Thursday, December 31, 2015


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.

Tawny Frogmouths

This particular pigeon is a regular, recognizable by the distinct, patchy plumage around the head and neck. 

White-headed Pigeon

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.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

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.

White-winged Triller

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.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

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

And restless!

This lorikeet, a casual visitor to the garden was searching for sustenance in the form of nectar from a grevillea flower.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

As was a Dusky Honeyeater, a regular here that competes for food resources with it's more prolific cousin the Brown Honeyeater.

Dusky 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.

White-necked Heron

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
Seq. Species Scientific Name Date Location Comments
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
35 Galah Eolophus roseicapillus
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
55 Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
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
71 Cicadabird Coracina tenuirostris
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
90 Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
91 Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis heard
92 Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis heard
93 Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis heard
94 Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
95 Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
96 Common Myna Sturnus tristis
97 Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
98 Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii
99 Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
100 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax