Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 3, 2010

Brisbane Forest Park

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 4:47 am

To get to the Brisbane Forest Park, you probably just drive west of Brisbane. But I came around the back way, via Caboolture and Somerset Dam. Just before Somerset Dam, I screeched to a halt because I saw a Pheasant Coucal on the road. He was sitting on the fence, so I carefully went to get the camera out, and he flew off down the paddock. By that time, I had the camera going and managed to get a few shots off. I think there is a lesson there. Always have the camera loaded and ready to go. When will I ever learn?

Pheasant Coucal
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus)

And here is another one with him fanning his tail feathers.

Pheasant Coucal
Pheasant Coucal

Cedar Flats

Finally I got going and the next day made it to the start of the Brisbane Forest Park from the west, which is Cedar Flats. There were a few ravens, Masked Lapwings and Noisy Miner around the park, and in a tree the Scarlet Honyeaters and Brown Honeyeaters were fighting – again! I also spotted some Silvereye and a few Pied Currawong. Then I spotted a pair of Pale-headed Rosella. The Pale-headed Rosella is found in the north and is a race, or sub-species, of the Eastern Rosella. I have been looking for one of them for ages, and finally I had my photo.

Pale-headed Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus eximius palliceps)

I also photographed a pair of Striated Pardalotes, or as they are commonly called – Black-headed Pardalotes. These ones had a more orange spot above the eye than the ones on Bribie Island. And their heads were blacker.


Later in the afternoon I went for a walk along the Pitta Circuit Track at Boombana. I think I saw a catbird but it was too dark to tell. The photos came out really rubbish. I have been wanting to photograph a catbird for years. Curses, foiled again! There were not many birds around. I spotted an Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey Fantail, Brush Turkey and some Satin Bowerbirds, whom I think were eating Blue Quandong.

And this lizard, I think it is some kind of skink, was near a creek on the way up to the hills.


Brisbane Forest Park

Pheasant Coucal
Masked Lapwing
Australian Raven
Noisy Miner
Eastern Whipbird
Welcome Swallow
Scarlet Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Rainbow Lorikeet
Striated Pardalote
Laughing Kookaburra
Pied Currawong
Pale-headed Rosella
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Bell Miner
Eastern Spinebill
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Green Catbird ?
Eastern Yellow Robin
Grey Fantail
Brush Turkey
Satin Bowerbird


  1. Great post Steve! LOVE that tail!!

    Comment by Kerri — May 3, 2010 @ 10:44 am

  2. Hi Kerri.

    Thanks mate. I love it too.


    Comment by admin — May 3, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

  3. Hi Steve

    I saw a Pheasant Coucal in a tree in Chapel Hill last weekend. Never saw a bird like it. I have a couple of photographs if you would like them. It appeared to be nesting about 3 metres from the ground. I guess, as there is land clearing taking place two houses away, it has been disturbed. Is this beautiful bird a protected species.

    Look forward to hearing from you


    Comment by Robyn Magers — July 8, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  4. hi robyn,

    i am in new zealand at the moment and internet access is dodgy as.
    see if you can post a link in a comment. please.


    Comment by admin — July 19, 2011 @ 4:46 am

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