Tuesday 22 May 7.30am - Gold Creek Reservoir
Sunday 3 June 7:30 am - Postman's Track, Lake Samsonvale
Tuesday 19 June 7.30 am - Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Bald Hills

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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Tuesday 22 May 7.30am - Gold Creek Reservoir

Leader: Stephen Prowse: Phone: 3878 9418, Mobile: 0419 371 134

Gold Creek Reservoir has a variety of habitats ranging from pockets of rainforest, a flowing creek, open water, open eucalyptus forest and forest with dense understory. The walk will cover all these habitats and take 2-3 hours. Around 200 species have been recorded at this location and we can expect to see around 40 species. We will walk on well-formed paths and tracks but about half the walk is on a narrow bush track that is a little rough in places with short steeper sections; and towards the end there is a short climb on a track that is a little overgrown with grass. The walk will start from the carpark at the end of Gold Creek Road. From the Kenmore roundabout on Moggill Road, take Brookfield Road. After about 4km at the Brookfield showgrounds, turn right at the roundabout onto Gold Creek Road. After about 5km on Gold Creek road, you will reach the carpark.

There are toilets near the carpark. Please bring a chair and tea for bird call afterwards. UBD 136 L14

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Sunday 3 June 7:30 am - Postman's Track, Lake Samsonvale

Leader: Alan Boardman. Mobile: 0423 549 518

Lake Samsonvale has many habitats and it is intended to visit Postman's Track area which has open forest, vine scrub, grassland, shoreline and, of course, the lake. The varied habitat will produce a variety of species, including whistlers, Rose Robin this time of year, wrens, raptors and quail if we are lucky.

Due to restricted vehicle parking it will be necessary to limit the number of vehicles /participants so please phone me as soon as possible to reserve a place on this walk. Car pool if you can will help.

Directions: From Brisbane, take the Samford Road through Ferny Grove onto Samford Village. At the roundabout before the village turn right into Main Street then follow Mount Samson Road for 18.7 km. Turn right into Postman's Track and follow this winding road to the end of the sealed section.

Continue on a dirt road until you arrive at the gate and small car park. The number of car spaces is limited in the car park, so if full park outside the gate partly on the verge to maintain clearance on the dirt road. Vehicles with horse trailers use the dirt road and the car park. Please do not park in the horse trailer parking bays in the car park. Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and please wear walking boots or trainers as the grass can be thick and wet. The walking tracks are rough and the residents venomous. Nearest toilet facilities are in Main Street Samford.

Our access to Seqwater restricted areas is covered by a group deed which I will bring to the walk for anyone to inspect. UBD 86 F8

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Tuesday 19 June 7.30 am - Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Bald Hills

Leader: Vernon Kretschmann Mobile: 0488 211 277

This walk will commence at 7.30am at the Tinchi Tamba Picnic Area located off Wyampa Road, Bald Hills. UBD 100 A16.

Tinchi Tamba Wetland Reserve, which adjoins the Pine River, consists of mangrove areas and open eucalypt forest. A well maintained circuit walkway leads from the picnic area and traverses the mangrove and eucalypt forest areas. Another walkway branches off from the circuit walkway and leads to a bird hide on the banks of Bald Hills Creek. We will explore the bird life along both of these tracks. We can expect to see a good range of bird species comprising a mix of water and bush birds. Bring morning tea, ample water and insect repellent. Toilet facilities are available at Tinchi Tamba picnic area. UBD 100 A16

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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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