Sunshine Coast Birds

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Marbled Frogmouth Vocalising in Winter

Marbled  Frogmouth
I was surprised to find a pair of Marbled Frogmouths last night being unusually vocal and active for this time of year in rainforest at Booloumba Creek, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Marbled Frogmouth can be difficult to find in the cooler months as it seldom calls, but this pair was calling as if it was spring or early summer.

Marbled Frogmouth
The birds were high up so the images are not great. The frogmouth in this picture has its eyes closed, which is unusual. This is the browner female of the pair. Marbled Frogmouth has been reliable at this site for many years; I first found them here in the late-1970s.

Rose Robin
This male Rose Robin showed nicely at Booloumba Creek.

Rose Robin
Rose Robin is mainly a winter visitor to south-east Queensland but a small population is resident in the Conondale Range. This bird was giving its full song. Many winter visitors generally emit only the nasal contact call.

Rose Robin

Russet-tailed Thrush
I snapped a Russet-tailed Thrush in the early morning gloom along a forest track. There were good numbers of this species about Booloumba Creek: I saw perhaps 10 or 12.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater was also in good numbers.

A couple of scenic shots.

Confluence of Little Yabba Creek and Mary River

Obi Obi Valley



  1. Blogging is great, without it I would not have a chance to see what you are seeing. South Australia is a long way away but we too get robins as winter visitors. Our's are the red-caps. This year they only dropped in but did not stay as they have done some years. Our birds are doing unusual things too, the New Holland honeyeaters were having a territorial fight as though it were spring. Here that is not unusual as we have had a long hot, dry summer and autumn. The roses are starting to grow for the same reason.
    Love your frogmouth, we only get the grey ones in our garden.

  2. I'm happy that they are calling - I'l be up in the Border ranges in a couple of weeks time recording Albert's Lyrebirds so may have a chance at the frogmouths at night!

    Marc Anderson

  3. Greg you life seems to be one of nothing else but travelling and bird watching/studying. How I envy you. I'm yet to see a Rose Robin.

  4. Jude, I'm fortunate to be living close to some really nice spots.

  5. Oh my gosh! I'd love to see a Rose Robin!! Is Booloumba Creek easy to access on foot?