Thursday, 13 October 2016

Queensland Birding

I had a brief (4 day) stop-over in Brisbane, Australia on my way over to New Caledonia and managed to get some good bird and wildlife watching in with my mates Rob and Colin. We headed up into Lamington National Park (the Binna Burra section) for a night of sub-zero camping (it felt that cold anyway) where the clear highlight was actually seeing the Endangered (and incredibly secretive) Rufous Scrub-bird. We also had Paradise Riflebird, Regent and Satin Bowerbirds, Marbled Frogmouth, Logrunner and lots more.

Other sites nearer to Brisbane yielded White-eared Monarch, Masked Owl, Spotted Quail-thrush and a trip over to North Stradbroke Island gave good looks at Beach Stone-curlew and brief Wandering Tattler. However the highlight here was breaching Humpback Whales, porpoising Inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins, and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins.

All in all a great few days - a big thank you to Rob and Di for letting me stay with them yet again, and to Rob and Colin for a fun few days birding and camping.

Beach Stone-curlew

Paradise Riflebird

Spotted Quail-thrush

White-eared Monarch

Wonga Pigeon

Inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphins

North Stradbroke Island

Brisbane Sunset

Up near Binna Burra

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