Saturday 14 October 7.00am - Bribie Island outing
Tuesday 24 October 7.00am - Opossum Creek Parklands

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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Saturday 14 October 7.00am - Bribie Island outing

Leader: Paul Marty Mobile: 0418 899 967

This will be BQ's 33rd outing to the island since 1970, and will be a full days outing visiting a number of areas on the island. The Island is a wonderful place to see a large variety of bird species and currently boasts an impressive list of around 336 species recorded there. Last year the outing produced 114 species seen, please come along to help us keep the >100 tally intact this year. The large number is due to the variety of habitats the island supports. We will re-visit the sites we have been to before, giving us a comparison for the database on species recorded from previous outings.

We will meet at Buckley's Hole and have a brief look at the waterbirds in the lagoon before we leave early (7.15 am) to walk along The Boulevarde and down Red Beach Road while the birds are still calling. We will return to the lagoon for an extended morning tea to allow time to check out the waterbirds. Other areas we will cover include the road approaching the sewerage works, Banksia Beach (where we will lunch), Wright's Creek, White Patch, the entrance to the National Park and the lagoons in Bellara (Bibimulya).

The whole outing is easy walking and suitable for all ages although it is a full day for those who stay to the end. Bring morning & afternoon tea, lunch, chair, scope if you have one, slip, slap, slop and insect repellent. Meet at 7am at the corner of McDonald St. and The Boulevarde (Gregory's map 63 E4)

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Tuesday 24 October 2017 7.00am - Opossum Creek Parklands

Leader: Rae Clark Phone: 3391 1642

Opossum Creek Parklands is one of the Ipswich sites being surveyed monthly for the birding places of Ipswich project. Our walk will be the October survey for the site. A concrete path suitable for strollers, walkers or wheelchairs initially follows what appears to be a permanently flowing creek. The habitat is varied with dry eucalyptus forest but more moist vegetation at creek level. Part of a wetland on a golf course is also visible. The return walk is approx. 3.6 km.

Since November 2016, eBird shows that eighty-six species have been reported at the site. Over recent months three of our migrant honeyeaters – Scarlet and Yellow-faced as well as Noisy Friarbirds – have been seen in large numbers. Small birds seen in the understorey include Variegated and Red-backed Fairywrens, White-browed Scrubwrens and Red-browed and Double-barred Finches. Fan-tailed Cuckoos are also regularly seen and heard. For a full list of birds seen at the Parklands, visit eBird at http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/hotspot/L5115050.

Directions: UBD 236 N14 – 58 Scoparia Drive, Brookwater. There is a parking area, picnic table and a toilet. For those travelling from Brisbane without a GPS, it is suggested that you go via the Ipswich Motorway exiting at Exit 32 for Gailes and Redbank. Keep to the right and travel along the Brisbane Road slipway continuing through lights at Bertha Street and turning left at the one-way exit before the Queen Street traffc lights. Take the second exit off the roundabout into Church Street which changes into Jones Road, and continue through until you reach Augusta Parkway where you turn left. At the third roundabout, take the frst exit into Grangewood Avenue then right into Brookwater Drive. At the next roundabout, turn left into Silky Oak Drive and then left into Scoparia Drive. You will reach a turn-around point and the car park is to the left.

Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, morning tea and a chair.

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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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