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.