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Birds of Queensland - #2 - Mooloolaba Region (23 July 2014)
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Having arrived at Mooloolaba, I was keen to see if the pair of Osprey were nesting on top of the council erected platform overlooking the Mooloolah River, near the yacht club. Thankfully, they are there again this year, but, as yet, I havenít seen any sign of offspring. I look forward to getting some good images of these wonderful birds over the coming weeks.
I then wandered through the parkland at the end of the Mooloolaba Spit and was pleased to see a Sacred Kingfisher and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike before reaching the mouth of the Mooloolah River. I had seen both of these species in this area the past two years so they seem to be reliably present at this time of year.
Walking back along the foreshore boardwalk, towards the Mooloolaba Surf Club, I saw several Australian Brush-turkeys engaged in their customary territorial rivalry and a number of Little Wattlebirds and Noisy Miners.
My next birding target was to see what was present in Nelson Park, at Alexandra Headland.
In past years, this park has been very productive as it caters for the needs of a number of different species by way of its extensive lagoon. There is a footpath around the perimeter of the lagoon and a footbridge providing access to one of the lagoon's two small islands.
My walk along that pathway on this occasion allowed me to get very close to numerous Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Australian Raven, Australian White Ibis, Australasian Grebe, Hardhead, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Welcome Swallow, Willie Wagtail, Rainbow Lorikeet, Crested Pigeon, Masked Lapwing, Noisy Miner, Little Corella, Little Black and Little Pied Cormorants, Pied Butcherbird, Grey Fantail, Australian Magpie and Magpie-lark. A single Great Egret, a Darter and a pair of hybrid domestic ducks were also present.
In years past, I have seen White-breasted Woodswallow resting in the ornamental trees next to the pathway.
So, from my experience, there is always some good birding to be had at Nelson Park.
Like most golf courses around this country, Horton Park Golf Club is another good place to indulge your birding passion.
The layout of this challenging course is complimented by a number of dams and a large lake. It also has a tidal creek running through it and along some of its border. During my round there last week, I saw all of the water species mentioned above as well as a beautiful mature Royal Spoonbill foraging along the shoreline of one of the dams.
On previous occasions, I have seen Buff-banded Rail grazing on the banks of the tidal creek but I didn't see any this time.
Addendum - 6 August 2014
Another good place for birding and general enjoyment of the outdoors is Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, in Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.
My first time visit to these gardens (last week) was a pleasant experience and only whetted my appetite to return and take in more of their extensive bushland landscape and inhabitants.
Whilst there, I saw Eastern Yellow Robin, Laughing Kookaburra, Large-billed Scrub-wren, Australian Brush-turkey and wide range of endemic water birds.
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Addendum - 10 August 2014
A few days ago, I checked out what was on offer at the Buderim Forest Park.
There, I found a lovely boardwalk alongside a creek which takes you through the forest for approximately 600 mtrs. There is a rough walking track at the end of the boardwalk that leads you to the waterfall.
Although I only had time to walk to the waterfall and back to the carpark (near Harry's restaurant) there is another loop near the waterfall which I'll have to undertake another day.
Whilst I could hear many different birdcalls during my time at this site, I only saw Golden Whistler, Rufous Fantail, Eastern Yellow Robin, Australian Brush-turkey, Lewin's Honeyeater and Eastern Whipbird.
This is a delightful, very peaceful, place and I look forward to returning as soon as possible.
Addendum - 27 August 2014
I returned to the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, in Tanawha, yesterday and was delighted to see a pair of mature Pacific Bazas perched in the foliage adacent to one of the fairways of the Tanawha Golf Course.
This row of foliage is opposite the Friendship colonnade just beyond the sheltered picnic site.
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