BBB - BUNYA MOUNTAINS AND SURROUNDS

Superb Blue wren

AUSTRALIAN BIRDING SAFARIS – BRISBANE BIRDING BREAKS
TOUR NAME – BUNYA MOUNTAINS AND SURROUNDS
ROUTE AND DURATION5 DAYS – Brisbane – Dalby – Bunya Mountains – Kingaroy – Yarraman - Brisbane
DATE /S OF DEPARTURE

COST AND INCLUSIONS

ITINERARY

Yellow throated Miners
M - Day #1 – 
Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 8-30am bound for Dalby. We will take some time for birding while we are in the area of Lockyer Valley and Gatton. There are a range of wetlands and forested areas in this region and we should get a good list going before our picnic lunch.

In the afternoon we will have an hour and a half hour drive west to Dalby via the town of Toowoomba. We will keep our eyes open for raptors during the drive west. We will find time to find Yellow throated Miners around the town.
o/n Dalby                 LD




T - Day #2 – Our morning birding will take us to Lake Broadwater, west of Dalby.

Cockatiels
“Lake Broadwater is the focal point of a 1,212ha conservation park situated in one of the most intensively cultivated agricultural districts in Queensland. The lake is a good example of a semi-permanent freshwater lake in an area where these are rare.

The conservation park is also one of a few locations on the northern Darling Downs where the landforms and soil types of the region remain uncultivated or ungrazed.

The lake itself covers approximately 350ha and is only 3–4m deep when full. Resembling a large tadpole from the air, Lake Broadwater lies on a broad alluvial plain which drains northwards into the Condamine River via Wilkie Creek. It is fed from two ephemeral streams (Broadwater and Surveyor’s gullies) draining a local catchment of about 6,000ha—most of which lies outside the park. Occasionally the lake floods during periods of summer rainfall, and may also dry out completely.

Lake Broadwater is surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow open woodland. More than 230 species of birds have been recorded at the park. The number and variety are due primarily to the wide range of habitat types; from wetlands to vegetation representative of drier inland regions. It is a valuable breeding ground for waterfowl, including migratory species. Four hundred and fifty species of plants have been identified in the park, along with at least 30 mammals, 55 reptiles, 22 frogs, numerous fish and a myriad of invertebrates”.

While we will look at the lake itself we will concentrate on the areas of cypress pine and brigalow for such species as Speckled Warbler, Red capped Robin and Chestnut rumped Thornbill.
After our picnic lunch we will travel north to Bunya Mountains for a three night stay.

o/n Bunya Mountains                              BLD

W & T - Day #3 and #4 – Two full days birding in the Bunya Mountains.
Regent Bowerbird
“The Bunya Mountains are a spectacular wilderness range forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range situated about 150km from the coast and lying almost centrally between Kingaroy and Dalby. It is an area of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands and is home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines. Dome shaped bunya pines graciously raise their majestic heads above the forest canopy crowning a magnificent green splendour. High altitude grasslands include rare grasses of international interest.

The Bunya Mountains rise abruptly from the surrounding plains to an average elevation of 975m reaching over 1100m above sea level at Mount Mowbullan and Mount Kiangarow. The range features panoramic mountain scenery and breathtaking views over the South Burnett region and Darling Downs plains. Because of its height, it is generally at least 5 – 7 C cooler than the surrounding plains all year round.

Aboriginal people historically used Bunya Mountains as a meeting place for the various tribes scattered throughout Queensland and New South Wales. They feasted seasonally on the bunya nuts collected from the bunya pine trees (Araucaria bidwillii).

Satin Bowerbird
Early Europeans used bullock and horse teams to harvest the red cedar and other precious rainforest timbers. The chutes used to roll the logs down to the bottom of the mountain can still be seen today. Today 11,700ha of Bunya Mountains is a National Park”.

Over 200 species of birds have been recorded on the range and we will attempt to see as many as we can. Paradise Riflebird, both Satin and Regent Bowerbirds, Superb Blue Wren, King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas are some of the stand-out avian attractions. Over the two days we will complete a number of short walks; the longest is about 4 km and it is generally flat.

Red necked Wallabies are conspicuous but here and there, at the forest edges one can see Black striped Wallabies as well [albeit in much smaller numbers].

Black striped Wallaby


o/n Bunya Mountains                               BLD

F - Day #5 – An early start this morning for a drive to Gordonbrook Dam, near the town of Kingaroy. This is an excellent birding locale with a good variety of species and always the chance of something unexpected!
After our picnic lunch we will make the drive back to Brisbane.                                  BL







KEY BIRD SPECIES –   


                Emu
Magpie Goose
Freckled Duck
Black Swan
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Maned Duck
Australian Shoveler
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Pink-eared Duck
Hardhead
Australian Brushturkey
Brown Quail
Stubble Quail
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
White-headed Pigeon
Spotted Dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Pacific Emerald Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Wonga Pigeon
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Topknot Pigeon
Australian Bustard
Pheasant Coucal
Pacific Koel
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Tawny Frogmouth
Marbled Frogmouth
White-throated Nightjar
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Buff-banded Rail
Black-tailed Nativehen
Baillon's Crake
Spotless Crake
Brolga
Bush Thick-knee
Pied Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Red-capped Plover
Red-kneed Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Australian Painted-Snipe
Comb-crested Jacana
Common Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Black-breasted Buttonquail
Painted Buttonquail
Silver Gull
Gull-billed Tern (Australian)
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black-necked Stork
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Pacific Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret (Plumed)
White-faced Heron
Little Egret (Australasian)
Pacific Reef-Heron
Cattle Egret
Rufous Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Osprey
Black-shouldered Kite
Square-tailed Kite
Pacific Baza
Little Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Spotted Harrier
Grey Goshawk
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Sooty Owl (Greater)
Australian Masked-Owl
Australasian Grass-Owl
Barn Owl
Powerful Owl
Barking Owl
Southern Boobook
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Forest Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Dollarbird
Australian Kestrel
Australian Hobby
Brown Falcon
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Galah
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Cockatiel
Australian King-Parrot
Red-winged Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
Greater Bluebonnet
Red-rumped Parrot
Budgerigar
Musk Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Noisy Pitta
Green Catbird
Regent Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird
Spotted Bowerbird
White-throated Treecreeper
Red-browed Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Purple-backed Fairywren
Variegated Fairywren
Superb Fairywren
White-winged Fairywren
Red-backed Fairywren
Eastern Spinebill
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Yellow-throated Miner
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Little Wattlebird
Regent Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater
Dusky Myzomela
Scarlet Myzomela
Brown Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
Painted Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren
Large-billed Scrubwren
Speckled Warbler
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Inland Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Weebill
White-throated Gerygone
Brown Gerygone
Western Gerygone
Grey-crowned Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Australian Logrunner
Spotted Quail-thrush
Ground Cuckooshrike
Barred Cuckooshrike
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
White-bellied Cuckooshrike
White-winged Triller
Varied Triller
Common Cicadabird
Varied Sittella
Eastern Whipbird
Crested Shrike-tit (Eastern)
Grey Shrikethrush
Little Shrikethrush
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Olive-backed Oriole
Australasian Figbird
White-breasted Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Willie-wagtail
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Spangled Drongo
Paradise Riflebird
White-eared Monarch
Black-faced Monarch
Spectacled Monarch
Magpie-lark
Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
White-winged Chough
Apostlebird
Torresian Crow
Australian Raven
Jacky-winter
Rose Robin
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Pale-yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Australasian Bushlark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Reed Warbler
Little Grassbird
Brown Songlark
Rufous Songlark
Tawny Grassbird
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
White-backed Swallow
Silvereye
European Starling
Common Myna
Bassian Thrush
Russet-tailed Thrush
Mistletoebird
Diamond Firetail
Red-browed Firetail
Plum-headed Finch
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Scaly-breasted Munia
Chestnut-breasted Munia

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