O’Reillys – 18 February 2018

Finally getting a chance to catch up after a few busy months and then having to rebuild the website.

 

In February I headed up to O’Reillys one morning for a long overdue look.  My target was to get a decent photo of the Australian Logrunner,  a bird relatively common to see but hard to get a clear shot of as they like the darker areas under cover.

My first stop was a small little dam nearly to the top of the mountain.  A little bit of activity to be heard without a lot to see, but after a bit of searching I found this Bell Miner.  The first time I had seen one somewhere other than Cunningham’s Gap.

Bell Miner
Bell Miner – O’Reillys, QLD

 

The other bird to be seen zipping in and out of the trees was theYellow-faced Honeyeater, but as is normal when they are in that mood they didn’t stay still for long enough for a decent shot.

Reaching the top of the mountain the surprising thing was just how little noise and activity there was. I hadn’t been to O’Reillys for a long time but can never remember it being so quiet. A look around the picnic area finally revealed an Eastern Spinebill who was sitting in a perfect spot to sun itself and for me to get a shot.

Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Around the bird feeding area a family of Eastern Whipbird where present along with the usual Red-browed Finch, Superb Fairy-wren and a couple of Crimson Rosella.

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird – Eastern Whipbird – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Heading towards the boardwalk to try and find an Australian Logrunner an Eastern Yellow Robin came over to see what I was doing. These guys are always very curious and will normally come in to see what is happening.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Once again it was very quiet along the path with not a lot to see at all.  A logrunner did turn up but disappeared before any photo opportunities presented. The only other two birds seen where a Yellow-throated Scrub-wren and the White-browed Scrub-wren. A look around the gardens also produced nothing.

Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Yellow-throated Scrubwren – O’Reillys, QLD

 

White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren – O’Reillys, QLD

 

A bit more of a walk around without very much to see at all other than a Red-necked Pademelon who was happy to be out in the light and didn’t care that I was there.

Red-necked Pademelon
Red-necked Pademelon – O’Reillys, QLD

 

With nothing to see around O’Reillys Resort I headed towards the camping ground in the hope of finding a little bit more.  The camping ground proved a bit more successful with firstly a Brown Gerygone posing nicely for me.

Brown Gerygone
Brown Gerygone – O’Reillys, QLD

 

A Grey Shrike-thrush would not turn around to look at me so I was only able to get the look back shot.

Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Another White-browed Scrub-wren and a female Golden Whistler were other birds spotted.

White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren

 

Golden Whistler
Golden Whistler – O’Reillys, QLD

 

I was about to leave when some movement in the ground cover caught my attention and after some careful approaching I was finally able to find an Australian Logrunner who sat out long enough for me to get a photo. It was pretty dark and I had to really work the camera and lay down in the wet mulch to get the shot so are pretty happy with the result.

Australian Logrunner
Australian Logrunner – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Inspired by a bit of success I had a little bit more of a look around finding a curious Regent Bowerbird.

Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird – O’Reillys, QLD

 

My final bird for the camping grounds was an Australian Brush-turkey sitting in a sunny patch.

Australian Brush-turkey
Australian Brush-turkey – O’Reillys, QLD

 

Still not satisfied with what I had seen I took a detour on the way down along Duck Creek Rd. I had heard reports of a few good birds to be seen down this road but after a bit of looking all I got to see was a Laughing Kookaburra, a distant Brown Cuckoo-dove and a couple of Large-billed Scrubwren.

Large-billed Scrubwren
Large-billed Scrubwren – O’Reillys, QLD

 

In the end it was a strange day at O’Reillys with so little to see or hear but when I looked over the photos I still managed to get a few shots I am happy with.

 

  • World Bird Count:  422
  • Australian Bird Count: 275

 

Birds Photographed:

  1. Bell Miner
  2. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  3. Eastern Spinebill
  4. Eastern Whipbird
  5. Red-browed Finch
  6. Crimson Rosella
  7. Eastern Yellow Robin
  8. Australian Logrunner
  9. Yellow-throated Scrubwren
  10. White-browed Scrubwren
  11. Superb Fairy-Wren
  12. Brown Gerygone
  13. Grey Shrike-thrush
  14. Golden Whistler
  15. Regent Bower Bird
  16. Australian Brush-turkey
  17. Lewin’s Honeyeater
  18. Large-billed Scrubwren
  19. Laughing Kookaburra
  20. Brown Cuckoo-Dove

 

Others:

  1. Red-necked Pademelon

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