Sunshine Coast Birds

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pale-vented Bush-hen on Bribie Island

Pale-vented Bush-hen

The normally elusive Pale-vented Bush-hen has showed very well indeed today and yesterday from the hide at Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island. I had a pair at very close quarters and a third in the distance across the wetland on the far shore.

Pale-vented Bush-hen
Spotless Crake and Buff-banded Rail were also seen, while a pair of Lewin's Rail were calling.

Pale-vented Bush-hen

Pale-vented Bush-hen
Pale-vented Bush-hen

Also at Buckley's Hole were a few other nice waterbirds.

Black Swan

Latham's Snipe

Royal Spoonbill

While Dollar-birds and Pheasant-Coucals were nesting nearby.



At the Boongaree Caravan Park, where we stayed, a female Peregrine Falcon was about the place in the late afternoons, doubltessly attracted to large numbers of roosting Rainbow Lorikeets and Little Corellas. The falcon spent long periods perched very high up on a concrete tower.

Peregrine Falcon

Rainbow Lorikeet

This Whimbrel was at the Kakadu high tide roost on Bribie Island. The roost was made by developers after the destruction of a natural wader roost to make way for the Pacific Waters canal development. Unfortunately, the waders do not seem to have taken to it. The Kakadu roost, like the natural one it replaced, was intended for use by waders when their main roost across Pumicestone Passage was inundated during very high tides. Although I was at the Kakadu roost this week during a 2.3m high tide, there were few birds using it.



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