Buckley's Hole - Bribie Island

Buckley's Hole is a fantastic conservation park on the southern tip of Bribie Island.  The site has a freshwater wetland, a shorebird and tern roost, and tropical swampy woodlands.  This is one of the southern-most sites for Fairy Gerygone, and has had Pectoral Sandpiper and many other amazing vagrants recorded over the years.  The wetland is good for rails and crakes, and is a potential site for Lewin's Rail, a much sought-after species in the region.

Getting There

Access is via bitumen road.  Park on the road verge but be careful not to block traffic.

GPS Coordinates 27°5.592′S, 153°9.768′E


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Land Birds 42 species
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 51 feeding in shallows and quite numerous
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 6 in the distance
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 3
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 1
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) 1
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1 Caught an eel from Buckley's Hole and carried it off.
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) 1
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1 Caught an eel from Buckley's Hole and carried it off.
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) 1
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 1
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 1 species
Copper-tailed Skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus) 1 Outside hide at Kakadu Beach