Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 30, 2010

Bribie Island #3

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 12:52 am

Sewerage Treatment Road

Earlier in the day I went for a swim at Woorim Beach and when I was drying out near the car, I spotted 2 Buff-banded Rail in Lions Park. They were just looking for dinner on the grass and at one stage, one came to about three meters away from me. Later on in the afternoon, just before sunset, I walked along the road to the Sewerage Treatment Works. It was suggested to me by a local birder, Robin, whom I had met in the library this morning. It is not a bad spot for birding. There were the usual heap of Rainbow Lorikeets and quite a few Brown Honeyeaters. A couple of Noisy Friarbirds were also feeding on the eucalypt blossoms.

Right down the end of the road, I was delighted to come across about four Rainbow Bee-eaters. I love these birds. They are so elegant and beautiful. I could photograph them all day. They were sitting on the electricity wires and swooping down on insect and then alighting back onto the wires. I think this one is a female because it has the shorter tail extensions. I was super stoked to get a shot of one in flight.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

I think this one is a female or a juvenile as well because of the shorter tail extensions again.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater

The next morning I got going early along the sewerage road. I spotted a Little Friarbird and then a heap of Scarlet Honeyeaters who were feeding in the small gum trees on the blossoms. They were being chased around by the Brown Honeyeaters who are just a little bit bigger.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

And I particularly like this photo. I did not do anything to it except crop and bring a few of the highlights down a bit. Very happy with this. I hope you like it too.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater

Down the end of the road I spotted a few White-throated Honeyeaters. They are very similar to the White-naped Honeyeaters except that they do not have the red around the eyes. A Bar-shouldered Dove flew up from the side of the road to the wires and some Double-barred Finch did the same thing.

White-throated Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater

Around the football field I saw a few Magpie Goose, Australian Wood Duck and Masked Lapwing, as well as a Forest Kingfisher lurking in the trees near a water-way.

And another as yet unidentified butterfly , or could it be a moth?

Butterfly or Moth
Butterfly or moth

Bribie Island bird list

Buff-banded Rail
Australian Magpie
Rainbow Lorikeet
Brown Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird
Australian Raven
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Welcome Swallow
Common Starling
Spangled Drongo
Australasian Figbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Scarlet Honeyeater
Grey Fantail
White-throated Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Red-browed Finch
Double-barred Finch
Brown Thornbill
Australian Wood Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Magpie Goose
Forest Kingfisher
Pacific Black Duck
Masked Lapwing
Willy Wagtail
Leaden Flycatcher


  1. Wow Steve, those Scarlet HE’s look great! I can’t wait to see some of them down this way.

    Comment by Mark Young — April 30, 2010 @ 3:25 am

  2. Hi Steve Stunning Scarlet HE photos.
    Your Butterfly is one of a group known as “Darts”. Fast flying, mostly grass-loving.
    They fly, they land, then you have to try and find them.
    Many species which I cannot tell apart.
    Moths have antennae with “feathered” tips, mostly, whereas Butterflies antennae tend to end in “clubs” as is visible in your photo.
    Good Post.

    Comment by Denis WIlson — April 30, 2010 @ 7:37 am

  3. amazing photo!!!

    Comment by leonor borges machado — April 30, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  4. Mark, they should be coming that way soonish i guess.
    I cannot remember when I saw them at Swansea.

    Thanks for the info. I know very little about butterflies etc.. Learning as I go along.

    thank you leonor..

    Comment by admin — May 3, 2010 @ 5:09 am

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