I first found Large-tailed Nightjar at the wetland in November 2014. At the time, this sighting and another record from the nearby Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary constituted a southern extension of range for this species, which had previously been noted no further south than the Rainbow Beach area. This latest sighting suggests the species is resident on the Sunshine Coast as the behaviour of the pair of nightjars strongly suggested an established territory.
An hour after encountering the Large-tailed Nightjars, I heard two White-throated Nightjars calling at the same spot. I managed to eventually see the pair well if somewhat distantly as they called from small trees by the canal. The image in this post is the best I could manage. I did not see the Large-tailed Nightjars perch and failed to photograph them; the image in this post is of a bird taken this time last year at Rainbow Beach.
|Eastern Brown Snake|
|Sunset at Yandina Creek Wetland|