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.

Wildlife

Mammals 1 species
Fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1
Butterflies 6 species
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) 2
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) 2
Caper White (Belenois java) 1
Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) 1
Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) 1
Large Citrus Butterfly, Orchard Butterfly, Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) 1
Land Birds 75 species
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 4
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 4
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 4
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 4
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 4
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) 4
White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus) 3 Male and several females. Possibly eastern-most record of this species.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 3
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 3
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 3
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 3
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 3
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 3
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 3
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 3
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 3
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 3
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) 3
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) 2
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 2
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 2
Black Falcon (Falco subniger) 2
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 2
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 2
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 2
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 2
Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta) 2
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata) 2
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 2
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 2
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 2
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 2
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 2
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 2
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 2
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 2
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) 2
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) 1
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) 1
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) 1
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) 1
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1 Taking food into a nesting hollow - a frog, possibly L. fallax
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) 1
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) 1
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) 1
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 1
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 1
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 1
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 1
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) 1
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) 1
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) 1
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) 1
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 5
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 4
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) 2
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 2
Amphibians 1 species
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) 2

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