Gold Creek Reservoir - 5 September 2011

September 5, 2011

A local hotspot for White-eared Monarch, I visited Gold Creek Reservoir this morning to see what was around.

I spent the morning birding around Gold Creek Reservoir, about 40 minutes west of downtown Brisbane.

The area is known locally as a good spot for White-eared Monarch, and I found a pair of these along the sealed road leading up to the reservoir gate, near the third creek crossing as you leave the reservoir. They were in company with a few Spectacled Monarchs and a pair of Rufous Shrike-Thrushes. While still birding the road, both Grey Goshawk and Brown Goshawks soared overhead, and a few pairs of Little Lorikeets rocketed past. Scarlet Honeyeaters were common and Australian King-Parrots and Brown Cuckoo-Doves were found feeding along the side of the road.

In the reservoir area itself a few female Satin Bowerbirds and Varied Trillers were around, and on the slopes to the north of the dam wall I came across a Noisy Pitta which gave good views. White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were about, but not much else exciting.

Locations visited

Gold Creek Reservoir


Land Birds 37 species
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 3
White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis) 2
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) 1
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 1
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 1
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 1
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 1
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) 1
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus) 1
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) 1
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys) 1
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) 1
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) 1
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) 1
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) 1
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) 1



Written by

Nick Leseberg

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