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, 28 October 2011

Spotless Crake, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Little Grassbird on Sunshine Coast

Four Spotless Crakes were seen feeding in the open today at the Cooroy sewage treatment works.
The crakes were not vocalising; nor were they responsive to playback - not what I would expect at this time of year. Also at Cooroy were 4 or 5 Little Grassbirds, the first time I have had the species there.
 I had a 4-hour paddle in my kayak in the rain at nearby Lake Macdonald. Highlights here were a pair of Cotton Pygmy-Goose and 50+Whiskered Terns.

Pied Geese were in good numbers, with the furtive behaviour of several pairs around the lake edge indicating nesting. Another Little Grassbird was also found in the lake edge reeds.
Black Cormorant was among the more common species.

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