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Birdwalk Sightings

THECA monthly birdwalks are an easy way to see something of the wonderful variety of bird-life around Brisbane.

  • A two hour walk, suitable for all ages and experience.
  • Usually on the Saturday of the last full weekend of the month, January to November.
  • Please phone Dawn on 3870 8076 for more information or if the weather looks uncertain.
  • Cost: $1/person for THECA members; $2/person for non-members.

See the Events Diary for our scheduled birdwalks.


THECA’s July birdwalk  at the Mt Ommaney Board walk attracted 13 walkers on a cold dry morning.  34 species were seen.  – 

29/7/2017

Australian Wood Duck,

Spotted Dove,

Crested Pigeon,

Bar-shouldered Dove,

Little Pied Cormorant,

Australian White Ibis,

Masked Lapwing,

Galah,

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo,

Rainbow Lorikeet,

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet,

Pale-headed Rosella,

Fan-tailed Cuckoo,

Laughing Kookaburra,

Rainbow Bee-eater,

Variegated Fairy-wren,

White-browed Scrubwren,

Striated Pardalote,

Lewin's Honeyeater,

Noisy Miner,

Scarlet Honeyeater,

Blue-faced Honeyeater,

Golden Whistler,

Rufous Whistler,

Australian Figbird,

Pied Butcherbird,

Australian Magpie,

Pied Currawong,

Spangled Drongo,

Grey Fantail,

Torresian Crow,

Magpie-lark,

Silvereye,

Welcome Swallow,


Gold Creek Reservoir

24 June 2017

A group of seven met at Gold Creek Reservoir on a cool winter morning. 24 species were seen and 6 heard.

Species seen or  heard (h)

Pacific Black Duck,

Hardhead,

Australasian Grebe,

Hoary-headed Grebe,

pair

Wonga Pigeon,

H

Little Pied Cormorant,

Little Black Cormorant,

White-faced Heron,

Australian White Ibis,

Dusky Moorhen,

Masked Lapwing,

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo,

Eastern Rosella,

Fan-tailed Cuckoo,

H

Brush Cuckoo,

H

Azure Kingfisher,

Laughing Kookaburra,

Spotted Pardalote,

H

Lewin's Honeyeater,

Bell Miner,

H

Noisy Miner,

Brown Honeyeater,

Eastern Whipbird,

H

Golden Whistler,

Little Shrike-thrush,

Grey Shrike-thrush,

Australian Figbird,

Australian Magpie,

Pied Currawong,

Grey Fantail,

Willie Wagtail,

Torresian Crow,

Eastern Yellow Robin,

Welcome Swallow,

Red-browed Finch


Pullenvale Forest Park: Pullenvale Road, Pullenvale (UBD 176 H14)
29 March 2014
Compiled By: D Beck

Weather was fine and sunny after days of heavy rain. 36 species seen and 2 heard.

Species seen or heard (h):

Pacific Black Duck, Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Masked Lapwing, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Pale-headed Rosella, Laughing Kookaburra (H), Red-backed Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, White-throated Gerygone (H), Lewin's Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Scarlet Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Eastern Whipbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Little Shrike-thrush, Australasian Figbird, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Rufous Fantail, Leaden Flycatcher, Spectacled Monarch, Australian Magpie-lark, Eastern Yellow Robin, Silvereye, Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch.


Darra: corner of Chipley Street and Ashridge Road (UBD 198 A12)
22nd February 2014
Compiled By:
D Muir

The creek was flowing following a storm. There had been some localised flooding. Thirteen members attended and surprisingly, though not much was in flower, many species were seen - and a wallaby, the first we've seen in the area! The White-breasted Woodswallows seen near the entrance to the park was a real highlight as was the flock of White-throated Needletails hawking for insects overhead.

Species seen or heard (h):

Australian Brush-turkey, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Spotted Dove, White-throated Needletail, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Eastern Great Egret, Australian White Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Masked Lapwing, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet (h), Pale-headed Rosella, Eastern Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Superb Fairy-wren, White-throated Gerygone, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Striped Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-breasted Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Willie Wagtail, Torresian Crow, Magpie-lark, Golden-headed Cisticola, Tawny Grassbird, Silvereye, Welcome Swallow, Common Myna, Double-barred Finch.


Moggill Forest Reserve: Mill Road, Anstead (UBD 175 N10)
25 January 2014
Compiled By: D Muir

Overcast with the possibility of rain. Highlight was the family of Double-barred Finches including two fledglings nearly into adult plumage.

Species seen or Heard:

Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, White-faced Heron, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Channel-billed Cuckoo, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, White-throated Gerygone, Striated Pardalote, Lewin's Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Noisy Friarbird, Eastern Whipbird, Varied Sittella, Cicadabird, Little Shrike-thrush, Australian Figbird, Australian Magpie, Spangled Drongo, Rufous Fantail, Torresian Crow, Spectacled Monarch, Eastern Yellow Robin, Red-browed Finch, Double-barred Finch.


Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks (UBD 198 D3)
23rd November 2013
Compiled By: D Muir

Following storm rains the outing to Seventeen Miles Rock Park was surprisingly productive of bird activity. We were fortunate to be in the "right place at the right time" to see a female Brush Turkey busy scratching soil and leaf litter over the egg she had just laid in a mound. The male was nowhere in sight. However, on our return he was intent on his inspection of the mound. Female had already moved away.

A raptor (Pacific Baza) was seen doing "aerial acrobatics" high in the sky with loops and dives and changes of direction. It was identified as a Pacific Baza since we had heard one call and there were no other raptors in the area. The have been other reports of such behaviour by Pacific Bazas at present in Brisbane.

We also watched a single Channel-billed cuckoo (probably the male) leading two Torresian Crows away from their nesting area with a great deal of noise from both the crows and the cuckoo. Presumably the female was able to slip into the crow nest to lay her egg. Channel-billed Cuckoos are known to parasitize crows, Pied Currawongs, magpies and there is a report of Noisy Friarbirds being hosts.

Species seen or heard (h):

Australian Brush-turkey, Australian Wood Duck, Rock Dove, Crested Pigeon, Darter, Eastern Great Egret, Australian White Ibis, Pacific Baza, Pale-vented Bush-hen (H), Little Corella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Eastern Koel (H); Channel-billed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, Lewin's Honeyeater (H), Noisy Miner, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Eastern Whipbird, (H), Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird (H), Grey Shrike-thrush (H), Australian Figbird, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Torresian Crow, Magpie-lark, Tawny Grassbird, Silvereye, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Common Myna, Double-barred Finch (H).


Sherwood Forest Park: enter from Jolimont Street (UBD 178 K19)
26th October 2013
Compiled By: D Muir

THECA outing to the Sherwood Arboretum on the 26.10.13. It was very hot and dry following very little winter rain and a dry spring. Figbirds, Torresian Crows and Noisy Miners were nesting. The Eastern Great Egret was in full breeding plumage. (H) = heard only

Species seen:

Australian Brush-turkey, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Australasian Grebe, White-headed Pigeon, Spotted Dove (H), Crested Pigeon, Tawny Frogmouth, Little Black Cormorant, Eastern Great Egret, Australian White Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Masked Lapwing, Galah, Little Corella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Pheasant-Coucal (H), Eastern Koel (H), Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Noisy Miner, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Australian Figbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Reed Warbler, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Common Myna.


Anstead Reserve: Hawkesbury Road, Anstead (UBD 195 P4)
25th May 2013
Compiled by: Rod Brown

Species seen or heard (h):

A-I:
Apostlebird, Australian King Parrot, Bar-shouldered Dove (H), Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Common Bronzewing, Darter, Eastern Whipbird (H), Eastern Yellow Robin, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Figbird, Golden Whistler, Grey Butcherbird, Grey Fantail.
J-R:
Laughing Kookaburra, Lewin's Honeyeater, Little Corella, Masked Lapwing, Mistletoebird, Noisy Friarbird, Noisy Miner, Pacific Black Duck, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Butcherbird, Pied Currawong, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch, Rufous Whistler.
S-Z:
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Scarlet Honeyeater, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Silvereye, Speckled Warbler (H), Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Torresian Crow, Variegated Fairy-wren, Welcome Swallow, White-browed Scrubwren (H), White-throated Gerygone (H), White-throated Honeyeater, White-throated Treecreeper (H), Willie Wagtail, Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

Oxley Creek Common
27th April 2013

Alectura lathamii Australian Brush-turkey 1
Anas gracilis Grey Teal 1
Anas superciliosa Pacific Black Duck 1
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Australasian Grebe 1
Streptopelia chinensis Spotted Dove 1
Ocyphaps lophotes Crested Pigeon 1
Geopelia humeralis Bar-shouldered Dove 1
Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Little Black Cormorant 1
Pelecanus conspicillatus Australian Pelican 1
Ardea pacifica White-necked Heron 1
Ardea modesta Eastern Great Egret 1
Ardea intermedia Intermediate Egret 1
Ardea ibis Cattle Egret 1
Egretta novaehollandiae White-faced Heron 1
Threskiornis molucca Australian White Ibis 1
Haliastur sphenurus Whistling Kite 1
Porphyrio porphyrio Purple Swamphen 1
Gallinula tenebrosa Dusky Moorhen 1
Elseyornis melanops Black-fronted Dotterel 1
Vanellus miles Masked Lapwing 1
Cacatua galerita Sulphur-crested Cockatoo 1
Dacelo novaeguineae Laughing Kookaburra 1
Todiramphus sanctus Sacred Kingfisher 1
Malurus cyaneus Superb Fairy-wren 1
Malurus melanocephalus Red-backed Fairy-wren 1
Gerygone levigaster Mangrove Gerygone 1
Pardalotus striatus Striated Pardalote 1
Meliphaga lewinii Lewin's Honeyeater 1
Manorina melanocephala Noisy Miner 1
Plectorhyncha lanceolata Striped Honeyeater 1
Psophodes olivaceus Eastern Whipbird 1
Coracina novaehollandiae Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike 1
Pachycephala pectoralis Golden Whistler 1
Pachycephala rufiventris Rufous Whistler 1
Colluricincla harmonica Grey Shrike-thrush 1
Sphecotheres vieilloti Australian Figbird 1
Artamus leucorhynchus White-breasted Woodswallow 1
Cracticus torquatus Grey Butcherbird 1
Cracticus nigrogularis Pied Butcherbird 1
Gymnorhina tibicen Australian Magpie 1
Strepera graculina Pied Currawong 1
Dicrurus bracteatus Spangled Drongo 1
Rhipidura albiscapa Grey Fantail 1
Rhipidura leucophrys Willie Wagtail 1
Corvus orru Torresian Crow 1
Myiagra rubecula Leaden Flycatcher 1
Grallina cyanoleuca Magpie-lark 1
Cisticola exilis Golden-headed Cisticola 1
Megalurus timoriensis Tawny Grassbird 1
Hirundo neoxena Welcome Swallow 1
Petrochelidon ariel Fairy Martin 1
Acridotheres tristis Common Myna 1
Dicaeum hirundinaceum Mistletoebird 1
Taeniopygia bichenovii Double-barred Finch 1
Anthus novaeseelandiae Australasian Pipit 1

Pullenvale Forest Park: Pullenvale Road, Pullenvale (UBD 176 H14)
23rd March 2013

Notes: overcast – following considerable rain – creek flowing strongly. One Chital deer sighted.

Alectura lathamii Australian Brush-turkey
Chenonetta jubata Australian Wood Duck
Anas superciliosa Pacific Black Duck
Columba leucomela White-headed Pigeon
Chalcophaps indica Emerald Dove feeding in the white cedars
Phaps chalcoptera Common Bronzewing
Geopelia striata Peaceful Dove heard
Lopholaimus antarcticus Topknot Pigeon large flock flying high overhead
Geopelia humeralis Bar-shouldered Dove
Ardea intermedia Intermediate Egret
Calyptorhynchus funereus Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Cacatua galerita Sulphur-crested Cockatoo eating seeds from pine cones
Trichoglossus haematodus Rainbow Lorikeet
Scythrops novaehollandiae Channel-billed Cuckoo
Cacomantis flabelliformis Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Sericornis frontalis White-browed Scrubwren
Sericornis magnirostris Large-billed Scrubwren
Gerygone albogularis White-throated Gerygone
Acanthiza pusilla Brown Thornbill
Pardalotus striatus Striated Pardalote heard
Meliphaga lewinii Lewin's Honeyeater
Manorina melanocephala Noisy Miner
Lichmera indistincta Brown Honeyeater
Entomyzon cyanotis Blue-faced Honeyeater
Philemon corniculatus Noisy Friarbird
Psophodes olivaceus Eastern Whipbird
Coracina novaehollandiae Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Lalage leucomela Varied Triller
Coracina tenuirostris Cicadabird
Pachycephala pectoralis Golden Whistler
Pachycephala rufiventris Rufous Whistler
Colluricincla megarhyncha Little Shrike-thrush
Sphecotheres vieilloti Australian Figbird
Rhipidura rufifrons Rufous Fantail
Corvus orru Torresian Crow
Myiagra rubecula Leaden Flycatcher
Monarcha melanopsis Black-faced Monarch
Monarcha trivirgatus Spectacled Monarch
Grallina cyanoleuca Magpie-lark
Eopsaltria australis Eastern Yellow Robin
Zosterops lateralis Silvereye