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

2011 09 17 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Illinbah & Tabletop

Grey Shrike ThrushWe were all surprised how cold it was on valley floor – much colder than our Mountain we were ‘blowing smoke’.

It was so cold in fact that we all needed to have a brisk walk uphill in
the sun to get comfortable as no-one had brought jumpers. We had a hot cuppa about 8am which helped. It was bizarre as we knew how hot it was going to get later in the day.

One thing that struck us all was the large number of Grey Shrike-thrushes we saw all during the day.  One even perched on our car side mirrors – even while we were in the car inches away!

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2011 08 20 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Christmas Crk to Beaudesert

Dusky WoodswallowWe watched a pair of Striated Pardalotes entering and leaving their nest hole in the side of the creek bank. We all wondered why such a tiny bird would choose to dig a tunnel (40-90 cm long according to Michael Morcomb’s Fieldguide) and build a nest at the end of it. One of natures’ mysteries.        
The Dusky Woodswallow (pictured above) was a delightful find...

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2011 06 18 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Biddadaba

Superb Fairy WrenSusan couldn’t bear not to have a bird walk after the Lyrebird Survey which we took part in the same morning. We had started at 6am and it was all over by 10am so a few of us decided why not also go on our scheduled bird walk for the day? It was a perfect Qld winter’s day, with a bit of a south- westerly blowing. How could we resist?


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2011 07 16 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Christmas Creek Valley


Talk about Mad Dogs and Englishmen! Everyone (? sensibly) piked out due to the weather, except for Dawn and me.  It drizzled all day and was quite cold but with our wet-weather gear and jumpers we soldiered on and actually had a great day.  We left at about 7.15 am and joined the Fassifern Field Nats at Cave Rock Cottages picnic area at 9.00am.  There were twelve of us altogether.  Dawn and I saw quite a lot of birds beforehand on the way out, including a White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brown Quail, Black-shouldered Kite, Common Bronzewing and Buff-banded Rail.

2011 05 23 TMNHA Bird Walk Report - Darlington Rd, Sarabah, Boyland Rd.


Golden WhistlerIt was a very early start from the Info Centre – 6am. Nevertheless the bird count started as soon as we alighted from the cars on Darlington Range Road. The Scarlet Honeyeaters were calling non-stop, as they seem to be doing where ever there are gum trees at the moment, there being a lot of Eucalypts in flower, earlier than usual. Things really started coming alive once the sun hit the trees. All the usual bush birds were around. We had a very good view of a pair of Fantail Cuckoos. Pardalotes, Golden Whistlers and Eastern Spinebills were very much in evidence.


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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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