Along the “Bird Trails of Cooloola” With COOLOOLA NATURE “COOLOOLA NATURE is a “Not for Profit” Entity operating in the Field of Environmental Education”
Periodically, from the 1st of October, 2016, COOLOOLA NATURE will be posting notification of Tag-along Excursions “Along the Bird Trails of Cooloola” as part of our Environmental Education activities, so that you may experience firsthand the Amazing & Diverse variety of Birdlife & Habitat to be found in the Cooloola region. Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided, (please advise of dietary requirements), while we ask of Participants to provide their own Lunch and Liquid Refreshments.
By necessity, a fee of $20.00 per person, (payable on the day), is required to cover the cost of fuel and catering. Donations to COOLOOLA NATURE, (at the Discretion of Participants), would be Much Appreciated, so assisting us in the Continuation of our Educational Activities.
*To fulfill Public Liability requirements, & for their own Personal Safety, it is advisable that all Participants in COOLOOLA NATURE activities wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, jeans/long pants, & fully covered footwear; in addition to providing their own insect repellant, sunscreen, & water.
*Please find further necessities and precautionary measures outlined in “Your Health and Safety while Birdwatching”, linked below.
Hoping that you all may Enjoy the “Birding” Experiences we offer as Detailed Below Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen COOLOOLA NATURE ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Excursion 8/10/16 – A Full Day Tag-along Excursion along a Selection of “Bird Trail” Sites through the Mary Valley as a Component of MRCCC’s Celebration of “Mary River Month” Click Here to Print "Flier"
Regent Bowerbird (Male) Courtesy of Adam Marlow) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Excursion 17/3/18 – A Full Day Tag-along Excursion along a Selection of western “Bird Trail” Sites. Click here to Print Flier
Please Note- This Excursion is now fully booked
Watch for Notification of our June Excursion along a Selection of "Bird Trail" Sites through our beautiful Mary Valley!
White-throated Gerygone ( Courtesy of Amelia Nielsen) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Excursion Report for 17/3/18 – (Western Excursion) Eleven participants gathered at “Lake Alford” at 7.30am for the first Seasonal Excursion “Along the Bird Trails of Cooloola” for 2018, (Western Sites), on a clear, and what turned out to be, a very warm day for March, our first site for exploration being “Milima” at Lower Wonga, near Kilkivan.
Meaning “Hills” in Swahili, “Milima” is a 2,000 acre cattle property with habitat types ranging from Grasslands to Riparian, Dry Rainforest and Wetlands.
With admittedly too much area to cover in a short stay, our host for the morning, Gillian provided a great service in leading our group of “Birders” to various sites throughout “Milima”, after all the rain appearing un-characteristically very green for this time of year. “Milima” is a “Land for Wildlife” reserve, with Gillian taking a great deal of care and attention in maintaining, preserving and improving the great range of habitats existing there.
Richard’s Pipit, Double-barred Finch, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Varied Sittella and White-winged Chough were among the species recorded in the Grasslands and more Open Forest habitats, while a Wedge-tailed Eagle and small flocks of Rainbow Bee-eater were noted flying above.
Double-barred Finch (A. Nielsen)
Leaden Flycatcher (Male) (A. Nielsen)
Varied Triller (Male) (A. Nielsen)
A walk along an excellent Riparian corridor gave us the highlight of the morning with Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Varied Triller, Leaden Flycatcher, Spectacled Monarch, Golden Whistler and Little Shrike-thrush all providing good views in the one tree. Other species notable by their numbers here were flocks of White-throated Honeyeater and Yellow Thornbill.
A pleasant morning tea was had under a large, fruiting, Cluster Fig (Ficus racemosa), after which we bid farewell to Gillian and “Milima” before departing for our next site, and lunch spot, Mt Clara, (The Chimneys).
We wish to express our sincere thanks to Gillian for allowing us access to her property, along with acting as our host for the morning.
Fifty species in total were recorded there during our stay. It is a Site we will be visiting at a later date to explore further, with Gillians’ permission. (Click Here to View & Print List)
Dusky Honeyeater (A. Nielsen)
Red-browed Finch (A. Nielsen)
Scarlet Honeyeater (Male) (A. Nielsen)
Mt Clara, (“The Chimneys”), is a relic of the early mining days of Kilkivan, habitats ranging from Open Forest to Sclerophyll and Riparian. (For Some History of Mt Clara, Click Here,Here & Here)
After lunch among a stand of Spotted Gum, (Corymbia maculata), an afternoon walk was taken to “Bird” the stands of Riparian Forest bordering Fat Hen Creek.
While species were not as abundant on this occasion as other visits we have made here, there was still variety with White-faced Heron and Azure Kingfisher at the creek crossings, while Pheasant Coucal and Red-browed Finch were sighted in the low vegetation. A feature here were a number of Spotted Pardalote calling, in the distance sounding reminiscent of Bell Miner.
Spotted Pardalote (Male) (A. Nielsen)
Twenty eight species in total were recorded during our stay, (refer list)
Excursion 10/6/18 – A Full Day Tag-along Excursion along a Selection of “Bird Trail” Sites in our Beautiful Mary Valley! Click here to Print Flier
Watch for Notification too of our September Excursion along a Selection of Cooloola Coast "Bird Trail" Sites!
Rufous Fantail ( Courtesy of Amelia Nielsen) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Excursion Report for 10/6/18 – (Mary Valley Excursion)
Seven participants gathered at “Lake Alford” at 7.30am for the second Seasonal Excursion “Along the Bird Trails of Cooloola”, (Mary Valley Sites), for 2018 for an enjoyable, and very productive day of “Birding”
Morning Tea was had at “Stirlings’ Crossing”, widely recognised as one of the best “Birding” Sites in South-east Queensland, with habitats ranging from Open Forest to Rain Forest, Sclerophyll, and Riparian.
As is usual, Stirlings’ offered a diverse range of species for viewing, with New Holland Honeyeaters being most noticeable by their numbers.
Brown Honeyeater, Lewins' Honeyeater, Dusky, and Scarlet Myzomela were also sighted, along with Little Lorikeets and White-naped Honeyeater, while a number of participants had good views of an Eastern Spinebill,
A highlight here was an excellent view and chorus of song given by a Crested Shriketit right above our cars!
Next stop was Amama Picnic Area for lunch, where we added a few more species to our list, among these being White-eared Monarch, (late in the season), Large-billed Scrub-wren, and Satin Bowerbird.
Afternoon Tea was had at Amamoor Creek, after which the next stop was home after a great days “Birding”!
Crested Shriketit (A.Nielsen)
Eastern Spinebill (A. Nielsen)
New Holland Honeyeater (A. Nielsen)
Seventy Species in all were recorded for the day. (Please refer to the List below – st = Stirlings Crossing, ama = Amama, - ack = Amamoor Creek) Maned Duck ack, Straw-necked Ibis st ama, Eastern Cattle Egret st, White-faced Heron st, Black-shouldered Kite st, Pacific Baza st, Whistling Kite st, White-bellied Sea Eagle st, Masked Lapwing st, White-headed Pigeon st, Brown Cuckoo-Dove st, Wonga Pigeon st, Peaceful Dove st ama, Bar-shouldered Dove st, Fan-tailed Cuckoo st, Laughing Kookaburra st ack, Azure Kingfisher st, Rainbow Bee-eater st, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo st, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo st, Rainbow Lorikeet st, Little Lorikeet st, Pale-headed Rosella ack, Australian King Parrot st, Regent Bowerbird st, Satin Bowerbird ama, White-throated Treecreeper st ama, Variegated Fairy-wren ack, Dusky Myzomela st, Scarlet Myzomela st ama, Eastern Spinebill st, Brown Honeyeater st, New Holland Honeyeater st, Noisy Friarbird st, White-naped Honeyeater st, Yellow-faced Honeyeater st ack, Bell Miner st ack, Noisy Miner ack, Lewin's Honeyeater st ama ack, Spotted Pardalote st, Striated Pardalote st ama, White-browed Scrubwren st, Large-billed Scrubwren ama, Brown Thornbill st, Eastern Whipbird st ama ack, Dusky Woodswallow st ack, Australian Magpie st ack, Pied Currawong st ama, Black-faced Cuckooshrike st, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike st, Varied Triller st, Crested Shriketit st, Australian Golden Whistler st ama, Little Shrikethrush st ama, Grey Shrikethrush st ama, Spangled Drongo am, Willie Wagtail st, Grey Fantail st ama ack, Spectacled Monarch st, White-eared Monarch ama, Magpie-lark st, Restless Flycatcher st, Torresian Crow st ama, Eastern Yellow Robin st ama ack, Rose Robin st, Welcome Swallow st, Silvereye st, Russet-tailed Thrush st, Red-browed Finch st ama, Double-barred Finch st
Eastern Yellow Robin (A. Nielsen)
White-eared Monarch (A. Nielsen)
Peaceful Dove (A. Nielsen)
Hoping that all who attended may have enjoyed the “Birding” Experience we offered, Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen. COOLOOLA NATURE www.birdingcooloola.org.au firstname.lastname@example.org ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________