Outings

2018

Thursday 25 January 7.00am - Flinders Plum (Flinders-Coolman Conservation Estate)
Saturday 10 February 7:00am - Greenwood Lakes, Forestdale
Sunday 11 February - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour
Tuesday 13 February 6:30am (note early time) - Wynnum Boardwalk and Lytton Wader Roost
Saturday 24 March - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour

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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Thursday 25 January 7.00am - Flinders Plum (Flinders-Coolman Conservation Estate)

Leader: Margaret Cameron Phone: 3282 9151

Access is via Ipswich-Boonah Rd and then 9.2 km along Mt Flinders Rd (6.2 km unsealed) to the parking area at the Flinders Plum picnic ground.

The mainly flat 1.8 km (one way) track passes through adjacent and sometimes intermingling vine scrub, hoop pine forest, dry eucalyptus forest and grassland. This varied habitat supports a wide range of bird species including some elusive bird species of densely vegetated areas (eg Emerald Dove, Rose-crowned Fruitdove, White-eared Monarch).

Wheelchair accessible toilets, picnic shelter

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Saturday 10 February 7:00am - Greenwood Lakes, Forestdale

Leader: David Niland Phone: 3379 2344

This has been a very productive place for birds because it includes forest, riparian scrub, grass and wetlands all in a short walk. We will meet at the picnic shelter on the corner of Paradise Road and Forestdale Drive (UBD Map239 C17). There is a good pathway and an elevated viewing platform, but no toilets. As usual be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent and maybe even your own chair for morning tea afterwards as the picnic shelter has only one table.

In the case of recent flooding the Logan Council will close the path, so I will advise of an alternative by email and Facebook the day before if needed (probably Sgt Dan Stiller Reserve).

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Sunday 11 February - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour

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

Meeting time 6:45am

Tide: 2.13 m high tide at 06.50

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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Tuesday 13 February 6:30am (note early time) - Wynnum Boardwalk and Lytton Wader Roost

Leader: Rae Clark Phone: 3391 1642 Email:

The last BQ walk at this site was in January 2015. It is an interesting walk whether at low or high tide along the mangrove boardwalk and in the adjoining bush areas and hopefully will be pleasant in summer because it is on the bay and mainly shaded. It will be within 2 hours of high tide when we go to the roost so if there are any waders to be seen, we should fnd them. The birds which have been seen at the site can be found on eBird at http:// ebird.org/ebird/australia/hotspot/L1177500.

We will meet at the Mangrove Boardwalk car park in Elanora Park at 6.30 a.m. Vehicular access to the park is on the corner of Granada and Crown Streets, Wynnum (UBD 143 G13) and then following the road through the park as shown on the map to the designated parking area. There are toilets in Granada Street (before entering the park) but none at the Boardwalk or Roost areas. Please bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water, a chair and morning tea. If you have a telescope, please bring it as it could be useful when we visit the roost.

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Saturday 24 March - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour

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

Meeting time 2:00pm

Tide: 1.74 m high tide at 14.36

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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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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