Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 28, 2010


Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 4:56 am


Toorbul is just around the corner from Caloundra along the Pumicestone Passage, that separates Bribie Island from the mainland. But you have to go out to the highway and then go back in to get there. This morning I woke up to mudflats stretching to eternity. But the birds were too far away to see, so I had breakfast and waited for the tide to come up a bit. I was quite surprised that the migratory waders were still there and had not jetted off to the Arctic yet. And strangely, they were not real coloured up or fat yet. What is going on, I thought.

The main waders were Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey-tailed Tattlers, Curlew Sandpipers and Eastern Curlews. There were more than twenty Pied Oystercatchers as well as about half a dozen Royal Spoonbill as well. In the bushes next to the water front I spotted a Striated Pardalote and it was the northern race, melanocephalus. I thought he looked a bit different. They are commonly called the “Black-headed Pardalote” and have a darker black head without so many stripes along the top of the head and the cheeks. But anyway, I was stoked. I always like to see the different races.

Striated Pardalote
Striated Pardalote, race melanocephalus (Pardalotus striatus melanocephalus)

I headed out of Toorbul and stopped on the side of the road because I spotted a Black-necked Stork in a paddock. Then later on, I followed a dirt track and saw 2 Brolga in a paddock having a good feed. They were a bit far away for decent photos. Whenever you get close to them, they just move away. doh!

Black-necked Stork
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

And another species of butterfly. I do not know what type it is yet, the internet is as slow as a wet weekend so I have not been able to identify it yet. double doh!


Toorbul bird list

Australian White Ibis
Australian Raven
Australian Magpie
Laughing Kookaburra
Masked Lapwing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Spotted Turtle-dove
Australian Wood Duck
Welcome Swallow
Silver Gull
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Rainbow Lorikeet
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Pied Oystercatcher
Common Starling
House Sparrow
Royal Spoonbill
Pied Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird
Black Swan
Bar-tailed Godwit
Eastern Curlew
Crested Tern
Willy Wagtail
Curlew Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Brush Turkey
Striated Pardalote (race melanocephalus)
Australasian Figbird
Caspian Tern
Little Egret
Noisy Miner
Cattle Egret
Pacific Black Duck
Common Myna
Black-necked Stork


  1. Hi Steve, Great photos, especially the Stork….. I think the spot where you saw it and the Brolga was ‘Bishop’s Marsh’ (a few kms from Toorbul, near the Donnybrook turnoff?) I’ve been rather unlucky there recently and not seen either!
    I expect your waders were probably over-winterers, a few usually stay in SE Qld between April and September.

    Comment by Tom Tarrant — April 28, 2010 @ 6:50 am

  2. Oh thanks Tom. I was wondering about the lack of colour and fat on the godwits.
    I forgot about the stay at homes.

    I saw one with tags and sent it off to the tagging nerds. Waiting to see where its been.

    The spot where i saw the stork and brolga was just before and along Volz Road.

    Comment by admin — April 28, 2010 @ 11:02 am

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