A natural history blog by Greg Roberts, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Sunshine Coast Birds
Birding and other wildlife experiences from the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere in Australia - and from overseas - with scribblings about travel, environmental issues, kayaking, hiking and camping.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Superb Fruit-Dove at Cooloolabin, Sunshine Coast
Superb Fruit-Dove is a rare summer visitor to south-east Queensland but generally I see one or two about the Sunshine Coast per season. Today I saw my first for this summer in lowland rainforest at Cooloolabin, in a spot where I've seen the species previously.
As is often the case, it was a single male detected by its distinctive call that proved difficult to track down. The bird would sit calling high in the canopy - hence the mediocrity of these images - before occasionally flying to another roost. See here for ebird list.
Several Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves were also about and I had Dusky Honeyeater, a regular visitor here.
South Maroochy River, Kureelpa
Earlier I checked out a couple of the tracks that head off into Mapleton National Park from the end of Kureelpa Falls Road, Kureelpa. One track leads to the Kureelpa Falls and another to a ridge with a scenic outlook over the South Maroochy River. I had White-eared Monarch along the first part of the track to the falls, which has been good in the past for birds including Barred Cuckoo-shrike and Oriental Cuckoo.