Cooby Dam (Groomsville End)

Australasian darter – Anhinga novaehollandiae – Photo Tony Bond

The western end of Cooby Dam, around Groomsville, is one of the birding hotspots in the Toowoomba area, and made for an enjoyable second visit by the Darling Downs Birdlife group.

Although sunny it was windy which definitely accounts for the lower amount of sightings this time around, compared to our first visit here in November last year.

The same sites were surveyed, but troubling internet connections meant everything had to be recorded by hand and not straight into the birdata app.

All up 19 species were sighted – 16 species across our three survey sites and three incidental sightings outside of the survey areas. The three survey sites and results can be viewed here in birdata. The 19 sighted in total are:

Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae
Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
Rose RobinPetroica rosea
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Scarlet HoneyeaterMyzomela sanguinolenta
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Superb Fairy-wrenMalurus cyaneus
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
Yellow ThornbillAcanthiza nana

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the soaring Australasian darters, and a flock of Little pied cormorants.

Australasian darter – Anhinga novaehollandiae – Photo Tony Bond
Australasian darter – Anhinga novaehollandiae – Photo Tony Bond
Little pied cormorant ~ Microcarbo melanoleucos– Photo Tony Bond

Despite the windy conditions it was still a very enjoyable morning.

Eurasian coot – Fulica atra – Photo Tony Bond
Australasian grebe – Tachybaptus novaehollandiae – Photo Tony Bond

The mix of birds at this site makes it very interesting to visit, with many woodland birds there as well as waterbirds.

Noisy friarbird – Philemon corniculatus – Photo Tony Bond
Grey fantail – Rhipidura albiscapa– Photo Tony Bond
Willy wagtail – Rhipidura leucophrys – Photo Tony Bond

As a side note there was virtually no signs of turtle nesting at the final site, compared to dozens and dozens of the nests and discarded leathery shells the first time we visited. We’re hoping this is just due to the time of year.

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We appreciated being able to join you for a short time at the Groomsville End of Cooby Dam on 22nd April 2023

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