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News from our Birdos including Bird Walk reports. For local Tamborine Mountain Nature Walks go here.

2013 08 21 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Eagleby Wetlands

The good things were the first of the summer breeding migrants, the Spectacled Monarchs and to see a nice pair of Mistletoe birds. We had a pleasant surprise on the lake where there were about 10 pink-eared ducks, its really quite surprising how many we’ve seen this year at different locations. We saw three different species of birds of prey, but my choice for the bird of the day was one of my favourite birds, the Australian Reed Warbler.

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2013 07 17 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Nindoorinbah

Black-fronted dotterelOur first stop was Fred Bucholz lake where we thrilled to see a small flock of Pink-eared ducks swimming very low in the water. Also around were Pelicans, Egrets, Cormorants, Hardhead ducks, Ibis, Moorhens, Black winged Stilts, Coots, comb-crested jacanas and Red-kneed Dotterel, overall a very good selection of Waterbirds.  We then proceeded to Flagstone Creek Road which is a long dirt road with bush habitat, lots of eucalyptus trees, good dams and creeks. There were Bee eaters calling and the flowering eucalyptus and melaluccas gave us Scarlet, yellow-faced, white-throated, blue-faced striped and Lewin’s Honeyeaters.

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2013 09 18 TMNHA Bird Walk Report Plunkett

Lace Monitor
Plunkett Reserve
, not far west of the Tamborine-Beenleigh Road, is a large but rather ordinary area of unwanted farmland and old forestry country that runs between Tamborine and Logan Village. It consists mostly of mixed eucalypt, acacia and Casuarina woodland with ironbark ridges, rocky outcrops and a bit of dry rainforest along the creek lines and lots of wildlife, like this Lace Monitor. Good for bird watching and horse riding and not much else.

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2013 06 19 TMNHA Bird Group Report Gatton

Black-shouldered KiteFor birdwatchers, it is interesting to return to areas previously visited and at the same time of year, for comparison. In June 2012, our bird outing to Gatton was very rewarding with 88 species recorded and this year it certainly wasn’t disappointing with 80 species.
Eight members - Pat, Delle, Gail, Dawn, Susan, John, Jeff, Marg, and Toby who met us at the Gatton Campus, had a beautiful day birding the Gatton area. Two cars loaded with keen birdos left the mountain at 6am. Pat took her car and did a wonderful job keeping up with Jeff.  We covered quite a lot of ground following the same route as last year, starting at Aratula Boonah Information Centre, then birding along the Rosewood/Aratula Road stopping several times.

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2013 05 15 TMNHA Bird Walk Report Boonah

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We left some cars at Lilydale Road just out of town and then drove round to the start of our walk on the Great Western Trailhead up Schneider Road. The walk, about 2 km, along a creek and thru farmland took us a couple of hours, with some steep parts.
The weather was beautiful and we could hear a Pheasant Coucal calling in the distance. We enjoyed seeing a range of plants and trees as well as the many birds & some butterflies. We spent time watching several Rose Robins, who always look like they are wearing tuxedos with bright pink bibs; Double-barred Finches and one of our favourites, the Red-backed Wrens.

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Book - The Mistletoes

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Copies of the excellent & definitive “ The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria” by local authors John Moss & Ross Kendall now on sale at $27.50 from Mike Russell (5545 3601).

Book - TM Flora & Fauna

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TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN FLORA & FAUNA by Russell, Leiper, White, Francis, Hauser, McDonald & Sims is now on sale at local outlets for $15.


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