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

Perhaps it was the slightly windy day, or the time of day or the millions of bats, but we didn’t quite see as many birds as we were expecting.

But then perhaps it was the fact that the Palms is really an island, which only emphasises how important it is as a piece of relic habitat.

Here is the species list for the morning:

Australian Brush-turkeyAlectura lathami
Black-faced MonarchMonarcha melanopsis
Brown Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia phasianella
Brown-capped Emerald-DoveChalcophaps longirostris
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Green CatbirdAiluroedus crassirostris
Large-billed ScrubwrenSericornis magnirostra
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica Photo: Scot McPhie
Large-billed Scrubwren – Sericornis magnirostra Photo: James Blackshaw
Photo: Scot McPhie
Photo: Scot McPhie
Grey-headed flying foxes Pteropus poliocephalus Photo Scot McPhie
Red-necked pademelon Thylogale thetis Photo: James Blackshaw

Although the sighting list wasn’t that extensive it was a very enjoyable day, and after the survey was completed we went to the swing bridge in Cooyar, by which stage the wind was really picking up, but there was still some good sightings.

Sacred kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus Photo: Scot McPhie
Male King parrot – Alisterus scapularis Photo: Scot McPhie
Female King parrot – Alisterus scapularis Photo: Scot McPhie

After this we adjourned to the cafe in Cooyar. The survey details can be seen here in Birdata, and The Palms will definetely be getting another visist, and it was a very enjoyable morning all up.

One reply on “The Palms National Park”

Good Morning Scot, when the TFN went a few years ago, I think we saw just 10 species, and I took a very keen birding friend there 2 years ago, and we saw very few birds at all. 4 or 5 possibly? So 13 birds was not too bad really.
I’ll get the Prince Henry bird shots to you shortly. Extremely busy recently, so apologies. Mike

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