On Sunday I briefly called into Dawn Road Reserve in Albany Creek, and though I was intending to take a closer look at the amazing plant life there, the surprising amount of bird activity on display quickly captured my full attention.
|Tawny frogmouths, Albany Creek.|
Most pleasing to see were a pair of tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides), huddled up in the mid-canopy.
These birds continue to survive in respectable numbers around Brisbane thanks to suburban bush reserves and leafy gardens that allow them to find shelter and food; overall, however, a population decline is being observed.
Elsewhere in the reserve, I found many insectivorous birds had gathered together into mixed-species flocks, a common occurrence outside of the breeding season that allows small birds to find safety in numbers while foraging.
|Pheasant coucal (Centropus phasianinus), Albany Creek.|
At Dawn Road Reserve, I was delighted to observe spangled drongos (Dicrurus bracteatus), white-throated treecreepers (Cormobates leucophaea), silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), striated pardalotes (Pardalotus striatus), two honeyeaters and all three local fantails—including the willy wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)—while standing still in the one spot.
I was also impressed by the amount of bird activity given the time of day I had visited; most birders will agree that early morning is the best time to see a maximum amount of birds, yet thanks to the weather, Dawn Road was positively brimming with feathered friends in the mid-afternoon.
Like the birds, I too am looking forward to a reprieve from summer temperatures!
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