Outings

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2020

Tuesday 6 October 7:00 am - Gold Creek Reservoir
Saturday 17 October 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing
Wednesday 4 November 7:00 am - Prior's Pocket, Moggill
Sunday 15 November 6:30 am - Eagleby Wetlands

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Rainbow Bee-eaters
A. Parmiter

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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Noisy Friarbird M. Gilpin

Tuesday 6 October 7:00 am - Gold Creek Reservoir

Leader: Stephen Prowse Phone: 3878 9418 or 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 this year will extend right around the reservoir and will cover all these habitats. It is approximately 5.5km and will take around 3-4 hours. Around 200 species have been recorded at this location so we can expect to see around 50+ species. We will walk on well-formed paths and tracks but most of the walk is on a narrow bush track that is rough in places with short steep sections which we will get out of the way early. Participants will need to carry some water and a snack for a short stop on the way, and please wear sturdy shoes.

Directions: 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 Map Reference 136 L14

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Saturday 17 October 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing

Leader: Paul Marty Mobile: 0418 899 967

This will be BQ's 36th outing to the island since 1970, and will be a full day's 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 124 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.

The outing will be subject to the government COVID-19 restrictions in force at the time.

We will meet at 7.00 am 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. The tide will be relatively high so only those prepared to get wet should return along the beach. Everyone else will return along the road to the lagoon for an extended morning tea to allow time to check out the waterbirds and the bird-hide. 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, Star Marina (if time permits) and finish at the lagoons in Bellara (Bibimulya). The whole outing is easy walking and suitable for all ages although it is a very full day for those who stay to the end around 4pm. 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, Bongaree

UBD Map Reference 63 E4

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Wednesday 4 November 7:00 am - Prior's Pocket, Moggill

Leader: Rod Gardner Phone: 0437 596 828

Priors Pocket lies within a loop of the Brisbane River in Moggill. It is farmland with remnant bush, a large lagoon opening onto the Brisbane river, and a farm dam that attracts a good variety of water birds, including regular Pink-eared Duck, though they’ve been scarcer this year. Over recent years it has turned up an impressive range of birds generally found further to the west in the drier parts of Australia, including both Songlarks, Red- backed Kingfisher, Diamond Dove, Masked and White-browed Woodswallows and White-winged Trillers. In November there is a chance that some of these may turn up, depending on conditions inland. While access is limited to the road, the banks of the Brisbane River and a track that runs from Priors Pocket road towards the lagoon, birds can generally be seen well.

Directions: To reach Priors Pocket, take Moggill Road towards the Moggill ferry, and at the roundabout just past Moggill State School, turn left into Priors Pocket Road. Drive to the end of the road, where there is parking. There are no facilities at Priors Pocket; the nearest public toilet is in Westaway Park on Moggill Rd just before the turn onto Priors Pocket Rd. Please bring drinking water and morning tea. Hat and sunscreen are recommended.

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Sunday 15 November 6:30 am - Eagleby Wetlands

Leader: George Chapman Phone: 3459 2321 Mobile: 0423 965 002

This has become a regular annual outing in November.

Eagleby Wetlands consists of lagoons and bushland bordered by the Oliver Sports Complex, Albert River and the local sewage treatment works. It has a great variety of bush and water birds in an area easily covered without too much exertion. Last year we recorded 72 species in 2½ hours, even though both lagoons were dry. And it is less than 45 minutes from the CBD by car!

Directions: From the north, exit the Pacific Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffic lights and 1.5km later turn left into Oliver Sports complex (the access road is only marked in recent editions of the UBD). After 200m turn right and right again into the car park.

We meet there at 6.30am. There are toilet facilities on the complex.

As always, bring sunscreen, insect repellant, a chair and morning refreshments.

UBD Map Reference 264 N18

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Outings Elsewhere

To connect with other bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be very welcome to join a local group:

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed Valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, BirdLife Northern NSW advertises its outings on http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-northern-nsw/. If you are attending for the first time or have any questions about the group's outings, please contact Anne Jones on 0418 244 262 or email Anne at jones.oz@gmail.com.

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.30 a.m. Contact Beth Hall 5534 2049 or Jim Lucas 5580 0013 for details on the next week's outing.

Birdlife Southern Queensland – other branches

Using the following link, discover outings which may be arranged by other BSQ branches http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with monthly outings. Contact the president, Sandy Robertson, on 4697 2133 or 0415 277 145.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

This local group has regular weekly walks – every Wednesday from 7 a.m. in summer and 7.30 a.m. in winter. They select a different venue the week before so contact John Knight on 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens, 114-132 Fairhill Road, Ninderry and every second Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Road, Kureelpa. Starting time is 7 a.m. every month except May, June, July and August when we start at 8 a.m. Contact Lionel and Brenda Findlay on 07 5491 2316 or John and Lyla Hansen or 07 54417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Noosa Parks Association Inc Bird Observers Group

An interpretive bird walk takes place every Friday, except Public Holidays, before the Friday Environment Forum (FEF). Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the library at 8.30 a.m. Contact the coordinator – Valda McLean 5476 2123 braelochen@bigpond.com The program is on the Noosa Parks website www.noosaparks.org.au and will be updated as necessary.

Cairns Birding

A regular bird walk is held at Centenary Lakes, Cairns on the first Sunday of the month. Field trips are organised for every Sunday in the Cairns, Tablelands or Innisfail areas. Please contact Andy Anderson on 0476 167 713 for details if you are interested in attending a walk.

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). The Group produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information, contact Bernice Seton 0427 631 080.


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