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


2012 10 17 Hastings Point Osprey _1This very interesting and enjoyable day began at 6am at the Visitors Information Centre. First stop was Madigan Road Lake at Carrara 40 mins drive from North Tamborine. What a top spot right in the middle of the Gold Coast! Then onto several areas at Tweed Heads, including the Minjungbal Aboriginal Nature Reserve plus a lovely walk, starting in Ukerebagh Nature Reserve, a boardwalk over water in the mangroves.
One corner of the board-walk was a few inches under water at high tide so some shoes were removed when we tip-toed through.
Then on to gorgeous Fingal Head for lunch and a walk to the lighthouse. Best bird of note here was a White Tern flying up Kerosene Inlet. Also of note for Fingal – White-breasted Woodswallow, Osprey, Little Tern, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Oriole, Sacred Kingfisher and Variegated Wren. In the sea below Fingal Headland we saw a turtle, a large Stingray and a pod of dolphins. You never go there without seeing something interesting. George Matthews from Tweed Bird Observers was able to catch up with us here......

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Red-necked AvocetsMigratory birds are now returning from breeding in the Northern Hemisphere summer to “overwinter” in the Southern Hemisphere so it was time for our spring wader watch.        We had picked a warm day with a moderate on shore breeze and a good tide to ensure the success of our visit.
As usual, the Port of Brisbane Hide had a large flock of Chestnut Teal, good numbers of Pacific Black, Hardhead and Wood duck, Pelicans and little Black and Pied Cormorants.    As the tide was out the waders and terns were out on the bay, however, we observed 5 Red-necked Avocets which was good for Susan as this was a new bird for her.

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2012 08 15 TMNHA BIRD WALK REPORT -Mt Barney

2012 08 Sea EagleEven the most powerful birds aren’t always successful predators, as those who went on the August bird walk discovered. We always manage to see something interesting and this time it was the sight of a large white-bellied sea eagle catching, dropping, retrieving and finally losing a fish… but let’s start at the beginning.....   
Led by Julie, our group of Susan, Raymond, Jim, Ros, Gail, Jeff and Gill headed for the base of Mt Barney. After a quick breakfast, and having been joined by John who had spent the night camping at Mt Barney Lodge, we headed up the steep pinch that starts the walk through Mt Barney National Park, around the bottom of the mountain.
The low temperature climbed with us and soon we were ripping off our sweaters and jackets.

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Banded LapwingThis epic began at 7am from Tamborine Village. Ten of us in four cars (we met Jill and John there) travelled via Aratula and Warwick to Stanthorpe where we peeled west on the Texas road. 15 mins along we turned left into delectable Springdale Road to start our birding. First bird we saw was a Fuscous Honeyeater followed by a Weebill.  A good start but amongst the many species of more common birds for the day were the notable Rufous Songlark, a pair of Hooded Robins with a nest, Little Lorikeets, Red-winged Parrot, Diamond Firetail and Striped Honeyeater.
The Bird of the trip - the Banded Lapwing.

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2012 05 02 TMNHA BIRD WALK REPORT- Mt Tamborine

2012 05 mossIt was a pleasant morning for our May Mountain Walk. We birded the Cliff Road Track, Roslyn Stathis Place, Esme Environmental Park and Crawford’s Corner. Many of the birds recorded were heard rather than seen, with a total of 32 species for the morning.  The Cliff Road Track is one of our Albert’s Lyrebird Survey areas. As we walked along the track we heard a lyrebird calling as well as Wompoo Pigeon, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo and various honeyeaters.


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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).

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