Lake Broadwater

Grey butcherbird – Cracticus torquatus – Photo: Mike Ford

The five BirdLife members approaching Lake Broadwater Conservation Park on Saturday 23 July 2022 wondered if they would even reach the site, given the numerous spots around Dalby where water was running beside or over the roads. However, despite flooded tracks around the southern side of the lake, the group was able to access several areas in the park and enjoyed the fine weather and birding at this special place.

Four areas were surveyed using the standardised 2 ha, 20 minute area search, all being ‘new’ sites in the north-west of the park. Habitat was an interesting mix of tree species including ironbark, box, brigalow (some fine old specimens), she-oak and/or red gum, over moderately dense shrubland dominated by wilga, and tussock grass of variable density and height. Other species recorded in the north-west as well as birds found in a brief area search near the southern bird hide, were documented in the ‘500m radius area search’ category.

Photo: Roger Jaensch

Of the 60 bird species listed, only eight were waterbirds and there were very few individuals. Doubtless this was because the lake was over-full and rather turbid, with hardly any emergent wetland plants; also, the abundance of water in the region and farther inland probably had caused waterbirds to disperse widely. In the 2ha plots, the number of species ranged from nine to 17.

Apostlebird – Struthidea cinerea – Photo: Mike Ford

Although seen only briefly, a White-backed Swallow was one of the highlights for the day. Other species that generated extra attention included Rose Robin (a grey-brown bird), Jacky Winter, Western Gerygone and Inland Thornbill.

Here’s the species list for the day:

Apostlebird   –   Struthidea cinerea

Australasian Darter   –   Anhinga novaehollandiae

Australian Magpie   –   Gymnorhina tibicen

Australian Wood Duck   –   Chenonetta jubata

Black Swan   –   Cygnus atratus

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike   –   Coracina novaehollandiae

Brown Honeyeater   –   Lichmera indistincta

Cockatiel   –   Nymphicus hollandicus

Double-barred Finch   –   Taeniopygia bichenovii

Dusky Moorhen   –   Gallinula tenebrosa

Eastern Yellow Robin   –   Eopsaltria australis

Galah   –   Eolophus roseicapilla

Golden Whistler   –   Pachycephala pectoralis

Great Crested Grebe   –   Podiceps cristatus

Grey Butcherbird   –   Cracticus torquatus

Grey Fantail   –   Rhipidura fuliginosa

Grey Shrike-thrush   –   Colluricincla harmonica

Grey Teal   –   Anas gracilis Grey-crowned

Babbler   –   Pomatostomus temporalis

Inland Thornbill   –   Acanthiza apicalis

Jacky Winter   –   Microeca fascinans

Laughing Kookaburra   –   Dacelo novaeguineae

Little Corella   –   Cacatua sanguinea

Little Friarbird   –   Philemon citreogularis

Magpie-lark   –   Grallina cyanoleuca

Masked Lapwing   –   Vanellus miles

Mistletoebird   –   Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Nankeen Kestrel   –   Falco cenchroides

Noisy Miner   –   Manorina melanocephala

Pacific Black Duck   –   Anas superciliosa

Pale-headed Rosella   –   Platycercus adscitus

Peaceful Dove   –   Geopelia placida

Pied Butcherbird   –   Cracticus nigrogularis

Pied Currawong   –   Strepera graculina

Red-browed Finch   –   Neochmia temporalis

Red-rumped Parrot   –   Psephotus haematonotus

Restless Flycatcher   –   Myiagra inquieta

Rose Robin   –   Petroica rosea

Rufous Whistler   –   Pachycephala rufiventris

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet   –   Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Silvereye   –   Zosterops lateralis

Speckled Warbler   –   Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater   –   Acanthagenys rufogularis

Spotted Pardalote   –   Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote   –   Pardalotus striatus

Striped Honeyeater   –   Plectorhyncha lanceolata

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo   –   Cacatua galerita

Superb Fairy-wren   –   Malurus cyaneus

Torresian Crow   –   Corvus orru

Weebill   –   Smicrornis brevirostris

Welcome Swallow   –   Hirundo neoxena

Western Gerygone   –   Gerygone fusca

Whistling Kite   –   Haliastur sphenurus

White-backed Swallow   –   Cheramoeca leucosterna

White-plumed Honeyeater   –   Ptilotula penicillata

White-throated Treecreeper   –   Cormobates leucophaea

Willie Wagtail   –   Rhipidura leucophrys

Yellow Thornbill   –   Acanthiza nana

Yellow-faced Honeyeater   –   Caligavis chrysops

Yellow-rumped Thornbill   –   Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Photo: Mike Ford