Lake Broadwater Trip

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Rod Hobson
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Lake Broadwater Trip

Post by Rod Hobson » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:46 am


It's always nice when you can mix business with pleasure. Yesterday I had to travel out to Lake Broadwater near Dalby SEQ for work so decided on combining a little natural history-ing into the day, as you do.To these ends I took fellow birdwatchers Malcolm Wilson and Mick Atzeni along for the day. After attending to business we got down to a couple of hours birdwatching around the lakes's shores and into the fringing Bulloak/Cypress Pine woodland midafternoon. In all we recorded 58 bird species, two reptiles and two mammals. Fauna recorded was:

Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Red-necked Wallaby
Eastern Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis)
a gecko (Gehyra dubia)
Magpie Goose
Black Swan (with cygnets)
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Yellow-billed Spoonbill *
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Brown Goshawk
Australian Hobby
Nankeen Kestrel
Black-winged Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-capped Plover * (x 5 individuals)
Masked Lapwing
Crested Pigeon
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Australian King-Parrot
White-throated Treecreeper
Striated Pardalote
Speckled Warbler *
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill *
Inland Thornbill *
Striped Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater *
Singing Honeyeater *
Brown Honeyeater
Red-capped Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Grey-crowned Babbler *
Varied Sittella *
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Torresian Crow
Australian Raven *
White-winged Chough *
Apostlebird *
Australian Pipit *
Welcome Swallow

also White-rumped Miner * en route at Bowenville

* indicates a new species for the TBO's " Winter Beyond - 2009" list.

Lake Broadwater is certainly a gem in the crown for the birdwatching, and the natural history community generally in south-eastern Queensland. It is a declared wetland of national signifigance in its own right. Recently it has again been the target for proposed 'development' by the local water skii-ing and power-boating fraternity. And fortunately their proposals have again been rejected. Sanity has prevailed. But the natural history community should not become complacent. We may have won the battle but not the war.

" Etenal vigilance " is the catch-cry for Lake Broadwater and all other such precious and diminishing refuges for our beleagured fauna and flora.

Rod Hobson

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