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May 25, 2015

Muller’s Lagoon

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 5:43 am

Bowen Birding

Muller’s Lagoon is right in the center of Bowen, right next to the Woolworth’s shopping center. For a newcomer to Australia it would probably be a great place to see a lot of Australian water-birds. I did not seen anything except maybe a Radjah Shelduck but I cannot remember if I have seen one of these or not.

Radjah Shelduck
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)

A pair of Hardhead. Also called White-eyed Duck for obvious reasons.

Hardhead (Aythya australis)

I was quite surprised to see lots of Plumed Whistling-ducks.

Plumed Whistling-duck
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

I have not seen one of these for a while.

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

And a shot of the Nutmeg Mannikin with some decent light.

Nutmeg Mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulatus)

Muller’s Lagoon Bird List

Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Red-kneed Dotterel
Magpie Goose
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Plumed Whistling-duck
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Royal Spoonbill
Australasian Grebe
Crested Pigeon
Rainbow Lorikeet
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Rainbow Bee-eater
Pied Butcherbird
Nutmeg Mannikin


  1. Hi & thanks Steve if you’re still active:) I now live across the road from Muller’s Lagoon & have the opportunity to circumnavigate daily for exercise & bird spotting. I will have the NikonP900 camera soon [on order since seeing the birdlife here] & hope to show more examples of the wonderful array of feathered friends. Many of them visit my yard as I have several native bushes that produce seeds they eat. The eagle families rule the roost around here [wedge-tails & Sea-eagles] & frequently take birds in flight even in my short time here. I have what appear to be a small bower-bird type visiting the yard regularly for a particular seed & hope to get a decent shot to name them soon.

    Thanks again,
    wishing health & happiness to you & yours,

    John M Wenitong (aka Pemulwuy Weeatunga – author of ancAu [aboriginal/indigenous] fiction).

    Comment by John Wenitong — July 6, 2019 @ 9:47 pm

  2. hi john.
    good luck with it all.
    I am north of Toowoomba, heading north then south.

    best wishes.

    Comment by admin — July 17, 2019 @ 4:21 am

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