The Lockyer and Beyond
November 11, 2010 — November 12, 2010
Stuart Warren and I headed out to the Lockyer Valley on Thursday and attempted once more for the Blue-winged Kookaburras at Lake Clarendon (dipped), and also tried for the recently reported Painted Honeyeater at Oakey (also dipped). We did however find what may be the eastern-most population of White-winged Fairy-wrens near Oakey, west of Toowoomba. There is a record reported from near Amiens, west of Stanthorpe, in the Atlas of Australian Birds which is the only one even close to as far east.
White-winged Fairy-wren site Searching for Painted Honeyeaters
Our search here was in vain, though we did have Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters here, plus a host of other woodland and wetland birds including Plum-headed Finches. The Plum-heads were a welcome distraction from our disappointing dip. Read more.Seven Mile Lagoon
Our first stop for the day was Seven Mile, with hopes of picking up some returning freshwater waders. Sadly, it seems that this summer we won't be seeing any, as there was nary a Sharpie there, not even a single Black-winged Stilt! We did see a lot of waterbirds though, with loads of Royal Spoonbills, and the ducks have finally returned to the site with a few Hardheads, and both species of Whistling-ducks along with the usual suspects. A pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles seem to have taken up residence at the site, regularly being seen on the fence that extends into the water, and we had Australian Hobby and Black Falcon near the water also. Read more.Lake Clarendon
We made two quick visits to the Clarendon site today, in the morning and again in the evening. Sadly neither trip turned up the hoped-for Blue-winged Kookaburra, however we did have loads of Great-crested Grebes, plus several Black Falcons and Black Kites, as well as Nankeen Kestrel, Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon and Black-shouldered Kite for good measure. A walk to the waters edge turned up Black-fronted Dotterels but Red-kneed still elude me for the year! Read more.Lester Bridge
A quick stop at Lester Bridge produced very little of interest - a White-faced Heron in a tree, and Golden-headed Cisticolas calling like mad were small highlights. Read more.Jahnke's Lagoon
Jahnke's Lagoon was quiet, however some confiding Plum-headed Finches were a nice distraction from failing to find any waders again. White-breasted Woodswallows were hawking from low bushes also, and the only interesting waterbirds were some Wandering Whistling-ducks and a couple of Jacanas. Read more.