Sunshine Coast Birds

Birding and other wildlife experiences from the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere in Australia - and from overseas - with scribblings about travel, environmental issues, kayaking, hiking and camping.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Egret Colony on Sunshine Coast

A Cattle Egret colony at Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast is thriving, with several hundred pairs on nests there this week.
Many of the egrets have left the nests and juvenile birds are congregating in small grounds around the wetland.
Small numbers of other egret species nest at Bli Bli. Here can be seen all four egret species occurring in Australia, along with Australian White Ibis: Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Little Egret & Intermediate Egret
Plumed Whistling-Ducks were there together with Wandering Whistling-Ducks
Birds in the garden this week included White-throated Honeyeater
Dusky Honeyeater, a scarce species in southeast Queensland
And a Channel-billed Cuckoo being annoyed by a Willie Wagtail.
Birds seen during another kayaking session in Pumiceston Passage include a Far Eastern Curlew

 And a White-bellied Sea-Eagle

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