Speckled Warbler - an uncommon bird in the western parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

ROUTE AND DURATION5 DAYS – Brisbane – Kilcoy – Murgon – Noosa – Brisbane



Painted Buttonquail
M - Day #1 – Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 8-30am bound for Kilcoy. We will take some time for birding enroute, visiting a range of sites. The first may be Sheep Station Creek near Morayfield. This is a good area of Open Woodland with resident Fuscous Honeyeaters, White bellied Cuckoo Shrikes, Little Lorikeets and such specials as Painted Button quail and Powerful Owl. Local rarities such as Black chinned Honeyeater have been recorded from time to time.  

Torresian Kingfisher
After considering tide times we may squeeze in a visit to the little town of Toorbul, which is located on the coast of Pumicestone Passage looking east to Bribie Island. This is an excellent area for birding with good bushland birds, good mangrove species [Honeyeater, Gerygone and Kingfisher] plus migratory waders.

 In the afternoon we will drive west to the town of Kilcoy for a night’s stay.
o/n Kilcoy                 LD

T - Day #2Kilcoy to Murgon
Today we drive north from Kilcoy to the town of Murgon. This drive will take us through a variety of forested woodland. We have a few particular sites planned and we will visit wet sclerophyl forest and  drier open forests typical of the western slopes of the Conondale Range. 

Always lovely to see - Koala
In these drier forests we will encounter a few species that are unknown or uncommon further east such as Dusky Woodswallow, Jacky Winter, Brown Treecreeper, Fuscous Honeyeater, Rufous Songlark as well as smaller species like Weebill, Buff-rumped and Yellow Thornbills and Speckled Warblers. In this country we also have a chance for Red tailed Black Cockatoos; an uncommon bird in SE QLD. Searching through the treetops might also yield Koala.

As we drive further towards Murgon we will have a chance for such species as White winged Choughs, Apostlebirds and even Red rumped Parrots.

We will take all day to this drive and we should expect a list of close to a hundred species.
o/n Murgon                                             The Australian Hotel                    BLD
Regent Bowerbird

T - Day #3 – Murgon to Noosa
Echidna photographed in the Conondales
From Murgon we will spend the day driving further east towards Noosa. There is a great range of good birding sites in the northern parts of the Sunshine Coast.

Our day will be flexible and if there still some species to target in the Conondale area we may do that first.

Further east we will stop at Lake MacDonald for a good range of species. Black necked Storks are usually seen near here and there are a good variety of ducks, grebes, herons, egret, ibis and terns. Nearby forest is home to Fairy Gerygone and we may spend some time looking for this uncommon resident. 

Glossy Black Cockatoo
Driving though to Noosa Heads will allow us perhaps a few new coastal species for our trip and an opportunity to enjoy the view north from the Noosa National Park. We also hope to target Glossy Black Cockatoos, a rare and beautiful cockatoo, as they come in to drink at dusk. This should be one of the highlights of our trip.
o/n  near Noosa                                                                                  BLD

T - Day #4 – Noosa to Blackall Range
From Noosa we will start our drive back to Brisbane along the Sunshine Coast. It is often a beautiful drive and we will visit a few iconic sites on the Sunshine Coast to try to fill any and all gaps in our list. 

We will visit a few sites along the coast before heading a small distance inland to bird along the famous Finland Road area and some sites around the Bli Bli area.

Our drive will eventually take us west onto the Blackall Range where we will stop for a night. After dinner this evening we will spend a small amount of time spotlighting for such speces as Tawny Frogmouth, Boobook Owl as well as the limited Range specie; Marbled Frogmouth. These forests also hold a few nocturnal mammals such as Mountain Brushtail and Greater Glider.           BLD

Day #5 - Blackall Range to Brisbane

Our final day will start with breakfast and a dawn chorus in a patch of Eucalypt Forest; this will provide us with a chance to focus on the songs of some common forest species. After breakfast we will enjoy the drive along the Blackall Range to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve [MCSR].

MCSR enjoys stunning views across the Glasshouse Mountains. It also protects a remnant area of upland rainforest and we will have a walk here to see some common rainforest bird species in addition to the resident Red legged Pademelons - a small specie of kangaroo!

The rest of the day will be flexible and determined, in part, by our bird list so far. We may spend some more time in forest habitats or we may target some coastal areas near Caloundra for some missing species.

We plan to be back in Brisbane by 5pm.    B

 Magpie Goose
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Wandering Whistling-Duck
Freckled Duck
Black Swan
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Maned Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pink-eared Duck
Australian Brush-Turkey
Brown Quail
King Quail
Great crested Grebe
Australasian Grebe
Great crested Grebe
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australasian Darter
Australian Pelican
Pacific Heron
Great Egret (Australasian)
Intermediate [Plumed] Egret
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Pacific Reef-Heron
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron
Rufous Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Osprey (Australasian)
Australian Black shouldered Kite
Pacific Baza
Square-tailed Kite
Little Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Spotted Harrier
Grey Goshawk
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Buff-banded Rail
Lewin's Rail
Pale vented Bush-hen
Baillon's Crake
Spotless Crake
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Bush Thick-knee
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Red-capped Plover
Red-kneed Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Australian Painted-snipe
Comb-crested Jacana
Silver Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
White-headed Pigeon
Spotted Dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Emerald Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Wonga Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Topknot Pigeon
Pallid Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Pheasant Coucal
Sooty Owl
Australian Masked-Owl
Australasian Grass-Owl
Barn Owl (Australian)
Powerful Owl
Barking Owl
Southern Boobook
Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Tawny Frogmouth
Marbled Frogmouth
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Forest Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Torresian Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Australian Kestrel
Australian Hobby
Brown Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian King-Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
Little Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Noisy Pitta
Green Catbird
Regent Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Variegated Fairywren
Superb Fairywren
Red-backed Fairywren
Eastern Spinebill
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Dusky Myzomela
Scarlet Myzomela
Brown Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird
Striped Honeyeater
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren
Large-billed Scrubwren
Speckled Warbler
Brown Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Buff rumped Thornbill
White-throated Gerygone
Brown Gerygone
Grey-crowned Babbler
Australian Logrunner
Eastern Whipbird
White-breasted Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australasian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Barred Cuckooshrike
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
White-bellied Cuckooshrike
White-winged Triller
Varied Triller
Common Cicadabird
Varied Sittella
Crested Shrike-tit
Rufous Shrike-Thrush
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Olive-backed Oriole
Australasian Figbird
Spangled Drongo
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
White-eared Monarch
Black-faced Monarch
Spectacled Monarch
Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Torresian Crow
Australian Raven
White-winged Chough
Paradise Riflebird
Rose Robin
Pale-yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Australasian Bushlark
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Australian Reed-Warbler
Little Grassbird
Brown Songlark
Tawny Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Russet-tailed Thrush
Common Myna
European Starling
Australasian Pipit
House Sparrow
Diamond Firetail
Red-browed Firetail
Plum-headed Finch
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Scaly-breasted Munia
Chestnut-breasted Munia

SELECTED OTHER FAUNA – Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Red-necked Wallaby, Black striped Wallaby, Whiptail Wallaby, Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby, Swamp Wallaby, Common Brushtail Possum, Feathertail Glider, Southern Greater Glider, Common Ringtail Possum, Yellow-bellied Glider (southern subspecies), Sugar Glider, Common Wombat, Koala, Yellow-footed Antechinus, Brown Antechinus, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Echidna, Platypus

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