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Birds of Queensland - #7 - Tin Can Bay Region
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Birds of Queensland - #7 – Tin Can Bay Region
We have just returned from a day-trip to the townships of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach and, then, to Inskip Point.
Whilst we had briefly visited this region a few years back, I was anxious to explore the ‘Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk’ following research on the internet (which included glowing reports from enthusiastic blogging birders).
A brochure with more detail on the walk may be obtained from -
I commenced this walk in Les Lee Park (at the northern end of the Esplanade) and headed south. It was low tide and I could make out a pair of Whimbrels and a Gull-billed Tern feeding way off in the distance where sections of the estuary were deep enough to trap a few bodies of water.
At first, I was disappointed that the tide was out so far as to limit my photo opportunities but it didn’t last long as I soon came across numerous different species of birdlife amongst the ever changing foreshore vegetation.
I was more than happy to continue walking along the foreshore path / bush-track (for some 3 hours) as the birdlife was so varied. Indeed, I would have liked to stay longer. However, I was also keen to head over to Inskip Point while there was sufficient daylight before returning to our holiday accommodation in Mooloolaba.
At Tin Can Bay I also came across – Australian Magpie, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Blue-faced, Brown, Lewin’s, Mangrove and White-throated Honeyeaters, Brahminy and Whistling Kites, Crested Pigeon, Eastern Curlew, Eastern Yellow Robin, Little Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Pied Butcherbird, Pied Oystercatcher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Whistler, Silver Gull, Spangled Drongo, Spotted Turtle-dove, White-faced Heron and Willy Wagtail.
One of the Whistling Kites was nesting in a tall gumtree next to the relatively busy foreshore Esplanade.
My next birding stop was over at Inskip Point (at the end of the sealed road which leads to the car-ferry operating between the mainland and Fraser Island).
There is a well worn (good birding) track near the final parking bays. It takes you through the foreshore vegetation to a large expanse of sand near the ferry terminus.
In the half hour we were there, I came across – Australian Brush-turkey, Australian Pelican, Eastern Curlew, Eastern Yellow Robin, Great and Pied Cormorants, Lewin’s and White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Little Shrike-thrush, Little Wattlebird, Red-capped Plover, Silver Gull, Torresian Crow and Whistling Kite.
On a previous visit, we saw several lace monitors and numerous Red-backed Fairy-wrens in this area but none presented on this occasion.
Of the two birding sites, Tin Can Bay is an absolute standout but you need a lot more time than I had to do it justice.
I certainly hope to return one day !!!
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