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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.

Despite significant overnight rain and increasing wind strength, observers split into two groups and completed surveys (2 ha, 20 minute standardised method) of five plots that had been designed in advance, in relatively easy-access woodland south of the lake. If you’d like to survey the same sites you can download a GPX or KML file here and then open them in a GPS device or Google Earth.

Habitats varied from tall stands of forest red gum close to the lake, to quite dense Callitris native pine and poplar box farther away, as well as short grassland with scattered shrubs.

Photo credit: Scot McPhie

After a late morning tea, some members examined waterbirds in the inflow corner of the lake, which was mostly inundated but not to capacity.

At least 46 species were documented on the cool but sunny morning.

ApostlebirdStruthidea cinerea
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae
Australasian ShovelerSpatula rhynchotis
Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus
Australian RavenCorvus coronoides
Australian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus australis
Black SwanCygnus atratus
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotes
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Eurasian CootFulica atra
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Grey TealAnas gracilis
Grey-crowned BabblerPomatostomus temporalis
HardheadAythya australis
Jacky WinterMicroeca fascinans
Little CorellaCacatua sanguinea
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Pink-eared DuckMalacorhynchus membranaceus
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
Red-capped RobinPetroica goodenovii
Restless FlycatcherMyiagra inquieta
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Scaly-breasted LorikeetTrichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Singing HoneyeaterGavicalis virescens
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatus
Square-tailed KiteLophoictinia isura
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Stubble QuailCoturnix pectoralis
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Yellow ThornbillAcanthiza nana
Yellow-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza chrysorrhoa

Highlights of the woodland birds were a Square-tailed Kite, Red-capped Robins, Grey-crowned Babblers and Speckled Warblers. Waterbirds of interest included Australasian Shovelers, Pink-eared Ducks, Glossy Ibises and a lone Whiskered Tern.

Whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida) Photo credit: Mike Ford

An immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle passed over during refreshments.

There is plenty of scope for additional species on future visits, especially when summer migrants are present and when water levels are lower with more shallows and exposed lake bed. And there are other habitats, such as ironbark woodland, that can be surveyed including by BirdLife’s standardised methods.

Apostle bird (or as we shall now know them: a Squark) (Struthidea cinerea) Photo credit: Scot McPhie
Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax) Photo credit: Scot McPhie
Australian raven (Corvus coronoides) Photo credit: Scot McPhie
The carniverous plant Drosera finlaysoniana – Photo credit: Mike Ford
Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) – despite their red coats the kangaroos around Lake Broadwater are all Greys Photo credit: Scot McPhie
It was a big day for some……

2 replies on “Lake Broadwater”

Hi Scot, thanks for your interesting post on your outing to Lake Broadwater recently. Four of us recently spent a few hours there and counted 32 species, and wondering if there is a forum where I could post the list of what we observed, Thanks Norma

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