Outings

2017

Tuesday 28 November 7.00am - John Wilson Reserve Pinjarra Hills
Tuesday, 5 December 7:00 am - Mt Glorious
Saturday 9 December - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour
Sunday 10 December 2017 6:30am (note early time) - Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Cleveland

2018

Saturday 20 January 7.00am - Tarcoola Street, St Lucia

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Rainbow Bee-eaters
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Birds Queensland has two main outings each month, one on a weekend, and the other in mid-week. The Photogroup usually has an outing each month on the weekend, mostly in the morning, though the tide influences the timing if waders are the target. Details for these outings over the next few months are recorded on this page below.

In addition, there are Easy Start walks for new members, on the fourth Sunday of each month (except December). Interested persons should contact Dawn Muir by telephone 3870 8076 or by for details of locations and timing.

The Queensland Waders Study Group usually has a monthly outing (for Wader counts and other wader related activities), timed to suit the tide on a Sunday early in each month. Details are given on their web page.

Outings organized by the Noosa Parks Association are included here for those who would like to participate. Please contact the organizers if you intend to participate in these activities.

The details of some of the following outings listed may need to be confirmed, and additional outings may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here at least each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the nominated Leader for more precise directions. It is also important to notify the Leader to confirm your attendance. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Tuesday 28 November 7.00am - John Wilson Reserve Pinjarra Hills

Leader: Margaret Clark Phone: 3878 1896

We last visited this area in February 2016, when 66 species were recorded. The reserve is about 12 hectares in area, and adjoins Pullen Pullen Creek. Much of the area has been revegetated by the local bush care group, and it is surrounded by cleared acreage properties.

Directions: We will meet at the end of the Glenhurst Street culde-sac (UBD Map 196 L6) at 7 am.

After the walk we will drive to Booker Place Park - behind the Bellbowrie Shopping Centre, for morning tea. There are picnic tables and toilet facilities there. (UBD Map 196 J13)

Bring water, insect repellent, morning tea and a chair.

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Tuesday, 5 December 7:00 am - Mt Glorious (meet at Maiala Picnic Ground)

Leaders: Judith Hoyle and Gavin O'Meara Phone: 0437 549 301

Mt Glorious with its wonderful rainforest habitat, range of birds, and cool climate is a favourite spot for many Brisbane birders. Join local Mt Glorious residents, Judith Hoyle and Gavin O'Meara, for a walk along a variety of mountain tracks. Meet at Maiala Picnic Ground, which has toilets and picnic tables (1886 Mount Glorious Rd, Mount Glorious - UBD 105 C/D5). Mt G is just to the north of Highvale.

Please bring a warm jacket with you as it can be cool on the mountain, even in summer. The walk will be cancelled if it is raining. Prior to heading up to Mt Glorious, participants should check the radar image for rain.
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Saturday 9 December - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour

Leaders: Arthur and Sheryl Keates Phone: 3843 1874, Mobile: 0410 960 955

Meeting time 13:45

Tide: 2.34 m high tide at 14.06

This is your chance to access the wader roost at Manly Harbour. Meet at the end of Davenport Dr, south of the Royal Queensland Yacht Clubhouse, Manly.

QWSG has an access agreement for the wader roost. Under the conditions of the agreement, participants in this feld trip will be required to sign a form acknowledging responsibility for their own health and safety, including:

  • wearing protective clothing at all times (eg. hat, shoes, sunglasses) and using sunscreen
  • drinking water to avoid dehydration
  • using insect repellant if necessary
  • telling a group leader about any health issues that may affect taking part in the feld trip
  • if feeling unwell, or concerned about someone else being unwell, immediately telling a group leader or another participant
  • immediately telling a group leader or another participant about any injury suffered (including a slip, trip, fall and snake bite) or hazard that may cause injury to someone.

Participants must wear enclosed footwear, have drinking water and, because the site is exposed and the likelihood of a westerly wind, a jacket is advisable.

Anyone who does not comply with these conditions will not be allowed to enter the site or asked to leave.

The gate will be locked after we enter the site and late arrivals will not be able to enter.

Participation in this feld trip is strictly limited to those who have registered with the leaders. Please do not just turn up on the day without registering.

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Sunday 10 December 2017 6:30am (note early time) - Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Cleveland

Leader: Frank Burch Phone: 0427 886 636

To beat the heat we'll start promptly at 6.30am from the cricket club car park off Fitzroy Street, Cleveland; please refer UBD page 205, grid Q3. There is a toilet block here though it may not be open this early in the morning. The area to be covered is an approximate 5Km (2.5Km each way) coastal fringe return walk, taking in parkland, mangroves and bush boardwalks.

Walking is easy, though please note that at the end of Goleby Esplanade where there is access through the mangroves to the shoreline at low tide (and where shorebirds can often be viewed feeding) this can be wet underfoot, so waterproof or a spare change of footware is recommended if you intend to walk out onto the tidal flats. Low tide here on 10th December is around 08.40am so we should be okay to access out beyond the mangrove line and someway out onto the tidal flats to see what may be there.

A similar walk in this general area in July 2017 had over 40 bird species counted, though of course migratory shorebirds would not have been present at this time so hopefully we can improve on that.

Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat are highly recommended and please bring a chair for morning tea and bird call.

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Saturday 20 January 7.00am - Tarcoola Street, St Lucia<.h2>

Leader: Lyn Cole Mobile: 0427 599 890

This walk follows along the Brisbane River from the junction of Tarcoola Street and the Esplanade. Parking is possible either on The Esplanade or on the 'down' side of Tarcoola St., entering from Hawken Drive.

We will return on the same track to have Morning Tea above the riverbank. Please bring a chair and Morning tea. We cross Sandy Creek and work through the extensive land care work that fringes the Golf Links, along to the Science Centre.

Large Eucalypts provide many nesting hollows, and even wrens feed in the mangroves along the river edge, as well as in the trees, bushes and grass.

Possible sightings include raptors, wrens, rails, terns and waders. UBD 179 D7

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Outings Elsewhere

As part of a greater effort to connect with the various bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be welcome to join the local birders:

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, with outings on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Linda Brannian or view details on the website which is currently http://tweedbirdobservers.wordpress.com

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.00 a.m. in summer and 7.30am in winter. Contact: Colin Collins on 07 5535 5499, Beth Hall on 07 5534 2049 or Jan Clogan on 07 5563 1754 for details on the next outing (where to start and places to be visited).

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with regular outings - Contact: Kay Williams at 4659 5475 or mob. 0429 465 954.

Noosa Parks Association - Bird Observers Group

Every second month an interpretive walk takes place before their Friday Forum with a guest speaker. Meet in the Environment Centre car park, Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville, beside the library, at 8.30am. Contact Valda McLean 5476 2123 for details.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

Another local group with regular weekly walks. Contact John Knight at 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Cairns Birding.

Holds regular walks each month- first Sunday at Centenary Lakes, third Sunday a field trip to various locations, and last Friday to the Crocodile Farm. Contact John Seale on 4052 1195 or check their website at www.cairnsbirding.blogspot.com.

Birdlife Southern Queensland

Use the following link to discover the outings and other activities offered by this group. http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/


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