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Eagleby Wetlands

Eagleby Wetlands has to be one of the best birding spots to see a large number of species in a short period of time. Bushbirds, waterbirds, raptors, they are all there and it is easy walking.



A pair of Australian Hobbies was nesting in a eucalypt in the large grassy picnic area, a male Rufous Whistler was feeding a very young fledgling, the Tawny Grassbirds were singing their hearts out and displaying, White-throated Gerygones were heard and seen up close, Fairy-wrens and Golden-headed Cisticolas were everywhere. The Gold Coast City Council and Bushcare volunteers have done a marvellous job on the revegetation of the area. If you haven’t been there recently, it is worth a visit. Sixty-seven species were recorded.

After lunch we birded along Eagleby Road. The lake was disappointing, not many waterbirds as the lake was almost covered over with weed. However, we still recorded 33 species on the walk down to the river and back.

The current bird list for the Eagleby area is 210 species.

We had a good day’s birding and we talked about and remembered our birding pal, Harry Briggs who had just passed away. For many years Harry led the bird group on walks at Eagleby and to many other great birding spots. We will miss you Harry.

Jeff and Marg Eller

Eagleby Wetlands - Figbird, Royal Spoonbill, Black Swan, Purple Swamphen, Rainbow Lorikeet, Dusky Moorhen, Pied Currawong, Australian Magpie, Scarlet Honeyeater, Willie Wagtail, Masked Lapwing, Pale-headed Rosella, Australian Wood Duck, Magpie-lark, Noisy Miner, Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Brown Honeyeater, Eurasian Coot, Striated Pardalote, White-breasted Woodswallow, Rufous Whistler, Tawny Grassbird, Australian White Ibis, Great Egret, Grey Shrike-thrush, Pacific Black Duck, Little Black Cormorant, Australasian Grebe, Hardhead, Galah, Silvereye, Grey Fantail, Sacred Kingfisher, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Brown Quail, Pheasant Coucal, Bar-shouldered Dove, Striped Honeyeater, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Brahminy Kite, Mistletoebird, White-faced Heron, Superb Fairy-wren, Little Shrike-thrush, Grey Teal, Australian Pelican, Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon, Golden-headed Cisticola, Double-barred Finch, Darter, White-throated Gerygone, Laughing Kookaburra, Pied Butcherbird, Little Corella, Torresian Crow, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Red-browed Finch, White-throated Honeyeater, Variegated Fairy-wren,


Clamorous Reed-Warbler, Welcome Swallow, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Australian Hobby, Common Myna

Eagleby Road - Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt, Intermediate Egret, Double-barred Finch, Brown Honeyeater, Striated Pardalote, White-breasted Wood-swallow, Willie Wagtail, Masked Lapwing, Australian White Ibis, Tawny Grassbird, Red-browed Finch, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Silvereye, Rainbow Bee-eater, Clamorous Reed-Warbler, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Pacific Black Duck, Comb-crested Jacana, Cattle Egret, Figbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Great Egret, Whistling Kite, Mangrove Gerygone, Superb Fairy-wren, Sacred Kingfisher, Brown Honeyeater, Bar-shouldered Dove, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Fantail, White-throated Gerygone

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