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AUSTRALIA, 24th September to 21st October 1999,Tony Clarke
This report is dedicated to the memory of Phoebe Snetsinger for whom this was the last complete trip before her tragic accident which occurred in Madagascar in November 1999. Our thoughts will always be with her.
Tony Clarke -
C/ República Dominicana, Nº 61,
Barrio de Fátima,
Phone - +34-922-524291 Fax - +34-922-512887 E-mail - email@example.com
Terry Reis -
3/28, Harold Street,
Holland Park, QLD 4121,
Phone - +61-7-3324-2614, E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoebe Snetsinger -
420, Algonquin Place,
MO 63119, USA
Friday 24th September -I met Phoebe at Cairns International Airport mid morning and we transferred directly to Cassowary House at Kuranda on the edge of the Atherton Tablelands where we had arranged to spend the night with Phil and Sue Gregory. On arrival we were not too surprised to find a Cassowary on the lawn in front of the house, as we had a similar experience with this species at the same location two years previous. Our main reason for visiting Phil (who was away on a trip) and Sue was the prospect of seeing Red-necked Crake, a species which Phoebe wanted better views of as the ones she had before at Kingfisher Caravan Park had not been good. Whilst Phoebe rested for a while I went for a look around Kuranda and bought a few beers for the evening. I returned in the late afternoon and although not exactly when expected the crake appeared and gave some great views as it was fed cheese by Sue. We then had our first try for one of the trip target species, Lesser Sooty Owl, which like two years ago seemed as it was going to be difficult. We got no response whatsoever and gave up after about ¾ of an hour in time for dinner.
Saturday 25th September- During dinner yesterday evening Sue informed us that she had been given some information concerning another of our target species, Masked Owl. This had apparently been seen on a couple of occasions in the vicinity of the Birthday Creek car park near Paluma. As we were hoping to be able to arrange a night out with John Young at Trebonne, near Ingham, we decided to head in that direction and if we had no luck with John then we would try around Paluma on our own. I had previously seen Lesser Sooty Owl in this area as have a few other observers. We got as far as Crystal Creek where we checked in to the motel before taking the road up the escarpment to Paluma. We had a little time on our hands and so we did a bit of general birding before waiting for dusk. The highlights of this period were undoubtedly both male and female Golden Bowerbirds at the Birthday Creek Falls car park and a Noisy Pitta on the edge of the road on our way in. Unfortunately neither species of owl gave themselves away and despite trying hard until about 1 a.m. we had to go away empty handed.
Sunday 26th September - Tonight would be our last chance to go out with John Young but in case we could still not contact him I had made arrangements yesterday to contact another birder from the area, Ray Venables, who was prepared to try and find a Masked Owl with us this evening. On our way south towards Ingham we stopped to try and contact John Young for one last time. This time luck was on our side and he was home. What was even luckier was that he had no commitments for the evening and would be only too pleased to take us out for an evening owling. This was great news both for Phoebe and for me as I knew that if anyone could find a Masked and/or a Lesser Sooty Owl it was John. Within Australia he is famous for the number of night birds he can find in a relatively small area and we were not to be disappointed this evening. It was a real experience to spend an evening in the company of this extraordinary man and I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting somebody who is a real master of his art, finding owls. With John we saw 6 species of owl, 2 species of Nightjar, 1 species of Frogmouth and heard Owlet-Nightjar, and all this in just a few hours. In fact we were back at our motel in Ingham just before midnight, it's just a pity the bars were closed so we had to delay our celebrations.
Monday 27th September - I went out early and did a bit of birding around Cattle Creek while Phoebe stayed in bed to get a little extra sleep after the previous nights successes. But soon we were on our way north again, back to Cairns to catch our flight on to Brisbane where we were going to meet up with Terry Reis for the first time in the trip. On the way back to Cairns we had the chance for a quick look at the area around the boat ramp at Edmonton but as it was the wrong time of day things were a little quiet. The flight to Brisbane left on time and Terry was waiting for us on arrival in Brisbane. He drove the hire car out to his place at Mount Glorious and after dinner we went out spotlighting under some really bad conditions but it was our first attempt, and failure, at Greater Sooty Owl.
Tuesday 28th September - We were upfairly early as we had a fairly long drive in front of us. Our destination today was Cooloola National Park to the north of Brisbane and home to our next target species, and another which Phoebe had dipped on in the past, Ground Parrot. We first went to Rainbow Beach and found ourselves somewhere to stay and then headed off into the National Park and to the known site for the Ground Parrot. Their usual area was particularly wet and after about half an hour of slogging through very wet heathland we were about to try some slightly higher, and drier ground, when Phoebe flushed a Ground Parrot from the edge of a track. We all saw the bird fairly well and were able to flush it once more before it got the better of us and flew off into an area where we were unable to locate it again. We were now ahead of our schedule and so did some general birding around Inskip Point where the highlight was a pair of Beach Stone-curlews before retiring to the pub for a meal, and for Terry and myself a few beers.
Wednesday 29th September - No rush this morning but we were still up fairly early so as to give us time to get across to our next location and begin our search for our next target bird. The site was Yarraman State Forest and the bird was the elusive Black-breasted Buttonquail. During the afternoon, and inbetween heavy showers, we searched areas of vinescrub continually and although we found plenty of evidence of the birds being in the area we never got views of one. The platelets were easy to find and we saw literally hundreds of these including quite a few which had recent, todays, droppings in. Also on one or two occasions the droppings had been made within the hour but where were the birds. We returned to our nearby accommodation a little disheartened but determined that we would have more luck in the morning, especially if the weather improved a little and we could hear the leaves rustling rather than being hit by raindrops like today.
Thursday 30th September - We started at dawn but again it was the same story as yesterday. Plenty of platelets including some very fresh ones but no sign of the birds. We tried a few different areas but we noticed that in one particular area there were more fresh platelets than anywhere else. This still didn't help us as we still couldn't find the birds but we decided that this area would be the place to concentrate on. We kept trying adjacent areas and would return regularly to the area where the recent platelets were, after a few goes at this Terry caught some movement from the corner of his eye and was certain it was a Buttonquail. He was right, but what species? Painted Buttonquail has also been recorded from this area and this particular area looked like better habitat for this species. We all got glimpses of the bird in the next minute or so but I was sure that i had seen enough to be certain that it was a Black-breasted, as was Terry. We started to encircle the bird the best we could with three people and sure enough a male Black-breasted Buttonquail presented itself in full view for Phoebe before doing a verticle take off and flying back into the thicker vegetation behind us. It had taken a lot of time and effort plus collecting a few ticks to find the bird but it all seems worth while in the end. As by now it was well after check out time we decided to stay in the same accommodation overnight but we had enough time to go and have a try for Greater Sooty Owl in the Bunya Mountains National Park. At this site there is a bird that regularly roosts in a hollow strangler fig tree right along side one of the walking trails. Our hopes were high after seeing the Buttonquail but were soon to be lowered again when we realised that the bird was not in the tree. OK so now down to the hard work. We stayed for at least an hour after dark but not a peep from a Greater Sooty Owl. Perhaps the site was not as reliable as before, perhaps the owl had died or moved on. Either way we could do no more today and decided that a visit early in the morning was our next opportunity.
Friday 1st October - We were back at the Bunya Mountains National Park early this morning and approached the tree hoping for the best. Today we were in luck, Phoebe went into the tree and looked up and there it was - a Greater Sooty Owl looking back down at her. We all had some great looks as the bird roosted in the tree virtually oblivious to our presence before we made our exit and left it to get some totally undisturbed rest. After a little bit of general birding in the Lockyer Valley we returned to Terry's place at Mount Glorious for the night. Phoebe dined with Terry and Susan on Kangaroo Pie whilst I went out for a meal with another of my birding friends from Brisbane, namely Dave Stewart the younger.
Saturday 2nd October - Another fairly early start so as to get up to Lammington National Park with time to try for our next, and probably the hardest, target species - Rufous Scrub-bird. It was fortunate that on our arrival Terry was able to locate one of the O'Reilly sons and he gave us an area to try which was much closer to the guest house than the usual areas that people look for this bird. Unfortunately we did not seem to find the correct area along the Border Trail and so we continued up to the Bethogabel Lookout area. On the way just near the drinking water tap we heard one bird very close to the track and I saw it twice, once in the vegetation and once as two birds crossed the track, very quickly. Phoebe saw these birds but I must admit the views were not good enough for a life bird. We had our lunch at the lookout and then tried the Scrub-birds again, this time with little joy as the only sign was a distant birding calling. The weather had been terrible all the time and we were getting rather uncomfortable, in fact I was absolutely soaked. Also time was beginning to get on by now and so we started back towards the guest house. On the return we took the alternative Pensioners Track and sure enough discovered the area we had been told about. We heard one bird calling but it did not respond to the tape and so we left it alone for another go tomorrow. We stayed in the Cain Babel Cabins and ate in the restaurant at O'Reilly's.
Sunday 3rd October - OK so no prizes for guessing what we did this morning. We headed to the area closest to the guest house and tried again for the Scrub-bird. This time Phoebe was lucky and she got some reasonable views of the bird running along the forest floor in an unusually rather open area. What's more the rain held off until we were just getting back to O'Reilly's. But then it started to poor again and so we retired for the afternoon and no more birding was done today.
Monday 4th October - It was still raining when we got up and so it was decided to give up on Lammington and head back down into Brisbane. Mind you there were no complaints as we had seen everything we had wanted to see in south-east Queensland which means that the next couple of days around Sydney can be taken fairly easy before we start the tough stuff again in South Australia. We spent the afternoon at Terry's and then went out with him and Susan for a meal.
Tuesday 5th October - This morning Terry drove us to the airport to get our flight to Sydney. We were leaving Terry for a couple of days but he was going to meet up with us again in Adelaide to join us for the South Australian section of the trip. Today was a fairly lazy day but after dropping Phoebe at the Airport Motel in Sydney I went to Maroubra to do some seawatching.
Wednesday 6th October - Today was a lazy day but we decided to do some birding in Royal National Park. The undoubted highlight of the day was finding a territorial Rock Warbler which approached us to within a few feet in responce to pishing. We also saw Chestnut-rumped Hylacola and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater as well as getting some stunning views of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo.
Thursday 7th October - I did some seawatching early from Maroubra before collecting Phoebe from the motel and driving to the airport to connect with our flight to Adelaide. Once in Adelaide we met up with Terry again and picked up our 4 wheel drive which we were going to need later for our mini expedition into the Great Victorian Desert. As it turned out Terry was lucky to be in Adelaide as through no fault of his own there had been some mess ups with his flight connections, in fact one had actually been cancelled by the airline for no reason whatsoever!!! Still we all met as planned and we were soon on our way out of Adelaide and heading towards Waikerie where we were to stay for the next couple of nights while we searched the surrounding areas for our next target species - the rare Black-eared Miner and the elusive Red-lored Whistler. We arrived in Waikerie with very little time for anything except to get ourselves some accommodation and get the key for the Gluepot Reserve from the Shell Petrol Station. We then took it easy until dinner time. After dinner Terry and I thought that it would be a good idea to go and look for Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. We succeeded in our goal but with afterthought perhaps a bit more sleep would have been a good alternative.
Friday 8th October - We were up early this morning in order to get into Pooginook just after dawn. This we achieved but initially there was no sign of our target bird - Red-lored Whistler. We had been informed by John Cox in Adelaide (and he should know) that this is one of the best places in Australia to see this species. After a while we decided that either we were doing something wrong, the information was wrong or the birds weren't in the area. The only evidence we had of the presence of the bird were a couple of distant calls which may or may not have been given by our prey. The only bonus was a group of Black-eared "type" Miners that after some searching produced at least one bird which showed all the characters of a pure bred Black-eared with no sign of any hybrid features at all. This could not be said for the vast majority of the birds because although many looked good for Black-eared on close inspection it was clear that most birds were indeed hybrid Black-eared/Yellow-throated. From Pooginook we continued on to the Birds Australia reserve at Gluepot. On arrival we asked some other birders if they had seen anything of interest today and were somewhat surprised to hear they had just been watching a Red-lored Whistler. We parked up and spent about 20 minutes looking in the area where the bird had been seen but without luck. Phoebe and Terry continued their search and I went to fetch the vehicle as we were getting further and further away from where we had parked. As I approached I could see Terry pointing and Phoebe looking intently through her scope, sure enough they had seen a female Red-lored Whistler which disappeared as I arrived and so all I saw were a few Gilbert's Whistlers. Still the target species had been seen and after a bit of general birding we heade back to Waikerie for our evening meal, a few beers and a good nights sleep.
Saturday 9th October - Another early start as we decided to try Gluepot again at dawn to see if we could locate a male Red-lored Whistler. Unfortunately we couldn't even find the female that Terry and Phoebe had seen yesterday. We went back to Waikerie to return the key to the Shell Petrol Station and then started off on our drive towards our next site which was to be the Yumbarra reserve near to Ceduna. We knew we would not make Ceduna for tonight and so a short stop at a dam on the outskirts of Waikerie added a few species to our trip list. We made it as far as Kimba where we stayed the night.
Sunday 10th October - As always an early start as we were hoping to be able to get across to Ceduna and fit in some birding in Yumbarra during the afternoon. Our target bird for this area was the almost mythical Scarlet-chested Parrot. We knew that John Cox had seen quite a few birds here the previous Christmas and that Tony Russell (also from Adelaide) had seen one over the Easter break. We did not have our hopes raised too high but it was a chance and the way our luck was running who could tell. Obviously it was time for our luck to run out as we could find no sign of any Scarlet-chested Parrots in either of the areas where they had been seen before. Still tomorrow was another day so we went back to Ceduna where we spent the night. Probably the best bird we saw today was a Rufous Treecreeper which we saw briefly in Yumbarra.
Monday 11th October - We were in the Yumbarra Conservation Reserve for dawn but the results were the same as yesterday, no sign of Scarlet-chested Parrots. So we had to place our bets on the Great Victoria Desert. This meant stocking up with food and fuel so we headed back into Ceduna to get things sorted out. Supplies were readily available here as this is the last town before the Nullarbor Plain, we also contact the national parks office to let them know we were going into the Unnamed Conservation Park, which is north of Cook. We had all our permits for the park and for crossing the aboriginal land en route and so we headed off for our next overnight stop which was scheduled to be at the Nullarbor Roadhouse, just before the road north to Cook. On the way we called in to the Head of the Bight to see the breeding Southern Right Whales. We got some excellent views through the scopes but the biggest shock of the whole trip was when a Black Tern in winter plumage appeared in front of me for just a few seconds. It was not seen by Terry or Phoebe and must have flown past them below clif level, we waited around for about half an hour but there was no further sign of this bird so that was that. I will be sending a description of this bird to the Australian rarities committee. We got to the Nullarbor Roadhouse with plenty of daylight left for an attempt at seeing the distinctive Nullarbor form (alisteri) of the Cinnamon Quail-Thrush. This has been given full species status by some authors in the past but it is currently regarded as a subspecies of the Cinnamon. Within a few minutes we had seen a couple of birds in flight but it took nearly an hour to get some good views of a bird on the ground. Fortunately when we did it was a male in really good plumage and so the wait was worth it. We then went back to the roadhouse where we spent the night.
Tuesday 12th October - Surprise, surprise we awoke this morning to find that it had been raining overnight and certainly the sky, or what we could make out in the early light, looked threatening. This was a factor which we hadn't even included in our calculations, surely we weren't going to be beaten by the weather when we were trying to get into one of the driest areas on the continent. So we set off on our journey into the Great Victorian Desert, just hoping that the weather was not going to be as bad as it looked. We got up to Cook no problem even though the road was a bit slippy in a couple of places. Cook used to be a railroad community but it is now virtually completely abandoned, in fact the former population over around 100 people is now down to a family of three plus a few odd workers that call in from time to time. We had a chat with a couple of these workers about which track to take to Vokes Hill Corner. They knew even less than we did but by following the directions given in Thomas and Thomas and using our GPS for direction we took the only track which seemed to be heading in the correct direction, north. Now the road really did get worse but no more so than we had expected. We were now travelling on a single file track out across the northers side of the Nullarbor Plain and boy can you see why it gets it's name, there isn't a tree in sight. So after the Nullarbor we got into areas with a bit more vegetation, and a few parrots to check, and then on into sand dune country. After a few dunes we went back into rather rockier habitat and then into some areas of very open and sparse woodland. We were approximately 100 kms north of Cook when Terry saw a couple of parrots he thought were worth checking out but probably were Mulga Parrots and not our target species. Phoebe and I stayed in the vehicle but suddenly a shout from Terry "SCARLET-CHESTED PARROT" and then all panic was let loose. I jumped out of the vehicle which then started rolling as I hadn't put the handbrake on, Phoebe couldn't get the seat down to get out of the back and what's more during these few seconds the bird flew off. I regained control of the vehicle and pulled up on the side of the road, I collected the GPS and went to rejoin Terry and Phoebe. Fortunately they had just relocated the birds about 100 metres away sitting in a dead tree, what a little stunner this parrot is. It looks a bit gaudy in the field guides but those illustrations lack something that the real bird has, I don't know what it is but they certainly look better in life than in any of the plates that I've seen. We stayed with these birds, about 8 males, for nearly an hour before turning our attention towards the weather again. It was actually starting to rain and the weather to the north of us looked non too friendly. It was at this point we decided without hesitation to head back to the Nullarbor Roadhouse. We had seen our target species and there was no point having to risk getting stuck in a very isolated area just to go and see what it was like. We made the right decision as the rain continued in a light form most of the way back to Cook. Then from Cook south to the highway the heavens opened and what had been a good, fast dirt road this morning turned into a slow and slippery return. On getting back to the Roadhouse we were informed that we had been lucky to get out and that they were going to close the road to Cook. Well we did it but I hate to think what might have happened if Terry had not decided to check out a pair of Mulga Parrots.
Wednesday 13th October - Well the pressure is off for the moment and we are a couple of days ahead of schedule. Today was a fairly leisurely drive back to Port Augusta with a brief stop at Lake Gillies Consevation Park en route. We spent the night at a motel in Port Augusta.
Thursday 14th October - Early this morning we drove into Buckaringa Gorge, in the Flinders ranges. We had a good search of the area but could find no sign of the merrotsyi race of the Striated Grasswren which has been suggested as a possible split. We did however get some excellent views of Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby which was a new mammal for me. After a late breakfast and check-out at Port Augusta we headed off to Adelaide where we had arranged to stay for a couple of nights with John Cox and his wife Heather. On arrival in Adelaide we had a quick look at the Greenfields Wetlands area where John works and as luck would have it we actually bumped into John as he was closing the car park gates. We got directions to his house, which was useful as I don't think we would have found it otherwise and after a bit of birding we decided that socialising with John would probably be the best bet for the rest of the day. This evening the five of us went out for a meal at one of the local hotels (pub).
Friday 15th October - Today we were on our own as John was working but he had given us some areas to go and try so we kept ourselves busy. We first went to Tolderol Game Reserve which was a good wader spot, however it was still a bit early in the season and things were fairly quiet. So then we moved onto the agricultural area boardering Boggy Lake. Here we located a few groups of Cape Barren Geese which were one of the main target species for today. We also recorded a Black Falcon in this area which was the third one of the trip. On our way back to Adelaide we stopped at a small lake outside Strathalbyn where we found a pair of Blue-billed Ducks which were another target species. So after this it was back to John's place for a few beers and some take away fish and chips.
Saturday 16th October - As this was a weekend John was free and he offered to take us in to the St. Kilda saltfields, an offer we could not refuse. Still we were limited on time as we had to catch our next flight later in the afternoon. The morning was, as expected, very productive and we saw some interesting things including an Australian Crake and about 1000 Banded Stilts. But all too soon it was time to get back to John's place and get packed ready for our flights. At the airport we said our goodbyes to Terry as he was returning to Brisbane. Phoebe and I were on our own again, next stop Melbourne. We arrived on time but by the time we had sorted out the hire car it was getting dark and not surprisingly the road system had changed since my last visit about 10 years ago. This meant that finding our way around Melbourne was not as easy as it could have been but eventually we got to Lilydale and found ourselves somewhere to stay for the night.
Sunday 17th October - As always when there was something to go for we were up early. We drove the short distance to Yellingbo and soon found where we were supposed to find our next target species - the very rare and localised Helmeted Honeyeater. Although officially still classified as a subspecies of Yellow-tufted Honeyeater this was on our wanted list just in case the taxonomists in Australia decide to go mad and split it one day. We spent the first hour or so after dawn without much luck but then all of a sudden there was one in full view. It stayed in our vicinity for a couple of minutes but then disappeared as mysteriously as it had appeared. So what to do for the rest of the day. It was decided to have a look at some of the other birding sites nearby but return to the motel relatively early and have an early dinner. We birded in Toolangi State Forest and also along the Acheron Way but neither were as good as they could be due to the time of day and the fact that we were trying to locate forest species. We had dinner early as planned and got to bed early as we were on the move again in the morning.
Monday 18th October - So no birding this morning and we just headed back to the airport to catch our flight to Tasmania. Having arrived we tried to sort out the Masked Owl site along Pittwater Road as this was our target species for Tasmania. The hole in the tree is not as easy to find as it looks from the sketch map, in fact we found a few possibilities. So we found somewhere to stay close to the site and went for an early dinner before returning to wait for the owl to appear. Unfortunately the only things which came out of the holes we were looking at were possoms!! Also despite playing the tape in many places up and down the road, and throughout the surrounding area, we didn't even hear the owl so after a few hours we gave up for the evening and decided to try again in the early hours of the morning.
Tuesday 19th October - We got up about 04.00 and drove back to Pittwater Road. Almost immediately I heard a distant call and so tried the tape. This time we got a response and it was closer than the original call. A few seconds later another call and I saw a shape fly across and perch in one of the trees. A quick grab for the torch and there was our final target bird for the trip, a superb Tasmanian Masked Owl. Yet another bank bird, but one day who knows? Now we were in an awkward situation. Our flight back to Sydney was not until tomorrow and there had been a couple of albatrosses seen of Sydney and Wollongong which could be either an undescribed subspecies or even Amsterdam Albatross! Phoebe decided that if we could get out on a flight today then we would charter the Sandra K and give the albatrosses a try. We drove to the airport and we were in luck, no problems to get on a flight. The boat was all arranged and so all we needed was a car. Fortunately Avis did have a spare vehicle which we could use but I think the fact that we had a reservation for the following day was an advantage as they originally said they had nothing available. We drove down to Wollongong, got ourselves fixed up with a motel, surprisingly difficult as there was some sort of conference going on in town, and had a relaxing afternoon. We ate this evening in the Rugby Club bar and got a fairly early night ready for a day at sea tomorrow.
Wednesday 20th October - Karl arrived promptly on the quayside at 07.00 and we were soon on our way towards the continental shelf. We had been joined by Lindsay Smith and Andrew Stafford who had both seen an example of what we were looking for and so hopes were high. Unfortunately it was not to be and despite trying as hard as we could we didn't get a sniff of our prey. Mind you a Black-bellied Storm-petrel gave some superb views and we trapped an interesting Wandering type albatross which may have been one not seen very often in Australian waters. Otherwise the trip was much as expected with no great shocks. After the boat trip we drove back to Sydney and that evening went out for a meal with Gerry Richards and trevor Quested, a fine end to a fine trip. Apart from the albatross, which doesn't really count, we saw all of our target birds and you can't do much better than a 100% success rate.
Thursday 21st October - Today Phoebe was flying back to the USA and so we said our goodbyes at the airport and I returned to Gerry's flat to get ready for my trip to New Caledonia which was starting tomorrow. Little did I know that this was to be the last time I saw Phoebe Snetsinger, one of the world's most fanatic birders and a most pleasant and generous travelling companion. I for one will remember her for a long time to come.
Emu (Dromaius navaehollandiae)
Recorded on 5 dates and all of these when we were travelling around South Australia. Maximum count was 20+ on 9/10.
Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)
The only one seen was in the garden of Cassowary House around mid-day on 24/9.
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
Recorded on 9 dates but most common in the Lockyer Valley and around Adelaide.
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)
Only recorded on 5 dates and 3 of these were when we were in Adelaide.
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Only recorded on the 16/10 when about 20 birds were seen on our visit to the St. Kilda saltfields.
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
One was seen on both days that I seawarched from Maroubra and we saw about 15 on our pelagic trip out of Wollongong including about 12 gibsoni, 3 antipodensis, 1 exulans and 1 probable dabbenena.
Black-browed Albatross (Diomedea melanophris)
3 seen on both days that I seawatched from Maroubra and about 20 (mostly impavida) off Wollongong on 20/10.
Shy Albatross (Diomedea cauta)
Approximately 5 seen on our pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10.
Yellow-nosed Albatross (Diomedea chlororhynchos)
The only records of this species were from Maroubra with two on 5/10 and then one on 7/10.
Southern Giant-Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)
2 on the pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10.
Cape Petrel (Daption capense)
Possibly as many as 15 birds seen on our pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10.
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri)
7 or 8 seen on the pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10.
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)
Only recorded off Wollongong when we saw 10 on 20/10.
White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii)
1 seen on the pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10.
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)
Seen on both 12/10 and 14/10 off Maroubra, on 13/10 from Garie Beach in Royal National Park and off Wollongong on 20/10. Maximum count was 100+ from Maroubra on 7/10.
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
Only recorded off Wollongong where we saw c10 on 20/10.
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)
Seen at same places and dates as Wedge-tailed Shearwater but the maximum count was more than 500 off Wollongong on 20/10.
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia)
Dates and places as for Short-tailed Shearwater but the maximum count was 10+ off Maroubra on 7/10.
Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni)
2 seen off Maroubra on 7/10 were the only record of this species.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)
At least 5 seen on the pelagic off Wollongong on 20/10.
White-faced Storm-Petrel (Pelagodroma marina)
1 on the pelagic trip off Wollongong on 20/10 was the only record.
BLACK-BELLIED STORM-PETREL (Fregetta tropica) á
1 seen very close to the boat on at least three occassions off Wollongong on 20/10. The characteristic trailing feet were easily seen many times and the identification of this bird was beyond any shadow of a doubt.
Australian Gannet (Morus serrator)
Seen on both days from Maroubra, from Garie Beach in Royal National Park, Head of the Bight and off Wollongong. The highest count was 8 from Maroubra on 7/10.
Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)
Fairly common and widespread, recorded on 13 dates.
Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)
Seen at Inskip Point on 28/9, Ceduna on 10/10 and between Nullarbor Roadhouse and Port Augusta on 13/10 but the highest concentration was 100+ at the St. Kilda Saltfields, Adelaide, on 16/10.
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Fairly common and widespread, recorded on 11 dates with a maximum of 40+ around St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Fairly widespread but nowhere numerous, recorded on 9 dates with a maximum of 5+ at St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Australian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
Only recorded in Queensland where it was seen on 5 dates with a maximum of 5+ on 29/9.
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Fairly common and widespread, recorded on a total of 14 dates with a maximum of 20+ on 8/10.
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Only seen on 3 dates and all in Queensland, maximum count was 200+ in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10.
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Only recorded on 29 and 30/9 with a maximum of 10+ on the latter date.
Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)
Another species only recorded in Queensland and only on 3 dates. The maximum being c100 at Cattle Creek near Ingham on 27/9.
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis)
The only record was of a female seen on a small dam near Strathalbyn on 15/10.
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)
3 on the same dam as the previous species on 15/10 and then one on 16/10 at the St. Kilda Saltfields were the only records.
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Recorded on 6 dates but 3 of those were around Adelaide. The maximum was also around Adelaide on 16/10 when we saw 20+ at the St. Kilda Saltfields.
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
Only recorded on 2 dates when we saw about 300+ birds around the shore of Boggy Lake, SE of Adelaide, on 15/10. Then on 16/10 we saw a single bird at the St. Kilda Saltfields.
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Only recorded on 4 dates and all were in South Australia, maximum of 20+ at St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
Only recorded at Cattle Creek, near Ingham, where there were 2 on 26 and 4 on 27/9.
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
Common and widespread, recorded on 15 dates with a maximum of 100+ being seen on 3 dates.
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Fairly widespread, recorded on 8 dates with a maximum of 400+ at St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Only seen on 2 dates in Adelaide, maximum count was 20+ at St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) INT
4 pure looking birds in Royal National Park on 6/10 was the only record.
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Common and widespread being recorded on 11 dates, most numerous at St. Kilda Saltfields on 16/10.
Australian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
Only recorded on 5 dates with a maximum of 5 birds seen on 29/9 and 1/10.
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, c100 on Jenkie's Lagoon, Lockyer Valley on 1/10 and 5+ on the dam near Waikerie on 9/10.
White-eyed Duck (Aythya australis)
Recorded on 5 dates with the maximum count being 30+ in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10.
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
Common and widespread being recorded on 13 dates, 15+ in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10 was the maximum count.
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Fairly common and widespread but only recorded on 6 dates, noticeably more common in Queensland than other states visited.
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)
The only individual recorded for the trip was at Cattle Creek (near Ingham) on 26/9.
Pacific Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 on the drive from Brisbane to Cooloola National Park on 28/9 and 2 on the drive from Lamington to Brisbane on 4/10.
Great Egret (Casmerodius albus)
Recorded on a total of 8 dates with a maximum of 40+ at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10.
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Common and widespread in Queensland with a maximum count of 100+ on 1/10.
Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)
Only recorded on 2 dates with 5+ at Cairns on 24/9 and 1 on 4/10.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Recorded only on 3 dates, 2 at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10, 1 on the drive to O'Reilly's on 2/10 and 1 at the Waikerie Dam on 9/10.
Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Common and widespread being recorded on 12 dates with a maximum total of 40+ on 27/9.
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Common and widespread being recorded on 11 dates with a maximum total of 100+ on 15/10.
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Recorded on 6 dates with a maximum of c20 at Cairns on 24/9 and 20+ at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Recorded on 7 dates with a maximum of 4 at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Only recorded on 1 date when 3 were seen at Cattle Creek near Ingham on 27/9.
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 at J.C. Slaughter Falls on 1/10 and 4 around Brisbane on 4/10.
Australian Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Surprisingly only recorded on 3 dates, two of these were when in Brisbane and the other was when we went to St. Kilda saltfields.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Fairly common in North Queensland and also seen around Waikerie and Adelaide, recorded on a total of 8 dates.
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Fairly common and widespread recorded on 9 dates but nowhere really numerous.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Only recorded on 4 dates and all of these during the time in North Queensland.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Recorded on 3 dates with individuals on 28/9 and1/10 with a maximum of 3 in Royal national Park on 6/10.
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)
Only recorded on 3 dates and those were when we were around the Adelaide area. 1 on 14/10, 5+ on 15/10 and 2 on 16/10 were the only sightings.
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
Seen only on 2 dates with 1 on 30/9 on the drive between Yarraman and Bunya Mountains and then one on the drive north of Cook on 12/10.
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae)
Only seen on 1 date, 1 along the road to Paluma on 26/9.
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 along the road to Paluma on 26/9.
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 in Terry's back yard on 4/10 and 2 in Yumbarra Conservation Park on 10/10.
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Recorded on 7 dates but nowhere common, maximum count was 5 on the drive from Waikerie to Kimba on 9/10.
Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
Only recorded on 27/9 when 1 was seen over Cattle Creek near Ingham.
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Recorded on 8 dates, mainly in South Australia with a maximum of 4 on 12/10.
Australian Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)
Recorded on 14 dates, a widespread and common species with a maximum of 15+ on 9/10.
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
Only recorded once, 1 bird on the road to Paluma on 26/9.
Black Falcon (Falco subniger)
3 records of individual birds, 1 in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10, 1 north of Cook on 12/10 and 1 near Boggy Lake on 15/10.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Only seen on 1 date and that was seen in the Flinder's Ranges on 14/10.
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)
Only recorded on 1 date, 2 at Cassowary House on 24/9.
Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)
Recorded on 9 dates and all in Queensland. Maximum counts of 10+ made at Yarraman on 29 and 30/9 and at Lamington National Park on 2/10.
Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis)
Only recorded on 1 date when 1 was heard at the St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Red-backed Buttonquail (Turnix maculosa)
Recorded on only 1 date, 1 seen with John Young somewhere near Trebonne on 26/9.
Black-breasted Buttonquail (Turnix melanogaster)
Only recorded once, a male at Yarraman State Forest on 30/9.
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor)
Recorded on 2 dates only, 1 individual seen at Cassowary House on 24 and 25/9.
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 in Cooloola National Park on 28/9.
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Recorded on 4 dates with the maximum being 20+ in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10.
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
Recorded on 8 dates with the maximum being 30+ on the drive from Brisbane to Cooloola National Park on 28/9 and the same amount in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10.
Black-tailed Native-hen (Gallinula ventralis)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 2 at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10 and 5+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Recorded on 7 dates and most common at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 with over 300 present.
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
Only recorded on 26/9 when 3 were seen at Cattle Creek near Ingham.
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 at Cattle Creek near Ingham on 27/9.
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Only recorded on 3 dates, 1 at Cattle Creek on 26/9 with 4 there on 27/9 and 5+ at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 at Cairns on 24/9 and c35 at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Recorded on 4 dates with a maximum of 40+ at Thorneside on 4/10.
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Recorded on 3 dates with a maximum of 20 at Thorneside on 4/10.
Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)
Recorded on 4 dates, maximum count was 30+ at Thorneside on 4/10.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Only recorded on the 3 dates around Adelaide with the maximum being 30+ at the St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Recorded on 4 dates from Cairns, Jenkie's Lagoon, Tolderol Game Reserve and St. Kilda saltfields. The maximum count was at the latter site with 20+ on 16/10.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Only 2 individuals seen, 1 at Greenfields Wetlands 14-16/10 and 1 at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Terek Sandpiper (Tringa cinerea)
Only recorded from Thorneside where there were 10+ on 4/10.
Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos)
Only recorded from St. Kilda saltfields where 1 was seen on 16/10.
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Seen only at Inskip Point on 28/9 and at Thorneside on 4/10, at both sites there were 20+ birds present.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Only seen once, 1 at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10.
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)
4 at Cairns on 24/9 and 30+ at Thorneside on 4/10 were the only records.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
The only record was of 2 at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10.
Rufous-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
Only recorded on 3 dates but the maximum count was 1000+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Only seen around Adelaide with a maximum of 1000+ at the St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Recorded on 3 dates with 2 in the Lockyer Valley on 4/10, 20+ at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10 and 20+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius)
Only recorded on 1 date, 2 seen near Trebonne on 26/9.
Beach Thick-knee (Burhinus giganteus)
The only record was of 2 birds at Inskip Point on 28/9.
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
1 at Inskip Point on 28/9, 12 at Thorneside on 4/10, 2 at Ceduna on 13/10 and 10+ at St. Kilda saltfields were the only records.
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)
Only recorded from Ceduna where c10 were seen on 10/10 and 13/10.
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Recorded on 6 dates with a maximum of 50+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus)
Only recorded from St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 where there were about 1000 birds present.
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
Only recorded on 3 dates, 100+ on Waikerie Dam on 9/10, c15 at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10 and 40+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 seen north of Cook on 12/10.
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
4+ at Cairns on 24/9 and c10 at Thorneside on 4/10 were the only records.
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Recorded from Ceduna with 2 on 10/10 and 1 on 13/10, also at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 where there were 25+ seen.
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Only recorded from Port Augusta with 30+ on 13/10, Tolderol Game Reserve 20+ on 15/10 and St. Kilda saltfields 50+ on 16/10.
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
3 at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10, 1 at the Waikerie Dam on 9/10, 2 at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10 and 10+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 were the only records.
Inland Dotterel (Peltohyas australis)
The only record was of 14 north of Cook on 12/10.
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
2 at Jenkie's Lagoon on 1/10 were the only ones recorded.
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Ommon and widespread, recorded on 13 dates.
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
Only recorded from Ceduna where one bird was seen on 10, 11 and 13/10.
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
2 adults near Hobart on 18/10 and out of Wollongong on 20/10 were the only records.
Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)
Common and widespread, recorded on 13 dates.
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
Recorded on 7 dates with a maximum of 250+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) ü
A major rarity in Australia, one moulting from summer plumage was seen at the Head of the Bight on 11/10.
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Seen at Cairns on 24/9 and Inskip Point on 28/9.
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
Only recorded on 4 dates with a maximum of 5+ at Tolderol Game Reserve on 15/10.
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)
Only recorded from Cairns on 24/9.
Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis)
Only recorded on 3 dates and a maximum count of 20+ was made at st. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus)
The only record was 1 seen off Maroubra on 7/10.
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)
Recorded on 4 dates around Brisbane and Adelaide.
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
The only record was of 2 birds in Brisbane on 4/10.
Spotted Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Recorded on 9 dates.
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella)
The only record was of a single bird at Yarraman State Forest on 29/9.
Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
Recorded on 4 dates with a maximum of 5+ at Cassowary House on 24/9.
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Recorded on 4 consecutive dates, 8-11/10, with a maximum of c10 at Yumbarra on 11/10.
Crested Pigeon (Geophaps lophotes)
Common and widespread being recorded on 15 dates.
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Recorded on 5 dates, 4 of these in Queensland.
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Recorded on 6 consecutive dates 26/9 - 1/10 around Ingham and Brisbane.
Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca)
Seen on 5 dates around Yarraman, Lamington and Brisbane. Maximum of 10+ at Yarraman on 30/9.
Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
Recorded at Cassowary House and at Lamington but only seen at the first of these sites.
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)
Recorded on 4 dates with a maximumof 20+ at Crystal Creek on 25/9.
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Opopsitta diopthalma)
Only heard at Cassowary House on 24/9.
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
One at Cassowary House on 24/9 but then on 8 consecutive days 28/9 - 5/10 around Brisbane. Maximum day count was 60+ on 4/10.
Port Lincoln Parrot (Barnardius zonarius)
Recorded on 10,11 and 13/10 with c10 on 11/10 at Yumbarra Conservation Park.
Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius barnardi)
Recorded on 3 dates with a maximum of 10+ around Gluepot on 9/10.
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Fairly common, recorded on 11 dates.
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)
Recorded on 5 dates.
Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
Only recorded on 1 date, 17/10, when 4 were seen at Yellingbo State Forest.
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 9/10 near Waikerie and near Strathalbyn on 15/10.
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
Recorded on 6 consecutive dates between 8 and 13/10.
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans)
Only recorded on 1 date, 14/10, when c10 were seen in the Flinders Ranges.
SCARLET-CHESTED PARROT (Neophema splendida) á
Only recorded on 1 date but that must come as no surprise. This was undoubtedly the star of the trip and the sight of 8 males together in the same tree will remain forever in my memory. This bird is not done justice by any of the field guides although the colours are gaudy they seem to fit with each other very well, what a little stunner. The birds were seen about 100kms north of Cook at co-ordintes 31º46'29" S 133º28'15" E.
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Only recorded on 1 date when 30+ were seen on 12/10 on the track north of Cook.
Ground Parrot (Pezoporus wallicus)
Only recorded from Cooloola National Park when 1 was seen on 28/9.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus
Only recorded on 2 dates, 3 in Yarraman State Forest on 29/9 and 5 in Royal National Park on 6/10.
Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)
Common and widespread, recorded on 18 dates.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Fairly common and widespread, recorded on 11 dates.
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)
Recorded on 6 dates.
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
Recorded on 4 dates with a maximum of 100+ in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10.
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
Common and widespread, recorded on 13 dates.
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 10+ seen at Crystal Creek on 26/9 and 7 in Brisbane on 4/10.
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Only recorded on 3 dates, 3 near Strathalbyn on 16/10 and common at Hobart Airport on 18 and 19/10.
Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla)
Seen after the trip with Phoebe had finished.
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)
Only recorded on 3 dates, 10 and 11/10 at Yumbarra where 5+ and c20 were the totals and 5+ near Strathalbyn on 16/10.
Pallid Cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus)
Only one record, 1 on the drive from Port Augusta to Adelaide on 14/10.
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 heard at Paluma on 26/10.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
Recorded on 7 dates but only seen on 2 of these. 1 seen each day spent in Yarraman State Forest, 29 and 30/9.
Gould's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx russatus)
Only recorded on 1 date. 1 at Edmonton Boat Ramp on 27/9.
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidis)
1 at Inskip Point on 28/9 was the only record.
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis)
Only recorded on 16/10 at St. Kilda saltfields where a few were heard.
Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 2 at Gluepot on 9/10 and 1 at Lake Gillies Conservation Park on 13/10.
Australian Koel (Eudynamys cyanocephala)
A female near Edmonton on 27/9 and 1 heard on 2/10 were the only records.
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus)
Recorded on 4 dates but no more than 1 seen in any one day.
Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)
1 seen somewhere near Trebonne with John Young on 26/9.
Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa)
1 roosting in the traditional tree in the Bunya Mountains National Park on 1/10.
Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae)
Recorded on 2 dates although a different subspecies each time. 1 seen with John Young somewhere near Trebonne on 26/9 and 1 along Pittwater Road near Hobart Airport, Tasmania on 19/10.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Recorded on 3 dates. 5 with John Young on 26/9, 2 between Bunya Mountains and Yarraman on 30/9 and 1 between Gluepot and Waikerie on 8/10.
Australasian Grass Owl (Tyto longimembris)
7 seen with John Young on 26/9 were the only ones recorded.
Barking Owl (Ninox connivens)
Only recorded on 26/9 when 1 was seen with John Young.
Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook)
Recorded on 3 dates but on 25/9 and 30/9 it was only heard. 1 was seen with John Young on 26/9 and was the distinctive northern rainforest form otherwise known as the "Little Red Boobook".
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Recorded on a total of 5 dates. 1 seen with John Young near Trebonne on 26/9, 3 individuals around the Brisbane area on 27/9, 1/10 and 4/10 with another between the Bunya Mountains and Yarraman on 30/9.
Australian Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 seen near Paluma on 25/6 and 1 heard with John Young on 26/6 near Trebonne.
Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)
3 seen on 9/10 on the early drive from Waikerie to Gluepot.
White-throated Nightjar (Eurostopodus mystacalis)
Only recorded on the 1 date, 1 seen with John Young near Trebonne on 26/9.
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)
Only recorded on the 1 date, 3 seen with John Young near Trebonne on 26/9.
Australian Swiftlet (Collocalia terraereginae)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 25 and 26/9 from the Paluma area with about 10 each day.
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
Common and widespread, recorded on 9 dates in total.
Forest Kingfisher (Todirhamphus macleayii)
Recorded on 3 dates, Paluma area on 25 and 26/9 and on 28/9 between Brisbane and Rainbow Beach.
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todirhamphus pyrrhopygia)
Only recorded on 1 date when 1 was seen on the drive from Ceduna to Yumbarra on 10/10.
Collared Kingfisher (Todirhamphus chloris)
Only recorded from Inskip point where 1 was seen on 28/9
Sacred Kingfisher (Todirhamphus sanctus)
Surprisingly the only record was 1 bird seen in the Flinders Ranges on 14/10.
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Recorded on 4 dates but most obvious around Gluepot on 8 and 9/10.
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor)
Recorded on 8 dates but only seen on 2 of these. 1 at Paluma on 25/9 and 1 at Yarraman State Forest on 29/9. The maximum recorded were 9+ heard at Lamington on 2/10.
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)
1 of the northern form "Little Treecreeper" seen at Paluma on 25/6 and 1 at Toolangi State Forest on 17/10 were the only records.
Red-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris erythrops)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 seen in Toolangi State Forest on 17/10.
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)
Recorded on 2 dates, 8 and 9/10 from Gluepot Reserve with 5+ and 2 respectively.
Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufa)
Only recorded on one date, 1 was seen at Yumbarra on 10/10.
Albert's Lyrebird (Menura alberti)
Recorded on 2 dates at Lamington National Park. It was heard on 2/10 and 4 were seen on the Python Rock track on 3/10.
Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)
Only heard in Toolangi State Forest on 17/10.
Rufous Scrub-bird (Atrichornis rufescens)
Recorded on both dates at Lamington National Park, 3+ were seen on 2/10 and 1 on 3/10.
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Recorded on 3 dates, 2 at Cassowary House on 24/9, 5+ near Paluma on 25/9 and 2 in the same area on 26/9.
Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris)
Recorded on 7 dates all in SE Queensland.
Tooth-billed Catbird (Ailuroedus dentirostris)
Only recorded on 1 date, at Paluma on 25/9.
Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana)
A pair seen at the Birthday Creek car park on 25/9 was the only record.
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)
2 at Yarraman on 29/9 and then 2 on both 2 and 3/10 at Lamington National Park.
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
Common in the Bunya Mountains National Park and at Lamington National Park between 30/9 and 4/10 plus 2 at Mount Glorious on 5/10.
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 26 and 28/9 at Trebonne and Cooloola National Park.
White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus)
Recorded on 5 dates with a maximum of c20 on 11/10 near the Nullarbor Roadhouse.
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
Recorded on 5 dates with 20+ at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 being the maximum count.
Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens)
1 at Gluepot on 8/10 and c10 at Lake Gillies were the only records.
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti)
Recorded on 4 dates with 10+ on 14/10 in the Flinders Ranges as the maximum count.
Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis)
The only record was of 2 at the Edmonton Boat Ramp on 27/9.
Blue-breasted Fairywren (Malurus pulcherrimus)
Only recorded on 1 date when at least one was seen at Lake Gillies Conservation Park on 13/10.
Southern Emuwren (Stipiturus malachurus)
2 in Cooloola National Park on 28/9 was the only record.
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)
Recorded on 4 dates but never more than 2 in any one day.
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)
Only recorded on 2 dates with 4 at Cooloola National Park on 28/9 and 2 at Lake Gillies Conservation Park on 13/10.
Rock Warbler (Origma solitaria)
1 in Royal National Park on 6/10 was the only record.
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)
Recorded on 6 dates.
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)
Recorded on 8 dates but most common at St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10.
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostris)
Recorded on 3 dates with the maximum being 5+ at Paluma on 25/9.
Rufous Fieldwren (Calamanthus campestris)
Only recorded from the Nullarbor Plain where 5+ were seen on 11/10.
Chestnut-rumped Hylacola (Hylacola pyrrhopygius)
1 in Royal National Park on 6/10 was the only record.
Shy Hylacola (Hylacola cautus)
Heard at Gluepot reserve on 8/10.
Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei)
2 seen on the Nullarbor Plain near the roadhouse on 11/10 was the only record.
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
Fairly common, recorded on 8 dates.
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis)
Only recorded on 2 dates, at lake Gillies on 13/10 and in the Flinders Ranges on 14/10.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Only recorded on 3 dates, with a maximum of 20+ on 14/10 in the Flinders Ranges.
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)
1 seen north of Cook on 12/10 was the only record for the trip.
Slaty-backed Thornbill (Acanthiza robustirostris)
Only recorded on 1 date, 2 north of Cook on 12/10.
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)
The only record was 5 in Royal National Park on 6/10.
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)
Common in Pooginook and Gluepot on 8 and 9/10 and also seen in Flinder's Ranges on 14/10.
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa)
The only record was 1 at Crystal Creek on 26/9.
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki)
2 at Yarraman State Forest on 29/9 was rather surprisingly the only record for the trip.
Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)
Heard at Inskip Point on 28/9.
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 11/10 in Yumbarra and 12/10 north of Cook.
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Very surprisingly just the one record, 1 at Crystal Creek on 26/9.
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura)
1 at Cassowary House and 2 at Cristal Creek were the only records.
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
1 at Paluma on 25/9 with 2 in the same area the following day.
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)
Only recorded once when 3+ were seen north of Cook on 12/10.
Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus)
The only record was north of Cook on 12/10 when 10+ were seen.
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis)
Recorded on 3 dates.
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata)
Recorded on 3 dates.
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)
Fairly common in Queensland where it was recorded on 9 dates. Otherwise recorded on 1 date in Toolangi State Forest.
Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus)
Only recorded on 2 dates around the Paluma area with a maximum of 10+ on 25/9.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)
The only record was of 4 in Yellingbo State Forest on 17/10
Mangrove Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fasciogularis)
Heard at Inskip Point on 28/9 and at Thorneside on 4/10.
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)
Recorded on 7 consecutive dtaes from 10 to 16/10 with a maximum of 10+ on 13/10.
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus)
Only recorded on 2 dates.
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
Recorded on 5 dates but most common around Yellingbo and Toolangi on 17/10 when 15+ were recorded.
Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cassidix)
Only recorded on the 1 date from Yellingbo State Forest, the only site where it can still be found. We had some good views of a single bird.
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius)
Only recorded on 1 date when 2 were seen at Pooginook on 8/10.
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus ornatus)
Common around Pooginook, Gluepot and Yumbarra on 8-11/10.
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 2 in Royal National Park on 6/10 and 1 near Waikerie on 9/10.
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayana)
Seen at Cassowary House on 24 and 25/9, these were the only dates recorded.
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
Only recorded on 1 date, 7 at Yellingbo State Forest on 17/10.
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
5+ seen at Crystal Creek on 26/9.
Brown- headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
c20 at Gluepot on 9/10 and 1 at Lake Gillies Conservation Park on 13/10 were the only records.
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)
Recorded on the first 3 dates in North Queensland, 24-26/9.
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)
Recorded on 5 dates.
Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera)
Heard in Toolangi State Forest on 17/10.
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
1 at Cooloola National Park on 28/9, 2 at Mount Glorious on 5/10 and 10+ in Royal National Park on 6/10.
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)
Only recorded on 28/9 when 10+ were seen in Cooloola National Park.
White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons)
Recorded on 4 dates with the maximum of 10+ on 12/10 north of Cook.
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Phylidonyris melanops)
Only recorded in Royal National Park where 3 were seen on 6/10.
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus)
Recorded on 2 dates.
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
Recorded on 4 dates with a maximum of 8 in Royal National Park on 6/10.
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)
5+ at Rainbow Beach on 28/9 and 1 in Brisbane on 4/10 were the only records.
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)
Heard at J.C. Slaughter Falls on 1/10.
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Common and widespread, recorded on 11 dates.
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 8 and 9/10.
Black-eared Miner (Manorina melanotis)
1+ seen at Pooginook on 8/10 but many hybrids were noted.
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Fairly common in southern Australia, recorded on 7 dates.
Brush Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
5+ in Royal National Park was the only record.
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)
Recorded on 5 dates but only in the south.
Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)
Only recorded on 1 date, 1 at Hobart Airport on 18/10.
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Recorded on 2 dates with a maximum of 20+ on the drive north of Cook on 12/10.
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons)
Recorded on 2 dates but was most numerous at the St. Kilda saltfields on 16/10 when 20+ were recorded.
Jacky-winter (Microeca fascinans)
Recorded on 5 dates.
Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)
Recorded from Gluepot area on 8 and 9/10 and from north of Cook on 12/10.
Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)
2 in Toolangi State Forest on 17/10 were the only record.
Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster)
2 female/immatures at Toolangi State Forest on 17/10.
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata)
Common on the drive north of Cook on 12/10 and also recorded at Gluepot on 8 and 9/10.
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito)
Only recorded from the Paluma area with 4 on 24/9 and 1 on 26/9.
Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Fairly common in forested areas, recorded on 9 dates.
Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons)
Only recorded on 2 dates around Paluma, 5+ on 25/9 and 1 on 26/9.
Southern Scrub-Robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)
1 at Gluepot on 8/10 and 2 at Yumbarra on 11/10 were the only records.
Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
Recorded on 3 dates.
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) I
Fairly common around Sydney.
Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis)
1 seen on 12/10 north of Cook. Recorded on 3 more dates but only as heard.
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)
Heard in Toolangi State Forest on 17/10.
Red-lored Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis)
A female seen by Phoebe and Terry, whilst I was fetching the car, at Gluepot on 8/10.
Gilbert's Whistler (Pachycephala inornata)
Only recorded from Gluepot with about 3 each day on 8 and 9/10.
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)
Recorded on 4 dates but the maximum of 5 was on 17/10.
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
Recorded on 5 dates.
Rufous Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Recorded on 2 dates, singles each time.
Bower's Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla boweri)
1 seen at Birthday Creek car park, Paluma, on 25/9.
Grey Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Common and widespread, recorded on 11 dates.
Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii)
Only recorded on 2 and 3/10 from Lamington National Park with 10+ seen on the second day.
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii)
Common around Paluma on 25/10 with c20 seen but just 2 recorded the following day.
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)
Recorded on 7 dates.
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Recorded on 5 dates with a maximum of 30+ on the drive north of Cook on 12/10.
Eastern Whipbird ( Pomastomas olivaceus)
Common in forested areas and recorded on 8 dates but only seen on 3 of these.
Chestnut Quail-Thrush (Cinclosoma castanotus)
Seen at Pooginook and Gluepot on 8 and 9/10 with a maximum of 5+ on the second date.
NULLARBOR QUAIL-THRUSH (Cinclosoma alisteri) á
Seen on the plain near to the roadhouse and on the road to Cook, 8 on 11/10 and 2 on 12/10
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)
Recorded on 3 dates with 20+ the maximum on 1/10 in the Lockyer Valley.
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)
Also recorded on 3 dates.
Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Common and widespread, recorded on 20 dates.
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)
Recorded on 4 dates, with a maximum of 10+ on 17/10 around Yellingbo and Toolangi State Forests.
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)
Recorded on 4 dates, maximum of 8 in any one day.
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis)
1 at Inskip Point on 28/9 was the only record.
Spectacled Monarch (Monarcha trivirgatus)
Recorded on 2 dates, 25 and 26/9 at Paluma.
Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi)
Only 1 record, 1 at Paluma on 26/9.
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)
1 at Inskip point on 28/9 was the only record.
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus
Heard near Cassowary House on 24/9 and 1 seen at Paluma on 26/9 were the only records.
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)
1 at Cassowary House on 24 and 25/9 was the only record.
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
Common in Queensland, recorded on 11 dates.
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides)
A few seen on odd dates in Queensland.
Little Raven (Corvus mellori)
Common in the south, recorded on 10 dates
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)
Only seen at Cassowary House on 24 and 25/9.
Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)
Recorded on 2 dates, 2 and 3/10 at Lamington National Park but only seen on the latter date.
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Recorded on 4 dates, most common on the drive from Cassowary House to Crystal Creek on 25/9.
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)
Fairly common in the mallee areas of South Australia. Recorded on 5 dates with a maximum of 20+ at Gluepot on 8/10.
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 2 at Gluepot on 9/10 and 2 at Yumbarra on 10/10.
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)
Recorded on 3 dates.
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
Recorded on 5 dates.
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Fairly common, recorded on 8 dates.
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
Only recorded on 3 dates.
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi)
Seen on 2 dates and heard on a third, 2 seen on both 24 and 25/9 at Cassowary House.
Australasian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
Common and widespread, recorded on 20 dates.
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
Common around SE Queensland and recorded on 7 dates.
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor)
Recorded on 4 dates, from 8-10/10 and 13/10.
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)
Common and widespread, recorded on 19 dates.
Green Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis)
Recorded on 2 dates, from near Edmonton on 27/9 and from Bunya Mountains National Park on 1/10.
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Common and widespread, recorded on 14 dates.
Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina lineata)
2 at Lamington National Park on 3/10 was the only record.
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)
2 at Crystal Creek on 25/9 and 2 at Paluma on 26/9 were the only records.
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Recorded on 3 consecutive dates, 10-12/10.
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela)
2 at Crystal Creek on 26/9 was the only record.
Blackbird (Turdus merula) I
Seen around Waikerie and Melbourne.
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata)
Seen at Bunya Mountains on 1/10 and Lamington on 3 and 4/10.
Russet-tailed Thrush (Zoothera heinei)
Seen at Bunya Mountains on 30/9 and Lamington on 3 and 4/10.
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)
Seen around Cairns and Paluma on 24-26/9 but only about 10+ per day.
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Recorded on 19 dates.
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Common around Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne.
White-backed Swallow (Cheramoeca leucosternus)
1 seen at Port Augusta on 13/10 was the only record for the trip.
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Common and widespread, recorded on 16 dates.
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)
Only recorded on 3 dates but many Martins were left unidentified.
Fairy Martin (Hirundo ariel)
Only recorded on 1 date, probably seen a lot more frequently but not identified to species level.
Silver-eye (Zosterops lateralis)
Only recorded on 4 dates with a maximumof 5+ at Mount Glorious on 5/10.
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Only recorded on 2 dates.
Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis)
Only recorded on 2 dates, on 28/9 on the lake by the roadhouse between Brisbane and Cooloola and at Greenfields Wetlands (Adelaide) on 14/10.
Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus)
Only recorded on the 3 dates in Adelaide. Heard on 14 and 15/10 then on 16/10 3+ were seen at St. Kilda Saltfields.
Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)
Common on the drive from Waikerie to Kimba on 9/10, only recorded on 2 other dates.
Australasian Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)
3 seen on the drive from Waikerie to Kimba on 9/10 was the only record.
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) I
Only recorded on 2 dates, 1 on the drive from Waikerie to Kimba on 9/10 and heard on 15/10.
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) I
1 at Yellingbo on 17/10 was the only record.
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) I
Recorded on 11 dates.
Red-browed Firetail (Neochima temporalis)
Only recorded on 3 dates with a maximum of 10+ in the Bunya Mountains on 30/9.
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
Only recorded on 2 dates, 2 in the Lockyer Valley on 1/10 and 5 north of Cook on 12/10.
Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)
Fairly common and widespread, recorded on 9 dates with a maximum of 50+ on the drive from Nullarbor Roadhouse to north of Cook on 12/10.
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Heard only and only recorded on 2 dates.
Olive-backked Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)
Only recorded on the first 2 days at Cassowary House.
Total species recorded on the trip was 365.
The following lists of Mammals, Reptiles and Frogs were compiled by Terry Reis and are included here with his permission. I would like to add my thanks to Terry for all the work he put in and for the extra company during the trip.
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)
Mountain Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus caninus)
Rufous Bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens)
Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus)
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)
Whiptail Wallaby (Macropus parryi)
Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus)
Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)
Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufa)
Yellow-footed Rock-Wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus)
Red-necked Pademelon (Thylogale thetis)
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)
Spectacled Flying-Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)
White-striped Freetail-Bat (Nyctinomus australis) heard only
Mitchell's Hopping-Mouse (Notomys mitchelli)
Dingo (Canis familiaris dingo)
Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis)
Cat Felis catus
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Brown Hare Lepus capensis
European Rabbit Oryctlagus cuniculus
One-Humped Camel Camelus dromedarius
Goat Capra hircus
Tawny Crevice-dragon Ctenophorus decresii
Mallee Dragon Ctenophorus fordi
Military Dragon Ctenophorus isolepis
Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictus
Eastern Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii
Bearded Dragon Pogona barbata
Nullarbor Bearded Dragon Pogona nullarbor
Central Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps
Cream-striped Shinning-skink Cryptoblepharus virgatus
Robust Ctenotus Ctenotus robustus
Barred Wedge-snout Ctenotus Ctenotus schomburgkii
Bight Crevice-skink Egernia carinata
Pink-tongued Lizard Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii
Common Dwarf Skink Menetia greyii
(No common name) Saproscincus rosei
Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard Tiliqua scincoides
Shingle-back Trachydosaurus rugosus
Blind Snake sp. Ramphotyphlops sp.
Brown Tree Snake Boiga irregularis
Black Whip Snake Demansia atra
Yellow-faced Whip Snake Demansia psammophis
Dugite Pseudonaja affinis
Eastern Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis
Rough-scaled Snake Tropidechis carinatus
House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus
Frog Assa darlingtoni heard only
Common Froglet (Clicking Froglet) Crinia signifera heard only
Tinkling Froglet (Wallum Froglet) Crinia tinnula heard only
Loveridge's Frog Kyarannus loveridgei
Fletcher's Frog (Black-soled Frog) Lechriodus fletcheri heard only
Pobblebonk Limnodynastes dumerilii heard only
Striped Marsh Frog Limnodynastes peronii heard only
Spotted Grass Frog (Spotted Marsh Frog) Limnodynastes tasmaniensis heard only
Great Barred frog Mixophyes fasciolatus
Trilling frog Neobatrachus centralis
Painted Frog Neobatrachus pictus
Dusky toadlet (Sandy Gungan) Uperoleia fusca
Green Tree Frog Litoria caerulea heard only
Ewing's Tree Frog Litoria ewingii heard only
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Eastern Sedge Frog) Litoria fallax heard only
Stony Creek Frog Litoria lesueuri
Peron's Tree Frog (Emerald-spotted Tree Frog) Litoria peronii heard only
Revealed Frog (Whirring Tree Frog) Litoria revelata heard only
Tyler's Tree Frog (Laughing Tree Frog) Litoria tyleri heard only
Cane Toad Bufo marinu