Ravensbourne National Park

Photo credit: Tony Bond

Our second excursion to Ravensbourne National Park as the Darling Downs group took place in balmy weather and spirits were high after so many trip cancellations over the past year or so due to wet weather.

Photo credit: Scot McPhie

Birds were quite active, so our progress was gradual and resulted in a decision to not visit the distant lower area (drier open-forest) but focus just on the rainforest.

Photo credit: Scot McPhie

As always, we were in awe of the girth and height of some of the Sydney blue gums and other emergent trees and botanically-aware members showed us some interesting understorey plants.

Photo credit: Scot McPhie

Highlights among the birds seen included a baker’s dozen Topknot Pigeons bursting from their high perch, many cheeky pairs of Rufous Fantail and a pair of Russet-tailed Thrush that seemed to be bringing food to an unseen nest.

Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Green Catbird and Spectacled Monarch were present but hard to see. Species that we don’t see around Toowoomba but that we would hope to add on future visits include Paradise Riflebird (more likely in the highest section, not visited today), Yellow-throated Scrubwren (over 20 previous Birdata records, in 10 months of the year) and Australian Logrunner (2 previous Birdata records, both in October 2015). All the birds seen on the day follows:

Australian Brush-turkey  –  Alectura lathami

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike  –  Coracina novaehollandiae

Black-faced Monarch  –  Monarcha melanopsis

Brown Cuckoo-Dove  –  Macropygia phasianella

Brown Gerygone  –  Gerygone mouki

Cicadabird  –  Edolisoma tenuirostris

Crimson Rosella  –  Platycercus elegans

Eastern Koel  –  Eudynamys orientalis

Eastern Spinebill  –  Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Eastern Whipbird  –  Psophodes olivaceus

Eastern Yellow Robin  –  Eopsaltria australis

Golden Whistler  –  Pachycephala pectoralis

Green Catbird  –  Ailuroedus crassirostris

Grey Fantail  –  Rhipidura fuliginosa

Grey Shrike-thrush  –  Colluricincla harmonica

Large-billed Scrubwren  –  Sericornis magnirostra

Laughing Kookaburra  –  Dacelo novaeguineae

Lewin’s Honeyeater  –  Meliphaga lewinii

Little Shrike-thrush  –  Colluricincla megarhyncha

Noisy Friarbird  –  Philemon corniculatus

Pale-headed Rosella  –  Platycercus adscitus

Pied Currawong  –  Strepera graculina

Rainbow Lorikeet  –  Trichoglossus moluccanus

Regent Bowerbird  –  Sericulus chrysocephalus

Rufous Fantail  –  Rhipidura rufifrons

Rufous Whistler  –  Pachycephala rufiventris

Russet-tailed Thrush  –  Zoothera heinei

Sacred Kingfisher  –  Todiramphus sanctus

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo  –  Chalcites lucidus

Silvereye  –  Zosterops lateralis Spangled

Drongo  –  Dicrurus bracteatus Spectacled

Monarch  –  Symposiarchus trivirgatus

Spotted Pardalote  –  Pardalotus punctatus

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  –  Cacatua galerita

Topknot Pigeon  –  Lopholaimus antarcticus

White-browed Scrubwren  –  Sericornis frontalis

White-headed Pigeon  –  Columba leucomela

White-throated Treecreeper  –  Cormobates leucophaea

Wompoo Fruit-Dove  –  Ptilinopus magnificus

Wonga Pigeon  –  Leucosarcia melanoleuca

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo  –  Zanda funereus

Today with ten observers we listed 41 species in 3.0 hours, whereas on our previous survey of this area and habitat (6 February 2021), with seven observers, we listed 45 species in 3.5 hours. We used the 500m radius area search and the table below reveals that 32 of the cumulative 54 species (59%) were recorded on both occasions.

A comparison of the sightings from our two different visits

There are many factors influencing the differences, including the status of flowering and fruiting trees and the fact that, on both occasions, separate parts of the trail network were not walked. The 500m radius method of surveying is good for compiling, in short time, an inventory of species that occur in a habitat but is less useful than the 2ha-20minute method, for comparing between visits and locations.

Rufous shrike thrush – Colluricincla rufogaster — Photo credit: Sue McIlwraith
Lewin’s Honeyeater – Meliphaga lewinii — Photo credit: Sue McIlwraith
Sacred Kingfisher – Todiramphus sanctus — Photo credit Sue McIlwraith
White-throated Treecreeper – Cormobates leucophaea — Photo credit: Tony Bond
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike – Coracina novaehollandiae — Photo credit: Tony Bond
Photo credit: Scot McPhie
Photo credit: Scot McPhie
Photo credit: Scot McPhie