Forest & Wetland Birds Trip in Southeast Queensland
This is a one-day Southern Queensland Birds Trip to see and learn about birds of Australian wetlands, grasslands, open forests and rainforests. Southeast Queensland harbours about 50% of Australia's bird species, being an area of overlap between tropical and temperate climates and a diversity of habitats, with many species reaching their southern or northern limits here and a few confined to the Queensland-NSW border area, as well as migrating and nomadic species.
The area harbours eight species of cockatoo, the world's only bird of paradise outside of the tropics, Australia's two largest eagles and its smallest raptor as well as just about everything in between, kookaburras, lyrebirds, bowerbirds, Australia's only stork, many honeyeaters, fair wrens and so much more. Although we see a good variety of species on our tour, the emphasis is less on life-listing and more on watching the birds and learning about their behaviour, ecology and evolutionary relationships, and with plenty of opportunities for photography.
In the rainforests we usually see bowerbirds (seasonally), scrub wrens, log runners, brush turkeys, whip bird, yellow "robins", Lewin's honeyeaters and various others, and if we're lucky also Albert's lyrebird, rose robin, catbird (often heard in spring/summer), wompoo fruit-doves, paradise rifle birds and others that make occasional appearances. Birds we often see in the open forest include raptors, kookaburra, other kingfishers, pigeons, various honeyeaters, fairy-wrens, pardalotes, butcherbirds, finches, cuckoo shrikes and others, and sometimes. Wetland birds often seen include black swans, various ducks, pelicans, cormorants, darter, spoonbills, herons, egrets, stilts and gallinules. In open grassy areas, we also see grass birds, cisticolas, finches, lapwings, pipits, raptors and others. You can also assist in research on animal/plant mutualism by taking and sharing photos of birds at fruits and flowers and helping your guide find where fruit-eating birds are (and thus likely to drop seeds) when not eating fruits.
Alternative Trip Name: Forest & Wetland Birding Trip