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TMNHA Bird Walk Pimpama Conservation Reserve 17/05/08

It was a 7am start leaving the mountain. The morning was crisp and a cool sixteen degrees. On the way down the Oxenford Tamborine Road the view into the valley was magnificent. The early morning fog hung in the valley and the hills looked like green islands in the snow.

At Pimpama Reserve we made our way to one of the two dams and were delighted to see two pair of Chestnut Teal. The Melaleuca trees were dripping with male Scarlet Honeyeaters, and we had the best views of these spectacular birds.

Forty One species were seen: Scarlet Honeyeater, Striated Pardalote, Grey Shrike-thrush, Mistletoebird, Grey Fantail, Noisy Friarbird, Australian Kookaburra, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Brown Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-faced Heron, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Australasian Grebe, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Willie Wagtail, Pied Butcherbird, Little Wattlebird, Australian Crow, White-throated Gerygone, Straw-necked Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Eastern Whipbird, Golden-headed Cisticola, Tawny Grassbird, Whistling Kite, Rufous Whistler, Eastern Yellow Robin, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch, Silvereye, Spangled Drongo, White-headed Pigeon, Masked Lapwing, Mangrove Gerygone, White-throated Tree-creeper, Welcome Swallow, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Cattle Egret

On the way back from Pimpama we decided to stop for lunch at the end of Herbert Street at Upper Coomera. It is a great spot to do some armchair birding by the Coomera River. When we parked the car we disturbed a family of Brown Quail. We had only just mentioned that it had been a while since we had seen Brown Quail and if on queue there they were.

Twenty species were seen: Brown Quail, Brown Honeyeater, Brahminy Kite, Mistletoebird, Striated Pardalote, Rainbow Lorikeet, Golden Whistler, Superb Fairy-wren, Noisy Friarbird, Little Egret, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Spotted Turtle Dove, Scarlet Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Little Wattlebird, White-throated Honeyeater, Little Black Cormorant, Double-barred Finch

Jeff Eller

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