The group moved onto the ever reliable birding area near the causeway crossing. Ideal habitat with eucalptus open forest and moist forest growing along the creeks and gullies with lantana thickets and under story growth. A special watch for the Crested Shrike-tit and Paradise Riflebird was in our minds as both of these special birds have been reported at this site.
The harsh grating and rasping call was heard, with a female Riflebird being spotted. The Crested Shrike-tit was not heard or sighted.
|New Holland Honeyeater|
New Holland Honeyeaters were around in numbers greater than normal, busy collecting nesting material from the wild cotton balls. Keeping the Honeyeaters company were Spotted Pardalote in considerable numbers, collecting soft bark from the Melaleuca.. They appeared to be collecting lining material for their nesting chamber.
The group listed 55 bird species for the morning.My bird spotting was complete when a Regent Bowerbird flew low through the trees, what a lovely sight of yellow and black.
|Dendrobium ---- Dockrillia teretifolia (thin pencil orchid)|
Yabba Creek was running strong, also its tributaries were still holding water. The wet forest areas looked very fresh. What a lovely day in the bush.
|Red-backed Fairy-wren (F)|