Birds Of Nudgee
by, 21-02-2014 at 02:26 AM (43902 Views)
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.