Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
 
Australian Pipit, Australian Reed Warbler, Singing Bushlark, Tawny Grassbird
 
 
 
These 'little brown birds' can be very difficult to identify because they are small, look very similar and live in similar habitats. There are quite are number of small birds in the bush and learning to 'see' them and identify them adds more interest to the birdwatching experience.
 
 
         
  Australian Pipit
Anthus novaeseelandiae
Average size 18cm
  Australian Reed-Warbler
Acrocephalus stentoreus
Average size 16cm
 
 
 
 
         
 
Distribution; throughout Australia and widespread across Africa and Asia.
Habitat; native grasslands, open woodland clearings, pastures and around wetlands.
They run in a distinctive jerky, darting motion, stopping to perch on low stones or shrubs and wagging their tail up and down.
Diet; beetles, spiders, insects and their larvae, as well as seeds.
Males and females look alike, the nest is a deep cup lined with grasses and hairs built in a depression in the ground.
Where to look for them; In our area they are very common on Lake Mary Road where it runs through the grazing properties beside Hedlow Creek but you will also see them at Kinka and Kemp beaches.
Distribution; throughout Australia where there is suitable habitat.
Habitat; dense vegetation alongside water, especially thick reed beds around dams, fresh water wetlands and irrigation canals, tall crops, grass thickets and lantana.
Diet; mostly insects but they also take other small prey items.
The sexes are similar and build a deep cup shaped nest with a narrow top opening in among dense reeds. It is made from dry reeds and other water plants woven together and lined with fine dry grass and feathers.
Where to look for them; The photo above was taken at Lammermoor Native Gardens but you should be able to find them along Sandy Point Road, Fishing Creek Road and at Hedlow Creek.
 
 
  Singing Bushlark
Mirafra javanica
Average size 13cm
  Tawny Grassbird
Megalurus timoriensis
Average size 19cm
 
     
         
 
Distribution; most of Australia, Northern Africa, India and SE Asia. Habitat; tropical and temperate grasslands, open woodlands, cereal crops and sparse sugar cane fields.
Diet; grasses, seeds and insects and often forage alone, but sometimes is found in small parties, foraging on the ground.
The sexes are similar and they build a deep, cup-shaped nest in a natural depression or a hollow scrape in the ground which is usually lined with dry grasses, a hood of dry grasses is sometimes built over the nest.
Where to look for them; The photo was taken near Hedlow Creek beside Lake Mary Road as it runs down from the Hedlow Fauna Reserve.
 

Distribution; a broad band along the coast from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, across the Top End and down the east coast to southern New South Wales, they are also found in Papua-New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Habitat; thick, low bushes and wet grasslands on the margins of wetlands and other marshlands.
Diet; nsects and insect larvae.
Males and females look alike and the breeding season is mainly from June to December but this is variable and can occur at other times. The nest is an open or partially open cup suspended in reeds in which two to six eggs are laid.
Where to look for them; I photographed this bird among the reeds and grass beside Fishing Creek Road, I have also seen them along Sandy Point Road.