Bribie Island Birds (part 1)

Last year I visited Bribie Island a number of times, and when I visit Bribie, I go to the wetlands and the shorebird sanctuary by default. This post is from a trip where I was super lucky and saw some birds I’ve never seen before! I saw two uncommon species of the region, the black-necked stork, otherwise known as a Jabiru, and Beach Stone-Curlews. Both species are near threatened and in population decline according to the IUCN red list (More species info here: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22697702/0http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22728621/0).

I was absolutely shocked to see him. He was a very beautiful bird!!

I was absolutely shocked to see him. He was a very beautiful bird!!

Love the iridescent green!

Love the iridescent green!

I was jumping up and down and doing a little happy dance when I saw these guys. Aside from that, I'd only ever seen them in assignment research!

I was jumping up and down and doing a little happy dance when I saw these guys. Aside from that, I’d only ever seen them in assignment research!

Beach Stone-Curlews - image may be a bit fuzzy, had to do a zoom on the computer to get closer!

Beach Stone-Curlews

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So highlights aside, I saw a range of other awesome birds including cormorants, grebes, egrets, magpie geese (which are rather ugly lumps of bird), black winged stilts, and a rather awkward darter…

Magpie Goose

Magpie Goose

This Darter landed in the tree quite awkwardly!

This Darter landed in the tree quite awkwardly!

I think I piqued his curiousity

I think I piqued his curiousity

Black-winged Stilt. I like photographing them, but they make the most annoying sounds!

Black-winged Stilt. I like photographing them, but they make the most annoying sounds!

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Catching up! Fraser Island

Hello bird blog followers! It’s been awhile, over 6 months or something of being too lazy to put my bird photos up! The whole time, one of my follower friends has been nagging me to put my photos up, so I’m caving to it!

I shall pick up where I left off: Fraser Island.

Grey Shrike-Thrush

Grey Shrike-Thrush

Spangled Drongo

Spangled Drongo

White cheeked Honeyeater

White cheeked Honeyeater

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

 

Wasn't sure what this fella was, maybe a grey plover

Wasn’t sure what this fella was, maybe a grey plover

Rufous fantail

Rufous fantail

Silver Gull

Silver Gull

Tern... a lot of them seemed to have wing and foot damage - it was very windy & lots of lows etc formed off the coast

Tern… a lot of them seemed to have wing and foot damage – it was very windy & lots of lows etc formed off the coast

Juvenile Gannet... Was so excited to see it!

Juvenile Gannet… Was so excited to see it!

Juv. Gannet in flight

Juv. Gannet in flight

The Opportunistic Sea Eagle

Whilst on holidays fishing at Fraser Island, I have come across a very opportunistic white-bellied sea eagle. If I (or someone with me) threw back an undersized fish, te eagle would fly from its perch and pick up the fish in a matter of seconds and go and eat it. It was such an amazing thing to witness so close to me so I had to grab my camera and be prepared for the next time he/she came 🙂 here’s a few pics20130702-124345.jpg20130702-124416.jpg

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Camping trip

This weekend I went up to Noosa Northshore for a camping trip and did a bit of bird watching between fishing and all other outdoorsy things. There was a diverse range of birds where we were, most of the time I didn’t even need to leave our campsite! We saw a heap of raptors including Brahminy Kites and Whistling Kites, and a range of wrens, fantails, robins, honeyeaters and cuckoo-shrikes. Enjoy the photos 🙂

White-cheeked honeyeater

White-cheeked honeyeater

Black-faced cuckoo-shrike

Black-faced cuckoo-shrike

Spangled Drongo

Spangled Drongo

Willie Wagtail

Willie Wagtail

Rufous fantail

Rufous Fantail

Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

Lewin's honeyeater Gulls

Little Black Cormorants

It’s been awhile since I last posted, something to do with operations and an overload of assignments for uni!! In the couple times I’ve been out and about I found a couple Little Black Comorants swimming around in a canal, and found them sitting on a pontoon when I returned with a camera. Enjoy!

Little black cormorant. Such a cutie!

Little black cormorant. Such a cutie!

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Golden Whistlers and Darters

This Saturday morning was absolutely beautiful, and I was lucky enough to go birdwatching with two of my best friends. I’m pretty sure they thought it was boring though! I went to Ewen Maddock Dam in Landsborough for the first time and I was let down by the bird content. There was definitely less around than I expected, but we still saw some beautiful birds.

We also saw some Variegated Fairy-Wrens, Brown Cuckoo-Doves and a Golden Whistler. The Golden Whistler was stunning!

Golden Whistler singing

Golden Whistler singing

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Red-backed Fairywrens

Whilst going for a casual stroll down the road with my camera (on a rather hot day), I was attracted to a “peeping” call in the grass on the side of the road. I looked half-heartedly thinking it was probably a Willy Wagtail, BUT it was a female red-backed fairywren. So I super excitedly got some shots as I’ve never seen any around my place before!

My excitement increased a little further on where I saw the male RB Fairywren. So much happy. Lucky no one came driving down the road – it would have been a sight seeing me dancing around on the road :p

Male Red-backed Fairywren

Male Red-backed Fairywren

And then a female came and joined him.

Male and female Red-backed Fairywrens

Male and female Red-backed Fairywrens