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August 18, 2009

Booti-Booti NP Bird Photography 090812

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Elizabeth Beach, Booti-Booti National Park, 12th August 2009.

Elizabeth Beach Rainforest Walk

Just near the car park at Elizabeth Beach in Pacific Palms there is a wonderful rainforest walk. It leads from the road to the beach. There are heaps of palms and vines and rainforest type foliage. lol. I saw this weird looking pigeon with a punk rock hairdo. I thought it had a flat head when I first saw it. I thought “That poor pigeon has had its head smashed in”. But of course it is a Topknot Pigeon and it really does have a weird haircut. They seem to migrate south from Queensland in autumn and winter. They are commonly found in rainforests and wet forests. They are also called a “Flock Pigeon”. Later on I saw a heap of them on a high tree on the edges of the rainforest section right next to a suburban street.

Topknot Pigeon
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)

I followed the rainforest walk to the beach, then went along the beach to the hill at the northern end, and started walking up it. It was pretty steep and was hard going so I only lasted half an hour or so – that was enough for me. There were not many birds around anyway. doh! There were more birds in the streets than the bush. Galahs, Red Wattlebirds, Crested Pigeons and Spotted Turtle-doves were all hanging on the wires, Television aerials and trees around the houses of Elizabeth Beach.


After that I drove over to Tiona and walked up Booti Hill from the other side. There were a few birds around, mainly White-cheeked Honeyeaters and Brown Thornbills, and I saw a White-faced Heron on the beach. This Brown Thornbill has some kind of tubular object in his top beak. I cannot work out what it is – maybe a casuarina needle or some kind of insect larvae. What do you reckon?

Brown Thornbill
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)

Booti-Booti bird list 12/8/09

Topknot Pigeon
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Turtle-dove
Red Wattlebird
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Australasian Gannet
White-faced Heron
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Whipbird
Australian Magpie
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Raven

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