colony of Black Flying Foxes, where a few trees were in flower. In these trees I had nearly 50 Musk Lorikeets, along with Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets, being extremely noisy and obliging in terms of giving great views. Read more.
 Helidon Spa
With there being so much water in the valley at the moment, the spa was unusually quiet, with nothing at all of interest. Read more.

Wildlife

Butterflies 5 species
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) 3
Black Jezebel, Common Jezabel (Delias nigrina) 1
Common Crow (Euploea core) 1
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) 1
Lemon Migrant (Catopsilia pomona) 1
Seabirds 8 species
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 8
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 4
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 3
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 2
Australian Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) 2
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) 1
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Land Birds 74 species
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 8
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 7
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 7
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 7
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 7
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) 6
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 6
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 6
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 5
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 5
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 5
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 4
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 4
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 4
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 4
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 4
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 4
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 4
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 3
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 3
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 3
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 3
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 3
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 3
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 3
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 3
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 3
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 3
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 3
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) 2
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) 2
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 2
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 2
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 2
Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) 2
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 2
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 2
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 2
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 2
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 2
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 2
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 2
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) 2
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) 2
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 2
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) 1
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 1
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis) 1
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) 1
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) 1
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) 1
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus) 1
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Black Falcon (Falco subniger) 1
Ground Cuckooshrike (Coracina maxima) 1
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) 1
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) 1
Dragonflies 2 species
Common Glider (Trapezostigma loewii) 1
Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes) 1
Damselflies 1 species
Eastern Billabongfly (Austroagrion watsoni) 1
Bats 1 species
Black Flying-fox (Pteropus alecto) 1
Amphibians 3 species
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) 5
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) 3
Brown-striped Frog (Limnodynastes peronii) 2

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