Capricorn Coast Birds
 
 
  Fishing Creek Road  
 
I regularly visit this area when I'm out taking photos, it's close, generally quiet and something interesting often pops up, such as the dancing Brolgas. If you drag the map below around you'll see that it's close to the Mercure Capricorn Resort, Sandy Point Road and the 4wd beach access at Bangalee, all places that offer something for the bird seeker.
 
     
     
 
The road passes through several types of freshwater wetlands, In the photo above the water is deeper and more open than the melaleuca swamp below, these deeper ponds are ideal for diving birds such as Darters, Cormorants and dabbling ducks.
 
     
     
 
The area above is a paperbark swamp that is inundated for much of the year, the trees are melaleucas that have evolved to tolerate these prolonged periods of flooding, these extensive swamps provide fairly secure roosting sites for large numbers of wetland birds.
 
     
     
 
This area towards Byfield Road is more open with extensive reed beds dotted with clumps of melaleucas providing perfect feeding and breeding conditions for a wide variety of wetland birds, this is where I took the photographs of the Brolgas dancing.
 
     
  Here are some of the birds I've photographed along Fishing Creek Road  
     
     
 
This Black-shouldered Kite was one of a pair I came across in the open reed beds very early one morning, these are not very common around the Capricorn Coast but I have seen them along Hedlow Creek and, surprisingly at Barwells Creek on Farnborough Beach.
 
     
     
  A pair of Brolgas warming up for their dance, this is the pair that performed so admirably for me here;
dance of the Brolgas
 
     
     
  A Pheasant Coucal striding across the road looking very purposeful, these are very common in our area and in their breeding season the 'coop coop coop' of their mating call is heard everywhere, you can find out more about them here, Pheasant Coucal  
     
     
 
A Nankeen Night Heron perched in the melaleuca swamp along Fishing Creek Road, there seem to be a few of these here but they are very shy and it took several sneak-ups before I got close enough for this shot.
 
     
     
   
 
This Whistling Kite is one of a family group resident in the area around the open reed beds, these reed beds also attract other raptors such as Little Eagles, Brahminy Kites and White-bellied Sea Eagles.
 
     
     
   
   
 
   
 
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other posts
 
different bills, May 11 2013
 
man v coot, or birds aren't silly
 
dance of the Brolgas
 
Hedlow Creek
 
Waterpark Creek
 
Great Keppel Island