|Speckled Warbler - an uncommon bird in the western parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.|
|Always lovely to see - 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.
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|
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. BL
Great crested Grebe