I spent a couple of hours last Sunday morning at Buderim Forest Park about a 20 minute drive from home. I specifically went to look for a Superb Fruit-Dove that had been seen here for the last couple of weeks. I had heard this species before at a couple of places here on the Sunshine Coast but never observed it.
|Serenity Bridge-Buderim Forest Park|
Another birder had arrived just before me and we were able to pinpoint the location of the bird after hearing it's distinctive call and after a 20 minute search we found it. It was a stunning male high up in the canopy. I snapped a half decent picture of him, puffing out his breast while vocalizing. A terrific bird and number 403 for my Aussie list.
Although not quite as colourful as a Fruit-Dove these White-Breasted Wood-Swallows are a regular sight out on the powerlines in front of my workplace. They hawk for insects above the busy main road and harrass the coastal raptors that fly by.
Not far from where I work is a spot where I go occasionally to try some seabird watching. At this particular time I saw only a few Crested Terns in the distance and to be truthful I haven't had much luck in the past there either. Besides Terns and Silver Gulls, I have seen Australasian Gannets and some Shearwaters that were too far out to identify.
A couple of days before my after work sea-watch, a storm had passed through our area but luckily left no damage. It was part of a series that had also torn through Brisbane causing flash flooding and power outages
|Storm front passing over Buderim|
|The same massive front over Kureelpa.|