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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.

The birdata listing has 192 species for the whole site, but we decided to concentrate on the area around Loveday Cove.

Roger designed the survey sites and as a group of 4 we concentrated on the ones on the southern end, and then Roger did the ones on the northern end separately later.

If you want to survey these sites yourself and add to our knowledge of the area here they are in kml and gpx format.

This boat ramp is normally partially submerged in water Photo credit: Scot McPhie

Altogether across the northern and southern sites we counted 62 species – in order of most frequently seen, to least:

WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Superb Fairy-wrenMalurus cyaneus
Red-backed Fairy-wrenMalurus melanocephalus
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Brown-headed HoneyeaterMelithreptus brevirostris
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
White-throated GerygoneGerygone olivacea
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatus
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis
Welcome SwallowHirundo neoxena
Black SwanCygnus atratus
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotes
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Black-winged StiltHimantopus leucocephalus
Black-fronted DotterelElseyornis melanops
Masked LapwingVanellus miles
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Straw-necked IbisThreskiornis spinicollis
Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostris
Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Nankeen KestrelFalco cenchroides
Musk LorikeetGlossopsitta concinna
Scaly-breasted LorikeetTrichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Variegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lamberti
Striped HoneyeaterPlectorhyncha lanceolata
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Blue-faced HoneyeaterEntomyzon cyanotis
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatus
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Yellow-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza chrysorrhoa
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Double-barred FinchTaeniopygia bichenovii
Australasian PipitAnthus novaeseelandiae
Fairy MartinPetrochelidon ariel
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans
Golden headed cisticola Cisticola exilis Photo credit: Mike Ford
Rufous whistler Pachycephala rufiventris Photo credit: Mike Ford

Speckled warbler Pyrrholaemus sagittatus Photo credit: Mike Ford
Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris Photo credit: Mike Ford
Black swan Cygnus atratus tending nest Photo credit: Scot McPhie
Musk lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna Photo credit: Scot McPhie

And finally here’s Cooby in wetter times! 🙂

April 2016 Photo credit: Nicci Thompson
December 2011 Photo credit: Scot McPhie

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