Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Bird Nerds in Queensland 13

Well, we are just about done with the first Queensland trip. After Maroochy Wetlands there was the trip back to Victoria but I was keen to visit the Wynnum Wetlands at Sandy Camp Road in the docklands area of Brisbane itself. After saying my goodbyes to Erica and the boys in the evening, I was up at 4am and on the road soon after to arrive about 5.30 to take advantage of the cool morning. Birding is not much fun after 9am. The intensity of the sun is uncomfortable at best. Here is a map of the area.

The area to the top of the image is now a large container terminal with lots of traffic movement. But the birds don't seem to mind at all. The orange hatching reputedly harboured a Black Bittern, the black circle is an Oprey nest, the pink hatching had a Rajah Shelduck and there were crakes in the dark-blue area. It is an excellent place to spend a few hours. In the four hours I was there I managed to tick 57 species. Here are some images.

Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora

Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae
female Australasian Figbird Sphecotheres vieilloti
female Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula
Mr Leaden Flycatcher taking his turn
Magpie Geese Anseranas semipalmata
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus [pr male]
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata. I never got to see it upright!!
Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis
White-breasted Woodswallows Artamus leucorynchus

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