Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Centenary Lakes and the Esplanade, Cairn's Area, Queensland and a flight back South to Adelaide, South Australia.

Almost a full days birding then a trip back to the South,
Australia, Day Thirty Four.
 
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae).
We packed our kit and left Cassowary House for Cairn's, on the way down the hill we saw Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis).
Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) ????
Saw-shelled Turtle (Myuchelys latisternum).
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae).
Our first stop of the day was at Centenary Lakes where we spent some time trying to get some shots of the very rapid Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae), Deb did well and I managed a few record shots but they were better than the totally out of focus stuff I had already got.
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus).
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus).
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).
As we walked around the pools and gardens we also saw Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus), Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) and a fly over Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata).
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata).

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus).

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus).

Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica).

Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica).

Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica).

We continued on through the woods and around the botanical Gardens, on our way we saw Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Eastern Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius), Australian Bush-turkey (Alectura lathami), Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt), Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), Hornbill Friarbird (Philemon yorki) and Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica).
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) male.
Beach Thick-knee (Esacus magnirostris).
Beach Thick-knee (Esacus magnirostris).
We returned to the car and went down onto the sea front and had some luch before having a walk North along the Esplanade, on the way we had brilliant views og half a dozen Metallic Starlings which were feeding in a large fruit tree along with several Australasian Figbirds (Sphecotheres vieilloti).
Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica ssp macrotarsa).
Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica ssp macrotarsa).
Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica ssp macrotarsa).
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) a leucistic bird. 
We continued on adding Beach Thick-knee (Esacus magnirostris), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica ssp macrotarsa), Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) and a leucistic Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) as well as Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Australian Gull-billed (Gelochelidon nilotica ssp macrotarsa) and Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus), Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) and Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia).
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca).

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis).

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia).

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia).

Once we were back at the car we packed away our kit and headed for the Airport to get our flight back south to Adelaide, we returned the Hire car which had been very good and caught the flight back without event. 
On the way back.


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