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Birds Of Nudgee

Birds Of Nudgee

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Nudgee Bird Maps:
Map 1
The map below features species which are commonly seen at the Nudgee Beach Reserve. See the legend below the map for clarification of species represented in this map.
Most species listed may be found at the reserve at most times throughout the year, with the exception of the Rainbow Bee-eater (Spring to Summer), the Whimbrel
(Summer), and the Sacred Kingfisher (occasional visitor - in my experience). I hope that this information helps somebody to get more out their visit to Nudgee Beach.
Nudgee Beach Reserve is protected habitat and fishing and crabbing are prohibited. Please read the additional notes below the map for more information.
*I have not included certain common species found regularly at the Nudgee Beach Reserve because they occur over the entire map and it would be messy to pin their locations.
The common species omitted are: Great Egret, Imtermediate Egret, Little Egret, White-faced Heron, Striated Heron, Black Cormorant, Australian White Ibis, Welcome Swallow. Those species may be found over the entire area at least near the water's edge, on sandbanks and in the mangrove forest fringes, and often overhead (except for the Swallow, which can be found in your viewfinder as a dark streak or on your computer screen as a familiar shapeless, fuzzy blur). Cattle Egret may fly over at any time, but are prolific overhead in the warmer months. I can't recall seeing one in the actual Reserve though. The occasional Red-necked Avocet can occasionally be sighted amid a flock of Black-winged Stilt, so check every individual bird! Ha ha.

*The Collared Kingfisher is well represented on the map, and for good reason. At any of the locations marked 'CKF' you have a good chance of locating this species on any day. Morning and afternoon are best. Always check the large tree next to the bird hide if you are there. The Southern section of the boardwalk offers the best opportunities for photographing the Collared-Kingfisher, beginning about 50m from the entrance and continuing until the magroves thin out. One or two of the resident Kingfishers will calmly sit three or four metres away from the boardwalk for up to an hour at a time, offering a great chance to set up your gear according to the conditions. Stop and look around because often the bird will be quietly sitting looking at you and you may miss it altogether. These birds sometimes respond if you mimmick their call. Just whistling it seems to do the trick. You can sometimes locate them this way. I had two teachers and forty school kids standing and observing one Kingfisher for ten minutes before the next similar group did the same. The bird sat there through the whole thing and barely flinched. One child said "it looks like a Kookaburra", which gave me an opportunity to give a brief talk about the subject. These kids were totally absorbed by the bird sitting there on an arched adventitious Mangrove root. Great stuff.

*There is a resident Willie Wagtail who is quite a cool customer, but I'll let you find him for yourself
Todiramphus Chloris (Collared Kingfisher) at Nudgee Beach Reserve (boardwalk).
You can check the Eremaea list for Nudgee Beach Reserve for a better understanding of the many species which may be found. I notice at least ten species on my own list that do not appear on the Eremaea list, which just means I have more work to do.

Migratory visitors include: Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar Tailed Godwit, Great Knot, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Necked Stint, Double Banded Plover.

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Updated 25-08-2014 at 12:29 PM by Matt Dunn



  1. David Taylor's Avatar
    nice report Matt
  2. Louis Backstrom's Avatar
    Also Matt, if you check the eBird list, it's got about 50 more birds than the Eremaea list- more for you!
  3. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    Thanks! I haven't checked that for a while either.
    Updated 22-02-2014 at 01:12 AM by Matt Dunn
  4. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by David Taylor
    nice report Matt
    Thank you, David
  5. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    There are still plenty of migratory shorebirds present at Nudgee Beach, and even the bird hide is a productive spot at the moment, around low tide.

    Terns aplenty around the mouth of Nudgee Creek.

    The obligatory Pied Oystercatcher almost daily on the sand flats at low tide, as usual.

    The occasional Channel-billed Cuckoo or Rainbow Bee-eater pasing overhead.

    Swifts overhead were rife last week, rare this week.

    Mangrove honey-eaters well represented over the past several weeks, and still present in small groups (4-8).

    A pair of Pale-headed Rosellas have seemingly moved in, the first time I have seen this species 'resident' at this location. Another birder reported seeing the pair checking out tree hollows last week. I have heard them in the thick mangroves near the boardwalk and photographed the pair in Casaurina (she-oak) trees nearby, and near the canoe launching area. I know other parrots like eating the fruits of the Casaurina, but I didn't realise this species does too - now I know.

    Grey Shrike-Thrush boldly gave me an ear-bashing as I walked from the car yesterday morning, I wasn't yet out of the car park.

    Pelican were regular visitors in the past few months, now thinning - same for Silver Gull.

    Spangled Drongo starting to reappear after a short absence.
    Updated 25-02-2014 at 12:21 PM by Matt Dunn
  6. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    Dawn (5:16AM) this morning at Nudgee was a bit quiet bird-wise, but in the next 30 minutes things got active. At first only Black-winged Stilts, Silver Gulls, and Australian White Ibis, and the obligatory Pied Oystercatcher occupied the sandflats, but as the tide bubbled up several Bar-tailed Godwits arrived, followed by Great Egret, White-faced Heron and the odd Whimbrel. Low tide was at 3:20AM, so the banks would soon be under water. The bird life on the far side of the creek was explosive as the first rays warmed the mangrove tree line. Large groups of migrating Rainbow Be-eaters tittered and shrilled overhead, arcing from tree to tree and snatching up insects on the wing. I must have seen a hundred of these birds this morning. Grey Shrike-thrush near the carpark, plenty of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, Mangrove Honey-eaters, Brown Honey-eater, Collared Kingfisher, and a few Mangrove Gerygone. A pair of Black Kite raced overhead at 7:43AM, heading North.
    Yesterday I saw a flock of eight Royal Spoonbill low overhead, heading towards Shorncliffe.
    Updated 01-03-2014 at 12:39 PM by Matt Dunn
  7. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    I was at Nudgee Beach only briefly this morning (less than an hour). In the end I got caught in the rain while photographing a pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets which were checking out a dead, hollow mangrove tree. I don't think they were looking for real estate, but they both seemed to be eating something that was out of my sight, in the hollow trunk. I put my hat on my lens and burned a cup of tea's worth of calories as I jogged back to some shelter under the mangroves. When the rain eased I set off again and made it to the car park cool and damp, but with my camera gear reasonably dry.

    Despite the shortened outing here is my list of sightings for today:

    Whistling Kite
    Spotted Dove
    Bar-tailed Godwit
    Striated Heron
    Brown Honey-eater
    Spangled Drongo
    Grey Fantail
    Collared Kingfisher
    Sacred Kingfisher
    Intermediate Egret
    Great Egret
    Black-winged Stilt
    Australian White Ibis
    Red-backed Fairy-Wren
    Rainbow Bee-eater
    Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
    Updated 19-04-2014 at 02:18 PM by Matt Dunn
  8. Will Taylor's Avatar
    Wow amazing stuff Matt! New to this forum and it's amazing to find such a diverse area.
  9. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    If any one is thinking about a Nudgee trip this weekend, Saturday low tide is perfect at 7:17AM, and again on Sunday at 8:19AM. Sunrise is around 6:00AM. Possible shower in the morning. On both days the mudflats should be accessable on foot from Sunrise until a few hours after low tide, with the sun at your back. Migratory species are still prevalent at this location.
    Updated 18-03-2014 at 03:23 PM by Matt Dunn
  10. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    The migratory birds have thinned significantly in the past two weeks. The mudflats still host Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Plovers etc, but the huge flocks seem to be gone.
    Many thousands of Rainbow Bee-eaters continue to migrate North. The largest group I counted was 24 individual birds, the second largest was 17. Several of these go over every hour. Some groups drop in and hang out at Nudgee for a feed, other groups continue on their way and don't stop by.
    Brown Honey-eaters are once again becoming vocal and pairing up. Their pretty and varied songs are a welcome sound that has been missing over much of the Summer, even though the birds themselves have still been present. Mangrove Honey-eater have been fairly prolific too, though harder to get close to. I've seen pairs, small groups and even individuals feeding in the trees near the bird hide and either side of the nearby walking track, and small flocks crossing over the mudflats or darting between the mangroves on both sides of the Nudgee Creek. I can't say for sure, but the trend seems to be in a Northward direction. Ditto for Blue-faced Honey-eaters over the nearby suburbs. The occasional Striped Honey-eater has eluded me for the past month.

    On the raptor front, in the last week alone I have seen a pair of Sea Eagle (twice), a pair of Brahminy Kite (four times), and a pair of Osprey (twice) hunting near the mouth of Nudgee Creek. A brown Goshawk soared high above me yesterday, one of very few occasions I have sighted this species at Nudgee. It seemed to be in no hurry as it cruised above the reserve.

    Speaking of pairs, yesterday I spotted a pair of Mistletoebirds (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) in the lower branches of a Casaurina on the walking track right near the main car park. I crouched about five or six metres from them and took some grainy shots for the next ninety seconds or so, then they moved away through the canopy. I spotted a Mistletoebird about this time last week in the Banksia trees near the canoe launch.
    Grey Shrike-Thrush, Collared Kingfisher, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Little Corella, Grey Faintail, White-faced Heron, Mangrove Gerygone, Striated Heron and Spangled Drongo (another pairing) all made themselves available for good photo opportunities, with the GST's and Fantails being the boldest of the bunch.

    The tides at Nudgee are once again favourable this weekend for an early morning session. Perhaps I'll see you there?
  11. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    Tides are great this weekend for Nudgee Beach. Low at 6:27AM tomorrow, and 7:19AM on Sunday. The weather was great down there this morning. Sunrise at 6:06AM and first light about 5:45AM.
  12. Matt Dunn's Avatar
    It was beautiful out on the mudflats today. I got there pre-dawn just before dead-low tide. I spent an hour and a half on the mudflats and about an hour in the mangroves and around Nudgee creek.

    White-faced Heron
    Great Egret
    Little Pied Cormorant
    Black Cormorant
    Australian White Ibis
    Bar-tailed Godwit (1)
    Curlew (1)
    Pied Oystercatcher (pair)
    Silver Gull
    Crested Tern
    Black-winged Stilt
    Collared Kingfisher
    Grey Fantail
    Grey Shrike-Thrush
    Mangrove Gerygone
    Brown Honey-eater
    White-throated Honey-eater
    Rufous Whistler
    Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
    Rainbow Lorikeet
    Pied Butcherbird
    Collared Kingfisher
    Sacred Kingfisher
    Australian White Ibis

    Updated 19-04-2014 at 02:15 PM by Matt Dunn