Brooklands Water Reserve
Here, Down Under, we’re starting the second week of 2010. It’s grey, overcast and considering this is our summer, cold. I’m sitting on the south veranda overlooking the larger of the bird tables. The Galahs  and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos  dominated a while ago but a Noisy Miner alarm call saw them scatter to be replaced by Apostlebirds  and the occasional Blue-faced Honeyeater. Somewhere off in the distance I can hear a Torresian Crow and a Grey Butcherbird.
The first week was quite momentous for the Year List, especially in raptors. The current tally stands at 104.
We hit the track running with glorious views of a pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles followed almost immediately by a pair of Pacific Baza. That in itself was a surprise. We tend to see them individually. At the Gibson State Forest we chanced upon a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles feeding on a wallaby carcass and on the way home stumbled across a local ‘magatick’, the Australian Hobby [Falco longipennis].
On Monday, returning to work, Fay was compensated by views of the Peregrine Falcon that calls the peanut silos home. I’ll have to pop over to Kingaroy to add it to my list. On Wednesday we had to travel to the coast on business but managed to add Nankeen Kestrel and Black-shouldered Kite [the same critter that is now resident in southern Spain and dotted along the north African coastline].
It augers well for 2010. During 2009 we had Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk nearby. In the last weeks of 2009 we had a Little Eagle hovering no more than a couple of metres above our heads and perhaps six metres away- and that was only six kilometres from our front gate! Also on the list, but rarer, are both the Brown and Black Falcon. We know of some fairly reliable sites for Osprey and Brahminy Kite. The Grey Goshawk is a regular occurrence in the Bunya Mountains, some 60km from here.
We already have 25% of Australia’s diurnal raptors; the potential to score 50% without travelling too far afield.
Black Swan in flight @ Brooklands Water Reserve
Current Tally [in alphabetical order based on main name]
Cormorant, Little Black
Cormorant, Little Pied
Duck, Australian Wood
Duck, Pacific Black
Egret, Eastern Great
Ibis, Australian White
1. Black Bittern
2. Australian Hobby
3. Black-eared Cuckoo
4. Ground Cuckoo-shrike
5. Pacific Baza