Birdwatchers contain yourself please! Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, probably due to the very dry period.

A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been spotted, a very uncommon sighting so close to the coast. This beautifully coloured very shy ground feeding bird has been spotted at Thala. Also, a Bassian Ground Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) which feeds in a similar manner to the Noisy Pitta, had also been seen in Thala’s forest previously. This is very uncommon as they are normally found in the higher country of North Queensland.

A pair of Little Lorikeets (Glossopsitta pusilla), have been seen feeding on the nectar from the flowers of the Poplar Gums. Very rarely seen so close to the North Queensland coast. This has been the first sighting of Little Lorikeets at Thala.

Papuan Frogmouth adult & chick

Papuan Frogmouth adult & chick

The resident pair of Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) the largest of the Frogmouth species seem to have been breeding. The nest looks very flimsy, just a few sticks in the fork of a tree. The nest has been made only 100m from where the pair were observed in their winter non breeding area. Traditionally,  the male sits on the nest during the day prior to hatching.

Which Australian bird species have you spotted? Share your observations in the comments below or share your photos on our Facebook page and hashtag #thalbeach.