Deongwar Bioblitz

Photo: Scot McPhie

The Queensland Conservation Council is aiming to have Deongwar State Forest permanently added to the Queensland’s conservation estate before 31st of December 2024. To assist with this a bioblitz was held on April 27th.

The QCC states “Deongwar State Forest on the lands of the Dungibara People contains 4700 hectares of intact, high conservation value, remnant native forest that has good connectivity to adjoining nature reserves and nearby national parks. It is home to 146 protected native animals including the long-nosed potoroo, powerful owl, black-breasted button-quail, brush-tailed rock wallaby, white-throated needletail, glossy-black cockatoo, red tailed- cockatoo, koala and greater glider.”

BSQDD participated by doing bird surveys at the western side of the forest. In order to maximise the amount of birds that we could see, we conducted our surveys earlier in the day, and in a separate area away from the other bioblitz participants.

The surveys were all recorded using Birdlife’s standardised survey techniques, and added to birdata, as well as being provided to the QCC to be added to the bioblitz data.

Crested shrike-tit – Falcunculus frontatus Photo: Roger Jaensch

Five surveys were conducted over four, two hectare plots. Twenty-seven species were sighted in total. The highlights were the Rose Robin and Crested Shrike-tit. The Regent Bowerbird and Varied Triller are probably indicative of wetter conditions here than in other similar eucalypt dominated forests in the area.

Brown cuckoo-dove – Macropygia phasianella – Photo: Scot McPhie

The total list for the morning follows:

Brown Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia phasianella
Brown GerygoneGerygone mouki
Brown ThornbillAcanthiza pusilla
Crested Shrike-titFalcunculus frontatus
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Fan-tailed CuckooCacomantis flabelliformis
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey FantailRhipidura albiscapa
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Little LorikeetGlossopsitta pusilla
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus
Red-browed FinchNeochmia temporalis
Regent BowerbirdSericulus chrysocephalus
Rose RobinPetroica rosea
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Shining Bronze-CuckooChalcites lucidus
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatus
White-throated TreecreeperCormobates leucophaea
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops
Photo: Scot McPhie
Photo: Scot McPhie

This was a very enjoyable morning and it was great to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. We aim to revisit Deongwar to do follow up surveys next year.

Photo: Scot McPhie