My local patch, the Arundel Wetlands (also known as Tea Tree Blvd Wetlands) is a part of the Coombabah Wetlands. It is a great location for birding with a variety of different habitats including ponds, reed beds, saltwater creek and mangroves, and wetland forests. Some well defined and maintained tracks provide an easy walk and access to most locations around the wetlands.

The common water birds such as Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Australian Wood Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Ducky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Australasian Swamphen, Australasian Grebe are seen virtually every visit.

Egrets are common and on a good day you can get the white egret trifecta with Great Egret, Intermediate Egret and Little Egret. The White -faced Heron and White-necked Heron are always around if a little harder to locate sometimes.

The Ibis trifecta is possible on a good day with Australian White Ibis the most common, Glossy Ibis come and go as does the Straw-necked Ibis.

At the right time of the year Latham’s Snipe are common. Australian Painted-snipe have been seen. Black-necked Stork come and go. Red-kneed Dotterel and Black-fronted Dotterel are now resident as are the Pied Stilt.

Royal Spoonbill are usually around and when conditions are a bit tough out west a Yellow-billed Spoonbill has been seen.

Raptors are well represented with the Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and Black Kite (in season) all common. On a good day a number of other Raptors can also be seen.

Lots of different Honeyeaters are present with the Striped Honeyeater usually around somewhere. The other smaller birds are well represented with a trifecta of Superb, Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-wrens a possibility.

A number of dead trees provide good hollows for Cockatoos’ Corella’s, and Lorikeets.

A couple of hour walking trip can usually see you locate 50+ different species of birds along with the resident Grey Kangaroo and Red-necked Wallabies. With great views and photo opportunities.

My Arundel Wetlands Bird Count stands at: 138

Birds

Pelicans

Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Cormorants

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Darters

Australasian Darter
Australasian Darter – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Terns

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Stilts

Pied Stilt – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Dotterels

Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Lapwings

Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Painted-snipes

Australian Painted-snipe
Australian Painted-snipe – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Jacanas

Comb-Crested Jacana
Comb-Crested Jacana – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Snipe

Lathams Snipe
Lathams Snipe – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Sandpipers

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Ducks, Swans and Geese

Black Swan
Black Swan – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Wandering Whistling Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Australasian Shoveler
Australasian Shoveler – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Chestnut Teal
Chestnut Teal (male) – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Grey Teal
Grey Teal – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Hardhead
Hardhead (male) – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Grebes

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Herons and Bitterns

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

White-necked Heron
White-necked Heron – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Nankeen Night Heron
Nankeen Night Heron – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Striated Heron
Striated Heron – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Egrets

Great Egret
Great Egret – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Eastern Cattle Egret
Eastern Cattle Egret – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Little Egret
Little Egret – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Spoonbills

Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Ibis

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD


Storks

Black-necked Stork
Black-necked Stork – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Rails and Crakes

Buff-banded Rail
Buff-banded Rail – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Baillon's Crake
Baillon’s Crake – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Lewin's Rail

Lewin’s Rail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Spotless Crake

Spotless Crake – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Water hen’s

Australasian Swamphen
Australasian Swamphen – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Coot – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Dusky Moorhen
Dusky Moorhen – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Megapodes

Australian Brush-turkey
Australian Brush-turkey – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Raptors

Eastern Osprey
Eastern Osprey – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (immature) – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Black Kite
Black Kite – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Brown Goshawk
Brown Goshawk – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Grey Goshawk
Grey Goshawk – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Pacific Baza
Pacific Baza – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Australian Hobby
Australian Hobby – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Cockatoos

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Galah
Galah – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD


Corellas

Long-billed Corella
Long-billed Corella – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Little Corella
Little Corella – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD


Parrots

Australian King Parrot
Australian King Parrot – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Rosella

Eastern Rosella

Pale-headed Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Pigeons and Doves

Rock Dove

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Crested Pigeon
Crested Pigeon – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Peaceful Dove
Peaceful Dove – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (immature) – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Topknot Pigeon
Topknot Pigeon – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Cuckoos

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Brush Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Pheasant Coucal

Pheasant Coucal – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Eastern Koel

Eastern Koel – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Channel-billed Cuckoo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Kingfishers

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Forest Kingfisher
Forest Kingfisher – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Sacred Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Bee-eaters

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Rollers

Dollarbird
Dollarbird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Swifts

White-throated Needletail
White-throated Needletail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Fork-tailed Swift
Fork-tailed Swift – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Swallows and Martins

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Fairy Martin
Fairy Martin – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

White-breasted Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD


Thornbills

Brown Thornbill


Gerygones

White-throated Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Mangrove Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Pardalotes

Striated Pardalote
Striated Pardalote – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Fairy-wrens

Superb Fairy-Wren
Superb Fairy-Wren – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Red-backed Fairy-wren
Red-backed Fairy-wren – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Variegated Fairy-Wren
Variegated Fairy-Wren – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Honeyeaters

Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Yellow-faced Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Scarlet Honeyeater

Scarlet Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Brown Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Striped Honeyeater

Striped Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Blue-Faced Honeyeater

Blue-Faced Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Miners

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Friarbirds

Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Cuckoo-shrikes and Trillers

Cicadabird
Cicadabird – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Butcherbirds and allies

Pied Currawong
Pied Currawong – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Pied Butcher Bird
Pied Butcher Bird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Grey Butcher Bird
Grey Butcher Bird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Ravens and Crows

Torresian Crow
Torresian Crow – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Orioles and Figbirds

Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Olive-backed Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Monarchs and Flycatchers

Magpie Lark
Magpie Lark – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Leaden Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch (immature) – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Fantails

Grey Fantail
Grey Fantail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Willie Wagtail
Willie Wagtail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Australasian Robins

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Rose Robin
Rose Robin – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Whistlers

Rufous Whistler
Rufous Whistler – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Golden Whistler
Golden Whistler – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Shrike-thrushes

Little Shrike-thrush
Little Shrike-thrush – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Mistletoebird
Mistletoebird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

White-winged Triller
White-winged Triller – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

White-eyes

Silvereye
Silvereye – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

Old World Warblers

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Australian Reed-Warbler
Australian Reed-Warbler – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Tawny Grassbird

Tawny Grassbird – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Rufous Songlark
Rufous Songlark – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Mynas and Starlings

Common Myna
Common Myna – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Grass-finches, Parrot-finches and Mannikins

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Mammals

Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Eastern Grey Kangaroo – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Red-necked Wallaby
Red-necked Wallaby – Arundel Wetlands, QLD

Koala
Koala – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD

European Hare

European Hare – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD


Reptiles

Freshwater Snake
Freshwater Snake – Arundel Wetlands, QLD
Lace Monitor
Lace Monitor – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD
Eastern Water Dragon
Eastern Water Dragon – Arundel Wetlands, Arundel, QLD
Eastern Bearded Dragon
Eastern Bearded Dragon – Arundel Wetlands, QLD