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A Field Notebook
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Orca!
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I knew that orca had been sighted in the Caithness area in the days before I left home for a week in the far north of Scotland, thanks to a series of messages being posted on the"Caithness and North Sutherland Cetacean sightings"Facebook group, but catching up with them was always going to be a challenge. They seemed pretty wide ranging, often going north into the Orkney archipelago as well as all around the coast to the west and south. I resigned myself to the fact that they were just the stuff of dreams, something to look out for while I was in the area, but not a serious proposition.

The town of Lossiemouth is on the most northerly point of the south coast of the Moray Firth near Inverness, and it can be hard to believe that from here there is still enough land left in the UK for you to be able to drive north for another four hours, but that's exactly what I was faced with today as I left my hotel and started my journey to Melvich on the extreme north coast of Scotland.

When I set off I had no intention of looking for orca, they were something I might look for on another day, today was just a day of travel. However, soon I received news that a family party of seven orca had been seen passing Duncansby Head near John o'Groats and later they were seen feeding to the north of Freswick Bay. Would they hang around? It seemed the perfect day for viewing, with good light and relatively flat calm seas with just a light breeze, so I decided that it was just too good an opportunity to miss and I set my SatNav for John o'Groats.


I think that this is probably a male orca, perhaps a youth rather than an adult, based on the size and shape of the dorsal fin

John o'Groats itself is nothing special, just a small, scattered village famous for being the most northerly inhabited point of mainland Britain, but Duncansby Head just a mile or two to the north east is a different proposition. From here you get a great view of the islands of Orkney, less than 10 miles away to the north and dominating the scenery in this part of the world, whilst to the south lie the oddly shaped Stacks of Duncansby with their mighty cliffs and seabird colonies. It's a very wild and remote place, where the Pentland Firth meets the North Sea and though never matching the west coast for seascapes and rugged beauty, it has a remoteness almost unique in mainland Britain. None of that matters to me now though, Duncansby Head will be forever associated with surely the most dramatic and exciting wildlife experience of my life.

However all of that still seemed a long way off and the orca were still a dream, because at the moment that I set the SatNav for John o'Groats I was still a good two hour drive from where I needed to be. Would the orca stick around for that long?


After a long and thankfully uneventful drive I finally arrived at the car park at Duncansby Head and found that there were no obvious signs of whale watchers never mind whales. After such a long drive it would have been reassuring to have seen people looking out to sea through binoculars or telescopes, but if they were here then they were keeping a low profile and it looked like I'd have to do it alone. Unsure of what to do next and not even certain that I was in the right place for viewing, I headed to the highest point on the headland, the place that gave me the widest field of view, across the Pentland Firth to the north and the North Sea to the east.

The sea wasn't quite like glass, but it was probably as flat as it gets up here and the light was perfect. Surely if orcas were out there I'd see them? But no, there was nothing, not even a dolphin or a porpoise. All I could do was sit it out and wait and hope...


I didn't have long to wait! Suddenly I noticed something large moving through the water close in to the cliffs. I held my breath - surely not? Incredibly it was two orca swimming right towards me! I allowed myself a moments celebration to fully take in the experience before, realising that I could get a lot closer, I abandoned my vantage point and ran down to a fence at the top of the cliff, some 100m closer to the water. The orca were still coming towards me! They appeared to be a male and female and they were pursued by a boat full of camera wielding tourists.


These photos don't really convey well the size of these animals, it's only when you have something familiar to compare them with that it becomes obvious.

Note the guillemot flying towards the orca, which helps give a sense of scale to the photo. The RSPB website gives the a wingspan of a guillemot as 64-73cm and its body length as 38-45cm. That dorsal fin must be at least 2.5x the length of the wingspan of the bird, making it around 1.8m (6ft) and making this probably a full grown adult male orca. The males can grow up to 9.8m!


One of the orca twisted over and then arched out of the water  before raising and slapping it's tail. I'm no cetacean expert, but in my opinion this was a sign that it was not happy with the boat. I know that tail slaps are not always negative, but in this case I believe that it was. The boat was almost herding the animals in towards the cliffs. And where were the other five? How come these orca were separated from the rest?


When the boat came up alongside this animal, its size was very apparent, it was huge, maybe half the length of the boat.




I've seen humpbacks behave like this in Australia, so I am aware that tail slaps are not always a sign of an agitated animal.





This is a photo that I never thought I would take anywhere in the world, let alone in UK waters and from the mainland. To see an orca break the surface is one thing, to see it underwater like this is just a staggering experience, and especially so from mainland Britain. I have to pinch myself to remember that I was standing on the mainland when I took this photo, not on some remote Scottish island group, or on a guided boat tour miles out at sea, no, I was standing alone on the Scottish mainland. Like I said, staggering, the greatest wildlife experience of my life, enhanced because although I knew that they had been in the area, it felt like I'd found them for myself.

I guess that this is either a young male or a female. Look at the size of the animal behind it but further under the water. I'm pretty sure that this is the adult male from the previous photos.

Eventually the orcas disappeared around the headland and I thought that I had seen the last of them and I had a walk to the stacks. However, on returning to my vantage point a little later, I noticed a boat stopped a respectable distance from what I took to be dolphins about half a mile out at sea. Closer investigation revealed that they were actually the orcas again, but this time all seven were together, and the animals which I had thought were dolphins were actually baby orcas with dolphin like curved dorsal fins. I watched them for about another 20 minutes until it started to rain and I decided that I needed to continue my journey.

What a fantastic day. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned that I called in briefly at Findhorn near Lossiemouth this morning and jamed onto a group of birders watching a stunning adult Pacific golden plover in full summer plumage. That's been almost forgotten now...





Don't forget me! I was good too! Only my third ever Pacific golden plover in the UK and what a cracker, easily the best looking individual I've seen. This bird was at Findhorn, right at the start of my adventure today. Next time I see one of these will probably be back in Australia later this year.


The Stacks of Duncansby.


Duncansby lighthouse with Orkney behind.

The dreary flows and an exciting crane
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The highs and lows of birding, I drove back from Melvich to Inverness today and started off driving past Forsinard RSPB in the Caithness flow country, a place which I had been looking forward to seeing, but which I found dreary, overrated and disappointing, not a bit haunting to me, which is how I often hear it described. I find this a bit surprising sinceusually I love blanket bog. I guess that since I'd just spent a week surveying near Melvich, the last thing I needed was another vast expanse of birdless M17 Trichophorum cespitosum? Eriophorum vaginatumblanket mire. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood.

However fortunately much better was to come. Just a couple of miles south of Brora a common crane flew over the A9 right in front of me and quite low down. It was torrential rain at the time and it looked like it was trying to land. I was able to stop but it had disappeared behind a small hill and I couldn't relocate it. I drove on to the next parking spot and jumped out of the car, again in torrential rain, and spotted it in the distance, flying away from me but again looking like it was trying to land. Once more I got in the car and drove on another 1/2 mile past a few wheat fields until I could see a grassy field in the distance. I guessed that this is where it might be and pulled into a gateway to view the field. Sure enough the bird was in the field allowing me to fire off a couple of photos before it flew again, and this time I lost it for good.

It reminded me of a famous incident a few years ago when there was a much rarer Sandhill crane on Orkney which eventually flew south and was followed a good way down the east coast of Scotland by birders.



Bettyhill
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Mountain avenDryas octopetala, I reckon that I could easily make a case for this being my favourite plant, and what finer location to see  it in than at sea level at Bettyhill, with the beautiful Torrisdale beach as a back drop?

Bettyhill is a famous botanical site on the extreme north of Scotland in the county of Sutherland, and is particularly noted not only for its rare flora, but also for mountain plants which here occur right down at sea level such as these mountain avens.




Here's another mountain plant, yellow saxifrageSaxifraga aizoides,growing with (amongst other plants) crowberryEmpetrum nigrumand juniperJuniperus communis.




Field gentiangentianella amarellasspseptentrionalis. This subspecies is endemic to the UK and almost confined to the far north of Scotland.



There's plenty of devil's-bit scabiousSuccisa pratensisin the area and I'm pretty sure that this is a moss carder beeBombus muscorum.


Black bog rushSchoenus nigricans


Blysmus rufus


The river Borgie.


I'm always surprised to see dark-green fritillary in the far north of Scotland. This is a female.


Juniper


The river Naver


Carex extensa, long-bracted sedge.


Torrisdale bay




Hoary whitlow grassDraba incana
Murray Point, Port Lincoln
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Just south of Port Lincoln racecourse lies Greyhound road, which leads to Murray Point, an area which offers some of the best birding I have found in the vicinity of Port Lincoln. At low tide there is plenty of exposed mud and sand for shore birds, which include banded and white-headed stilt and red-necked avocet, whilst the scrubby areas inland hold more birding gems, in particular rock parrot. These cute little parrots might not be as colourful as some of their cousins, but they're my favourite. Offshore there are four species of cormorant including the south coast specialty, black-faced, as well as double figure counts of hoary-headed grebe and Australian pelican, whilst the impressive Pacific gull patrols the shore line. The common tern here is crested, but others include fairy and Caspian.





Rock parrots are such beautiful birds!




Banded stilts are relatively common in small numbers but I've never seen them as well as this before.




Red-necked avocet.


Black swan


Spiny-cheeked honeyeater occurs in the scrub adjacent to the beach.




Brush bronzewing

Common bronzewing occurs right in the heart of Port Lincoln, but this is the only site I know in the area for brush bronzewing. Other species of the scrub include stubble quail, New Holland honeyeaters and superb fairy-wrens.

Black-shouldered kite

Raptors include black-shouldered kite and Nankeen kestrel, whilst over the sea there is always a good chance of white-bellied sea-eagle and osprey.

Nankeen kestrel

Chestnut teal

Rottnest
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A great end to my holiday to Australia, glorious sunshine and light winds on Rottnest island, Western Australia. The island is probably most famous for its Quokkas but there is a lot of other good stuff here as well and I managed 2 new bird species for the holiday, red-capped robin and western whistler. The latter is a fairly recent split by the IOC from golden whistler and the new species is more or less endemic to WA. Also today impressive numbers of banded stilts on the salt lakes, over 1000 I estimate, and good numbers of white-fronted chats and silvereyes.




Quokka










Freckled Duck, Herdsman
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It?s a bit hard to explain why I should be so pleased to see six freckled ducks at Herdsman Lakes today. After all, they?re far from the most colourful bird I?ve seen on my travels around Aus, in fact to be honest they?re quite ugly looking ducks compared to most. I can sum it up best like this; freckled ducks are birders birds, or perhaps more specifically I should call them wildfowl enthusiasts wildfowl, because not all birders are enamoured by ducks. I count myself as a wildfowl enthusiast, in fact I?d go as far as to say that wildfowl are my favourite group of birds, so it was especially pleasing to see freckled ducks sharing the same reedy pool as the even more bizarre musk duck, with their odd lobes and strange display, and blue-billed ducks with bills so blue as to be straight out of a kids comic book. An Australian a scene as any you could imagine! All three species areendemic to the continent.


A look at the distribution map will show freckled duck as a widespread species in Australia, but that?s only part of the story because the species is at best uncommon and usually downright rare everywhere, endangered due to loss of habitat. It?s also primarily an inland species which of course makes it a pain for visiting birders since most of the places you are likely to go in Australia are close to the coast.  On top of that, they are a nomadic species, occurring in places often in large numbers when conditions are right, but then being mainly absent for several years.

They don?t even occur in captivity all that often. Quite apart from being a not very aesthetic species, they also don?t take kindly to captivity and are apparently difficult to breed. As far as I know they only occur in captivity in the UK at Slimbridge. Finally there?s no doubting that they are a strange looking species. Large, cumbersome, with an odd shaped bill and an odd peaked head. The ugly duckling that never came good.


So freckled duck ticks all of the boxes for wildfowl enthusiasts wildfowl. It?s ugly, it?s not colourful, it?s rare, it?s mysterious, nobody I know has ever seen one, nobody I know particularly wants to see one, you can't chuck it bread on the local park pond, it?s endemic, you have to work hard to see it in the wild, it?s virtually impossible to see them in captivity. Perfect! I had a chance of seeing them near Port Lincoln, they were said to occur at Big Swamp, but not while I was there. Mind you it was BIG so they might have been down the bottom endand out of view. Herdsman Lake, Perth was always going to be my best chance, but even here they were said to be only occasional. I visited the site on Thursday but couldn?t find any and had more or less given up seeing them. It looked like the species was going to be one of the few big holes in my Australian portfolio. However I still had today, with a morning to kill before my flight, so I decided to give it another go. I?d walked all of the way around the lake, in total about a 3 mile walk and was nearly back at the car, less than an hour before I was due at the airport, when I had onelast look at a secluded pool. Yes it?s fair to say that I was pleased when six freckled ducks swam into the centre of the pool!


Blue-billed duck. All photos in this post are digi-binned.





Green catbird, Noosa Botanic Gardens
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Today I had saw a new contender for bird of the holiday at Noosa Botanic gardens. I was just about to leave and thought I'd take one last walk through the rain forest area and I'm so glad that I did. I came across a green catbird, right out in the open and even better, it stayed on full view for a minute or two. I was amazed at how big it was, I was expecting something the size of a bullfinch but instead it was more like the size of a pigeon! Australian catbirds are closely related to bower birds, but they don't build bowers.

It might have been showing well, but photographing it was still difficult, it was very dull in the heart of the forest and these photos were taken on 1/15. Fortunately my bridge camera goes to f2.8 which at east gives me a chance in dull situations. I'm very pleased with the results!






The fairy-wrens are almost like dartford warblers only much more colourful. This species is variegated fairy-wren. Another of my favourites is red-backed fairy-wren, which is basically all black with a red-back. They never stop moving through the vegetation and are very difficult to photograph.



I've done pretty well for kingfishers so far, apart from laughing kookaburra which are everywhere, I've also seen sacred kingfisher, azure kingfisher and today several forest kingfishers. Out of those, only azure seems to bother with fish!



White-necked heron.



Australian darter.


Full list of birds seen in Australia - June to July 2018
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Description: This is a full list in alphabetical order of species seen on the holiday, 4th June - 7th July 2018 with location and maximum number of birds seen at each location in brackets.In total, 206 species of which 105 were new for me.


Species
Location with number of birds seen in brackets
Australasian Figbird
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Brisbane, City QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1)
Australasian Gannet
Fraser Island QLD (2), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (10), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (10), Fisherman's Bluff SA (3), Fishery Bay SA (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (10), Port Lincoln SA (2), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (2), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (11), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (15), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Sleaford Bay SA (50), Whalers Way SA (1), Fremantle to Rottnest ferry WA (2)
Australasian Grebe
Bauple QLD (2), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (20), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (25), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (50), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (50)
Australasian Shoveler
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (4), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (5), Big Swamp SA (20), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (30), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (5)
Australian Brush-turkey
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (10), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (10), Brisbane, Plantation Redhill QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (4), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (5)
Australian Darter
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (2), Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Fremantle WA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Australian Magpie
Common throughout. White-backed form in SA and intermediate WA.
Australian Pelican
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (20), Fraser Island QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (20), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (4), Noosa, North Shore QLD (30), Seventeen Seventy QLD (30), Coffin Bay SA (2), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (30), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (5), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (5), Fremantle to Rottnest ferry WA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Fraser Island QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (6), Seventeen Seventy QLD (5), Coffin Bay SA (5), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (8), Port Lincoln SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (10), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (16), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (4), Rottnest Island WA (5)
Australian Pipit
Tiaro QLD (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (2)
Australian Raven
Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (2), Port Lincoln, Billy  Lights Point SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (2), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (1), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (1), Fremantle WA (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (30), Perth, Kings Park WA (20), Rottnest Island WA (30)
Australian Reed Warbler
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (10)
Australian Ringneck
Coffin Bay SA (10), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (5), Fisherman's Bluff SA (5), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (5), Mikkira Station SA (5), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (8), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (2), Sleaford Mere SA (1)
Australian Shelduck
Big Swamp SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (15), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5), Perth, Kings Park WA (2), Rottnest Island WA (30)
Australian Shoveler
Big Swamp SA (100), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (5), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (40)
Australian White Ibis
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (2), Brisbane, City QLD (20), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (20), Hervey Bay QLD (100), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (4), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (200), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (15)
Australian Wood Duck
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (10), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (3), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (10), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (40), Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (4), Hervey Bay QLD (20), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (2), Mikkira Station SA (2), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (12)
Azure Kingfisher
Bauple QLD (1)
Banded Stilt
Big Swamp SA (8), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (8), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (1000)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Hervey Bay, Grinsteads Road QLD (1), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1)
Beach Stone-curlew
Fraser Island QLD (1)
Black Falcon
Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (1)
Black Kite
Avondale QLD (20), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (2), Gootchie QLD (1), Tiaro QLD (2)
Black Swan
Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (2), Big Swamp SA (100), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (100), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (80), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (6), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (40), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (15)
Blackbird
Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2)
Black-faced Cormorant
Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (80), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (20), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (30), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (10), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (150), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (4), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (10)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy QLD (5), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Whalers Way SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Black-faced Woodswallow
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (5), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (2), Big Swamp SA (20), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (2)
Black-shouldered kite
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Childers QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Big Swamp SA (1), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (2), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (2), Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (1), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1)
Black-tailed Godwit
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1)
Blue-billed Duck
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (300)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (5), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Banks Parkland QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Brahminy Kite
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Gootchie QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Grinsteads Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1)
Brolga
Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1)
Brown Booby
Hervey Bay QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2)
Brown Falcon
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (1), Whalers Way SA (1)
Brown Gerygone
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (2)
Brown Goshawk
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1)
Brown Honeyeater
Avondale QLD (2), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (3), Fraser Island QLD (5), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (15), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (5), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (1)
Brown Thornbill
Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1)
Brush Bronzewing
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (3)
Buff-banded Rail
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (2)
Bush Stone-curlew
Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Cape Barren Goose
Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (2), Port Lincoln, Boston Island SA (179), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (27), Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (35), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (103), Sleaford Mere SA (47)
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (25)
Caspian Tern
Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (3), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (1)
Chestnut Teal
Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (12), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (20), Big Swamp SA (100), Port Lincoln SA (8), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (150), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (100), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (5), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (5), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (500), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (100)
Collared Sparrowhawk
Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Comb-crested Jacana
Bauple QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (3), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (3), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1)
Common Bronzewing
Big Swamp SA (2), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (3), Mikkira Station SA (1), Port Lincoln SA (3), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1)
Common Myna
Brisbane, Plantation Redhill QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1)
Coot
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (50), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (500), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (5), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (50), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (5), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (200)
Cormorant
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Kin Kin QLD (2), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5)
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (8)
Crested Pigeon
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Brisbane, City QLD (1), Glasshouse Mountains QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (50), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (50), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Coffin Bay SA (2), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1)
Crested Tern
Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (2), Fraser Island QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (10), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (20), Seventeen Seventy QLD (100), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (20), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (1000), Port Lincoln SA (2), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (50), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (10), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (50), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (50), Sleaford Bay SA (20), Rottnest Island WA (150)
Double-barred Finch
Avondale QLD (3), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2), Tiaro QLD (10)
Dusky Honeyeater
Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Dusky Moorhen
Bauple QLD (3), Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (3), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (30), Brisbane, City QLD (15), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (50), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (50), Hervey Bay QLD (50), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (30), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (5), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (10), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (50), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (80), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (200), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (50)
Dusky Woodswallow
Watalgan State Forest QLD (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (3), Whalers Way SA (30)
Eastern Barn Owl
Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1)
Eastern Cattle Egret
Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (2), Bucca QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (10), Maryborough QLD (50), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (11)
Eastern Great Egret
Avondale QLD (1), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (1)
Eastern Osprey
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (1)
Eastern Reef Egret
Fraser Island QLD (1)
Eastern Whipbird
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1)
Eastern Yellow Robin
Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (3), Noosa, North Shore QLD (2),  Noosa, Old Coach Way QLD (1), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1)
Emu
Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (15), Lincoln National  Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (2), Mikkira Station SA (18), Port Lincoln, Boston Island SA (1), Sleaford Mere SA (7), Whalers Way SA (6)
Fairy Martin
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (10), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1)
Fairy Tern
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Hervey Bay, Sempfs Road QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Far Eastern Curlew
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1)
Feral Pigeon
Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (100), Fremantle WA (2)
Forest Kingfisher
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (3), Kin Kin QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (7), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (2)
Freckled Duck
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (6)
Galah
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (5), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (20), Maryborough QLD (12), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Old Coach Way QLD (2), Big Swamp SA (50), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (3), Port Lincoln SA (60), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (100), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (5), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (6), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (100), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (50), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (100), Whalers Way SA (2), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10), Perth, Kings Park WA (10)
Glossy Ibis
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10)
Golden Whistler
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Fraser Island QLD (2),  Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (1)
Golden-headed Cisticola
Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2)
Great Crested Grebe
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (2), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (3)
Green Catbird
Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1)
Grey Butcherbird
Brisbane, City QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (1), Brisbane, Plantation Redhill QLD (2), Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Banks Parkland QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (1)
Grey Fantail
Common throughout
Grey Shrike-thrush
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1), Mikkira Station SA (1)
Grey Teal
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (50), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (100), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (4), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (50), Big Swamp SA (100), Port Lincoln SA (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (50), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (100), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (4), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (500), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (150), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (100), Rottnest Island WA (2)
Gull-billed Tern
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (2), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (2), Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (1), Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2)
Hardhead
Avondale QLD (1), Bauple QLD (8), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Brisbane, City QLD (10), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (20), Bucca QLD (10), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (20), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (5), Kin Kin QLD (6), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (5), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (15), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (30), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (50)
Hoary-headed Grebe
Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (3), Port Lincoln SA (11), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (30), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (18), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (7), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (115), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (18), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (200), Rottnest Island WA (1)
Hooded Plover
Sleaford Mere SA (3)
House Sparrow
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (50), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (100), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (20)
Intermediate Egret
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (5), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (2), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (3), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (2)
Laughing Dove
Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (1), Rottnest Island WA (4)
Laughing Kookaburra
Avondale QLD (15), Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (8), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (2), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (3)
Leaden Flycatcher
Seventeen Seventy QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Lewin's Honeyeater
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (4), Fraser Island QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Little Black Cormorant
Avondale QLD (30), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (5), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (30), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (5), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (5), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (1), Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (20), Hervey Bay QLD (400), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (150), Seventeen Seventy QLD (10), Port Lincoln SA (5), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (30), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (5), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (2)
Little Corella
Hervey Bay QLD (300), Noosa QLD (13), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (10)
Little Crow
Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (2), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (2)
Little Egret
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (2)
Little Friarbird
Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (100), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (30), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1)
Little Grassbird
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1)
Little Pied Cormorant
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, City QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (5), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (3), Hervey Bay QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1), Coffin Bay SA (15), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (10), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (60), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (8), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (50), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5)
Little Raven
Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (4), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA  (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (10)
Little Shrike-thrush
Fraser Island QLD (2), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (5)
Little Wattlebird
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (3), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1)
Magpie Goose
Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (6), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (10)
Magpie-lark
Common throughout
Mallard
Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (2)
Mangrove Honeyeater
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1)
Masked Lapwing
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (5), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (2), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (1), Brisbane, City QLD (2), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (5), Glasshouse Mountains QLD (5), Hervey Bay QLD (5), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (5), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Big Swamp SA (60), Port Lincoln SA (5), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (10), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (49), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (60), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (4), Sleaford Mere SA (30)
Mistletoebird
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1)
Musk Duck
Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (10), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (2), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (50)
Musk Lorikeet
Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (2)
Nankeen Kestrel
Bingera QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (1), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (3), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1), Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (1)
Nankeen Night-Heron
Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (3), Port Lincoln SA (4)
New Holland Honeyeater
Coffin Bay SA (20), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (30), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (20), Port Lincoln SA (10), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (20), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (40), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (5), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (100), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (2), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (5), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (50), Sleaford Mere SA (30), Whalers Way SA (50), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (30)
Noisy Friarbird
Fraser Island QLD (5), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (20), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (2), Noosa QLD (5), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (5), Seventeen Seventy QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (30)
Noisy Miner
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (20), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (50), Brisbane, City QLD (50), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (100), Brisbane, Plantation Redhill QLD (20), Glasshouse Mountains QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Noosa QLD (10), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (10), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (5), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (5), Noosa, North Shore QLD (10)
Olive-backed Oriole
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Maryborough QLD (15), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1)
Pacific Baza
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Pacific Black Duck
Common throughout
Pacific Gull
Coffin Bay SA (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (50), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (20), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (5), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (2), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (20), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (50), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (10), Sleaford Bay SA (2), Whalers Way SA (5)
Pale-headed Rosella
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1)
Peregrine
Whalers Way SA (1)
Pied Butcherbird
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (3), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (1), Glasshouse Mountains QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Tiaro QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1)
Pied Cormorant
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (50), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1), Coffin Bay SA (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (20), Port Lincoln SA (2), Port Lincoln, Axel Stenross maritime museum SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (30), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (5), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (30), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (4), Fremantle WA (50), Fremantle to Rottnest ferry WA (5), Rottnest Island WA (10)
Pied Currawong
Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (2), Glasshouse Mountains QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Grinsteads Road QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (2), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Port Lincoln SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (2)
Pink-eared Duck
Big Swamp SA (4), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (14), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (39), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (30), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (30)
Purple Gallinule
Bauple QLD (1), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (30), Brisbane, City QLD (1), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (10), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (100), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (4), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (2), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (20), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (20), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (150), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (50)
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (2)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Bauple QLD (2), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (4), Hervey Bay QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (10), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1)
Rainbow Lorikeet
Common throughout but particularly so in QLD.
Red Wattlebird
Big Swamp SA (2), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (10), Fisherman's Bluff SA (2), Mikkira Station SA (10), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (2), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (10), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (2), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (5), Whalers Way SA (50), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (20), Perth, Kings Park WA (15)
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Bauple QLD (5), Bingera, Burnett River QLD (5), Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (4), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (10), Seventeen Seventy QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1)
Red-browed Finch
Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (3)
Red-capped Plover
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (20), Big Swamp SA (20), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (10), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (14), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (2), Rottnest Island WA (12)
Red-capped Robin
Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (1), Rottnest Island WA (7)
Red-kneed Dotterel
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1)
Red-necked Avocet
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (100), Big Swamp SA (15), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (7), Port Lincoln, Louth Bay SA (10), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (8)
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (4), Perth, Kings Park WA (5)
Red-winged Fairy-wren
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10)
Restless Flycatcher
Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1)
Rock Parrot
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (20), Whalers Way, Emu Crest SA (5)
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Royal Spoonbill
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (1)
Rufous Fantail
Fraser Island QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2)
Rufous Whistler
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Sempfs Road QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1)
Sacred Kingfisher
Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Coffin Bay SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (1)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (2), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (10), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (10)
Scarlet Honeyeater
Avondale QLD (2), Fraser Island QLD (50), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (10), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (5), Watalgan State Forest QLD (2)
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Silver Gull
Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (50), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (20), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (10), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (40), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (200), Port Lincoln SA (30), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1000), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (50), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (300), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1000), Fremantle WA (100), Rottnest Island WA (500)
Silvereye
Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Mikkira Station SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (20), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (50), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (50), Perth, Kings Park WA (5), Rottnest Island WA (100)
Singing Honeyeater
Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (1), Fisherman's Bluff SA (5), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (2), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (10), Whalers Way SA (1), Fremantle WA (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (40), Perth, Kings Park WA (10), Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (10), Rottnest Island WA (10)
Skylark
Fisherman's Bluff SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (3), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1)
Sooty Oystercatcher
Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (3), Coffin Bay SA (1), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (4), Port Lincoln SA (4), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (6), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (1), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (4), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (11), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (2), Sleaford Bay SA (3), Whalers Way SA (2)
Southern Scrub-robin
Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (2)
Spangled Drongo
Bauple QLD (1), Brisbane, Banks Street Reserve QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (5)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (10)
Splendid Fairy-wren
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5)
Spotless Crake
Perth, Lake Monger Reserve WA (2)
Spotted Dove
Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (1), Gympie, Lake Alford QLD (1), Maryborough QLD (5), Fremantle WA (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10)
Spotted Harrier
Big Swamp SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (1)
Spotted Pardalote
Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Starling
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (5), Hervey Bay, Booral Road QLD (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (3), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (50), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (100), Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Airport SA (50)
Straw-necked Ibis
Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Grinsteads Road QLD (4), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (15), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (3), Tiaro QLD (50), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1)
Striated Heron
Fraser Island QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (2)
Striated Pardalote
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1)
Stubble Quail
Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (3)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (20), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (20), Fraser Island QLD (5), Maryborough QLD (5)
Superb Fairy-wren
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (2), Big Swamp SA (10), Mikkira Station SA (5), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (6), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (10), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (3), Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (5), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (10)
Swamp Harrier
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Bucca QLD (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (4)
Tawny Frogmouth
Noosa, North Shore QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Tawny Grassbird
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (2), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Whalers Way SA (3)
Torresian Crow
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (10), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (50), Brisbane, Breakfast Creek QLD (20), Brisbane, City QLD (100), Brisbane, Dowse Lagoon QLD (10), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (10), Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctury QLD (10), Brisbane, Plantation Redhill QLD (5), Fraser Island QLD (2), Hervey Bay QLD (30), Noosa QLD (2), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (2), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (5), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (20), Tiaro QLD (1)
Tree Martin
Port Lincoln, Tod River reservoir SA (10), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (200), Perth, Kings Park WA (10)
Varied Triller
Fraser Island QLD (2), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Variegated Fairy-wren
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (5), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (10), Noosa, Water treatment works QLD (10)
Wandering Whistling-Duck
Bauple QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Arkarra Wetlands QLD (10), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (4)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Watalgan State Forest QLD (1), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (2)
Welcome Swallow
Common throughout
Western Gerygone
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (20), Rottnest Island WA (2)
Western Whistler
Rottnest Island WA (1)
Western Yellow Robin
Mikkira Station SA (1), Whalers Way SA (1)
Whimbrel
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (10)
Whistling Kite
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (3), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Grinsteads Road QLD (1), Hervey Bay, River Heads QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (2), Tiaro QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (1), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (1), Rottnest Island WA (2)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Bingera, Burnett River QLD (1), Brisbane, Biami Yumba Park and Fig Tree Pocket QLD (1), Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (1), Childers QLD (2), Fraser Island QLD (1), Gootchie QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (1), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Noosa, North Shore QLD (1), Big Swamp SA (1), Port Lincoln, Point Boston SA (1), Whalers Way SA (1)
White-breasted Woodswallow
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (2), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1)
White-browed Babbler
Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (3)
White-browed Scrubwren
Coffin Bay SA (2), Coffin Bay, Coffin Bay National Park SA (2), Lincoln National Park, Jussieu Peninsula SA (2), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (4), Port Lincoln, Parnkalla trail SA (10), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (3), Sleaford Mere SA (1), Whalers Way SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (2)
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Fraser Island QLD (5), Noosa, Noosa Headland QLD (1), Perth, Kings Park WA (5)
White-faced Heron
Brisbane, River Cruise QLD (1), Hervey Bay QLD (10), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (11), Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (1), Big Swamp SA (25), Port Lincoln SA (1), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (25), Port Lincoln, North Sheilds SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (23), Port Lincoln, Tulka SA (2), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5)
White-fronted Chat
Big Swamp SA (1), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (1), Rottnest Island WA (15)
White-headed Pigeon
Kin Kin QLD (1), Noosa, Jabiru Park QLD (2)
White-headed Stilt
Brisbane, Keldron Brook Wetlands QLD (100), Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (13), Big Swamp SA (30), Port Lincoln, Billy Lights Point SA (2), Port Lincoln, Greyhound Road SA (6), Port Lincoln, Rock Beach SA (1), Port Lincoln, Tod River estuary SA (2), Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (10), Rottnest Island WA (10)
White-necked Heron
Glasshouse Mountains QLD (1), Noosa, Botanic Gardens QLD (1)
White-throated Honeyeater
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (2), Noosa, Boreen Point QLD (1), Seventeen Seventy, Redrock Trail QLD (1), Watalgan State Forest QLD (2)
White-throated Nightjar
Seventeen Seventy QLD (2)
White-throated Treecreeper
Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads QLD (1), Noosa, Old Coach Way QLD (1), Pomoma, Numby Lane QLD (1)
Willie Wagtail
Common  throughout
Yellow Thornbill
Seventeen Seventy QLD (3), Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (2)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (5)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Perth, Herdsman Lake WA (20)
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater
Seventeen Seventy, Campsite QLD (1)
Herdsman and Lake Monger, Western Australia
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Yellow-billed spoonbill
Herdsman Lake and nearby Lake Monger are in Perth and are an essential first stop for any birder visiting Perth. Between them today they produced ten lifers for me starting with yellow-billed spoonbill not far from the visitor centre at Herdsman. In total I saw six spoonbills, and most were in breeding plumage, with black plumes in their wings, as you can see in the photo above.

Moving on, the lifers came thick and fast, next was a much sought after buff-banded rail, followed by red-winged fairy-wren, splendid fairy-wren, yellow-rumped thornbill, western gerygone, Australian reed warbler and perhaps most pleasing, a flock of 25 Carnaby's black-cockatoos.

Apart from the lifers, there were good numbers and variety of other birds with 200+ purple swamphens, pink-eared ducks, swamp harriers, musk ducks, singing honeyeaters, silvereyes, grey teal, Australian shoveler and a stunning spotted pardalote.



Meanwhile at Lake Monger there was an impressive flock of at least 300 blue-billed ducks with 50 musk ducks, 30 pink-eared ducks, 200+ hoary-headed grebes and 50 Australian grebes. Also here I was delighted to come across two spotless crakes showing well on the edge of the reeds.

Spotless crake







Bits and Pieces from the Southern Eyre Peninsular
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White-browed babbler
My last day in Port Lincoln so it seems like a good time to tidy up a few loose ends which may have not appeared elsewhere in this blog, starting with white-browed babbler which I saw at Tulka just a few kilometers south of Port Lincoln. Restless mistle thrush sized birds, there were three of them hoping around at speed quite oblivious to my presence.







Black-shouldered kites were quite common in and around Port Lincoln, I even saw one just 100m or so down the road from the football pitches. It turns out that these are not the same species as the European bird, but they are obviously closely related. There is a second species in Australia called letter-winged kite which I have not so far been able to find, though in truth I've never yet been in the heart of it's range.




Chestnut teal are on just about every patch of open water, from the sea to the smallest pond.



Nankeen kestrel.




I can't get enough of these Cape Barren geese, just wonderful birds. I even recorded them distantly on Boston Island from Port Lincoln when I saw a flock of 175 fly over the island and land.


This is the only musk duck which I have seen at close range, all of the others were distant views on the sea or Tod River Reservoir. This bird has no lobe under its bill, so presumably is a young male or a female.


Tree martin


Superb fairy-wrens are by far the commonest fairy-wrens in this area in my experience. They're cracking birds but never stop moving and are a pain to photograph.



The Sleaford bay sand dunes are probably the largest I have seen and are notable due to their complete lack of vegetation.




Black swans.


Brush bronzewing. Common bronzewing occurs quite commonly in the town, but Greyhound road to the south of the town is the only place I saw brush bronzewing.


Red-necked avocet.


Rock parrot



Spiny-cheeked honeyeater.




Southern scrub-robin has a very restricted range in Australia but they seem pretty common around Port Lincoln.


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