The highlights of one-and-a-half days in the Lockyer-Brisbane Valleys with Chris Corben included Australian Painted-Snipe at two sites, Plum-headed Finch, Cotton Pygmy-Goose at four sites, Brown Songlark at three sites, Australasian Shoveler, plenty of Pink-eared Ducks, Hoary-headed Grebe, hundreds of Glossy Ibis, Australian (Spotted) Crake, Red-necked Avocet, Black Kite, Blue-billed Duck, Little Grassbird, Stubble Quail and Banded Lapwing. Conditions are ideal, in large part presumably because birds which bred prolifically inland during the past two bountiful seasons are now dispersing to coastal areas.
About 30 Banded Lapwings were present in the paddocks near Seven Mile. We moved on to the small swamp opposite Lake Clarendon, where up to 7 Australian Painted-Snipe have been present. We found none and proceeded to Lake Galletly on the university campus near Gatton. The Australian (Spotted) Crake which has been here for some time showed well. A Little Grassbird was in vegetation close to the hide and a pair of Blue-billed Ducks was on the lake.
We stopped again at the Painted-Snipe spot near Lake Clarendon and this time flushed a single bird. About 10 Great Crested Grebes were on Lake Clarendon - far fewer than during some recent visits. On a small dam along Green Swamp Road, we found a third pair of Cotton Pygmy-Geese, while an Australian Hobby was nice. At Kelly Swamp, about 20 Wandering Whistling-Ducks were present.
|Rainbow Bee-eater with bee|
|Superb Blue Fairy-wren|
And an old mate, Chris Corben, at Seven Mile Lagoon