Friday, 22 July 2016

Dutchman reaches Queensland

Once we had cleared the Capertee Valley, it was heading north with a short stop in Yuragir NP near Maclean where the eagle-eyes of 12yo Ethan spotted Brown Quail in dense bush.

Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora
From there we went to Lamington NP. O'Reilly's, specifically, for two nights. The full day was spent bushwalking onto the ridge line collecting leeches and some nice birds but dipping on male Regent's Bowerbird, male Paradise Riflebird and Albert's Lyrebird. So close but yet so far. We did, however, see a Noisy Pitta [no images I'm afraid] on the very last walk on a busy 4WD track in a pretty unlikely place. It came onto the track twice for excellent views.

Before Robert and Heath headed further north to Cairns, we spent the last few days together birding Wynnum, Lake Macdonald and Maleny. Here are some images of birds we saw. Some are quite grainy due to being taken in rainforests -- not a lot of light available.

Green Catbird
Ailuroedus crassirostris
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
Regent Bowerbird female
Sericulus chrysocephalus
Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata
Australasian Darter with kids Anhinga novaehollandiae
Magpie Geese Anseranas semipalmata
Leaden Flycatcher female
Myiagra rubecula
Spangled Drongo Dricrurus bracteatus

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