After living at our abode at Kureelpa (see previous post) for just over a year now, we have built up a nice list of 100 species of birds seen or heard, from the property.
One of the highlights was a pair of Black-shouldered Kites that nested in the top of a tall hoop pine out front, raising two chicks to fledging stage before dispersing.
|Black-shouldered Kite - adult|
|Black-shouldered Kite - juveniles|
We occasionally hear their contact calls or see them hunting in the distance over the surrounding paddocks.
A pair of frogmouths spent a morning trying to roost un-obtrusively before, I suspect, being moved along by a Magpie-lark that had alerted me to their presence with his noisy alarm calls.
This particular pigeon is a regular, recognizable by the distinct, patchy plumage around the head and neck.
One of the seven species of cuckoo on our list, posed nicely on the back fence. We only hear it's mournful call for a short while at certain times of the year, before it moves on.
This triller, a rare visitor to the area turned up one day, searching for invertebrates among the wilting flowers of a silky oak in the backyard. A bird I've only seen on a couple of occasions in over 15 years of living on the Sunshine Coast, it was a thrill to see one at home and so close, albeit for only a short time.
Raucous flocks of these large cockatoos fly by, sometimes landing in the flowering grevilleas for a poke around before heading off down to the coast or up to the ranges. You can fully appreciate the size and character of these wonderful birds from close range.
The Restless Flycatcher is a resident bird that usually lives up to it's name, but in this instant bucked the trend and sat still for more then five seconds.
|Restless Flycatcher - at rest|
This lorikeet, a casual visitor to the garden was searching for sustenance in the form of nectar from a grevillea flower.
As was a Dusky Honeyeater, a regular here that competes for food resources with it's more prolific cousin the Brown Honeyeater.
Another highlight was couple of visiting Little Lorikeets. An uncommon species I have only seen a couple times up this way, that flew in with a small flock of Scalies amongst which they can easily be overlooked.
Another of our seasonal visitors are the Silvereyes, which I always delight in hearing and seeing as they pass through in busy little groups. Sometimes I am privileged to hear a solitary bird quietly mimicking other bird species, a trait not commonly known of this diminutive migrant.
A lone White-necked Heron that flys in regularly to a small dam on the neighbours property, is one of the few members of this family we see from here.
Our raptor count is quite impressive with ten species, but no decent images of any seen from here except the temporarily resident B.S.Kites. I had the pleasure of observing a Spotted Harrier flying past quite closely one day, but with no camera handy. I have included a photo of one taken this year from another location here on the coast.
|Spotted Harrier - Bli Bli|
Cheers & A Happy (Birding) New Year!
|Bird list, Kureelpa: 17/12/14 - 31/12/15|
|1||Australian Brush-turkey||Alectura lathami|
|2||Brown Quail||Coturnix ypsilophora||heard|
|3||Magpie Goose||Anseranas semipalmata||heard|
|4||Australian Wood Duck||Chenonetta jubata|
|5||Pacific Black Duck||Anas superciliosa|
|6||White-headed Pigeon||Columba leucomela|
|7||Brown Cuckoo-Dove||Macropygia amboinensis|
|8||Emerald Dove||Chalcophaps indica||heard|
|9||Crested Pigeon||Ocyphaps lophotes||heard|
|10||Bar-shouldered Dove||Geopelia humeralis|
|11||Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove||Ptilinopus regina||deceased (14-09-15)|
|12||Tawny Frogmouth||Podargus strigoides|
|13||White-throated Needletail||Hirundapus caudacutus|
|14||Little Pied Cormorant||Microcarbo melanoleucos|
|15||White-necked Heron||Ardea pacifica|
|16||Eastern Great Egret||Ardea modesta|
|17||Cattle Egret||Ardea ibis|
|18||White-faced Heron||Egretta novaehollandiae|
|19||Australian White Ibis||Threskiornis molucca|
|20||Straw-necked Ibis||Threskiornis spinicollis|
|21||Black-shouldered Kite||Elanus axillaris|
|22||Pacific Baza||Aviceda subcristata|
|23||White-bellied Sea-Eagle||Haliaeetus leucogaster|
|24||Brahminy Kite||Haliastur indus|
|25||Brown Goshawk||Accipiter fasciatus|
|26||Collared Sparrowhawk||Accipiter cirrocephalus|
|27||Spotted Harrier||Circus assimilis|
|28||Wedge-tailed Eagle||Aquila audax|
|29||Nankeen Kestrel||Falco cenchroides|
|30||Brown Falcon||Falco berigora|
|31||Purple Swamphen||Porphyrio porphyrio|
|32||Dusky Moorhen||Gallinula tenebrosa||heard|
|33||Masked Lapwing||Vanellus miles|
|34||Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo||Calyptorhynchus funereus|
|36||Little Corella||Cacatua sanguinea|
|37||Sulphur-crested Cockatoo||Cacatua galerita|
|38||Rainbow Lorikeet||Trichoglossus haematodus|
|39||Scaly-breasted Lorikeet||Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus|
|40||Little Lorikeet||Glossopsitta pusilla||22/02/15 - 2 birds in silky oak|
|41||Australian King-Parrot||Alisterus scapularis|
|42||Pale-headed Rosella||Platycercus adscitus|
|43||Pheasant Coucal||Centropus phasianinus|
|44||Eastern Koel||Eudynamys orientalis|
|45||Channel-billed Cuckoo||Scythrops novaehollandiae|
|46||Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo||Chalcites basalis||heard|
|47||Shining Bronze-Cuckoo||Chalcites lucidus||heard|
|48||Fan-tailed Cuckoo||Cacomantis flabelliformis|
|49||Brush Cuckoo||Cacomantis variolosus||heard|
|50||Southern Boobook||Ninox novaeseelandiae||heard|
|51||Laughing Kookaburra||Dacelo novaeguineae|
|52||Forest Kingfisher||Todiramphus macleayii|
|53||Sacred Kingfisher||Todiramphus sanctus||heard|
|54||Rainbow Bee-eater||Merops ornatus|
|56||Red-backed Fairy-wren||Malurus melanocephalus|
|57||Brown Thornbill||Acanthiza pusilla||heard|
|58||Striated Pardalote||Pardalotus striatus|
|59||Lewin's Honeyeater||Meliphaga lewinii|
|60||Noisy Miner||Manorina melanocephala|
|61||Little Wattlebird||Anthochaera chrysoptera|
|62||Dusky Honeyeater||Myzomela obscura|
|63||Scarlet Honeyeater||Myzomela sanguinolenta|
|64||Brown Honeyeater||Lichmera indistincta|
|65||White-cheeked Honeyeater||Phylidonyris niger|
|66||Blue-faced Honeyeater||Entomyzon cyanotis|
|67||Noisy Friarbird||Philemon corniculatus|
|68||Little Friarbird||Philemon citreogularis|
|69||Eastern Whipbird||Psophodes olivaceus|
|70||Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike||Coracina novaehollandiae|
|72||White-winged Triller||Lalage sueurii||9/11/15 - single bird in silky oak|
|73||Varied Triller||Lalage leucomela|
|74||Golden Whistler||Pachycephala pectoralis|
|75||Little Shrike-thrush||Colluricincla megarhyncha||heard|
|76||Australasian Figbird||Sphecotheres vieilloti|
|77||Olive-backed Oriole||Oriolus sagittatus|
|78||White-breasted Woodswallow||Artamus leucorhynchus|
|79||Grey Butcherbird||Cracticus torquatus|
|80||Pied Butcherbird||Cracticus nigrogularis|
|81||Australian Magpie||Cracticus tibicen|
|82||Pied Currawong||Strepera graculina|
|83||Spangled Drongo||Dicrurus bracteatus|
|84||Grey Fantail||Rhipidura albiscapa|
|85||Willie Wagtail||Rhipidura leucophrys|
|86||Torresian Crow||Corvus orru|
|87||Restless Flycatcher||Myiagra inquieta|
|88||White-eared Monarch||Carterornis leucotis||heard|
|89||Spectacled Monarch||Symposiarchus trivirgatus||heard|
|91||Eastern Yellow Robin||Eopsaltria australis||heard|
|92||Golden-headed Cisticola||Cisticola exilis||heard|
|93||Tawny Grassbird||Megalurus timoriensis||heard|
|95||Welcome Swallow||Hirundo neoxena|
|96||Common Myna||Sturnus tristis|
|98||Double-barred Finch||Taeniopygia bichenovii|
|99||Red-browed Finch||Neochmia temporalis|
|100||Chestnut-breasted Mannikin||Lonchura castaneothorax|