onsdag 18 oktober 2017

Birding in Lamington NP - 2016-12-27

After a couple of days in Noosa and Bundaberg, we headed south for Surfers Paradise. While the family wanted to spend some time in the sun, I had my focus set on Lamington National Park and the birds there. First we stopped at Australia Zoo and the photos of the Blue-faced Honeyeater and the Red-Backed Fairywren were taken here. The zoo was pretty well maintained, though I'd rather see all those animals in the wild. But I guess it does some good to let the kids get close to the animals and see that they really exist, and not just on TV...

Anyway, Lamington NP was definitely my kind of place. Though the drive from Surfers Paradise was about 1,5h and with quite a bit of narrow, windling roads, it was also very interesting. I started quite early in the morning and was probably the first one on the road from Canungra. There were lots of wallabys by the road and sometimes on the road. Also, I had to drive - very slowly - through a herd of cows who, for some reason, wanted to use the road. 

I never saw Albert's Lyrebird in Lamington, which was one of the main target species. But I guess I have to see that as a reason to go back some day... ☺There were many really nice birds in its stead. Like the Superb Fairywren... what a beautiful bird. The Crimson Rosellas were also easy to see and, as it turned out, were sitting everywhere on your body if you heald a feeder. Nice views of both Bowerbirds and close ups of Yellow-throated Scrubwren. 

In the park, close to the main area, there is a tree top walk, which I liked. I managed to see Spotted Pardalote there, whay up in the treetops, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Regent Bowerbird, White-throated Treecreeper and others there. I could have just stayed in that place for a long time.

Below are some photos of some of the birds and mammals. I really recommend a visit to this National Park and I very much hope that I get the chance to go there again. But, if so, I would want to spend the night up there. Just to be able to get up just before the sunrise, when the rainforest is teeming with life. 
Blue-faced Honeyeater (blåkindad honungsfågel,
Entomyzon cyanotis)
Red-backed Fairywren (rödryggig blåsmyg, Malurus
melanocephalus)
As I drove up to O'Reilley's, there were Wallabys by the road in many places. They weren't afraid of the car either. This is still quite early in the morning though.
Whiptail Wallaby (pisksvanswallaby, Macropus, parryi)
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (röd gökduva, Macropygia 
phasianella)
Red-necked Pademelon (rödhalsad buskkänguru,
Thylogale thetis)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (gulstrupig busksmyg, Sericornis 
citreogularis)
Crimson Rosella (blåkindad rosella, Platycercus elegans)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (australisk buskgök,
Cacomantis flabelliformis)
Lewin's Honeyeater (gulörad honungsfågel,
Meliphaga lewinii)
Brown Gerygone (brun sångsmyg, Gerygone mouki)
Green Catbird (grön kattfågel, Ailuroedus crassirostris)
Eastern Whipbird (svarttofsad snärtfågel,
Psophodes olivaceus)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (gulstrupig busksmyg,
Sericornis citreogularis)
When I got back from my first walk to the tree-top walk, there were som people feeding the Parrots and Rosellas. However, this also attracted the Bowerbirds. Both the Satin and the Regent could be seen close up. The male Regent Bowerbird is one beautiful bird...
Satin Bowerbird, female (satänglövsalsfågel,
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
Regent Bowerbird, female (regentlövsalsfågel, Sericulus 
chrysocephalus)
Crimson Rosella (blåkindad rosella, Platycercus elegans)
When I saw this girl feeding the Crimson Rosella I knew that I had to get my own kids here. So the next day, the whole family drove to O'Reilley's.
Eastern Spinebill (östlig sylnäbb, Acanthorhynchus 
tenuirostris)
Regent Bowerbird, male (regentlövsalsfågel,
Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Red-necked Pademelon (rödhalsad buskkänguru,
Thylogale thetis)
Superb Fairywren (vitbukig blåsmyg, Malurus cyaneus)
Superb Fairywren (vitbukig blåsmyg, Malurus cyaneus)
Eastern Yellow Robin (östlig gulsydhake,
Eopsaltria australis)
I found this bird - the Paradise Riflebird in the photos below -  thanks to its call. I watched it for quite some time and even though it doesn't have the adult male plumage - I mean, it is very female like - it performed its dance during this time. I have seen this dance on youtube many times but to see it in real life was something special. A memory for life, I guess...
Paradise Riflebird (fjällig sköldparadisfågel,
Ptiloris paradiseus)
Paradise Riflebird (fjällig sköldparadisfågel,
Ptiloris paradiseus)
Paradise Riflebird (fjällig sköldparadisfågel,
Ptiloris paradiseus)
In its dance posture...
Brown Gerygone (brun sångsmyg, Gerygone mouki)
Grey Fantail (australisk solfjäderstjärt, Rhipidura 
albiscapa)
Australian King Parrot (australisk kungspapegoja,
Alisterus scapularis)
Australian King Parrot (australisk kungspapegoja,
Alisterus scapularis)
Regent Bowerbird, female (regentlövsalsfågel,
Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Satin Bowerbird, male (satänglövsalsfågel,
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (röd gökduva,
Macropygia phasianella)
My daughter feeding the parrots.
Birds in Lamington NP and by the road up to O'Reilley's 
Pale-headed Rosella (vitkindad rosella, Platycercus adscitus) * (* means new lifer)
Rufous Whistler (rostbukig visslare, Pachycephala rufiventris)
Australian Brushturkey (australisk buskhöna, Alectura lathami)
White-headed Pigeon (vithuvad duva, Columba leucomela
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (röd gökduva, Macropygia phasianella)
Wonga Pigeon (wongaduva, Leucosarcia melanoleuca)
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (rosenkronad fruktduva, Ptilinopus regina)
Topknot Pigeon (perukduva, Lopholaimus antarcticus) *
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (australisk buskgök, Cacomantis flabelliformis) *
Laughing Kookaburra (skrattkokaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae)
Australian King Parrot (australisk kungspapegoja, Alisterus scapularis
Crimson Rosella (blåkindad rosella, Platycercus elegans) *
Rainbow Lorikeet (regnbågslorikit, Trichoglossus moluccanus)
Lewin's Honeyeater (gulörad honungsfågel, Meliphaga lewinii)
Green Catbird (grön kattfågel, Ailuroedus crassirostris)
Regent Bowerbird (regentlövsalsfågel, Sericulus chrysocephalus) *
Satin Bowerbird (satänglövsalsfågel, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) *
White-throated Treecreeper (vitstrupig eukalyptuskrypare, Cormobates leucophaea)
Superb Fairywren (vitbukig blåsmyg, Malurus cyaneus) *
Eastern Spinebill (östlig sylnäbb, Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) *
Spotted Pardalote (fläckpardalot, Pardalotus punctatus) *
White-browed Scrubwren (vitbrynad busksmyg, Sericornis frontalis)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (gulstrupig busksmyg, Sericornis citreogularis
Brown Gerygone (brun sångsmyg, Gerygone mouki
Brown Thornbill (rostpannad taggnäbb, Acanthiza pusilla)
Australian Logrunner (australisk marksmyg, Orthonyx temminckii)
Eastern Whipbird (svarttofsad snärtfågel, Psophodes olivaceus)
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (australisk gråfågel, Coracina novaehollandiae)
Australian Golden Whistler (guldvisslare, Pachycephala pectoralis)
Grey Shrikethrush (grå törntrast, Colluricincla harmonica)
Grey Fantail (australisk solfjäderstjärt, Rhipidura albiscapa)
Rufous Fantail (rostgumpad solfjäderstjärt, Rhipidura rufifrons)
Black-faced Monarch (glasögonmonark, Monarcha melanopsis)
Torresian Crow (torreskråka, Corvus orru)
Paradise Riflebird (fjällig sköldparadisfågel, Ptiloris paradiseus)
Pale-yellow Robin (blekgul sydhake, Tregellasia capito)
Eastern Yellow Robin (östlig gulsydhake, Eopsaltria australis)
Welcome Swallow (välkomstsvala, Hirundo neoxena)
Bassian Thrush (eukalyptustrast, Zoothera lunulata) *
Red-browed Finch (rödbrynad astrild, Neochmia temporalis)

Mammals
Red-necked Pademelon (rödhalsad buskkänguru, Thylogale thetis)
Whiptail Wallaby or Pretty-faced Wallaby (pisksvanswallaby, Macropus, parryi)

torsdag 28 september 2017

Elliot heads and Mon Repos beach 2016-12-25

After Lady Musgrave reef, see blogpost here, we stayed i Bundaberg and its surroundings for during the next day. Good thinking when planning the trip as we really needed this day to rest after the ordeal at sea the day before. 😃 Perhaps it wasn't that bad, after all... Anyway, we found this place with nice beeches pretty close by, called Elliot heads. My wife and I had also a plan to go see the turtles at night in Mon Repos, but as this was Christmas day, nothing was open..

Elliot heads turned out to be a decent spot for shorebirds. Instead of bathing, I walked around the mud and sand flats looking for whatever could be found. Below are some photos of the findings. 

Mon Repos also turned out well with a couple of my target species for this trip - the Red-backed Fairywren in particular as I had missed that one during my day with Greg (see this link for more from that day)

Elliot Heads
Striated Heron (mangrovehäger, Butorides striata)
Red-capped Plover (rödhuvad strandpipare, Charadrius 
ruficapillus)
This bird was another which I really wanted to see, before going to Australia. But to be fair, there are a lot of my target species left for the next trip, whenever that will happen...
Red-capped Plover (rödhuvad strandpipare, Charadrius 
ruficapillus)
Australian Pied Cormorant (australisk skarv, Phalacrocorax 
varius)
Red-necked Stint (rödhalsad snäppa, Calidris ruficollis)
Curlew Sandpiper (spovsnäppa, Calidris ferruginea)
Grey-tailed Tattler (sibirisk gråsnäppa, Tringa brevipes)
Red-necked Stint (rödhalsad snäppa, Calidris ruficollis)
Pacific Golden Plover (sibirisk tundrapipare, Pluvialis 
fulva)
Bar-tailed Godwit (myrspov, Limosa lapponica)
Far Eastern Curlew (orientspov, Numenius 
madagascariensis)
Far Eastern Curlew (orientspov, Numenius 
madagascariensis)
Beach Stone-curlew (kusttjockfot, Esacus magnirostris)
Terek Sandpiper (tereksnäppa, Xenus cinereus)
Caspian Tern (skräntärna, Hydroprogne caspia)
Black-naped Tern (svartnackad tärna, Sterna sumatrana)
Lesser Sand Plover (mongolpipare, Charadrius mongolus)
Pied Oystercatcher (australisk strandskata, Haematopus 
longirostris)
Grey-tailed Tattler (sibirisk gråsnäppa, Tringa brevipes)

Mon Repos
Whistling Kite (visselglada, Haliastur sphenurus)
Rainbow Bee-eater (regnbågsbiätare, Merops ornatus)
Varied Triller (vitbrynad drillfågel, Lalage leucomela)
Red-backed Fairywren (rödryggig blåsmyg, Malurus 
melanocephalus)
Bar-shouldered Dove (blåbröstad zebraduva,
Geopelia humeralis)
Square-tailed Kite (tvärstjärtad glada, Lophoictinia isura)
Square-tailed Kite (tvärstjärtad glada, Lophoictinia isura)
Olive-backed Oriole (grönryggig gylling, Oriolus sagittatus)
Eastern Osprey (australisk fiskgjuse, Pandion cristatus)
Laughing Kookaburra (skrattkokaburra, Dacelo 
novaeguineae)
Silvereye (gråryggig glasögonfågel , Zosterops lateralis)
Red-backed Fairywren (rödryggig blåsmyg, Malurus 
melanocephalus)
Peaceful Dove (billabongduva, Geopelia placida)
Birds in Elliot Heads (as always, the most common are left out of this list)
Striated Heron (mangrovehäger, Butorides striata)
Australian Pied Cormorant (australisk skarv, Phalacrocorax varius)
Beach Stone-curlew (kusttjockfot, Esacus magnirostris) *
Pied Oystercatcher (australisk strandskata, Haematopus longirostris) *
Red-capped Plover (rödhuvad strandpipare, Charadrius ruficapillus) *
Pacific Golden Plover (sibirisk tundrapipare, Pluvialis fulva)
Lesser Sand Plover (mongolpipare, Charadrius mongolus)
Far Eastern Curlew (orientspov, Numenius madagascariensis) *
Bar-tailed Godwit (myrspov, Limosa lapponica)
Ruddy Turnstone (roskarl, Arenaria interpres)
Curlew Sandpiper (spovsnäppa, Calidris ferruginea)
Red-necked Stint (rödhalsad snäppa, Calidris ruficollis)
Terek Sandpiper (tereksnäppa, Xenus cinereus)
Grey-tailed Tattler (sibirisk gråsnäppa, Tringa brevipes) *
Caspian Tern (skräntärna, Hydroprogne caspia)
Black-naped Tern (svartnackad tärna, Sterna sumatrana)
Nankeen Kestrel (nankinfalk, Falco cenchroides) *

Mon Repos:
Eastern Osprey (australisk fiskgjuse, Pandion cristatus) *
Square-tailed Kite (tvärstjärtad glada, Lophoictinia isura)
Whistling Kite (visselglada, Haliastur sphenurus) *
Olive-backed Oriole (grönryggig gylling, Oriolus sagittatus)
Peaceful Dove (billabongduva, Geopelia placida)
Bar-shouldered Dove (blåbröstad zebraduva, Geopelia humeralis)
Laughing Kookaburra (skrattkokaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae)
Rainbow Bee-eater (regnbågsbiätare, Merops ornatus)
Red-backed Fairywren (rödryggig blåsmyg, Malurus melanocephalus) *
Brown Honeyeater (brun honungsfågel, Lichmera indistincta)
Varied Triller (vitbrynad drillfågel, Lalage leucomela)
Little Shrikethrush (mindre törntrast, Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Grey Shrikethrush (grå törntrast, Colluricincla harmonica)
Silvereye (gråryggig glasögonfågel , Zosterops lateralis) *