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Club checks out birds at Highfields

Toowoomba Bird Observers and their recent outing to Highfields Falls. The Australian owlet-nightjar, taken by Kevin Williams.
Toowoomba Bird Observers and their recent outing to Highfields Falls. The Australian owlet-nightjar, taken by Kevin Williams. Contributed

THE Toowoomba Bird Observers had a wonderful outing to the Highfields Falls last month.

Group member Sacha Dyson-Holland said the group met at the falls at 8am on Saturday, July 29.

"It was hoped that the powerful owls that had been nesting at the falls over the past six weeks would be sighted,” he said.

"The powerful owl is listed as a vulnerable species under the EPBC Act 1999 and the TBO have been trying to develop awareness within the Toowoomba Regional Council about the need to protect their nesting sight,” he said.

"During the morning numerous birds were observed including a whipbird rummaging in the bark of a tree for breakfast oblivious to the groups presence.

"Peaceful dove calls provided a background throughout the morning and musk and little lorikeets provided many opportunities for prolonged viewing as they perched allowing the sun to capture their beautiful colours.

"Little lorikeets were also active going into and out of nesting holes.”

Mr Dyson-Holland said as the group came closer to the area where the powerful owls had been sighted it became quieter, but unfortunately they were unable to sight them on this day.

He said on the return loop back to the cars a pair of spotted pardolotes were observed setting up their nesting holes and perching perfectly for some photo opportunities.

He said as talk switched to morning tea a grey goshawk was spotted above on a mid morning flight.

Morning tea was enjoyed at Peacehaven Park, alongside a tree with multiple nesting holes where rainbow and scaly breasted lorikeets were going in and out of and keeping an eye on the group.

Mr Dyson-Holland said all up the group sighted 39 native birds during the morning.

"This is only a small part of the 300 species officially recorded on the The Toowoomba Bird Observers bird list,” he said.

"The TBO have been on the local scene since 1975 and are always happy for new members - whatever age - to be involved.

"For the first couple of outings there is no obligation to become a member so give it a go and find out the joys of being part of this great group and the wonderful native birds of Australia.”

For more information please check out Toowoomba Bird Observers at Facebook for the next event or call 46330553.

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