|Freckled Duck & Pink-eared Duck - Kilcoy|
A three-night campout on the shore of Atkinson Dam in the Lockyer Valley. There remain plenty of good birds in the area. On the way I stopped at the wetlands in Winya Road, Kilcoy. Eight Freckled Ducks were present along with Pink-eared Duck (6) and Australasian Shoveler (10). Nearby, at the Mary Stokes Creek roadside dam, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (8) was present.
Atkinson Dam proved a lovely setting for camping.
I set off in my kayak in the early morning to explore the 15km or so of dam shore.
|Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Black Swan, Australian Pelican|
Clearly there were plenty of fish about as pelicans, cormorants (all 4 species) and darters were in large numbers.
|Great Crested Grebe|
|Whiskered Tern, Caspian Tern|
|Sunset over Atkinson Dam|
|Freckled Duck - Peach's Lagoon|
At nearby Karrasch's Dam, Placid Hills, a single Black-tailed Native-hen was foraging along the shore.
|Australasian Shoveler - Karrasch's Dam|
|Red-tailed Black Cockatoo|
|Blue-billed Duck & Freckled Duck - Lake Galletly|
|Blue-billed Duck females|
After finding a pair of nesting Black Falcon on private land near Lake Clarendon (see post following) a visit to Lake Galletly near Gatton turned up Blue-billed Duck (2 male, 2 female), Pink-eared Duck (50) and Freckled Duck (3).