Red-backed Kingfisher and some others.

Sightings anywhere within a 250 km radius of Toowoomba, but excluding the local survey area (see above), for the period 1 June 2011 - 31 August 2011.

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Red-backed Kingfisher and some others.

Postby Rod Hobson » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:14 am

Folks,

Birdlife is humming (humming birds?) on the eastern Darling Downs. Many of the less common species from there are about in numbers at present including Spotted Harriers, Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, Striped and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters just to name a few. Banded Lapwings are very common in the stubble fields throughout the area.

Last Thursday and Friday I was working around Bowenville and recorded some great birds over those two days including Pacific Baza at Bowenville Reserve, an early female Pallid Cuckoo at Jondaryan Homestead, three Diamond Doves and a Red-backed Kingfisher in Mt. Tyson and a pair of nesting Spotted Harriers at Formartin. Speed Road dam at Oakey was also quite rewarding with a pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Pink-eared Ducks, a couple of Hoary-headed Grebes and a splendid male Chestnut Teal being the more noteworthy species present. New birds for "Winter Beyond" are:

28.07.11:

Hoary-headed Grebe x 2 - Speed Road dam, Oakey SEQ

Diamond Dove x 3 - Mt. Tyson SEQ (in township)

Red-backed Kingfisher x 1 - Mt. Tyson SEQ (in township); still present in same location on 29.07.11 when photographed by Robert Ashdown.

Pallid Cuckoo x 1 (female) - Jondaryan Homestead via Jondaryan SEQ

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - Bowenville Reserve, Bowenville SEQ

Regards,
Rod Hobson
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Red-backed Kingfisher

Postby Rod Hobson » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:33 pm

Folks,

The Red-backed Kingfisher that I reported at Mt. Tyson for the 28th and 29th July was still at its same perch in the main street there when Al Young and I visited on the 08th of this month. Al got some very good photos of this obliging bird.

My experience with this species in south-east Queensland is that it usually hangs around for quite a while at the end of its easterly peregrinations. It might be worth a look still if anyone is interesting in seeing this rare visitor to our area; only 40-50 minutes drive from Toowoomba.

Regards,
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