Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 23, 2010

Noosa National Park

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 1:44 am

Peregian Beach

This morning I had a late start. I looked in on the Peregian Beach section of the Noosa National Park. To access this section go to the end of Woodland Drive in Peregian and just park there and walk through the gates to the National Park. When I first got there, I disturbed a pair of quail. I think they were Brown Quail but I did not get a good enough look for them. I searched where they came down, but they had disappeared. But there were plenty of butterflies around. I took more photos of butterflies than birds.

Butterfly on lantana flower

The country was mainly coastal heath and banskia, so there were plenty of Rainbow Lorikeets, Little Wattlebirds and White-cheeked Honeyeaters. I did hear a couple of whipbirds at various stages. The only birds of much interest were a flock of Double-barred Finch who took off when I was walking back along the track. So thats all the birds, now back to the butterflies. Here is another photo, of one hovering.

Butterfly hovering over lantana flowers

If you think it is hard to take photos of birds in flight, then try and take a photo of a butterfly flying around. They are so small and their flight is very erratic. I think they have a zigzag flight pattern so that birds cant eat them. But that is only my theory without any scientific evidence or knowledge whatsoever. 🙂


Noosa National Park bird list

Brown Quail ?
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Whipbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Willy Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Golden-headed Cisticola
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Double-barred Finch
White-cheeked Honeyeater


  1. Nice Butterfly images Steve. I’ld love to pursue macro photography, but the birds are just too interesting! 😉

    Comment by Mark Young — April 24, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  2. Hi Mark,

    It was not macro. I photographed them on my 400. at shortest distance and then cropped a bit.


    Comment by admin — April 26, 2010 @ 12:34 am

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