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TMNHA Bird Walk Coombabah 21/06/08

Our June walk was to Coombabah Reserve. The first part of the walk was on a boardwalk through a melaleuca swamp and then on to more open eucalypt forest. A total of 27 bird species were seen as well as Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby and a large male Koala resting in a Casuarina Tree.

As any birdwatcher will tell you the best place to see birds is at a sewerage farm so after morning tea we visited the Coombabah Treatment Plant. The scopes came out just in case a mystery duck which had blown in from a distant land might be sitting on the pond. From the treatment plant it was on to a bird hide at the end of another boardwalk in Coombabah Reserve.

Our next stop was to check out the lagoon at Movie World where we found Darter, Little Pied Cormorant and Australian White Ibis all nesting, some with small chicks.

Before heading home we had lunch down by the Coomera River and were entertained by a couple of Brahminy Kites which were nesting in a gum tree on the opposite bank.

27 Species- Board Walk Magpie-lark, Torresian Crow, Grey Shrike-thrush, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Rainbow Lorikeet, Sacred Kingfisher, Australian White Ibis, Pied Butcherbird, Grey Butcherbird, Noisy Miner, Grey Fantail, Rufous Whistler, Scarlet Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Chestnut Teal, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australasian Grebe, Spangled Drongo, Silvereye, Variegated Fairy-wren Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Brown Thornbill, Noisy Friarbird, Australian Magpie, Little Eagle

26 Species-Treatment Plant Masked Lapwing, Australian Wood Duck, Dusky Moorhen, Intermediate Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Australasian Grebe, Grey Teal, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Hardhead, Torresian Crow, Little Pied Cormorant, Crested Pigeon, Noisy Miner, Australian Pelican, Willie Wagtail, Darter, Common Starling, Noisy Friarbird, Pied Butcherbird, Magpie-lark, Straw-necked Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Striated Pardalote, Royal Spoonbill, Whistling Kite (a pair nesting)

16 Species - Bird Hide Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-throated Treecreeper, Noisy Miner, Scarlet Honeyeater, Mangrove Gerygone, Whistling Kite, Rufous Whistler, Australian White Ibis, Australian Pelican, Gull-billed Tern, White-faced Heron, Great Egret, Straw-necked Ibis, Brown Honeyeater, Grey Shrike-thrush, Grey Fantail.

Jeff Eller

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