Friday, December 21, 2012


The break in our travels during mid year found us back on the Sunshine Coast for a while, where I visited a few of my local haunts. There were some big seas and on shore winds prevailing, so I headed up the coast to try a spot of sea-bird watching. Apart from a few Australasian Gannets and a tern or two  there wasn't much about. 

Point Arkwright

Point Perry rockscape

The sewage treatment plant at Maroochydore had a few waterbirds present, some loafing on the grass banks and others busy feeding in the nutrient rich waters.   

Chestnut Teal & Pacific Black Ducks

Black-winged Stilt

Out at the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary some of the local passerines were making the most of the winter sun.

Maroochy River & Mt.Coolum

Welcome Swallow

Willie Wagtail

Scarlet Honeyeaters

A visit to Parklands Forest Reserve yielded some close up views of some inquisitive members of the Malurus family and a shrike-thrush posing as a treecreeper.

Variegated Fairy-wren - male

Variegated Fairy-wren - female 

Little Shrike-Thrush

Along the north shore of the Maroochy River at Mudjimba, a far off shape on the sand banks turned into a Beach Stone-Curlew through the field scope. I had read a report of a sighting by Greg Roberts in a post he published on his excellent blogsite, which gave me the incentive to look for this enigmatic wader.

Maroochy River - north shore

Beach Stone-Curlew

A much better image below by Ian Montgomery at:

Cheers and Happy Birding

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Our last stop in Western Australia back in late April was Esperance, before we had to rush back home for family reasons. 

At the caravan park a flock of Black-Cockatoos flew into a dead tree where they entertained us with their raucous antics.  

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo - male

After consulting a couple of field guides the verdict was Carnaby's, with the bill shape and length,
and the location, as the similar Baudin's is apparently not found this far east. Both these WA endemics are classified as endangered.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo - female

A visit to Cape Le Grand National Park was a must do, not just for the scenic attractions but the chance of finding some new birds, which we promptly accomplished. They were Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Western Spinebills and a small group of Southern Emu-Wrens with a stunning male the standout. Alas no photos. Occasionally I get so engrossed with observing a lifer and even familiar birds, that I forget the camera hanging on my shoulder!

Southern Emu-Wrens (illustration by Henrik Gronveld 1917)  

Thistle Cove

Frenchmans Peak

Lucky Bay

Anyway, the birds weren't all that co-operative photographically on this day and the two below were all I had to show for it.

New Holland Honeyeater

Black-faced Cormorant 

Wild horses - brumbies

Old Man's Beard  (Clematis pubescens)

Chittick  ( Lambertia inermis)

Cheers and Happy Birding