Highfields Falls

Brown Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia amboinensis Photo credit: Mike Ford

Highfields Falls is always a delight to visit and on a cool overcast day it still held some surprises.

It was a great relief to finally meet as a group for a birding walk at Highfields Falls on 9 April, after a four month hiatus due to the end-of-year break, covid requirements and wet weather.

The breezy overcast weather did not deter the ten people who participated though our list of species was shorter than what this excellent park usually delivers.

On previous occasions the group has conducted a 500m-radius survey here but today we completed three 2ha-20minute surveys. These sites can be revisited on future occasions.

Survey sites

We were ahead of the cool-season influx of birds from southern states and a Rufous Fantail was still present in the wetter forest (not yet returned to the north). Along with some other park users, we saw a Grey Goshawk and Brown Goshawk overhead, apparently competing for territorial space. Scarlet Honeyeaters were among the nectar feeders in flowering orange mistletoe.

Yellow faced honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Photo: Sue McIlwraith

This is the total list for the day:

Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen

Brown Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia phasianella

Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus

Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta

Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla

Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera

Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis

Galah Eolophus roseicapilla

Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa

Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae

Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae

Lewin’s Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus

Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida

Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis

Red-backed Fairy-wren Malurus melanocephalus

Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis

Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta

Silvereye Zosterops lateralis

Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita

Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus

Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera

White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus

Yellow-faced Honeyeater Caligavis chrysops

One reply on “Highfields Falls”

I was very interested to read about the Cooby Creek Bird Survey 1995, as Wes & I had started doing monthly surveys there from May 1996. We are doing fewer outings there now, but over the years have recorded 136 species and it was good to compare our sightings during that period, quite nostalgic in fact!

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