Lockyer Uplands Private Property #3

Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis Photo: Mitchell Roberts

The on-site briefing for our joint BirdLife-TBO contribution to the LUCI bird survey project was interrupted when a passing vehicle flushed two or three Glossy Black-Cockatoos.

Glossy black cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Our hosts, who knew this to be a hotspot for these birds, graciously were not upset when we marched off to get better views. Subsequently, we enjoyed watching a pair feeding in the understorey she-oaks, the nipping sound as they chewed into the cones punctuated with soft calls.

The location for this outing was the escarpment and upper area on East Egypt Road, Egypt—a locality with several theories as to its naming! The team worked along the base of the escarpment, accompanied by the landowner and his daughter, listing 38 bird species.

Highlights were two brown-phase Rose Robins, ten Golden Whistlers, several Varied Trillers, a few Brown Cuckoo-Doves and a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles overhead.

Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Habitat was varied, partly open, but including semi-evergreen vine-thicket on the slope, dominated by impressive large fig and silky oak trees.

Later, after enjoying morning tea at the weekender retreat, admiring the expansive view to Mount Whitestone, we explored eucalypt woodland nearby. Here we added two White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes. Silvereye was the most abundant species, followed by figbirds and Noisy Friarbirds.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Overall, a fairly typical late winter result for our combined bird survey effort with Toowoomba Bird Observers, in support of Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc.

Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti
Australian King-ParrotAlisterus scapularis
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Bar-shouldered DoveGeopelia humeralis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia phasianella
Brown ThornbillAcanthiza pusilla
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Glossy Black-CockatooCalyptorhynchus lathami
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Large-billed ScrubwrenSericornis magnirostra
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Little FriarbirdPhilemon citreogularis
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus
Red-backed Fairy-wrenMalurus melanocephalus
Red-browed FinchNeochmia temporalis
Rose RobinPetroica rosea
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Shining Bronze-CuckooChalcites lucidus
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
Welcome SwallowHirundo neoxena
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina papuensis
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops