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.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Yeppoon and Tannum Sands

Following our visits to Eurimbula and Byfield, we had a couple of days in the coastal town of Yeppoon before finishing up with three days camping at Tannum Sands, near Gladstone. Red-tailed Black Cockatoos were frequently in the beachside pines opposite our Yeppoon apartment.
Those same pines in the early evenings were the chosen roosting place for tens of thousands of Rainbow Lorikeets.
A Pacific Baza in a roadside eucalypt while waiting at one of the innumerable blocks for roadworks along the Bruce Highway.
A highlight of our camping at Tannum Sands - the town has just one campiing area - were four Barking Owls in residence. Two pairs could often be heard calling simultaneously, though it is possible that two birds were the offspring of an adult pair. The Barking Owl is very rare in south-east Queensland but becomes increasingly common northwards.
The camping ground was opposite Tannum (Wild Cattle) Creek, which I kayaked one morning.
This Brahminy Kite showed well.
Several Shining Flycatchers were seen. I encountered numbers of this species in each of the three waterways I kayaked during this trip.
Mangrove Honeyeaters were also common throughout the region.


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