Friday, 28 February 2020

Beginners Bird Walk at Rainforest Reserve

Wompoo Fruit dove - Australia's largest pigeon
Lead a bird walk for Birdlife Australia this morning at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a wonderful rainforest reserve overlooking the iconic Glasshouse Mountains, and, despite the rain, we had a nice time in an always beautiful forest. Enjoyed close views of nesting Wompoo Fruit dove, dueting and dueling Eastern Whipbirds, Southern Logrunner to mention a few.

Couple of nice comments received via email already..

"Thank you for this morning...we were both amazed at how many birds you spotted." &

"Hi Ken - many thanks for the bird walk this morning. How lucky we were with the rain. Murray and I really enjoyed the walk and your knowledge - thank you." 

Ken -

Monday, 24 February 2020

Steve in Tasmania

Whilst Ken is doing all the hard work back at the Sunshine Coast, I am spending some time in Tasmania, a special place for all birders. Here are some of my photos taken in the Cradle Mountain area. Stay tuned for our forthcoming Tasmanian birding tour in February 2021. Contact us for your expression of interest at

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Ken goes birding in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - January 2020

Early this year I was invited by a few other local birders to do a day's birding in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland; specifically the western slopes of the Conondale Ranges. This is one of the great birding areas in south east Queensland. 

On the way to Kilcoy we stopped briefly at Cove Road near Stanmore. At Kilcoy we stopped near the abattoir before driving north. We stopped at a number of sites including Peach Trees and the nearby Yabba Road. On the Kimbombi Road we also saw some nice woodland species. We saw a great variety of species for the day plus a few nice mammals.
Cotton Pygmy Geese

Black tailed Nativehen - an uncommon bird for the Sunshine Coast

Black tailed Nativehen
Yellow rumped Thornbill near Kilcoy

Yellow rumped Thornbill near Kilcoy
Variegated Fairywren

Brown Treecreeper
White bellied Cuckoo Shrike
Yellow tufted Honeyeater

Jacky Winter

Fuscous Honeyeater
Varied Sitella
Striated Thornbill
White winged Chough
juvenile Brown Goshawk

Whiptail Wallaby
Red Deer - introduced species

These sites have been woven into our Brisbane Birding Break Tour - Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which we hope to run a couple of times in 2021. Please email me for details - 
headless Red rumped Parrot - an uncommon species this far east
Pink eared Duck at Kimbombi Road Dam

Hoary headed Grebe
both Hoary headed and Australasian Grebe 
- Ken Cross