Thursday 14 July 2022

Kingfisher Lodge, Sides Road, Abattoir Swamp, Mount Molloy and Mount Lewis (clearing to dam track), Queensland.

A day around the local wildlife sites.
Australia, Day Twenty Nine.
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster).
Out on the lawn behind the room at the lodge we started the day with Pacific Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps longirostris), Australian Bush-turkey (Alectura lathami), Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt), Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and lots of both Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax) and Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis).
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops).
We headed out after some breakfast to Sides Road where we parked and checked out the roadside and side road finding Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster), White-throated (Melithreptus albogularis), White-cheeked (Phylidonyris niger), Yellow-faced (Caligavis chrysops) and Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus),  Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) x3, Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) and as we returned to the car we had brief views of a flying Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) as it disappeared into the distance.
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis).
Our next stop was just down the road at Abattoir Swamp, we parked and walked down to the Hide, in the woods on the way we found Brown-backed (Ramsayornis modestus), Brown (Lichmera indistincta) and Yellow Honeyeaters (Stomiopera flava), Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer), Northern (Rhipidura rufiventris) and  Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) and inside the hide we saw notes about a Scrub Python (Morelia amethistina) being seen in the hide so we looked around and soon found the not so little stunner curled up asleep on top of one of the roof pillars.
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer).
Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava).
On our way back to the car we added Tawny Grassbird (Cincloramphus timoriensis) in the marsh and a Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) in the car park.
Scrub Python (Morelia amethistina).
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis).

We popped into Mount Molloy where we had some lunch, I had a Kangaroo Pie and I have to admit that it was rather good and whilst I enjoyed this we picked up Blue-faced Honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) and Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii).
The Pie.
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis).
After Lunch (Sorry Skippy) we went for a drive up Mount Lewis and parked at a clearing we had been told abount and found a track out to a Dam on the slopes, the walk took us a lot longer that the 40 mins we were told it would as we were birding all the way.
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris).
Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii),
During the walk we heard and saw Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis), Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus), Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito), Yellow-throated (Sericornis citreogularis) and Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra), Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons), Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae), Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus maculosus), Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris), Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus), Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherin) and a very smart Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) which sat out on a log over dam.
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) female.
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii).
We returned to the clearing seeing a feeding group of Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) on the way and started to drive back down but we stopped regularly looking for the highly elusive Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis) which we had views of after quite a few stops but the photo's were not great to say the least.
Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis).
On the way back to the Lodge we saw a Pacific Emerald Dove and in the grounds several bushes had the 4 o'clock Moth (Dysphania numana) Caterpillars.

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