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Report

Cooby Creek Water Reservoir Bird Survey 1995

In 1995 Pat McConnell and Al Young completed a report on the bird life of Cooby Dam for the Toowoomba Council. That report is contained here, and makes for an interesting comparison to our recent survey work at Cooby.

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Sightings

Fairy gerygone sighting in Redwood Park

Fairy gerygone – Gerygone palpebrosa Photo credit: Roger Jaensch

On 19 November 2021, a Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa was heard, sighted and photographed by local BirdLife members in dry rainforest (semi-evergreen vine-thicket) at lower Redwood Park, on the Toowoomba escarpment.

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Survey trip

Table Top Mountain Bush Reserve

Double-barred finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Photo credit: Mike Ford

After abandoning our initial plan of Duggan Park due to high winds and the potential of falling branches, it was decided to head to a more sheltered site nearby, which proved to be a brilliant decision.

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Survey trip

The Palms National Park

The Palms is a tiny patch of rainforest surrounded by farmland and woodland just north of Cooyar.

A profusion of palms (if that’s not a botanical phrase it needs to be) Photo: Scot McPhie
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Survey trip

Prince Henry Drive

Wrapped around the edge of the escarpment Prince Henry Drive has a reputation as one of the best birding spots in Toowoomba, and certainly lived up to that when we visited.

Regent bowerbird (male) – Sericulus chrysocephalus Photo: Mike Ford
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Survey trip

Jondaryan and surrounds

Painted honeyeater – Grantiella picta Photo: Roger Jaensch

Only half an hour north-west of Toowoomba, Jondaryan is a birding hotspot and well known as a reliable site to see Painted honeyeaters at the end of the year.

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Survey trip

Cooby Dam

Cooby Dam is a popular recreational water spot just north of Toowoomba. To say it was low on water at the time of our visit is something of an understatement. It was around 35% full!

This is normally all water! Photo credit: Scot McPhie

Despite the lack of water the site still supports a vast array of birdlife, and is one of the best birding sites around Toowoomba, and we had a very enjoyable time on the day we visited.

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Survey trip

Lake Broadwater

Black swans (Cygnus atratus) Photo credit: Mike Ford

Ten determined members and friends of the Darling Downs group ventured to Lake Broadwater, south-west of Dalby at the western edge of the main cropping belt, on 24 July 2021.

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Other

Rainbow Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome

Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_lorikeet#/media/File:Rainbow_Lorikeet_(Trichoglossus_moluccanus)_at_Adelaide_Airport_1.jpg

The University of Sydney has launched a citizen science project to help solve the cause of Rainbow Lorikeet paralysis. Toowoomba and the Darling Downs is in the region where this disease is occurring.

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Survey trip

Irongate Conservation Park

Irongate is a gorgeous little conservation block just outside of Pittsworth, and it is mainly surrounded by farm land. This was our second visit to the site, almost a year to the day after our first visit, and we found an abundance of birdlife.