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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Grey Goshawk Nesting Again; More From Yandina Creek Wetlands

Grey Goshawk Nestling
A pair of Grey Goshawks nested successfully this time last year in a tall creekside eucalypt in vine scrub near Cooroy (see here). I checked the nest out earlier this season but there was no sign of the birds nesting again. However, I have located a new nest about 100 metres north of the old one, and again, a single chick has been raised.

Grey Goshawk on Nest
The old nest looks to be in perfectly good condition so I'm unsure why the birds elected to build afresh in what looks to be a much more flimsy situation. The chick found this week was slightly more advanced in plumage than the one found at the same time last year.

Black-necked Stork
An adult female Black-necked Stork was flying overhead near Eumundi.

White-winged Triller
A male White-winged Triller was present at the Yandina Creek Wetlands, where the rollcall of interesting birds continues to expand - see here for further information about this excellent spot, which we are trying to get protected. The triller is rarely recorded on the Sunshine Coast.

Black-tailed Godwit & Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Also at the wetlands was a group of 8 Black-tailed Godwits, another species rarely recorded in the region. A single Swamp Harrier was also unusual at this time of year.

Tree Martins

Tree Martin

Tree Martin
A flock of about 1,000 Tree Martins was concentrated in a few dead acacias at the wetlands. It is unusual to see such a large concentration of this species in south-east Queensland. One or two Fairy Martins were among them.   The full list from this visit is here.

Green Tree-Frog
Dry conditions in the region continue but 25mm of storm rain brought out a Green Tree-Frog in the Ninderry garden.

Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Also in the garden, a pair of Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves in the  big fruiting fig were unusual visitors.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

While other garden visitors include Pheasant-Coucal and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

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