Defying the forecast of 90% chance of rain, 19 members arrived at Sandy Camp Rd. Reserve with a near cloudless sky. Our first excitement was sighting 23 Magpie Geese flying overhead. With a damp conditions we walked the elevated tracks between very large water holes. Birds of all description were around the edges, on the water or nesting in the trees. Next, we walked through some vegetated areas before walking across an open grass paddock. Whilst looking for a bird of prey high in the sky led to the sighting of three Tawny Frogmouths. Overall this walk provided quite a diverse range of environments with 55 bird species sighted and 4 bird calls heard. Our group then moved to Elanora Park, Wynnum for a combined morning tea and lunch with NPAQ members for the Clif Bell Memorial picnic. A very enjoyable day. Birds sighted: – Magpie Goose, Wandering Whistling Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove H, Bar-shouldered Dove, Tawny Frogmouth, Australasian Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Eastern Great Egret, Cattle Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, Australian White Ibis, Australasian Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Masked Lapwing, Comb-crested Jacana, Rainbow Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella, Pacific koel (H), Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo (H), Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Brown Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australasian Figbird, Olive-backed Oriole (H), White-breasted Woodswallow, Australian Magpie, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Torresian Crow, Leaden Flycatcher, Magpie-Lark, Eastern Yellow Robin, Australiasian Reed Warbler, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Common Myna, Double-barred Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.
NPAQ acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Queensland National Park Estate and strongly supports co-stewardship with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Patron: Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC, PSM Governor of Queensland