Thursday 26 July 7:00 am - Lake Manchester
Sunday 26 August 7.00 am - Mookin-Bah Reserve, Ransome, Qld
Tuesday 18 September 7:00 am - Ross Road Parklands, Upper Kedron, Brisbane

Outings elsewhere

General information

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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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Thursday 26 July 7:00 am - Lake Manchester

Leader: Rod Gardener. Phone: 3202 8328 or Mobile: 0437 596 828

Lake Manchester was a source of water for Brisbane from 1916 to 1988, since when it serves as an emergency supply during droughts. It lies on the western boundary of the Brisbane LGA (local government area), but has the feel of somewhere much more remote. It is surrounded by extensive and excellent woodland, with dry rainforest along creeks. It's been known as a good birding spot for a long time, and now has a bird list of 185 species, thirteen of which have been added this year already. This is because this site has attracted the attention of several birders doing a Brisbane big year. The number of species sighted this year is currently at 147 on eBird. The lake itself does not have an abundance of water birds, though it is a regular spot for Great-crested Grebe. There is a good spot for viewing the lake - best with a telescope - a few hundred meters past the dam. The area from the car park and day use area to the dam usually has a lot of bird activity, and is often good for species associated with wetter forest. The drier woodlands beyond the dam wall are can be rich in bird life, with a range of honeyeaters, thornbills and allies, robins and finches among others, some of them scarce in the Brisbane area. A good variety of raptors has been seen around the lake. Some of the good bird spots are a few kilometres past the dam, with the track going uphill and down again, and to reach these requires a moderate level of fitness. On the south side of Lake Manchester Road is Shelley Road Park, another interesting area to explore. This outing will commence at 7:00am, meeting at the day use area. UBD 173 Q1

Directions: Travel west from Brisbane on Moggill Road to the turnoff to Mount Crosby Road at Anstead. Keep going along Mount Crosby Road for about nine kilometres, turn right onto Lake Manchester road, and the day use area is another nine kilometers along this road. The last section is well-maintained unsealed road. There are picnic tables and toilets on site, but no drinking water. Hat and sunscreen are recommended.

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Sunday 26 August 7.00 am - Mookin-Bah Reserve, Ransome, Qld

Leader: Frank Burch Mobile: 0427 886 636

This lovely reserve intersected by the Lota Creek includes woodland, wetland and grassland areas and a very good variety of birds. Walking is easy on flat pathways and tracks, though some of the grassed area directly alongside the Lota Creek can at times be soft underfoot so appropriate footwear is advised. From Rickertt Road turn north into Chelsea Road and the signposted entrance to the Mookin-Bah Reserve is on the left between private acreage properties approximately half way along this stretch of road. Parking is easy though please note that there are no toilet facilities at this site. In excess of 60 sighted species is common here.

We meet here at 7.00 AM and plan to bird for 3-4 hours then have morning tea and bird call. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent a chair and refreshments as usual. UBD 163 M16

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Tuesday 18 September 7:00 am - Ross Road Parklands, Upper Kedron, Brisbane

Leader: Alan Boardman Mobile: 0423549518

This weekday morning walk is at a new parkland recently purchased by Brisbane City Council as a "buffer" to the considerable residential development in the Upper Kedron area in the west of Brisbane. The section of this parkland we will visit is undeveloped follows a creek, and has 3 dams as the area was previously a farm. The parkland joins to the southern section of the D'Aguilar National Park at Bellbird Grove which we will also visit via the Ross Road Parkland.

The walk is 2 to 3 km return mostly flat and depending on how we go can include part of the national park. Toilets are located at the beginning of Upper Kedron Road just past the turn off from Samford Road and at Bellbird Grove. Park at the end of Ross Road. If using a GPS app ensure that the following directions are typed in "Ross Road Upper Kedron". Some apps can lead you in the wrong direction if you do not input as stated. Ross Road is to the left off Cedar Creek Road. Call me on mobile if lost amongst the housing estates. The map reference is UBD 137 A10.

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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:

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Qld). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). They produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information contact Bernice Seton 0427 631080

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).

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 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/

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.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

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

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.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhills Native Plant Nursery at Fairehill Rd. Yandina & every 2nd Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Rd. Kureelpa. Starting at 7am every month except May, June, July & August when we start at 8am. Contact Lionel & Brenda Findlay 0754912316 or John & Lyla Hansen 0754417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Toowoomba Bird Observers

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

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